Kathleen Keifer is having an art exhibition to support the Malibu Playhouse on August 13, beginning at 7:00pm.
All art purchases are 100% tax deductible!
The exhibit will be followed by a Documentary Screening of SALAM NEIGHBOR, as the last installment of the Malibu Playhouse Summer Documentary Screening Series presented by Creative Visions. Two filmmakers fully embed themselves in a Syrian refugee camp, providing an intimate look at the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis. Directed by and Starring: Zach Ingrasci, Chris Temple.
Supporting the Malibu Playhouse is an especially important cause to Kathleen. The Keifer family was one the original founding benefactors of the Playhouse, an intimate 99 seat theater across from Zuma Beach. The mission of the Playhouse is to bring original productions and show original films to the local community.
Hope to see you there!
Last fall, took the red eye from LA to Chicago. Pretended I was 20-something, rented a car and drove to Southbend, arrived at 5 am. It’s dark and cold. The only compensation – and it reveals that the Angeleno thing was in my DNA all along – is I get the best parking space on campus.
It’s unbelievably dark and cold. I mean, I leave Manhattan Beach and it’s 80 and now it’s basically in the low 30’s and I feel like I’m in the Night’s Watch on Game of Thrones. But I pull it together – hey, I’m boots on the ground GAME DAY Notre Dame vs USC and I was at the USC Notre Dame game last year so I definitely have my competitive mojo up – and I begin to walk the campus at sunrise. I make a couple of sketches. Did one of Carroll Hall at daybreak. It was very cold and bleak at dawn, but the GO IRISH bed sheets made me laugh.
I’m here to experience this place, the game, and make art. Conjuring inspiration is a simple spell at such a beautiful campus. My alma mater. My fostering mother.
I’m committed to paint the Golden Dome at 1:00 pm. It’s a changeable, chill October day. Cold and breezy, not ideal for setting up a canvas on an easel (think ‘sail’). But fun. Set up the easel on the round planter in front of the Dome. The sky turns gray to blue while I’m mixing the gray. The big heavy easel that was promised does not turn up. Time for improvisation! Isn’t life, in the end, improv? We all plan, and buy insurance policies, and hedge our bets, but in the end it’s improv.
The wind is brutal. I literally have to hold the canvas down on the easel. Lots of balls in the air: answering questions from fans, holding the painting down, and despite all that, getting absolutely hooked on mixing the exact Naples yellow of the Administration building bricks. Getting seduced by color (once again), always my original sin, my original DNA default, coming to the fore despite the wind, the cold, the inevitable challenges of trying to do something real in the moment.
Truly, it’s the first day I think of plein air painting as theater – as life. There are no dress rehearsals. You can never be prepared, so just go for it and make something lasting.
Join me tomorrow at Bergamot Station to view my most recent Gallery opening and explore the entire complex of galleries as they throw open their doors for an inaugural Spring Fling event.
This will be an unmissable art event! Food trucks and entertainment will join forces with over 30 galleries to provide a thriving Santa Monica arts community with tons of fun for the whole family!
I used to be a portrait painter, and then I moved to California.
I became a landscape painter overnight. How am I not supposed to paint that?
So I’ve always thought of the Pacific Coast Highway as my own Yellow Brick Road. It’s full of hopes and loves and unexpected turns, and when I’m not sure what’s next, all I have to do is follow it. Drive down the PCH on a Friday afternoon (my favorite time of week), ideally in a convertible with someone I love, sun at my back and a radio blasting rock and roll.
I drive though LA, with its pure white light that over-exposes everything down to color and form. It burns clear, hard images into your retina if you take off your Sicky sunglasses for just one minute.
Then on though the fabulous white city of Santa Monica, held in place by the mountains and the shore, with a past full of Spanish mysteries, heartbreakingly beautiful people and Raymond Chandler quotes. (The sand is gold mixed with noir this afternoon.)
And after that, it’s Malibu. I think I’ll stop at Neptune’s Net this time, order Fish and Chips and a beer. Ever get that feeling where you know you’re in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing with the right people?
Bet we can make it to Santa Barbara by sunset.
Malibu Seen: A Whale of a Tale
By Kim Devore / Entertainment Editor
Originally Published June 2015, The Malibu Times
One of Malibu’s favorite visual scene-stealers, artist Kathleen Keifer, has been busy at work with a sweet summer project.
Paintbrush firmly in hand, she has been helping to restore a dozen murals at Webster Elementary School, including two that she herself painted.
The oldest mural greets you as you enter. As you stroll in, admiring the skilled brush strokes and color, you know you are in a special community place.
Webster students painted the entrance 20 years ago. It presents a charming folk art scene of kids at play.
Kathleen was joined on this summer endeavor by an enthusiastic team of young art restorers who share her love of preservation, including Brian Chao, Kayla Hefter, Will Lacey, Michael Rumpp and Kathleen’s own daughter, Claire Keifer.
Claire is a Webster alumna. In 1998, she worked on her first mural with the talented David Legaspi. She had the privilege of being mentored by the famous painter at the tender age of three.
The south-facing mural, titled “The Book of Whales,” was badly damaged and then cleaned by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.
The mural has a special meaning to all involved, as it was the first mural painted by David in Malibu.
The crew has been working away all summer long and hopes its eye-popping efforts will be ready to view for the upcoming school year. Kathleen, who has depicted some of Malibu’s most beautiful vistas with a colorful approach, is hoping the Webster kids get a helping hand and some artistic inspiration to boot. “We really want to do a fundraiser and unveiling,” she says. “We will just have to see what happens.”
I first met Kathleen about 20 years ago when she had regular showings at the old McLean Gallery at Cross Creek. I fell in love with her artwork straight away as it reminds me of the local version of Monet’s famous haystacks. She paints up iconic depictions of Malibu palms at all times of day, lifeguard stations from dawn to dusk, and everything from old VWs loaded up with well-worn surfboards to throngs of cyclists at Zuma Beach.
Needless to say, between Kathleen, David and the kids, these school murals couldn’t be in better hands. So get ready as they help Webster to make waves!
DAVID’S GRAND DISPLAY
He’s famous for his splashy water scenes, cool pool pictures and personal portraits, and just happens to be a longtime fan of Malibu.
So if you’re a follower of artist David Hockney, you won’t want to miss his latest exhibit at the L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice. As one of the biggest names in contemporary art, he has displayed his latest and greatest at the gallery many times.
This time, his showcase is called “David Hockney: Painting and Photography.” It was organized in collaboration with Annely Juda Fine Art in London.
Instead of pools, people are his focus in this extraordinary display featuring crusty card players, determined Scrabble fans and more. The show opened July 15, but there’s still time to catch a wonderful glimpse before it moves on this fall.