Jill Stoll’s Canyon Valley

bG Gallery and Gestalt Projects present “Circular” – a group show curated by Airom. When one thinks of art, the shape of a circle does now usually come to mind. Curator and artist Airom encourages artists to develop in original ways and create outside the box. He has organized the group show as part of Gestalt Project exhibits. He said he had always been drawn to the shape and felt it would make an interesting show. “Many of the artists had already worked in a circular format but most created a special circular piece for the show.”

Ray Ford said he was excited to participate in the exhibition. When asked about the show’s theme, Ford replied, “It suits me since a lot of my pieces are circular.” Ford has been creating art for over eighty-five years. He started carving wood when he was young and made it a big part of his life. Later he supported his family with his art. A true passion, which has kept him a very active ninety-year-old, he continues to find inspiration all around him. Each day he heads to his studio…which bears a sign above the doorway…Ray’s Playhouse. One never knows what will come out of that studio, but it will for sure be a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Ford added he does have his favorites. “If I have to choose one, I’ll choose an egg I carved, but I keep that in my private collection. If we have a house fire that’s the one I’m going to grab,” said Ford.

One of artist Jill Stoll’s installations will be included in “Circular.” “After living in New York City for 10 years, I moved to Lubbock, Texas,” said Stoll. “It was the catalyst for a lot of art as I toiled to reconcile these two disparate experiences.” She went on to say that she noticed a certain poetry in the names of the small towns that dot this part of Texas, such as Tarzan, Polar, Tokio, Turkey, Tulia, Sunnyside, Muleshoe, Grow, Progress, and Loop, etc. “All of them under one singular, constant, natural phenomena: that of the west Texas sky. I drew a 30-mile radius around Lubbock. I made 30 commemorative laser-etched collages for each town within the radius. These individual pieces comprise ‘An Unhealthy Obsession with Geography,’” said Stoll.

“After I did that, I drew a 60-mile radius and then a 90-mile radius. Each oval is a meditation on place. I digitally extracted a line drawing from my photographs of the west Texas sky, which is etched into one side of the collage. The images etched on the other side are lines from a large body of photographic work I made in New York City from 2001 – 2007.” For additional info, visit

Maria Bouquet’s work

Artist Maria Bouquet said, “It is important for curators and gallery directors to develop a signature style, something that sets them apart, and Airom has done this beautifully with a show around the theme of round art work.” Bouquet has participated in about four group shows at bG Gallery. “The new space looks awesome and it is very well located,” said Bouquet.

Ray Ford

When asked what she thinks of the Circular theme, she replied “I think it is an interesting chance to see shapes aren’t usually exhibit in shows. And it makes it actually more interesting because all pieces are round.” For additional info about Maria Bouquet, visit

The opening reception for “Circular” will be held on Saturday, May 26th 2018 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The exhibition will remain on view through June 10th, 2018.

The Santa Monica gallery recently relocated from Bergamot Station to Ocean Park.

Visit the new location at 3009 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica CA.

Umami Burger x Cholula = A Spicy Collaboration

Umami Burger x Cholula = A Spicy Collaboration

Come close…a little closer.  That’s right, perfect!  We’re about to let you in on a little secret with big flavor — the world-renowned premium burger concept Umami Burger is teaming up with cult favorite hot sauce, Cholula, to launch their first ever grilled chicken sandwich.

The exclusive secret menu collaboration is only here for a limited time starting, May 5th and ending June 5th. This limited edition offer features an array of colorful, spice-filled and flavorful ingredients “Sweet Habanero” Chick-Me-Out Burger will be available at select Umami locations in Los Angeles, New York & Chicago. The Adobo Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast Burger comes with delicious Smashed Avocado, Pickled Red Onion, Lime, Green Mango Slaw & Charred Pineapple.

Umami Burger Chief Culinary Officer Chef Martin Heierling, says:

“The sweet flavors of Cholula Sweet Habanero inspired me to create our first grilled chicken menu item – something our guests have been asking for. I set out to design an unpredictable and outside-the-box sandwich so I featured an array of colorful and flavorful ingredients. The ‘Sweet Habanero’ Chick-Me-Out Burger is a combination of Adobo marinated grilled chicken breast, smashed avocado, pickled red onions, lime and green mango slaw, and charred pineapple. It’s the perfect marriage of flavor and heat and something our fans will certainly love.”

Sounds like the perfect beginning of summer treat! You can find the Chick-Me-Out Burger at Umami Burger @ The Grove: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Groom + Beauty: Breaking Down Skin, Hair, and Lifestyle

Groom + Beauty: Breaking Down Skin, Hair, and Lifestyle

If you were to go into your bathroom and took the time to write out an inventory log of your weekly regimen products, what do you think it would look like? Are you a beauty minimalist, or do you have an endless amount of products that you sometimes don’t even know what to do with? Trust us, it happens. With Groom + Beauty we like to celebrate all approaches to lifestyle routines and highlight items no matter how simple or complex they can be. What works for one person can be the complete opposite for another, which is the root of why this series exists and why sometimes you can gain some insight when looking through someone else’s daily process. Our Groom + Beauty editors, Chanelle Renee and Joshua P. both have different skin types, hair textures, and overall maintenance routines, but they wanted to highlight a few items from each other’s stock of products that they would switch out in their daily routine and hopefully find something new that they wouldn’t have considered before. Check out their list below:


1.  First up is Organic to Green. Two items from this line are the AIR Organic Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Spray, which can be used in any room, and the Arctic Coco Shea Vanilla for Skin + Lip Moisturizer Balm. What we particularly love about this brand is that everything is organic, vegan, and eco-friendly, on top of the fact that several of their products are artisan-made. (Retail $16 – $36)

2.  The DETOX Blue Clay & Eucalyptus Soaking Salts by Herbivore Botanicals are amazing because it infuses bath water with vitamins and minerals. Naturally scented with Eucalyptus and Lavender for a cleansing, refreshing aromatherapeutic soaking experience. (Retail $18)

3.  The BOURBON Fragrance from the Bath & Body Works Men’s Body Care Collection is by far quite the fan favorite of this retailer. The collection was created for men, but women appreciate the scent just as much as the guys do. (Retail $12.50 – $34.50)

4.  EDEN BodyWorks has a Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner that both of us fell in love with. It’s a daily conditioning treatment formulated with one of nature’s best moisturizers, Coconut Oil, to penetrate and revitalize tresses. Blended with Shea butter to seal in moisture. Sulfate free formula is safe for color treated, chemically treated, curly, or straight hair. We love that it’s super affordable and available at so many beauty retailers. (Retail $8.99)

5.  A staple in American beauty products, MARY KAY offers their Skinvigorate™ Cleansing Brush, a lightweight, two-speed power brush that gently massages as it thoroughly cleans skin, removing residue, dirt and makeup in seconds. The brush is gentle enough for sensitive skin while still providing maximum cleansing results. (Retail $50)

6. A good moisturizer should be in anyone’s regimen, especially in SoCal. We particularly took a liking the Oil-Free Moisturizer from Baxter of California. This best-selling moisturizer features aloe vera and chamomile extracts to soothe inflammation while green tea extract hunts down and eliminates free radicals to keep skin healthy, hydrated and youthful. (Retail $26)

7. Lastly, our friends at LATHER created an amazing Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub that we just can’t get enough of. Formulated with exfoliating powdered bamboo, this foaming, cleansing body scrub gently sloughs away calloused or flaky skin. Sea algae extracts, herbal extracts and almond proteins are used to lift away impurities while leaving skin soft and supple. (Retail $39)

Options Galore at EIGHT Korean BBQ

Options Galore at EIGHT Korean BBQ

Any Angeleno can tell you that L.A.’s famed Korea Town district has an endless array of dining venues, a majority of them having Korean cuisine as the primary menu of choice. It’s easy to argue that most of the restaurants here are one in the same with little to no variety between a two-block radius. When we found out about the unique concept in the area known as EIGHT Korean BBQwe knew we had to get a better idea of what they had to offer.

With the logo donning an exclamation point, E!GHT certainly makes a statement with its choice of meats for personal grilling. What’s different about this venue is their distinct selection of Mangalitza Pork Belly options available in 8 different flavours. This offering alone makes E!GHT stand out as a destination dining spot to target when in the neighborhood. The individual flavours are:

Wine: Wine (in moderation), lowers the risk of heart disease, and opens blood vessels for better circulation.

Original: All natural with no additives. Unveiling pork’s natural flavonoids, rich in Vitamin B1.

Ginseng: Ginseng stimulates the metabolism and promotes general wellness of health.

Garlic: Garlic lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure, and helps the body’s natural flow.

Herb: Natural herbs alleviate stress and depression.

Curry: Curry’s complex components prevent Alzheimer’s disease, as well as certain cancers.

Miso Paste: Miso Paste is rich in flavonoids and beneficial in circulating the body’s natural biochemistry.

Red Pepper Paste: Gochujang contains protein, healthy fats, Vitamins B2, Vitamin C and carotene.

For SoCal Mag, we enjoy finding the hidden gems in our neighborhoods, and E!GHT is certainly it. The staff was friendly and inviting and are knowledgeable about the individual flavors, giving the diner a good idea of what to expect with their meal. When you go to E!GHT Korean BBQ, you can expect to partake in a dining experience that is not only delicious, but pleasing in a way that makes you want to enjoy your meal with loved ones.

Currently, E!GHT has two locations:

Korea Town, 863 S Western Ave, L.A., CA 9005 and

Buena Park, 6681 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621

Also, make sure to Follow them on Facebook Here.