Art, Music Showcase Welcomes The New Year In Hermosa Beach

Art, Music Showcase Welcomes The New Year In Hermosa Beach

Dec. 26 – The Young Artists Association launched in Hermosa Beach last year as a platform for young artists and musicians to meet and support each other, and start their own community.

Since then, the group has grown to about 180 members from all over California and beyond. And later this week, YAS will wrap up 2022 with a two-day celebration of creativity titled Art From This Orbit. The event, which will showcase art created by its members this year, will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 30 and 31.

Starting in the summer of 2021, the association of young artists will present the works of artists and musicians from 15 to 25 years old. Gwyneth Doody of Hawthorne and Audrey Whitehead and Sasha Lerman of Manhattan Beach helped found YAS. At that time they worked first as volunteers and later as employees at the Raisin Gallery in Hermosa Beach.

Most recently, Hawthorne's Aiden Delaney and Culver City's Maja Costello joined the team as co-directors along with the co-founders.

"Our primary goal is to create a community for young artists in the region and give young artists the opportunities they deserve," said Dody.

On Friday, the Yas exhibition, which opens at 5 pm at the Raisin Gallery, will feature around 50 works of art, a public collaborative piece, a live drawing by Amy Ayers, and a poster contest.

"It's going to be a great way to see art, talk to artists and find that community," Dody said.

New Year's Eve features an evening of live bands including Anti Groupies starting at 6:00pm, followed by Willowweak at 6:45pm and The Meerkats at 7:30pm

Regine is home to Indivisible Arts, originally called the South Bay Artists Collective, which was founded by Raphael McMaster to support and encourage creativity in young people through art and music and to address mental health issues among them.

Indivisible Arts supports YAS in their efforts.

"It's 100% original because it was done by them, or by them and their own ideas," McMaster said of YAS. "Our job is to support them in any way we can, whether it's supporting programs with resources, providing housing, or whatever else we can do to support them."

YAS also works with Indivisible Industries to run programs in Alcove Beach City in partnership with the Beach Cities Health District, which provides free mental health services to youth ages 12-25, as well as a place where youth can hang out. Go out or do your homework.

McMaster said Regine's artwork will be moved to Alcove Beach City, BCHD's campus, at 514 N. Prospect Ave., in Redondo Beach, for an event to celebrate the grand opening of CoveFest on Saturday, January 21.

Dodi said that YAS performed their first show at Allcove earlier this month. The event has acoustic performances by artists and sale of crafts.

Says Dowdy, "We hope to do more shows there (Alcove) and other LA venues in the future, but Racine is our hub."

The Alkoven is open from Tuesday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 a.m. To schedule an appointment, call 310-374-5706. Visit for more information.

YAS currently focuses on monthly events to showcase their talent, but in the past the organization has hosted character meetups and music jams, and also issued a newsletter with information about the band and upcoming events.

Sign up for the YAS newsletter at for more information.

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