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West L.A. College to hold faculty art exhibit

CULVER CITY — The West Los Angeles College Fine Arts Gallery will host an opening reception showcasing the works of current and past instructors Oct. 29.

Unlike the old adage of “those who can’t, teach,” West L.A. College faculty have included world-renowned political satirist Robbie Conal, whose work has been featured in Time,Newsweek and the New York Times.

Also exhibiting will be current instructor and Guggenheim Fellowship winner Erin Cosgrove, who was recognized as “Critics Choice” by the Los Angeles Times in 2012.

Lucy Blake’s paintings are in the collections of Aaron Spelling Productions and Universal Studios Florida among others. But it may be her public works for which she is best known.

They include decorative gates, mosaics and murals for Long Beach Transit, the Ballona Creek Bike Path and Inglewood’s Darby Park.

Instructor Doug Harvey, a former L.A. Weekly art critic, also will have pieces on exhibit. His painting-based multimedia have been shown locally and internationally.

Michael Arata, a longtime fixture in the L.A. art scene, is known for his eccentric and often humorous work. He too has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, including shows at the Acuna Hansen and Carl Berg galleries in Los Angeles, the Miami Basel Art Fair, Abel Joseph in Brussels and the National Library in Buenos Aires.

The show, which features 13 artists, is being curated by bicoastal art dealer Molly Barnes, a frequent lecturer and panelist. She is the former host of a long-running National Public Radio show and the author of three books including “How to Get Hung, A Guide for Emerging Artists.”

Barnes was the first to showcase the paintings of Steve Martin and introduced artists like John Baldessari, Bob Cottingham, Les Levine, Mark Kostabi and Gronk to the public.

She has curated many private art collections including those of Norman Lear, Billy Wilder and David Begelman.

Information: (310) 553-7626.