100percentLA campaign showcases Otis alumni artwork at LAX

Westchester’s Otis College of Art and Design is turning 100 on September 30, and the college is kicking-off a number of community collaborations to help celebrate its centennial. One of these first partnerships is with Los Angeles World Airports, which recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil artwork from 2018 Otis graduates.

The artwork, located in terminals throughout LAX, is part of the airport’s “100percentLA” campaign, designed to use art to highlight Los Angeles’ unique aesthetic and encourage visitors to take photos to post on social media.

“LAX is excited to partner with Otis College of Art and Design for the ‘100percentLA’ campaign, which highlights the creativity and vibrancy of our city as seen through the eyes of young local artists and designers,” said Keith Wilschetz, Deputy Executive Director for Emergency Management and Operations at LAX. “These exciting works of art, which will be installed throughout our LAX terminals this summer, help create a uniquely L.A. experience for our guests and provide an opportunity for them to engage in the campaign and share their own LA stories.” Continue reading

New Westchester mural pays tribute to community

Otis instructor, David Russell, in a collaboration with Karen Dial of Drollinger Properties, is busy transforming the Westchester Business District with colorful murals that pay homage to the community. Russell, who painted the 5-story mural on the Drollinger Office Building (located on the north west corner of Sepulveda  and Westchester Parkway), recently completed a new mural on the wall of Spring Cleaners. Continue reading

Westchester Farmers’ Market makes changes as it marks 25th anniversary

Later this month, the Westchester Farmers’ Market will celebrate its 25th anniversary with its biggest market day yet and a few changes to its schedule.

While currently the Wednesday market is held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., organizers have decided to change the hours to 2 to 7 p.m. to better accommodate the working families of the community.

Market Operator Cynthia Rogers says that the later hours will offer greater access to everyone and will allow for some exciting partnerships. Continue reading

Annual Fourth of July Parade pays tribute to “Cities Across America” and community

 

A vintage fire truck makes its way down Loyola Blvd. during last year’s parade. Photo by Glenn Marzano.

One of the best things about Westchester is its small town community feel and almost nothing exemplifies this better than the community’s annual Fourth of July Parade. A little slice of Americana, for the last nineteen years the LAX Coastal Chamber has organized the parade, which welcomes thousands of local and international spectators who flock to Loyola Blvd. to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

“Even though we’ve put on this parade for almost two decades, we’re still blown away by how many people come out to celebrate with us every year,” said Chamber President/CEO Christina Davis. “It’s great to see so many familiar faces year after year, and we love seeing guests from all over the world who hear about the parade and get to experience what it’s like to celebrate the Fourth of July in Westchester.” Continue reading

Rotary helps create mural at Westport Heights

Westport Heights Elementary School (WHES) has a new mural thanks to the help of the Westchester Rotary. The service club partnered with the Westchester elementary school for its fifth annual Community and Beautification Day on Saturday, May 5. Parents, community members, students and Rotarians helped beautify the school by painting doors and columns, gardening and cleaning up the campus.

Otis College of Art and Design instructor, David Russell, along with Westchester Rotarians, also facilitated two mural projects. The “We are Westport” interactive permanent mural now welcomes students in the front entryway of the campus and was painted and designed by the school community. The mural not only represents the mission and values of the school’s culture, but also the individual identity of the student artists.

The other mural, a movable art piece on six different panels, allowed younger students to participate in the project and show their creativity, while learning the values of the school which include trustworthiness, caring, responsibility, respect, citizenship and fairness.

Pictured: Russell (left) poses with Rotarians and WHES principal, Jacqueline Hughes (third from left), in front of the new mural. Photo Courtesy Westchester Rotary.

“Sunset Vestige” debuts at Burton Chace Park.

Now through July 1, visitors to Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park can view “Sunset Vestige,” a temporary public art piece reminiscent of the glow of a California sunset. Created by local artist Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics and funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the piece consists of more than 40,000 suspended red, orange, black, silver and purple streamers that sway with the wind. Covering a 5,000-square-foot site next to the water, Shearn’s artwork is meant to evoke the phenomenon of “flocking,” where schools of fish or insects swarm or move together in the same direction. The use of transparent netting to hang the streamers creates the illusion that they are floating on their own.

To engage the public, organizers are asking visitors to answer the question, “If this artwork could dance, what song would it dance to?” and create videos of “Sunset Vestige” with music. The videos can be posted on social media with #sunsetvestige. The most creative videos each week will be shared on Poetic Kinetics’ social media pages.

Burton Chace Park is located at 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.

It’s Best Of voting time!

We all have our favorite local spots, so now is your chance to vote for who will take home our 2018 Best Of honors! Our community is full of great businesses and organizations that deserve to be recognized, so show your support by voting!

First round voting: May 11 through June 7: Now Closed.

Final round of voting starts Friday, June 8. Voting ends on Friday, June 29.

Voting link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/finalhtnbestof2018

 

Best Of Voting starts May 11

Voting will open for the HomeTown News’ 7th Annual Best Of Readers’ Poll on Friday, May 11 at noon. Readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite local restaurants, businesses, organizations and places in more than 90 categories.

The annual Best Of issue is a chance to highlight and recognize the best of the community of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey and surrounding areas.

Voting will end on Friday, June 29, and the winners will be revealed in our Thursday, August 2 issue.

VOTING IS NOW OPEN AT: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/htnbestof2018

Pictured: Cafe Solar took home the honor of Best New Restaurant in our 2017 Readers’ Poll.

Posted May 2018.

Community Spotlight: Westchester mom hopes to make Super Pop bars a household name

Westchester mom, Melissa Wessely, is hoping to take the protein bar market by storm with her line of crispy, creamy Super Pop bars.

Wessely always had a passion for healthy eating and nutrition, but when her oldest daughter was born, the desire to find healthy options that were easy to eat on the go went into overdrive. Frustrated after looking at label after label with artificial ingredients and sugars, Wessely became determined to create her own all-natural snacks that were not only tasty and portable, but would also appeal to adults and kids alike.  Continue reading