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.

SoLA Gallery

3718 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043

Open Saturdays 1-5p or by appointment
Phone: (310) 429-0973

Board & Staff

The following individuals support and oversee SBC SoLA.

Board of Directors

Linda Jo Russell

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.




Peggy Sivert Zask

Executive Director: Peggy Sivert Zaskartist, 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. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.



Ben Zask

Preparator:  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.




Advisory Committee

June Edmond

Advisor: June Edmonds, is a Los Angeles-based painter and public artist that has shown her work locally at California African American Museum, Huntington Art Center, Watts Towers Art Center and many more.  June has completed works of public art in the city of LA and has been recipient of grants from Dept of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles, most recently the CoLA Master Artist Fellowship.



Sharon Louise Barnes

Advisor: Sharon Barnes is a mixed media painter, sculptor and collage artist.  Born in Sacramento, California she was raised and educated in Los Angeles.





Holly Tempo

Advisor: Holly Tempo is known for her paintings and site-specific works. Tempo served as faculty in the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art & Design for 16 years before embarking on a freelance career in 2017. The artist, born in Minneapolis, maintains a studio in Inglewood, California. She is a 2012 recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and in 2017 was selected by the City of Inglewood to do a collaborative series of public artworks as part of the Inglewood Growing Artists Performed Projects (I-GAPP) Program.



Rosalyn Myles

Advisor: Rosalyn Myles has shown an interest in the arts since she was 10 years old. She expanded to dance and theatre studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. Upon returning to Southern California, her interest shifted behind the camera and she began set dressing and then decorating commercials. While pursuing a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the California College of Arts in Oakland/San Francisco, she experimented with film, photography, print, and various other mediums present in her work today.



Steve Shriver

Advisor:  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

Advisor:  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.




Lore Eckelberry

International Consultant:  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.