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ARTIST JACQUELINE KAMIN

JACQUELINE KAMIN’S ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER WAS NURTURED AT THE CORCORAN MUSEUM SCHOOL AND LATER AT THE SCULPTURE STUDIO AND THE ART STUDENTS LEAGUE IN NEW YORK. HER POETIC AND PAINTERLY STYLE DEVELOPED EARLY ON AND SOON BECAME RECOGNIZED BY MANY PRESTIGIOUS ART ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH AWARDS AND JURIED SHOWS AT THE BOWERS MUSEUM, THE SALMAGUNDI CLUB, THE CALIFORNIA ART CLUB AND OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA. HER WORK WAS INCLUDED IN SEVERAL INTERNATIONALLY-KNOWN ART EXPOSITIONS HELD IN HONG KONG AND NEW YORK CITY AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL MUSEUM FOR WOMEN ARTISTS IN HER HOME TOWN, WASHINGTON, D.C. SHE IS PAST PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS AND BROUGHT NEW ENERGY TO THE ORGANIZATION WITH HER SPECIAL VISION FOR WOMEN IN THE ART WORLD TODAY. KAMIN HAS BEEN FEATURED IN SOUTHWEST ART AND ART OF THE WEST AND HAS HER WORK IN SUCH COLLECTIONS AS U.S. SENATOR BARBARA BOXER, ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE, MANOCHERIAN BROTHERS OF NEW YORK, AND BIG HORN WESTINGHOUSE CORPORATION. AS A WAY OF SHARING HER ARTISTIC PASSION, SHE CONTINUES TO TEACH NATIONALLY FOR BRIGHT LIGHT FINE ART WORKSHOPS.

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ARTIST STACY KAMIN

HAVING GROWN UP IN THE COSMOPOLITAN CITY OF WASHINGTON, D. C., STACY KAMIN HAS LIVED A LIFE ANY ASPIRING ARTIST WOULD ENVY. PROVIDENCE BROUGHT HER INTO THE WORLD WITH A MOTHER WHO NURTURED STACY’S INTEREST IN DRAWING AND PAINTING EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. NOTED ARTIST AND TEACHER, JACQUELINE KAMIN, INDULGED HER CHILD’S ART SUPPLY CAPRICES AND ENROLLED HER IN CHILDREN’S CLASSES AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY AT A VERY YOUNG AGE. ART WAS ALIVE IN THIS BRIGHT ARTISTIC SPIRIT, AND AS STACY HERSELF SAYS, “CREATING IMAGES FROM PENCILS AND PAINT WAS LIKE MAGIC TO ME. I KNEW EARLY ON THAT I HAD TO BE AN ARTIST.”

STACY STUDIED ILLUSTRATION AND TRADITIONAL ANIMATION AT THE ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY IN SAN FRANCISCO, EARNING A BA IN 2000. AFTER GRADUATION, SHE INTERNED WITH A SMALL ANIMATION COMPANY LONG ENOUGH TO REALIZE THAT ILLUSTRATION WAS NOT HER CALLING, ALTHOUGH A FASCINATION WITH CAPTURING MOVEMENT WAS. THIS SHE WOULD EXPLORE THROUGH LINE AND PAINT AS A FINE ARTIST.

SHE JOINED HER FAMILY IN LOS ANGELES AND THERE FOUND A WELL-RESPECTED CHINESE ARTIST, SHUQIAO ZHOU, TO MENTOR HER PRIVATELY FOR SIX YEARS. ZHOU’S TEACHERS CAME FROM THE GREAT RUSSIAN LINEAGE OF ILYA REPIN AND VALENTIN SEROV, AND THROUGH THIS EXPRESSIVE TRADITION, IMPARTED A LOVE OF PAINT THAT IS STILL A HALLMARK OF STACY’S WORK.

DRAWN TO THE DRAMATIC EFFECTS OF REMBRANDT, STACY SOUGHT OUT THE INSTRUCTION OF TWO WELL-KNOWN MASTERS OF THIS KNOWLEDGE—DAVID A LEFFEL AND SHERRIE MCGRAW. SHE CREDITS THEIR INFLUENCE FOR THE STARTLING LIGHT THAT SHE IS ABLE TO ACHIEVE IN HER OWN WORK. “THEY INTRODUCED ME TO ABSTRACT REALISM, A WAY OF PAINTING SO RICH THAT I CAN’T IMAGINE MY EDUCATION EVER ENDING—I WILL BE A STUDENT OF THIS GREAT TRADITION FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE.”

THIS HUMILITY COUPLED WITH A SELFLESS GENEROSITY LED HER TO TEACHING. SHE PRESENTLY CONDUCTS CLASSES FOR HER ALMA MATER THROUGH ONLINE INSTRUCTION, AND LOCALLY AT THE LOS ANGELES ACADEMY OF FIGURATIVE ART, BRENTWOOD ART CENTER AND THE KLINE ACADEMY OF ART, AS WELL AS ACTING ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR FOR BRIGHT LIGHT FINE ART WORKSHOPS NATIONWIDE.

IN HER OWN WORDS STACY DESCRIBES THIS LIFE-LONG OBSESSION THIS WAY: “I BELIEVE ART WORK IS SUPPOSED TO EVOKE EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS IN HUMAN BEINGS. WHEN I SEE A GREAT PAINTING, IT TALKS TO MY SOUL. EVEN IF I CAN’T DESCRIBE WHAT I FEEL—WHEN I RESPOND TO A GREAT WORK OF ART VISUALLY—IT SPEAKS TO ME IN A PROFOUND WAY. THE REASON I STRIVE TO IMPROVE IS THAT THE MAGIC OF CAPTURING LIFE ON A FLAT SURFACE WILL FOREVER INTRIGUE ME. I WANT MY OWN WORK TO PROVOKE SUCH THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS TO THE BEAUTY THAT CAPTIVATES ME STILL.”

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CHEF JODI LEVINE

AS A PERSONAL CHEF, I FIND THAT BEING WELCOMED INTO SOMEONE’S HOME TO COOK IS SOMETHING I AM ALWAYS GRATEFUL FOR. COOKING FOR ME HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN ACT OF LOVE. TO PAY MY WAY THROUGH SCHOOL, I WAS A WAITRESS. I WORKED IN KITCHENS IN LARGE RESTAURANTS AND SMALL FAMILY-OWNED PLACES (THOSE FAMILY-OWNED FOR ME WERE THE BEST, GETTING RECIPES AND TIPS I USE TO THIS DAY!). I WENT TO CULINARY SCHOOL IN LAS VEGAS AND HAD SOME OF THE BEST WORKING CHEFS AROUND, WHO WOULD COME IN TO TEACH US DURING THE DAY, THEN RUN BUSY DINING ROOMS AT NIGHT. TEACHING WAS A NATURAL TO ADD TO MY CHEF PORTFOLIO. I LOVE SHARING TECHNIQUES AND SECRETS TO MAKE THAT DISH OVER THE TOP DELICIOUS!

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LOREN STEPHENS

LOREN STEPHENS IS A TWO-TIME NOMINEE OF THE PUSHCART PRIZE FOR THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORY. A MEMOIR “PARIS NIGHTS: MY YEAR AT THE MOULIN ROUGE” BY CLIFF SIMON WITH LOREN STEPHENS WAS NAMED BY KIRKUS REVIEWS AS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS PUBLISHED BY INDEPENDENT PRESSES, AND A SHORT STORY RECEIVED HONORABLE MENTION BY TABLET TRAVEL MAGAZINE.  LOREN’S ESSAYS AND SHORT STORIES HAVE APPEARED IN THE LA TIMES, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, PEREGRINE, THE MONTREAL REVIEW, THE JEWISH JOURNAL OF LOS ANGELES, CRACK THE SPINE, FORGE, SUMMERSET, AND LUNCH TICKET TO NAME A FEW.  SHE HAS TAUGHT MEMOIR WRITING AT THE BOWERS MUSEUM, THE LATIN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF ART, LONG BEACH, THE JAPANESE-AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM, AMONG MANY. HER UPCOMING NOVEL, “ALL SORROWS CAN BE BORNE,” BASED ON HER JAPANESE HUSBAND’S FAMILY WILL BE PUBLISHED IN 2019. SHE IS THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF WRITE WISDOM, A GHOSTWRITING COMPANY BASED IN LOS ANGELES.

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DOVID KRAFCHOW

DOVID KRAFCHOW HAS STUDIED KABBALAH AND PRACTICED THE TORAH FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. HE BEGAN HIS STUDY OF THE TORAH AT THE HADAR HATORAH INSTITUTE FOR RABBINICAL STUDIES IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. HE LIVED FOR 10 YEARS IN ZEFAT, ISRAEL, THE CITY WHERE THE KABBALAH WAS RECEIVED BY THE ARI ZAL (RABBI ISAAC LURIA) 500 YEARS AGO.

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DJ XTYONA

“DYNAMIC, PLAYFUL, AND PASSIONATE’ IS HOW DJ XTYONA DESCRIBES HERSELF. ONE OF THE FIRST SONGS SHE EVER REMEMBERS HEARING IS THE CANDY MAN BY SAMMY DAVIS, JR., WHICH SHE DESCRIBES AS FUN AND PLAYFUL. “IT JUST MAKES YOU FEEL SO MUCH JOY INSIDE”. HER ECLECTIC TASTE IN MUSIC COMES FROM HER DAD AND HIS THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF AUDIO TAPE RECORDINGS AND LP RECORD COLLECTIONS. SHE LOVES ALL TYPES OF MUSIC AND AS A WEDDING, PARTY, AND SPECIAL EVENTS DJ, SHE SPECIALIZES IN PLAYING A WIDE VARIETY OF MUSIC TO INCLUDE EVERYBODY IN THE CROWD.

SHE CURRENTLY ATTENDS THE PERFORMING ARTS COLLEGE OF SANTA MONICA COLLEGE IN SANTA MONICA, CA, WHERE SHE IS EXPANDING HER KNOWLEDGE IN THEORY, VOCALS, PIANO, AND PERFORMANCE. SHE WRITES LYRICS AND MUSIC OF HER OWN. RECENTLY, SHE WAS AWARDED SEMI-FINALIST PLACEMENT FOR HER LYRICS TO THE SONG “JUST CALL ME APHRODITE.”

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RYAN KRANZ

RYAN KRANZ IS A GRADUATE OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE INSTITUE OF LOS ANGELES AND A CERTIFIES AmSAT TEACHER WITH A PRIVATE PRACTICE IN THE SANTA MONICA AND LOS ANGELES AREA. RYAN ALWAYS HAD AN INTEREST IN A DEEPER KNOWLEDGE OF ONE’S SELF AND REALIZED THE BENEFIT OF TENSION RELEASE AND ELIMINATION WHILE STUDYING AT PITZER COLLEGE WHERE HE EARNED HIS DEGREE IN MIND-BODY INTEGRATIIVE PRACTICES. INTEGRARIVE MIND-BODY PRACTICES IS A WAY TO CREATE A HEALTHY ALLIANCE BETWEEN MIND AND BODY TO ENABLE ONE TO MANAGE BOTH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL LIFE STRESSES AND CREATE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.

AT PITZER, HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE BY HIS INSTRUCTOR, MEG JOLLEY, AND WHILE TAKING THE CLASS HE NOTICED A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN HOW HE FELT PHYSICALY, AS WELL AS AN INNER CALMNESS THAT PROVIDED ANXIETY AND STRESS RELIEF. HE WAS SURPRISED BY HOW EASILY HE COULD RELAX HIS TENSION BY SIMPLY BEING MINDFUL OF HIS MOVEMENTS. HE EXPERIENCED OTHER SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING THE ELIMINATION OF BACK, NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN, AND TENSION HE HAD FELT FOR YEARS.

RYAN IMMEDIATELY KNEW HE WANTED TO SHARE THIS LIFE CHANGING TECHNIQUE TO HELP OTHERS EXPERIENCE THE FREEDOM THAT HE FELT. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF LYN KLEIN, MICHAEL FREDERICK, SYDNEY HARRIS, BOBETTE MARKUS, FRANCES MARSDEN, AND JEAN-LOUIS RODRIGUE. RYAN TRAINED AT THE ALEXANDER TRAINING INSTITUTE OF LOS ANGELES AND BECAME CERTIFIED AS AN AmSAT TEACHER. RYAN NOW HOPES TO BRING THESE TECHNIQUES THAT PROVIDED BOTH THE INNER SERENITY AND THE PHYSICAL TENSION RELEASE HE HAS ACHIEVED TO EACH OF YOU!

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RACHEL GALANT

ALTHOUGH MANY WOULD RECOGNIZE HER AS “THE GIRL ON THE TUBE” (THE FOUNDER, CEO AND FACE ON EVERY TUBE OF JACKIE’S COOKIE BABIES SOLD IN HUNDREDS OF GROCERY STORES AND ONLINE AT AMAZON AND WALMART), RACHEL HAS ALWAYS HAD A PASSION FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN. IN ADDITION TO CREATING COUNTLESS SCIENCE AND COOKING PROJECTS FOR HER TWO CHILDREN AND THEIR FRIENDS, AFTER COMPLETING HER DOCTORATE AT UCSF, SHE SPENT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WORKING WITH CHILDREN WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES. RACHEL IS THRILLED TO BRING HER LOVE OF ENCOURAGING CHILDREN TO EXPLORE AND LEARN IN FUN, TACTILE AND OFTEN MESSY WAYS, TO LOCAL PARENTS AND THEIR KIDS. “I REMEMBER HOW HARD IT WAS TO FIND REALLY ENGAGING THINGS TO DO WITH MY KIDS EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK. SO I WANTED TO CREATE A PROGRAM THAT BOTH PARENTS (OR CAREGIVERS) AND THEIR LITTLE ONES WILL REALLY ENJOY.”

BEYOND THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS, RACHEL HOPES TO BE AN INSPIRATION TO SINGLE PARENTS WHO FACE UNIQUE CHALLENGES. SHE KNOWS ALL TOO WELL THE MONUMENTAL HURDLES OF RAISING CHILDREN ALONE. AFTER THE SUDDEN LOSS OF HER HUSBAND IN 2015, RACHEL WAS CONFRONTED WITH BEING A SINGLE PARENT, HAVING A NEW BUSINESS AND NOW BEING THE SOLE PROVIDER. AT THE CORE OF HER MESSAGE, “YOU CAN DO THIS.”

RACHEL, A PROUD ALPHA DELTA PI, HAS HER BA FROM UC BERKELEY AND DOCTORATE IN PHARMACY FROM UCSF.