The Summer Show, Palos Verdes, California
The Summer Show is a virtual exhibition featuring work by PVAC members associated with any of its eight artists groups: Artists Open Group (AOC), Pacific Arts Group, Paletters, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists (PADA), The Artists’ Studio, and Third Dimension.
This year, PVAC is pleased to announce Nina Zak Laddon as Juror. Nina is the co-founder of the Redondo Beach Art Group and originator of the Power of Art exhibition. She serves on the Board of Friends of Redondo Beach Arts as a Creative Advisor. Nina has been the curator of CA 101 contemporary international art exhibition for the past 8 years. She is currently the TEDx Redondo Beach Organizer.
“During a time of global pandemic and social unrest when our daily lives are confronted with uncertainty and fear, art is essential. Studies have shown that viewing a work of art can reduce stress and anxiety as well as foster empathy in the eye of the beholder.
The virtual art world is flourishing bringing art into the home where one can view the artwork in a most intimate way. The computer screen as opposed to the page of an art book creates an interactive experience where one can examine the art in detail while traveling along the lines, colors, and content of the artwork.
This is a unique time to create and to jury an exhibition. PVAC artists have submitted works reacting to the turmoil of our new reality. They have returned to beloved landscapes and found solace in their studios while in quarantine. The artworks I reviewed are full of emotion, beauty and each one reveals a story either personal or universal.
Seeing the art in person is a completely different experience. Stepping into a gallery standing inches from the artwork, textures, colors, and compositions are intensified. It is a privilege I am looking forward to eagerly.
Artists are entrusted to continue to create, provide a dialogue, and lead us to a more just world.”
Easy Reader, October 4, 2019
CA 101 art show opens big on Friday
Now in its eighth year, “CA 101” has become the South Bay’s most anticipated art exhibition. And, once again, dodging obstacles and setbacks (an 11th hour change of venue), curator Nina Zak Laddon and exhibition director Sandra Dyer Liljenwall have pulled together a vast and varied art show. It opens tomorrow, Friday, in the former Gold’s Gym on Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach, the same spacious site as last year’s event.
Push, Pull, Exile, Caley O’Dwyer
There's Something Happening Here,
The Beach Reporter, Oct 2, 2019
CA 101 art exhibition returns to old Gold's Gym in Redondo Beach
by Michael Hixon
The work of more than 100 artists, including many from the South Bay, are featured in the eighth annual CA 101 art exhibit, which opens at the old Gold's Gym in Redondo Beach Friday, Oct. 4, with a reception from 5 to 10 p.m.
According to curator Nina Zak Laddon, CA 101, which is hosted by Friends of Redondo Beach Arts, received 866 artworks from 233 artists from five countries, eight states, as well as 51 cities in California. They ended up accepting the work of 101 artists and 111 artworks, including eight that are site specific installations, 25 3D works, 29 works in photography and 49 2D artworks.
Easy Reader, May 30, 2018
Bigger and better: “CA 101” art show opens Friday in Redondo Beach
The annual “CA 101” is beginning to seem like the defining moment for art in the South Bay, and now, seven years in, this two week event has expanded to not only include art from California, but from the rest of the country and even from overseas.
With its global reach, curator Nina Zak Laddon expresses the hope that “knowledge of other cultures and other points of view will enrich the life of every visitor.” Exhibition director Sandra Liljenwall adds that “The enthusiasm of the artists we’ve dealt with nationally and internationally has been extraordinary.”
And lastly, in the words of Chantal Toporow, president of the Friends of Redondo Arts Group, under whose auspices these exhibitions take place, “‘CA 101’ is consistently building our social and cultural capital, as well as community cohesion, by providing a collective experience of public expression around us.”
Easy Reader, June 2, 2018
CA 101 art show in Redondo
The annual CA 101 is beginning to seem like the defining moment for art in the South Bay, and now, seven years in, this two week event has expanded to not only include art from California, but from the rest of the country and even from overseas.
CA 101 2018 opened Friday, June 1, at 200 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach (formerly Gold’s Gym). Additional days and hours, Saturday through Thursday, June 7, from 12 to 7 p.m.; Friday, June 8, from 12 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 9, from 12 to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, June 10, from 12 to 6 p.m. Parking is available for $6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel or for $2 an hour at the Redondo Beach Marina. Some street parking for those who don’t mind a bit of walking. For group curator-led tours call (310) 617-2840. For all other information go to friendsredondobeacharts.org.
The Beach Reporter, May 30, 2018
CA 101 Art Exhibition gets a global flavor in Redondo Beach
Artists from around the globe, including 25 from Redondo Beach, will take part in the seventh annual CA 101 Art Exhibition, which opens Friday, June 1, at the long closed Gold's Gym in Redondo Beach.
According to curator Nina Zak Laddon, artists from eight countries, as well as five states and 44 California cities, are represented in CA 101.
“As a reaction to the current political and social movement to build walls and close gates in the USA, Europe and the world, CA 101 opened its doors and welcomed all artists, with the hope that knowledge of other cultures and of other points of view will enrich the life of every visitor to the exhibition,” Laddon said.
Exhibition director Sandra Liljenwall said the artists' enthusiasm has been “extraordinary.”
“They are eager to experience the interaction with California artists and feel the concept of FRBA (Friends of Redondo Beach Arts) producing such a sophisticated contemporary art exhibit as a gift to the community,” Liljenwall said.
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The Beach Reporter, May 30, 2017
Redondo Beach's CA 101 art exhibit explores fake news, immigration, politics
Fake news, immigration, President Trump … issues that have made headlines in recent months have also inspired artists.
“A lot of what’s happening in the world is being reflected in the work that artists are doing now,” said curator Nina Zak Laddon, including the dozens of artists taking part in the sixth annual CA 101, which opens Friday, June 2, with an artist reception.
Presented by the Friends of Redondo Beach Arts, CA 101, the art exhibit named “It Takes a Village,” finds a new location every year, from the AES Power Plant to last year's exhibit at the South Bay Galleria. This year, the pop-up gallery moves into a 10,000 square-foot furniture store on Avenue I that will soon be demolished for new development.
Easy Reader, June 1, 2017
“CA 101” opens on Friday in Riviera Village
I don’t want to sound like a shill for the Friends of Redondo Beach Art, but the annual “CA 101” shows really do seem to get better year after year. And why shouldn’t they? For this one, entitled “It Takes a Village” (it’s being held in Redondo’s Riviera Village), there were 900 submissions from 55 cities up and down the state. Beginning tomorrow evening and on view through Sunday, June 11, we’ll get to savor the work of 137 artists. And, as before, the exhibition director is Sandra Dyer Liljenwall and the curator/juror is Nina Zak Laddon.
Without sacrificing quality, “CA 101” has managed to bring us both new and unfamiliar artists, old friends and new friends. I spoke with two of the latter, both showing locally for the first time.
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