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Beverly Hills artSHOW to Feature a 'Ruby' Theme This Year

The 40th anniversary, after all, is the red gemstone.

Beverly Hills artSHOW will have a ruby theme this year. Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills.
Beverly Hills artSHOW will have a ruby theme this year. Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills.

From a city of Beverly Hills press release:

The highly anticipated Beverly Hills artSHOW is proud to announce its theme and accepted artists for the upcoming spring show, scheduled on Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

In honor of its 40th anniversary, which is traditionally represented by a ruby gemstone, the event will feature a “ruby” theme along with 240 nationally acclaimed artists highlighted along four blocks of Beverly Gardens, in the center of Beverly Hills. 

“The semiannual Beverly Hills artSHOW has become one of the most popular outdoor art events in Southern California. In its 40 years, the show has attracted thousands of popular, stylish artists and enthusiasts from around the world to the City’s business district and surrounding community,” says Steve Zoet, Beverly Hills Community Services Director. “This year’s ruby theme invites a broad range of interpretations, from ceramics to glass to jewels, sculptures, paintings and more. We can’t wait to see what the artists create.”  

Several professional jewelry artists will contribute to the artSHOW’s “ruby” theme, including experts Sasa Blackhoff, Alexander Bozhkov, Paul Farmer, Kevin McGinnis, and Deidre Greene. Ms. Greene will demonstrate the crafting of ruby and copper jewelry. 

In the other art categories, exhibitors interpreting the ruby anniversary will include glass artist Donald Carlson, one of the only glass blowers in the country that custom makes deep, true red glass; glass sculptor Scott Slagerman; glass and mixed media artist Elaine Hyde; and pop-surrealist painter Jett Jackson. All will explore ruby, as a gem or as a brilliant color. 

Other notable and local artists who will be at the May event include: returning Beverly Hills residents Nancy Clavin, Marlene Zimmerman, and Kat Shoa, along with a  new addition, painter Evleen Mishkan-Davoodpour. 

The Beverly Hills artSHOW highlights traditional painting, digital work, ceramics, glass, sculptural pieces, and more from 240 new and returning artists. A wine and beer garden, food trucks, live entertainment, and family activities will also be highlighted for people of all ages to enjoy. Artists represented at the show will be on site and available to talk with visitors and patrons about their work.  All art is for sale, and patrons come from Southern California and beyond to shop, collect and to celebrate this art-filled weekend. 

In conjunction with the City of Beverly Hills’ 100th anniversary, the event will also feature a special centennial Mayor’s purchase, which will be awarded to an artist featured at the 2014 artSHOW in a Sunday afternoon ceremony.  

The 2014 artSHOW’s sponsor and media partners include: Sotheby’s, David Frank Design luxury swings, the LA Weekly, KPCC, the Los Angeles Art Association, The Whole 9, Fabrik Magazine, Yelp, Whole Foods Market, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water, Paley Center for Media, and the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitor’s Bureau.  The show’s charitable partner is Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and its sister organization, Healing Art with Kids. 

All artSHOW activities occur at the historic Beverly Gardens and admission to both days is free. Beverly Gardens is located along Santa Monica Blvd., from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive. Convenient, inexpensive parking is available during the artSHOW directly across from the show grounds. 

For general information about the 2014 Beverly Hills artSHOW, visitwww.beverlyhills.org/artshow or call (310) 285-6830. For media inquiries, contact Heather Sumagaysay at hsumagaysay@beverlyhills.org or call (310) 285-2530.

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