The Force Awakens for Local Artist

Cliff Wassman resurrects his art work from “Star Wars.”
Cliff Wassman resurrects his art work from “Star Wars.”

Artist Cliff Wassmann will preview two new original oils as part of the Acme Archives “Star Wars” Fine Art series from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at his studio, 419 Ocean Ave.

Acme Archives Artwork is officially licensed through Lucasfilm Ltd.

Wassmann’s first “Star Wars” piece “Approaching Storm,” depicting a fleet of Imperial Walkers on the ice planet Hoth, was produced as a limited edition canvas print and has sold out.

Wassmann began working on the new paintings last year. One piece illustrates a scene from “The Empire Strikes Back,” where the bounty hunter Bobba Fett flees cloud city after Han Solo is captured.

The second oil painting shows a scout transport patrolling a red rock canyon on the planet of Jakku, introduced in the new film opening Dec. 18.

Wassmann works from models as well as schematic drawings of the film’s vessels to insure accuracy.

The new paintings are not currently for sale. Artist proofs and original oils of previous “Star Wars” paintings will be available.


Community Art Project Presents Stickney Retrospective

“Laura Stickney, A Retrospective”, is currently on exhibit at the CAP Banking on Art Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Ocean Ave.


Stickney’s “Polythymnia” is included in the CAP exhibit.
Stickney’s “Polythymnia” is included in the CAP exhibit.

It explores six different series spanning the artist’s 40-year career. Stickney is a master print maker and multi-media artist.

Drawing from nature, faces, figures and patterns, she weaves an image that takes the viewer on a journey. Showcased are her etchings and multi-dimensional artist books. She is also known for 25 years of teaching at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Along with the artworks are interpretive texts written by the artist giving some of the back-story and information on the techniques used to create the works. The show is free to the public and runs through Dec. 28.








A Little History, A Perfect Gift

Tickets, perfect holiday gift.
Tickets, perfect holiday gift.

Tickets for the 2016 Pageant of the Masters production, “Partners” are now on sale. Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy says the inspiration for next summers show came from thinking about memorable art made possible by partnerships between husbands and wives, artists and models, and artists and their patrons.

Tickets are $15 – $230 for shows July 7 through Aug 31 may be purchased by calling 1-800-487-3378 or online at


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