Downey Arts Coalition Open House

March 10, 2015 at The Epic Lounge

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Join Local Artists and Art Lovers for a

A Short Film by Forrest Hartl
The Sculpture of Jorge Del Toro

The Downey Arts Coalition will host an Open House on Tuesday, March 10, at 7:00 PM, at the Epic Lounge. The event is free to the public and offers an opportunity to connect with others who have an interest in supporting and participating in local art events. Refreshments will be served, along with a showing of a short film, “The Whexican,” by playwright/actor/director Forrest Hartl.

Hartl's film is a family comedy about an aspiring standup comic reluctantly visiting his Mexican grandfather. Originally a stage play, it performed at CASA 0101 in Boyle Heights in 2007. In 2013, Hartl adapted the play into a short film and shot it in Downey. The film stars Alejandro Patiño (The Bridge, Desperate Housewives, Bowfinger,) and premiered at the Tucson film festival. It also screened in LA and Oceanside, and was a finalist for NuvoTV's emerging Latino filmmaker showcase.

Attendees at the Open House will also have a chance to meet award-winning Downey sculptor, Jorge Del Toro and view some of his artwork. Del Toro’s piece, “Deforestation,” won first place in its category at the recent 55th annual Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts. Two of his other ceramic pieces were awarded Honorable Mention.

Art curator Pat Gil explains, “Whatever someone’s passion is – music, film, theatre, dance, poetry – we can work together to help you express it in our local community.” DAC is an umbrella organization that provides “a place for local artists, arts organization, and community leaders to share and collaborate.”

Everyone, no matter what their interest, is invited to come for an evening of networking and stimulating conversation.

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