FOLA, the Foundation of Local Arts, hosts its Fall Celebration of the Arts, Sunday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lido de Manhattan Ristorante and Bar in Manhattan Beach. FOLA executive director Angie Silverman says the free event is designed to assist the community arts education programs that FOLA supports.
“FOLA provides grants to Manhattan Beach Middle School and Mira Costa High School to enhance their arts programs for fine arts, journalism, choir and media,” Silverman explains. “FOLA provides communication about life through the arts, where expression is communicated through song, music, dance, video, fine art, literary writings and the full spectrum of arts.”
This year’s fundraising event features complimentary appetizers and happy hour pricing on wine, beer, and a cocktail that will be specially created for the event. There will be live music, a D.J. and door prizes. Twenty percent of the proceeds from all exhibited art sold will be donated to arts education. The event is hosted by Chevron and the Lido restaurant.
“Currently, FOLA is celebrating animal and abstract art as part of our art world of communication about the many facets of our world, and how we need to respect all life forms and all forms of expression about humanity,” said Silverman.
She describes FOLA as a boutique nonprofit that presents artists across a full spectrum of the arts, and showcases “some of the best in our midst.”
The Oct. 1 event features local songwriter and guitarist Jamisen Jarvis, and the work of fine artists Vincent Laforet, Linzi Lynn, Susan McGehee, Bobbie Rich, Phyllis Ferrara and Thomas Delaney. French American director and photographer Laforet shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, and has donated an artwork valued at $4500 for the event’s silent auction, where the starting bid will be $1500. Lynn creates brightly colored images of people and pets; McGehee works with woven wire and metal wall hangings; Rich derives inspiration for her paintings from personal travel photography. Ferrara’s focus is on lush abstract landscapes, while Delaney is a member of the Redondo Beach Arts Group.
Silverman feels the event is very much a part of the South Bay.
“FOLA represents South Bay artists to showcase their art by bringing them to the attention of our communities through celebrated events,” she said.