Thursday, December 2, 2010

Local Monrovia Photographer Frank Zgonc Exhibits work in Downtown LA ArtWalk, 2010!

A local photographer from Monrovia, California, Frank Zgonc, 
exhibits his work in the controversial Downtown LA Artwalk 
at Bolt Barbers on October 14th, 2010.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook©2010
Story and Photojournal by Ginger Van Hook

The Downtown Los Angeles ArtWalk is controversial because this monthly art trekking exercise through the city has already attracted crowds of well over 10,000 art lovers, patrons and lookieloos; but these numbers don't bother Frank Zgonc, the local photographer from Monrovia who exhibited his landscapes and unique scenes at a popular local hangout on Main Street in Downtown LA. As a matter of fact, most people on the street were quite comfortable perusing the galleries, shops, museums and  eateries that dot the sidewalks in a revitalized artist community where being creative is the key to this area's success. There was a complementary police presence in addition to the facepainters, bodypainters, glow-in-the dark art, and legitimate big name art stars reflecting the LA culture hanging in front gallery windows on every block. For all the hype, a controversy about who's going to pay for what, as in the clean-up from the afterparties, this crowd looked happy, enthusiastic, and hungry for more art, not to mention good food, and at Bolt Barbers, a nice haircut too! 

Artist Zareh exhibits drawings at the Downtown LA Artwalk. 
Photos by Ginger Van Hook©2010
Artists Zareh and Rouzanna Berberian, Downtown Los Angeles
Photo by Ginger Van Hook©2010

Fine Art Trekkin Downtown LA, Ginger Van Hook 
is pictured between artists Zareh and Rouzanna Berberian.

Rouzanna Berberian unlocks the door to the safe 
containing all the artwork in Los Angeles.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook©2010

There is no limit to the treasures of artwork that exist in Los Angeles
 the vault is open... 
come in and enjoy! 
Photo by Ginger Van Hook©2010

Monday, June 21, 2010


Heather Shaw and Frank Zgonc participate in Summer "Brush-Off"...
Photograph by Ginger Van Hook

for the Summer Artwalk participation or attendance: 
Please call or email:
Betsy Thurmond, Artwalk Chair 323-251-2643 June 15, 2010
Lisa Barrios, Paint-n-Play 626-802-7873
Frank Zgonc, VP and Juried Art Coordinator
Bill Beebe, President, MAFA
Monrovia Association of Fine Arts
P.O. Box 92 • Monrovia, CA • 91017 
 626 802-7873
Ginger Van Hook, MAFA Press Liaison,

Features local artists, Gallery Receptions  and Demonstrations 

The aroma of sweet orange blossoms, gardenias and jasmine flowers permeate the air as folks stroll down Myrtle Avenue on warm summer nights. The sounds of children’s laughter echo in and around merchant storefronts with crowds gathering around the lively art exhibits, sculptures and ceramic treasures that are featured during the yearly SUMMER ART WALKS hosted by The Monrovia Association of Fine Arts and the merchants of Old Town Monrovia.

 The public is invited to attend and participate in the 2010 Summer Art Walks be you an art admirer or a business willing to jump into the art culture. The Summer Art Walks are FREE community events featuring local artists held on the last Saturday of each month during the hottest days of the season. This year, on Saturdays June 26th, July 31st and August 28 th 2010 from 7:00 pm-10:00 p.m., local artists will display their works along the sidewalks of Old Town Monrovia’s historic Myrtle Avenue to show and sell drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography and hand-made glass and ceramic artworks. The 2010 Summer Art Walks will also feature live music and host gallery receptions. Gallery Events held at Paint-N-Play feature Sculpture and 3-D Art in June, Photography in July and Painting in August.

There will be a FREE CERAMICS NIGHT at Paint-N-Play, sponsored by MAFA where the first 60 kids age 12 and under will be able to paint a ceramic piece in the Paint-n-Play studio for FREE! Live art demonstrations include ceramics wheel throwing and Raku glazing, plein-air painting and clay sculpture. By popular demand and as a special treat, in August, artists Frank Zgonc and Heather Shaw will bring back the “Brush-Off” or “Swap-a-thon” which is a fun demonstration of two artists painting on each other’s canvases as a collaborative effort in the process of making artwork.

Additional artists are encouraged to participate as the planned festivities for the Saturday evenings are expected to be filled with art, culture, ice cream, wine and cheese receptions and live music by local musicians.

Young artists, ages 4 to 18, will also be featured during the 2010 Summer Art Walks. Many Old Town Merchants will be contributing to the 2010 Summer Art Walk events or support the event as sponsors, including the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board (MOTAB), Focus One Community Credit Union and Family Festival Productions. Additionally MAFA is partnering with Soldier's Angels Foundation (out of Pasadena) to make artistic cards to send to our troops overseas at each Art Walk, all art supplies will be provided by MAFA and everyone is welcome to participate. Also, in the Paint-n-Play Plaza, The Dollmakers will be presenting a free concert: the Traditional Music Gathering. Many merchants around town will be presenting special sales and events that night including Aardvarks, Styx Ride Shop and Nani Skin Care, Paint ‘n’ Play Ceramic Art Studio and Fine Art Gallery, Segil Fine Art Gallery, as well as California Wine and Cheese.

Folks wishing to participate as artists, merchants or supporters are encouraged to contact Betsy Matz, the Art Walk Chair, as soon as possible by emailing her at

Mr. & Mrs. Zgonc support the Summer Artwalks in Monrovia every year!