Artist Call- DLBA presents “Talent Pool 2015″


Call for Art “Talent Pool 2015” 


The Downtown Long Beach Associates presents “Talent Pool 2015” an exhibition featuring the work of local Long Beach visual artists. Artist submittals are being accepted through March 21, 2015 for this exhibition which will be on display for one year beginning mid April, 2015 at the Downtown Long Beach Associates office suite, located at 100 W Broadway. This exhibition will enhance the recently renovated offices and launch the new DLBA Art Program promoting local visual artists.

The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) is a non-profit organization operating on behalf of the tenants and commercial and residential property owners of the Business Improvement District. It is dedicated to the management, marketing, security, maintenance, advocacy, economic and community development of the assessment districts in cooperation with the City of Long Beach and the private sector. DLBA has been the voice of Downtown Long Beach since 1937. Long Beach is rich with creativity, originality and diversity and DLBA is proud to launch this new art program calling attention to local talent, helping artists thrive.

Selected artworks will be prominently displayed. Artists will receive publicity and exposure to those influential in downtown Long Beach and receive an honorarium for the use of their work.

Several interior sites are available, large wall spaces in reception areas, conference rooms and work areas. The most competitive work will convey high quality fine art techniques and presentation standards and consider theme and content appropriate to the mission and work of the DLBA.


Entry Deadline: 3/21/2015

Selected Artists Notified: 3/31/2015

Exhibition Dates: 4/2015 to 4/2016 one-year


Artists residing in the city of Long Beach, California

All applications must be submitted online through

Artwork must have been created in the last five years and be available for a one-year exhibition.

Artwork may include, original artworks in traditional fine art media, photography and sculpture, be suitably framed and exhibition ready. No jewelry, video or audio media accepted at this time.


Work Samples – a maximum of ten (10) digital images of artwork created in the last five years. Include an identification of each image including title of work, medium, dimensions, date and sale price.

Artist statement 1 page maximum approximately 500 words relevant to the artwork submitted.

CV/ Resume 2-page maximum

All applications must be submitted online at a web-based application service. Locate the call for Talent Pool 2015 under the “Apply to Calls” tab.



Artwork will be selected through a juried process. Jurors are fine art and design professionals associated with the DLBA. Artworks must have been completed in the last five-years, be exhibition ready and available for a one year period, April 2015 to April 2016.


Selected artists will be required to enter into a contract for the display of artwork for one year April 2015 to April 2016 and agree to allow DLBA to reproduce any of the images or documentation of artworks in the exhibition in marketing and publicity materials for the DLBA art program. Artist retains copyright and all other rights in and to the artwork. Artist shall receive honorarium as determined fair and reasonable by the jurors in the range of $100 to $500 per artwork.

We Show in need of artists and curators!

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Our second WE Show is just around the corner and we need both artists AND curators!

Call for Artists

Our first exhibit represented a cross section of Long Beach’s finest artists, but as you know, Long Beach has a LOT of amazing artists! So, we are extending our cross section theme into WE Show II before focusing on narrower themes. If you would like to be considered for this WE Show II, please see the submission instructions below and submit your art for consideration no later than midnight on March 6th, 2015

Call for Curators

Both WE Labs and the Arts Council are very much interested in helping further develop a strong curatorial talent pool in Long Beach. With this in mind, we will be selecting guest curators for each of our quarterly WE Show exhibitions in 2015. The Arts Council will be generously supporting this guest curator with a $250.00 stipend.

If you are interested in this opportunity for WE Show II, please submit a cover letter, resume, a biographical statement (250 words or less) and a short (500 words or less) curatorial perspective statement (how you approach art appreciation) to Submissions must be received by March 4th in order to be considered. Guest curators should expect to commit two afternoons or evenings to this work and be available for the WE Show II opening (April 1st) and our monthly Art tours during the second quarter of 2015.

About WE Show and Art Submission Guide

In recognition that exhibition space is at a premium for Long Beach artists, WE Labs and the Arts Council for Long Beach are partnering on an exhibition series just for Long Beach artists.  Submission is open to all artists who are signed up on the Arts Council for Long Beach, Arts and Cultural Registry.

The Arts and Culture Registry is a free service designed to be a comprehensive and inclusive list of artists and arts organizations serving Long Beach, California. It improves visibility for Long Beach’s impressive talent pool and offers a vehicle for local exposure and networking. The Registry is open to any artist who lives, works, performs or exhibits in Long Beach, California.

WE Labs is Long Beach’s co-working and creative space located downtown at 325 East Broadway. Their large, inviting space also serves as a gallery and event location, making this a unique opportunity for Long Beach artists to expand their audience.

Shows will exhibit on a quarterly basis and will be featured through regular We Labs Art Tours. The opening reception for our second quarterly exhibition will be on April 1st, 2015. Additionally, WE Labs and the Arts Council will partner with participating artists to actively promote the show.

Work Media: Most 2D media; limited space available for 3D work.

Work Size: 6’X6’, 80 LB. max.

Entry Requirements:

  • Artist’s information on the Arts Council for Long Beach, Arts and Cultural Registry must be current and complete.

  • Digital images (JPEG) of up to three works may be submitted either by email (using We Transfer) to or on CD/DVD, mailed or delivered to: WE Labs, 235 E. Broadway, 8th Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802

  • Artist Resume including biography, educational background, and exhibition record

  • Artist Statement

  • Sales price (if applicable)

Timeline: Opening Reception: April 1, 2015

Entries Due: March 6th, 2015

Notification to artists: March 13, 2015

Accepted Artwork: All 2D artwork must be installation-ready (wire or sawtooth hangers).

Delivery: Artwork to be delivered to WE Labs by March 20th, artists will be notified of delivery days and times after selection process.

Opening Reception: April 1, 2015,  7PM to 10PM

Exhibit or Event Ends: June 20, 2015

Have a Great Weekend!

Take a Trip This Weekend!

Have you made your weekend plans yet? If not, here are a few ideas to get you started on your weekend out and about in Long Beach. There are plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend, here is a sampling of the arts and culture events happening over the next few days.

We hope you go visit and support your local art galleries and theaters to experience what can happen. You may just be surprised at what you see, whom you meet, and what you will learn.

ShakespeareShakespeare Aloud: The Merchant of Venice

Roles will be assigned at 10:45am; reading begins at 11:00am. Character names will be placed at a table in the center of the room and anyone who wants to read can choose a chair. There will be additional seating for those who want to read along silently. There will be one intermission in the middle of the play.

During the break, readers at the table can give up their seats to anyone who would like a turn reading out loud. Some copies of the play will be provided but readers should bring their own. Visit your local library to check out a copy! Everyone is welcome! All voices, all dialects. Shakespeare Aloud is intended to be a fun exploration of Shakespeare, so bring your sense of humor!

At Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, 90840. Saturday, Feb 28, 2015, 10:45AM. FREE – Sign Up Required. Phone: 562.985.7000.
"Beyond The Valley Of The Flight Attendants--The Musical!" SuperSaver Airlines' intrepid crew (from left): Kathleen Gray as Penny, Virginia DeMoss as Debbie, Melinda Parker as Connie.

“Beyond The Valley Of The Flight Attendants–The Musical!” SuperSaver Airlines’ intrepid crew (from left): Kathleen Gray as Penny, Virginia DeMoss as Debbie, Melinda Parker as Connie.


In an age when “calculated misery” is the new business model for major air carriers, nobody does misery like SuperSaver Airlines! Did you say cabin service? Our decidedly strange flight attendants–Connie, Penny and Debbie–are on-board to demonstrate SuperSaver’s complete lack of regard for your comfort and safety. Welcome aboard!

First produced back in 1991, the best-selling show in Found Theatre history is back…with most of the original cast and brand-new musical numbers! Written by Cynthia Galles and Virginia DeMoss. Original songs by Terra Taylor Knudson and Lauren Nave. Directed by Lauren Nave. With Virginia DeMoss as Debbie, Kathleen Gray as Penny, Melinda Parker as Connie, and John Sturgeon as Captain Vance Slaughter. Featuring passengers played by a rotating cast of Found Theatre regulars. See a different show every weekend!

At The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Redeye: Friday & Saturday, February 27 to March 28PM. Afternoon Flight: Sunday, March 1 to March 29, 2:30PM. Tickets: $20 First Class, $15 Penny Pincher. Reservations: 562-433-3363 or

Last Days of Judas

Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Directed by Olivia Trevino

Director Olivia Trevino, says describes the script as “a cross between the Bible, the television series The Wire, the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, pre-Marxist philosophy and the Spike Lee film of your choice… It is as enjoyable as it is thought provoking and challenging.”

Do you need to know about the Bible or be religious? Certainly not. Judas will probably shatter every per-concevied notion anyway. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is set in an abstract courtroom in purgatory where Judas Iscariot, the man deemed responsible for betraying Jesus, one of the most hated figures in all time, is brought up for an appeal. People throughout time and from both heaven and hell come to testify. The language and feel of most of the Biblical characters are modernized.

Olivia describes the apostles as a street crew, and “Satan reminds [her] of a Vegas club owner, and Saint Monica could be the 4th member of Salt and Peppa.”

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot opens on February 27 and runs thru March 8. Court adjourns Tuesday’s thru Friday’s at 8:00PM, Saturday’s at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

At California State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840. $12-$15.

Art Theatre FacadeJini returns to Long Beach!

Jini Dellaccio’s artistry was long hidden until the release of “Her Aim is True”, the award-winning documentary by Karen Whitehead.

Jini lived in Long Beach during the 1950s, and first experimented with fashion. She regularly showed her work at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Bands like The Wailers and The Sonics were punk before there was a name for it. And in the middle of the crowd, a 48-year-old self-taught photographer named Jini Dellaccio had finally found her subject. A shy, unassuming farm girl from Indiana, Jini got the rockers to be themselves, while being ld enough to be their mother.

At Art Theatre, Saturday February 28, 11am. 2025 East 4th Street, Long Beach, 90814. $11.

Rath Family day flyerFamily Day at University Art Museum

Join the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach for a family day, in conjunction with the exhibition, Jessica Rath: A Better Nectar. Photo art activities with plants will be available for children on the UAM plaza. The Consumed and MOCA 8 exhibitions will also be on view. We will have information booths and demonstrations on sustainable planting, information of the Ti’at restoration by Native American Studies, information and demonstrations from the Sustainability Office for the City of Long Beach, information and activities for Grow Beach, an art activity and information on the Japanese Garden and more. \
2-3pm: Lecture on native California plants, Lisa Novick, Theodore Payne Foundation. Native plants will be available for sale.
3-4pm: Gallery walkthrough with Jessica Rath and digital designer Elise Co of Aeolab.

At University Art Museum, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, 90840. Sunday, March 1, 2-4pm. FREE.

Job Posting- Marketing and Communications Director Position at the Arts Council for Long Beach

Arts Council for Long Beach seeks a Marketing and Communications Director! Read below for more details.

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Job Title:                              Marketing and Communications Director

Reports to:                           Executive Director

Status:                                  Full Time/ Exempt

Salary:                                  Commensurate with Experience

Anticipated Start Date:       Between April 8 and 15, 2015

Objective: The Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB) is currently engaged in building marketing capacity for the whole arts and cultural community of Long Beach. The Marketing and Communications Director is responsible for positioning the Arts Council as the hub of a city-wide arts marketing initiative, to align the arts community with the City’s goals for economic development.  S/he is responsible for strategizing and implementing marketing and communications opportunities for the ACLB, in collaboration with our arts partners. S/he must act as an ambassador for the arts and Long Beach by securing and enhancing relationships with external stakeholders. S/he will manage staff members to coordinate all marketing and communications for the organization.


  • Develop and oversee implementation of a marketing and audience development plan for the arts in Long Beach
  • Supervise the planning, implementation, and content creation of all marketing, public relations, and publications including: website original content, press releases, social media, Long Beach Business Journal Art Matters pages, marketing collateral, district art updates, email marketing communications, etc.
  • Ensure the consistency of the ACLB brand and identity on all marketing and community outreach platforms
  • Facilitate collaborative marketing projects while working closely with external arts partners
  • Develop and sustain an assessment  framework for arts marketing in Long Beach
  • Oversee staffing for Collaborative Gallery, communications, marketing, and grants
  • Facilitate grant panels and administration of annual and micro-grants
  • Collaborate closely with Executive Director to ensure clear and accurate external messaging
  • Manage annual marketing, grants, and community projects budget
  • Act as an ambassador for the arts in Long Beach
  • Ensure the consistency of the ACLB brand and identity on all marketing and community outreach platforms
  • Manage website traffic to make content decisions
  • Staff Marketing  Committee and other committees as needed
  • Oversee the planning and day to day management of community projects


  • BA required; MBA, MA, or MFA preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of marketing, communications, audience development, and/or public relations (non-profit preferred)
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishments in effective marketing strategies and excellent strategic planning and organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to manage numerous important projects concurrently
  • Effectively motivate staff to meet strict deadlines
  • Outstanding analytical skills and intellectual curiosity
  • Excellent written and communication skills, demonstrated by samples of published articles, proposals, press releases, reports and/or video scripts
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing and confident personal style with excellent interpersonal communication
  • Strong working knowledge and experience in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work some weekend and evening events
  • Proven self -starter, self-motivated, people oriented, team player
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds
  • Reliable transportation
  • CA Driver license
  • Ability to perform other duties as necessary

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary requirement/history to by Friday, March 13, 2015 at 5pm. No phone calls.

Weekend Round-Up

Have you made your weekend plans yet? If not, here are a few ideas to get you started on your weekend out and about in Long Beach. There are plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend, here is a sampling of the arts and culture events happening over the next few days.

goat“Goats on Parade” Festival

An art party in celebration of Chinese NewYear of the Goat/Sheep/Ram (Feb 19), and MardiGras (Feb 17), with music, art, dance, and creative presentations to inspire the community.

Featuring music by Slushbox, the award-winning Long Beach performance art rock band, plus musical guests Clearlake Professionals and Steven Velvet McNeil, and artistic presentations and dancers.

CALB presents its third group exhibition at Shoreline Gallery “A Celebration of Heritage” curated by Tom Scherschel, which focuses on African American Heritage, past and present. The exhibition features paintings, photography, mixed media, sculptures, and hand-made musical instruments.

Artists and Photographers include:

  • Dennis M. Lockett
  • Thea Robertshaw
  • Valerie J. Herring
  • Andrea Mendoza
  • Victor Ladd
  • Keith Lilly
  • Tom Scherschel
  • Deborah Alvarez
  • Shy But Flyy
  • Natalie Moyado
  • Joseph D. Mitchell
  • Sean Kirkland
  • Stephan Caddell
  • Eve Pericich
  • Barry Rothstein
  • Arthur T. Martinez
  • Agustine Osawemwenzee
  • Lily LaBare
  • Johanna Hernandez.

At Cultural Alliance of Long Beach (CALB by the Shore), 423 Shoreline Village Drive(above Shenanigans Pub), Long Beach, CA 90802. Friday, February 20, 4-8pm. Donations appreciated.

MyMothersGardenPart2Garden Part II Opening Reception

In the mid-1970s, after realizing that her mother’s peculiar behavior was becoming more frequent, Slater Barron began investigating, and determined that her mother could have the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease. Her unusual habit of using a fly swatter in the garden in her bathrobe, struck Slater as ridiculous. Ultimately, it became the first lint installation of the activity called “My Mother’s Garden”. More lint installations, portraits and performances documented the onslaught brought on by Alzheimer’s.

After getting to know the other patients, Barron’s heart was filled with compassion. She soon realized that each of these people were loved and were, mother, brother, daughter, friend to others. From this came a desire to create a more permanent artistic installation. Garden Part II was the result.

Because Barron could not photograph the other patients, she had to rely on my memory and paint the environment and other patients. Photographs of her mother walking the grounds and gardens are used for the cut out figures.

After years of work, the entire piece will be installed together for the first time at Greenly Art Space this weekend. The installation has been stored away since Barron’s mother’s death in 1990, until the invitation to install “My Mother’s Garden Part II” at Greenly Art Space.

Not even the artist has never seen the entire piece together, until the current installation. With the invitation from Kimberly Hocking, of Greenly, the time seemed right to pay homage to the 5-million people with Alzheimer’s disease and their care takers as Slater is deeply concerned that the funding for research is low and no cure is in sight.

At Greenly Art Space, 2698 Junipero Ave #113, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Saturday, February 21, 6-9pm. FREE.


“Fresh AIR” A Broadway Benefit

Art-In-Relation (AIR), a new Long Beach based Arts Organization, holds its first fundraising event this weekend, featuring dozens of actors, actresses, dancers, singers and musicians performing works from Broadway and focusing on productions that Art-In-Relation will fully produce in 2015 and 2016.

Performances will include solo, small ensemble and large ensemble numbers from shows such as: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat,” “Matilda,” “Blood Brothers,” “Les Miserables,” “Chess The Musical,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Spamalot,” “Forever Plaid,” “Pirates of Penzance” and more.

Tickets are $60 per person or $500 per table that seats ten (a $100 savings) which includes a dinner buffet served in the Scottish Rite banquet hall house following the performance. There will also be a cash bar, but wine is included at each table with dinner.

At Ernest Borgnine Theatre, 855 Elm Ave., Long Beach, CA Sunday, February 22, 2015 beginning at 2 -4pm. (310) 929-8129. $60-$500.

Art Theatre Oscar Party

Defy the Paparazzi

You love movies. You love the Art Theatre of Long Beach. Defy the Retro Row paparazzi with your glamour and style. Walk down the Art Theatre’s red carpet and allow those camera phones to catch your good side. The Art Theatre is playing the Oscars ® on the big screen this year! Cast your own ballot for each award category for the chance to win fabulous prizes.

If you donated $25 or more in the past 12 months, you are an official Art Theatre member and you are eligible to reserve your seat at our Oscar ® party on February 22nd, 2015.

If you would like to join the Art Theatre that day, please make your $25 donation (per person) and reservation now by calling the Art Theatre at (562) 438-5435.

At Art Theatre, 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814. Sunday, February 22. 4pm. $25.


Big heART: Mixed Media Art Show to Benefit Homeless Youth

A youth living on the street is just not acceptable. It’s a bad way to enter adulthood. A life in a neighborhood suggests a home, neighbors, and safety but these things we take for granted are just a dream if homeless.

To participate in the city’s goal to eliminate homelessness, a benefit Mixed Media art show will be held on February 13th sponsored by Rose Park Neighborhood Association and hosted at LB Skate (East 7th & Obispo). We are calling it the “Big heART” show.  Twenty artists – including some who’ve been homeless – will exhibit their art, sculpture or photography. Artists exhibiting will be spotlighted via Instagram we encourage all to join in a very fun evening.

Proceeds from the sale of art will supply packages to youth experiencing homelessness, through art therapy and self-esteem workshops. These packages will be offered through the city’s Multi-Service Center and partnering agencies serving at risk and youth experiencing homelessness, such as our local mentoring program Power4Youth. But what happens after the event? RPNA is hoping to work with a group of UCLA graduate students – who’ll be on hand with preliminary findings of their homeless study in Long Beach – to track how events lead to change, in this case effective programming for homeless and at-risk youth.

Here is a short Bio of one of the participating artists:
Rhett Johnson, is a Rose Park resident and professional artist. Rhett  has been a part of many charity art shows all throughout Long Beach, and is supportive of local philanthropy. His unique work is built on characters each created with spray paint and markers in an adapted street style that is appealing by all ages.

Here is one of Rhett's characters!

Here is one of Rhett’s characters!

Rhett met  LB Skate owner Tim Scanlan, this year’s host site for the BIG heART show when Rhett was selling his art on 2nd St.  The next day Rhett was in the store painting his characters up on the wall.  They have collaborated since 2012. Rhett’s work can be seen at his tumblr site.

About RPNA: Home to over 22,000 residents and two historic districts has a mission to encourage communication, cooperation and civic engagement. We’re bounded by 10th St on the north, 4th St on the South, Cherry Ave on the West, and Redondo Ave on the East. The organization is approaching its own 25th birthday in 2017. A recognized non-profit, it offers regular meet-ups, community gatherings, fun events, flyers, eblasts and ways to engage to improve the well-being of the area. Contact or go to and like on Facebook.

Benefit Art Show for Homeless and At-risk Youth. At LBSkate, 3142 East 7th St., Long Beach, 90804. Friday February 13th – 6pm-9pm.