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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014

May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

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Deadline: April 25
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Deadline: May 18
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Deadline: June 1 
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Deadline: December 31
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Exhibitions: An Architect Paints

Architect Dan Janotta turned to painting as another creative outlet. His work is part of show opening at Schomburg Gallery this weekend. Image courtesy Dan Janotta. 

For many, designing high rises, museums and hotels would be creative outlet enough. Not so for Dan Janotta, a principal and senior designer at Johnson Fain. In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, he began designing furniture, even opening a studio while still working full time at the firm. “It was an independent, creative extension of what I did at work,” he says. After the birth of his son, “something had to give,” he recalls, and he put his furniture work on the backburner.

Fast-forward a bit over a decade. His son was older, and he was feeling the need for a creative outlet yet again. This time around, instead of furniture, he turned to watercolors. It started with a series of paintings for his son’s birthday. Energized, he began a painting group at Johnson Fain (he had started a furniture group years before). “For six months, 15 people learned how to watercolor,” he says. “I hadn’t painted since college, but I realized I really liked this. It was a lot less expensive than designing furniture. I could do it myself, didn’t need machinery and could do it at home.”

He began with watercolors but found the medium to be too exacting and time consuming. Looking at artists whose work he admired, he discovered they were working with acrylics. Those offered him more flexibility and the chance to work more quickly. Ultimately, he took an oil painting class and found his true medium. “It’s allowed me to be looser and more abstract,” he says. 

As time has gone on, his approach to his subject matter has grown looser as well. At first, given his training as an architect, Janotta was focused on “composition, vanishing points and perspective,” he says. Over the years, he’s changed his approach and works in a much more abstract way, capturing beach scenes and the urban life of Southern California as seen from the streets, highways and freeways.

“I started paining lifeguard stands—I liked the blues, the sand colors, the grays,” he says and focused on the area around his Hermosa Beach home. “As I started to paint, I didn’t like to do day scenes, which were so vivid and colorful; I liked the light at end of day with the long shadows and the contrast with the objects on beach.”

More recently, he has been concentrating more on scenes from Los Angeles, inspired by the hours each day he spends in the car. “I started taking photos on the way to work and began painting those scenes,” says Janotta. “I like getting the sky and the silhouettes of objects.”

Dan Janotta's work will be exhibited at Schomburg Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, opening October 26 and running through November 23. Click here for more information.

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