Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Poets Laureate Update from Pam Shea and Dana Gioia

Photo by Pam Shea

Pamela Shea was elected to serve as Sunland-Tujunga's Poet Laureate in April 2017.  A year has passed and much has been done so far. Here is her reflection, some poems and photos from recent events, and a list of events she participated in. We wish Pam another successful year!

Passing of the Laurels Ceremony, April 2017 with Elsa Frausto, Dorothy Skiles, 
Marlene Hitt, Joe DeCenzo, Pam Shea and Maja Trochimczyk


As I celebrate the one-year mark in my role as the 9th Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, I am delighted to reflect on all the activities I have participated in during the past 12 months.

I am thrilled to serve our local Foothills community through poetry, and I have enjoyed writing poems for special events, including the Sylmar Woman’s Club gathering at the Odyssey Restaurant, the Verdugo Hills YMCA’s Spring Tea, a variety of occasions at McGroarty Arts Center, and several activities at the Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library. Taking poetry “to the people” is one of my chief goals as Sunland-Tujunga Poet Laureate.

I have also discovered a newfound freedom in my writing. I am honored to have had my poems selected for publication in the Altadena Poetry Review 2018, as well as in the Spring 2018 issue of the California State Poetry Society’s California Quarterly Vol. 44 No. 1, edited by Maja Trochimczyk.

As Poet Laureate, I have been privileged to have the opportunity to get to know other poets while hearing and reading a wide range of poetic styles. In my second year in this role, I look forward to meeting more wonderful people and continuing to celebrate our local community and its people, flora, and fauna through poetry.

~ Pamela Shea

Pam as Betsy Ross for the 4th of July Parade 2017

Poetry Events, Pamela A. Shea, 2017-2018

  • 4/1/17 - Clark Magnet School, Foothills Relay For Life, opening ceremony
  • 5/6/17 - The Odyssey Restaurant, Sylmar Woman’s Club Fashion Show & Luncheon, Follow Your Muse
  • 5/6/17 - McGroarty Arts Center, Wine Tasting Event - The Wine of Glorietta by John Steven McGroarty, McGroarty Magic by Pamela Shea
  • 5/16/17 - The Backdoor Bakery, Relay For Life Fundraising event by The Painter In You, Relay Painting Event Poem Series, Relay poems
  • 5/22/17 - Verdugo Hills YMCA, Spring Tea Party, photo and poem combination reading 
  • 6/3/17 McGroarty Arts Center, 14th Annual Ceramics Juried Open Exhibition, Ceramics
  • 7/29/2017 - Oceanview Restaurant, Wine Glass Paint Night Fundraiser for La Crescenta Women’s Club, Summer Wishes 2007, Eulogy For Night
  • 8/5/2017 - Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, Summer Reading Culmination Party, Library Magic
  • 8/26/2017-  McGroarty Arts Center, 2nd Annual Burgers, Beer & Band Night, BBB Poem
  • 8/27/2017 -  Bolton Hall Museum, Village Poets Monthly Reading Series, Co-Feature with Lois P. Jones
  • 9/13/2017 - The Odyssey Restaurant, Sylmar Woman’s Club General Club Meeting
  • 9/24/2017 - McGroarty Arts Center, event honoring volunteers and staff who fought La Tuna Fire, McGroarty Magic II
  • 10/21/2017 - McGroarty Arts Center, Sunland-Tujunga Open Studios, 3 sessions of open readings
  • 10/22/2017 - The Backdoor Bakery, event featuring Joe DeCenzo and friends 10/23/2017 Verdugo Hills YMCA, Chili Cook-Off, poem “Chili”
  • 10/25/2017 - NoHo Arts District, Lit Crawl L.A., participated in First Annual Poet Laureate parade
  • 12/19/2017 - McGroarty Arts Center, Hanukkah In the Foothills, Hanukkah Poem
  • Jan. 2018 - Two poems selected for publication by California State Poetry Society’s California Quarterly 44 No. 1
  • Feb. 2018 - One poem selected for publication in The Altadena Poetry Anthology, 2018
  • March 3, 2018 - Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, Dr. Seuss’s 114th Birthday Party

Photo by Pam Shea

Spring, 2018

Springtime comes tiptoeing in
Speaking of quiet places
Revealing sacred spaces
And peace flows like a river

Tranquility is seeping
Into the landscape and blood
Emotional tides rise and flood
Releasing, seeking the shore

Beauty abounds and astounds
Birds serenade the morning
Flowers burst in bright colors
The earth awakens in bounty

Whispers of hope float freely
Discerning ears are ringing
There is majestic singing
Love rises from the garden

(c) Pamela Shea
In costume with granddaughter, for Dr. Seuss Reading at Sunland Tujunga Library, March 2017.

In Honor of Dr. Seuss
3/3/2018, on the Occasion of His 114th Birthday

“My name is Pamela Ann
You can call me Pam, you can call me Ann”
So my life as a poet began
I love poetry, that’s who I am

Words have always filled my mind
I write of nature and being kind
Poems do not always have to rhyme
All kinds of writing are very fine

You can write when you are glad
You can write when you are sad
You can write when you are mad
Just keep on writing on your pad

Poems can tell the story of your life
Both times that are good and times of strife
So pick up something and write, write, write
It will make your spirit soar like a kite

Dr. Seuss Day the Paige Way
3/2/16 ~ by Paige Gleason & Pamela Shea

I jump, jump, jump on the trampoline
    In my nightgown
I wear my nightgown the whole day long
    All around town
I blow BIG BUBBLES and stomp them flat
    On the backyard ground
I celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with Grandma
    She is such a clown!

Reading at Bolton Hall Museum, photo by Mary Torregrosa

All current Poets Laureate from California are invited by CA Poet Laureate Dana Gioia to participate in a statewide gathering of all current city and county poet laureates, hosted by the California Arts Council. The event will take place at the McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

The organizers are planning a day of workshops, panels, readings, and presentations to explore and celebrate the important cultural role poet laureates play in their communities. Every laureate will have a chance to read his or her poetry as well as share ideas with other laureates and the public. The McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga (a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley side of Los Angeles) is the former home of John McGroarty, who served as California’s third poet laureate from 1933 to 1944. Today the beautiful hillside home houses a vibrant community arts center.

All poets who currently hold a civic laureate office (for a city, county, or region) are invited to participate in the morning workshop. Past poets laureate are invited to the afternoon session. The daylong event, including meals, will be free to participants. This event is co-sponsored by the California Arts Council and the McGroarty Arts Center. Robin Coste Lewis, the poet laureate of Los Angeles, will also help host the day’s event.

Photo by Maja Trochimczyk


For Pushcart Prize Nomination by the Altandena Poetry Review!
Thelma T. Reina and Susan Rogers who both were featured at Bolton Hall Museum 
in the past are also nominated. The presentation of their poetry is on April 16, 2018.


Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

This volume features almost 60 poets, including Village Poets Pam Shea and Marlene Hitt, and poets who featured at Bolton Hall Museum in the past: Kathabela Wilson, Susan Rogers, Margaret Saine, Deborah P. Kolodji and William Scott Galasso.  Copies of the CQ may be obtained by ordering online at CaliforniaStatePoetrySociety.org or by mailing a request for a specific​ issue together with a check 
for $10.00 per copy. Do not forget to name the specific issue you are requesting (this one is 44/1) and submit your order to:  CSPS VP/Membership 2560 Calabria Ct, Dublin, CA 94568.

Every poet is invited to join the CSP Society, online or by mail. First fill out the form on the website, then print it and send with payments by mail to:

CSPS Vice President - Membership, 2560 Calabria Court, Dublin, California  94568

And Best Wishes for the Spring to Everyone!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Poet Andrew R. Peterson with Musicians Art Stucco and John Palmer Featured on April 22, 2018

Mano del Desierto, a 36-foot-tall hand by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal (1992)

On Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. the Monthly Reading of Village Poets presents Andrew Robert Peterson, a poet of many hats and creative hands, as well as singer songwriter Art Stucco with percussionist John Palmer. The Village Poets Monthly Readings are held at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042. 

The readings include a featured poet (25-30 min. for one poet, or 20 min. each for two poets) and two open mike segments. Refreshments are served and $3 donations collected for the cost of the venue, the second historical landmark in the City of Los Angeles, that celebrated its centennial in 2013.  The Museum is managed by the Little Landers Historical Society, named after the "little land" that each settler received in the Tujunga and Sunland foothills when the area was settled. The readings adhere to a self-imposed PG-13 rating, without extreme depictions of sex or violence, and with an air of gentility,  so poets use their words to bless the world, rather than curse it.


Born in Calcutta, India in 1942, AR (Andrew) Peterson is a British Citizen. In 1996, he became a naturalized American Citizen. He lives in Sunland, California. Beginning in 1960, Andrew was a technician in various government and commercial laboratories in England. 

He took MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Medical Biochemistry at the University of Manchester, UK, and worked in Cancer Research at the Universities of Wisconsin and Southern California. In 1967 he was the co-author on a patent for the industrial production of gibberellin A7; this compound fools plants into producing fruit without being fertilized—so one gets seedless fruit. Peterson likes to think that he is partly responsible for the seedless grape. Imperial Chemical Industries, U.K., for whom he was working at the time, owned the patent.

From 1986-2003, Andrew taught Chemistry and other sciences, at LAUSD's Grant High School in Van Nuys, California. Andrew has  also worked for the EPA, NIH, The American Cancer Society, and NASA, producing over forty publications in the technical literature. He is co-inventor on two British patents. 

In developing and teaching a course on epistemology at the University of Wisconsin in 1974, Andrew acquired the ability to make complicated ideas accessible to non-specialists. He used that ability when he came to teach at USC and high school.  

In  September  2003,  Andrew  took  early  retirement  to  write  a  textbook  on chemistry, employing the historical approach that he had been using in high school. He tried out the book when he was recruited in 2005 to teach 9th graders at LAUSD's CHAMPS Charter School. He retired from teaching in 2006.

On a more serious note: Andy is a published poet (sixty poems in two slim volumes), science fiction author (two books on Amazon), a phenomenal troubadour, and a noted wit, whose finely tuned sense of humor has elicited groans from generations of students, and patronizing grins from jealous friends. His published books can be accessed at: ARPETERSON.com. In 2017 he "completed" (it's actually up to the reader to complete) a non-fiction book entitled Your Way. In 2018, he will complete his third SF novel, Hubris.

  •   1970-1987: author/co-author of a number of papers (about 40?) and chapters on cancer research from the universities of Manchester (England), Wisconsin (Madison), and Southern California (Los Angeles), in technical journals including Cancer Research, Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences (U.S.), and Nature.
  •  1999-2005: author of a couple of papers in The Journal of Chemical Education while working for Los Angeles Unified School District.
  •  2010: A science-fiction novel: The Symbiote, ISBN: 9781453795941
  •  2011: Poetry: Deconstructing the Rock, ISBN 9781463605216
  •  2012: Poetry: Perestroika Poems. ISBN 9781477542675


From very diverse musical backgrounds, Singer-Songwriter Art Stucco and Drummer-Percussionist John Palmer met as neighbors in 1988. Discovering several shared interests and influences, they began gigging and recording together. Stucco brings the Folk-Rock-Pop vibe with his songs while Palmer's Rock, Jazz and indigenous percussion influences set the tone and feel. 

In the studio, Art plays guitar, bass, drums and keyboards and John plays harmonica. Art and John have recorded and recorded with Rockabilly pioneer and legend Ronnie Dawson and The Monkees' Peter Tork. He also performed and recorded with artists James Intveld and Melissa Lee, amongst others. John has toured the world with Dawson, Tork, Intveld and Three Bad Jacks. You can find Art Stucco music on SoundCloud and YouTube. Art Stucco CDs will be available at the show.


The Moon Tide Press publisher Eric Morago presented three poets from the anthology he edited recently, The Lullaby of Teeth on March 25, 2018. Pictured from L to R: Maja Trochimczyk, Eric Morago, Charles Harper Webb, Armine  Iknadossian, Bill Cushing and Dorothy Skiles.

The day, March 25, 2018, also marked the first reading from the California Quarterly Vol. 44 no. 1 that Maja Trochimczyk guest edited, inviting some local poets to contribute. 

Kathabela Wilson, Maja Trochimczyk, and Marlene Hitt with their copies of the California Quarterly. A sample of their poems published in the journal is below.


bird I’ve watched
all year 
your move from green to red
is slow

each day I note I tell
and point
yet no one else
can see

ivy bird
hidden high by the roof
of the old wall
your legs grow pink

pink rises
from breast to wing
the wind in loosened tendrils flaps
a beak in silent song

calligraphy of vine
poised as if lifted wings
were song

yet tethered still
each trembling leaf lifts as if to lead
the whole to sky

Kath Abela Wilson, Pasadena

Photo by Maja Trochimczyk


Trees wall the river, tall and green
with leaves big as pie tins, and flowers
yellow flowers that float.
The sky dives so deep into the water
that down is brighter than up.
We paddle upstream against morning sun,
swerve to catch blossoms, save them
though they turn brown on the prow.
A current cradles us, passes us beside taro fields
and forest hideaways made of mangoes, papayas.
We rest our oars.
No conflict is here, no news, no story, no poem.
Only peace.

Marlene Hitt, Sunland, California

Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

for my children

No fear, no hate, not even a mild dislike*—
we leave our heavy burdens, shards of memories
broken, all too broken, at the bottom of crystal stairs
beneath clouds of white camellias, petals swirling
through air like the snow of forgetfulness

Perfect symmetry of blossoms
points the way — up, up, always up
rainbow crystal stairs, revealed
one by one as we ascend — inwards,
outwards — dancing spirals of our DNA

We get to know this place — these depths,
these heights — for once, for all lifetimes

With each step, pure notes resonate
and expand into clear, spacious chords —
the music of the spheres rings out, wave by wave
expanding from our open hearts

Each chord — harmonious, different —
each melody in this vast symphony
sweetly twines around another, and another
until all are One Song, One Wisdom —
of stem and flower, of leaf and root
in this Cosmic Tree of humanity

Arbor Cosmica —

We have been here
all along without knowing

Maja Trochimczyk

* Italicized words from St. Germain’s Decrees and Crystal Stairs.

Maja Trochimczyk was recently interviewed by Vitold Janczys and the interview published in Russian in Lithuania,  this photo from her garden is from the interview. Here's the link for anyone who can read Russian. https://www.delfi.lt/multimedija/u-nas-i-amerikie/u-nas-v-amerike-ceny-tozhe-rastut-no-i-zarplaty-uvelichivayutsya.d?id=77319547

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Lullaby of Teeth Anthology Reading on March 25, 2018

On March 25, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga (10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, park at Elks Lodge half a block away on the other side of Commerce) Village Poets of Sunland Tujunga will present

Four Poets from the Lullaby of Teeth Anthology
Eric Morago, Armine Iknadossian, Charles Harper Webb, and Bill Cushing

The reading will also include two segments of open mike and refreshments (catered by Lydia Grant). The  George Harris hat will be passed around to collect suggested donations for $3 per person for the upkeep of the Bolton Hall Museum, built by George Harris 105 years ago. 

About the Poets

Eric Morago is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page as it does off. He is the author of What We Ache For and Feasting on Sky. Currently Eric hosts a monthly reading series, teaches writing workshops, and is editor-in-chief and publisher of Moon Tide Press. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Beirut-born, Southern California-raised Armine Iknadossian is the author of United States of Love & Other Poems (2016). She has been featured most recently in The Altadena Poetry Review, Angels Flight Literary WestEntropy and The Rise Up Review. Her work can also be seen in the Alabama Literary Review, ArbutusPearl, Rhino, Split This Rock and The Nervous Breakdown. Armine has an MFA in Poetry from Antioch and has worked as a teacher, as assistant editor to Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer and Molly Ivins, and most recently as bookstore manager of Beyond Baroque, a beloved, Los Angeles literary institution. Since 2013, Armine has been a Writing Consultant for The Los Angeles Writing Project through CSULA. She was recently chosen by Red Hen Press to be one of their Writers in the Schools. Find out more at armineiknadossian.com.

Charles Harper Webb's latest book, Brain Camp, was published in 2015 by the University of Pittsburgh Press, which will publish his next collection, Sidebend World, in 2018.  A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, a collection of essays on contemporary American poetry, was published by Red Hen Press in 2016.  Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, Webb teaches Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach, and is working on a novel.

Bill Cushing lived in various states, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico before moving to California. Returning to college after serving in the Navy and working on commercial ships, he earned an MFA in writing from Vermont’s Goddard College. He teaches at East Los Angeles and Mt. San Antonio colleges. He’s published in Aethlon, Brownstone Review, Mayo Review, Newtown Literary, Spectrum (as one of the “Top Ten Poets of L.A. in 2017)both volumes of the award-winning anthologies Stories of Music, and West Trade Review. His current project, “Notes and Letters,” combines poetry with music and can be found on Facebook and Youtube.

About the Anthology

The failed body, the failed mother, the failed love, Lullaby of Teeth: An Anthology of Southern California Poets explores the hazards of being human in a world of forest fires, daughters, inaugurations, pests, and social awkwardness. We are asked to “Read between the lines of code” and see as these poets have seen. With realistic language, sharp and vivid imagery, and a variety of forms that reveal their breadth of talent, these 18 Southern California poets have not failed in forging an anthology that readies the world for crisis and epiphany alike. 

 – Danielle Mitchell, author of Makes the Daughter-in-Law Cry and director of The Poetry Lab

With a combination of new and established poets, A Lullaby of Teeth showcases the variety and power of SoCal poetry. The common thread of these poems is their humanity. They tackle real issues of life, and death, with heart, insight, and, often, humor, so that the reader both feels and understands them.  

— G. Murray Thomas, author of Cows on the Freeway and My Kidney Just Arrived.

Photos from the "Eclipse Moon" Haiku Anthology Reading, February 25, 2018

The "Eclipse Moon" anthology was the "feature" at the Bolton Hall reading for February. After the two "featured readers" presented their own recent work (Deborah P Kolodji and William Scott Galasso), we were treated to a real poetry feast. Ms. Kolodji selected haiku from the anthology to create a lovely and thoughtful narrative. It was read by William Galasso, Kimberly Esser, Greg Longenecker, and Deborah P Kolodji. Kathabela Wilson and Rick accompanied the poets on flutes (Rick), tamboura and percussion (Kathabela). The four readers were given bouquets of camellias from Maja Trochimczyk's garden at the end of the reading. Refreshments prepared by Marlene Hitt included finger sandwiches by Lydia Grant. 

Dorothy Skiles commented: "The carefully woven tapestry of haiku delivered on stage by Deborah and Scott and other members of the Southern California Haiku Study Group on 2/25/18, echoed through the hall of the Bolton Hall Museum!" 

Deborah P Kolodji, and William Scott Galasso accompanied by Rick Wilson on flute.

Poets in attendance: Standing L to R: Maja Trochimczyk, Jonathan Vos Post, Joyce Futa, Sharon Hawley, Dorothy Skiles, Mari Werner, Pamela Shea, Marlene Hitt, Mary Torregrosa and Rick Wilson. Seated L to R: , William Galasso, Deborah P Kolodji, Dorothy Skiles, Kimberly Esser, Greg Longenecker and  Kathabela Wilson 

Seated: William Scott Galasso, Deborah P Kolodji, Kimberly Esser, Greg Longenecker 
Standing: Rick Wilson, Maja Trochimczyk, Kathabela Wilson

Deborah P Kolodji and Maja Trochimczyk in blue. Photo by Mary Torregrosa

Joe DeCenzo, photo by Kathabela Wilson

Dorothy Skiles, Photo by Kathabela Wilson

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Deborah P Kolodji and William Scott Galasso Present Haiku Anthology on February 25, 2018

Lilac in Descanso Gardens

The Village Poets  are pleased to invite poets and poetry lovers to their next Monthly Reading to be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018  at 4:30 p.m., at the Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042. The reading will feature Deborah P Kolodji and William Scott Galasso, the co-editors of the 2017 edition of the Southern California Haiku Study Group anthology, entitled Eclipse Moon.  

The reading will include also two open mike segments and refreshments, with finger food and sandwiches provided by Lydia Grant. At the reading, $3 donations collected for the cost of the venue, the second historical landmark in the City of Los Angeles, that celebrated its centennial in 2013.  The Museum is managed by the Little Landers Historical Society.

Deborah P Kolodji and William Scott Galasso read from Eclipse Moon in Pasadena
November 2017

The Southern California Haiku Study Group was founded 20 years ago by Jerry Ball, and has met on the 3rd Saturday of the month, at 2 pm, ever since.  It currently meets at the Hill Avenue Branch Library in Pasadena, 55 S. Hill Avenue, Pasadena.  Each year, the group publishes an anthology of Southern California Haiku voices.  The most recent anthology, Eclipse Moon, was edited by William Scott Galasso with Deborah P Kolodji.  It was named after a haiku by Diana Ming Jeong:

  eclipse moon
  an abyss forged
  over time

     - Diana Ming Jeong


Deborah P Kolodji is the California regional coordinator for the Haiku Society of America and moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group. The former president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, Kolodji is also is a member of the Haiku Poets of Northern California , the Yuki Teikei Haiku SocietyHaiku Canada, and the California State Poetry Society. Author of four chapbooks of poetry, her first full-length book of haiku and senryu is Highway of Sleeping Towns, from Shabda Press. Debbie has published more than 900 haiku in publications such as Frogpond, Modern Haiku, the Heron’s Nest, Bottle Rockets, A Hundred Gourds, Acorn, Rattle, and Mayfly.  Debbie co-organized the 2013 Haiku North America conference about the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, and joined Haiku North America as a director in 2016.


William Scott Galasso is the author of fourteen books of poetry, including Silver Salmon Runes published 2016 on Createspace. Eclipse Moon, in which he appears as contributing editor, and that came out in November 2017,  Mixed Bag, a new collection fof Haibun, Haiku Sequences, Tanka and Short Poems is due for publication in March.

one breath
the difference between
I am and I was

Friday, January 12, 2018

Susan Dobay's Book, Her Art and Her Poets - January 28, 2018

To start the year 2018 Village Poets present the book "An Incessant Search for the Essence of All Art" by Hungarian American artist Susan Dobay, including slides of the paintings and digital art, as well as poems from the book ready by California poets, including Peggy Castro, Pauli Dutton, Lois P. Jones, Joan Stern, Maja Trochimczyk, Kath Abela Wilson and a guest from Japan, Mariko Kitakubo.

The event will place at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga (10110 Commerce Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042) on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.  The reading will also include Open Mike segments (preferred poems about Dobay's work) and refreshments. The George Harris Hat will be passed around to collect suggested donations of $3 per person for refreshments and to make a donation for the upkeep of the Bolton Hall Museum, Los Angeles Historical Landmark built in 1913.


Hungarian by birth, Susan Dobay resides in California. After studying graphic arts both in Hungary and the U.S, she served as an illustrator for advertising agencies, magazines, and newspapers.  Wanting to explore more creative options, Susan Dobay moved from commercial to fine art, and in 1968 she was invited to join and exhibit with the Alliance of Hungarian Artists both in the United States and abroad.
In Los Angeles Dobay helped found the Arany Janos Hungarian Literary and Cultural Circle. Dobay’s art is represented in collections in London, Switzerland, Hungary,  Transylvania, Canada, New York and Los Angeles.

“Although I derive inspiration from various sources –e.g., music, nature, the human condition -I try to find the balance between mind and spirit. My goal is to involve viewers in a creative game where both the mind and the heart are stimulated.”

Hungarian Painters and Graphic Artists 1988
California Art Review 1989
Contemporary Hungarian Lexicon 1999
International Women Artists 1997
Who's Who in America
Who’s Who in the World

Deri Museum, Debrecen, Hungary
San Diego Museum, California
Hungarian National Museum, Budapest
Szepmuveszeti Museum, Budapest
Vasarely Museum, Budapest
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. San Francisco, CA
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
Long Beach Museum of Art, CA

2015 Museum Gallery  Science Center, Debrecen, Hungary
2014 DVD presentation Hungarian House Los Angeles
2014 DVD presentation Bolton Hall Museum CA
2014 DVD presentation Altadena Public Library
2014  Shumei Hall Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2013 Interview of Susan Dobay Krickorian Movie Theatre
2011  Shumei Hall Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2010  Art Center of Ferencvaros , Budapest, Hungary
2010  Scenic Drive Gallery, Monrovia, California
2009  Scenic Drive Gallery, Monrovia, California
2007  Tibor Erno Galeria, Nagyvarad, Transylvania
2006  Szatmarnemet Museum, Transylvania
2006  Museum of Mateszalka,  Hungary
2006  2B Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2006  Wall Art Gallery   Fermandia Beach, Florida
2005  2B Gallery Budapest, Hungary
2004  Zemplen Galeria, Satoraljaujhely, Hungary
2003  Gateway Plaza, Pasadena, CA
2002  Sumitomo Building, Los Angeles
2002  Glendale City Center, Glendale, CA
2001  Lurdy House Gallery, Budapest
2001  Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2001  Pincetarlat Gallery Budapest
1999  Deri Museum, Debrecen Hungary
1996  Invitational guest artist at the Millecentenarium of Hungary. The exhibit travels to: Budapest, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Israel, Japan and the USA.
1995  Three Palms Gallery at Sterling Vineyards, CA
1995  Featured Artist Allied Arts Association, Richland, Washington
1994   Featured Artist, Joslyn Arts Center, Torance, CA
1993 Vasarely Museum, Budapest
1993 Vroman’s Gallery, Pasadena
1992 Jozsef Varos Gallery, Budapest
1990 Fine Art Publisher’s Building, Budapest
1989 Style Connection Gallery, Encino, CA
1983 Teeblat Gallery, Freiberg, Germany
1983 Arcadia Public Library, Arcadia, CA
1981 Collector Showcase Gallery, Los Angeles,
1980 Pocket Stage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1979 Ma Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1978 Dorog Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1977 Open Studio, Monrovia, CA
1974 Qraz Gallery , Seattle, Washington
1973 KFAC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1972 Au Petit Jean, Beverly Hills, CA
1968      Bognar Gallery, Los Angeles

Madame Butterfly (based on Puccini Opera) by Susan Dobay

2010      The Pico House Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010       Art Center of Thousand Oaks, CA
2006 Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ
2004 2B Galeria, Budapest
2001 Sushi Performance and Visual Art, San Diego
2000 Galleria Adonis Woodridge, Ontario, Canada
1999 Priory Gallery Swiss Cottage, London, England
1998 Museum of Arts Downtown Los Angeles, CA
1996 Art Exhibition Galleries Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
1996 Galerie 101 Corte Madre, CA
1996 Zantman Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
1993 Luthar Gallery, Budapest
1994 Invitational guest artist at the Milicentenarium  of Hungary. Exhibit travels to :Belgium, Germany, Austria, Israel, Japan and USA.
1995 Kortars Gallery, Budapest and Debrecen, Hungary
1991 Orlando Gallery, Shermen Oaks, CA
 1991       Var Gallery, Budapest
1984 U.N. Woman Conference, Nairobi, Kenya
1985        Mc Houston Gallery, Pasadena CA
1982 Mucsarnok Museum, Budapest
1979 LA Artists Equity, Los Angeles CA
1979        New York Artists Equity, NY
1975        California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles
1972 Olympic Art’s Festival, Munich, Germany
1967 California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles

Susan Dobay with Maja Trochimczyk surrounded by her artwork, 2009.

“ Her work offers a rich cross section of our century’s spiritual and stylistic movement. Her work is part of that artistic movement which express in a contemporary manner the sensitivity, the mentality, and cultural needs of modern man facing the turn of the millennium.”
“ She has the courage to use the visual tools and forms to say many things in many different ways.”
~ Gabor O. Pogany, Art Historian ( Director of the Hungarian National Gallery)

"She is primarily interested in clashing emotions, in opposites. While living in and surrounded  by a society of material worship, her studio in Southern California stands as a shelter for an idealistic revolution where Dobay ventures into exploring the duality of existence: matter and soul."
~ Anna J. Winslow, Author

“The monumental yet sensitively refined forms give a unique floating sensation to the work, which reflects simultaneously the  link between artistic tradition and individual trademark of the artist.”
~ Andras Bohar, Art Critic, (Art Today Magazine)

"A Cervantes with a brush”
~ Bernardo Blanco Gonzales, Ph. D., Author

“Dobay’s love, emotion, and philosophy have exploded on canvas: Dobay’s creation had to be born.”
~ Akos Thiery, Ph. D. ,Art Historian

“Dobay’s creations have impact not only on the mind, but their unusual concepts and color compositions shake up the emotions too.”
~ L. Babonici, Ph.D., Art Historian

"Dobay projects her thoughts with a newly modern, assuredly contemporary flair"
~ Lilla Szabo, Ph.D. Art historian, Hungarian National Gallery


  “In her book An Incessant Search for the Essence of All Art, Susan Dobay hopes to reach more artists, inspiring them to develop conscious artistry, and their own philosophy of art. She delves into the major questions of creative energy and creativity as a force and a significant element of our society, making this essential reading for both artists and those interested in contemporary art. “
 ’’It was with great pleasure that I explored your book.  I always find it extremely interesting when a visual artist expresses him or herself verbally. It is preciscely why,  because of the personal resonance of  the book, I don’t want to, and it is not possible to, critique the content or the images. I simply  enjoyed the way the personal message and visual artistry unfolded page by page. Congratulations! "
~ Deme Edina, Múzeumpedagógia, főosztályvezető Szepmuveszeti Muzeum,  – Hungarian National Gallery 
’’I like your book very much : It is versitale, honest, multicolored . It captured me with its magical within and without beauty, the natural and at the same time poetical context. I received true answers to those questions that you are in  engaged. Furthermore  your  sad and happy passages of life in conection with the already known creations got into a new dimension. Through your book I got to know  the life of a true artist and a true human being.’’ Adrienne Darvay Nagy, theatre expert, writer, historian.
’’Your book is fascinating. I feel you are speaking for all creative people, for all artists, specially those who wished someone would express how they felt expressing themselves ’’
~ Fereidun Shokatfard, visual artist, poet.

 “ I have spent the day reading your beautiful BOOK!!  I loved every minute of it! All the color that feeds my soul and the brilliant, genius mind that brings out the questions that life asks us.. that some will never discover. Real, and authentic and “in your place” where an artist fulfills a purpose to move goodness into others... You have blessed my life, my journey...paths cross like painting lines from the Master’s hand.”
~ Rachel Walker, song writer and singer

Susan Dobay with Mira Mataric, Maja Trochimczyk, Kathabela and Rick Wilson.

 “ This book is not strictly autobiographical, although Dobay shares some of the major events that have influenced her life and art. But she manages to make the personal-universal, such as her growing up in war-torn Hungary during WWII, which lead readers to think about how today’s young children are managing to grow up in the middle of war. The events Dobay shares add interest and depth as she searches for the meaning of art and shares the thoughts of the intellectuals who have influenced her. Susan Dobays book is enhanced by her paintings and compositional art, which like herself, has many Layers. “
Penelope Torribio, Author 

“ I am in awe of what you have been able to become: artist par excellence, speaker and mentor. You are truly an inspiration to the young people.”
~ Georgette McMorris, Ph.D

"I am so happy that your book has been published. Whoever is fortunate enough to receive a copy can learn much from it.”
~ Robert Horvath, photographer

Susan Dobay with Poets on Site. Pauli Dutton in pink.

"This gorgeous collection of art, memories, and sage words both delights and inspires. We might all wish to be more like Susan who has persistently followed her own path of passion, intuition, and ideals.   Here is a book, an art, and a life, we can all admire.”
~ Pauli Dutton,  poet,  former Director of Altadena Public library

“ We are deeply touched by your lifelong dedication to the exploration of the human condition through your art. Spiritual, musical  and historical insights alternate with whimsical images that captivate the viewer. Talent and imagination and insight created a gift to us all. Thank you Ms. Dobay”
~ Laszlo J. Cser, professor emeritus, Los Angeles City College , Maria E. Cser, music educator, performer

"It’s such a treat to read through your book. I think it’s a wonderful representation of who you are. I know I have only known you a short while during your  long, creative life, but the combination of your art, your philosophical thoughts on life’s myriad joys and struggles, and the poems of those who had   the privilege of encountering you and your paintings shows an entire crop of bountiful relationships from which more creative lives and more creative art will   come. I especially enjoy reading and watching how different poets respond to your art in different ways, which are also different from my own. It’s a great way to keep learning about life, art, and the world.   Thank you for sharing your book, your gallery, and your life with me! ”
~ Just Kibbe, visual artist, poet

Susan Dobay and Kathabela Wilson

“It is a great gift to all of us that you have worked to create your magnificent artwork and to express the mystery of passionate and natural creativity in this book. You have worked strongly with a sensitive heart to the beauty and difficulties of life with the positive power of the artist to express and even transform the world. Part of your process has been to embrace our community of Poets on Site as "kindred spirits" and to nourish their artistic strength by hosting them in your home and in this book. The Poets on Site  have been attracted by the unique colorful world you have created artistically in your "incessant search" for meaning.  You have expanded and included all of us who know you in person and all who  this book like a door into understanding  themselves and art itself. By making your book you have gone one step further, in giving a key to the door of an artistic life. It is a miniature of the large world you have created. And our poems are honored as part of that world. An artist works alone but in concert with all the artistic strength and questioning of human history. You open your door to this by creating art and sharing it in this special way. “
 ~ Kath Abela Wilson, poet, artist, creator and leader of Poets on Site

The Kiss 


(Inspired by the art of Susan Dobay)

By Joe DeCenzo

Thoughts cling to me like ivy to a trellis
Climbing to your bedroom window.
Foolhardy were ideas that any garden could be
More vivid or aromatic than the fervent one you tend.

Away from you, the flowers of deception touch the sky.
Morality grows more crooked than the thorny hedge;
The frail breath of loyalty, a snare for the naïve;
The promise of success as empty as pauper’s bowl.

The morning grass is bathed in dew.
The unfolding petals bear their naked innocence
To the sunlit sky that warms the sandy path
To what was always known as home.

To walk back to blooming fields
Where beauty exceeds imaginings,
To cast away the shadows
That invade the daylight hours,
To know the shelter of your arms 
And blankets of your kiss
Is to fulfill the only goal in life
That merits any search.

Cheerful is the sparrow upon your branch
Who builds his nest.
Rescued is the man who discards ambition
For those two lips.

Joe DeCenzo
January 2018

City Whispers by Susan Dobay


~ after a painting “City Whispers” by Susan Dobay

First to wake: the maple tree. 
Up and up, sprouting from a seedling. 
With a crown of burnished gold, white 
diamond crystals for winter – 
It slept through blizzards to flourish 
dressed in pinks and celadons. 

Second awake: the girl.
Watching the trees from her bed
Or her wheelchair. She cannot go far
Into the streets, filled with noise.
Protected by smooth glass panes
She sees the buds on each twig 
Fill out until they burst
Into carmine, wrinkled bows
Small and shiny, maturing 
As they change into the green. 

The third: a robin calling out 
To his friends, dispelling darkness 
With his shrill fluted motives. 
The spring is woven from his calls,
Warmed up in red feathers on his chest.
He came late to scratch the ground 
For a worm to peck, a beetle.
The looping birdsong measures 
The coming of days. It floats up and up, 
Above the rooftops.

The girl touches her curly blond hair
Growing longer, straighter 
As the nurse braids it each morning. 
The life, the light, she wishes
For this power to come in.
Make her walk, yes, make her walk.
She stretches up and up. 
Outside, city whispers.

(c) 2011 by Maja Trochimczyk

The Sunflowers by Susan Dobay


By Pamela Shea

Sunflower angels
Stand sturdy, subtle, humble
Sublimely smiling
Halos rippling in the sky
Roots grounded in soil
Perky and unpretentious
Savoring sunlit breezes
They dance upon the landscape
Uniting heaven and earth

Still Life With Coffee

by Pamela Shea

Soft awakening
Early morning connections
Written words inspire
Coffee aroma rises
Feelings intertwine
In lovely lacy patterns
Then unraveled on paper
Words strung on unending chains
Attachments in solitude

Still Life with Coffee

Crossing the Threshold

(Inspired by Susan Dobay’s painting, Still Life with Coffee)

by Dorothy Skiles

Lovely painting in blues,
reds, yellows, greens.
All inviting me in!
In an instant, my reality
expands beyond picture
frame and wall.
I swiftly cross the threshold…

Quiet is the morning
just after sunrise.
A cup of dark roast coffee
awaits at the table
covered in fine lace.  
I take my place, opening
the journal to pages filled
with private thoughts,
poems and scribbles.
Watch on chain keeps time.
I must hurry back, lots to do!

How much time do I have?
To drink another cup?
To write another poem?
To see another sunrise?

Dorothy Skiles
January 28, 2018
©Copyright by D. Skiles 2018

Searching by Susan Dobay



January 25, 2018


I would like to express my gratitude to Maja Trochimczyk , who is enriching All Art with her talent and knowledge. I am grateful for her friendship and for the beautiful poem “Awakenings” that is enriching my book An Incessant Search for the Essence of All Art.