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American Landscape

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

I am pleased to announce that Andrew Campbell, the Cultural Affairs Administrator for the City of West Hollywood has acquired my painting American Landscape, adding it to his art collection. I am honored that one of my favorite pieces has gone to such a good friend & colleague and all around great person. Don’t forget to check out ARTbeat West Hollywood for information on arts and cultural events around town and learn about arts opportunities.

New Video

Friday, March 4th, 2011

West Hollywood City Council Election 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I live in the City of West Hollywood and we are having our City Council Elections. I am supporting Abbe Land, Lindsey Horvath and John Heilman for very specific reasons.

There are six challengers. All male. If the two female incumbents lose, we will have an all male council. As far as I am concerned, that could prove dangerous to women. I trust the current two female incumbents to put all women, including lesbians in the forefront of their protective consideration.

Women in general seem to be under attack. On Capital Hill, in the media, in the workplace including those in journalistic reporting. Women walking on the street in their everyday life, in our city as well as internationally. Assaulted sexually and in many other ways.

I support John Heilman because I believe he has the heart of the city in his heart.

One very important consideration for maintaining the current incumbents is that we are a Triple A credit rated city. Simply, the best you can get. We have a balanced budget. We haven’t had to eliminate any staff positions. We haven’t had to make cuts in any of our many services to our residents. That does not happen all by itself.

The current city council has done and will continue to do a highly responsible job.

WeHo@25 Exhibit ~ A Celebration of Art in West Hollywood

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

WeHo@25 Photo Credit Ken Rambo

“Cultural Affairs Administrator, Andrew Campbell and a piece titled: “American Landscape” by Fine Art’s Artist, actress, and activist, Ivy Bottini. Acrylic on Canvas 2009. Ivy, is also the only visually impaired 84 years young artist to be displayed in the gallery.”

Ken Rambo of the West Hollywood Patch

I am honored to have my painting American Landscape chosen for the art exhibit WeHo@25 – A Celebration of Art in West Hollywood, as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of my city.

I would like to thank The City of West Hollywood & The Arts and Cultural Affairs Commisson for all they have done to make this happen.

I hope that the City of West Hollywood will continue to recognize the immense creative talent in it’s citizenry and will continue to present this creativity to our broader community. Not just in visual arts, but all of the creative art processes.

I have been talking about having an ongoing art festival on the sidewalks of West Hollywood 3 or 4 times a year which would include visual arts, street performers and could hopefully contribute to West Hollywood as tourist destination during those festival times.

Anybody else out there interested in the idea?

Get Your Tickets Now for Making Paradise: The West Hollywood Musical!

Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Rehearsal for Making Paradise The West Hollywood Musical

Rehearsal for Making Paradise The West Hollywood Musical

This musical is really taking shape & I think that it is going to be a lot of fun to watch!

These are some of the shots from rehearsal.

It is a wonderful cast with such high energy and exciting commitment.

I am personally stunned at what a full on, totally professional musical this is becoming.

Come hear the new music and you will probably go home humming at least one of the great new songs.

Tickets are on sale now! Buy them!

I want to see you there!

Making Paradise The West Hollywood Musical Rehearsal

Making Paradise The West Hollywood Musical Rehearsal

Update on West Hollywood The Musical (just a working title)

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

cornerstone theater

We just finished our first week of rehearsals. At some point recently, as I was on my way to a rehearsal, I said to my friend who was driving, “I’m really out of shape. I have to start exercising and going for long walks.”  When we got to rehearsal, about 10am, from that point on to 6pm, (minus 2 breaks & lunch) I was on my feet dancing and singing in the chorus ensemble. It is true, as they say… I guess I better be careful what I wish for.

When I got home, I sat in my chair watching TV until 1am because I was so out of shape, I figured I’m bound to have a heart attack. So with my cordless phone by my side, I wanted to be awake to call 911 if I had to. I finally got in bed at 1am, saying to myself “Okay, whether you wake up or not, you have to go to bed!” Obviously I woke up. YAY!!!!

“I am Woman. Hear me roar. I am invincible.”

The first week of rehearsals has been fabulous, interesting, exhausting & confusing. I’ve been in theater productions before, but never a musical. I am finding that musicals are so much more challenging.

Last night at rehearsal, we met the playwright, Tom Jacobson and we got to ask questions about the script. I had already noticed that several of the character names were not ordinary names. The question was asked, “Where did you come up with these names like Henri for a female?” Tom said, “Okay, every character name is from a theatre production.” He then went through the cast, one by one, asking everyone if they could identify which theatre production that name was from.  For instance, the character Curly was from Oklahoma!

So when you come to see the musical in October, it will be fun to see how many character names you can match to a theatre production. I hope that you find this interesting. I will keep updating you. I think that the show will be spectacular. There are over 35 people in the cast.

Original book by award winning playwright Tom Jacobson. Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Lyrics by Shisir Kurup. Dual Direction by both Michael John Garces and Mark Valdez. Produced by Cornerstone Theater Company.

It is running October 14 – November 7, 2010 at Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park which is at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood CA 90046

Deja Vu

Friday, August 27th, 2010
Womens Equality Day Press Conference

Women's Equality Day Press Conference

Today was a deja vu day. I sat in the lobby of West Hollywood City Hall as the ERA was put front & center on the National Organization for Women and the National Women’s Political Caucus agendas.

It took me back to 1969 / 1970 when NOW put the ERA front & center on their agenda.

Attorney Gloria Allred broke her 30 day fast of not eating any solid food to announce the 3rd wave of feminism, the next phase to pass the ERA, which will put women’s equality  into the U.S. Constitution. For those of you who do not know, women are not in the United States Constitution.

This time around, it is the college aged women who are beginning to carry the ball in this struggle.

Today, August 26th, is National Women’s Equality Day.

If some of you do not know what the ERA is and the struggle to pass it, please take a few moments here, here & here.

Upcoming TV Appearance: West Hollywood Legacy Series

Monday, August 23rd, 2010
Sheila Kuehl

Sheila Kuehl

On Friday, August 6th, I filmed the next episode of the West Hollywood CityHood Legacy Series.  This is a local cable television program hosted by Sheila Kuehl.

Guest hosts were West Hollywood City Council Members, Lindsey Horvath & Abbe Land.

You can view it either on CityChannel 10 on Time Warner Cable or online at Weho TV. It should air on cable Monday, August 30th at 5pm and available to view online after that, but I will keep you posted on that.

I was one of 4 women who are active in various aspects of the City of West Hollywood. I was joined by Joan English who is the Assistant City Manager of the City of West Hollywood, Rica Burton who is a Senior Health Specialist, and Jamie Morris who is very successful West Hollywood Business Woman.

Their question to me as someone who is 84 years old and an activist for over 40 years, was this: Are there any needs in the city of West Hollywood that are not being addressed?

1.  More attention needs to be paid to the visually handicapped, especially at stoplights and crosswalks. I now know from personal experience that crossing streets is not possible without audio aid for many people.

2.  We need more emphasis put on the image of women, their commitment to feminism, and how sexism STILL is the accepted way of life. It is more subtle but nevertheless still rampant.

Many young women still really have no concept of who they are as females in this society or who society believes they are& why they are treated in unfair ways.

I suggested more emphasis on this area by means of events, panels, films etc…about feminism and what it really means to the independence & safety to the women in our world.

We’ve Come a Long Way!..Maybe?

Friday, August 20th, 2010

This past Tuesday I went to the City of West Hollywood auditorium on San Vicente Blvd to attend the “Women’s Equality Day Celebration 2010”. The title of this particular event was “We’ve Come a Long Way –Maybe”

There was a panel of about six women from different sectors in the struggle for women’s equality.  Some of the women included; a Lawyer, an NBC Analyst, a National Political Women’s Caucus Campaigner, a Judge and a long-time Civil Rights Activist.

Each woman spoke in her area of expertise and how she saw women’s equality happening and/or stalling.

One woman said that she doesn’t call herself a ‘Feminist’. She calls herself a ‘Humanist’.  That is all well & good. However, taking into consideration that in many other countries, females aren’t even considered human, expressing that statement is not quite helping women.

For that reason, I suggested that she might call herself both a Humanist and a Feminist.  She looked at me, paused, looked up and said, “Ah, I see your point.” So let’s hope that can be helpful in being able to embrace both terms.

All in all, it was an excellent panel and the Women’s Advisory Board of the City of West Hollywood should be commended for putting it together!