Since 1931, the Palos Verdes Art Center Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education has been enriching the cultural climate of the community.  Building a platform for arts engagement through exhibitions, arts education, and public programs,  PVAC provides audiences with sustainable and transformative experiences.  Showcasing a wide range of artwork, PVAC presents artists at all stages of their careers.  Related educational programming includes guided tours, catalogues, lectures and workshops. 

PVAC’s Gallery Hours
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sundays (except major holidays) 

Exhibition Tours
Available to schools and community groups. Tours can be arranged by contacting Gail Phinney at gphinney@pvartcenter.org or calling 310-541-2479, ext. 305.

Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education is pleased to present an autumn suite of exhibitions devoted to textile arts. Sweaterman: AKA Mark Newport, The Living Room and The Judith Solomon Collection will open October 10 with a public reception 7 to 9 pm. A special preview reception for PVAC members and friends will be held 6 to 7 pm.

Sweaterman: AKA Mark Newport

10 October - 16 November 2014
Opening Reception:  Friday, 10 October 2014 
Members and Friends Preview: 6-7 pm 
General Public: 7-9 pm
October 11: 10am Coffee and Gallery Talk with Sweaterman artist Mark Newport

Drawing on memories of sweaters his mother made to protect him from harsh New England winters, Mark Newport is a visual and performance artist who interrogates gender roles and the fate of masculinity through his alter-ego: Sweaterman. Newport’s hand-knit objects are modelled on the body costumes of Marvel superheroes and are made of cheap, acrylic yarn in bright cartoon-colors—industrial product that contrasts with the natural materials often associated with fiber arts. As static sculptures, the suits hang “like deflated, empty skins, missing the capable macho body of the hero,” explains Newport. Knit versions of Batman and Captain America are joined by yarn superheroes of Newport’s own invention. As Sweaterman, Newport performs silently in crowds. Clad in a variety of suits constructed in detailed knitting patterns, he makes yet another protective covering to replace the confidence lost in an age of shifting identities. He does not speak, but remains intent on his knitting.  The exhibition includes eight suits and five ink jet prints. Newport’s work has been widely exhibited and is included in many public and private collections, including Whitney Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

Curated by Joe Baker

The Living Room

10 October 2014 - 16 November 2014
Opening Reception:  Friday, 10 October 2014 
Members and Friends Preview: 6-7 pm 
General Public: 7-9 pm

Flagpoles wrapped in crocheted stripes; railings and stop signs decked out with worsted; even cars covered tire-to-headlight in hand-knitting: they’re all examples of yarn bombing, a 21st Century trend in street art that blends the public invasion spirit of graffiti with the venerable practice of knitting circles. Also a collaborative practice, yarn bomb crewes assemble elements of knitting or crochet ahead of time, and then stitch the pieces together onsite. Smaller, portable works are made leisurely in the studio by the artist alone or with friends. The Living Room will feature an installation of abandoned objects, such as metal pipes and old TV sets, which will grow into a yarn bomb site.  Viewers are encouraged to contribute during select gallery hours.

Organized by Joe Baker and Doug Meyer


Acquired Objects: textiles, tools & notions from the Judith Solomon Collection

10 October - 4 January 2015
Opening Reception:  Friday, 10 October 2014 
Members and Friends Preview: 6-7 pm 
General Public: 7-9 pm

Judith Solomon is a world traveler who has devoted decades to assembling an extensive collection of textile-centered objects, culled from her journeys through Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Among the items in The Judith Solomon Collection are fine examples of crochet, intricate lace, Celtic knot tassels, cross-stitching and Hardanger embroidery, arrayed with applique floral designs and beadwork boxes. Most intriguing are tools of the trade. Bone and silver crochet hooks and knitting needles, wood darning eggs, and other devices used in handwork are present, along with antique skeins of yarn and the all-necessary accessories: a dazzling selection of glass buttons and buckles. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog edited and designed by Doug Meyer.

Curated by Doug Meyer