Spike Dolomite is a Valley artist, arts education activist, and community organizer. Her paintings have been shown in various spaces throughout the Valley for over 20 years. Her cartoon book, “ART” came out in 2010 and is on sale at Continental Art Supplies, CSUN Art Gallery, and La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando, and 11:11 a Creative Collective. Her “ART” cartoons have also been published on NoHoArtsDistrict.com.
Spike is a co-founder and managing director of a grassroots group called, “Reseda Renaissance,” a group of artists, art lovers, business leaders, and civic leaders dedicated to seeing Reseda make a comeback via the arts.
Her political blog, “Left Turn in NoHo” ran on NoHoArtsDistrict.com from 2012 through 2013.
LA River by Spike Dolomite
The Los Angeles River is undergoing a major transformation from a giant cement gutter and dumping ground to an actual destination.
“It’s a big, big world full of all kinds of people,’ says singer/song writer Roy Zimmerman, “but there’s one thing we can all agree on...” Then he strums. And he strums. He casts his eyes to the ceiling. At last he sings, “...and when I find out what it is, I’ll let you know.”
The Valley Print Studio is the creation of two artists, Miles Lewis and Zeina Baltagi. They met as undergrads at the print studio at CSUN. Last year, they decided to partner to create their own print studio in the West Valley. Their mission is to educate, build community, foster collaboration and produce affordable art.
“Art in America has always belonged to the people and has never been the property of an academy or a class. The great Treasury projects, through which our public buildings are being decorated, are an excellent example of the continuity of this tradition. The Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration is a practical relief project which also emphasizes the best tradition of the democratic spirit. The WPA artist, in rendering his own impression of things, speaks also for the spirit of his fellow countrymen everywhere. I think the WPA artist exemplifies with great force the essential place the arts have in a democratic society such as ours.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Radio Address Dedication of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, May 10, 1939