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March 25th, 2013 · No Comments

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"Eaton Canyon" by Michael Denering

Eaton Canyon by Michael Denering

The fourth year and will happen until May 4th 2013 By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 3/25/13 – Local 800 has an interesting take on American Jobs leaving the country!  They have created a single space, under a single roof, for their union members to display their own art on walls that cannot be outsourced.  These artists are the same ones that have been in the background of television shows and films as painters and scenic backdrops since the beginning of cinematic time. Let’s delve into who these amazing artists are and share why they are irreplaceable.  The theme of this gallery is Landscapes. Local 800 has an interesting take on American Jobs leaving the country!  They have created a single space, under a single roof, for their union members to display their own art on walls that cannot be outsourced.  These artists are the same ones that have been in the background of television shows and films as painters and scenic backdrops since the beginning of cinematic time. Let’s delve into who these amazing artists are and share why they are irreplaceable. The Curator, Denis Olsen who had work in the gallery was among the artists on the opening night in the art district of North Hollywood.  Debbie Patton, manager of, awards and events of Local 800 IATSE, has a huge passion for the work of their artists.  She made it a point how proud of the union and the dues the union members pay to exhibit such wonderful and personal work, beyond what is commissioned by the studios.  “This is a platform that our union members can display their personal work and be seen as the artists and the creatives that they are,”Debbie Patton told Hollywood Today. Denis Olsen, union member and exhibitor, said that he has” been in the business for such a long time and he enjoys being part of the gallery and supporting other artists while they display their passion.” While I was mesmerized by the detail of backdrop artists and family member of the Coakley Backdrop Company, another artist walked up and asked if I was going to buy the painting.  Bridget Duffy, fine artists and muralist, gave me the history on the Oakley’s and the legacy of the family.  I proceeded to her work thereafter and realized that she also had a legacy of her own.  She started some 30 plus years as a painter for the studios and as I looked up and noticed the plain air painting right above hers was of the same last name, she shared how she started her son, Nathan, in the business.  He was but eight years of age when she taught him the fundamentals.  His painting was the same lake scene as his mom’s, however with longer strokes.  When I interviewed him later, there was a red dot on his work, indicating that had already been sold. It was priced at $800.00 I then interviewed Nate and he concurred that his mom made him wash her paint brushes for his rice or else he would starve, jokingly of course.  Both are members of the elite 2000 plus member union. The venue offered a nice cheese and wine bar, along with a live band out back.  The live band was for the opening night of the gallery, however.  The art district will be displaying some of the best artwork the film and television industry were only privileged to have.  This is the fourth year and once again, it will happen in one place until May 4th 2013. This is obviously one way that this original work could receive the accolades it deserves;  it cannot be outsourced.  A direct link to the union’s gallery: http://www.gallery800.com/?store=art&setTheme=OFF&art=gallery_800_landing as of March 25, 2013.      

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