In March of 2009, an art galiery became available fot
our union to rent on an annual basis, and in which our
membership can showcase afiwork in several themed
shows rather than one annual show. We named it Gallery
800, after our 1ocal, Local 800.
Gallery 800 is at the historic "Lankershim Arts Center,"
which is a landmark Water & Power, art-deco style building.
Located in the North Holl),'wood Arts District (NoHo
Arts District) it is under the management of the Los Angeles
Cultural Affairs Division. 'We share the space with the
highly acclaimed "Road Theatre Company" which is
upstairs from our gallery. Several afi and acting classes
meet in this space as well, so we enjoy a lot of enthusiastic
and savr,Y foot traffic. Gallery 800 is a full service art
gallery and gift shop which rllns year-round for the benefit
of all the members of Local 800, Art Directors, Scenic
Artists, Title Artists, Graphic Artists, Set Designers, Illustrators,
Matt Artists, Model Makers, and Digital Artists
(approximately 2,000 artists of all types.)
It is an honor and privilege to be curator of the
gallery and with the help of the Fine Arts Committee,
Mike Denering, Jim Fiorito and coordinator Nicki La Rosa,
we put our first show together within two weeks of
acquiring the space. The response was enormous' 'We
have 68 artists showing their magnificent works and have
enioved a fantastic debut.
These art shows have enabled our membership to
become more united, as we appreciate the talents of our
brothers and sisters, our regard and mutual respect grows
and inspires us to keep creating. Local 800 aftists that
may not have had a piece in the current show are welcome
to submit something in future shows' and this fosters
an eagerness to share. As we pursue our artistic
vision, we become willing to share our work with fellow
aftists. At Gallery 800, we enjoy the positive energy of
having our personal and professional work appreciated'
For more jnformation visit www.adg.org
By Wm. Denis Olsen, Curator