EXHIBIT & BOOK: MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District

MUSEings-MRB-Colette-Miller-webCLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Celebrate the Arts District! Visit Art Share L.A. to see “MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District.” The exhibit features artworks by artists inspired by my photographs; selections from my new book are also on view. Reinterpreting my images, over 40 artists created new works of art: Jari “Werc” AlvarezA.S. AshleyQathryn BrehmJesse BurgosGary CallahanDiego Cardoso, Susie S. Chang, Jaime ColindresKikki EderRamiro FauveClemente Garcia LassaulxMargaret GarciaTom GarnerKristopher GeeYolanda GonzalezJacinto GuevaraChristian HernandezJavi HerreraMiriam JacksonJeremy Thomas KunkelGeorge LabradaLili LakichBonnie Lambert, Lauren A. Langford, LebaTod LychkoffTed MeyerColette MillerPatricia R. Mitchell, Valerie MitchellAlberto Miyares, Birgitte MoosJ.W. PippenWenceslao QuirozPatti Lou RichardsonRick RobinsonSandy RodriguezAlex SchaeferSEKShadowMonsterBearRoderick SmithAnna StumpBob Ujszaszi, Jerico Woggon, and Jaime “Germs” Zacarias.

Participating artists incorporated artistic license to create narrative and representational art based on my photographs utilizing a wide range of styles, including impressionism, surrealism, abstract and outsider. Their work represents a wide range of media including paintings using oil, spray paint, watercolor and/or acrylic, mixed-media prints and drawings, as well as sculptural installations, neon, and more. Because I am inspired daily by art and artists, it’s natural for me to involve people whose work I love and admire by sharing their creativity through this exhibit.

Together with 52 photographs from the book, the MUSE-ings exhibit features 51 original works of art. Proceeds from artwork and book sales during the exhibit’s run benefit Art Share L.A., a nonprofit community center, which is a sanctuary for the arts and their creators that provides 30 live/work units and 14,000 sq. ft of creative space in Downtown Los Angeles. To learn more, visit

Book Launch & Exhibit Opening: Saturday, January 18 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Closing Reception & Book Signing: Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District
January 18 through February 8, 2014
Warehouse Gallery at Art Share L.A.
801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles 90013

RSVP on Facebook!



BUY MY BOOK! MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles includes 92 full-color images. Designed by Christy Addis, the book is distributed nationally through and other retail outlets. Locally, signed copies are available for sale in the Arts District at The Pie Hole at 704 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013 and online through my website at The hard-cover publication retails for $25 plus tax and shipping (96 pages, 8.5” square in size).

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OPENING TONIGHT: Wall Street Project – Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Arts District residents Donna and Dan Evans traversed the state of California to take images of people and places found on various “Wall Streets” in California — not the “Wall Street” that is so often the stand-in for the American financial industry, but the actual stretches of pavement where people live, work and dream. Here’s more information about their project from a recent Los Angeles Times article.

Check out their compelling photographs TONIGHT (and buy a few to take home!) at the Geo Gallery in Glendale (1545 Victory Blvd.) from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. RSVP on Facebook HERE

Proceeds from sales of their photographs benefit breast cancer research. They are also hosting an opportunity drawing for attendees to win photographs, movie tickets, and more. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

If you can’t attend, visit their online gallery HERE to view and purchase photographs. If you wish to make a donation to the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, visit Dan’s page HERE or Donna’s page HERE.

WHAT: Wall Street Project Opening Reception
WHEN: Saturday 9/14 @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
WHERE: Geo Gallery at 1545 Victory Blvd., Glendale CA 91205
WHY: To support breast cancer research through Avon Breast Cancer Walks

Downtown Muse Publishes New Cheech Marin Art Book

Image: “City at Night” by Frank Romero, 2010. Courtesy of Cheech Marin Collection.

Chicanitas book coverMany of you already know that I proudly work with Cheech Marin — I have worked side by side with him on many independent projects associated with his amazing Chicano art collection since 2003. We’ve worked together to produce the groundbreaking The Chicano Collection archival limited-edition print series (printed by none other than the master printer himself, Richard Duardo of Modern Multiples Fine Art Editions; sets from which have been donated to major museums across the country such as the Smithsonian, the DeYoung and LACMA), numerous museum exhibitions, a documentary film, several classical music concerts for his talented wife Natasha Marin, salons featuring artists and musicians, and other related arts and cultural projects. Since 2007, I have also researched, catalogued, photographed, and now manage his artworks.

I guess it seems now I have officially become an independent publisher as Downtown Muse through my Arts District-based firm CauseConnect. This Friday’s release through Amazon of Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection is our latest art book together featuring works that he selected for this publication and for our national exhibition tour. In 2007, I produced and edited his Papel Chicano art book, the winner of the 2008 “Best Design” International Latino Book Award. While I also served as the producer and editor of Chicanitas, this work represents my expanded role as an independent publisher as well. We have more planned … for example, in 2014, keep an eye out for a book featuring Cheech’s essays, which will reveal his unique and always humorous take on Chicano life and culture, accompanied by works specially selected from his collection to illustrate his words. I also have my own book scheduled for release later this fall.

Produced to accompany our nationally touring Chicanitas exhibition, the companion book includes 70 full-color images of small paintings by 27 artists, many from Los Angeles. For details and a tour schedule of the exhibition, visit To download a full press release, click HERE. To buy our book, keep scrolling!

BOOKSIGNING EVENTS: Want a signed book? Stay tuned for our full schedule of upcoming events in Los Angeles and other cities. For an updated list, stay tuned to my website or visit

ChimMaya-Logo-2009THU 10/3 @ 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
ChimMaya Gallery
5283 E. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Buy a pre-signed book in advance of the event at ChimMaya Gallery and get VIP treatment! The FIRST 75 people who purchase one or more books receive admittance to an exclusive reception with Cheech and some of the book’s featured artists Yolanda Gonzalez, Margaret Garcia, Cici Segura Gonzalez and Jose Lozano from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For details, call (323) 219-3260.

Okay, I did this obligatory plug for our book … so ORDER YOUR COPY OF CHICANITAS TODAY!

To purchase books, click the PayPal button above. You can also buy online on Amazon and through the Cheech Marin website in addition to my Downtown Muse.