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southern california dreaming

updated wed 31 mar 04


Karen Sullivan on tue 30 mar 04

Southern California is an unusual place.
There are about 14 million people compressed into
about 700 square miles. What happens here are zones
of influence...of which there are many. Years ago,
someone mentioned there were about 4,000 potters. can pick and choose the pond you want to
play in...and the influences ripple out and
interact to create as much energy as you want.
The resources for information are amazing.
The sad part is there are many galleries
recognizing the work being done here.
Frank Lloyd Gallery is in Santa Monica.
Freehand is in West Los Angeles.
Claremont in the East end of the county
has some activity.
Long Beach is a zone of an active art
There are so many, you will only have to
look around and you will start tripping
over opportunities.
So...enjoy the adventure and carry
fond memories of the cold...snow...
muggy hot extremes and enjoy the
garden paradise...smog...congestion...frenetic
activity of the south...where everyone
lives outside.
I have a story about having grown up here....
moved to North Dakota...suffered through
miserable winters...70 degrees below zero was
a benchmark experience I hope never to go through
again. So I was visiting LA and had the opportunity
to visit the warehouse district in downtown...
old redbrick buildings line the an area
that was being transformed into galleries....
So...a local artist, Dusty Schuller, had painted
a single prop airplane...constructed a huge nail head...
and hung the airplane so that it was dangling off the
side of the building from the nail head...
I remember thinking I would never encounter such a
sight in the rural towns...and that I needed to
return home. It has become my metaphor for the
surprises of living in an urban area...
So...venture out from the east and give it time
so that you find a support group....potters here
are great folks...and welcome.