ReAug30-UpperWest-bobbieRickSummerofSoutsonate LA presents Summer of Soul Art Exhibition at the Upper West. Resonate LA’s Summer of Soul is a three month event including Soul Music, Soul Food, Soul Mates and Soul Revolution. Neon green sunglasses have become the icon of this summer in Santa Monica. They are not only Resonate LA’s logo for Summer of Soul, but also an 8 by 8 foot interactive sculpture that appears weekly at Santa Monica’s Twilight Pier Concerts.

Residents and visitors leave their mark on the oversized chalkboard lenses, take photos with the sunglasses and often use them as a landmark to meet up with friends. Summer of Soul Art Exhibition is the culmination of Resonate LA’s Summer of Soul.

The art event will showcase 100 local artists’ sunglass themed creations. Each canvas will be available for a $99 donation. Donations will be split between Resonate LA’s Art Outreach and Compassion International. First come, first serve! The Upper West’s patio doors will open at 4pm sharp. Art will be flying off the wall.

ArAug30-UpperWest-SummerofSoulExhibition2tists such as Andrea Raft will be particpating.

See image (left): by Andrea Raft

“When asked to participate in this event I was so thrilled with the idea of painting sunglasses! So LA, so Santa Monica, so California!!! And the idea of supporting a wonderful cause especially because my dearest friend Bobbie Rich has come up with this novel approach to raising awareness and funds for her Resonate Church. I was more than delighted to paint and to contribute. I had just finished painting for a show entry featuring Frida Kahlo, my artist muse. What better than to create a Frida portrait, wearing of course Sunglasses. A Frida Selfie! She was the queen, you know, of the Selfie. All of this represents just great fun. Not my normal artistic bent, but I love to every once in a while step outside the box…..and just have fun. Thanks Bobbie for the opportunity to just play…” – Andrea Raft.

Come hungry to enjoy The Upper WeAugust30 UpperWest SummerofSoul Glassesst’s delicious beverages and cuisine. 30% of all food and beverage purchases will be generously donated by The Upper West!

Resonate LA is a community of Calling, Cause and Creativity. Resonate LA engages in Creative ministry because members believe that creativity is a foundational aspect of God’s personality, and because creativity generates spiritual

Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled adults.

SAug30-BobbieRich-David Cobiaee image Bobbie Rich and David Cobia, Lead Pastor of Resonate Church LA with Bobbie Rich’s mixed media sunglass artworks.

Summer of Soul Art Exhibition will be on display in the front room of Upper West; on view in the main dining room is the art of Gregg Chadwick.

The event will benefit Resonate LA Art Outreach and Compassion International.

What: Summer of Soul Art Exhibition
Where: Upper West Restaurant, 3321 W. Pico Blvd. (33rd Street), Santa Monica,
When: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – August 30
Phone: (310) 586-1111