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.


Ben Zask

Treasurer:  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, curator and treasurer.


Steve Shriver

Stever Shriver

Director:  Steve Shriver is a Professional artist and teacher with 30 years experience in the field. Member of Palos Verdes Art Center for 3 years, Member of Education Committee, Institute for Classical Architecture and Art.



Paul Corneil

Director:  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 but isn’t coordinated.



Peggy Sivert

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.


Denis Richardson



Preparator:  Denis Richardson is an artist and designer.  He owned a stained glass business in the past (Catalina Glass) and now does design and installation work for various arts groups in the South Bay and Los Angeles



Sharyl Holtzman

Events & Communications Specialist: Sharyl Holtzman has a background in promotion, social media, events and strategic planning for music and the arts.  She has been working with SBC as we make our transition from San Pedro to South Los Angeles, SoLA Gallery.



B Kniesley

Photographer/ Design / Art Teacher:  Elizabeth Kneisley is a visual artist based in Los Angeles and Orange County. She will graduate with her BFA in Creative Photography in May 2017. She works in a variety of mediums with a concentration in photography and video. She has been an intern at South Bay Contemporary for three years. There, she has helped curate art exhibition, lead creative workshops for children, and has worked with local artists.


Margaret Lazzari

Consultant / Curator:  Margaret Lazzari is a professor of art and associate dean of faculty at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design and is the author of two books about art. She is an accomplished and practicing artist and lends her expertise in many ways.


Vice President Ruth Trotter

Ruth Trotter

Consultant / Curator:  Ruth Trotter is a professor of art at the University of La Verne.  She has extensive experience as a curator, panelist and advisor to several arts organizations in the Los Angeles area.  She is an accomplished artist and will act as periodic curator for SBC