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‘The New Portrait’ Series by Artist McCann Now on Display in WeHo



City Debuts ‘The New Portrait’ by Artist Ryan McCann

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is hosting a new exhibition of artworks by Ryan McCann. ‘The New Portrait’ is a temporary exhibition of 15 digital art works printed on vinyl, which represent the diversity of the City in gender, race, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation.

The exhibition can be seen at two locations:

  • At 8775 Sunset Boulevard, featuring five art works each 10 x 8 feet, on the masonry walls on the perimeter of the City-owned parking lot
  • Between 666 and 692 N. Robertson Boulevard, featuring 10 art works each 4 x 5 feet, on a fence adjacent to West Hollywood Park

The art works are from an ongoing body of work called The New Portrait. In this series, the artist photographs the subjects, distorting them in real time, leaving only the impression of the subject and removing the details that make them personally identifiable.

There is no digital manipulation of the image so what you see is what the artist sees in the camera.

Because the subject’s identity is obscured, the ambiguity “allows the viewers to place themselves in the frame and freely attach their own meaning.”

McCann states: “I take the existing world and challenge you to see it differently. Whether finding the beauty in abstraction in my photos, I encourage the viewer to look past the obvious and take in the beauty we are so fortunate to experience.”

This makes for an effective outdoor art project because the juxtaposition of the familiar presentation (framed art like a museum would show) in an unfamiliar setting (an outdoor parking lot and a fence) makes for an accessible and engaging experience for the diverse audience that is West Hollywood.

Ryan McCann studied art and history while at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2003, shortly after graduation and a sting with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, McCann suffered a career ending injury. This led him back to pursue his passion, art.

Since 2004, McCann has exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in several institutional collections.

McCann has done public works for Gibson’s Sunset Strip Guitar Town, a mural for the downtown Los Angeles interactive opera Hopscotch, and Patron Tequila’s live art on the Hollywood Walk of Fame via the Los Angeles Art Association. 

The photos will be on display until December 31, 2020.

For more information about The New Portrait, visit here.

To see more photos, visit the City’s Flickr site here.

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Women in Photography: Visual Disruptors 2020 – Mar 22



Photo by Gizelle Hernandez

WEST HOLLYWOOD — March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than to inspire a community. Photographers, creatives, consultants of all genders are invited to Quixote Studios’ Women in Photography: Visual Disrupters event on Sunday, March 22.

Photo by Lauren Crew

American Planning Association (APA) Los Angeles would like to invite you to join, support and celebrate women in the photography industry at their third annual Women In Photography event.

The panels will cover topics such as diversity within the industries, women’s advancement, work/life balance, the creative process, social media, mentorship, activism, challenges working women continue to face on set and beyond.

“This is a teaching moment! We are so honored to have two unique panels of successful women share their stories with us,” their announcement boasts.

The day will begin with a panel discussion, then a networking lunch break followed by a second panel discussion. Lunch will be provided.

Parking will be limited; the event suggests using a ride share service.


Lauren CrewAsh Danielsen, Gizelle Hernandez , Danielle Levitt, Diana Zalucky 

MODERATOR: Cecily Chambers 


Clarissa Garrett (72 and Sunny), Kim Getty (Deutch), Ada Guerin (Los Angeles Magazine), Katie Hawkins (Quibi), Audrey Landreth (Apple), Rachael Lieberman Producer, Heidi Volpe (Patagonia)

MODERATOR:  Monica Zaffarano 

Sun 22nd Mar, 2020

Quixote Studios 1011 North Fuller Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Click here forTickets:

$25 APA Members
$40 General Admission
$10 Students with Valid ID

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‘Clueless’ Pop-Up Coming to WeHo to Celebrate Film’s 25th Anniversary



'Clueless' pop-up coming to West Hollywood to celebrate film's 25th anniversary

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — “As if” we needed another reason to stroll down memory lane! A new pop-up restaurant for the ’90s classic film “Clueless” is opening on Santa Monica Boulevard and it’s totally buggin’.

The pop-up, which is appropriately called “As If,” coincides with the film’s 25th anniversary and launches on March 31.

The restaurant will feature “Cher-able” drinks and snacks inspired by the film, along with set recreations and photos of the film’s most memorable scenes.

Tickets for the pop-up go on sale Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. for $35 each and include 90 minutes in the restaurant, an entree and a side. As If runs from March 31 – May 8, Tuesdays – Sundays at 7100 Santa Monica […]

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WeHo Reads: Architects Who Built Southern California Opens Mar 6



WEST HOLLYWOOD — Join author Antonio Gonzalez for a free event, as he tells the stories of the people behind some of Southern California’s most iconic buildings.

In the early 1900s, the population of Southern California exploded, and the cities grew at such a rapid pace that builders could hardly keep up.

Among those who settled in the area were ten architects looking to make their marks on the world. Claud Beelman, a man who never received a college degree, would go on to design the Elks Lodge in Los Angeles.

Albert C. Martin, architect of Grauman’s Million Dollar Theater, founded a company that is still going strong more than one hundred years later, and Julia Morgan, the first woman architect licensed in California, was hired by William Randolph Hearst to design the Examiner Building.

Antonio Gonzalez has a BA in journalism from the University of Iowa and an MLIS from San Jose State University. He is a member of the Odd Fellows fraternity, works in an architecture and fine arts library and has a blog where he post items related to architecture and his other interests (

In 2015, arts and historic preservation staff began a project of documenting all of the City’s designated historic properties.

This free exhibition shows a selection of photographs from the over 80 properties that were documented by West Hollywood photographer Tony Coelho, representing a wide array of architectural styles and associations with well-known architects and builders. These images celebrate West Hollywood – recognizing our past, present, and future.

When and Where:
Friday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Community Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069

  • 7-8 pm: Reading and Architecture Presentation by Antonio Gonzalez
  • 8-9 pm: Exhibition Reception with artists upstairs.

RSVP required. Register at: niahistoric-weho-reception. For more information about this exhibit visit, or contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator,

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