Exhibitions - 2015
Past Exhibitions - 2014
Past Exhibitions - 2013
Past Exhibitions - 2012:
Quartet For the End of Time
Deanna Erdmann

Sep 9 - Jan 4, 2013

Wild Things
Soo Kim, Dean Monogenis, Kim Schoenstadt, Fran Siegel

Sep 9 - Jan 4, 2013

Reef Cycle
Melise Mestayer

Sep 9 - Jan 4, 2013

sins, virtues, big fish and plastics
Kimiko Miyoshi

Sep 9 - Jan 4, 2013

A Reintroduction Library
Katie Bachler and May Jong

Aug 12 - Oct 19, 2012

Wilderness Mind: Dissolving Duality
Curated by Deborah Thomas

May 20 - Aug 18, 2012

Lighter than Air
Trish Stone

Aug 12, 2012

Merrily We Grow A-Longing
Karen Frimkess Wolff and Dori Atlantis

May 20 - Aug 18, 2012

Wave Break

May 20 - Aug 18, 2012

The Geography of Reclamation
Nicole Antebi

May 20 - Aug 3, 2012

MY WAR: Gabie Strong
March 18, 2012

Sweet and Sour- It's a Thin Line:
Arnoldo Vargas

Jan 22, 2012

Daniela Calandra Bill Daniel, Micki Davis, Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab, Casey Smallwood
Jan 22, 2012

Dear Harbor: Images from our Community
Jan 22 - Apr 2012

HITO: San Pedro/Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach:
Heather Rasmussen

Jan 22 - Mar 4, 2012

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Reef Cycle
Melise Mestayer

October 28 - January 4, 2013

reef cycle
Melise Mestayer, Reef Cycle

Living during a time of heightened eco-awareness, one must question how their own consumer indulgences aid in the decline of their surrounding environment. In my current project, titled Reef Cycle, I am collecting the toilet paper and paper towel rolls I personally use over a six-month period and am transforming these brown cylinders into a sculptural coral reef. Due to the location of the exhibition, San Pedro, CA, I chose to reference the current dilemma of dying coral and the bleaching reefs in the Pacific Ocean. Knowing the material itself would never survive in these conditions, I utilize the cardboard rolls to portray something that exists submerged in saltwater. These sculptures are created entirely from recyclable materials (including the water-soluble adhesives), and they will be broken down at the end of the project. The objective of this endeavor is to shed light on how much material a single person consumes when it's considered a necessity and the impact that can have, both environmentally and visually.

Investigating notions of value and permanence, I utilize primarily found materials to create artworks that evoke natural forms. These artworks not only employ imagery from the organic world, but they also have a trajectory, or lifespan, that mimics all things found in nature. Being resourceful, I use what materials are available in my immediate environment towards creating a new object or installation; often a medium is chosen for its ephemeral quality. External perimeters (such as size constraint, time limit, or material use) are set in place to provide a structure to create the artwork. With this type of artistic practice, the idea and object are developed in tandem with both parts playing an equally critical role.

While art can be used as a way of making a mark beyond your time, I am not striving to establish permanence with this project, but rather engaged with the work-in-progress. Even when the artwork is exhausted, I try to revive the materials into something useful or break them down to be regenerated; and, as a result, my creations endure a life and death cycle similar to the subjects that are portrayed.

Read review in the Daily News by Stephanie Cary, Staff Writer - 11/01/2012


Growing up in New Orleans, LA, Melise Mestayer was exposed to a rich artistic culture that highly impacted her decision to become a visual artist. After completing her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York (2007), she moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her artistic career through graduate school. She obtained her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design (2011) after receiving the Board of Governor's Fellowship. Melise currently resides in Redondo Beach, CA where she maintains an active studio practice. Her abstract sculptures and installations made from primarily reclaimed materials have been in group and solo exhibitions in California and Louisiana. Her objects are included in both private and corporate collections, and she has been contracted for commissioned artworks. Having received a Teaching Artist Fellowship through the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, she also spends her time as an arts educator at the Armory and the Manhattan Beach Art Department.

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This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, and the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council.