October 2010

These shots were taken in the middle of the first World Series game tonight as this helicopter flew in and landed behind the house across the street from me, between Glenrose and Fair Oaks, above Palm. Anyone have the details on what was going on? Was it the sexual preditor they’re looking for? A medical situation? I shot some video, too. I’ll check that and post if it’s good enough.


Here’s the info on the next Art on Palm event. There is always great work at this event, so try to get out and enjoy this unique part of Altadena.


ART ON PALM, FALL 2010— October 30th, 9:00 – 4:30

Local artists and artisans will display their latest creations in a secluded private canyon garden at Art on Palm, Fall 2010, Saturday, October 30th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 1419 E. Palm Street, Altadena, 91001.

The one-day-only show and sale features ceramics, collage, drawings, fabric, glass, jewelry, paintings, photography and woodcarvings.  Participating artists include: Stephani Anderson, Jane Asari, Julie and Rick Ayers, Karen Bagnard, Erica Batchelder, Evan Chambers, Catherine M. S. Cowles, Ellen Dinerman, Mary Jane Elgin, Kaylie James Wilson, Elisa Goodman, Lynn Hendricks, Jim Heuston, Beverly Jones, Diane Kolde, Susan Kromka, Ron Lawrenz, Dana Sue Miller, Katherine Nakazono, Diane Park, Lucia Pasquinelli, Detra Prete, Anne Sears, Maryrose Smyth, Kathy Spear, Susan Spinks, Kathleen Swaydan, Nancy Unruh, Anna Vosburg, Tris Wasserman, Lys Wilcox, Hitomi Yamamuro, and Lucia Yang.

Admission and parking are free. Light refreshments are available for sale.

Encircled by ancient oaks, the rustic canyon setting for Art on Palm is a restorative venue for guests and a stunning backdrop for the artists’ works. This is the 14th bi-annual fine arts and crafts show.  According to the event’s co-producer Mary Jane Elgin “This event benefits everyone. It brings talented artists and their finely crafted works to a discerning and appreciative clientele in a lovely setting.” 

Art on Palm, Fall 2010 also benefits the West L.A. Fisher House Foundation.  The artists donate a portion of their sales to this non-profit organization that provides humanitarian support for wounded military personnel and their families.  For more information about West L.A. Fisher House Foundation, please visit www.westlafisherhouse.org.

You know how much I appreciate and love wine. My brother-in-law Jac is the winemaker at Sylvester in Paso Robles. Where, the Santa Ynez region has some incredible wineries (Rideau being my fave) and here’s an event with a twist–art and wine merge to support the families of the winery workers.

And check out the list of artists…there’s a Zorthian!

Date: Saturday, November 6th, 2010
Time: 3:00-6:00 PM
Location: Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel

Vino de Sueños

Vino de Sueños, “Wine of Dreams,” is a wine brand conceived by the non-profit human services organization, Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People (PHP), and a small group of premium Santa Barbara County vintners. This group wanted to make a difference in the lives of vineyard and farm workers who are at the very heart of the County’s agricultural economy and more specifically, the vineyard and wine businesses. Founding Participant Wineries of Vino de Suenos include Alma Rosa, Buttonwood, Clos Pepe, Feliz Noche, Foxen, Longoria, and Presidio.

The Vino de Sueños wines will be sold in order raise funds to give workers and their families the assistance they need during difficult economic times. PHP will administer the funds to furnish basic needs (food, rent, and utility assistance) and family support services (counseling, youth after school programs, parent education, and scholarships). Services are directed to giving families a hand-up to achieve their dreams of a better life.

The Vino de Sueños wines will be released at a first of its kind fund raising event on November 6th, 2010. The event will be held in Buellton, CA at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott from 3-6 PM. Tickets are on sale now.

2010 Participating Wineries:

In addition to featuring a tasting and sale of the just released Vino de Sueños wines, the release celebration will include appetizers from New West catering, live music, and an art auction.

The art auction is another unique aspect of the Vino de Sueños release and the new brand. Each wine from the brand is labeled with a reproduction of an original art piece specifically created by a local artist for the wine. Karina Puente, a product of the Santa Ynez Valley and its local schools, created one of the art pieces and the dream “icon” at the center of each label that identify it as part of the Vino de Sueños brand.

2010 Participating Artists

Tying the art and wine together on the brand labels is graphic artist, Kros Andrade. Kros, who was working on another PHP assignment, heard of the wine project and immediately volunteered his services. He has created a beautiful collector’s set of individual labels that are representative of a unique brand.