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Olive Wood Art

Barnsdall Olive Wood Workshop Participant, Kelly Akashi, holding her selected piece of olive wood. Image courtesy of Chris Young.

Amid the concrete of East Hollywood, Barnsdall Art Park is an 11.5 acre oasis of green with Frank Lloyd Wrights Hollyhock House and an olive grove with 400 trees.

In June 2021, the 400 olive trees at Barnsdall Art Park were carefully pruned by Mariposa Landscapes, Inc. That special effort was funded with a $25, 000 grant from the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and supervised by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Park and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

Instead of grinding all of the pruned tree branches into wood chips every piece larger than 2 inches in diameter was saved. The Barnsdall Olive Wood Workshop was established by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation to transform those olive logs into original objects created by a group of renowned Los Angeles artists, designers, architects and landscape architects.

These incredibly unique one of a kind pieces will be displayed at a public opening reception at the Luis De Jesus gallery on November 13 and during the gallery’s normal business hours, Tuesday - Saturday.

The olive wood objects will also be sold via an online fundraising auction. The net profit from each acquired piece will be divided between the creator of that item and the Barnsdall Olive Fund.

Luis De Jesus Gallery: 1110 Mateo Street, Los Angeles CA 90021


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