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Torrance Art Museum

Exhibition Detail
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503

January 24th, 2009 - March 21st, 2009
January 24th, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The 36 Streets of Hanoi (detail), Kim AbelesKim Abeles, The 36 Streets of Hanoi (detail),
Gouache on paper, mixed-media
© Courtesy the artist
beach cities/south bay
(310) 618-6340
Tues-Sat 11-5


January 24 - March 21, 2009 


Opening reception: Saturday, January 24th from 7 to 10 pm


Abeles, The 36 streets of Hanoi (detail)

Gouache paintings on paper of street maps in Hanoi, with objects related to their names



Main Gallery:  kim abeles,  location studies 


Location Studies is comprised of installations, sculpture, and prints exploring a variety of locations where Abeles has participated in residencies and exhibitions, including Hanoi; Bangkok; West Bromich, England; Niagara Falls; Sun Valley, Idaho; Mirenice, Czech Republic; Wounded Knee and Southern California.


About the artist: Kim Abeles received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Irvine in 1980.  Since that time, she has remained an extremely active and prolific artist.  From her studio in downtown Los Angeles , she is one of the few artists who maintain an active exhibition schedule in addition to being regularly commissioned for public art projects. Her influence as a teacher has been felt on many students in universities and colleges throughout the county; most recently as a tenured professor at California State University at Northridge.





 THIBEAULT: EPOCH (detail), 2008. Oil on canvas 103" x 84"

 Gallery Two:  Marie Thibeault, Broken Symmetries 

For her solo exhibition in the Gallery Two project room, Marie Thibeault presents recent paintings and works on paper which investigate the cultural fragmentation and environmental destruction of the once balanced, great American landscape. The series was begun in 2006 as a reponse to the Katrina disaster.

About the Artist: Marie Thibeault received a Master of Arts from San Francisco State University and a Master of Fine Arts from University of California Berkeley . She has exhibited widely across the United States , with noted solo exhibitions at Jancar Gallery ( Los Angeles , CA ); Gremillion Fine Art ( Houston , TX ); Art Mecca Gallery ( Chicago , IL ); Greenleaf Gallery ( Whittier , CA ); and Haines Gallery ( San Francisco , CA ). Her work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, at the Armory Center for the Arts ( Pasadena , CA ); the Jeju Cultural Arts Center ( Seoul , Korea ); and The Painting Center ( New York , NY ). Thibeault is currently a Faculty member in the Art Department at California State University Long Beach.



thornberry: Sheaths, Veils, sediments (detail), 2008

mixed media installation; dimensions variable


South Bay Focus:  Amy thornberry, Sheaths, veils, sediments 


 Sheaths, Veils, Sediments utilizes a broad range of media in an intensely process driven and site responsive installation. Thornberry explores how the careful accumulation of materials can speak to the geological, environmental, cultural, spiritual and personal layering of life. 


About the Artist: Amy Thornberry received a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from California State University Long Beach in 2008. Prior to entering the MFA program, Thornberry worked as a set painter in the theater and film industries for over ten years, which has been an enormous influence on her installation-based work. She has exhibited throughout Southern California in university and local galleries including SCA Project Gallery ( Pomona , CA ); VTB Studios ( San Pedro , CA ); The Loft Gallery ( San Pedro , CA ); and Mesa College Gallery ( San Diego , CA ).


Associated Events:


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

5:00pm    Gallery Walk Through with Artist Marie Thibeault

6:30pm    Gallery Walk Through with Artist Kim Abeles


Thursday, March 5, 2009

3:00 pm    Assistant Curator Megan Hoetger Walks Through Gallery with Artist Amy  Thornberry


About the Torrance Art Museum at the Joslyn center:  

 Admission to exhibits at the Torrance Art Museum is free.

Regular hours: Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 am - 5 pm.

Additional information about special events and upcoming arts programming at the Torrance Art Museum can be requested by email at or by calling 310-618-6340.

The Torrance Art Museum is a program of the Cultural Services Division of the City of Torrance Community Services Department.  The Cultural Services Division is responsible for City-sponsored arts and cultural initiatives held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and throughout the City.


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