CORE 9 plus From China With Love
ASD, TheArts and Disability Network at UCLA presents: CORE 9 - Defining Ourselves

A pre-showing of the first American exhibition by Chinese artists with disabilities, FROM CHINA, WITH LOVE will run concurrently with CORE 9.

CORE 9: Defining Ourselves had its opening reception on September 7th, 2013 at the EXPO Arts Center in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood in Long Beach, CA. CORE had over 125 submissions from all over the world this year, and our curator, Carlos Arredondo, had the difficult job of narrowing it down to 84 pieces that would be in the show, including a film entry, “Remember When,” which was playing on a loop in the small theater room during Saturday’s event. At the opening reception, the first, second and third place winners were announced. In third was a TAP II collaboration for their acrylic painting titled “Silver Room;” in second was Isabel Vartanian for her piece, "Colorful Fish" and in first was Rachel Malone for her piece "After the Rain Comes the Rainbow."  Shortly after this announcement, three groups of performers showcased their talent: Sam Smith, The Creative Identity String Ensemble & Pride Singers, and Lia Limón Martirosyan and David Waller. Chet Cooper from ABILITY Magazine also gave a speech about the featured exhibit FROM CHINA WITH LOVE. Approximately 300 plus people attended the opening and over 1,000 people came the day before for the monthly art walk, First Fridays at Bixby Knolls. The show will run until September 21st, 2013 and will be visited by approximately 3,000 people.

Curator: Carlos Arredondo
Artists in show: (53 total) Amber Nething, Andre Paradis, Anil Singh, Barbara Romain, Bertha Castro, Clare Zeitlin, Cristina Mariotta, Cynthia Sutter, Douglas Allen, Evan Hynes, Evelyn Campos, Gloria Villalobos, Gustavo Cruz, Hector Oviedo, Ilana Mager, Isabel Vartanian, Jane Kim, Jesus Quiroz, Jody R., Joyce Janota, Kelton Nix, Kurt Weston, Leandra Muntean, Louise O’Connell, Luis Tirado, Macario Perkins, Marilyn W., MaryLou Dimsdale, Michael LeVell, Pablo Rahner, Rachel Malone,  Rita Komsky, Ruben Camacho, Sam Smith, Sarit Halo, Sarkis Keushkerian, Sergio Paniagua, Sheryl Yeager, Steve-O., Tavarus Blackmon, Tomeko Malone, Tony Barnes, Trina Kirkman, Trixie Galletti, Carlos Arredondo, Evette Gonzalez, Connie Rotino, Oscar Hernandez, Ashley Washington, Donald Perry, Joaquim Dixon, Kendelina Mugambi

Guest performer ABILITY Magazine's Lia Limón Martirosyan accompanied by David Waller opening night: video

Apprx # of people at opening reception: 300
Apprx # of people visiting the show: 3,000
Total # of pieces in show: 84 (visual art), 3 (musical performances)
Photos of the event can be found on ASD flickr page:

For more information:
Eileen Arcos
Exhibits Coordinator, Art Instructor
Arts & Services for Disabled
3626 East Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90804

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CORE 9 plus From China With Love - artist with disabilities exhibition