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”

414434_10150755858793785_439172810_o                          10628254_10152345676243785_1972957237279706374_nMy interview with Eric Minh Swenson

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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Malibu Faces: Gene Franklin Smith

Artistic Director bids “Adieu” to the Malibu Playhouse

index     Gene Franklin Smith, the multi-talented Artistic Director of the Malibu Playhouse  for the past 18 months, has resigned his position.  This is very sad news for many of his who enjoyed the 2013-2014 season of classy, entertaining theater.   Below , Gene’s own words to me on April 25th, 2014:

Thanks so much for your help in spreading the good word!
When I first put the 2013-14 season together, I wanted to present new and interesting theater that hadn’t been in Malibu or Los Angeles. The plays were selected to be both thought-provoking and entertaining. Our West Coast premiere of “The Dream of the Burning Boy” garnered nine outstanding reviews, including from the Los Angeles Times, which had ceased reviewing plays at Malibu Stage Company altogether, and put Malibu Playhouse “on the map”. “Belfry” was also a West Coast premiere from one of the foremost Irish playwrights in the world, and it was sweet, sad and funny. “The Vortex” is one of Noel Coward’s rarely produced plays, and I updated it to the 1960s to give it a looser, less stuffy, feel, adding music and a bit of go-go dancing.
Our last play is a world premiere, “Flim-Flam,” which I wrote. (It opens June 20 and plays til August 3.) It’s directed by Thomas James O’Leary, a Broadway actor (he played 1000 performances as the Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera). The play is about Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle’s investigation to find a genuine psychic medium, and when they do, Houdini must question his beliefs about life-after-death. “Flim-Flam” features several of Houdini’s illusions and escapes, seances and a vaudeville act.Flim Flam Poster Flyer 8.5x11 v02The season was truly fabulous and Gene’s own production “Flim Flam” was one of the best plays of the season. I have been a season ticket holder for many years and Gene deserves a standing ovation for his work not only on the stage but also behind the scenes. Malibu Playhouse got a fabulous make over this season including renovated lobby, stage and dressing rooms, along with new lighting and sound booth.  Gene we will miss you. Bravo and a standing ovation from your many fans in Malibu!



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