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Debbi Singer with her art

By Libby Lancaster

Santa Monica, CA (The Hollywood Times) 11/10/18 – “AffirmSheArt” Opens at the Upper West in Santa Monica on November 18, 2018. The opening reception will be held from 4-7pm and the local painter will be in attendance. In addition to being an artist, Singer is the co-owner of two well-known restaurants, C & O Trattoria and C&O Cucina.


As a restaurant owner herself and a frequent diner at the Upper West, Singer said she was impressed with the food. She pointed out that their ingredients are sourced locally, which makes for an exceptional dining experience. “My husband can’t get enough of the braised short ribs…and their salads are all wonderful,” said Singer. When asked about exhibiting her art at her own restaurant, she replied, “I have a few pieces of my art hanging at the restaurants but we do not have the space to show art. So, being invited to show art at Upper West is a real treat for me.”

Singer said she has always admired the rotation art exhibitions at the Santa Monica eatery. “I have seen many great artists exhibit there over the past 4 years. It has inspired me.” Singer will be showing her latest work with several of her earlier pieces as part of “AffirmSheArt.” “This is the first art opening I will attend at Upper West, but it definitely will not be my last.”Painting is relatively new for the artist. She explained that she first started dabbling with paint in 2009 after an Ovarian Cancer diagnosis. Creating art became a positive, healing experience for Singer. “Who knew that this would be a part of my healing…then and now,” said Singer. Her experience has inspired her to continue creating. Working primarily with acrylic paints, she also uses oil pastels, and mark making tools. She also incorporates stencils, mixed media, and digital images that she creates in photoshop.


Singer added that she loves going to museums and galleries…and said she especially loved seeing smaller exhibitions. Iconic artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Chagall, and Matisse have all inspired her. She added, “More contemporary established artists that I love are Brian Rutenberg, Robert Burridge, Joan Mitchell, Joan Dumochel, and Manuel Olivera.” Additional emerging artists include: Claire Desjardin, Marion Evamy, Chuck Blackwell, Kathy Jones, Chris Gwatney, Pipo Brockmann, Jeanne Bessette, Geoffrey Johnson.

On November 18, 2018, enjoy an art celebration for the talented painter Debbi Singer from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Call the restaurant with any questions at 310 586-1111. Be sure to check the website for more info at http://www.theupperwest.com

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