ART AT THE RENDON is an ongoing series of creative programs featuring musical performances, lectures, artist residencies, and film screenings, all designed to celebrate and support the arts. In keeping with the rich history of the site, ART AT THE RENDON seeks to continue fostering creativity in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District by generating a dynamic space for art, performance and celebration.
ART AT THE RENDON kicked off in June, 2018, with HIDDEN ROOMS, an immersive experience that featured more than 50 artists, muralists, musicians, and performers. Together, they transformed every corner of THE RENDON into an interactive community-centric installation. Since then, we’ve held several more art events as fundraisers for local nonprofit organizations. In 2019, we launched The Rendon Gallery, and began holding gallery shows to benefit the community.
Through our fundraising events, Art At The Rendon and The Rendon Gallery have raised more than $100,000 for local nonprofits, including Art Share L.A., The Brady Campaign, Cornerstone Theater Company, Inner-City Arts, Industrial District Green, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), Las Fotos Project, Play with Music, and The Ron Finley Foundation.
“The idea of it is that over time, The Rendon will represent art, music, acting, theater… different layers of culture. A little bit of everything. We don’t want to repeat ourselves, we want to keep exploring.” – Ralph Ziman
Art At The Rendon has worked with an impressive list of local artists, arts organizations, educators, and businesses, including more than a hundred local and international visual artists, performers, and musicians, from emerging talent to established names. For lists of project participants, visit our individual event pages.
We are grateful to the following businesses for their support of our community fundraisers: A + R Store, Angel City Brewery, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Blackened Whiskey, Bread Lounge, Café Société, Califia Farms, Cartwheel Art, Chop Em Down Films, Coronado Brewing Company, Daily Dose, Dia de los Puercos, Dromebox, Es Todo, Graphaids Art Supplies, Greenbar Distillery, Grow, Guerrilla Tacos, Guru Printers, House Beer, The House of Machines, Infuse Spirits, Iron Triangle Brewing Co., Lost Spirits Distillery, Lucky Jack Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, Memije’s Tacos & Catering, Pali Wine Co., Pearl’s Texas BBQ, Picture Perfect Music, The Pie Hole, Pizzanista!, Rebel Coast Winery, Silver Lake Wine, Smile South Central, Sony Pictures, The Spirit Guild Los Angeles Distillers, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Sus Arepas, Topo Chico, UCLA Arts Initiative, and World of Video & Audio.
Ralph Ziman and Maria Greenshields-Ziman
Ralph Ziman and Maria Greenshields-Ziman, owners of The Rendon and founders of Art At The Rendon, are both working artists. They have exhibited their artwork in galleries around the world. This artistic background gives them a creative, forward-thinking approach to property development. They seek out ways to preserve the historical elements of existing buildings such as The Rendon, while revitalizing and redesigning each property for the future.
To that end, Ralph and Maria have been developing properties together for the last decade. They began collaborating in 2009 with a series of residential development builds in Venice Beach. To date they have built close to two dozen, modern architectural homes, many from the ground up. They have also worked numerous commercial properties together, including a shop and retail development on the resurgent Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach. They completed a loving restoration at 901 Pacific Avenue in Venice, a red brick building from 1912 that had suffered a half century of neglect. It’s now home to several shops and artist’s studios. Their restoration projects fuse sensitivity to original vernacular with a functional, bold, contemporary architectural style.
Director of Programming, Projects & Community Partnerships // Event Producer // Curator
Cindy Schwarzstein is an art curator, event producer, and community leader based in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. She has been creating and hosting cultural events and educational programming for more than twenty-five years and is deeply involved in the culture, commerce, and community of Los Angeles. In addition, Cindy has extensive knowledge in land use and development with a focus on community integration.
In 2012, Cindy founded Cartwheel Art, combining her two decades of experience in hospitality, event production, and publishing to launch her own full-service, cross-platform, art experience company. Cartwheel Art provides diverse, community-driven programming such as guided tours, art-activated events, and curated exhibitions. Cindy has held a board seat for over 7 years on the Los Angeles River Artists & Business Association (LARABA).
Cindy is the Director of Programming, Projects and Community Partnerships as well as the in-house curator The Rendon LLC. In the last 3 years, the Rendon team transformed the Rendon Hotel to produce three successful events, Hidden Rooms – an immersive event featuring over 85 artist creating site-specific installations, Stories – an illuminating experience that combined live performances, by actors with film projection, and Rhythms of the City – featuring live performances from over 100 musicians. These events raised over seventy thousand dollars for local arts organizations.
The City of Los Angeles awarded Schwarzstein a certificate of recognition for her “exemplary commitment and outstanding service” in bringing World Art Day to Los Angeles, which involved creating programming for twenty-five different gallery events. An Aspire Magazine cover story named Schwarzstein one of the top six community leaders of Downtown Los Angeles, describing her as a “savvy insider.”
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Director of Operations
Michelle Homami is Art At The Rendon and The Rendon Gallery’s Director of Operations, and Production Manager for RHYTHMS OF THE CITY. A native Angeleno, and artist from age 5, Michelle has been immersed in the Los Angeles art scene from a very young age. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a BA in Fine Arts, where she coupled her first-hand artistic experiences with a formal broad-based art education.
After graduating USC, Michelle applied her penchant for the arts at various non-profit organizations, where she was involved in creative direction, marketing and sales.
In 2018, Michelle brought her creative and social marketing skills to Art at the Rendon’s inaugural event, HIDDEN ROOMS, and sophomore event, STORIES. More recently, Michelle has served as the Lead Sales Associate for Ralph Ziman’s The Casspir Project exhibition at The Rendon Gallery.
Nicholas Bonamy is a Los Angeles native, visual artist, and Art Director for Art At the Rendon. He graduated from Art Center College of Design and has many years of experience working in design and fabrication across the entertainment industry. Combining artistic sensibility and practical know-how, Nick specializes in making ideas into reality.
Original artwork used throughout the site created by RESTITUTION PRESS