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…

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

Volunteers 2015-2016

  • 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

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.


Augie Bezmalinovich works for the Public Relations Division at the Port of Los Angeles as the Community Affairs Advocate. He serves as a liaison between the various communities surrounding the Port of Los Angeles and throughout the Southern California region to educate and promote the Port as both a regional community partner and major economic asset. Augie graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Computer Science and before working for the Port of Los Angeles he owned and operated a very successful Computer Consulting company for 25 years. He is a lifelong resident of San Pedro where his family has lived for almost 100 years and he graduated from Mary Star of the Sea Elementary and High School. He and his wife Lynn have 3 children.
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.




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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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.”





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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.


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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.

john-wentworthJohn Wentworth has run a recruiting firm for 30+ years. Their methodology is acknowledged as uncommonly disciplined and effective. He was an infantry soldier for the First Cavalry Division in Viet Nam and, much more recently, was the President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the Port of Los Angeles. He has been on the boards of the Catalina Conservancy Divers, the Professionals in Human Resources Association Foundation, the Duke Media Foundation and currently is the Chair of the Board of PortTechLA, a maritime industry incubator. He was also one of the founding commissioners for the Taxicab Commission of the City of Los Angeles and the 28th diver signed up for the volunteer diver’s program at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. A graduate of Boston University, John has been in a loving relationship with his partner, Debbie Sam, for 15+ years and has two children, Mike and Amy. Amy also gave him a grandson, Derik.


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.