Barnsdall Art Students Need Your Old Macs!


Have an old iMac or G5 desktop? If you do, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is accepting donations for the Barnsdall Art Center’s photography and graphic design classes.  The Art Center is in desperate need of more Macs for its design-based classes.  As you know, design has gone digital, and we want to help the students at Barnsdall Art Center keep up with the times.

If you have an old iMac or G5, wipe it clean and then email us at We will handle the tax-deductible donation. It’s the holiday season, and now is the time.

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Outdoor Screening of ‘Inception’ October 4th!

The popular Outdoor Movie Nights return to Barnsdall Park on Friday October 4th for one night only with a screening of Inception!

Directed by Chris Nolan, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, (and don’t forget the great Tom Berenger), this mind-bending film is auteur filmmaking on a grand scale.

Silverlake Wine will be serving wine flights and KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox will be spinning before the start of the screening, so come early and get a good seat to watch on our 20-ft outdoor screen! #barnsdallmovienights

Fun fact: Leonardo DiCaprio is a Los Feliz native, and took classes at Barnsdall as a kid.

Tickets and details at



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Wine Tastings Extended thru September 27th!


The summer of 2013 has been our most successful year ever for our wine tasting season!  And because of their popularity, for the first time we are EXTENDING the summer wine tastings through September! That gives you four more chances to enjoy the food, wine, sunsets, music, and neighborhood togetherness that have made Barnsdall Fridays an essential part of summer in Los Angeles.

A big thank you to Silverlake Wine, KCRW’s Dan Wilcox, Jeffrey Herr, Leslie Thomas, Erin Senne, all the food trucks, and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation members who have put so much love and effort into this season’s wine tastings, Avidan Ross and Hutson Morris-Irvin.  Thank you!

For tickets and info:

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Barnsdall Park is a Finalist for Most Awesome Park in LA!

Great news! We have been selected as one of the finalists in the Most Awesome Parks & Playgrounds category in Los Angeles for the 2013 Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards. Over 15,000 nominations were cast by moms and dads over a three-week period and the results are in. In short, everyone thinks we are Totally Awesome!

Now we need your vote! Please vote here early and often:

The voting period will run for the next seven weeks, from July 1 – August 15 and the business with the most votes in each category will be selected as the winner.

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2013 Summer Session Class Schedules Posted

The schedules for the 2013 6-week Summer Session at the Barnsdall Art Center and Junior Art Center have been posted!

Adult classes at Barnsdall Art Center will begin on Monday, July 15th and end on Saturday, August 24th. Adult class registration will begin on Saturday, June 29th at 8:30am. Click here for 2013 Summer Session Class Schedule.

Youth classes at the Junior Art Center will begin on Monday, July 8th and end on Saturday, August 17th. Youth class registration will begin on Saturday, June 22th at 8:30am. Click here for 2013 Summer Session Class Schedule.

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Call for artists! 2013 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition

Call for artists: 2013 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition

The 2013 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition is a biennial exhibition providing artists with a competitive opportunity to exhibit their work.

Submission Deadline:

Submissions must be postmarked on or before June 28, 2013

Exhibition dates: July 28th to September 22, 2013

Opening reception: Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 2 to 5pm

To apply please download the prospectus here:


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Barnsdall Foundation Gives $25,000 in Facilities Grants

Great news! Barnsdall Art Park Foundation has approved $25,000 worth of grants towards important long-term purchases for Barnsdall facilities. We have offered $5000 to each of the 5 facilities at Barnsdall — the Art Center, the Junior Art Center, the Gallery Theatre, the Municipal Art Gallery, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House — and have worked closely with the city staff and other support organizations to identify the most needed items.

New Piano purchased through BAPF grants

New Piano purchased through BAPF grants

To date, we have dispersed approximately $18,000 of the total funds. Purchased so far:

  • A brand new piano for the music program at the Junior Art Center
  • A Bonny Doon hydraulic press for the jewelry program
  • State-of-the-art Sennheiser microphones for the Gallery Theatre
  • Patio furniture for the Gallery for use during its openings and events
  • New mahogany countertops that match the original kitchen countertops in Hollyhock House

Your generous tax-deductible donations and wine tasting tickets have made these important gifts possible. Please donate to help us keep Barnsdall as a vibrant and dynamic center of activity!

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Barnsdall Park Sign Dedicated on December 8th

On December 8th, the eagerly awaited entrance sign to Barnsdall Park was dedicated at 9:30am. Officiating were Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti and City Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

Barnsdall Sign Dedication

Also in attendance were Barnsdall Art Park Foundation co-Presidents Marshall Lewy and Jack Wiant, Department of Recreation and Parks’ Marc Mariscal, Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs Olga Garay, and many members of the city staff of Barnsdall Art Park.

The completion of construction for the sign is the culmination of a project that the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation launched in September 2005, shortly after Barnsdall Park reopened after a significant renovation. “It’s been a long process and a major undertaking for a volunteer organization,” said Marshall Lewy, co-president of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. “The new sign has been our priority since the park reopened, “ he continued. “A key objective of the Foundation is to let the residents of Los Angeles know they have a major cultural landmark in their midst.”

Although the design for a landmark sign, by Sussman-Preja, one of Los Angeles’ premiere design firms, had been approved by the Cultural Heritage Commission at the time of the park renovation, funding was not available to complete it. The lack of a sign at the park became a major concern. Working with the city’s Departments of Recreation and Parks and Cultural Affairs, the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation launched the sign project in September 2005.

“Having the support of both Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge and the CRA/LA was essential,” continued Lewy. “Once we proved that the Foundation could raise the necessary funds, we were on our way.”

The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation raised the majority of the funds for the project, with additional support from the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The Hollywood Arts Council, a key partner in the project from the beginning, secured additional funding from AT&T, Edison International and Occidental Petroleum.

“The timing is perfect, since Hollyhock House has recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places and is currently up for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,“ said Lewy.

Former Foundation board member and architect Jim Heaton III was the project manager. Heaton shepherded planning, construction and installation, with assistance from former Foundation co-Presidents Cheryl Johnson and Nyla Arslanian. Vomar Products of Canoga Park fabricated and installed the landmark sign.

The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is committed to nurturing Barnsdall Park’s legacy as a dynamic and vibrant cultural, artistic, and recreational center. In addition to completing the sign project, the Foundation funded kilns to help reinstate the art center’s ceramic’s program. Also, it recently provided $25,000 towards other needs, including new audio-visual equipment for the Gallery Theatre, a new piano for the Barnsdall Art Center’s music program, a 20-ton manual press for the Junior Art Center, and restoration of the Hollyhock House mahogany countertops. It brings thousands of new people to the park each year with its successful summer wine tasting events, and offers free Sunday art workshops for children.

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Hollyhock House Restoration News

Beginning 30 May 2011 restoration of the porch in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park will commence.

Hollyhock House, a National Historic Landmark operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs is the fortunate recipient of a California Cultural and Historical Endowment grant in the amount of $1,935,000 and a Save America’s Treasures Grant (administered by The National Parks Service) in the amount of $489,000. The grants were obtained by Project Restore, a public/private partnership, on behalf of the City of Los Angeles who provided the matching funds.

Hollyhock House, completed in 1921, was designed and built for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the residence and a performing arts complex for Olive Hill. The project was halted after Hollyhock House and two guest residences were completed. She gave Hollyhock House and a guesthouse plus 12 acres to the City of Los Angeles in 1927. The first renovation of Hollyhock House occurred in 1944-46 with the architect’s son, Lloyd Wright in charge. In 1974-76 Lloyd Wright returned to Olive Hill to take charge of a comprehensive restoration. Hollyhock House has operated as a house museum since 1976. In 2001-2005 the house was closed to repair damage caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

In addition to restoring the porch of Hollyhock House, the grant funds will also be used to restore the Hollyhock House Garage and Chauffeur’s Quarters. Once these two primary areas are restored any remaining funds will be used to facilitate restoration in other areas of Hollyhock House.

Hollyhock House will remain open for docent-led tours for the public during the restoration on an abbreviated tour schedule.

Friday thru Sunday

12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Due to the uncertain nature of the restoration process the above tour schedule may require additional intermittent disruption. Please call in advance to confirm tour availability (323.644.6269).

Your donations for the restoration of Hollyhock House are tax deductible and will support the preservation of this national treasure. Checks made payable to Hollyhock House may be sent to Jeffrey Herr, c/o Hollyhock House, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026. 323.913.4030

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Progress on the Barnsdall Park Sign

Exciting news on the construction of the Barnsdall Sign! After breaking ground in December, Vomar Products has successfully completed the fabrication of the Barnsdall Park sign in their shop. It is truly an iconic sign and will increase awareness of the Park for decades once it is erected.

All those who have supported the Foundation through donations and attendance at our events have a part in this sign. Thank you for your support. To donate towards the sign’s construction and other great programs, donate here.


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