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Art Gone Wild Exhibit Raises Funds For Wildlife Learning Center

The Towns Burr Gallery in Magnolia Park has partnered with the Wildlife Learning Center for the current mixed media exhibit Art Gone Wild. Bids are being accepted on all of the animal-themed art through May 20, with proceeds from the event going to the Wildlife Learning Center (WLC.)

The Wildlife Learning Center is an animal sanctuary located in Sylmar, CA, which provides a permanent home for animals that may have been confiscated from people who kept them as illegal pets. Other animals are given to the center because owners no longer can or want to care for them.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Some of the animals at WLC are rehabilitated animals which are unable to be released back into the wild because they cannot survive on their own.

“Funding becomes a crucial part in the care of these animals, and they rely on fundraising and admission to help them meet these costs,” explained WLC Board Member and Magnolia Park Merchants Association President Ashley Erikson.

“All artwork has been donated by local artists and photographers in an effort to help the WLC raise money. The show consists of all medias including paintings, photography and digital art and are reflections of the current animals that are at the center.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We have always wanted to hold a fundraiser at the gallery,” explained Connie Towns Burr, who owns the gallery with her husband Bruce Burr. “So when Ashley Erickson approached me with the idea it seemed like a great fit for the Wildlife Learning Center and the gallery.”

“We feel that the Wildlife Learning Center is a worthwhile charity because they perform such a great service by providing a life-long home to dis-advantaged wild animals.”

“So far, the response to the exhibit has been amazing. [The] preview event was very well attended and many of the attendees placed bids on the artwork. I also would like to give a big thank-you to the participating artists for donating such beautiful art.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Visitors to the Art Gone Wild opening nights on April 28 and 29 were able to meet a few of the live animals from the center which inspired some of the art.

“I am very grateful to Connie and Bruce for helping and letting us use their gallery for the fundraiser, and keeping it up for 3 weeks!” said Tammy List, WLC Board Member. “Both opening nights were amazing.”

“It was so great seeing all the artists there and thanking me for letting them donate,” she added. “What was very exciting to me though was seeing all the people… in the gallery bidding on items to benefit the Wildlife Learning Center.”

Art Gone Wild runs through May 20 at Towns Burr Gallery, located at 3609 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more info on theWLC, visit www.wildlifelearningcenter.com.

Magnolia Park Antes Up The Weekend

Magnolia Park Movie Nights continue with an outdoor screening of Grease Friday evening, August 8. Towns Burr Gallery hosts a full schedule of events for Second Saturdays on August 9, including a meet and greet with featured artist Katie Runnerstrom, live music and refreshments.

magparkmoviesFriday’s Movie Night kicks off at 7:00 p.m. with food and treats available from Baby’s Badass Burgers, Rockin’ Ice, Hula Pop Kettle Korn, Rocket Fizz, The Jelly Bean Factory and Mikey Melts Grilled Cheeses. Grease begins at approximately 8:00 p.m. at the UMe Credit Union parking lot.

Walk Bike Burbank offers a free bicycle valet to help encourage people to ride to the event. Frenchy’s Beauty Parlor, named for the Grease character, will also be set up at the Friday night event.

Flappers Comedy Club hosts a performance at 7:30 p.m. and will give away free tickets to their shows. The Burbank Police Department will also be on hand with their vintage police car for photo ops.

Magnolia Park Movie Nights debuted July 11 with a screening of The Goonies. Organizers suggest low chairs and blankets for the audience. Picnic baskets are also welcomed. UMe Credit Union is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Boulevard.

Towns Burr Gallery has a big night planned for Saturday evening, August 9, and the growing Second Saturdays monthly event.

The gallery exhibition includes recent works from Runnerstrom. Live music from Dr. Blues American Roots Revival Band, food and drinks are planned for the party.

“The world around us is ever-changing, infinitely expanding, and rearranging. Whether on a macro- or micro-scale, entities that are not recognizable,crawl and squeeze their way through space and time,” Runnerstrom commented. “Inspired by saprophytes, the wildlife of the deep sea, and voyages across inner and outer space, my work comes to life through different tools and mediums.”

"Trapezium" by Katie Runnerstrom. (Courtesy of Towns Burr Gallery)

“Trapezium” by Katie Runnerstrom, 48″ by 48″ acrylic on canvas. (Courtesy of Towns Burr Gallery)

“Studying the vast world of nature puts into perspective how large and rich the Earth and the universe really are; it reminds us where we really lie in the scheme of the universe, takes us out of our comfort zone mentally, and opens up our minds intellectually,” she added. “My work means to remind people of where they are, and inspire them to pay closer attention to the beautiful details in life.”

Towns Burr Gallery is located at 3609 W. Magnolia Blvd. and Second Saturdays runs from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., with regular gallery hours on Saturdays opening at 10:00 a.m. More information on the gallery can be found on their website www.townsburrgallery.com.

Towns Burr Gallery Hosts Artist Signing For Second Saturdays

Actor and painter Richard Herd stops by Towns Burr Gallery as part of Magnolia Park’s growing Second Saturdays monthly event on Saturday evening, March 8. Herd will be on hand to sign prints of two of his paintings currently on exhibit at the gallery.

Richard Herd with some of his art. (Photo Courtesy of Towns Burr Gallery)

Richard Herd with some of his art. (Photo Courtesy of Towns Burr Gallery)

Elizabeth Crawley performs live music between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Romancing the Bean, just steps away from the art gallery, for the Second Saturdays event. Reclaimed vintage clothing store also offers special sales for the evening.

Herd is well-known for his roles in Seinfeld, Private Benjamin, Star Trek Voyager and Sgt. Bilco, among other television shows and films. Prints of his two works “Live Free Or Die” and “So Cool” will be available for purchase at the gallery event, which runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Pasadena Society of Artists Distinguished Artists Exhibit

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Towns Burr Gallery located at 3609 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, Ca. is pleased to present the Pasadena Society Of Artists Distinguished Artist Exhibition Series featuring Fred Schoellkopf and Gretel Stephens. The exhibition runs from Tuesday, January 28 until Saturday, February 8, 2014.

This special exhibition series has been created to acknowledge and celebrate the important contributions that all Distinguished Artists have made to Pasadena Society of Artists and the southern California art community. To be awarded the Distinguished Artist designation by the Board of Directors, a PSA member has had an unwavering commitment to their art and exceptional service to PSA.

Fred Schoellkopf, a native Texan, studied Josef Albers’ color experiments as part of his undergraduate degree. This led to his decision to make color his major artistic field. He received his MFA from Claremont Graduate School in the late 1960s. Mr. Schoellkopf won first prize in painting at PSA’s annual exhibitions in 1980 and 1981. He also participated as chairperson of the PSA Annual Committee in the mid-1980s.

Fred Schoellkopf states “Color is my major interest. The geometric form is the platform upon which I “hang my colors”.  Acrylic paint is very stable, and the fluorescent pigments allow for experimentation.  It’s always very fun to see what happens!”

Gretel Stephens has been an active artist for more than 30 years. She maintains a studio in Los Angeles. She has exhibited extensively, had featured reviews in Artslant, ArtScene and Art in America. Her work is in numerous private and public collections.

Gretel Stephens states “Since segueing from narrative figurative painting into abstraction, I have narrowed my concerns to a few basic elements: color, surface, edges, materials. My current interest is in maintaining the character of the linen support while applying multiple layers of oil paint to achieve a final color.”

About Towns Burr Gallery The Towns Burr Gallery is an artist run gallery whose mission is to promote the work of local artists in an elegant and intimate venue. Gallery hours are TuesdayFriday from 10-5 and Saturday from 10-5.  Free parking in the rear of the building off Cordova St.

For more information please visit www.townsburrgallery.com

Second Saturdays Debuts At Towns Burr Gallery

Second Saturdays debuts at the Towns Burr Gallery in Magnolia Park Saturday, January 11. The event will bring together live jazz, great art and tasty hors d’oeuvres as a backdrop for a fun and relaxing night out.

second saturdaysSecond Saturdays are planned as a regular monthly occurrence, and there has been some discussion amongst the Magnolia Park merchants for the event to become a larger party involving more of the area’s shops and cafes.

People are looking for an evening out with the same casual vibe as the successful Magnolia Park Ladies Night Out and are often too tired to get out on a Friday night after a long week at work, Connie Towns Burr said recently. To this end, she and her husband, photographer Bruce Burr, have come up with the Second Saturdays event, which their gallery will host.

The Towns Burr Gallery is located at 3609 W. Magnolia Blvd. and Second Saturdays runs from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., with regular gallery hours on Saturdays opening at 10:00 a.m. More information on the gallery can be found on their website www.townsburrgallery.com.

“Creative Visions Of Magnolia Park” Opens At Towns Burr Gallery

The Towns Burr Gallery in Magnolia Park hosts a public opening reception tonight, October 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. of “Creative Visions of Magnolia Park,” an exhibit of photographs, paintings, watercolors, collage and mixed media art celebrating the eclectic shopping district. The public reception adds to the monthly Ladies’ Night Out event in the district, which is also held along Magnolia Blvd. between Hollywood Way and Buena Vista St. this evening. A private reception for the artists held yesterday evening, October 24, kicked off the show, which runs through November 15.

William Hanford Lee, Jr., William Pound and Connie Towns Burr enjoy the reception. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

William Hanford Lee, Jr., William Pound and Connie Towns Burr enjoy the reception. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“My main reason for doing the show was because I wanted to draw attention to our wonderful area, Magnolia Park,” explained gallery owner Connie Towns Burr. “I was inspired to do this show because one day, as I was sitting outside sketching Rocket Fizz, a business storefront located across the street from the gallery, it occurred to me that perhaps other artists would like to paint or photograph other businesses with interesting storefronts.”

“I then thought we could showcase those works in a special exhibition. My husband Bruce Burr came up with the title and ‘Creative Visions of Magnolia Park’ was born.”

Best in Show winner Robin Neudorfer with her watercolor "Magnolia Park Vase." (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Best in Show winner Robin Neudorfer with her watercolor “Magnolia Park Vase.” (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Several local artists responded to the call for entries, which was sent out via the gallery’s email service and through Magnolia Park’s marketing person Ashley Erikson, Magnolia Park store owners and social media.

Works from artists Analisa Siemens, Caecilie Carlsen, Connie Schaefer, Diane Evans, Dorothe Horttor, Dorothy Shepard, Harriette Kahn, Louise Wallace, Mark Brunner, Robin Neudorfer, Stephen Coleman, Susan Berkowitz, Vincent Takas, William Pound, Bruce Burr and Connie Towns Burr were selected for the exhibition.

Harriette Kahn and first place "Shopping Spree," a collage. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Harriette Kahn and first place “Shopping Spree,” a collage. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Artists and Magnolia Park area shop owners mingled with invited guests, while musician William Hanford Lee Jr. entertained the gathering. The soon-to-open Luna Vine Wine Bar provided hors d’oeuvres and poured from a selection of six different wines.

Frederick Schmidt, owner of Verve Art and Framing in Burbank, judged the entries and awarded prizes. Best In Show, for watercolor “Magnolia Park Vase,” was awarded to Robin Neudorfer. Harriette Kahn’s “Shopping Spree” earned First Place, Second Place went to William Pound for “Glamour” and Mark Brunner was awarded Third Place for “Mindfulnest.”

Owned by photographer Bruce Burr and watercolor artist Connie Towns Burr, the Towns Burr Gallery is located at 3609 W. Magnolia Blvd., near Hollywood Way. The gallery’s regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free parking is available in the rear of the building off of Cordova Street.

William Pound, with "Glamour." (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

William Pound, with “Glamour.” (Photo By Ross A. Benson)




Mark Brunner with mixed media "Mindfulnest" and Mindfulnest co-owner Amanda Vernon.

Mark Brunner with mixed media “Mindfulnest” and Mindfulnest co-owner Amanda Vernon. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Nick Caballero and Shannon VerGow pour for Luna Vine Wine Bar. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Nick Caballero and Shannon VerGow pour for Luna Vine Wine Bar. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)