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.

Holiday Juried Art Show

November 26, 2014 - January 4,  2015
Yassin and Walker Galleries
Opening Reception: December 5th, 6 to 9 pm

Every holiday season the Palos Verdes Art Center provides an opportunity for its members to participate in a juried exhibition showcasing their talents. This year the response was overwhelming with 141 entrants submitting 368 works for consideration. With so many pieces to choose from, juror Cheryl Kline, artist and director of Kline Academy of Fine Arts in Los Angeles, used the same criteria she applies to any work of art, including her own: “Craftsmanship, skill, composition, structure, color, creativity are all factors in how I personally scrutinize a piece of work.”

125 outstanding examples of two and three-dimensional art including paintings, sculptures, jewelry and mixed media are on view, with many on sale, making the perfect holiday gift for yourself or someone you love.

Juried by Cheryl Kline

This year's winners are:

Circle Award First Place

Alan Johnson, Owl Chair

PVACA Award Second Place

Allan Conrad, A Winter's Tale

Associates Award Third Place

Kay Bonanno, Flowers and Friends

Gwen Sandvick 3D Award

Brian McBean, Storm in Bolivia

Shirley Herron Award

Ariel Swartly, The Road Home

Peter Norton Family Christmas Project

November 26, 2014 - January 4,  2015
Welsh Gallery
Opening Reception: December 5th, 6 to 9 pm

Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times, Kara Walker, 1997

Beginning in 1989, software entrepreneur and art collector Peter Norton commissioned an art edition to celebrate the Christmas season and holidays. Created by artists represented in the Nortons' own collection, and sent as gifts to personal friends and members of the art community, these art objects were intended to foster engagement with the world of contemporary art. One of Norton's gift recipients is Anne F. Wittels, member of Palos Verdes Art Center's original artist group, The Rembrandt Crew, who has donated her collection to the Center to share with visitors. Included among other works in the exhibition are commissioned pieces by Kara Walker, Lawrence Weiner, Jim Hodges, Sanford Biggers and Yasumasa Morimura; though small in scale, these works deliver powerful statements on identity, the environment, and social justice.  

Cheshire Smile, Sanford Biggers, 2008

Aimai-no-bi (Ambiguous Beauty), Yasumasa Morimura,1995

Untitled (Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky for Anybody pin), Lawrence Weiner, 1991

Organized by Joe Baker and Gail Phinney

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

October 10, 2014 - January 4,  2015
Norris Gallery

Video: The Judith Solomon Collection

There are several types of collectors. Some collect to create a collection of value, some collect as a form of status, some are obsessed with the hunt, some collect simply for the love of collecting—and then you have the artist as collector. Judith Solomon—a fiber artist—falls into this category.

Artists collect work or items that are intrinsic to their the craft. They want to dissect an object: learn how it was made, how it functions or not, what techniques were used, what materials and combinations of colors were used. The more objects they find, the more they realize how vast and innovative the world of artisans is, and even continents away,  how similar in thought they are. They use materials and supplies indigenous to their land—and through travel and education an artist that collects sees things in a whole new way.

When picking up any of the hundreds upon hundreds of objects Judith has collected she can recite as a curator would the details of each object: how it was made, by whom, where she bought it, why she likes it.  Judith’s thirsts for acquiring these objects (shown here is only a small amount of her treasure trove of inspiration) at first may appear disparate, however on closer observation one discovers they are all connected by the subject matter of fiber—objects that have been created out of fiber, and the tools and equipment used to make them.

The collection ranges from examples of exquisite samplers and lace to an obsessive acquisition of thousands and thousands of buttons of all types. There are fantastic textiles and clothing from Guatemala to India that use glorious color combinations, native weaving techniques and layered embroidery—all creating a textile lovers dream. Her  fascination with tools ranges from crochet hooks (also by the hundreds) to weaving tools.  Each is a work of art, and each has its own story and history to tell.

A 68-page fully illustrated catalog designed by Doug Meyer accompanies this exhibition - essays by Jovencio de la Paz and Nancy Nehring. $25, $20 members.

Curated by Doug Meyer