Vision LA Fest – How “ART MAKES CHANGE” !

In conjunction with the UN Climate Conference / COP21 of Nov. 30-Dec.11, 2015, a group of concerned environmentally -minded professionals got together to create a city-wide multi-disciplinary art festival to promote climate action and awareness. It was part aggregating events,  part creating content, and part generating press and awareness of the climate crisis. As a member of the early-on executive committee, I helped form a calendar of events, reviewed submissions,  worked on marketing, PR and social media. I also co-curated the centerpiece and signature event, a 75 artist, 300 piece art exhibit called ART MAKES CHANGE, which was held at Bergamot Station in the former Santa Monica Museum of Art location. It was the largest, most important event I have ever produced. The fine art included contemporary abstract paintings, large figurative works, mixed -media encaustic, wood and bronze sculpture, and photography, all addressing the issues of Earth, Water, Awareness, and Recycling.  It also got a TON of press ! Here are some images from the first ART MAKES CHANGE, 2015.


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Downtown LA Art Walk

Highlighting a New Downtown Los Angeles Art Gallery

If you are an art or culture enthusiast, like trying new foods, fancy cocktails, or seeing local art, look no further than the Downtown LA Art Walk, which has all of that and more!  With over 30 art galleries and artist studios open to the public every second Thursday of the month,  there is always something exciting to discover.  One of the newest locations on the Art Walk map is BertaArt Studio Gallery, located at 120 East 8th Street, on the second floor, Studio 202.

The Downtown LA Art Walk began in 2004, spearheaded by gallery owner Bert Green, who opened Bert Green Fine Art as an anchor to the  developing Gallery Row District, designated in 2003 as the areas between 2nd and 9th on Main and Spring. At that time, there were only eight galleries. As Downtown became more gentrified, the artists and galleries took note that the incoming loft-dwellers needed art to fill their high-ceiling expansive loft homes. Reaching a high of 40 galleries in 2010, the area has grown from a few scattered galleries and very few eateries to an exciting hub of permanent and pop-up galleries, artists studios, fine dining, fancy cocktail bars, and high-end boutiques, with a couple of sports bars and mom-and-pop shops maintaining the old-school character.

The Second Thursday DTLA Art Walk art is a self-guided tour around the Historic Core District. Hours vary from gallery to gallery, but range between noon and 10 PM. Maps can be picked up at many of the galleries, or at the Art Walk Lounge, located at 634 South Spring Street. Among the many art receptions, live music performances, live painting demos, and unique installations, it can be hard to find a relatively quiet moment  to actually focus on the art.  With many thousands of people descending upon DTLA for what has been voted LA’s “Best Downtown Event” by LA Weekly, sometimes, the best art can be hard to find.  One spot not overcrowded yet is the working art studio and gallery known as BertaArt Studio Gallery.  It’s a destination spot, not a ground floor pop-in-for-a-second kind of location. There you will find the charming Clara Berta, (open 4-9 PM) anxious to tell you about her newest pieces, her inspirations, and her unusual painting techniques. Clara has embraced the Downtown Los Angeles community, offering art classes and workshops, donating her art to local charities, and now joining the DTLA Art Walk. With a large inventory of art on the walls of her studio and gallery, in sizes from small to oversize, you just might find the treasure you were Downtown Art Walking for! Visit for more info.



” The Narrative Behind Abstract Art” – Panel Discussion Moderated by Dale Youngman

During the August 2013 exhibit at the Terrell Moore Gallery entitled  ” A Sumer Fantasy”,  I decided to host and moderate a panel discussion on “The Narrative Behind Abstract Art.”  I wanted to hear from some emerging and established abstract painters how they convey messages, stories, moods through their non-figurative work. The panel included Terrell Moore, Scott Forrest, Clara Berta, and Suzan Woodruff.   Please take a look at this short video created by Eric Minh Swenson.



“A Summer Fantasy”

( As seen in FABRIK MAGAZINE on-line)

August, 2013  The Terrell Moore Gallery and Dale Youngman Projects are pleased to present A Summer Fantasy, the first major exhibition by LA artist Scott Forrest, accompanied by new works from renowned metal sculptor Leon Leigh.

Following several successful group shows, Scott Forrest has completed some exciting new large-scale work, which is best described as “exuberant” in color, depth, and emotion. It is joyful and luscious, in bold cheery colors, often touched with metallics, in carefully built-up layers with a textural depth inherent in each piece. Sweeping brush strokes and a deftly-worked palette knife are utilized to create a sense of movement, a purpose, or perhaps, a tranquil meditation of monochromatic color. It’s the kind of work that simply makes you smile.

Influenced by his extensive travel as a talk-show host and correspondent, Scott’s work exudes a sense of tropical splendor. Exploring exotic and remote locations, he has experienced many diverse cultures, which is evident in his color combinations, sensual textures, and materials.

British sculptor Leon Leigh’s contemporary steel sculptures are waif-like whimsical creatures, elongated forms that are at once delicate and substantial. Creating each piece individually, no two are exactly alike, as he forges each piece by hand, utilizing only a naked flame and no foundry. The figures are composed of solid steel rods of different diameters, creating the bare skeletal forms. Molten steel balls are then liquefied, fused and molded to each piece, as Leon completes his creations with wayward hair, oversize hats, and perfect shoes. From the fire of his imagination, the figures appear to dance, swirl, flirt and beckon, with energy, personality, and a surreal existence.

This Summer Fantasy will be presented at special events and by appointment throughout the month of August in Terrell Moore’s new location at 1601 South Hope Street, Downtown LA, with free parking available in the adjacent lot.

Join us on SUNDAY AUGUST 18TH, 4 – 6PM for a panel discussion on Abstract Art, “The Narrative Behind the Image. ” Moderated by Curator Dale Youngman, with four contemporary abstract artists,  including Scott Forrest, Terrell Moore, Clara Berta, and Suzan Woodruff.PRimagesConversation will center on the narrative and meaning behind contemporary abstract art, as painters discuss storytelling through art, and how an artist conveys messages and the meaning of their work using abstraction in the absence of imagery.

Call Dale Youngman at 213-458-3735 or for more information or to make an appointment. Press inquiries welcome.

Mike Russek – Creating Art with New Technologies

The Fine Art of Machine Fabrication: How Mike Russek Uses New Technologies To Advance His Art Form


First and foremost an artist, Mike Russek is also a fabricator, a facilitator, and a visionary. 1028 Designs, his cutting-edge machine shop, is dedicated to producing art and artful architectural projects for himself as well as other artists, interior designers, apparel companies, music companies, entertainment industry icons, and famous DJs. He often describes himself as a “cocktail napkin translator,” because of his ability to translate rough sketches, ideas, or computer files into actual products. His collaborations with artists and designers on everything from fine art to product design, marketing tools to projection-mapped structures have made him a much sought-after expert in a relatively new field.

Mike Russek in the 1028 Design shop. Photo by Jimmy Hicky


Growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut as the gifted son of a Wall Street businessman, Mike’s artistic training started early. When his father changed his life to “follow his bliss” and moved the family to Virginia Beach to open a machine shop, Mike’s direction became clear. He began studying art in earnest, taking advanced art and technical college classes while still in high school, and later studied sculpture and painting at Virginia Commonwealth University. He developed his signature style while in grad school at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Describing his aesthetic as a relentless pursuit towards perfection of material and form, his work (and his company’s extensive capabilities) can be viewed at

Custom Midi Controller. Photo by Henry Strange


As an artist whose work combines various materials, multiple techniques and advanced technologies, Russek’s complex art is not inexpensive to produce or sell. He actually stopped making art from 2004-2007, because he couldn’t achieve the perfection he desired in his work. It needed the precision only achievable through laser–cutting, which he discovered in 2006, when it was very expensive and difficult to find.

The “Organized Chaos” Exhibit by Cyrcle. Photo courtesy Theonepointeight


With the help of a patron a year later, he purchased a laser cutter as his first piece of equipment. When he began posting images of experimental proj-ects to create business, his fabrication shop was born. Now 5 years later, he requests creative control on many of the projects his clients bring to him. This collaboration in the process allows him to advance the work to a whole new level, through his knowledge of the technology and the capabilities of his 4 laser cutters, his CNC machine, and his highly skilled crew.

From The “Organized Chaos” Exhibit by Cyrcle. Photo courtesy Theonepointeight


A recent project that epitomized his state–of-the-art ability was the art installation “Organized Chaos” by artist collective CYRCLE, which he co-produced with Black Dog Films and RSA. This successful art exhibit utilized every aspect of Russek’s production company, as well as his creative vision, resulting in sculpture and interactive art for a most memorable and exciting gallery show. The large-scale dimensional artwork combined woodworking, precision craftsmanship, laser–cutting, and CNC milling, producing one of the most innovative and jaw-dropping art exhibits I’ve seen in LA.

Watch out in 2013 for this artist on the rise, guiding a company with a meteoric future.

Detail of "Mega Chip" Wall Sculpture by Mike Russek. Photo courtesy of the artist


When Poetry Takes Form- The Art of Ines Alonso Ares

Here’s an article I wrote about a lovely Argentinian artist whose closing is this Saturday Feb 2, 2013, at Art Meets Architecture – a private art salon in DTLA.  If you are interested in her work and want to meet her, read the article and RSVP as required.

From the January 2013 issue of FABRIK Magazine

When Poetry Takes Form: The Art of Inés Alonso Ares

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Inés Alonso Ares is a sculptor, photographer, poet, performer, and teacher from Argentina. Her work brings together all of these elements in a unique and transfixing way to transport you to her serene world of nature, harmony and beauty. A multi-media artist, her poetry, photography, and sculpture combine in inspired presentations that offer the viewer a glimpse into her native land.

The works of this sensitive and intuitive woman begin in various ways, sometimes with the touch of a piece of wood, or the flash of a feeling she gets while communing with nature. Often, she says, words are forced to spring forth “as if from an inner fountain.” Ares writes her thoughts, not as a story, but like that flash – a photograph of a momentary inspiration. The resultant poetry attests to her affinity for capturing the essence of her subject matter.

Who are you? Inés Alonso Ares. Courtesy the artist & Art meets Architecture


Her time in nature, which expands her process, is often portrayed though a poetry reading and performance, sometimes alongside a photograph she has taken. This interweaving of emotion and language may later culminate in a wood, bronze, or stone sculpture, organic in shape and feeling. The emotive quality of her multi-media work has been exemplified through performances by the contemporary dancers of the Maria Fux Atelier, one of the most recognized in her country.

Her intense love of nature began as a child, when she played in the large backyard garden of her grandparent’s home. Playing alone, she began making small sculptures from apples, finding her calling and joy in the creative process. This is part of what she teaches, filling her young students with the same love and respect for Mother Earth.

Having found her muse, her greatest pleasure now as she travels throughout Europe, Mexico, Peru, and the USA is walking in the woods. Drawn to old trees, she finds inspiration amongst the forests of Amazonia, the Patagonian Forest in Argentina, Chile, and Yosemite, and will often transport wood back to her studio for future projects.

Tree-Custodian II, from “Amazonia” series. Inés Alonso Ares. Courtesy the artist & Art meets Architecture


Working in all scales, from small (to travel abroad in a suitcase!) to very large pieces destined for public parks, Ares has been teaching and creating art in Argentina for many years. Solo shows in Lyon, France, Argentina, San Francisco, and now Los Angeles have brought her unique multi-media work critical acclaim.

Some recent examples of her profound and moving work can be seen in January and February 2013 at the private art salon Art meets Architecture, directed by Lisa Ames in downtown Los Angeles.

For an invitation to meet the artist at the opening of her local show in January and hear about her extraordinary process, please contact her local agent Lisa Ames (

Tree-Custodian VII, from “Amazonia” series. Inés Alonso Ares. Courtesy the artist & Art meets Architecture


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