Mission Statement

To provide space for artists to work and to engage community through arts education, exhibitions of contemporary art, and cultural events.


We are a community that grows through experimenting and innovating.


  • support each other
  • show up and are present
  • value each other and creativity
  • are welcoming and honest
  • collaborate and communicate respectfully

Our Staff

Amy Eriksen


Amy Eriksen holds a BA in Music Education from the University of Redlands. In addition, she holds a Master of Arts in…

Terry Gerald


Terry Gerald grew up in the South Bay Area. She has a Bachelors Degree in Art History from San Francisco State University and…

Sarah Al-Mulla


Sarah Al-Mulla holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Cal State Long Beach and has contributed as a freelance writer for various companies and organizations. She has a passion…

Colleen Andrews


Colleen Andrews came to Angels Gate Cultural Center from the East Coast. With a B.A. double major in Graphic Design and Creative…

Sara Pilchman


Sara Pilchman was born and raised in Long Beach, California and began making artwork at an early age. At 16 she moved to Idyllwild Arts Academy to study French…

Judith Blahnik


Judith Blahnik comes from an arts background, having written and directed in the theatre in Los Angeles and New York….

Ebony T. Perry


Ebony T. Perry is an Interdisciplinary Multimedia Artist raised in San Pedro, CA. She holds a B.A. in Media Studies with a concentration in Digital Art and Design, and…


  • Jane Chang
  • Sean Devereaux
  • Melinda Gann
  • Claire Gerald
  • Chris McCrystal
  • Chloe Ogaz
  • Ellen Romo
  • Desiree Santana
  • Griselda Suarez
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Board of Directors

Board of Directors meetings happen on the last Thursday of each month at 6pm in Building A.

John Wentworth has run one of the most progressive and durable recruiting operations in the country since 1984. He has been a headhunter since 1979. Not content with just filling jobs, he has studied recruiting to learn how it can be done consistently successfully. Wentworth was the first company to offer on-site contract recruiting in Southern California. Since then, under John’s guidance, the company has pioneered many of the key recruiting innovations of the past 25 years, most particularly the application of predictive analytics to talent management.

He has served as the president of the San Pedro Peninsula Hospital Foundation and the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) Foundation, served on the board of the Catalina Conservancy Divers, was the chair of the Westside Center for Independent Living Computer Training Project Business Advisory Council and a member of the parent organization’s Board of Directors.

He served as a founding member of the City of Los Angeles Board of Taxicab Commissioners, later, he served for a year as President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Los Angeles.


Calloway was trained at UCLA and holds a MFA in Film Production. His first job was as an Editor, progressing to Cinematographer (“Falcon Crest”), then Producer of features and television. He is a member of the Producer’s Guild, the Director’s Guild, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Calloway’s feature credits include “Legendary”, “The Chaperone”, “Knucklehead”, and “The Reunion”, for the WWE; “Wild Thing” for Atlantic; and “Running Hot” for New Line. He has produced “The O.C.”, “Nash Bridges”, “The Big Easy”, “Jack & Jill”, “Any Day Now”, and other pilots and series. Beyond Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calloway has produced in Hong Kong, Spain, Puerto Rico, Canada, and extensively on location in the United States.

Calloway is currently writing the story of his family history, “Our Father’s Family”, the story of five generations of Calloway men, from prior to the Civil War to the present. Calloway lives and works in San Pedro, California.

carolleVictoria Zankich Carrolle was raised and educated in San Pedro. She comes from a fishing family, where her father, grandfather and all of her uncles were a part of what was once the largest tuna fishing fleet on the westcoast. She and her daughters graduated from Mary Star of the sea. She is presently retired after spending over 40 years in banking. She is currently a member of the San Pedro Peninsula Cancer Guild board in addition to the Angels Gate Cultural Center Board. She also served on the Port of Los Angeles High School Board of Trustees. She and her husband travel and spend as much time with their family as they can.




“I believe in the power of art to change communities for the better. Art is a catalyst for bringing people together to make their lives richer and more meaningful.” A resident of San Pedro since 1975, Susan Davis and her husband moved here for studio space as downtown art pioneers. She feels that San Pedro is a town full of unique neighborhoods, interesting small businesses, and thriving creative communities – all in a stunning landscape that makes it the hidden gem of Los Angeles.
Susan is owner of Susan Davis Design Studio with graphic design clients such as Bolsa Chica Land Trust, San Pedro Historic Waterfront Arts District, Angels Gate Cultural Center, RoknEll Baby Boutique, HOUSE 1002, University Art Museum CSULB, WEESEEU, and South Shores Magnet School for the Fine and Performing Arts.
Laurine DiRocco received a BA in Art, Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, CA where she studied with internationally known artist, Corita Kent. Laurine works in various media: ceramic sculpture, serigraphy, handmade books, and printmaking (Gyotaku). Her work has shown in various galleries throughout California and at W.A.R.M. Gallery, MN. In San Pedro, CA, she has shown at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center and 7th Street Gallery. As administrator, she has served as Director, Children’s and Junior Art Center, Idyllwild Arts, Director of Art, Polytechnic Elementary School, Pasadena, CA. and as Director of Education, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro. Laurine is a founding member and former Board Member of fINdings Art Center, San Pedro, CA. She also served on the Board of Directors of Venice Arts, Venice, CA both as a Member of the board and and also as Board President. She is currently an artist-teacher in Artist’s-in-Classrooms, Angels Gate Cultural Center.

Karen D. Hill, an accomplished Human Resources executive. As the VP, Human Resources for Otis College of Art and Design, she is leading culture transformation efforts and directing comprehensive short-term and long-range human capital strategies.

Karen holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from California State University, Long Beach. She also holds a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) designation and has completed the Center for Creative Leadership executive program. In addition, she has a certification in Strategic Human Resources Leadership from Cornell University.

Dennis Keeley has worked as an artist, photographer, teacher and writer for more than 30 years. His portraits of musicians were utilized in hundreds of album and cd covers. Paralleling that work Mr. Keeley’s photographs have been exhibited in numerous one person and group shows and he is published internationally in books and studies concerning urban circumstance and condition. Recently, his work was included in a book about Los Angeles, “Both Sides of Sunset,” and will be in a group show at the Paul Kopekin Gallery in Culver City. In addition to being the current chair of the Photography and Imaging Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he is a member of CCA, NCAA, the Society of Photographic Education and is on the board of the Angel’s Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, Ca. Last year, he received a research grant from the Wallis Annenberg Foundation and co founded a new publishing platform, Acuity Press.

Cecelia Koger is an artist and education advocate. Having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach, Cecelia maintains an artist practice exploring connection and chaos through abstract painting and collage. She is also a founding member of the artist-curator collective SILA, Somewhere in LA. Passion for advocacy has led Cecelia to pursue work in the nonprofit management sector and earn a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from CSU Long Beach. Cecelia currently oversees the fiscal operations of the Cal State Student Association, a nonprofit that works to ensure students are at the forefront of higher education policy making.
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Angels Gate Cultural Center 

A place of creative discovery, exploration and enlightenment.

Striving to provide the Southern California community with year-round schedule of gallery exhibitions and community classes. In addition, the Center provides professional work-studio space for 52 artists, including musicians, ceramists, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, printmakers and jewelers.

The Center emerged from a group of San Pedro artists in the 1970's that created artist studios and exhibition space within the 1940's era Army barracks of Angels Gate Park.

Our Vision

Angels Gate Cultural Center is a place that unites art, community and culture through creative discovery, exploration and enlightenment. Angels Gate Cultural Center brings art and culture to the community through interactive classes, gallery exhibits of both local and international artists, professional artists' studios, art education programs in the schools and cultural events.

Angels Gate Park

Angels Gate Cultural Center is one of twelve organizations at Angels Gate Park, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The Department's mission is to unify Los Angeles by providing diverse recreational activities, beautiful facilities, and innovative leadership for the universal enjoyment of our residents and visitors.