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Gracias a la Vida

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Gracias a la Vida
Curated by: J. Michael Walker

131 N. Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
November 8th, 2008 - December 7th, 2008
Opening: November 8th, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.avenue50studio.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
eagle rock/highland park
EMAIL:  
ave50studio@sbcglobal.net
PHONE:  
323.258.1435
OPEN HOURS:  
Tues-Thurs 10-4; Sat-Sun 10-4; or by appointment
TAGS:  
mixed-media, abstract, figurative, traditional
COST:  
free

DESCRIPTION

In 1966 the Chilean songwriter Violeta Parra composed perhaps the most enduring and enchanting song of her time - "Gracias a la Vida" (Thanks to Life) - wherein she expresses undying gratitude, at an almost mystical level, for all the miniscule beauties and unexpected joys of a fraught and troubled existence.  In 2008, we confront a failing economy, harrowing world violence, troubled and troublesome relationships; and an endangered, fragile natural world; and still we seek those poignant moments and scenes which enrich and nourish us. This Thanksgiving season, artist-author J Michael Walker - fresh off his exploration of Los Angeles' cultural heritage in "All the Saints of the City of the Angels" - gathers local artists and poets to seek, as Violeta Parra did four decades ago, the quiet, still reasons to be grateful for our world, our society, and our lives together.