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…

Martabel Wasserman


Martabel Wasserman is an artist, writer and curator living in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the University of California,…

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…

Melanie Mack


Prior to joining Angels Gate Cultural Center, Melanie Mack was a senior development professional with more than 15 years of experience serving…

Sara Pilchman


Sara Pilchman was born and raised in Long Beach, California. After graduating Idyllwild Arts Academy as an Interdisciplinary Arts major to study…

Dulce Soledad Ibarra


Dulce Soledad Ibarra is an intermedia artist and non-profit arts advocate with special interests in community and identity-emphasized arts and opportunity. After four…


  • 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

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.


Why do I make art? Nothing else makes any sense.
I have had the great pleasure of making my art and being a member of the Angels Gate Community for 13 years. Over that time and have been witness to many tides in both the artist’s community and staff. I am currently serving as the Artists Representative to the Board as well as a member of the board and as such see the hard work being done for the betterment of all that is Angels Gate.


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.




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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.


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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.
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Blue Wade is a digital media installation artist born and raised in New York. She is the Chair of the Arts and Media Division at Marymount California University. She developed an interest in art very early attending the High school of Art and Design later receiving her BA from University of California at Berkeley with a double major in Art Practice and Interdisciplinary Studies Field. She received her MFA in Digital Media from Rhode Island School of Design. Blue’s first love has been the passionate figure. The love of the figure and object making has led to her interest in construction environments or worlds where her figures belong. Each environment is a combination of virtual and real space often consisting of video, animation, digital sculpture (virtual objects and 3D generated sculptures real space objects) and traditional materials of sculpture. These installations serve as environments that are meant to be experienced. Her art has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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.