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 am – 4 pm Mondays through Saturdays
1 pm – 4 pm 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 X 305.

Best of Show and Small Treasures

March 20 - April 19, 2015

Opening Reception March 20, 6 - 9pm

Awards Ceremony, 7 pm

Hosted by PVAC Artists, Best of Show and Small Treasures are juried all-media exhibitions open only to members of the Art Center’s seven artists groups: Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, and Third Dimension. 

JUROR: Marisa Caichiolo Masters degree in Art History. Latin American Curatorial Studies & Restoration. Founder and Director of Building Bridges Art Foundation. Los Angeles 2006 – Present. Director of Latin Outreach Curator. Director of Bice Bugatti Foundation, Milan IT. 2012-present. Director LA Art Show, Latin American Outreach and curator 2012-present. Gallery Director/Curator of Building Bridges Art Exchange, Bergamot Station Arts Center.

John Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

March 20 - May 29, 2015

Opening Reception March 19, 6 - 9pm
Presented in partnership with Art, Architecture & Design Museum at U C Santa Barbara

John Elgin Woolf, Collection of Art, Architecture & Design Museum, UCSB

John Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency, on view at Palos Verdes Art Center March 20 through May 29, presents over 50 selections from the Woolf archive housed at the Art, Architecture & Design Museum at University of California, Santa Barbara. Opening Reception, March 19, 7 - 9pm with talk by historian and preservation consultant Steven Price. Heralded as "architect to the stars," Woolf gave film royalty a new luxury style. According to The New York Times, Woolf "established a new vocabulary for glamorous movie-star living ... synthesized 19th-century French, Greek Revival and Modernist touches into a heady mixture that has since been christened Hollywood Regency, which foreshadowed aspects of postmodernism." He designed houses for many luminaries, including Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, David O. Selznick, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Included in the exhibition are Woolfs drawings, photographs, and designs, along with business correspondence from the Los Angeles firm he shared with his partner, the interior designer Robert Woolf, which was active from 1940 until his death in 1980.