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Upper West Restaurant hosts Summer of Soul Art Exhibition, August 30th!

By Libby Lancaster

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Upscale Santa Monica restaurant Upper West is known for helping good causes, and this Sunday’s event is no different. The Summer of Soul Art Exhibition will benefit Resonate LA Art Outreach and Compassion International. It all happens on Sunday, August 30 from 4-7pm.

Bobbie Rich and David Cobia, Lead Pastor of Resonate Church LA with Bobbie Rich’s mixed media sunglass artworks.

The three-month event entitled “Summer of Soul” included Soul Music, Soul Food, Soul Mates and Soul Revolution. Neon green sunglasses have become the icon of this summer in Santa Monica. They are not only Resonate LA’s logo for Summer of Soul, but also an 8 by 8 foot interactive sculpture that appears weekly at Santa Monica’s Twilight Pier Concerts. Residents and visitors leave their mark on the oversized chalkboard lenses, take photos with the sunglasses and often use them as a landmark to meet up with friends. Summer of Soul Art Exhibition is the culmination of Resonate LA’s Summer of Soul. The art event will showcase 100 local artists’ sunglass themed creations.

“I will be showing whimsical people in their shades - adorned with sparkle, vivid hues and more than a dash of amusement,” said Bobbie Rich, who is also an art educator and Director of Visual Arts for Resonate Church. “My sunglass artworks were inspired by oil paintings from my extensive Satire Series of Blind Contour Portraits.”

Each canvas will be available for a $99 donation. Donations will be split between Resonate LA’s Art Outreach and Compassion International. First come, first serve! The Upper West’s patio doors will open at 4pm sharp. Art will be flying off the wall. Come hungry to enjoy The Upper West’s delicious beverages and cuisine. Thirty percent of all food and beverage purchases on August 30th will be generously donated by the Upper West!

Hailee Powell with her work

Seventeen year old, Hailee Powell has been Rich’s art student for nearly a decade. "When my lovely art teacher Bobbie Rich told me about this event, I knew I wanted to create something colorful and unique. I will have two paintings on display in the Summer of Soul Exhibition. They compliment each other. The first one is of a girl with heart shaped sunglasses. The larger areas of her face are filled with warm colors, because I believe females are associated with warm colors. I will also be donating a male version of this painting where the cool colors will occupy the larger parts of the face, because cool colors are associated with males."

Andrea Raft said she was thrilled with being involved and the idea of painting sunglasses!  To find out more about this artist, visit her website.

Andrea Raft

Resonate LA is a community of Calling, Cause and Creativity. Resonate LA engages in Creative ministry because members believe that creativity is a foundational aspect of God’s personality, and because creativity generates spiritual exploration. Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled adults.

Don’t miss this special event…Sunday, August 30th from 4 to 7pm The Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404. to find out more info about this event, see Bobbie Rich's website or The Upper West Website or The Resonate Church website.


Published on Aug 24, 2015

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