MEETING Location

Pickwick Gardens Conference Center, Orchid Room
1001 Riverside Drive
Burbank CA 91506

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When you arrive at the conference center, continue driving to the rear and park near the garden entrance.

* Beginning January 23, 2015, General meetings will be held at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA, 91356

See dates/time below.

Be our Guest!

Please join us at our next meeting as a guest! Introduce yourself, get to meet some of us and share our passion for collage. As a guest you will pay a $5 admission fee (if you join CAA that day, the $5 is applied to the annual fee).

second chance!

Bring me all art magazines, wallpaper books, art materials, etc, for our second-chance table. Clean out your studio, share with others and support our Philanthropy Fund. — Christel Thompson, Philanthropy Chairperson

Meeting Dates

2014Pickwick Gardens
September 26
November 21

2015SFV Arts & Cultural Center
January 23
March 27
May 29
September 18
November 20

Time: Fridays, 10:30 am–1:00 pm

Past Meetings

An archive of the guest artists who have presented at recent CAA meetings.

Next Meeting:

Our next meeting will be held on September 26, 2014, 10:30am – 1pm.
Location: Pickwick Gardens Conference Center – see below for directions.
 
Meeting: September 26, 2014

Guest Artist: Darlene Mellein

Darlene Mellein is a highly awarded, self-taught artist who studied with and was influenced by the likes of Franklyn Liegel and Katherine Chang Liu, both were instrumental in helping her develop her artistic voice and personal style.

A California painter living in the San Fernando Valley, Darlene is an intuitive artist, who paints in various media, and very often includes elements of collage in her work. She approaches a blank canvas with an abandon and boldness that convey humor, freedom and imagination.

An Urban/Primitive theme underlies most of her work. Mellein’s paintings are her commentary on societal dysfunction—from primitive man to the alienation of the modern. Although she flirts with the dark side and has a fleeting affection for it, humor infuses her view of life and informs her art, resulting in an intuitive style that she calls “Alternative Social Realism.”

Darlene creates simple non-specific primitive figures, suggesting Everyman, resulting in an Outsider sensibility because of her take on the world she is conveying, and this is a natural fit for her personality. From this perspective she transforms the real into symbols, both archetypal and personal, which occur and repeat like the doodlings of a private and primal dream.

Her graduate work in Literature at UCLA focused on Women’s, African American and Chicano literature—the disenfranchised. Today, she traces the roots of her paintings to that earlier work; her inspiration comes from the underlying stories of various cultures, their triumphs as well as alienation, along with their colors and symbols. Drawn to the ordinary experiences of life, there is a narrative quality to Mellein’s work, which she sees as observational and sometimes biographical.

See more of Darlene's work below and on her website.

 

 

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Direction to Meeting Location:

Pickwick Gardens Conference Center
Orchid Room
1001 Riverside Drive
Burbank CA 91506

Directions and a map can be found on the Pickwick Gardens website. When you arrive at the conference center, continue driving to the rear and park near the garden entrance.

From the West Valley area: Ventura freeway (101) south/east to Ventura freeway (134) east, exit Buena Vista Street (exit 3), turn right from ramp and immediate left at light onto Riverside Drive. Travel east for about 1 mile. Just past Mariposa Avenue, Pickwick Gardens is on your left. Enter at the first entrance.

From the North Valley area: Golden State freeway (5) south, exit Alameda Avenue West (exit 145B). Continue on Alameda to Main Street and turn left. Travel south for about one-quarter of a mile. Turn right on Riverside Drive, Pickwick Gardens is on your right. Pass the bowling center and turn right into the second parking lot.

From the East/San Gabriel Valley areas: Ventura freeway (134) north/west to Golden State freeway (5) north, exit Alameda Avenue West (exit 145B) Continue on Alameda to Main Street and turn left. Travel south for about one-quarter of a mile. Turn right on Riverside Drive, Pickwick Gardens is on your right. Pass the bowling center and turn right into the second parking lot.

From Los Angeles West Side and points south: San Diego freeway (405) north to Ventura freeway (101) south/east to Ventura freeway (134) east, exit Buena Vista Street (exit 3), turn right from ramp and immediate left at light onto Riverside Drive. Travel east for about one mile. Just past Mariposa Avenue, Pickwick Gardens is on your left. Enter at the first entrance.

From Downtown/East Side: Pasadena freeway (110) north to Golden State freeway (5) north, exit Alameda Avenue West (exit 145B) Continue on Alameda to Main Street and turn left. Travel south for about one-quarter of a mile. Turn right on Riverside Drive, Pickwick Gardens is on your right. Pass the bowling center, turn right into the second parking lot.