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LABA Members Attend the “Generations" Abstract Art Show

Updated: Aug 11

Journalist: Jacqueline Lewis Photographer: Robert Smith

Joey Zhou, founding chairman of Los Angeles Beverly Arts (LABA) and artist Todd Williamson, LABA Board member


On July 16th, the “Generations – Abstract Los Angeles: Four Generations” art exhibition public reception was held at the Doctor’s House Museum and Gallery located at 1601 W. Mountain St, Glendale, CA. "Generations" invites viewers to explore the continued dialog between artists over a period that spans roughly 80 years, documenting a line of inheritance passing from one generation to the next.

Homeira Goldstein, Chairman of the Manhattan Beach Art Center, and artist Todd Williamson


Exhibiting artist and LABA International Art Festival Jury Member, Todd Williamson; internationally renowned TV host, Joey Zhou, the founding chairman of the LABA International Art Festival; and Jacqueline M. Lewis, producer of media with LABA were in attendance. During this event, Mr. Williamson and Ms. Lewis also communicated with Mr. Jiannan Huang, the first blue-chip artist of the LABA International Art Festival through an international video connection. Mr. Huang was ecstatic to participate in the art exhibition reception virtually and congratulated the artists on their work.

Producer Jacqueline Lewis holds iPad with LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang joining by video conference

Several friends of LABA were in attendance, including Homeria Goldstein, Chairman of the Manhattan Beach Art Center and Todd Williamson’s colleague, Martin Gantman, Chairman of West Hollywood Art Committee.

Artist Todd Williamson holds iPad with LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang joining by video conference

As one of the featured artists in the art show, Todd Williamson is also a member of the jury presidium of the LABA International Arts Festival, and the under consideration for the "LABA 2021-2022 World's Most Influential and Valuable Artists." Mr. Williamson is a contemporary painter. His works are delicately nuanced abstraction that are ethereal, resolute, and controlled with a depth of structure and light emanating from within, more related to chaiscuro than Light and Space. As the chairman of the West Hollywood Arts Committee for 13 years, Mr. Williamson has profound leadership and management experience in the field of art. In particular, he has a wide range of influence in the international art professional circle.


Martin Gantman, Chairman of West Hollywood Art Committee


Artist Todd Williamson One of Mr. Zhou’s great friend Pianist Yongmei Hu was also in attendance supporting Fiona Hilton who was also a featured artist. Fiona Hilton employs a muted color palette inspired by the desolate scenery of her youth, distant city, smog, neighborhood deserts, and the cast concrete expanse of city sprawl. She has also utilized her artistic talents in the film and TV industry, where she spent four years in graphic design and prop painting in Hollywood. Since moving to Boston, Hilton has exhibited her work in the famous SoWe Artist Collective and other gallery spaces across the greater Boston area. http://www.fionahilton.com/works

Artist Fiona Hilton



Pianist Yongmei Hu and artist Fiona Hilton

Joey Zhou and Fiona Hilton


Lisa Hilton, Fiona Hilton (daughter), and Steve Hilton


Joey Zhou and Fiona Hilton


Other featured artists and friends of LABA included, Christian Sampson, Laddie John Dill, and Ariel Dill, who exemplified the generational theme. Ariel is Laddie’s daughter and Christian’s wife. Ariel and Christian’s daughter Agatha was also in attendance.

Artist Ariel Dill

Christian Sampson's artwork explores ideas about light, color, and perception. Ariel Dill’s art expresses a movement between abstraction and representation, figuration, and graphic flatness, the imagined and observed. Laddie John Dill is the one of the curators of this Exhibit. At the end of the 1960’s, he began producing electric light works out of custom-made, blown-glass tubes in a lush palette of jewel-bright colors.

Artist Christian Sampson (right)


Artist John Robertson

Artist John Robertson was also in attendance. He produces artworks for the discriminating collector and for residential and commercial projects including work for major sport stadiums and arenas: MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL. He paints all kinds of styles and sizes, but he’s known for his paintings of musicians and writers faces in a technique vaguely reminiscent of Jackson Pollock.

Joey Zhou


Homeira Goldstein and Joey Zhou

Mr. Zhou, Mr. Williamson, Mr. Huang, and Ms. Lewis, as representatives of LABA were proud to support this impassioned, imaginative and inspirational Art Exhibit, true to LABA’s mission to promote the arts.

LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang congratulated the "Generations Abstract Art Show"

LABA is the abbreviation for "Los Angeles Beverly Arts" (www.theBeverlyarts.com). Although it’s been affected by the global epidemic, since the launch of the festival on October 28, 2020, from the beginning of online registration ( https://www.thebeverlyarts.com/artist-registration ), LABA has still be able to continue with it’s mission to promote the arts by holding of up to 30 various offline events. Generations - Abstract Los Angeles: Four Generations Exhibit. The Exhibit will run from July 9 – September 2, 2022. 1601 West Mountain St. Glendale, CA 91201.Glendale, CA – Brand Library & Art Center presents GENERATIONS an exhibition exploring abstract art in Los Angeles over four generations. Abstract art thrives in Los Angeles - whether minimal, geometric, or material: there is always someone making abstractions. The impressive roster of 52 artists has been assembled by three observers and participants of the Los Angeles art scene: Alain Rogier, Laddie John Dill, and Katie Kirk. They have put together an exhibition not to propose a textbook compendium of historical figures, but to alert us to the persistence of interest in, and devotion to, classic media and permanently established visual languages. The exhibition invites viewers to explore dialog between Los Angeles based abstract artists over a period that spans roughly 80 years.

Exhibiting Artists: Liv Aanrud, Lisa Adams, Nick Aguayo, Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi, Billy Al Bengston, Lisa Bowman, Hans Burkhardt, Fatemeh Burnes, Daniela Campins, Andrés Cortes, Ariel Dill, Laddie John Dill, Tomory Dodge, Jill Gefen, Yvette Gellis, Rema Ghuloum, Iva Gueorguieva, Christine Garam Han, Lynn Hanson, Nasim Hantehzadeh, Fiona Hilton, Nick Hunt, Forrest Kirk, Katie Kirk, Sandra Lauterbach, Charity Malin, Constance Mallinson, Jacob Melchi, Christina Mesiti, Aryana Minai, Andy Moses, Ed Moses, Jorge Mujica, Hago Najarian, Margaret Nielsen, Claudia Parducci, Alicia Piller, Rebecca Rich, John Robertson, Steve Roden, Alain Rogier, Sharon Ryan, Hideo Sakata, Christian Sampson, Stephanie Sherwood, Pamela Smith Hudson, Marie Thibeault, Ann Thornycroft, Gagik Vardanyan, Cheyann Washington, and Todd Williamson.

Joey Zhou and Todd Williamson


About Glendale Known as the “Jewel City,” Glendale is the fourth largest city of Los Angeles County. With a population of more than 200,000, Glendale is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is rich in history, culturally diverse, and offers nearly 50 public parks, and easy access to a municipal airport. It is the home to a vibrant business community, with major companies in healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, retail, and banking.

About Library, Arts & Culture Founded in 1907, the Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department includes six neighborhood libraries as well as the Brand Library & Art Center, a regional visual arts and music library and performance venue housed in the historic 1904 mansion of Glendale pioneer Leslie C. Brand, and the Central Library, a 93,000 square foot center for individuals and groups to convene, collaborate and create. The department also serves as the chief liaison to the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission which works to continually transform Glendale into an ever-evolving arts destination. For more information visit eGlendaleLAC.org, or contact Library, Arts & Culture at 818-548-2021 or via email at LibraryInfo@glendaleca.gov.

About Brand Library & Art Center Brand Library & Art Center has been a cornerstone for the arts in Southern California since 1956. This unique public library focuses on visual arts and music and provides free services and programs for a diverse community, including print and online collections, subject specialist librarians, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, dance performances, films, and hands-on craft programs for children and adults. Brand Library seeks to develop innovative programs, services, and collections to serve an ever-widening public interested in the arts. Brand Library & Art Center is a branch of the City of Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department. For more information visit brandlibrary.org or contact 818-548-4221







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