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grand opening
at Black Maria Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 7 -11pm.

3137 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
323.660.9393 & 818.613.9090
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 12 PM-6 PM or by appointment

Black Maria, a new gallery dedicated to non-mainstream and underground art, will open in Atwater Village on May 7.

“Our focus will be on works that reverberate with the shock of the content – not in a gratuitous sense, but in a way that initiates wonderment, self-reflection, and, ultimately, a measure of enlightenment,” proprietor Zara Zeitountsian said. “We’ll be specializing in art that, despite being of undeniable technical and substantive merit, might be deemed too unorthodox or obscure by big-name galleries or museums.”

According to the curators, Black Maria will strive to become an organic bridge between local artists (both known and, even more importantly, as yet unknown) and the public, by presenting art that’s approachable and affordable in equal measure.

The grand opening of Black Maria will be marked by a group exhibition. It will feature recent works by Los Angeles artists Thomas Lee Bakofsky, Frieda Gosset, Sophia Gasparian, Sam Saghatelian, Mark Todd, Jaime Zollars, Jeff Morgan & Loraine Villarreal and Esther Pearl Watson. more


Sophia Gasparian - With a background in experimental film and installation, Sophia Gasparian is an award-winning painter whose narrative works intertwines child-like innocence with socio-political criticism. In addition to having exhibited her work internationally, this year she co-curated the group exhibition “Requiem for the Genocide” with Yerevan MOCA.

Sam Saghatelian graduated from Yerevan Institute of Architecture and pursued a career in architecture, until in 1988 he started his journey as an artist at the brink of the collapse of the USSR and independence of Armenia. He is one of the artists representing Armenian pavilion in 2001 Venice Biennale in Italy and his works are part of the permanent collection of Armenian Museum of Contemporary Art.   Inspired by the innovative and attractive US art scene, Sam Saghatelian now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Mark Todd was born and raised in Las Vegas, the city of sin, down the road from the neon strip where mega hotels dazzle tourists twenty-four hours a day. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1993. He then moved to New York City working with clients such as MTV, Coca-Cola, Sony Music and The MTA. In 2003, Mark moved back to the west coast.

Esther Pearl Watson grew up in Texas, land of swagger and big belt buckles. She moved to California to attend Art Center College of Design and received her BFA in 1995. Recently, she was invited to co-illustrate the cover of American Illustration Annual 22 with her husband and fellow artist, Mark Todd. Her work has been recognized by Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Club, Print Magazine and others. Currently, Esther has headed back West and now lives in California with her husband and their daughter Lili, an avid artist herself. Mark and Esther have recently returned to Art Center to teach children's book illustration and a class on self publishing.

Loraine Villarreal grew up in Los Angeles. She is a self-taught artist working with various mediums: painting, sewing, paper mache, photo, and drawing. Pieter is a stuffed sculpture based on an intellectual property created and designed by Jeff Morgan. The story is told through a series of collectible cards based loosely on Tarot cards. The theme is exploring inner space as a game. Jeff Morgan is originally from Seattle. Currently he is working on video games in Los Angeles. Recently collaborated on an installation at the Doulon Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai.

Thomas Lee Bakofsky A former resident of Texas, Thomas Lee Bakofsky routinely draws inspiration from his ties to the border town of El Paso. He is currently pursuing his artistic goals in Pasadena, CA. During his two-year stay thus far he has had his work exhibited in numerous group shows and he is a recipient of several awards.

Jaime Zollars graduated with distinction from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She also has a photography degree from the University Of Maryland Baltimore County.  Jaime has received recognition for her illustrations from American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, The RSVP Illustration Annual, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and CMYK Magazine.  Jaime is currently working on her first children’s book, which will be published in spring 2006.

Frieda Gossett was born in Florida. After savoring the first 37 years of her life, she mysteriously enrolled at Art Center and three years later, graduated with a BFA. She lives and works in Pasadena.


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