first thursday

october 5, 2023

4pm - 8pm

They do it in Portland, OR… they do it in Santa Barbara, CA… now Agoura Hills does First Thursday! Featuring local artists and musicians.

Join us on the first Thursday of every month (May – November) for something special, something different, something fun. Shops and restaurants at Whizin Market Square will roll out the red carpet each time with special music, art, food and drink. Every locally owned business will add their own flair to the Thursday events, so be sure to check out shops around The Square!

Local artist Barbara Freund, President of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, talking with The City of Agoura Hills Mayor Chris Anstead at the August First Thursday
The Agoura Hills Animal Care Shelter introducing dogs and cats to their new companions at the August First Thursday event

first thursday

october 5, 2023

4pm - 8pm

They do it in Portland, OR… they do it in Santa Barbara, CA… now Agoura Hills does First Thursday! Featuring local artists and musicians.

Join us on the first Thursday of every month (May – November) for something special, something different, something fun. Shops and restaurants at Whizin Market Square will roll out the red carpet each time with special music, art, food and drink. Several of the locally owned business will add their own flair to the Thursday events, so be sure to check out shops around The Square!

Local artist Barbara Freund, President of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, talking with The City of Agoura Hills Mayor Chris Anstead at the August First Thursday
The Agoura Hills Animal Care Shelter introducing dogs and cats to their new companions at the August First Thursday event

featured musicians

featured musicians

The Cheap Reds

Featuring Mike Dimkich (guitarist for Bad Religion and The Cult)

The Cheap Reds

Featuring Mike Dimkich (guitarist for Bad Religion and The Cult)

Whole Hog

Style - Bluegrass

Rooted in tradition, Whole Hog pushes the boundaries of bluegrass, Irish, swing, country and old time music. Lush vocal harmonies, instrumental mastery and fresh arrangements are at the forefront of their unique sound. For a rollicking good time – Go Whole Hog!

Whole Hog

Style - Bluegrass

Rooted in tradition, Whole Hog pushes the boundaries of bluegrass, Irish, swing, country and old time music. Lush vocal harmonies, instrumental mastery and fresh arrangements are at the forefront of their unique sound. For a rollicking good time – Go Whole Hog!

The Cheap Reds

Featuring Mike Dimkich (guitarist for Bad Religion and The Cult)

The Cheap Reds

Featuring Mike Dimkich (guitarist for Bad Religion and The Cult)

Whole Hog

Style - Bluegrass

Rooted in tradition, Whole Hog pushes the boundaries of bluegrass, Irish, swing, country and old time music. Lush vocal harmonies, instrumental mastery and fresh arrangements are at the forefront of their unique sound. For a rollicking good time – Go Whole Hog!

Whole Hog

Style - Bluegrass

Rooted in tradition, Whole Hog pushes the boundaries of bluegrass, Irish, swing, country and old time music. Lush vocal harmonies, instrumental mastery and fresh arrangements are at the forefront of their unique sound. For a rollicking good time – Go Whole Hog!

featured artists

Barbara Freund

Style - Representational

I am primarily a plein air artist. The attraction of plein air painting for me is being in the natural environment that I attempt to capture on canvas. I am better able to witness changing atmosphere, shadows, clouds, brightness, and the myriad effects of wind on the mountain and coastal sites I favor, than if I were only passing by. And while hiking and mountain biking are favorite activities, being in one place for a time while painting offers much more time to observe the beautiful, transitory details. The sensation of mountain air, the fragrance of plants and dirt, the movements of animals and insects, the immense sense of presence.

I have had the extraordinary pleasure of spending time painting with, and learning from, truly wonderful artists here in California, including Ken Auster, Karl Dempwolf, Randy Sexton, and Debra Huse, to name a few. I have exhibited in both group and solo venues, including the Santa Monica Mountains Anthony Beileson Interagency Visitor Center, La Galleria Gitana, Malibu City Hall, Santa Paula Art Museum, and Topanga Canyon Gallery.

I am honored to be currently serving as President of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, a group of local fine artists with a long history of painting representational art of the Santa Monica Mountains and beaches to promote appreciation of the environment and to support conservation and maintenance in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and local parks.

Barbara Freund

Style - Representational

I am primarily a plein air artist. The attraction of plein air painting for me is being in the natural environment that I attempt to capture on canvas. I am better able to witness changing atmosphere, shadows, clouds, brightness, and the myriad effects of wind on the mountain and coastal sites I favor, than if I were only passing by. And while hiking and mountain biking are favorite activities, being in one place for a time while painting offers much more time to observe the beautiful, transitory details. The sensation of mountain air, the fragrance of plants and dirt, the movements of animals and insects, the immense sense of presence.

I have had the extraordinary pleasure of spending time painting with, and learning from, truly wonderful artists here in California, including Ken Auster, Karl Dempwolf, Randy Sexton, and Debra Huse, to name a few. I have exhibited in both group and solo venues, including the Santa Monica Mountains Anthony Beileson Interagency Visitor Center, La Galleria Gitana, Malibu City Hall, Santa Paula Art Museum, and Topanga Canyon Gallery.

I am honored to be currently serving as President of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, a group of local fine artists with a long history of painting representational art of the Santa Monica Mountains and beaches to promote appreciation of the environment and to support conservation and maintenance in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and local parks.

Derek Schimming

Style - Abstract

Derek is an abstract expressionist and his art is influenced by his father’s works from the 60’s with mid-century modern vibe. Growing up with a father who was an architect/artist and art collector and a mother who owned an art gallery and helped cultivate new artists, Derek was exposed to a variety of arts and styles and from a young age showed a great appreciation and his own artistic style. Without formal training Derek expresses himself via strong emotions and life events, conveying from his mind’s eye to the canvas. Working primarily with oils and acrylics his non-traditional style produces unique and vivid works with multiple details and depth which draws in the viewer and allows them to discover different nuances.

Derek Schimming

Style - Abstract

Derek is an abstract expressionist and his art is influenced by his father’s works from the 60’s with mid-century modern vibe. Growing up with a father who was an architect/artist and art collector and a mother who owned an art gallery and helped cultivate new artists, Derek was exposed to a variety of arts and styles and from a young age showed a great appreciation and his own artistic style. Without formal training Derek expresses himself via strong emotions and life events, conveying from his mind’s eye to the canvas. Working primarily with oils and acrylics his non-traditional style produces unique and vivid works with multiple details and depth which draws in the viewer and allows them to discover different nuances.

Jayne Cooper

Style - Abstract

Artistic passion almost never follows a straight and narrow path. It evolves and becomes more expressive and powerful with each brush stroke. Such is the journey for Los Angeles artist, Jayne Cooper. Her path from child prodigy to becoming an internationally recognized figurative artist has followed the twists and turns of a rich creative life. Jayne’s natural talents were recognized at a very early age when she won awards for her striking colors and figures. As a young adult, she traveled extensively in Europe, where her artistic sensibilities were shaped by her exposure to Modigliani, Picasso, Rothko and Henry Moore—influences that clearly resonate in her current work. Moving back to Los Angeles, she became an in-demand cosmetologist for film and music celebrities, which also had a profound impact on the development of her signature figurative art. When she wasn’t shaping the images of her clients, she was making hundreds of drawings and paintings that translated her client work into the abstract visual vocabulary that shapes the work she is producing today. Jayne currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions.

Jayne Cooper

Style - Abstract

Artistic passion almost never follows a straight and narrow path. It evolves and becomes more expressive and powerful with each brush stroke. Such is the journey for Los Angeles artist, Jayne Cooper. Her path from child prodigy to becoming an internationally recognized figurative artist has followed the twists and turns of a rich creative life. Jayne’s natural talents were recognized at a very early age when she won awards for her striking colors and figures. As a young adult, she traveled extensively in Europe, where her artistic sensibilities were shaped by her exposure to Modigliani, Picasso, Rothko and Henry Moore—influences that clearly resonate in her current work. Moving back to Los Angeles, she became an in-demand cosmetologist for film and music celebrities, which also had a profound impact on the development of her signature figurative art. When she wasn’t shaping the images of her clients, she was making hundreds of drawings and paintings that translated her client work into the abstract visual vocabulary that shapes the work she is producing today. Jayne currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions.

Avi Boyko

Style - Pop

LA based Artist & Illustrator

Avi Boyko

Style - Pop

LA based Artist & Illustrator

Debbi Green

Style - Representational

I have always been an artist at heart but took quite a few side tracks before I decided to be a full time painter. A B.A. in Fashion Design, a sportswear designer, freelance textile and surface designer, a costumer in the film industry, owner and creator of a hand painted children’s furniture company and partner in a “recycled” clothing design venture.

Then, at 50 years old, I studied with Signature Artists from the California Art Club and Los Angeles Art Academy.

Painting is a meditation, a passion, which directs me. My lifestyle is the backdrop and muse for my artwork. I live on a lake, at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, near 40 acre ranches with every type of farm animal and minutes from the beach. I have a family of friends that inspire me by how they live their lives and are my cheerleaders for my endeavors. I live with a black doggie with a white spot and a white kittie with a black spot. I own an original Barbie doll (I never played with) yet today, she is dressed as Frida Kahlo. am a frustrated writer (though published) and a closeted wannabe comedian a la Lucille Ball. I see beauty in everything. I admire excellence. I can find humor in almost anything. I paint with those values in mind. “Learn to live and live to learn”. It is one of my favorite mottos. (Douglas Horton). I am so grateful that you stopped by and took the time to get to know me. I hope it gave you some insight as to what motivates me and keeps me painting on a daily basis.

Debbi Green

Style - Representational

I have always been an artist at heart but took quite a few side tracks before I decided to be a full time painter. A B.A. in Fashion Design, a sportswear designer, freelance textile and surface designer, a costumer in the film industry, owner and creator of a hand painted children’s furniture company and partner in a “recycled” clothing design venture.

Then, at 50 years old, I studied with Signature Artists from the California Art Club and Los Angeles Art Academy.

Painting is a meditation, a passion, which directs me. My lifestyle is the backdrop and muse for my artwork. I live on a lake, at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, near 40 acre ranches with every type of farm animal and minutes from the beach. I have a family of friends that inspire me by how they live their lives and are my cheerleaders for my endeavors. I live with a black doggie with a white spot and a white kittie with a black spot. I own an original Barbie doll (I never played with) yet today, she is dressed as Frida Kahlo. am a frustrated writer (though published) and a closeted wannabe comedian a la Lucille Ball. I see beauty in everything. I admire excellence. I can find humor in almost anything. I paint with those values in mind. “Learn to live and live to learn”. It is one of my favorite mottos. (Douglas Horton). I am so grateful that you stopped by and took the time to get to know me. I hope it gave you some insight as to what motivates me and keeps me painting on a daily basis.

John Von Buelow

Style - Representational

John von Buelow is a creative guy. He was born in Santa Monica and spent most of his life in Southern California. He first took to the brush and canvas when his fourth grade teacher suggested art lessons as a way focus his inquisitive intelligent restlessness. That foundation led him to constantly create with his hands and his head. His love of drawing and making things led him to his degree and career in Industrial Design. The creative problem solving process as well as the represenational and aesthetic art skills of design are imbedded in his approach to art.

John Von Buelow

Style - Representational

John von Buelow is a creative guy. He was born in Santa Monica and spent most of his life in Southern California. He first took to the brush and canvas when his fourth grade teacher suggested art lessons as a way focus his inquisitive intelligent restlessness. That foundation led him to constantly create with his hands and his head. His love of drawing and making things led him to his degree and career in Industrial Design. The creative problem solving process as well as the represenational and aesthetic art skills of design are imbedded in his approach to art.

Ruth Askren

Style - Representational

Painting about the landscape, architecture and other local realities

Ruth Askren

Style - Representational

Painting about the landscape, architecture and other local realities

Donna Goldstein

Style - Representational

Donna Goldstein

Style - Representational

Patricia Scoponich

Style - Mosaic Tile

Mosaic artist Patricia Scopinich has been creating mosaics for the last twenty years. She splits her time between her administrative job in the Science Division at Pepperdine University and creative time in her home studio in Calabasas. Patricia’s inspired fine art mosaics are represented in private homes and local art shows. Patricia studied art history at UC Santa Barbara and assisted in managing two Los Angeles art galleries. Her mosaic work is vibrant, festive, and uplifting.

Patricia Scoponich

Style - Mosaic Tile

Mosaic artist Patricia Scopinich has been creating mosaics for the last twenty years. She splits her time between her administrative job in the Science Division at Pepperdine University and creative time in her home studio in Calabasas. Patricia’s inspired fine art mosaics are represented in private homes and local art shows. Patricia studied art history at UC Santa Barbara and assisted in managing two Los Angeles art galleries. Her mosaic work is vibrant, festive, and uplifting.

Robert Scoponich

Style - Representational

While primarily a self taught painter, Robert has studied at Pratt Institute, the Art Students League, and Santa Clara University. He is a member of the California Art Club and he is a board member of the plein air club, Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. His early work in sculpture earned his recognition by New York’s 57th street galleries . His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Surfer Magazine, and Vesage. His experience as Visual Effects Artist in Feature Films has honed his sure sense of composition, light, and color. Robert describes his painting experience by a favorite quote, “Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake”.

Robert Scoponich

Style - Representational

While primarily a self taught painter, Robert has studied at Pratt Institute, the Art Students League, and Santa Clara University. He is a member of the California Art Club and he is a board member of the plein air club, Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. His early work in sculpture earned his recognition by New York’s 57th street galleries . His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Surfer Magazine, and Vesage. His experience as Visual Effects Artist in Feature Films has honed his sure sense of composition, light, and color. Robert describes his painting experience by a favorite quote, “Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake”.

Kim Bennett

Style - Mosaic Tile

Kim Bennett holds a Bachelors of Art from Vermont College in creative writing and worked as a Hollywood film editor for nearly two decades. She also worked as a clothing designer and had her own vintage clothing line, which was sold in over 150 retail stores through out the United States. Kimberley’s photography has been sold, rented and featured in a solo art show at the Rental Gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as other retail stores and galleries.

Kim Bennett

Style - Mosaic Tile

Kim Bennett holds a Bachelors of Art from Vermont College in creative writing and worked as a Hollywood film editor for nearly two decades. She also worked as a clothing designer and had her own vintage clothing line, which was sold in over 150 retail stores through out the United States. Kimberley’s photography has been sold, rented and featured in a solo art show at the Rental Gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as other retail stores and galleries.

Emily Scher

Style - Photography

Emily Scher studied design, fine art, photography and computer animation. Upon graduating she immediately got hired to be an effects animator for feature film and commercials in a swank New York studio. She continued her career for 20 years, working all over the world. A decade ago she switched gears and turned her focus to photography. She’s been dedicated to capturing beauty and inspiring joy through her lens. Emily loves to shoot portraiture, events, sports, performance, nature, editorial and real estate. Emily is based in Malibu, Ca.

Emily Scher

Style - Photography

Emily Scher studied design, fine art, photography and computer animation. Upon graduating she immediately got hired to be an effects animator for feature film and commercials in a swank New York studio. She continued her career for 20 years, working all over the world. A decade ago she switched gears and turned her focus to photography. She’s been dedicated to capturing beauty and inspiring joy through her lens. Emily loves to shoot portraiture, events, sports, performance, nature, editorial and real estate. Emily is based in Malibu, Ca.

Carla Bates

Style - Pop

arla Marlenée Bates is a California native whose talents span the fields of both commercial and fine art. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from California State University in Fullerton. As a Graphic Designer and a painter, she has been fortunate enough to work on projects with Malibu-based entities such as: The Malibu Playhouse, Once Upon A Time Children’s Theatre, The Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture, Eco Hero Kids, The Malibu String Academy and The Malibu Civic Ballet. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time for her first love, painting, and has enjoyed success creating land and seascapes depicting her vision of the Malibu experience. “Often in my paintings, I aim to illuminate the human connection with nature, especially a surfers’ call to the water. I want to capture the coastal creature in their element; playful, contemplative and immersed in the great beauty of the Pacific Ocean. I refer to these paintings as Ocean Portraits because they usually feature people I know or people that I have had the good fortune to meet thanks to a commission. The subject matter can be described as esoteric, but I think it can speak to that place of joy we all feel inside when we know, in that moment, we are grateful to be here.”

Carla Bates

Style - Pop

arla Marlenée Bates is a California native whose talents span the fields of both commercial and fine art. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from California State University in Fullerton. As a Graphic Designer and a painter, she has been fortunate enough to work on projects with Malibu-based entities such as: The Malibu Playhouse, Once Upon A Time Children’s Theatre, The Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture, Eco Hero Kids, The Malibu String Academy and The Malibu Civic Ballet. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time for her first love, painting, and has enjoyed success creating land and seascapes depicting her vision of the Malibu experience. “Often in my paintings, I aim to illuminate the human connection with nature, especially a surfers’ call to the water. I want to capture the coastal creature in their element; playful, contemplative and immersed in the great beauty of the Pacific Ocean. I refer to these paintings as Ocean Portraits because they usually feature people I know or people that I have had the good fortune to meet thanks to a commission. The subject matter can be described as esoteric, but I think it can speak to that place of joy we all feel inside when we know, in that moment, we are grateful to be here.”

Martha Meade

Style - Still Life

Martha Meade is a Los Angeles based artist who works VERY LARGE on murals and much smaller on canvas. Attracted to and excited by the forms nature gives to living things, she celebrates their shapes and stills them for contemplation. Whether in oils on canvas or acrylics on walls, her work has been described as being infused with a kind of energy or inner light.

Martha Meade

Style - Still Life

Martha Meade is a Los Angeles based artist who works VERY LARGE on murals and much smaller on canvas. Attracted to and excited by the forms nature gives to living things, she celebrates their shapes and stills them for contemplation. Whether in oils on canvas or acrylics on walls, her work has been described as being infused with a kind of energy or inner light.

Helle Urban

Style - Representational

When I moved to the U.S. from Denmark, I was 5 years old. At first I was a very shy child and drawing was my outlet and joy. As I got older, this love never faded, I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. I have been an artist/illustrator for 40 years. Over the years I have managed/worked several Fine Art galleries. I worked as a background artist in the animation industry, I then moved on to work in-house for a children’s book publisher illustrating books. In the last 15 years I have freelanced illustrating children’s books for Sleeping Bear Press.

Helle Urban

Style - Representational

When I moved to the U.S. from Denmark, I was 5 years old. At first I was a very shy child and drawing was my outlet and joy. As I got older, this love never faded, I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. I have been an artist/illustrator for 40 years. Over the years I have managed/worked several Fine Art galleries. I worked as a background artist in the animation industry, I then moved on to work in-house for a children’s book publisher illustrating books. In the last 15 years I have freelanced illustrating children’s books for Sleeping Bear Press.

Declan Bates

Style - Pop

Artist

Declan Bates

Style - Pop

Artist

Cynthia Underwood

Style - Representational

I’m an artist, an encouraging, FUN art teacher and a lover of happiness. I adore the mess of paint all over me after a day immersed in my studio. I’ve been an artist all my life. Making art feeds my soul, brings me joy and makes me think.

Cynthia Underwood

Style - Representational

I’m an artist, an encouraging, FUN art teacher and a lover of happiness. I adore the mess of paint all over me after a day immersed in my studio. I’ve been an artist all my life. Making art feeds my soul, brings me joy and makes me think.

Tim Horton

Style - Photography

Malibu Photographer

Tim Horton

Style - Photography

Malibu Photographer

Annete Power

Style - Abstract

Award-winning artist Anette Power credits her mom, who also paints, and growing up on an island off the Swedish coast for providing a childhood full of creative exploration and a love for the outdoors. After immigrating to the U.S., Power spent more than a decade working in animation, fine-tuning her sense of light, color, and mood as a background painter for studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and Universal. She now paints full-time and is an artist member of the California Art Club and has been an active board member of the Westlake Village Art Guild for eight years. She maintains a working studio in Newbury Park, CA.

Annete Power

Style - Abstract

Award-winning artist Anette Power credits her mom, who also paints, and growing up on an island off the Swedish coast for providing a childhood full of creative exploration and a love for the outdoors. After immigrating to the U.S., Power spent more than a decade working in animation, fine-tuning her sense of light, color, and mood as a background painter for studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and Universal. She now paints full-time and is an artist member of the California Art Club and has been an active board member of the Westlake Village Art Guild for eight years. She maintains a working studio in Newbury Park, CA.

Pamela LeGrand

Style - Representational

The creative process begins with collecting materials from her long walks on the beaches. She artfully places them together so that the onlooker has a visual story that is pleasing to the eye and evokes the essence of sea life and nature. After taking several pictures for reference she is ready to begin her inspirational paintings.

Pamela LeGrand

Style - Representational

The creative process begins with collecting materials from her long walks on the beaches. She artfully places them together so that the onlooker has a visual story that is pleasing to the eye and evokes the essence of sea life and nature. After taking several pictures for reference she is ready to begin her inspirational paintings.

Adonna Ebrahimi

Style - Still Life

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Adonna Ebrahimi

Style - Still Life

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Rozmin Haji (The Henna Lady)

Style - Henna

Keep Calm and Put Your Mehendi On with The Henna Lady!

Rozmin Haji (The Henna Lady)

Style - Henna

Keep Calm and Put Your Mehendi On with The Henna Lady!

Bente Christensen

Style - Abstract

Born in Marin county to Danish immigrants, I studied Art & Theatrical costume & set design at San Francisco State University while designing at the Presidio Playhouse and Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre. Upon moving to Los Angeles, I worked as a production designer for T.V. & Film productions. I’m currently exhibiting at several Bay Area art galleries while focusing on creating unique abstract artwork.

Bente Christensen

Style - Abstract

Born in Marin county to Danish immigrants, I studied Art & Theatrical costume & set design at San Francisco State University while designing at the Presidio Playhouse and Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre. Upon moving to Los Angeles, I worked as a production designer for T.V. & Film productions. I’m currently exhibiting at several Bay Area art galleries while focusing on creating unique abstract artwork.

Michael Hartstein

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Michael has been painting for the last 50 years. He has always enjoyed creating paintings about nature. From his early childhood, he studied every art book that was out there, learning art techniques from famous artists. His education in art has been in classes at The Art Center, Long Beach University, and Santa Monica College. His paintings have evolved over the years to an impressionistic style. In his love for nature, he likes to use bold colors, textures and creating a feeling of movement. Many paintings have water elements.

Michael Hartstein

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Michael has been painting for the last 50 years. He has always enjoyed creating paintings about nature. From his early childhood, he studied every art book that was out there, learning art techniques from famous artists. His education in art has been in classes at The Art Center, Long Beach University, and Santa Monica College. His paintings have evolved over the years to an impressionistic style. In his love for nature, he likes to use bold colors, textures and creating a feeling of movement. Many paintings have water elements.

Barbara Freund

Style - Representational

I am primarily a plein air artist. The attraction of plein air painting for me is being in the natural environment that I attempt to capture on canvas. I am better able to witness changing atmosphere, shadows, clouds, brightness, and the myriad effects of wind on the mountain and coastal sites I favor, than if I were only passing by. And while hiking and mountain biking are favorite activities, being in one place for a time while painting offers much more time to observe the beautiful, transitory details. The sensation of mountain air, the fragrance of plants and dirt, the movements of animals and insects, the immense sense of presence.

I have had the extraordinary pleasure of spending time painting with, and learning from, truly wonderful artists here in California, including Ken Auster, Karl Dempwolf, Randy Sexton, and Debra Huse, to name a few. I have exhibited in both group and solo venues, including the Santa Monica Mountains Anthony Beileson Interagency Visitor Center, La Galleria Gitana, Malibu City Hall, Santa Paula Art Museum, and Topanga Canyon Gallery.

I am honored to be currently serving as President of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, a group of local fine artists with a long history of painting representational art of the Santa Monica Mountains and beaches to promote appreciation of the environment and to support conservation and maintenance in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and local parks.

Barbara Freund

Style - Representational

I am primarily a plein air artist. The attraction of plein air painting for me is being in the natural environment that I attempt to capture on canvas. I am better able to witness changing atmosphere, shadows, clouds, brightness, and the myriad effects of wind on the mountain and coastal sites I favor, than if I were only passing by. And while hiking and mountain biking are favorite activities, being in one place for a time while painting offers much more time to observe the beautiful, transitory details. The sensation of mountain air, the fragrance of plants and dirt, the movements of animals and insects, the immense sense of presence.

I have had the extraordinary pleasure of spending time painting with, and learning from, truly wonderful artists here in California, including Ken Auster, Karl Dempwolf, Randy Sexton, and Debra Huse, to name a few. I have exhibited in both group and solo venues, including the Santa Monica Mountains Anthony Beileson Interagency Visitor Center, La Galleria Gitana, Malibu City Hall, Santa Paula Art Museum, and Topanga Canyon Gallery.

I am honored to be currently serving as President of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, a group of local fine artists with a long history of painting representational art of the Santa Monica Mountains and beaches to promote appreciation of the environment and to support conservation and maintenance in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and local parks.

Derek Schimming

Style - Abstract

Derek is an abstract expressionist and his art is influenced by his father’s works from the 60’s with mid-century modern vibe. Growing up with a father who was an architect/artist and art collector and a mother who owned an art gallery and helped cultivate new artists, Derek was exposed to a variety of arts and styles and from a young age showed a great appreciation and his own artistic style. Without formal training Derek expresses himself via strong emotions and life events, conveying from his mind’s eye to the canvas. Working primarily with oils and acrylics his non-traditional style produces unique and vivid works with multiple details and depth which draws in the viewer and allows them to discover different nuances.

Derek Schimming

Style - Abstract

Derek is an abstract expressionist and his art is influenced by his father’s works from the 60’s with mid-century modern vibe. Growing up with a father who was an architect/artist and art collector and a mother who owned an art gallery and helped cultivate new artists, Derek was exposed to a variety of arts and styles and from a young age showed a great appreciation and his own artistic style. Without formal training Derek expresses himself via strong emotions and life events, conveying from his mind’s eye to the canvas. Working primarily with oils and acrylics his non-traditional style produces unique and vivid works with multiple details and depth which draws in the viewer and allows them to discover different nuances.

Jayne Cooper

Style - Abstract

Artistic passion almost never follows a straight and narrow path. It evolves and becomes more expressive and powerful with each brush stroke. Such is the journey for Los Angeles artist, Jayne Cooper. Her path from child prodigy to becoming an internationally recognized figurative artist has followed the twists and turns of a rich creative life. Jayne’s natural talents were recognized at a very early age when she won awards for her striking colors and figures. As a young adult, she traveled extensively in Europe, where her artistic sensibilities were shaped by her exposure to Modigliani, Picasso, Rothko and Henry Moore—influences that clearly resonate in her current work. Moving back to Los Angeles, she became an in-demand cosmetologist for film and music celebrities, which also had a profound impact on the development of her signature figurative art. When she wasn’t shaping the images of her clients, she was making hundreds of drawings and paintings that translated her client work into the abstract visual vocabulary that shapes the work she is producing today. Jayne currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions.

Jayne Cooper

Style - Abstract

Artistic passion almost never follows a straight and narrow path. It evolves and becomes more expressive and powerful with each brush stroke. Such is the journey for Los Angeles artist, Jayne Cooper. Her path from child prodigy to becoming an internationally recognized figurative artist has followed the twists and turns of a rich creative life. Jayne’s natural talents were recognized at a very early age when she won awards for her striking colors and figures. As a young adult, she traveled extensively in Europe, where her artistic sensibilities were shaped by her exposure to Modigliani, Picasso, Rothko and Henry Moore—influences that clearly resonate in her current work. Moving back to Los Angeles, she became an in-demand cosmetologist for film and music celebrities, which also had a profound impact on the development of her signature figurative art. When she wasn’t shaping the images of her clients, she was making hundreds of drawings and paintings that translated her client work into the abstract visual vocabulary that shapes the work she is producing today. Jayne currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions.

Avi Boyko

Style - Pop

LA based Artist & Illustrator

Avi Boyko

Style - Pop

LA based Artist & Illustrator

Debbi Green

Style - Representational

I have always been an artist at heart but took quite a few side tracks before I decided to be a full time painter. A B.A. in Fashion Design, a sportswear designer, freelance textile and surface designer, a costumer in the film industry, owner and creator of a hand painted children’s furniture company and partner in a “recycled” clothing design venture.

Then, at 50 years old, I studied with Signature Artists from the California Art Club and Los Angeles Art Academy.

Painting is a meditation, a passion, which directs me. My lifestyle is the backdrop and muse for my artwork. I live on a lake, at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, near 40 acre ranches with every type of farm animal and minutes from the beach. I have a family of friends that inspire me by how they live their lives and are my cheerleaders for my endeavors. I live with a black doggie with a white spot and a white kittie with a black spot. I own an original Barbie doll (I never played with) yet today, she is dressed as Frida Kahlo. am a frustrated writer (though published) and a closeted wannabe comedian a la Lucille Ball. I see beauty in everything. I admire excellence. I can find humor in almost anything. I paint with those values in mind. “Learn to live and live to learn”. It is one of my favorite mottos. (Douglas Horton). I am so grateful that you stopped by and took the time to get to know me. I hope it gave you some insight as to what motivates me and keeps me painting on a daily basis.

Debbi Green

Style - Representational

I have always been an artist at heart but took quite a few side tracks before I decided to be a full time painter. A B.A. in Fashion Design, a sportswear designer, freelance textile and surface designer, a costumer in the film industry, owner and creator of a hand painted children’s furniture company and partner in a “recycled” clothing design venture.

Then, at 50 years old, I studied with Signature Artists from the California Art Club and Los Angeles Art Academy.

Painting is a meditation, a passion, which directs me. My lifestyle is the backdrop and muse for my artwork. I live on a lake, at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, near 40 acre ranches with every type of farm animal and minutes from the beach. I have a family of friends that inspire me by how they live their lives and are my cheerleaders for my endeavors. I live with a black doggie with a white spot and a white kittie with a black spot. I own an original Barbie doll (I never played with) yet today, she is dressed as Frida Kahlo. am a frustrated writer (though published) and a closeted wannabe comedian a la Lucille Ball. I see beauty in everything. I admire excellence. I can find humor in almost anything. I paint with those values in mind. “Learn to live and live to learn”. It is one of my favorite mottos. (Douglas Horton). I am so grateful that you stopped by and took the time to get to know me. I hope it gave you some insight as to what motivates me and keeps me painting on a daily basis.

John Von Buelow

Style - Representational

John von Buelow is a creative guy. He was born in Santa Monica and spent most of his life in Southern California. He first took to the brush and canvas when his fourth grade teacher suggested art lessons as a way focus his inquisitive intelligent restlessness. That foundation led him to constantly create with his hands and his head. His love of drawing and making things led him to his degree and career in Industrial Design. The creative problem solving process as well as the represenational and aesthetic art skills of design are imbedded in his approach to art.

John Von Buelow

Style - Representational

John von Buelow is a creative guy. He was born in Santa Monica and spent most of his life in Southern California. He first took to the brush and canvas when his fourth grade teacher suggested art lessons as a way focus his inquisitive intelligent restlessness. That foundation led him to constantly create with his hands and his head. His love of drawing and making things led him to his degree and career in Industrial Design. The creative problem solving process as well as the represenational and aesthetic art skills of design are imbedded in his approach to art.

Ruth Askren

Style - Representational

Painting about the landscape, architecture and other local realities

Ruth Askren

Style - Representational

Painting about the landscape, architecture and other local realities

Donna Goldstein

Style - Representational

Donna Goldstein

Style - Representational

Patricia Scoponich

Style - Mosaic Tile

Mosaic artist Patricia Scopinich has been creating mosaics for the last twenty years. She splits her time between her administrative job in the Science Division at Pepperdine University and creative time in her home studio in Calabasas. Patricia’s inspired fine art mosaics are represented in private homes and local art shows. Patricia studied art history at UC Santa Barbara and assisted in managing two Los Angeles art galleries. Her mosaic work is vibrant, festive, and uplifting.

Patricia Scoponich

Style - Mosaic Tile

Mosaic artist Patricia Scopinich has been creating mosaics for the last twenty years. She splits her time between her administrative job in the Science Division at Pepperdine University and creative time in her home studio in Calabasas. Patricia’s inspired fine art mosaics are represented in private homes and local art shows. Patricia studied art history at UC Santa Barbara and assisted in managing two Los Angeles art galleries. Her mosaic work is vibrant, festive, and uplifting.

Robert Scoponich

Style - Representational

While primarily a self taught painter, Robert has studied at Pratt Institute, the Art Students League, and Santa Clara University. He is a member of the California Art Club and he is a board member of the plein air club, Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. His early work in sculpture earned his recognition by New York’s 57th street galleries . His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Surfer Magazine, and Vesage. His experience as Visual Effects Artist in Feature Films has honed his sure sense of composition, light, and color. Robert describes his painting experience by a favorite quote, “Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake”.

Robert Scoponich

Style - Representational

While primarily a self taught painter, Robert has studied at Pratt Institute, the Art Students League, and Santa Clara University. He is a member of the California Art Club and he is a board member of the plein air club, Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. His early work in sculpture earned his recognition by New York’s 57th street galleries . His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Surfer Magazine, and Vesage. His experience as Visual Effects Artist in Feature Films has honed his sure sense of composition, light, and color. Robert describes his painting experience by a favorite quote, “Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake”.

Kim Bennett

Style - Mosaic Tile

Kim Bennett holds a Bachelors of Art from Vermont College in creative writing and worked as a Hollywood film editor for nearly two decades. She also worked as a clothing designer and had her own vintage clothing line, which was sold in over 150 retail stores through out the United States. Kimberley’s photography has been sold, rented and featured in a solo art show at the Rental Gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as other retail stores and galleries.

Kim Bennett

Style - Mosaic Tile

Kim Bennett holds a Bachelors of Art from Vermont College in creative writing and worked as a Hollywood film editor for nearly two decades. She also worked as a clothing designer and had her own vintage clothing line, which was sold in over 150 retail stores through out the United States. Kimberley’s photography has been sold, rented and featured in a solo art show at the Rental Gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as other retail stores and galleries.

Emily Scher

Style - Photography

Emily Scher studied design, fine art, photography and computer animation. Upon graduating she immediately got hired to be an effects animator for feature film and commercials in a swank New York studio. She continued her career for 20 years, working all over the world. A decade ago she switched gears and turned her focus to photography. She’s been dedicated to capturing beauty and inspiring joy through her lens. Emily loves to shoot portraiture, events, sports, performance, nature, editorial and real estate. Emily is based in Malibu, Ca.

Emily Scher

Style - Photography

Emily Scher studied design, fine art, photography and computer animation. Upon graduating she immediately got hired to be an effects animator for feature film and commercials in a swank New York studio. She continued her career for 20 years, working all over the world. A decade ago she switched gears and turned her focus to photography. She’s been dedicated to capturing beauty and inspiring joy through her lens. Emily loves to shoot portraiture, events, sports, performance, nature, editorial and real estate. Emily is based in Malibu, Ca.

Carla Bates

Style - Pop

arla Marlenée Bates is a California native whose talents span the fields of both commercial and fine art. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from California State University in Fullerton. As a Graphic Designer and a painter, she has been fortunate enough to work on projects with Malibu-based entities such as: The Malibu Playhouse, Once Upon A Time Children’s Theatre, The Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture, Eco Hero Kids, The Malibu String Academy and The Malibu Civic Ballet. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time for her first love, painting, and has enjoyed success creating land and seascapes depicting her vision of the Malibu experience. “Often in my paintings, I aim to illuminate the human connection with nature, especially a surfers’ call to the water. I want to capture the coastal creature in their element; playful, contemplative and immersed in the great beauty of the Pacific Ocean. I refer to these paintings as Ocean Portraits because they usually feature people I know or people that I have had the good fortune to meet thanks to a commission. The subject matter can be described as esoteric, but I think it can speak to that place of joy we all feel inside when we know, in that moment, we are grateful to be here.”

Carla Bates

Style - Pop

arla Marlenée Bates is a California native whose talents span the fields of both commercial and fine art. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from California State University in Fullerton. As a Graphic Designer and a painter, she has been fortunate enough to work on projects with Malibu-based entities such as: The Malibu Playhouse, Once Upon A Time Children’s Theatre, The Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture, Eco Hero Kids, The Malibu String Academy and The Malibu Civic Ballet. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time for her first love, painting, and has enjoyed success creating land and seascapes depicting her vision of the Malibu experience. “Often in my paintings, I aim to illuminate the human connection with nature, especially a surfers’ call to the water. I want to capture the coastal creature in their element; playful, contemplative and immersed in the great beauty of the Pacific Ocean. I refer to these paintings as Ocean Portraits because they usually feature people I know or people that I have had the good fortune to meet thanks to a commission. The subject matter can be described as esoteric, but I think it can speak to that place of joy we all feel inside when we know, in that moment, we are grateful to be here.”

Martha Meade

Style - Still Life

Martha Meade is a Los Angeles based artist who works VERY LARGE on murals and much smaller on canvas. Attracted to and excited by the forms nature gives to living things, she celebrates their shapes and stills them for contemplation. Whether in oils on canvas or acrylics on walls, her work has been described as being infused with a kind of energy or inner light.

Martha Meade

Style - Still Life

Martha Meade is a Los Angeles based artist who works VERY LARGE on murals and much smaller on canvas. Attracted to and excited by the forms nature gives to living things, she celebrates their shapes and stills them for contemplation. Whether in oils on canvas or acrylics on walls, her work has been described as being infused with a kind of energy or inner light.

Helle Urban

Style - Representational

When I moved to the U.S. from Denmark, I was 5 years old. At first I was a very shy child and drawing was my outlet and joy. As I got older, this love never faded, I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. I have been an artist/illustrator for 40 years. Over the years I have managed/worked several Fine Art galleries. I worked as a background artist in the animation industry, I then moved on to work in-house for a children’s book publisher illustrating books. In the last 15 years I have freelanced illustrating children’s books for Sleeping Bear Press.

Helle Urban

Style - Representational

When I moved to the U.S. from Denmark, I was 5 years old. At first I was a very shy child and drawing was my outlet and joy. As I got older, this love never faded, I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. I have been an artist/illustrator for 40 years. Over the years I have managed/worked several Fine Art galleries. I worked as a background artist in the animation industry, I then moved on to work in-house for a children’s book publisher illustrating books. In the last 15 years I have freelanced illustrating children’s books for Sleeping Bear Press.

Declan Bates

Style - Pop

Artist

Declan Bates

Style - Pop

Artist

Cynthia Underwood

Style - Representational

I’m an artist, an encouraging, FUN art teacher and a lover of happiness. I adore the mess of paint all over me after a day immersed in my studio. I’ve been an artist all my life. Making art feeds my soul, brings me joy and makes me think.

Cynthia Underwood

Style - Representational

I’m an artist, an encouraging, FUN art teacher and a lover of happiness. I adore the mess of paint all over me after a day immersed in my studio. I’ve been an artist all my life. Making art feeds my soul, brings me joy and makes me think.

Tim Horton

Style - Photography

Malibu Photographer

Tim Horton

Style - Photography

Malibu Photographer

Annete Power

Style - Abstract

Award-winning artist Anette Power credits her mom, who also paints, and growing up on an island off the Swedish coast for providing a childhood full of creative exploration and a love for the outdoors. After immigrating to the U.S., Power spent more than a decade working in animation, fine-tuning her sense of light, color, and mood as a background painter for studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and Universal. She now paints full-time and is an artist member of the California Art Club and has been an active board member of the Westlake Village Art Guild for eight years. She maintains a working studio in Newbury Park, CA.

Annete Power

Style - Abstract

Award-winning artist Anette Power credits her mom, who also paints, and growing up on an island off the Swedish coast for providing a childhood full of creative exploration and a love for the outdoors. After immigrating to the U.S., Power spent more than a decade working in animation, fine-tuning her sense of light, color, and mood as a background painter for studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and Universal. She now paints full-time and is an artist member of the California Art Club and has been an active board member of the Westlake Village Art Guild for eight years. She maintains a working studio in Newbury Park, CA.

Pamela LeGrand

Style - Representational

The creative process begins with collecting materials from her long walks on the beaches. She artfully places them together so that the onlooker has a visual story that is pleasing to the eye and evokes the essence of sea life and nature. After taking several pictures for reference she is ready to begin her inspirational paintings.

Pamela LeGrand

Style - Representational

The creative process begins with collecting materials from her long walks on the beaches. She artfully places them together so that the onlooker has a visual story that is pleasing to the eye and evokes the essence of sea life and nature. After taking several pictures for reference she is ready to begin her inspirational paintings.

Adonna Ebrahimi

Style - Still Life

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Adonna Ebrahimi

Style - Still Life

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Rozmin Haji (The Henna Lady)

Style - Henna

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Rozmin Haji (The Henna Lady)

Style - Henna

Keep Calm and Put Your Mehendi On with The Henna Lady!

Bente Christensen

Style - Abstract

Born in Marin county to Danish immigrants, I studied Art & Theatrical costume & set design at San Francisco State University while designing at the Presidio Playhouse and Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre. Upon moving to Los Angeles, I worked as a production designer for T.V. & Film productions. I’m currently exhibiting at several Bay Area art galleries while focusing on creating unique abstract artwork.

Bente Christensen

Style - Abstract

Born in Marin county to Danish immigrants, I studied Art & Theatrical costume & set design at San Francisco State University while designing at the Presidio Playhouse and Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre. Upon moving to Los Angeles, I worked as a production designer for T.V. & Film productions. I’m currently exhibiting at several Bay Area art galleries while focusing on creating unique abstract artwork.

Michael Hartstein

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Michael has been painting for the last 50 years. He has always enjoyed creating paintings about nature. From his early childhood, he studied every art book that was out there, learning art techniques from famous artists. His education in art has been in classes at The Art Center, Long Beach University, and Santa Monica College. His paintings have evolved over the years to an impressionistic style. In his love for nature, he likes to use bold colors, textures and creating a feeling of movement. Many paintings have water elements.

Michael Hartstein

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Michael has been painting for the last 50 years. He has always enjoyed creating paintings about nature. From his early childhood, he studied every art book that was out there, learning art techniques from famous artists. His education in art has been in classes at The Art Center, Long Beach University, and Santa Monica College. His paintings have evolved over the years to an impressionistic style. In his love for nature, he likes to use bold colors, textures and creating a feeling of movement. Many paintings have water elements.