“Topanga Spirit” cover, canyon commentary and photography by Don Holz

The current show at Topanga Canyon Gallery, “Impermanence,” has one week left. Walking into the gallery one is struck by the lightness of the space as well as the richness of color rendered by the four artists.

One of Topanga Canyon’s premier photographers, Don Holtz, takes viewers on a vacation with photographs of the ocean in its many variations. His landscapes capture other-worldly moments of time, space, and color from some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a first-edition copy of “Topanga Spirit,” a beautiful commentary on this beloved canyon that includes more than 20 of Holtz’s unique images of Topanga, combined with his personal and objective reflections on the beauty of nature. Each book is accompanied by a print of one of the images in the book, selected by the buyer. An advance copy is on display, and orders are being taken for delivery before the holidays. If you live in Topanga or know someone who loves the uniqueness of this marvelous locale, reserve your copy as a permanent reminder of what is impermanent in the world.

Rea Nagel’s watercolor paintings, with their depth and saturated color, draw you in again and again as you discover more in each painting. Painting nature both close up and from a distance, Rea captures the moment, the feeling, and the vulnerability of her natural subjects.

Complementing Rea’s paintings are those of Roya Adjory, that use a variety of mediums, vividly awash with color and meaning. Adjory’s goal with her work is to be both transformative and transcendental and is often regarded as a luscious vacation for your eyes.

Born with “fire in my blood,” and using that flame to create rich, flowing objects in blown glass, Farideh Azad’s glass work captures liquidity and impermanence in traditional and contemporary shapes.

IMPERMANENCE runs through November 25.


Blown glass artwork on display at the Topanga Canyon Gallery. Piece by Farideh Azad


Starting on November 28, the Gallery offers its antidote to obligatory gift giving with “Uncommon Offerings,” when the gallery is filled with art from the heart, each carefully crafted by its member artists.

Some of the items for sale at this show include copper roses by Idelle Okman Tyzbir, an especially heartfelt gift for that special someone; handmade gift cards; new plein air paintings by Russ Hunziker; and ceramic “ring catchers” by Susan Nissman.

Visitors may remember Nissman’s installation, “Rescued,” of a large bamboo raft that dominated the window of the gallery during October’s “Does it Matter?” show. The raft was covered with 180 of these catchers and were very popular. As part of the installation, the bowls were not for sale, but now, each of these newly minted high-fired, glazed bowls can be yours to hold rings, of course, but can also safely be used as a sake cup, individual salt dishes, or whatever else takes your fancy.

The annual Art Wall of five-by-five-inch paintings will also be on display and for sale, as will glass sculpture, ornaments, prints, jewelry, and much more. Mark your calendar and make Topanga Canyon Gallery your first stop for holiday shopping.

Gallery Hours: Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Friday, 12–8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

December Holiday Hours: Wednesday, 2–6 p.m. Open daily beginning December 12 to 24. Closed December 24, 2018 –January 9, 2019.


Topanga Canyon Gallery is located in Pine Tree Circle at 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga CA 90290. For more information: (310) 455-7909; TopangaCanyonGallery.com.


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