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 Fridays & Saturdays 11a-4p or by appointment
Phone: (310) 429-0973

Free Art Workshops


Free art workshops for all ages on weekends, 2 – 4 p.m. The workshops are taught by professional artists, admission is free, and all materials are included. All ages, children and adults, are welcome!


Upcoming Workshops

Kristie Metoyer

Saturday, December 22, 2-4pm
Mixed Media with Kristie Metoyer

More details to follow




Past Workshops

Carolyn Laliberte

 Saturday, October 6, 2-4 pm
Ceramic Sculpture Workshop with Carolyn Laliberte

Create a ceramic mask for Day of the Dead.




Adesina Cooper

Saturday, September 29, 2-4 pm
Ceramic Sculpture Workshop with Adesina Cooper

Create a three-dimensional sculpted puzzle using Ceramic Clay.




Saturday. September 22, 2-4 pm
Presenters:  Lauren Evans, Margaret Lazzari, of the Lazzari Evans Public Art Team

  • Ways to research public art opportunities
  • Strategies for getting entry-level public art commissions proposals
  • Writing proposals, cover letters, and (if necessary) descriptions and budgets
  • Organizing images of your past work
  • Developing visuals and models for your proposal

Lauren Evans and Margaret Lazzari are the Lazzari Evans Public Art Team, who since 2010 have executed temporary and permanent public art commissions for area cities (Manhattan Beach, Palmdale, Pasadena, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica); for LA Metro; for Los Angeles County Arts Commission (Castaic Animal Care Center); and for a private developer in Huntington Beach.


Tracey Weiss

Saturday, September 15, 2-4 pm
Ceramic Sculpture Workshop with Tracey Weiss

Create your own skull sculpture with Ceramic Clay.




Lanise Howard

Saturday, August 18, 2018,  2-4 pm 
Surrealistic Painting with Lanise Howard

Create a painting based on dreams and reality.




Beanie Kaman

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 2- 4 pm
Fiber Art with Beanie Kaman

Explore creative ways to make a wall hanging with Canvas, fabric and found materials.




Sharon Louise Barnes

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Sculpture with Sharon Louise Barnes

Paint on paper, then combine cut paper with found objects to make an abstract work. Process and materials are essential elements of the mixed media work of Sharon Louise Barnes.



Saturday, July 7, 2018
Painting Techniques
with Shelley Heffler and Linda Jo Russell

Create a Mandala, an art form and tool for introspection. We’ll use a combination of printing and painting techniques to create brightly colored circular and centrally focused art pieces.




Saturday,  June 16, 2018
Photography and Collage with Ellen Cantor

We will provide photos or if you like please bring your own to this mixed media workshop. Using a variety of materials you will highlight different elements of your photograph and in the process find new ways of expression. Artist Ellen Cantor, will demonstrate and guide us through the process answering any questions you may have about your work or hers!



Carl Shubbs

Saturday, June 9, 2018
On-Site Photography + Composition with Carl Shubs

Explore the everyday environment in a fresh way.  Artist Carl Shubs will take you outside to photograph on Slauson Ave. Enjoy the opportunity to discover a new perspective of this busy street. Once you have your images, Shubs will use a computer and projector to demonstrate principals of compositional techniques, which may help to refine or define your artistic vision.



Saturday, May 5, 2018
Assemblage Sculpture with Ben Zask

Be creative and eco friendly as you make an assemblage sculpture. Be inspired by artist Ben Zask ‘s imaginative and contemporary techniques as he shows you how to use “found” wood, metal, and other types of treasures to create your original object. You will secure the parts using glue, wire, screws, and nuts & bolts! Also, Mr. Zask’s graceful sculptures will be on view in the gallery.



Saturday, April 28, 2018
Hand-made Books with Nicholette Kominos

Inspired by the tradition of experimental artists’ books, explore and imagine new ways to design a book. With artist Nicholette Kominos we will use or fuse craft, construction, fine art materials and techniques, to find an approach that is enjoyable and suits your style.  A variety of materials will be provided such as oil pastels, newspapers, plastic vending capsules, fancy tape, and rainbow glitter.



Saturday, April 21, 2018
SCULPTURES with Peggy Sivert

Join artist Peggy Sivert and have fun making inventive sculptures. You will begin by making a framework using wire (bones). Then complete your one-of-a-kind form with papier-mâché (skin).  Ms. Sivert will guide you through the process and show you how she creates wonderfully nuanced mixed media sculptures!


Sunday, March 25, 2018
Mono Prints with Pamela Smith Hudson

Join printmaker and painter Pamela Smith Hudson for a workshop to learn how to easily make your own mono prints, an especially fun method for kids or first-time printmakers. Also, Smith Hudson’s mixed media paintings will be on exhibit so that you can see how she incorporates printmaking with collage and other fine art processes to construct her subtle and beautiful abstract work.


Saturday, March 17, 2018
SGRAFFITO: Drawing Workshop 
with Eva Malhotra

Eva Malhotra makes jewel-like paintings by first building up layers of colored paint then carving into the layers, to create colorful shapes, lines, and forms. In this workshop we will begin with a similar method. The artist will demonstrate and guide us through the process answering any questions you may have about your work or hers!

Saturday, March 10, 2018
ABSTRACT  SCULPTURES with Kristan Marvell

Have fun making abstract sculptures from carved chunks of Styrofoam.  We will use collage material to enhance designs and wood skewers to secure the structures to create beautiful forms. The sculptor Kristan Marvell will be on hand to share techniques and discuss how he turns his Styrofoam sculptures into bronze.

Past Projects in the South Bay


img_7403Sustainable Art Workshop for all ages!img_7405

September 10, 11:00 – 1:00 2016 pm at the LOFT

Join Curator, Tracey Weiss, along with Peggy Sivert Zask and Elizabeth Kniesley, to create your own sustainable art using materials we provide or bring along your own post consumer waste (paper, cardboard, slides, plastic bottles, plastic bags, fabric remnants etc).



SKYLINE:  Student art workshops, May 20, 2016

Cabrillo Avenue Elementary School in San Pedro visits South Bay Contemporary. Susan Hadeshi, 2nd grade classroom teacher, Ben Zask, Curator and Art Instructor