South Bay Contemporary SoLA is a non-profit, artist run, alternative art organization supporting advanced explorations in contemporary art. SBC SoLA seeks curators and artists who are tapping into today’s current to bring forth exhibitions and experiences that give new perspective to our global culture. SBC SoLA is a place for imagination to flourish as creative fusions, hybrids and fictions illuminate the future.

At the LOFT

401 South Mesa Street, third level
San Pedro, Californina 90731
(Call when you arrive for entry)
Phone: (310) 429-0973

Board of Directors

Lore Eckelberry


President:  Lore Eckelberry 

Lore Eckelberry is an international contemporary artist based in Los Angeles, California.  She has worked with many LA art organizations and will bring her expertise in organizing international art exchanges and fundraising.


Linda Jo Russell


Vice President:  Linda Jo Russell was born, raised and educated in Southern California and has pursued parallel careers as art educator and artist.   She now teaches in the Otis College of Art and Design. Linda Jo has donated the new South Los Angeles Gallery to SBC and will help develop it with a studio and a common area for workshops. She brings her academic expertise.


Shelley Heffler


Secretary:  Shelley Heffler was born and raised in the Bronx, NY.  She was educated at Fashion Institute of Technology and has a masters degree in fine art from CSU Northridge.  She has had a career as an art instructor and is an exhibiting artist with an art studio located in Inglewood.



Nicholette Kominos




Treasurer:  Nicholette Kominos  has a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. She lives and works as an artist in the Los Angeles area.  She worked as curatorial assistant and art education at Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Park.  She currently manages a fabrication studio in Los Angeles.


Ben Zask





Director:  Ben Zask was raised in Brooklyn, NY.  He has been involved in running art galleries (BZ framing, Zask Gallery, SBC)  since moving to LA in the 1980s.  He is an assemblage artist with a studio in Rancho Palos Verdes.  He works for SBC SoLA as preparator and curator.


June Edmonds


Advisory:  June Edmonds is a painter and public artist that has shown her work locally at California African American Museum, Huntington Beach Art Center, Watts Towers Art Center and many more.   June has completed works of public art in the city of Los Angeles and has been a recipient of grants with the Department of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles, most recently the COLA Master Artist Fellowship, and the California Arts Council.  June received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Bachelors degree from San Diego State University and currently resides and works in Los Angeles.


Peggy Sivert Zask

Executive Director / Curator:  Peggy Sivert is an artist, art educator and founder of SBC and SoLA Gallery.  She has run Zask Gallery since 2006 and founded and ran another non profit by the same name (SBC) in the early 90s.  Her mixed media sculpture has been shown throughout Los Angeles and internationally.







Steve Shriver

Advisory:  Steve Shriver is a Professional artist and teacher with 30 years experience in the field. Member of Palos Verdes Art Center and Member of Education Committee, Institute for Classical Architecture and Art.






Paul Corneil



Advisory:  Paul Corneil is an avid art collector and supporter of the arts in the South Bay area.  Paul was educated as a physical scientist but now considers himself (in the Twelve-Step lingo) a recovering intellectual.  He’s been interested in art since childhood and has taught photography at college.