Culver City Artist Laureate Alexey Steele – Live Portrait Sessions

In an expansion of his Love My Neighbor – Culver City project, Steele is selecting six Culver City neighbors to capture in portrait. For the second portrait in the series, Steele has chosen Culver City resident and leader of Marina Cub Scout Pack 79, Rich Yamashita.

Steele launched the Love My Neighbor – Culver City project in October 2020 with a portrait of long-time Culver City resident, poet, teacher, and Honorary Artist Laureate for Culver City, Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult. Upcoming portraits will include producer Culver City neighbors David Mack and musician George Kahn.

Steele will live stream remote portrait sessions with his models, who will remain in self-isolation. Artist and model will maintain visual contact via video conference transmitted onto a TV screen in the artists’ studio in Long Beach. There, Steele will work on the portrait as if his model was sitting right in front of him. Each drawing session and his interaction with the model will be broadcast via Facebook Live. Viewers will be able to watch the portrait come to life, listen to Alexey’s commentary about his work and his conversation with his model, and even ask questions. The sessions will also be recorded and available for later viewing.

“As Alexey continues his Love My Neighbor Project with these new portrait sessions, we recognize the vital role that arts play in maintaining the physical and mental health of the city’s residents and bringing us together as a community. Alexey’s project exemplifies the creativity and community spirit to be found in Culver City,” said Tania Fleischer, Chair, Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission.

“It is at times of crisis when the community building power of art reveals itself to the fullest. Through this project we reaffirm our ability to persevere, overcome, and recover as a community,” says Alexey Steele.

Noted California artist and Culver City Artist Laureate Alexey Steele will stream live portrait sessions showcasing Culver City neighbor Rich Yamashita.

Friday, August 27, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Saturday, August 28, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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