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Donna Weil / Dave Faust / AV Flowers/ Blvdtoday Yes, in spite of the opening day of the fair and Ted Nugent and all, the ART, WINE, & BLVD TODAY event was so much fun, everyone enjoying all the wonderful art, live art demos, great food, great wine, great music, and great company. If you weren’t here, you missed a good party !. I spent a good part of Sunday in here with a carpet steam cleaner to get all the spilled wine and food stains out of the carpet but it was worth it !

Colorful local artist Donna Weil

Donna Weil– Donna was born in Washington D.C. After WWll, her family moved back to Southern California. She lived in the San Fernando Valley, attended No.Hollywood High ( proud member of the Pert Jills ), Los Angeles Valley College, and after moving to Del Mar, attended the Interior Design Guild of San Diego. Donna has three fabulous children, four spectacular grandchildren, a beautiful home in the mountains that she shares with her very talented roommate and a flock of animals.
Donna’s art career began in the 1st grade, when her teacher and the principal of Fair Ave. School called her parents to discuss the possibility of her receiving professional training. Lucky for her, a neighbor, James Mastropietro, a noted watercolorist, introduced her to a group of artists in the back room of a paint store in Burbank, CA. They set her up with paints and an easel. The rest is history!
She was the primary muralist for schools in El Segundo, CA. and Ventura, CA. and her murals are in homes throughout So. California. She is the creator of “Weilones” home portraits, collected world-wide and her new addition “Dakota Millie’s Western Funky” art collection.
Donna’s awards include : Pacific Art Association, El Segundo Art Association, Antelope Valley Fair, The Art of the Trashcan (beautification project of Old Town Newhall) and the Santa Clarita Excellence in Art Award 2006, her winning painting on the cover of The City of Santa Clarita Arts Calendar Mar ’07 – Aug ’07.
Anyone who has seen her paintings knows her love of the West and vibrant color. This is attributed to her great-grandfather Buffalo Bill Runcorn( who helped settle the Badlands of No. Dakota), AND her childhood neighbor, Nudie, a famous rodeo tailor. Nudie would invite the neighborhood kids over to his shop to meet and visit with the “movie cowboys” and Donna would love to jump into his trash and collect colorful leather to make collages and doll furniture, the true start of her art career.
Donna’s art has been in galleries in London, Beverly Hills, Pavo Real in Lake Hughes, Cedar Center in Lancaster, Four Seasons Gallery in Wrightwood, The Lakes and Valleys Art Guild in Lake Hughes, B & R Gallery in Santa Clarita, The Cottage on Walnut, and Crossroads Gallery in Tehachapi.
We are pleased to represent her here in the Graphic Experience.

Local Artist Dave Faust

Dave was introduced to the world of of art at an early age. His mother Ethel, was a New York trained commercial artist, and his brother Rick, a fine artist, sculptor, and art teacher.Growing up on the central coast and in the Antelope Valley, the California landscape has always fascinated Dave. While still in high school, Dave studied under western artist Doug Oliver. He attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art in Denver before returning to the Antelope Valley to start his art career.
For the last 24 years Dave has been an award winning graphic designer and illustrator, creating graphics for NASA and other corporate clients. Although a trained graphic artist, Dave’s first love has always been painting. Returning to his oil paints several years ago, Dave has explored the medium through various subjects, he finds the art of plein air painting the most challenging and fulfilling. He has been particularly attracted to the art of the California impressionists. Dave was influenced by the cloisonne style of illustrators from the turn of the century.
Dave has been involved in the Lakes and Valleys Art Guild since 2004. He served first as Vice President and has just been elected toa third term as the President of the ever growing organization.
Dave currently serves as the Fine Arts Chaiman for the Antelope Valley Fair.
Come to see his wonderful works of art here at the The Graphic Experience.

September 2, 2010 Posted by | blvd today, Dave Faust, Donna Weil, graphic experience | , , , | Leave a comment