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NoirFest Santa Monica 2012
January 14th - March 28th
Santa Monica Daily Press, January 14, 2012  by Kathy Leonardo

NoirFest Santa Monica 2012 Kicks Off this Saturday January 14th
at dnj Gallery!


NoirFest Santa Monica is here! This Saturday, January 14th marks the kick off celebration and opening art reception and the first year, of NoirFest Santa Monica 2012. Multi-media artist, Noirist, and long time Santa Monica resident, Helen K. Garber has been working endlessly since 2010 on her “dream project,” NoirFest Santa Monica.

Like a rare black and white image plucked from a film noir or Raymond Chandler novel, NoirFest Santa Monica hopes to rekindle this simple yet striking part of Santa Monica history.

The Festival runs from January 14th through March 28th and will include art, film, photography, literature, music and spoken word at various historic venues all over Santa Monica.

The January 14th premiere event, and first of many eclectic art happenings, will be held at dnj Gallery (J-1) at Bergamot Station Arts Center (2525 Michigan Ave.,) in Santa Monica. Curated by Pamela Schoenberg, this exhibition will feature the work of artist, Helen K. Garber in a solo show entitled “Encaustic Noir.” In Gallery II, a classic tribute to Noir photography by legends such as famed Parisian photographer Brassai and several of his contemporaries will also be on display.


When asked how it came about, Garber replies, “I came up with the idea for the festival back in 2010. I went to the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs first.” Once Santa Monica Cultural Affairs agreed to produce a Beach=Culture event at the Annenberg Community Bech House, Helen knew she was able to move forward. She continues, “First in line was connecting with SM city-wide reads as they are in their 10th year of producing the kind of programming I had in mind. An amazing coincidence was that they had already chosen Raymond Chandler as their author for 2012, and as I don't believe in coincidences, I immediately knew that the festival was meant to be.”  

Then, Noir experts, Judith Freeman and Alan K. Rode jumped on board along with the American Cinematheque and the Santa Monica Conservancy. She further explains, “Another amazing coincidence...The gallery who represents me, dnj moved from LA, to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Then, I got a call from Otis about wanting to have me teach a night photography class during the winter semester and added that to the festival. “

Although Otis College of Art and design is not located in Santa Monica, Helen requested that she teach the class at her favorite shooting location, the Santa Monica Pier. She approached Pinot Days (Pinot Noir Festival) about participating at the historic Barker Hanger, as well as other venues like Vidiots and Upper West Restaurant. Finally, Hotel Casa del Mar will host the closing party with live Jazz starring local legend Barbara Morrison and friends on March 28.


It all comes together with the opening reception this Saturday, January 14th at dnj Gallery (J-1) from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Immediately following the reception, patrons are invited to a no-host party at the Upper West Restaurant, the official Bar Noir for the festival.  Located at 3321 Pico Blvd., (across from Trader Joe's), Upper West Restaurant will be featuring specially priced drinks and appetizers, as well as introducing an event cocktail, the Bar Noir Manhattan. Film Noir masterpieces will be projected with period music playing at the same time. Vintage attire is recommended.  Admission is free to both venues with no reservation needed, except for dinner. Call for a reservation at  (310) 586-1111. For more info about the opening night reception, contact
office@dnjgallery.net.


Huffington Post: Photographic Memories by Bill Bush, Artweek.LA

Helen K. Garber: Encaustic Noir | Garber recycles imagery
from an earlier photographic body, using a layered, textured technique to create completely new work.

Taking her inspiration from film noir of the 40's and 50's and German Expressionism, Garber's work is evocative of the minimal black and white cinematic style. She uses an encaustic process to adhere her vintage negatives, printed on handmade papers, to reclaimed and salvaged wood scraps found locally in her local Ocean Park Historic District neighborhood and to finish with a fresh coating of beeswax and twine sourced locally from an old independent Venice shop. In this series, Garber has artistically found a way to reinvent her photographic library into work that is entirely new, with stronger, descriptive and expressive qualities.

Helen K. Garber: Encaustic Noir opens January 14 at dnj Gallery

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Santa Monica Mirror January 13, 2012 by KTR

NoirFest Santa Monica 2012 Begins Saturday

(image) One of Helen Garber’s pieces for the opening exhibition at dnj Gallery, which is participating in NoirFest Santa Monica 2012. Santa Monica welcomes a new festival this year – NoirFest Santa Monica 2012, which starts this Saturday, Jan. 14 and continues through March 28.

Very much like the Pacific Standard Time initiative offered by the Getty Foundation, NoirFest Santa Monica is also a collection of events with a unifying theme that continues for several months. However, NoirFest Santa Monica is a grass roots, community-based festival created to celebrate noir throughout the city. The festival will include art, film, photography, literature, music, and spoken word at various historic venues.

Reminiscent of the cinematic ventures of the 1940s and 1950s, NoirFest Santa Monica proposes to capture noir moments in time. Santa Monica’s ever present mist has inspired filmmakers and novelists to use the city as a setting in many detective stories.

Like a rare black and white image plucked from a film noir or Raymond Chandler novel, NoirFest Santa Monica hopes to rekindle this simple yet striking part of Santa Monica history.  
This Saturday’s opening night reception will be held at dnj Gallery (J-1) at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica (2525 Michigan Ave.). Curated by Pamela Schoenberg, this exhibition will feature the work of multi-media artist and long time Santa Monica resident Helen K. Garber in a solo show entitled “Encaustic Noir.”

In Gallery II, a classic tribute to noir photography by legends such as famed Parisian photographer Brassai and several of his contemporaries will also be on display.   
Taking her inspiration from Brassai’s book “Paris at Night,” film noir of the 40s and 50s, and German Expressionism, Garber’s work is evocative of the minimal black and white cinematic style.  
Garber said she was excited about her upcoming show. “I wanted to work with texture and brushes and use inexpensive, no longer needed materials to create new original, unique objects of art,” Garber said.  With more than four years working on developing this technique, Garber sold a number of pieces, including one to the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.
The piece has won several awards and was included in the International Photography Association’s 2011 Best of Show exhibition in New York. “dnj Gallery accepted a number of pieces right away and I have just finished the fortieth piece for the show,” she said. “Too much for one room, I will trust curator Pamela Schoenberg to choose the best to display in her gallery.”

The opening night reception for “Encaustic Noir” at dnj Gallery (J-1) will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a no-host party immediately following at the Upper West Restaurant, which is the official Bar Noir for the festival located at 3321 Pico Blvd. (across from Trader Joe’s).
Upper West Restaurant will feature specially-priced drinks and appetizers as well as introducing an event cocktail, the Bar Noir Manhattan. 
Film Noir masterpieces will be projected with period music playing at the same time. Vintage attire is recommended. 

Admission is free to both venues with no reservation needed, except for dinner. Call for a reservation at 310.586.1111. For a full list of participating venues and an event schedule, visit www.noirfestsm.com. For more information about the opening night reception, email
office@dnjgallery.net.

Santa Monica Mirror: March 27, 2012
http://www.smmirror.com/#mode=single&view=34348

Herald Examiner: March 26, 2012
http://www.examiner.com/art-events-in-los-angeles/celebrate-noirfest-santa-monica-wednesday-march-28th-at-hotel-casa-del-mar

Santa Monica Patch March 26, 2012
http://santamonica.patch.com/articles/noir-fest

The Corsair: Santa Monica College April, 2012
http://www.thecorsaironline.com/arts-entertainment/2012/04/05/noirfest-wraps-up-festivities-with-barbara-morrison/



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