OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION: Saturday, May 13, 2017 7pm-10pm

Art as Resistance:

Paintings in Protest to a Trump Presidency

Curated by Eric Almanza
Executive Orders, Alternative Facts, Muslim Bans and Border Walls. Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric, ICE Raids, Cuts to the EPA, NEA and PBS. Enough! In response to the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, Avenue 50 Studios presents a group exhibition displaying the raw power of Art to convey dissent and resistance. Art as Resistance brings to focus the artistic reactions of 17 artists living and working in the era of Trump. Rich with voices from the oppressed, these paintings serve as a visual protest to Trump and everything his administration stands for.
Opening Reception is May 13th, 2017 from 7:00-10:00PM
Exhibit runs May 13 – June 3, 2017

Saul Aguilera
Eric Almanza
Karla Diaz
Francisco Franco
CiCi Segura Gonzalez
Elmer Guevara
Cynthia Lujan
Christian Ramirez
Raquel Rojas
Alex Schaefer
Timothy Robert Smith
Sergio Teran
Ray Vargas
Wendel Wiggins
Peter Woods



Credit: Felicia Montes

Animating the Archives: The Woman’s Building

A Metabolic Studio Special Project in Archiving

Opening Reception is May 13th, 2017 from 7:00-10:00PM

May 13 – June 3, 2017

Animating the Archives: the Woman’s Building is a Metabolic Studio Special Project in Archiving. Fifteen emerging Southern California women artists have created new works about the legacy of the Woman’s Building and the feminist art movement.


Johanna Breiding
CamLab (Anna Mayer and Jemima Wyman)
Teresa Flores (in collaboration with Maryam Hosseinzadeh)
Raquel Gutiérrez
Hackers of Resistance
Onya Hogan-Finlay (in collaboration with Phranc)
Carolina Ibarra-Mendoza
Marissa Magdalena
J. Alex Mathews
Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes
Cindy Rehm
Gladys Rodriguez
Hana Ward
Lisa Diane Wedgeworth
Diana Wyenn

Sat, May 13    

7-10 p.m. : Exhibit Opening

Sat, May 20

1-4 p.m. : CamLab Miniatures Workshop

7-10 p.m. : Feminist Fridays on Saturday Night, facilitated by Micol Hebron

Sun, May 21

2-4 p.m. : Las Palabras hosts the Women Writers Series

Sat, May 27

3pm : Gallery Talk by Charlotte Cotton,  curator-in-residence, the Metabolic    Studio, with artists from exhibit

7-10 p.m. : Performances by Raquel Gutierrez, Hackers of Resistance, Marissa Magdalena and J. Alex Mathews

Sun, May 28

2-4 p.m. : Reading by Lisa Diane Wedgeworth

Sat, June 3

1-4 p.m. : Feminist Art Worksharing, coordinated by Jerri Allyn

7 p.m. : The A-Vest Awards Honoring Women Artists, hosted by Onya Hogan-Finlay and Phranc

8-10 p.m. : Evening of Women’s Music featuring Alice Bag, Phranc, Upset, and other special guests


 Herencia (Inheritance)

Artwork by Ruben Zavala

Opening Night Reception: Sat, May 13, 2017, 7-10 p.m.

Exhibit runs May 13 – June 3, 2017

Arroyo Arts Collective Space

May 2017


Jeanie, Wesley, and Donald Frias present “The Blue Wall.”  Mother and sons team up for this photography show at Avenue 50 Studio, opening May 13, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Long-time El Sereno residents, Jeanie, Wesley, and Donald explore their environment through photography, but each presents a different use of the camera, view of the city, and final presentation.

Jeanie photographs the eaves of houses in her East L.A. and NELA neighborhoods. The application of gold leaf to the background, and a blackened window enhance the aesthetic and conceptual content. These works create an intimate portrait of home, but the blackened entryways, the lonely space, the flat gold-leafed skies question the idea of comfort, and raise the domestic from its normal place in the social hierarchy. We are invited to look, the gold leaf asking you to hold it as an icon, but are left wondering what is behind the facade.

Wesley plays with light – natural and artificial – and silhouette to create powerful, and sometimes dream-filled images. His cityscapes are brief moments of gorgeously colored skies with quintessential L.A. silhouettes. In his studio work, colored lights become halos, wings, and creatures from another world. Wesley takes pride in the fact that his photos are finished when the shutter snaps, without editing in Photoshop or any other software.

Donald is most interested in environmental portraits. He often walks the city, engaging in conversation, developing trust with the people of our streets and time. His photos are the starting point for a deeper conversation with his subjects which allows the work to delve deeper than the typical candid street photograph. Donald’s photographs remain traditional in post editing which enforces the gap between photography and digital art. This presents a forceful contrast when combined with the unique and immersive 3-d printing process that invites the viewer to experience the work with more than just their eyes.


Surviving East Los

Artworks by Armando Bobadilla

Roaming the cold dark streets of East Los Angeles, just a boy his brother’s bike and a couple cans of paint. Disillusioned or not, he was chasing an infamous dream of art, expression, fame and significance. Surviving East Los is Armando “MONDO59420” Bobadilla’s expression of what is was like growing up in the nineties in East Los Angeles. The term, “Surviving” is used to reflect how dangerous it was, gang violence was at an all-time high. Police activity was aggressive and many times unjust. This theme can be seen in his many uses of skulls and aerosol spray cans. Armando also uses the Dia De Los Muertos to retain culture and legacy of what we all have done.

Opening Night Reception: Sat, May 13, 2017, 7-10 p.m.

Avenue 50 Studio Satellite Gallery @ Man Insurance
1270 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Exhibit runs May 13 – June 3, 2017