By Ashley FILIPEK
Restoration is complete on the historic Seeley Furniture building on Brand Boulevard in Glendale and is now home to Seeley Studios. After six years and $8 million in restoration costs, the studios provide a community for creative professionals with storefronts, offices and live/work spaces.
To showcase the new space, and to get the featured artists some exposure, Seeley Studios has hosted two artwalks. Held on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests were welcome to walk from storefront to storefront, admiring the diverse art on display, and mingle with the artists.
Curators Henry Priest, Julio Hechavarria Jr. and Emmeric Konrad have worked together to create these events and have pooled their resources to find some of the best artists in the area. Some of the 40 featured artists on Saturday included Deborah Flattery, the official artist of the gifting suites at the Emmys, curator Konrad who is a world-renowned artist and painter, Michelle Carmen Gomez, executive editor and publisher of “LA Pop Magazine,” and the four elements art gallery, which is owned and operated by the Lara Family.
The exhibit showcased various mediums from paintings to photographs and from fashion to jewelry.
Photographer Michael Gerzevitz is well known for his work in lighting and camera operations in the entertainment industry, but had a studio space on Saturday to show off some of his photographs, including some collaborative work he had recently done with National Geographic. Artist Rachel Brown showed off some of her new work in another studio space where she works mostly with acrylic, house paint, spray paint, resin and birch. She described her process of creating this art as “like a musician, riffing until the perfect composition appears.”
Michael Hope had a space for his photography, and even had a collaborative piece with fellow artist Konrad. Leslie Arenas showed off some of her jewelry designs in a space shared with several other artists, including pop surrealist Sandra Maya.
Kurtis Wells offered paintings perched on beer cans, which showed some of his political opinions and thoughts on the world around him, inspiring him to work on canvas.
On Saturday, almost all of the 41 studio spaces in the historic building were full, holding some of the finest artwork produced by some creative artists from the Glendale and Los Angeles areas.