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A portrait of local artist Kellie Thomas-Walker

April 11, 2014

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Though she says she has created some form of art her entire life, Kellie Thomas-Walker has only been pursuing art as a career for a little more than five years. Born in Upland and having grown up in O...

A portrait of local artist Alex Garcia

April 1, 2014

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Since I began profiling local artists in June of 2011, I've found these folks in various ways: referrals from friends, press releases from local galleries and museums, Google searches, exhibit openings and so on. I met ...

Giving some ink to local painter-tattooist Shay Bredimus

March 21, 2014

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Thirty-four-year-old Shay Bredimus is known locally for his work as a tattoo artist, having inked skin since 1998, but his training is rooted in formal education; this tattooist has a master's degree in fine arts. Th...

A self-portrait by local artist Edward Huerta

February 28, 2014

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Having grown up in Westminster but lived in Long Beach since the mid 1980s, Edward Huerta considers himself “a proud Long Beach-ian." The 53-year-old painter-musician is a self-taught artist ...

A portrait of local artist Nat Iosbaker

February 7, 2014

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor On your Tumblr page, you have several photos of wooden boxes. As a matter of fact, the images are labeled “Professional photos of bandsaw boxes." What's the story with these? Bandsaw boxes are a type of vessel made f...

Imitating Life: A portrait of Chicano artist Eric Almanza

January 31, 2014

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Eric AlmanzaCory Bilicko Managing Editor Artist Eric Almanza was born in the United States to parents of Mexican ancestry, but he says he has struggled his entire life to justify his identity to others, as well as to himself. What makes the problem worse, he says, is ...

Remembering Long Beach artist Tiffany Aguila-Hicks

January 17, 2014

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Since beginning this column more than two years ago, profiling a different local artist each week, I've relied on a variety of resources to find the subjects for these profiles: art walks, open-studio tours, gallery open...

Signal Hill artist transforms discarded metal into sci-fi characters

January 10, 2014

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Nineteen-year-old Signal Hill resident Andres Alarcon takes everyday metal objects and converts them into easily recognizable and intriguing human (or humanoid) forms, but it's his imaginative, artistic vision that ena...

Posing questions to local artist Tina Burnight

December 27, 2013

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor In 100 words or less, what do you do as an artist? I work in ceramics and mosaics. In my ceramic work, I prefer to hand-build my pieces. The free-flowing aspect of this process appeals to me. With my mosaics, I like to work with glass....

Posing questions for local artist Annie Clavel

December 20, 2013

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor In 100 words or less, what you do as an artist? I'm an abstract painter. My preferred media are watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. I love color and movement. What motivates you to create art? My current feelings. I ...

Posing questions to local artist Patrick Williams

December 13, 2013

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor In 100 words or less, how would you describe what you do as an artist? I pursue creating works that I personally, as a believer in art, want to see and experience. I toil to create exciting, engaging and entertaining experience...

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