St. Anthony High art students unmask their creativity

The art department of St. Anthony High School, 620 Olive Ave., is this month focusing its creative energies on papier-mâche masks. “The students went above and beyond while completing this assignment,” said Patty Steponovich, chair of the school’s fine arts department. “They produced an array of individual masks as unique as the students themselves.”

A portrait of local artist Brieana Lemon

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Long Beach native Brieana Lemon is one of those rare folks with whom you can discuss topics that seem to fall on opposite ends of a spectrum. Car trouble? Lift up your hood, and she can take a look and very likely identify what your problem is. A minute later, you…

A sit-down chat with Long Beach artist Sergio Piña

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor He may give me a hard time for trying to pigeonhole his style, but I think it would be safe to call Sergio Piña a “modern folk artist.” The Mexican-American native of Long Beach has been a prodigious art-maker over the years, mostly painting with acrylics, but his work has primarily…

A portrait of local artist Kellie Thomas-Walker

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Though she says she has created some form of art her entire life, Kellie Thomas-Walker has only been pursuing art as a career for a little more than five years. Born in Upland and having grown up in Old Shasta, the 37-year-old artist has been living in Long Beach with her…

A portrait of local artist Alex Garcia

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Since I began profiling local artists in June of 2011, I’ve found these folks in various ways: referrals from friends, press releases from local galleries and museums, Google searches, exhibit openings and so on. I met Alex Garcia at a downtown Long Beach wine bar while a friend and I were…

Giving some ink to local painter-tattooist Shay Bredimus

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Thirty-four-year-old Shay Bredimus is known locally for his work as a tattoo artist, having inked skin since 1998, but his training is rooted in formal education; this tattooist has a master’s degree in fine arts. The now Long Beach resident hails from Omaha, Nebraska, was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and “bounced…

A self-portrait by local artist Edward Huerta

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Having grown up in Westminster but lived in Long Beach since the mid 1980s, Edward Huerta considers himself “a proud Long Beach-ian.” The 53-year-old painter-musician is a self-taught artist who has been “pretty much a working stiff since 15 years old,” he says. “The household didn’t have many funds to support…

A portrait of local artist Nat Iosbaker

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor On your Tumblr page, you have several photos of wooden boxes. As a matter of fact, the images are labeled “Professional photos of bandsaw boxes.” What’s the story with these? Bandsaw boxes are a type of vessel made from one piece of wood and are not constrained to right angles. They…

Remembering Long Beach artist Tiffany Aguila-Hicks

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Since beginning this column more than two years ago, profiling a different local artist each week, I’ve relied on a variety of resources to find the subjects for these profiles: art walks, open-studio tours, gallery openings, friends of friends, artists who attend my own art shows and press releases we receive.

Posing questions to local artist Patrick Williams

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor In 100 words or less, how would you describe what you do as an artist? I pursue creating works that I personally, as a believer in art, want to see and experience. I toil to create exciting, engaging and entertaining experiences and environments. In mixed materials; environmentally friendly, reused and recycled…