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Andy Choueke, "Octopus", ink on paper, 22 x 26 inches, courtesy of the Artist and L.A. Goal, Culver City, CA.

Radiant Spaces/Private Domain: Southern California

Curated by Elena Mary Siff and Rebecca Trawick

October 23 – November 18, 2006; Reception: Wednesday, October 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Co-curated by Elena Mary Siff and Rebecca Trawick, Radiant Spaces/Private Domain: Southern California presents work created by artists of the First Street Gallery Art Center, Claremont, CA; ECF Art Center, Los Angeles, CA; L.A. Goal, Culver City, CA and unaffiliated artists Noah Erenberg and Greg Pelner. This unique collection of art has been described as "self-taught", "outsider art", "eccentric", "naïve", and "visionary".

Radiant Spaces/Private Domain: Southern California is the second installment of a 2004 exhibition hosted concurrently by the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA and Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. This new exhibition focuses on artists in Southern California and includes previously unseen work by over 30 artists. First Street Gallery Art Center is part of the Tierra del sol Foundation, featuring a unique art center where people with significant challenges can develop creatively and make important contributions to the cultural and economic life of their communities. ECF Art Center is part of one of the oldest and largest charities in California serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries since 1946. L.A. Goal was founded in 1969 and serves more than 100 adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, mental retardation, learning disabilities, and neurological challenges including epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Noah Erenberg (b.1970) lives with autism and developmental differences and began exhibiting his work in 1996. His work has been written about in numerous publications including ArtScene, ArtIssues and The New York Times. Greg Pelner (b. 1968) lives with autism and epilepsy while continuing to work as an artist. He has exhibited throughout the United States since 1991 and is represented by Leslie Muth Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Elena Mary Siff is an artist, independent curator and founder of Women/Beyond Borders. She is the mother of Noah Erenberg and lives in Santa Monica, CA. Rebecca Trawick is Assistant Curator at the Wignall Museum.

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