Judy Rae

Around & About June 2019 Peninsula

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Don Crocker holding up his original oil of Wayfarer’s Chapel.

Art by the Sea

The third annual “Art, Prose and Sound” fine art exhibition showcasing 25 different artists with varying mediums was held May 5 on the Wayfarers Chapel grounds. Handmade jewelry, crafts, oils on canvas and activities for the kids such as face painting. VIP guests of the day included Eric Wright, son of Lloyd (architect of the Wayfarer’s Chapel) and Mary Wright, along with Michael Coulumbe, horror film producer and poet and Drew Brophy, guest speaker, artist and surfer. There was open mic poetry throughout the day inside the chapel and it was a serene and scenic day to tour the ground and meet the artists. Photos by Stephanie Cartozian

Simon Chiu, Stephanie Cartozian and Bruce Dalrymple. Photo by Thomas Redfield

Gardena High’s art reception

For the first time in over 60 years, the nearly complete Gardena High School Art Collection of 68 paintings was enjoyed at an opening reception May 11 at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University. A special gathering of donors viewed the paintings at 10 a.m. followed by an event that included alumni and special guests and the public opening at 6 p.m. Nearly 600 people were in attendance. 

The Gardena High School Art Collection Exhibit runs through October 19. The museum is located at 167 N. Atchison Street, Orange, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit HilbertMuseum.com or the Gardena High School Art Collection, Inc. website: ghsac.org

Maria Franklin, Jennifer Starr, Tim Watts, Natalie Watts, Zen Del Rio and Tom Balderas.

Artisan Hut in Lunada Bay Attracts Over 200 Guests

Tim Watts, builder, surfer, fine furniture craftsman and artist hosted five other local artists to show their works at his spectacular home by the sea. The preparation for the show was well orchestrated and well lit. Guests enjoyed sipping wine, some outside in the sunken firepit and others out front on the porch taking in the sunset and spectacular views. This group of artists who have all come together in the name of fine art, have a mutual admiration for each other’s talent and sold a significant number of pieces during their eight hour private opening. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian

Dr. Allen Ginsburg and Charlotte Ginsburg with CEO Jerry Schubel.

Celebration to Commemorate Ginsburg’s $2 Million Charitable Donation 

Charlotte Ginsburg delivering her speech to the audience.

On the evening of May 10th, a “Pink-Tie” private dinner reception was held in honor of Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg’s latest charitable donation.

Ann Buxton, Charlotte Ginsburg and David Buxton.

The Aquarium of the Pacific, on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, is Southern California’s largest aquarium and is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg of Palos Verdes made a significant donation to the iconic Pacific Ocean education center to further fuel the aquarium’s first ever major expansion project which is slated to redefine the role of aquariums in the 21st century by providing state of the art technology and innovative educational experiences to guests.

The dynamic wrap around new theater screen.

The hallmark of the expansion is the new Pacific Visions Theater which is two-stories tall and has a 180 degree wrap around screen designed to ensure guest will walk away brimming with knowledge and wonder of the natural world. The stage rotates and moves and even guest seats can slightly vibrate or rumble to further extend the exciting experience being imparted. President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2002, Jerry Schubel impressed the Ginsburg’s one night at their home sharing his vision of an expansion project, not with bigger tanks and more creatures, but in scope. Schubel himself who is 83 years old and holds a master’s degree in physics from Harvard and a doctorate in oceanography from John Hopkins University, is leading the $53 million dollar project and has named the Main Guest Entrance and Member Entrance after the Ginsburg’s for helping to make the dream a reality.   Photos by Stephanie Cartozian

Silver Spur Garden of the Season Award

On April 24, the Silver Spur Garden Club awarded its residential Garden of the Season Award to Kristin Mcnany for her exceptional garden at 2016 Via Pacheco in PVE.  The award is presented to encourage and promote PV residents who beautify our peninsula with their love of gardening. Kristen is pictured to the right of the garden sign with her dog Scout, as members of the Garden Club complete a tour of the spectacular multi-level garden which Kristen designed and filled with native plants, trees, roses, and numerous magnificent blooms and a vegetable garden.

Four earn Eagle rank

Four scouts have earned BSA Eagle Scout rank, he highest achievement a Boy Scout can earn. All four are members of Troop 257 PV Packers in Palos Verdes Estates.

Jake Ide’s, 10-year scout from PVPHS, project was building a dog ramp and a heptagonal bench at Rancho Caninos dog park in RPV.

Aidan Sheen’s, 10-year scout from PVPHS, project was building two dog ramps and a bulletin board at Eastview Park in RPV.

John (Jack) Olson’s, 10-year scout from Loyola High, project was designing and creating a prayer garden at St. John Fisher parish.

Daryl Ide’s, 8-year scout from PVPHS, project was re-roofing and re-painting a storage shed at Tozai Language school.

The four scouts have volunteered hundreds of service hours benefitting our community. Congratulations! 

Photo provided by Sharon Morris Olson

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Winners Ryan Byrne, Emma Ballesta and
Jeanette Benedict.

Young Entrepreneurs Contend for Start-Up Funding

Chamber of Commerce

Business Mentors to the 2019 YEA! Class: Keith Hippely, Marla Diann, Hope Arnett (YEA! Graduate), Rob Lonas, Tim Baker, Jane and Roger Biggeln.

Judges Steven Griswold, Garry Olney, Lili Amini, Tim Buresh and Marc Mazorow.

YEA! winners and their instructors: Eileen Hupp, Emma Ballesta, Jeanette Benedict, Katelyn Lonas, Sarah Porter, Ziya Zeigler, Derek Gable and Wyatt Cameron.

The Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) is a national program, sponsored locally by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. YEA! teaches students in grades 6-12 to become entrepreneurs. In January, 25 students began classes and were paired with local business leaders to create new businesses. On April 16, YEA! students pitched their business idea to investors for real start-up funding at the Investor Panel event. Five winners were named, with the first-place winner heading to New York City in May to contend for the Saunders Award, a $30,000 college scholarship. The public is invited to visit the YEA! Trade Show at the Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival on June 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Photos by Betty Waung

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