In the aftermath of a storm

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is selling sculpture made from trees lost in the November 2011 hurricane to benefit a replanting fund.

Where palms belong

Florida photographer Cyde Butcher exhibits wildlife photography in Venice, CA gallery to benefit World Wildlife Fund.

Image of the Day: Purple haze

“Fifty Year Bloom, Near and Far," Peace Valley, Gorman, California. Photo: Rob Badger

“Where the Wild Things Grow” opens today at the G2 Gallery in Venice, California and runs through May 2nd. Photographers contributing to the group show include Rob Badger, who took the photo above, Edis Jurcys, Randy Redekopp and Nita Winter.

Western datebook: Robert Turner

The photography of Robert Turner will be on exhibit Thursday January 21-Sunday January 24th at the Susan Spiritus Gallery space at the Los Angeles Art Show.

Left, photographed in the Eastern Sierra, Turner’s “Twilight at Mono Lake,” (2000).…

Western datebook: Old man with a paint brush

IF ANY one life sums up the turbulence, potential and sheer beauty of the 20th century experience in the American West, it might be Fred Rochlin’s. Born in 1920s Arizona, Rochlin went on to become a leading Los Angeles architect, apprenticing with Lloyd Wright and Charles Eames and then founding his own firm Rochlin & Baran.

Apart from 2,000 projects that he helped build, with his wife, Harriet, he also documented the largely untold stories of Jews in the westward migration in their 1985 book “New Life in the Far West.”

After retirement as an architect, in 1998, Rochlin startled the world of performance art with his World War II memoir “Old Man in a Baseball Cap.”

Now, seven years after his death in 2002, yet another of Rochlin’s talents has been unveiled: Painting. A new exhibit, “Fred Rochlin Watercolors,” will be on show

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