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Saturday, September 07, 2013

Image for Drawing Attention by John Van HamersveldDrawing Attention by John Van Hamersveld

Monday, August 26 - Saturday, October 12 All Day - Art Gallery (AG)

Artist Reception: Sat. September 7  4-7pm

Gallery Talk: Mon. September 9   10am

Iconic Los Angeles pop artist and graphic designer John Van Hamersveld's inspirational collection of drawings will be showcased in his upcoming exhibition Drawing Attention.

Drawing Attention will highlight forty-five years of Van Hamersveld's visionary drawings in a remarkable 3,000 square foot exhibition and provides a special opportunity to see his personal drawing collection in one cohesive package. This exhibition highlights the depth of his work, his core consistency, and his evolution as an artist.

The eighty-four images in this extensive exhibition are expected to include the Billabong Pipeline Wave, Bono as the "Million Dollar Rock Star," Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Eric Clapton, the New Composer series with Mozart and Beethoven, Grateful Dead skull, the "Buffalo Skull," American Stussy Revolution series, the Indian Chief, the Stomping Grounds movie poster, and the abstract "Box Paintings."

Accompanying the exhibition is a stunning 160-page book, entitled Drawing Attention by John Van Hamersveld. Published by Gingko Press, the book shares the distinctive story of Van Hamersveld's prolific artistic output formative as well as his formative creative process. Renowned graphic designer and a founding member of New York's legendary Push Pin Studios, Seymour Chwast writes the insightful and enlightening foreword to this book.

Drawing Attention draws forth the compelling context for an intriguing discussion in regards to schools of thought about the power of drawing as a way to develop oneself as an artist. Using the mighty pen throughout his career, Van Hamersveld brings his designer's identity to his signature.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 12-4pm and Thursdays 12-8pm. For more information, call the Art Galleries at (818) 677-2156 or visit www.csun.edu/artgalleries.

Celebration of Constitution Day

8:30 am - 11:00 am - CSUN University Club, Orange Grove Bistro

Please join us for the California State University, Northridge Celebration of Constitution Day!

The Constitution and the General Welfare:  Whose?  How?  Why?

This annual program will call attention to the controversies over what Americans expect their federal government to do in the areas of economic, social, and cultural legislation.


Professor James Sefton, Ph.D., Department of History, CSUN

Professor John Evans, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

There is no cost for the program but RSVPs are required by Wednesday, September 4, 2013.  Please email david.matheke@csun.edu or call The Tseng College at 818-677-2270.

Parking is free and available in the G1 parking lot adjacent to the University Club.


Image for CSUN-al Gardening: Explore What Makes an Audubon Habitat GardenCSUN-al Gardening: Explore What Makes an Audubon Habitat Garden

9:00 am - 12:00 pm - TBA

In this time of extended drought and watering restrictions, Southern California residents are searching for lawn alternatives that donât sacrifice visual appeal.

Drought-tolerant plantings, especially those utilizing California natives or Mediterranean-climate species, can provide color, texture, and beauty while reducing water usage and benefiting the local fauna.

California State University, Northridge's next CSUN-al Gardening Series class will explore how, by converting a yard or lawn into an Audubon Habitat, a sanctuary for both wildlife and people, homeowners can reduce water, fertilizer, and maintenance needs, and at the same time create a welcoming setting for birds, butterflies, and humans.

Speaker Alan Pollack, Audubon-at-Home Chair for the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, will share his love of wildlife and gardening. Pollack has successfully converted his own yard into a National Wildlife Federation-certified "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" site. He will answer questions about creating a garden that is attractive to wildlife, as well as humans, and conserves water.

"By using California natives and other drought-tolerant plants, homeowners can reduce not only water and fertilizer usage, but also maintenance time," said Brenda Kanno, manager of CSUN's Botanic Garden, which hosts the series. "Using these plants to convert a lawn into an Audubon Habitat will provide a beautiful, colorful setting for the family and local fauna to enjoy."

Registration for the class is required. Email botanicgarden@csun.edu to request a space in the class or for more information. Driving and parking instructions, as well as the class meeting location, will be sent upon registration.

The Cal State Northridge Botanic Garden is operated by the university's Department of Biology and serves as a field site for botany, entomology, photography, painting and other classes. In addition to outdoor landscapes and natural botanic environments, the garden also features greenhouses where noteworthy botanical specimens are grown. The garden is open to the community.