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  • Young Local Filmmaker Alexander Paen Is Already Living 'The Dream'

    Colleen OMara, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 7, 2019

    This summer, young Brentwood Filmmaker Alexander Paen -- a 20-year-old student at Chapman University in Orange – was found high up in the stands at Fairfax High School's gym, videotaping games of a basketball tournament. Paen is studying Broadcast News/Documentary and Filmmaking at Chapman. Although he just finished his sophomore year in college, Paen is no stranger to television making. His first documentary was about the California Missions while a fourth grader at St. Martin of Tours, f...

  • Life in 5 Inches: Pacific Palisades Woman Spends 57 Years Collecting 4300 Figurines

    Colleen OMara, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 12, 2019

    Maxine Wolf is meticulous. Her Pacific Palisades home is warm and inviting. She greets you at the door, welcoming you enthusiastically in to see her extensive glass figurine collection. Her lovely, California Design-inspired living room and dining room walls are lined with custom-made mahogany cabinets, filled with translucent or opaque-colored glass animals and figurines -- all carefully organized and categorized. A tour into a converted second bedroom reveals a museum-quality collection with...

  • What Do You Need to be a Woman Owned Business? More than just the obvious

    Colleen OMara, Hypeworld PR|May 19, 2019

    Los Angeles -- (May 7, 2019) -- What does being certified as a Woman-Owned Business mean to Danielle Lovett, Owner/EP of Doublewide? "Besides it being an acknowledgement of the natural evolution of my career, and to stand alongside other women business owners, it's an important responsibility, to be a model for other women coming up, and for my daughter, especially now," says Lovett. The certification capped a terrific 2018 for the company, including a hugely successful multi-spot campaign for...

  • Artists Support Art for Empowerment Local nonprofit hosts art auction ArtWorks for Healing

    Colleen OMara|Feb 14, 2017

    Venice, CA- February 9, 2017- Inspired by the power of art, a diverse group of artists and curators have joined together for ArtWorks for Healing, a unique art auction and exhibition to raise funds for A Window Between Worlds' arts programs. The cocktail reception will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7-10pm at Arena 1 Gallery (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, 90405). This exhibition will be on display starting Friday, February 24; online bidding will also begin February 24 and end the...

  • Walgrove Elementary Hosts a Night of Fun

    Colleen OMara and Bianca Silva|Mar 31, 2014

    Last fall, the P.S. ARTS Program and The Tommy Hilfiger Foundation announced a partnership to develop a multi-year arts education curriculum in only two schools in the Los Angeles school district. Walgrove Elementary was chosen based on its established reputation for supporting inclusive education, a dedication to valuing diverse experiences, backgrounds and voices – a community committed to the value of arts in education. The annual Family Night was hosted as a part of the P.S. ARTS program. T...