Local artists to take part in art walk

LA PUENTE - Downey artists Roy Anthony Shabla, Sylvia Lopez and Gennie Prochazka are slated to participate in "i am awake in the garden of dreams," an Aug. 18 event hosted by La Puente Artwalk and the RiT Gallery in Old Town La Puente."i am awake in the garden of dreams" is from 2-10 p.m. (plus an after party) will feature 10 local bands, three fine artists, poetry, films, raffles and more. The theme of the show derives from a famous quote by the Buddha. Sylvia Lopez is a young artist utilizing photography and fabric to create interesting images of saints, buddhas and animals emphasizing the inter-connectedness of all beings. Gennie Prochazka is an accomplished artist whose quirky images of Shiva, Ganesh, Buddha and other deities delight and intrigue. Her artwork is brought to life with a colorful palette and intricate detail. The featured artist for the month, Roy Anthony Shabla, paints large meditative abstracts in the Washington School/Colorist tradition "that draw you into themselves like a window onto another world, a magical realm electric with possibilities." The lineup of bands include several artists from the San Gabriel Valley and will feature ambient and meditative music, through as the evening progresses, "the music will rock the neighborhood." Visitors are encouraged to dress as their favorite god, goddess, saint or buddha to encourage the festivities.

********** Published: July 19, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 14