Please join WECAN at their debut art show this Friday at Hojas Premium Tea House.

Music, art, tea….good times!

When: Friday, February 26, 2010

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Where: Hojas Premium Tea House

405 W. Pacific Coast Highway

Wilmington, Ca 90744

Read review on Hojas Tea House on S.M.C.

Stay tuned next time for an interview with WECAN…

WECAN is an up and coming artist organization based out of Wilmington, California.  Get to know how they got started and what their goals are in the art community.


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Residents Rosario and Elizabeth Alvarez and Marybelle Flores with Artist Mario Ybarra, Jr.


Watts House Project kicked off the Founders Circle of Watts House Project on February 2nd.  We are collaborating with WHP alongside Escher GuneWardena Architecture for the Garcia family’s home – Casa Garcia.  Click here to read more and see the photos of the event!

Go through the Wilmas ABCs with Tyson. Check it out!
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TYSON's My Definitions A thru Z

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Co-founders Mario Ybarra, Jr. and Karla Diaz left this fair city for ARCO2010 in Madrid.  They have an installation and performance called Police and Thieves as part of Invisible Cities, curated by Kris Kuramitsu and Christopher Miles, at the Instituto Cervantes.  This installation, named after Junior Murvin's song "Police and Thieves," features the struggle between cops and robbers from both sides of Los Angeles' mean streets and displays all sorts of LAPD and bad guy sundries -- from LAPD complaint forms to prison ink drawings to beloved shanks.  Ybarra and Diaz's performance will follow the panel discussion on the 19th.  If you happen to be in Madrid, get your dose of Slanguage in España!

It is 2010 and the Slanguage team is busy working on new and exciting projects! Last week we started a series of photo/portrait shoots with each Slanguage member. Resident photographer Chris Reynolds took charge of shooting  photos of  selected “Slangsters” at  different locations around Wilmington. We kicked off the photo shoot with Shonowa Villalobos,  Mario “Dred” Lopez, and myself.  Liz Aguilar, Nathalie Sánchez, and  Cristina Velasquez also helped behind the scenes taking digital shots, hauling equipment, and directing us on poses.  Here is a peek on some of the day’s work….

Chris getting the equipment ready

Book-smart, street-smart

Nathalie Sánchez assisting Chris

Silver….corrugated fences so lovely

Ghost-town alleys in full effect!

Intern Cristina having fun pushing the props down the alley, we also used this carrito to move around all the photo equipment.

Stay tuned to the blog for the rest of the Slanguage  team on their photo shoot extravaganzas!


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Check out the  interview Pix Feed LA did on fellow Slanguage member Chris Reynolds for his upcoming  "Fortune Cookie Project".

And don't forget to come support the project opening night!
Saturday, Feb 13 7:00pm to 10:00pm
309 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA, 90802
 (213) 626-2854 

Phantom Galleries LA, partnered with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, are pleased to present The Fortune Cookie Project, an installation by Los Angeles-based artist Christopher Reynolds.

A fortune cookie writer assumes the role of provider of thoughts, challenges, inspiration, and even humor — a role that an artist adopts in many occasions.  After posting an advertisement on Craigslist, Reynolds selected a diverse group of people to share stories about the impact of fortune cookies on their lives. They ultimately formed a community who ranged from couples and children to business owners and artists. In addition to taking portraits of his participants, Reynolds played the role of fortune writer and drafted each personʼs fortune based on their stories and personal history. The end result is a fortune that is both unique and generic — a familiar trait of the famous cookie. Once written, these nine new fortunes were mass-produced for distribution to the public to inspire an entirely new group of people. A larger, extended community consisting of the photographed subjects and fortune cookie eaters all become the projectʼs active participants rather than its observers.

The Fortune Cookie Project consists of nine large format photographs containing a fortune written below each subject. A large bowl of the artist-written fortune cookies are displayed in front of the nine images and are free to visitors.

The exhibition will be on view from February 13th through March 13th, 2010. Please contact the gallery for hours because they are subject to change. Private viewing is available by appointment.

For further information, images, or to make an appointment, please call: 949.887.4065 or email: