WAHA E-News 1-19-2007

Events in Historic Homes, plus a Moving Sale (Tomorrow).

By Laura Meyers

Happy New Year! This is the first WAHA E-News of 2007. We continue to look for news of your events that are of interest to the West Adams community.

Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
928 5th Avenue (north of Olympic, west of Wilton Place, in Wilshire Park)

Marita Sheeran is moving to Seattle. We're sorry to see her go, but she's having a heck of a moving sale. Along with vintage and designer clothes (size 12), shoes (size 10), yard equipment, some garden containers, assorted knick knacks, and patio furniture, she's offering a wood and metal glider (asking $100), a coat rack, metal filing cabinets, end table with matching cabinet, hurricane lamps, etc., etc.

PLUS: 67 pieces of Fostoria crystal (vintage 1977, a set that includes dessert plates, water glasses and a variety of stemmed wine glasses.) And an Art Deco O'Keefe & Merrit stove, great condition, includes the original salt & pepper shakers, intact (but not currently working) original clock, a "grillivator" broiler, four burners and a griddle. She's asking $400, OBO (if you have shopped for vintage stoves lately, this is a good deal.)

Call Marita for more information, 206-913-7537.

Sunday, January 28
2 p.m. lecture, 3:30 p.m. exhibition and reception
Ruskin Art Club, 800 S. Plymouth Blvd. (Windsor Village)

Craftsman Era textile expert Ann Chaves gives a lecture, "Texts and Textiles:

A Short Survey of the Art of Craftsman Design," and showcases an exhibit of contemporary and historic Arts & Crafts textiles at the historic Ruskin Art Club, just north of West Adams.

Ann Chavez began her love of textiles as a small child, learning knitting and sewing from her grandmother, who was originally from Paisley, Scotland, outside Glasgow. Having been involved in the study of the Arts and Crafts movement for more than twenty years, her design work has been influenced by the principles of design outlined in the publications of the period. Her work emphasizes a fluid originality rather than mere reproduction. She began accepting private commission work about ten years ago -- creating one of a kind pieces based on Arts and Crafts design.

In her weaving, she has turned to creating linen fabric on which to embroider. Chaves's embroidery work was shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2005, the only work by a living artist exhibited in the International Arts and Crafts exhibition. In her work as well as that of others, she hopes to see the art of needlework and appreciation for the design aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement imparted to future generations.

The Ruskin Art Club, founded by Mary Boyce in 1888, is among the oldest and most influential of cultural and art associations in the Southland. As the first women's cultural organization in Los Angeles, the club also played a major role in advancing the cause of women in the early decades of the new century. Of course, membership in the Ruskin Art Club is now open to men. Today, the RAC continues its historic legacy of public service by providing scholarships and prizes to local artist, writers and musicians, and, through its yearly schedule of programs, a platform for both established and emerging talents, and a forum for public discussion of a wide range of cultural issues.

Cost: $10 /$5 for students and seniors. Advance reservations required.

The Ruskin Art Club's historic 1922 clubhouse is located on the corner of 8th and S. Plymouth in the Wilshire district, one block south of Wilshire & three blocks west of Crenshaw. For more information about this and other programs, please visit ruskinartclub.org, or call 310-669-2369.


Lionel LaBeaud writes us: "I have one-very-hard-to-get ticket for the Boston Trio concert scheduled to take place at the Clark Library on Sunday, January 28, at 4 p.m. Know of a WAHA member who would like to have the ticket?" First come, first served! Contact him at 323-735-5056 or buddy1857@cs.com.


Saturday, January 20 (Also February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18
All showtimes 1 p.m.

Greystone Mansion in Greystone Park, 905 Loma Vista Drive (Beverly Hills)

The play, "The Manor," is the fictionalized story of the turbulent and troubled Doheny family (yes, those West Adams Dohenys), and the tragic events that took place at Greystone, the 1928 mansion erected for Ned Doheny. A year later, Ned and his friend Hugh Plunkett were found shot to death at Greystone.

Inspired by these "true and tragic events," "The Manor" plays out in the actual mansion as the audience members follow along through its corridors. (Yep, a different kind of house tour.)

Admission is $45, and refreshments will be served. If you can't make this weekend's performance, the curtain rises again in February.
For reservations, call 310-364-0535.


We welcome your contributions to the WAHA E-News and West Adams Heritage Association's monthly publication, "West Adams Matters." Please understand that we do have deadlines. Material for the print newsletter should be submitted no later than the 1st of the prior month (i.e.: April 1 for the May issue). If your event is scheduled for early in a month, we suggest you request coverage for the prior month (i.e.: May issue for a June 3 event), because it's entirely possible that not all of our members will have received their newsletter by then (we do try hard…). We reserve the right to edit submitted material. For the WAHA E-News, we prefer to only send it out once or twice a month. Please don't wait until two days before an event to let us know about it. It may not be sent out.

EXCEPTION: If you suddenly hear of an important city hearing or other public meeting that is important to West Adams, we will endeavor to send out a special bulletin.

Submit your material to Laura Meyers, editor, lauramink@aol.com.