Carole Bayer Sager’s Sumptuous Delights on Canvas

“Kisses and Shadows ”

Kisses and Shadow (2)

I was excited to be invited to the stellar opening of Carole Bayer Sager’s latest work by my friend Christine Anderson of Communication Arts Inc. The exhibit was held at the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica at the William Turner Gallery .  I really enjoyed the whimsical paintings, although I must admit it gave me cravings for sweet treats.

Everyone was enjoying the evening accompanied by wine and appetizers and a lot of “eye candy” both on the walls and in the gallery. The room was full of producers, directors, artists and art lovers.  I recommend stopping by the gallery and enjoying the delectable work .

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New Works: Paintings by Carole Bayer Sager at William Turner Gallery
September 18, 2014
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and a host of others joined Carole Bayer Sager at the William Turner Gallery opening reception Sept. 18, 2014 for her new exhibition of paintings. This series of all new works explores notions of obsession and perception, utilizing foods that are embedded in our pop cultural DNA. By drastically changing their size and scale, the artist invites viewers to take an abstract look – up close or at a distance – bringing their own associations to grilled cheese sandwiches, chocolate candies, and confectionary explosions. The richly detailed compositions are sensual provocations, enticing desire and temptation, through the wonderfully seductive qualities of paint. The show will be up through Nov. 8. Programming through the end of the year at William Turner Gallery continues with a solo exhibition for Andy Moses, opening Saturday, November 15.


Me checking the length of my dress before the opening.

Me checking the length of my dress before the opening.



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Malibu Artists Series: Gay Summer Rick

“City and Coast Exhibit”   Title: Wilshire and Western 30x40in Oil on CanvasGay Summer Rick

One of my first blog posts was on Malibu Gallery Art and Framing.  Gay Summer Rick’s paintings were  prominently displayed on a wall featuring local artists. I have been a fan since that day. Gay achieves her muted, impressionist style by using palette knives instead of brushes.  Her background in sculpting led to her discover the perfect medium to express her artistic vision of Malibu and other coastal villages.

Recently I paid a visit to her lovely Malibu home where Gay creates her magic. There are two studios, one of which is a roof top deck.  We were joined by filmmaker Erick Minh Swenson who was doing some pick up shots for his upcoming mini-documentary on Gay’s process.  Gay paints with palette knives and layers  paint of similar and contrasting colors which is a lengthy process but also an environmentally friendly one. The City and Coast” series evokes a bit of the “Film Noir” period of Hollywood films in Gay’s depictions of iconic locations.





Info on the upcoming exhibition: Exhibition features the new series of work, “City and Coast” by artist Gay Summer Rick. Bleicher Gorman Gallery – Bergamot Station. Opening Reception October 4th 6-10pm, exhibition runs September 28th – October 21st.



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The Carbon Beach CLub

“Dining at the Malibu Beach Inn”

IMG_6201Last Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of dining at one of my favorite Malibu restaurants.  My friend Katie came to visit from Walla Walla , Oregon where she owns a fabulous restaurant The Green Spoon. The Carbon Beach Club is one of Katie’s favorite dining venues and she was kind enough to treat me to a fabulous dinner .

Just sitting on the ocean front patio watching the waves come in as the sun sets is a treat. Now picture a great glass of Chardonnay and delicious meal  to make the experience sublime. Our waiter, Tracy was very gracious and helped navigate us through the wine list, as well as the evening specials. I enjoyed a delicious Branzino with a side of Chinese long beans .sea beans in Kung Pao sauce.  Katie enjoyed a savory Rib Eye.

When the Malibu Beach Inn first opened its restaurant they were only permitted to serve food to hotel guests!  Lucky for us Malibu locals dining at Carbon Beach Club was eventually opened to the public . The weekdays offer special nights : Tuesday  “Flat Bread and Brews”,  “Wine off Wednesdays “offer 1/2 bottles of wine with Cheese Charcuterie and special menu items,  followed by Thursday’s” Burger and Chimay” special followed by “Mixology” Fridays 3:30 to 10:00 PM (a great way to start the weekend).

Everyday there is a Lobby Menu from 3:30 to 5:30 where you may enjoy a beverage and snack on the ocean front patio.  Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Dinner served nightly from 5:30-9:30 PM.  Reservations recommended 310-456-6444.




Katie Gonzalez owner of The Green Spoon

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Sotheby’s International Realty Acquires Prudential Malibu Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Malibu, California

photoAlmost 13 years ago I decided to join a new company venture started by Malibu agents, many of whom I worked with when I started in the business in 1991. The venture was  an independently owned franchise aptly named Prudential Malibu Realty. The agent owned company was an enterprise headed by Michael Novotny , who was in many ways my mentor when I started at Fred Sands. The first day of work at our temporary digs was September 11, 2001!

Flash forward to this past Thursday evening, a group of old friends and associates all gathered at the Malibu Pier to celebrate Sotheby’s International Realty’s friendly acquisition of Prudential Malibu and its 3 offices; located at  23405 PCH  (310-456-6431)  , 28700 PCH and  369 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd..


Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar


Launch Party at the Malibu Pier for the “new” Sotheby’s International offices in Malibu.

The offices are comprise a  total of approximately 60 experienced local estate agents .  We welcome buyers and sellers to drop by and meet our agents in any  of our conveniently located offices.

Pictured here with me are Frank Symons, executive VP and COO of the western region, realtor Alan Mark,  Dave Osman VP/ manager of Sotheby’s International realty  Palisades/Santa Monica offices and Michael Novotny,  VP/manager of Sotheby’s International Realty Malibu .





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Malibu Faces: Artist Series

“Eric Minh  Swenson and Harry Gesner”

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Recently I took a field trip to the  studio of Malibu artist Gay Summer Rick (next week’s blog subject).  There I met documentary filmmaker and photographer Eric Minh Swenson for the first time .  Interviewing Eric is an experience in a gorilla zen type of way!

Harry Gesner is a renown architect , innovator and environmentalist.  i have met Harry several times since Trancas , a Great White Pyreness was under my watch when he ran like the wind over to Harry’s to court his black Labrador. Years later I had the opportunity twice to sell a home  designed by Harry. The round house was unique and built around the beautiful views of the ocean and Encinal Bluffs. When my clients had to move, they  worried they would never be happy living in a rectangle again!

Eric has done a fabulous mini-documentary on Harry Gesner  “Architect, Environmentalist, Visionary:

This lovely tribute to Harry is a joy to watch.  The documentary is part of a series “While they Work; Artist sharing their process”.  Among the  other artists featured are Gay Summer Rick ,Mary Wright, Robert Standish, Chris Burden (Urban Lights ).



Artist Gay Summer Rick in her Malibu Studio          Next week “Urban Coast”                                                                                                                                                                                



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