Dear Friends,

California’s Channel Islands are one of the best places in the world to watch whales – but I just learned that that could change if Exxon gets its way.

The oil giant is asking our government’s permission to harass and even kill an unlimited number of whales, sea otters, and other marine mammals, all so they can expand an already-huge offshore drilling platform!

We can’t let this happen. I raised my voice – please join me? It only takes 30 seconds to send a note to the government opposing Exxon’s request. The deadline is July 30!


Ellen Brennan


Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to announce Seismic Light, an exhibition of paintings by artist Douglas C. Bloom.

The exhibition features Bloom’s new series of idealized landscape paintings, which focus on the visual energy produced by light in the natural landscape. Rich in color and texture, the paintings reflect the brief seconds of time when seismic light appears in nature just before it shifts and is lost, stirring a visual and emotional reaction in those who experience it.

Bloom is among the select group of successful Los Angeles artists who, in the words of critic Peter Frank, “paint from the photograph and produce work of substance.” Holly Myers wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “Douglas C. Bloom flirts with abstraction in landscapes, playing with flatness, shape and texture.”

According to Bloom, “The energy of nature is visualized by using tangible light as it filters through the physical landscape. I am depicting events which are altered to further the connection between artist and environment.”

The new paintings in Seismic Light are an extension of Bloom’s signature style, creating images that materialize and dissolve simultaneously. This is a process he describes as, “a metaphor for the destruction of traditional painting.”

Bloom is an internationally exhibited artist whose works have been included in group exhibitions by various curators from MOCA, LACMA, Hammer Museum, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Most recently, Bloom had a solo show at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago and was part of a group exhibition at Stricoff Fine Art in New York City. His work has been published in New American Paintings, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times.

Bloom moved from Texas to California in 1999 to attend Claremont Graduate University, where he completed his MFA in 2001. His studio is located in downtown Los Angeles.

For more information about Douglas C. Bloom and his artwork, visit

Ruth Bachofner Gallery: 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica. Bergamot Station Art Center – Suite G2
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Exhibition continues through Aug. 30, 2014


Today a pilot whale washed up on the beach in Hanalei, Kauai, and died. Meanwhile, massive naval war games continue off the shore of the Hawaiian Islands.

In the words of marine biologists at the scene of the stranding, endangered sea turtles are showing up with their legs blown off, dead or simply disappearing, 2,000 year old coral reefs are disintegrating into piles of rubble on the sea floor. and it is thought that every whale that washes up on the beach, many more simply die at sea.

The US Navy and 22 foreign navies from around the world are continuing their war games in these beautiful waters. They are sinking ships (likely releasing toxic PCBs and asbestos into the ecosystem), detonating bombs, and deploying high-intensity sonar that seriously disrupts marine mammal behaviors, permanently damages their hearing, and can drive them onto beaches to die.

The Navy says it will investigate this death. But if it follows previous patterns, it will not release the results until months, years or a decade from now — most likely on a holiday weekend, when most people will have forgotten about it. This is a tragic and unacceptable outcome for whales and dolphins who deserve our protection.

We must demand that the Navy use more simulation software for sonar trainings and deploy safer technologies that won’t destroy our natural world.

Please go to our website at
to learn the truth about how Navy sonar is killing whales and/or read Joshua Horwitz’s new book, WAR OF THE WHALES.

Lyndia Storey


Everyone is invited to hear a discussion presented by the Santa Monica Democratic Club of the upcoming election Healthcare Initiatives.

The meeting will be held Wednesday July 30, at 7 pm, at Mt.Olive Lutheran Hall: 14th Street and Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica.

Club Executive Board members, Dr. Sion Roy and Genise Schnitman will discuss changing the malpractice cap and giving Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones the authority to regulate insurance premiums prices, which are fundamental aspects of the Healthcare system.

In addition, club members’ recommendations for future projects/priorities of the Santa Monica Democratic Club will be discussed. The club wants to hear from you.

Public Invited, light refreshments, free parking, no charge.


The Natural History Museum has added garden parties to its summer program, beginning this evening. Future Summer Nights in the Garden will be held on August 1, 15, and 29.

Each of the four evenings, the museum’s Nature Gardens will be filled with music, food, drinks, and hands-on projects (crowd-sourced fingerpainting anyone?) each of the four days.

Tonight, from 5 to 9 pm, KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez will spin ambient tunes in the Nature Garden and cocktails will be garden-inspired. Guests may bring a picnic or visit a food truck or several: Peaches Smokehouse, S’Cream Truck, CreativEats Truck, No Jodas Cuban Kitchen Truck.

The Butterfly stilt performers and Toy Theater shows will be present throughout the evening.

A workshop on potting succulents will be given by urban homesteading experts Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne

Santa Monica artist Peter Tigler will lead a participatory image-making project that’s part finger-painting, part color-by-number.

NATURE MAPPING: Visitors can become citizen scientists and help the museum map nature in urban L.A. And museum staff will lead botanical tours of the Nature Gardens.

ADMISSION: Free with RSVP. Register online at or call 213.763.DINO.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007. It recommends that visitors take Metro’s Expo Line, and exit the Expo/Vermont stop. Parking in the NHM Car Park is $10. When that fills up, parking in Lot 3 across the street is available for $10 (though Lot 3 is not owned or operated by NHM, and prices are subject to change).