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February 12, 2005 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
One day in 1979 a Mexican grocer drove past a ranch for sale in a lonesome valley north of Santa Barbara. Oil pipe lay strewn about like abandoned skeletons. The house was collapsing, and piles of stone littered the barren property. Although he was a practical, self-made man, the land seemed to speak to him. Jose Luis Bonilla had never built anything. But he bought the ranch and on a long canvas he began painting the layout of a Mexican village.
December 6, 2004 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
If appearances were all that mattered, the Craft and Folk Art Museum would be doing just fine. The street-level shop that entices people into the building on mid-Wilshire Boulevard is crammed with a global array of handmade goodies. Upstairs in the galleries, the exhibition "Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions / Contemporary Expressions" offers an eye-popping selection of labor-intensive works by contemporary artists who use traditional craft materials to express ideas inspired by nature.
September 5, 2004 | MARGARET ASTON
The corporate world is catching on: Art is exhilarating. Of course, "corporate" in this instance means the gourmet-healthy bobo grocery chain Trader Joe's, where the black chalkboards used to spotlight products have recently "evolved into bigger works of art," says marketing vice president Pat St. John. These days, elaborate tableaux are executed in chalk or acrylic by local artists and store employees doubling as on-the-job Michelangelos.
June 2, 2004 | Lewis Segal
Southland dancer, choreographer and teacher Anjani Ambegaokar won one of the dozen $20,000 National Heritage Fellowships, scheduled to be announced today by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Ambegaokar is a specialist in kathak, one of the ancient classical dance idioms of her native India. Other recipients this year include Charles T. "Chuck" Campbell, gospel steel guitar player (Rochester, N.Y.); Joe Derrane, Irish American button accordionist (Randolph, Mass.
February 17, 2004 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
For hundreds of years, Christian values and literal interpretations of the Bible were breathtakingly twisted to justify trade in human flesh. Ships named for Jesus and dedicated to God's glory carried tens of millions of Africans to slave markets in the New World. A fine new exhibition bluntly evokes that horrific detour in the long struggle to fulfill America's promise of human liberty.
February 10, 2004 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
After less than a year in the job, Peter Tokofsky, executive director of the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, has been forced to resign, prompting an exodus of board members. "It was a controversial decision, but the majority ... voted to make the change," said Frank Wyle, chairman of the board. Describing Tokofsky's departure as a result of "differences we couldn't resolve," museum treasurer Wally Marks III said. "It wasn't a perfect match."
January 29, 2004 | Thomas Curwen
Soon after British writer Roger Cardinal coined the term "Outsider Art" in 1972, the art form hit a popular nerve. Museums mounted exhibitions in its name. Publishers capitalized on its novelty. American culture quickly brought the outside in.
July 5, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Elizabeth Bayley Willis, 101, a folk art collector, dealer and curator at museums in San Francisco and Seattle, died Monday at a health-care facility in Bainbridge Island, Wash. A native of Sommerville, Mass., she was raised in Seattle and earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Washington. After college she married and brought up four daughters. When the marriage fell apart, she turned to art for occupation and inspiration.
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