Relay Drawing, July 10

Saturday 10 July 2010, 1:00-3:00
re-visions of LA w/ Lily Simonson, Elana Melissa Hill and Mara Lonner
Join us as we re-imagine the Los Angeles landscape as a super-urban metropolis and/or a plein air utopia. Follow local artists on drawing tours of Hollywood and learn about line, shape and perspective as you create your own vision of Hollywood. After you design your LA, take a tour with LACE educators of Public Interest 2010. Space is limited for the drawing workshops to 20 participants per class, advance registration recommended.


+ Lily Simonson will lead a plein air drawing tour of downtown Hollywood. Participants will make observational drawings of numerous iconic Hollywood landmarks--such as the Capitol Records building, Mann Chinese theater, Hollywood sign--combined with more unconventional sites.

+Join Elana Melissa Hill in an on-site session of urban landscape drawing. We will choose pieces of the “everyday” environment that catch our eye, like a palm tree, trash can, or an old shoe and construct sketches which will serve as a record of a moment, a memory, a shared experience.

+Mara Lonner: Hollywood Blvd is a perfect example of the hodge-podge of our contemporary society: Rocker boots combine with deco architecture meet symbols of the stars. We will be considering our responses to the environment in and around LACE by drawing the often overlooked and quite minutiae lost in the chacaphony. Sometimes the best way to see the whole is to focus on the details.


Lily Simonson's paintings and drawings investigate the intersection of biology and art as an arena of the sublime. Simonson lives and works in Hollywood, and has been exhibited around the U.S. and in Europe. She holds an MFA in Painting from UCLA, and has taught painting, drawing, and art history at The Public School/Telic Arts Exchange, UCLA, CSU Pomona and UC Berkeley.

Elana Melissa Hill is a california native who completed her BA at UC Irvine, and is currently in an MFA program at Claremont Graduate University. Her paintings are imaginative urban landscapes that combine the chaotic movement of poured and sprayed paint with the precision of pen and ink drawings. The iconic images in her paintings are pulled directly from the urban areas of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, as well as industrial areas found sprawling in between. Her work can currently be seen at The Hive Los Angeles until the end of July, or at

Mara Lonner is an established Los Angeles based artist who exhibits locally and internationally. Mara's recent work utilizes a variety of media to intertwine architectural ornaments and botanical forms, focusing on their geometric similarities She is interested in blurring the conventional distinction between the organic and geometric worlds. Her most recent exhibitions include "CrissCross", a collaboration with artist Kim Schoenstadt, an 11' x 85' wall work installed in terminal three at Los Angeles International airport from August 2009 through February 2010 and "Everything's OK Now" a solo exhibition at Jancar Gallery in Chinatown.