Open Studios Day
Join us in the Gallery at 2pm on Open Studios Day, Saturday December 1st, as artist and curator Laurie Steelink will lead a walkthrough of Coming Into Being: Gathering the Elder in Me, and In a Good Way, currently on exhibit at Angels Gate Cultural Center. Steelink will be joined by photographer Tom Gugler who will speak about his latest portrait series, What does your land mean to you? Indigenous People of Coastal Southern California.

Laurie Steelink is an artist and curator. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Tucson, she received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She served as archivist for the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection in New York, and was director of Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica and Culver City. In 2012, Steelink founded Cornelius Projects, an exhibition space in San Pedro that she named after her father. The curatorial focus at Cornelius Projects is primarily the cultural history and the artists of San Pedro, the Harbor Area, Long Beach, and the South Bay.

Tom Gugler is a photographer and educator and has lived in the Los Angeles area since 1986. Born and raised in Oregon, Tom received his Bachelor of Sciences from Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Trained in art and photography he has worked in advertising and editorial positions, since 2006 he has been a photography instructor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Gugler has maintained a serious art practice and has exhibited in Los Angeles and has work in private collections in the US, Canada and Europe. Tom’s primary focus is on photographing Indigenous People on their land with the intention of raising awareness about the challenges they face due to maintaining their connection to the land and their traditions.