GALIAS' BLUE ROOF STUDIO DREAM
GALIA LINN. Photograph courtesy of artist.
Picture this: A vision of inclusion, a celebration of art and artists, community, creativity and a melting pot of cultures; this is a reality. Meet Galia Linn and her Blue Roof Studio Dream.
HOW DID YOU KNOW TO BEGIN BLUE ROOF STUDIO?
Blue Roof Studios and the Festival by extension came from the sense that we are living in such a climate of tension and isolation, and the feeling of duty to contribute to the melting of these barriers. Art is a way of melting such barriers, it can bring bring people together, celebrating our diverse stories, our lives.
While making and selling art has been important to my practice, it became clear to me that it is not enough. For me, it has to include a social practice with authentic engagement. This is when Blue Roof Studios was born. Blue Roof Studios is a multidisciplinary art hub located in South Los Angeles, offering a place for artists to work in an environment that fosters creativity and community. Blue Roof Studios hosts events that promote dialogue with artists and the public.
HOW HAS THE OVERALL RESPONSE WITH BLUE ROOF STUDIO BEEN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?
Six months ago we began hosting a free art making monthly workshop in collaboration with Barnsdall Arts. These workshops keep growing larger, with more and more participants who are drawn to this intimate art making setting. These sessions opened up conversations with returning participants and neighbors, who expressed a wish for more projects and interaction with artists. The idea for the festival was born.
In addition to our monthly workshops over the past 6 months we also developed multiple relationships and now have the support of many organizations and businesses both local and throughout the Los Angeles.
The Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival is funded in part by the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, CANNDU/Empower LA, LACI CleanTech incubator, Maker City LA, Zefr, and the generous support of friends of Blue Roof Studios. Additional support provided by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., the California African American Museum, BardoLA, On Broadway Tattoos, social.experiment and more
IS THERE A COMMON THREAD AMONG THE ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN THE FESTIVAL?
The festival highlights the richness and diversity of the arts in South Los Angeles and beyond, reflecting Blue Roof Studio’s commitment to fostering and amplifying creativity, connection, and inclusion within the community.
It has taken on a life of its own. It is unfolding into a multisensory immersive experience, spreading over Broadway Ave sidewalk, our large parking lot and the entire building. We have more than 60 diverse artists participating, over 20 artisans making jewelry, clothes and henna tattoos, multiple workshops and with local food vendors offering tacos, seafood ceviche, pizza, other local yummies, live music, performance and more. It has truly become a community-based Arts festival drawing diverse support with so many people and organizations coming together working to make this happen.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU AND BLUE ROOF STUDIO?
Blue Roof Studios seeks to expand and develop artistic opportunities with and for L.A.-based creative practitioners. We are committed to supporting community initiatives and cultivating an environment of reflective and meaningful dialogue around issues of access, diversity and artists' roles within the broader ecology of our city.
Blue Roof mission and my practice are connected.
As a sculptor and site-specific installation artist living and working in Los Angeles, I construct relationships between subject, object and their environments by creating elemental tensions; a delicate balance between the mediums’ limits and my exploration with life’s imperfections.
I am interested in creating encounters with space and objects and people that have an affect on our physical and emotional state of being.
My installations are site specific; responding to the space, the people, and the uniqueness of the environment and were created for both private and public domain most recently in Bellingham, WA and upcoming in Descanso Gardens.
Blue Roof studios Arts Festival and its mission is an extension of what I am already doing in my work; fostering places that are warm and reflective, providing invitations to step inside oneself, creating places of nourishment, and extending a safe offer of sanctuary.
6 UPCOMING SHOWS:
June 21 - July 7. RADIANT. Big City Forum. Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival. Los Angeles, CA
June 23 - August 15. SUPERWOMANSHADOWPOWER, 5 Car garage. Santa Monica, CA
June 28 - July 28 : CLAY, Galerie Lefebvre and Fils, Paris, France
July 22 - Juried Exhibition 2018, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
September - La Reina de Los Angeles, Descanso gardens, Pasadena, CA
October - SIX, Garage n.1. Five Car garage. Santa Monica, CA