12.7 WPW Flyer SMASSaturday, December 7th…The Santa Monica Art Studios celebrates work of numerous artists as part the holiday reception from 6-8pm.

In Arena 1, Women Painters West features its Winter Exhibition, juried by guest curator Bill Bush from Artweek LA.

Artist and PR chair, Christina Ramos has been a part of the group for the past seven years and has seen lots of positive changes. The work of its members is varied and includes painting, collage, photography and more.

PortraitofOaks LoraineVeeckThe group has been established since 1921 and currently has a membership of approximately two hundred and fifty. They often support arts education. Ramos explains, “We give scholarships each year to young adults from different parts of California who exhibit strong talent, innovation, and mastery of their craft. We also work with needy schools in the LAUSD and donate art supplies to help teachers provide art education in their classrooms.

See image: “Portrait of Oaks” by Loraine Veeck

There will be an awards presentation at 7:00 by WPW president, Loraine Veeck. http://www.womenpainterswest.org/

The work of artist Sona Mirzaei will be featured in the show. She most recently participated once again in the international charitable art event, Elephant Parade. This was the U.S. debut for the event. Just in case you don’t know, the Elephant Parade is an open-air public art exhibition of fiberglass elephant statues designed by high profile people and artists. Sona worked on not one but two elephants. Here second elephant was a co-venture with actor Daniel Benzali.

SONA MIrzaei InfinityofLove-2See image: Sse image: by Sona Mirzaei, Infinity of Love, Medium: mixed media, spray paint, acrylic, oil, metal leafing, varnish, and tissue paper 2013 – Dimensions: 36×48
Sona admits her work is always changing. “There are so many ideas that I have and concepts that I have not yet had the pleasure of doing so there is always something to look forward to.” The artist enjoys working in different mediums and I always interested in trying new things. She adds, “As longs as there is a surface or space that needs art I will always continue to evolve with my creativity.” Sona’s work will be featured at Wallspace gallery in 2014.

The last time Scott Tansey showed his work at SMAS, he sold the one and only photogragh that he had in the show. I had a great time at the Santa Monica Airport Art Walk, says Tansey. “The space had great lighting and beautiful white walls.” The photograph that sold was a Gray Glacier taken in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Tansey was at the art walk and many of the people viewing his work wanted to know where it was taken. “Most people thought it was from Alaska,” adds Tansey. “They were shocked they were so far off.” http://www.sonamirzaei.com/

Thislowres ScottTansey Garrapata 03 time, Tansey will be showing some of his aerial views of the Central California Coast. Tansey currently has his photography on view at Figtree’s Café, located at 429 Ocean Front Walk in Venice. In addition to being a photographer, Tansey is an estate-planning attorney and has four children. For more info about Scott Tansey, see his website at http://scotttanseyphoto.com/

What: Reception
Where: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. 90405
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.397.7449
Website: http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com