I am a local theatrical producer and author of a recently published book: Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl, Art Dealer as Impresario. Earl Stendahl (1888-1966) who was my husband’s grandfather, was a true visionary. He championed the unknown California Impressionist painters of the 1910s-1930s and almost single-handedly introduced Modern and Pre-Columbian art to the West Coast. My husband is the President of Stendahl Galleries in Los Angeles, which is one hundred years old this year.
I am an organizer for a fundraising/friend-raising event to benefit Hedgebrook – the writers colony for women writers located on Whidbey Island, Puget Sound, Washington. I have been a writing resident at Hedgebrook three times; these quiet, inspiring stays transformed my writing life, and the Southern California Leadership Council hopes to bring money and new support to the organization.
Stendahl Galleries of Art is one of the participating cultural institutions in The Getty Research Institute’s Pacific Standard Time collaboration, now unfolding throughout Southern California.