Category Archives: Eclectic Art

Offbeat L.A.: The Madonna Inn – Happiness in San Luis Obispo is a Palace of Kitsch

There have been weavers of magic spells since the dawn of man’s existence; those who spin gold from mere thread, create wonderlands and sprout bouquets of sweet smelling flowers from their imaginations. Some of these magicians may not even consider … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: The Bewitching Mosaic Sculptures of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido, CA

It is not hard to enchant me. I am captivated quite easily by things of beauty, places of mystery, anything that calls to my heart, my soul and my imagination. And yet the spellbinding mosaic sculptures of French/American artist Niki … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Cast Me in Your Next Film! Actor Dennis Woodruff, A Hollywood Legend and His Tricked Out Cars

Los Angeles has long had a reputation as a center for oddballs. The longstanding east coast joke about tipping the country and all the weirdos falling to the “Left Coast” is thankfully not entirely untrue. The weirdos are our blessings; … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: 100+ Los Angeles Area Liquor Store Signs- A Photographic Essay of the Vintage, Obscure & the Odd

All photographs by Nikki Kreuzer As our city’s colorful past is slowly absorbed into the high tech future, erasing much of what we felt would long survive us, it feels good to take comfort in what remains. Memories are very … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Big City Lights- An Enchanting Exhibit of Neon Sign Photography… Sign Geeks do MONA

The darkened night lights up once again with the magic of glittering neon as the Sign Geeks photography collective returns with a new exhibit, and this one glows brighter than ever. Following a brilliant and extremely successful show in July … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A. Video Explores the Technicolor Beauty of the Mosaic Tile House in Venice

Originally published September 13, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat The beach side neighborhood of Venice has long had a reputation as an artistic community. As a mosaic artist myself, I was intrigued by an amazing house in Venice, known … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Va Va Voom… Become a Classic Hollywood Vixen! A Magical Makeover & Photo Shoot by Iconic Pinups

Originally published August 30, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat The beauty of Hollywood, as we know it, is in the art of self-creation. It is as much image and artifice as it is talent and grit. The key, my … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Watts Towers… A Common Man’s Dreams Pieced Together in Mosaic and Steel

Originally published May 31, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Emerging, like shimmering spires breaking up an otherwise desolate landscape, Watts Towers rise majestically and triumphantly over a neighborhood whose reputation has long been rooted in turmoil. They are the … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: An Octopus’s Garden- The Weird & Wonderful 1960s Sea Monster Sculptures of Benjamin Dominguez

Originally published April 25, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat “I’d like to be under the sea, In an octopus’s garden in the shade… We would sing and dance around, Because we know we can’t be found, In an octopus’s … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Nick Metropolis- A Weird World of Wacky Props & Odd Collectibles

Originally published April 8, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Driving past the intersection of La Brea and 1st streets in Hollywood is sure to cause some distraction. Your head might swivel as you try to get a better look … Continue reading

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