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
310-519-0936Amy Eriksen holds a BA in Music Education from the University of Redlands. In addition, she holds a Master of Arts in…
310-519-0936Martabel Wasserman is an artist, writer and curator living in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the University of California,…
310-519-0936Terry Gerald grew up in the South Bay Area. She has a Bachelors Degree in Art History from San Francisco State University and…
310-519-0936Prior to joining Angels Gate Cultural Center, Melanie Mack was a senior development professional with more than 15 years of experience serving…
310-519-0936Sara Pilchman was born and raised in Long Beach, California. After graduating Idyllwild Arts Academy as an Interdisciplinary Arts major to study…
310-519-0936Dulce Soledad Ibarra is an intermedia artist and non-profit arts advocate with special interests in community and identity-emphasized arts and opportunity. After four…
Board of Directors 2016
- Judith Blahnik, Board President
- Phoebe J Barnum
- Augie Bezmalinovich
- Victoria Carrolle
- Laurine DiRocco
- Roberto Guzman
- Dennis Keeley
- Ernest Lee
- Wendy Milner-Calloway
- Lisa Patton
- Dr. Elizabeth Riley
- Peter Rothe
- Blue Wade
- John Wentworth
- Jane Chang
- Sean Devereaux
- Melinda Gann
- Claire Gerald
- Chris McCrystal
- Chloe Ogaz
- Ellen Romo
- Desiree Santana
- Griselda Suarez
Board of Directors
Judith Blahnik comes from an arts background, having written and directed in the theatre in Los Angeles and New York. She has taught improvisational acting and writing technique in pre-school to graduate school settings, correctional institutions, professional workshops, arts camps, regional theatres and Angels Gate’s Artists in Classroom program. Since 2006 she has been actively involved in the revitalization of downtown San Pedro, serving as Coordinator of Activities for the Arts Culture and Entertainment District.
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.
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.
Wendy Milner-Calloway joined the board of directors in 2014 because she believes in Angels Gate’s rich history and its mission to meld artistic freedom with community outreach. She is a studio artist with a background in the written word, art direction, and exhibit design. “We all want the autonomy to explore and create, but we do this best when we’re supported in a community. That’s why I’m here.”
Dr. Elizabeth Riley is a research psychologist with interests in creative arts therapies, including, art, music, and writing, specifically in their use to develop and maintain optimal mental and physical health. She is currently Chair of PhD Research in the Department of Psychology at Capella University where she oversees the doctoral dissertation process. In addition, Dr. Riley owns a small publishing company, Omnific Publishing, which specializes in publishing nontraditional romance novels, or “romance without rules.” Dr. Riley joined the Angels Gate board in December 2015, and looks forward to helping the organization fulfill its mission to engage the community through the arts.
Angels Gate Cultural Center is a place that is full of the joyful energy of creativity, and I see the amazing possibilities of sharing that with our community.
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.