Friday, November 5, 2010

Friends of the Artists

Pat Cox (wife of Thurs. Writer Dale Cox) has works as part of a show now going on at the Zask Gallery. Pat is a "found" artist which means someone who can find/make beauty out of damned near anything. I don't doubt that Pat could take an odd piece of driftwood, two or three pearl buttons, a light bulb, an old jar and create something beautiful. To be a found artist means your eye must be accepting and imaginative.

One of the biggest pieces at the Zask Gallery is a rocket booster shell she bought from NASA! It was being sold as scrap!

We've been privileged to be guests in their home where we marveled at her personal gallery. I doubt they'd open their doors to just anyone (even a Word of Mouth reader) so do go to the Zask Gallery.

Zask Gallery, 31246 Palos Drive West (near Admiral Risty'[s restaurant) in Rancho Palos Verdes. Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Tues. wed. Thurs. 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Lerri Peterson (daughter of Thurs. Writer Joyce Peterson) is a visual artist who paints nature in acrylics, water colors and pastels. She also teaches at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. Visit her by going to

Lerri's works are part of an exhibit opening on Sunday, November 14th, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Colortec Art Gallery, 24247 Hawthorne, Torrance 310-373-6717

Her mother, Joyce Peterson, is the artist who painted the Palos Verdes cliffs painting that adorns this column. She painted it as a card for my 70th birthday. Joyce is 92. I had it framed and it now hangs in our living room. Think how wonderful it must be to have that kind of talent -- to personally make something fine for something as mundane as a birthday card.

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