Special Projects


“Share-A-Wall” Initiative: PUSH AND PULL
Fatemeh Burnes, Founder and Curator
Artists: Elana Kundell, Janet Neuwalder, Carol Shaw-Sutton

June 8 – June 29, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 7 – 9 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 29, 7 – 9 pm
Viewings by Appointment. Please email ekundell@gmail.com

515 Gallery at the Bendix
1206 Maple Avenue, #515, Los Angeles, CA

“Sharing is a fundamental aspect of human interaction, spanning from essentials like food to the intangible realm of ideas. The ‘Share-A-Wall’ initiative embodies this ethos by actively promoting the arts and humanities. It encourages supporters to amplify lesser-seen artwork, granting wider visibility and a broader audience to the voices of many artists. Through various platforms and spaces, ‘Share-A-Wall’ upholds a longstanding tradition of inclusivity and accessibility, demonstrating that anyone, with just one wall, can catalyze meaningful change.

The inaugural exhibition of ‘Share-A-Wall,’ titled ‘PUSH AND PULL,’ showcases three visual artists who share commonalities and differences in their practices. These artists—Elana Kundell, Janet Neuwalderand Carol Shaw-Sutton—have supported each other’s work throughout the years and have developed an ongoing conversation. Despite residing outside the mainstream art communities of Los Angeles, their exchange enriches the cultural landscape of our city and allows diverse communities to engage with artwork that may be geographically distant from their own experience.”

—Fatemeh Burnes

April 1 – May 27, 2023
Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

An exhibition featuring eight contemporary artists whose work brings powerful and poetic resonance to the topic of forced displacement. The show included several large-scale artworks in an inspiring array of materials and artistic practices.

Featured Artists: Alicia Piller, Arezoo Bharthania, Fatemeh Burnes, Janet Neuwalder, Maria Adela Diaz, Marthe Aponte, Nurit Avesar and Sigrid Orlet

Catalog available.
Read more, view a beautiful video by LA Art Documents and enjoy the reviews by Dr. Betty Ann Brown and Genie Davis HERE.

See www.studiochannelislands.org/disconnection

Curator, Displacement and Resilience
April 2022
Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

The exhibition explored how artists are transforming the trauma and generational impacts of displacement through their diverse creative practices.

Organizer, Shelter Art Fundraiser for people of Ukraine
May 2022
Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

The Shelter Art Fundraiser featured over 140 artworks donated by artists locally and across the country. Together, we raised over $9200 for Doctors Without Borders, World Central Kitchen and International Rescue Committee.

Commission by the Ventura Music Festival & New West Symphony
On occasion of Joshua Bell in Concert
November 2019

My grandfather was a concert and studio violinist who played under Toscanini for the NBC Symphony Orchestra. It was a joy to honor his memory in these two violins that I painted, inspired by two pieces of music performed by the great violinist, Joshua Bell.

Commission by the New West Symphony
Uranus, the Magician from Holst’s The Planets
Spring 2015

I was one of nine artists selected to create an artwork that was projected on a 50 foot screen behind a full orchestra for the 100th year anniversary concert performance of Holst’s the Planets.

Not a C.A.R. project for Contemporary Art Ruhr
in conjunction with Gallery 825 in Los Angeles

Commission by the Ventura Music Festival

The piece was inspired by Jeff Buckley’s rendition of Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing.”

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