Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pamela Shea, Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga - Passing of the Laurels, April 23, 2017


Pamela Shea, photo by Meridyth MacDonald, 2017.

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga are pleased to announce that Pamela Shea, a long-time local resident, has been elected the Sunland-Tujunga Poet Laureate for 2017-2019. She will officially assume her duties and receive her laurels on

Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 3:00 pm
at the McGroarty Arts Center 
7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga, CA  91042 

The event is free and open to the public. There will be poetry readings by past Poets Laureate, including Joe DeCenzo, Marlene Hitt, Dorothy Skiles, and Maja Trochimczyk, the "Swan Song" reading by the outgoing Elsa Frausto, whose three year term is ending in April, and the flute and guitar performance featuring Alice Pero. Representatives from local and federal government offices will be in attendance. Reception to follow.
Pamela Shea has lived in the Sunland-Tujunga area for nearly 40 years. Her poems appeared numerous times in the local Voice of the Village newspaper, as well as in the monthly newsletter for Salem Lutheran Church in Glendale and the fundraising literature for the Health Ministries of the Foothills. She was a featured reader at the Shouting Coyote Performing Festival in 2004 and also led a workshop at that event on the Poetry of Nature. Since then, she participated in many readings with the Wide Open Readers, led by Elsa Frausto, and the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga at Bolton Hall Museum.

Her extensive record of community service includes many endeavors, such as volunteering for the Verdugo Hills Family YMCA’s annual Current Campaign Support Fund Drive for several years. She was also a member of VHY’s Senior Advisory Committee. She started a poetry group that met weekly at VHY as well as served as a board member for two terms (six years of service) for the Health Ministries of the Foothills.

In 2013, she was a team captain for the inaugural Sunland-Tujunga Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society, and then, in 2015, she was a member of the Relay for Life planning committee, served as chairperson of the Survivor Committee, and was co-chairperson of the Entertainment Committee.

Pamela Shea, photo by Meridyth MacDonald, 2017. 

As Poet Laureate Ms. Shea has the following plans:

"I plan on taking poetry out into the community by facilitating quarterly seasonal poetry writing events for all ages.These events would be held at local venues that feature the flora and fauna of our community, such as Descanso Gardens, Deukmejian Park, the meditation garden at the Crescenta Valley YMCA, McGroarty Arts Center, and Bolton Hall.My goal is to foster a spirit of inspiration, affinity, and support for both established and budding poets, and to encourage them to experience the beauty of our environment together and use it as a muse for their own work."

Her favorite poet is Khalil Gibran and she admits: "his writings, in particular The Prophet, provided inspiration to me as an emerging teenage poet.I identify with his romanticism and mysticism and feel a kinship with him in his respect for nature and use of it in his work.This long-haired and unconventional artist was one of my first contacts with Eastern thought and tradition, which influence both my writing and personal life.I also admire him for his support of freedom--artistic as well as political--and appreciate his encouragement of women’s liberation."

Pamela Shea at Bolton Hall, Photo Maja Trochimczyk

HISTORY IN STONE
By Pamela Shea

Open, discerning hearts, to hear
The story of this fair land
Told in local rocks and boulders
As well as small grains of sand.

For eons the stones remained unmoved,
Except when nature intervened;
Only flora, fauna, and wild creatures
Shared the Sunland-Tujunga scene.

Then the native Tongva people arrived
And used these friends in making tools,
Preparing food, fashioning weapons;
They followed the simplest of rules.

Later, modern man emerged,
Coming to Monte Vista’s Vale,
Pursuing Utopian visions,
Building homes to resist life’s gales.

Families came seeking awakening,
Led by William Ellsworth Smythe,
With dreams and lofty ideals
They used the stones in their newfound life.

The proud structure that is Bolton Hall
Was a center for community;
Granite chunks from fields, hillsides, and wash
Built a place for law and security.

Years later, Mr. John McGroarty,
A great statesman and poet, too,
Erected his own home using local rocks
To breathe clean air from skies so blue.

White painted stones uphold the large white cross,
So visible above the boulevard;
Grains of sand provide fun in local playgrounds
And in residential backyards.

Fire may destroy the vegetation,
And wild animals may be slain;
Even mankind itself may vanish,
But sturdy stones and rugged rocks remain.

Surrounded by ancient granite friends,
Take daily respite; be still for awhile.
Listen with quiet minds and open hearts
As hidden stories reveal and beguile. 

Pam Shea at Bolton Hall. Photo by Kathabela Wilson

ODE TO UTOPIA
In Memory of William Ellsworth Smythe
By Pamela Shea

In the lowness of the valley
I behold the mountain’s peak;
From the depth of introspection
Does my joy find words to speak.

The foothills rise up in splendor;
My spirit soars on wings,
Beholding crystalline skies;
In quietude my soul sings.

The yuccas rise triumphantly
From our mother’s rocky soil;
Old Woman lies resting above
While below her children toil.

Once the Vale of Monte Vista,
Now Sunland-Tujunga reigns;
Serenity is to be found
On her gently sloping plains.

Nature calls to me in whispers;
Soothing breezes ’round me blow;
I glimpse a piece of heaven
In Los Terrentinos’s glow.

Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

SPRING, SPRANG, SPRUNG!
By Pamela Shea

The hazy smile of crescent moon,
The cheerful face of daffodil,
The brilliant, blazing midday sun
All show that spring is here.

The soothing coo of sister dove,
Audacious caw of brother crow,
Hum and buzz of winged insects
All sing that spring is here.

Soft pinks and yellows of sunrise,
Explosive red-golds of sunset,
The clear blue skies of longer days
Confirm that spring is here.

Rat-a-tat-tat of woodpecker,
Emerald flash of hummingbird,
Cavorting dance of butterflies
Affirm that spring is here.

The soft caress of grass tendrils,
Tender new shoots reaching skyward,
Scent of nature’s perfumery
Endorse that spring is here.

The pure joy in children at play,
Glow of adolescent passion,
Serenity in aged eyes
Reflect that spring is here.

The soft kiss of a rustling breeze,
Expectation of warmth to come,
Harmonious celebration
Whisper that spring is here.

Promise of life in nested eggs,
Hinted change in caterpillars,
The fresh rebirth of Mother Earth
Proclaim that spring is here.

Pam Shea reads at Rose of Roses Exhibit, photo by Kathabela Wilson

ROSEBUDS AND LOVERS
02/14/2017 ~ Pamela Shea

The bud of a rose
Layer on layer of petals
Held tightly, perfectly
Unfolding when the time has come
Bursts open and a flower is born
Releasing sweet perfume

The heart of a lover
Layer on layer of emotions
Trembling, hidden, waiting
When touched by the beloved
Bursts open and a poem is born
Sweet music fills the air

Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

The Passing of the Laurels event is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations. Other supporters include Moonrise Press and Village Poets of Sunland Tujunga.



Monday, March 6, 2017

Elsa Frausto and Alice Pero Present "Sunland Park Poems" on March 26, 2017

Alice Pero and Elsa Frausto in Sunland Park. 

On Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga present the outgoing Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, Elsa S. Frausto in her last reading in that capacity, at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga (10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042).  A resident of Tujunga, Elsa will be joined in this presentation by an eminent and nationally known poet and musician, Alice Pero who is a Sunland resident. Together, they will present their new book, Sunland Park Poems, published recently by Shabda Press.

The reading, organized by Village Poets Planning Committee, features two segments of open mike presentations and refreshments, all in a beautiful interior of Los Angeles's Historical Landmark No. 2, built in 1913 and now listed in the Congressional Record, as well as on listings of the most important buildings in Southern California.  Managed by Little Landers Historical Society, the Bolton Hall Museum presents permanent and temporal exhibits pertaining to local history, as well as many cultural events.


From the Book's Preface:

Two Sunland/Tujunga poets decided to write poems in Sunland Park and met on Tuesday mornings on warm spring days under the sheltering branches of towering  pine and live oak.  Eventually a book began to form and is dedicated to the park with its visitors and quasi-residents, squirrels, sparrows and one lone saxophone player. A certain bond was formed amongst the poets, the trees, the people of the Senior Center, morning strollers and even the dust blowing about in air which turned increasingly hot as months went on. This large park breathes life in and out and the wind coming from the San Gabriel Foothills pulled poems out of the poets as it scoured the paths. The spirit of Sunland Park and its people lives in these poems.



ALICE PERO

Here's the  biography from Alice Pero's website, http://alicepero.com/index.html

I am a poet, flutist and teacher of poetry to children. My mission is to awaken the creative spirit in all people. I am happy when you read and enjoy my poems and listen to my flute playing. I have co-created many poetry dialogues with other poets and find this exchange to be one of the most exciting games of all times. I invite you to read my poems and come to my concerts. I am dedicated to awakening the creative spirit in one and all.

I was born in New York City, the child of an electrical engineer and a housewife/editor. I graduated from Putney School in Vermont and The Manhattan School of Music in New York City. I received dance training at the Martha Graham School in New York and from many private teachers and I studied flute with Harold Bennett. I discovered poetry after studying rhythm with the music educator, Jamie Faunt,and doing some courses in the applied religious philosophy, Scientology, and have been writing poetry seriously for 32 years. I have done many featured readings in New York and Los Angeles and have been widely published in small magazines and on the web. My first book of poetry, Thawed Stars, was published in 1999 and was praised by Kenneth Koch as having "clarity and surprises." I am a member of the California Poets in the Schools, and I was a workshop leader for the New York City Ballet Education Department Poetry Project for many years. I have also done over 20 dialogues with other poets.

Returning to flute playing in 2006, I have been concertizing, including giving a house concert benefit for the LA Philharmonic, a recital at the Mid-Week Recital Series at the First Methodist Church of Santa Monica, several solo performances with the California Theatrical Youth Ballet, the Beverly Hills Chamber Music Festival, Celebrity Centre in Hollywood and many private concerts. I have been a student of David Shostac and Susan Greenberg, and continue private studies with Paul Fried in Sylmar, California.  

Together with Veronica Bell and other local musicians, I have formed a chamber music group, Windsong, that gives regular concerts in the Los Angeles area. In 2002 I created a reading series in Los Angeles called “Moonday” that is co-produced by Lois P. Jones and has continued to present excellent poets over the years. 


Stay with the Trees

who pose and smile
though we do not notice
They will never psychoanalyze you
or tell you who you are
or whom you must become

Talk to the trees,
they do not care if they are famous poets
Their poems are hidden inside their bark
I press my ear to hear

Sing to the trees
They will love you
for drowning out the sirens,
the loud honking of car alarms

Run and sing while the trees’ branches
dance with wind music,
never concerned about beginnings
or endings, flowing life rhythm
without a single thought

(c) 2017 by Alice Pero



ELSA FRAUSTO

Elsa Frausto, a native of the Argentinian Pampas has lived in Tujunga under the shade of oaks and with the nightly scent of chaparral and sage for close to thirty years. She has been active in the local literary community as a member of the Chuparosa Writers, editor, readings organizer and host ( Camelback Readings) and most recently Wide Open Readings at the Sunland-Tujunga Library where she also showcases the Poem of the Month.

Together with the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga, she participates in the monthly poetry readings at Bolton Hall. As the current Poet Laureate of Sunland -Tujunga  (2014-2017), Elsa and local poet, Alice Pero, are happy to present their new book  Sunland Park Poems (Shabda Press) which celebrates the beautiful Foothills we call home.


Going

How many times this road, this river,
these mountains, the gorge opening like a mouth.
And we are going west, sun at our backs,
either pilgrims or explorers,
cutting the air with the speed
of breath and want.

How much is allowed in the space of a life,
how little remains,
how much was there at the beginning,
little we knew.

May be enough.

(C) 2017 by Elsa Frausto




VILLAGE POETS PHOTOS

The photos of Sunland Park trees above are by Alice Pero. 

Our photos from the Bolton Hall Readings and other events are now posted on Facebook only - and not on Google albums. To stay current, we will add photos from the previous reading to the following issue of the blog. Here are some group shots from the February 26, 2017 reading by Margaret Saine, and a guitar solo performance by Eva Zmijewska. Saine presented her newly published Lit Angels, issued by the local Moonrise Press


Margaret Saine reading from Lit Angels (Moonrise Press, 2017)


Bo Kyung Kim, Margaret Saine, Kathabela and Rick Wilson.
Bac: Peter, Dorothy Skiles, Mira Mataric, Joe DeCenzo, Marlene Hitt, Pam Shea, Maja Trochimczyk

Margaret Saine with Eva Zmijewska

Margaret Saine with Eva Zmijewska

Bo Kyoung Kim, Margaret Saine, Kathabela and Rick Wilson

Eva Zmijewska, Margaret Saine, Maja Trochimczyk








Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Margaret Saine Features with Eva Zmijewska on February 26, 2017


The Village Poets Featured Poet for the month of February 2017 will be Margaret Saine, accompanied on the guitar by Eva Zmijewska.  The reading will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 4: 30 pm at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga (10110 Commerce Ave. Tujunga, CA 91042) and will include two segments of open mike and refreshments. Right after the reading all guests and poets are invited to the Back Door Bakery and Cafe for the Artist's Reception celebrating "Rose of Roses" photography exhibition by Maja Trochimczyk.



MARGARET SAINE


Margaret Saine lives in Los Angeles. After a doctorate in French from Yale, she taught Spanish at universities in California and Arizona. She writes poetry, haiku, and short stories in five languages and also translates other poets. Her books are “Bodyscapes,” “Words of Art,” and 5 haiku chapbooks. Poetry mss. ready for publication are “The Five Senses,” “Reading Your Lips," "Words of Winter," and "While Alive," as well as “Paesaggi che respirano” [Breathing Landscapes], to be published in Italy. She has recently completed “As You Were Saying,” a dialogue with American poet William Carlos Williams.

Saine's newest book of poetry "Lit Angels" is forthcoming from Moonrise Press in 2017.  The poet Nizar Sartawi from Amman, Jordan described Saine's poetry in the following words:
"n Margaret’s poetry we listen to the inner voice of a poet who is committed to building bridges. Beyond the versatility of her topics, the vividness of her images, and the richness of her style, almost every poem she writes is an expression of this quest – building bridges of peace between people, nations, and, in a very intricate way, between the individual and his or her inner self. "
                                                   ~ Nizar Sartawi, independent poet, translator, Amman, Jordan


A VOICE

How can you fall in love with a bird
maybe as the voice of someone
you hold dear in your heart but distant.
You long to get your hands

on her, your ears on her hazy voice.
Then in your other dealings
you forget the darling sounds
that promise to wound and heal

so that your daily life becomes
an unctuous and tortuous battle.
Until one day in the plaza

you hear that pristine voice again
from the bird cages of your search
which was a search for the right one.


BREADCRUMBS


I love breadcrumbs
and pick them
from wherever they land
tablecloths, sofas, my chest
you name it

I once read that
breadcrumbs are for the gods
If so how nice they have
good taste like me

If so on second thought
they might be angry
that I rob their crumbs

I sincerely hope
there is a goddess among them
who will smile at my folly
and placate the others
into forgiving me
for stealing their crumbs

The Sky Photo by Margaret Saine



EVA ZMIJEWSKA

A native of Poland and a resident of Los Angeles, Eva is a singer and guitarist that performs as a half of the Shandy and Eva Duo, and studied music at the Los Angeles College of Music and just started her M.A. studies as a performer-composer at the California Institute of the Arts. She performs and records solo and as a part of the Shandy & Eva Duo that was previously featured by the Village Poets in October 2016.

NOTE: Poems and nature photos above by Margaret Saine.


ROSE OF ROSES PHOTO EXHIBITION 
BY MAJA TROCHIMCZYK

February 4 - March 4, 2017, 
The Back Door Bakery and Cafe, 8349 Foothill Blvd.





Monday, January 2, 2017

Lisa Cheby and Susan Dobay Welcome the New Year on January 22, 2017


Happy New Year 2017!

 May it flowers with poetry and joy!

Village Poets wish all poets 
a wonderful, creative, and enjoyable New Year 2017!

Joe DeCenzo, Elsa Frausto, 
Marlene Hitt, Dorothy Skiles, and Maja Trochimczyk

Let's start the year in style, with a great poet, Lisa Cheby and a fantastic artist, Susan Dobay, as co-features on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042. The reading will include two open mike segments. Refreshments will be 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.

And, if you qualify as a stakeholder of the poetic community in the Foothills, do not forget to apply to serve as Sunland Tujunga Poet Laureate. Applications close on January 15, 2017 and the service starts in April 2017. Here are the links to more information: 

LISA CHEBY - POET



Lisa Cheby’s poems and reviews have appeared in various journals including The Rumpus, The Citron Review, Tidal Basin Review, A cappella Zoo, and TAB: Journal of Poetry and Poetics, which nominated her poem for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Lisa's poems are also found in the anthologies Drawn to Marvel, The Burden of Light, Coiled Serpent, and Hysteria. Her first book, Love Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is available from Dancing Girl Press and was featured in The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed Series. Lisa holds an MFA from Antioch and an MLIS from SJSUhttp://lisacheby.wordpress.com 

Interviews, Reviews, etcetera: 
 Dis/Possession

by Lisa Cheby
 Everyone one has at least one vice.
If I wear a bonnet when I go alone
to Easter service, am I dating myself?
My mother said she was ready
to die when my sister found
someone to take care of her –
though Mom did not mean
the way you come
into my bed on the night
she died
over and over,                alone
I take this vow to live
my life of little deaths.
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SUSAN DOBAY - ARTIST

book BACK COVER G
                                                       Why did I become an artist?
An artist is an instrument of unknown energy?
Are we given free will or is there a destiny?

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.


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SUSAN DOBAY - RESUMÉ

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.


New Book: An Incessant Search for the Essence of All Art


ARTIST'S STATEMENT

“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.”

Listings
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

Documentation
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

Solo exhibitions
     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


Group exhibitions
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

CRITIC’S STATEMENTS

“ 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

“ Your work is consistent, vibrant and strong”
George Rivera, Art Historian

“I found your work to be quite intriguing and very nice.”
Preston Metcalf, Art Historian