Joshua Morrison Editor-in-Chief
Nicole Campoy-Leffler Creative Director
Danyel Madrid Creative Consultant
Nicole Campoy-Leffler, Danyel Madrid, Joshua Morrison, Helen Kearns, John Ireland, Brittany Krasner, Rebecca Taylor, Penny Orloff, Erica Elson Contributing Writers
Peter Lee, Josef Woodard, Gray Malin, Andrea F. Pagliai, Michael Hartig, Stephanie Carrie, Sophia Kercher, Shani Mims Guest Writers
Christian M. Chensvold Founder
Claudiu Rogoveanu Web Maintenance
FineArtsLA.com serves to foster the fine arts community, including artists, dancers, musicians, arts leaders, visionaries, and aficionados by providing a forum to learn about current dance, opera, museum, music, art gallery, theatre, and film events happening in Los Angeles as well as behind the scenes glimpses of those who bring the highest caliber fine arts culture to Los Angeles.
Joshua Morrison is a freelance writer, screenwriter, and actor with a double-degree in Film and Literature from Emerson College. He has lived in the LA area for the past three-and-a-half years, working mainly in television, but also producing and writing his own films, tutoring children with special needs, and being a regular contributor to Fine Arts LA. He could not be more thrilled to move up as the site’s Editor-in-Chief, and help bring his own vision into what Christian, Nicole, and Danyel have already built up so successfully.
Nicole Campoy-Leffler, born and raised in LA, has been a lifelong student of voice and dance. Her love for both have been nurtured over the years all around this sprawling city and beyond. After graduating from Emerson College with a degree in Media Theory and two minors, in Literature and Entrepreneurship, Nicole traveled to Hong Kong and Italy and recently worked for the Los Angeles Ballet.
Danyel Madrid is a Los Angeles based writer, curator, and arts administrator. A long-time lover of the Angeleno art scene, she currently works with artist Mario Ybarra, Jr. and artist group Slanguage. In addition, she has worked at several art galleries, including the Anna Helwing Gallery and Daniel Weinberg Gallery. Loving both contemporary and ancient art, Danyel studied Art History and Classics at the University of Southern California as well as ancient Greek archaeology and language on-site in Athens, Greece. She also enjoys eating dangerously from taco trucks and reading everything from Russian literature to Love and Rockets.
John Ireland was born in a garden of dreams, the theatre. His mother and fathers were actors. After a modestly successful career writing TV movies Ireland turned to the stage. His play Johnny Morran became a movie. Two new plays, The Magic Hour and Broken Ink, await their turns. His novellas, The Ballad of Johnny Something-else and Stuff Happens will be out in 2011. Stuff Happens was produced as a television movie, Lies and Deception. His published short stories include Stanley Romance of the Atomic Police Goes to the Movies and Pee Elvis. Ireland also dabbles as an art collector and journalist. He is married and happy, clouds wave from the sky and he wonders when he will finally leave Los Angeles.
Erica Elson is an aspiring screenwriter looking to get rid of the aspiring part. Her skills include always being right, counting to ten in Hebrew (while drunk) and owning a dog. Some people say she’s like Ellen DeGeneres, except not a lesbian.
Brittany Krasner was born and raised in San Diego and has explored and loved the Southern California art scene her entire life. She grew up studying opera with the San Diego Opera, was a competitive ballroom dancer for 10 years, and founded her school’s Shakespeare Club and theatrical performance program. As an Art History major and Business minor at the University of Southern California, Brittany has enjoyed and studied the arts in Los Angeles for the past decade. Her concentration in 18th Century British art led her to study for six months in Edinburgh, where she had the opportunity to attend most of her lectures at the National Galleries of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. After school, she directed an art gallery in Pasadena before continuing her career in marketing at the Pacific Design Center. She currently lives in Silverlake with her turtle, Guinevere, and is delighted to be a part of Fine Arts LA, a site that shares her ambitions-making the arts accessible, unpretentious, and an enriching element in young people’s lives.
Helen Kearns lives, works, and plays in Los Angeles. Raised by cliff-ghasts, Helen didn’t go to school. She didn’t have any parents (that was the great secret). Did you know she was adopted by the Latvians in 1976 and cryogenically frozen for forty-three years, until auctioned to a lonely hosiery-manufacturing warehouse foreman and widower on eBay in 1999? He unthawed her hoping for a daughter, finding only a shell. Nevertheless, he raised her right. In her mind, she’s a native Caroliner, and naturally, loves Spring, BBQ, NC basketball, and God–in that order. She is delighted by the quiet, the noisy, the comely, and the profane. She’s a tradesman by…trade. Send your offers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Taylor is a Senior Communications Specialist at the J. Paul Getty Trust, a contemporary art history instructor at UCLA extension, an arts writer, and an active member of the Los Angeles art scene. Previously, Rebecca worked at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) and at the Ace Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Rebecca received her M.A. in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s in New York and her B.S. in Business Administration with emphases in Marketing, Finance, and International Business from Chapman University in Orange, California.
Gray Malin grew up in Dallas, Texas and knew he one day had to get out. He moved to Boston for college and fell in love with cinematography, eventually landing a job in Los Angeles. It took a year of chaos behind a desk on the Paramount lot to allow him to really understand what he loved most about film: imagery. Since 2009 he has been building a career in photography by selling his work every Sunday in a small local flea market at the corner of Melrose and Fairfax in West Hollywood. He now has his work hanging in a gallery in Beverly Hills and in many showrooms across the city. Along with photography, Gray enjoys writing and attending art events across Los Angeles. His website and blog, www.graymalin.com, are updated regularly with new photographs, stories, and ideas
Penny Orloff is a freelance writer and editor in Los Angeles. She studied voice at Juilliard and sang over 20 principal sopranos with the New York City Opera. She also wrote the novel “Jewish Thighs on Broadway,” starred in the stage version, and wrote the libretto for Allen Shawn’s Opera “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”
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Christian Chensvold, Fine Arts LA’s foward-thinking founder, has created other websites that include Dandyism.net and has written numerous articles for L’Uomo Vogue, Robb Report, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. We are immensely grateful to him for executing his vision and creating this site! We know that you, the readers, are as well!