Wednesday, September 16, 2009
De-Virginized...at the "Johnny Nicoloro LA Virgin" Photo Exhibit!Family Reunion: Artist Johnny Nicoloro bonds with his cousin, Project Runway Season 3 Winner, Jeffrey Sebelia while Cassandra Church (far left) and Nick Verreos look on Recently, David and I decided to do the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk. Our NIKOLAKI studio is in Downtown LA but we've never done it! Yes, we were Downtown LA Art Walk "virgins". In case you didn't know, the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a free event held every second Thursday in and around the Historic Core's Gallery Row neighborhood. For this one night each month, Downtown LA returns to its historic pedestrian-based culture, a vibrant scene that is itself a draw for locals and tourists seeking an authentic urban experience. We were actually invited to one of our very best friend's Art Opening/Gallery at Lot44 (a coffee house/art gallery space). Johnny Nicoloro is a fantastic photographer whom David's known for about 20 years (I know, that's a lot of crazy!). Virgin Raspados: A Johnny Nicoloro photograph He's shot several of our NIKOLAKI fashion shows, and even did my very first head shot back in the day (can we say Goatee and puka shells?). He was having an exhibition of his most recent photographs entitled Johnny Nicoloro's LA Virgin, where he mixes statues or images of the Virgin of Guadaloupe and Virgin Mary with iconic LA symbols, from the gritty streets of the Mexican barrio to the storefronts of Rodeo Drive. Artist and Designer Friends: Johnny Nicoloro and Nick Verreos (notice the Virgin Mary Meets Dior Photograph behind us) A coincidental side story is that Johnny Nicoloro is a cousin of Project Runway Season 3 Winner, Jeffrey Sebelia. they grew up together and in fact, Johnny baby sat him (would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that!). Jeffrey made a "special appearance" and actually came to the show/exhibition. He had not seen Johnny in over 25 years! Vintage NIKOLAKI: A Johnny Nicoloro photograph, from NIKOLAKI 2001 fashion show So it became a mini-family reunion! He brought along his GORGEOUS girlfriend, Cassandra Church, lead singer of Sing Orpheus, the band which Jeffrey Sebelia is also a member of (he plays bass). Cassandra (wearing a "vintage" Jeffrey Sebelia dress), and I bonded over the fact that both her and I are half-Greek and barely speak any Greek, which is close to blasphemy in the Greek community! We had a great time and really enjoyed Johnny's fabulous photographs. So proud of him! The minute I buy my first home, one of those will be going up!