The Great Mother

• A 2 day workshop by Mercedes Gertz • Mercedes Gertz is an artist from Mexico City whose first language before Spanish was the language of images, which connected her to her deepest roots. She now has an MFA and Master’s in Depth Psychology and is currently working towards her PhD. Where do fairy-tales come from? In the 19th century, anthropologist Adolf Bastian proposed that all basic mythological motifs stem from the elementary thoughts of mankind – meaning that these mythologies do not necessarily migrate, but rather are inborn within each individual. This idea supported a Jungian view of the archetype – that it embodies the realm of “elementary emotions” or an “elementary impulse.” In this context, the great mother archetype may be understood as a complex and paradoxical archetype that embodies the energy of creation but also of destruction, birth and death. In these two workshops, we will revisit the ideas of Eric Neumann, Marina Warner, Tomas Moore, and Patricia Berry. We will also discuss the narrative effects of this archetype throughout history, and how it has affected the rites, myths, and symbols of early man. This archetype is also found within the material of dreams, fantasies and creative works. In this workshop, we will focus on reflecting upon the emotional dynamic components of the great mother archetype, in addition to its symbolism and structures. In this two day workshop, we will discuss our dreams and our favorite tales which capture the many facets of this complex archetype. We will also encourage the creation of a tale, drawing, painting, or any other type of creative work. “Mercedes Gertz is a wonderful teacher. Her roots are in the visual arts. Her writing came later, and all of that folded into her deep explorations of Jungian psychology. Coming from a powerfully visual culture in Mexico City, she’s perfectly suited to teaching this material. The book, THE GREAT MOTHER, is actually a written exploration of a vast collection of Great Mother imagery. Mercedes Gertz brings herself to the workshop, but she also draws out each of her students in remarkably direct and simple ways. The results are much more intricate paths into the future.” —D. W. Jacobs Dates: September 11th & 18th, 2016 2pm-4pm Cost: $20.00/person Avenue 50 Community Room


Chicano Steel

Based on the popular Monster Drawing Rally, developed in 2000, by San Francisco organization Southern Exposure, Chicano Steal is a community and artist oriented public event, featuring live drawing. Local artists are publicly showcased and their work is sold immediately at an affordable price, on a first come basis. The event features three, one-hour drawing shifts with up to 25 artists drawing simultaneously.


Consuelo Velasco Montoya – Artist, Faculty and founding program manager,

Graduate Public Practice, Otis College of Art and Design, Board Member – VPAM

Kathy Gallegos – Founding Executive Director Avenue 50 Studio, Council Member – California Arts Council

Nathalie Sanchez – Artist, Educational Program Associate,

UCLA Fowler Museum

Raoul de la Sota – Artist, former curator DaVinci Gallery,

Professor Emeritus of Art, LA City College

Sergio Teran – Artist, Professor of Art, Cerritos College

Artists: Cidne Hart J. Michael Walker Wayne Healy Beth Peterson Roderick Smith Wayne Perry Nathaniel Osollo Teresa G. Flores Kim Abeles Marissa M. Sykes Ronald Llanos Joe Alvarez Raoul de la Sota Bonnie Lambert Judith Amdur Margo Mullen Phung Hyunh Art Carillo Rosalie Lopez Johnny Quintanilla Roberto Munguia Holly Crawford Merilyn Hernandez Michael Hernandez Poli Marichal Susanna NegreteSteve Correa Sergio Teran Dan McCleary Lynn Heinz Jeanie Frias Charity Capili Oscar Magallanas Joel Garcia Brian Mallman

Music: Band: El Haru Kuroi

DJ’s: Chulita Vinyl Club, Los Angeles

Speciality Drinks: designed by celebrity chef and restaurateur, Ricardo Diaz

Sponsors: Las Cazuelas Food For Less, Highland Park Cafe de Leche Foliero’s Italian Food and Pizza Colonia Publica

Admission: $10.00 October 2nd, 2016. 12pm-6pm



Altar Making Workshop for K-12 Educators

Approved for 5 hours of professional development credits for LAUSD UTLA Teachers

This five-hour workshop will include an overview of the history of Día de los Muertos from Pre-Columbian times to its contemporary traditions. Participants will create a Día de los Muertos Altar and learn about the meaning of the different objects. Participants will also learn papel picado techniques for Día de los Muertos celebrations and altars. The instructors, Ofelia Esparza and Margaret Sosa, will provide designs suitable for different grade levels that can be reproduced for classroom use. All supplies will be provided, and no previous art experience is necessary.

Registration deadline: October 3rd, 2016

Cost: $60 includes workshop supplies and appetizers.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Avenue 50 Studio

131 North Avenue 50

Los Angeles, CA 90042

For more information and to register click Here.


Avenue 50 Studio’s Annex Gallery presents


An installation by Leslie K. Gray

An installation re-imagining, with shadow and light, the Tōrō nagashi, a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns (chōchin) down a river.

A writer, director, and puppetry artist, Leslie K. Gray has designed for theatres in Los Angeles like the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, MYE Theater Company, and Circle X. She is an LA Weekly Theatre Award winner for her puppet designs for Circle X’s Grendel. As a puppeteer she has worked with Cornerstone Theatre Company and The Rogue Artists Ensemble. She received her BA in Theatre Arts from UCLA. Also an educator of the Deaf, Leslie has her Masters degree in Deaf Education and was an LA Cultural Affairs Grantee for a series of workshops that provided English literacy enhancement through theater for deaf children.

Opening Night Reception: Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 7-10 pm

October 8 through November 5, 2016



Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present for Día de los Muertos:

Honoring our Ancestors

Featured Artists:

Ofelia Esparza

Rosalie Lopez

Rebeca Guerrero

Esau Andrade Valencia

Jacqueline Dreager

Ann Le

Leonard Greco

Toti O’Brien

Isabel Martinez

Todd Westover


Christina Carroll

Yvonne Ruiz

Patrick Quinn

Miriam Jackson

Robert Lowden

Mercedes Gertz

Arni Tecson

Donna Leteresse

Kacy Treadway

Opening Night Reception: Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 7-10 pm

October 8 through November 5, 2016