Walter Gajewski is a Long Beach artist, having moved here from Buffalo, NY after the infamous Buffalo blizzard of ’77. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of NY at Buffalo, he accepted an artist-in-residence position with the Center for Creative and Performing Arts as a composer of electronic music. One of the highlights of that residency was a performance of his music at the Akademie der Kunst in Berlin, Germany. For over 30 years, Walter held various positions at CSU Long Beach, most recently serving as Multimedia Coordinator. For the past two years, he participated as one of the official photographers for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in Louisiana. It is Long Beach that provides Walter Gajewski with much of his photographic inspiration, whether he’s capturing shorebirds, street scenes, the unique and colorful Long Beach architecture, or industrial…

The Black Bird Cafe Art Gallery is proud to present a solo show featuring local Long Beach photographer, Vincent (Vinny) Picardi. Picadi started his career as a photographer at age 15 when his father passed down to him is Minolta SLR 35 mm camera. That was summertime in Brooklyn, NY, in the 1970s. He didn’t truly take advantage of that gift until 2001. By then he had purchased a Russian point and shoot camera. Its unique lens enabled him to capture images that benefit his vision of art: the extraordinary, drawn from the merely ordinary. Naturally, he progressed to a more professional set up complete with state of the art cameras, but his original vision and unique eye is visible in all his work. Picardi has been featured in many galleries in Southern California, including Mad River Gallery in Santa Monica (2002), Riot in…

Lisa Wibroe received her BFA in 3-D Media on the heels of completing her degree in Psychology, both from CSULB. She has been an Art Educator, Director and Finance Manager of a private school, Art Curator, Interior Designer and Landscape Designer. Wibroe is presently involved in environmental volunteer endeavors including Commissioner or Long Beach’s Sustainable City and a founding member of Wrigley is Going Green. Lisa is the organizer/curator for the annual LB Open Studio Tour. Wibroe successfully combines her experiences in the Arts, Administration, and Environment Projects to create works of art in many media that are collected in California, Panama, and Scandinavia.

Tina Burnight is a local artist working out of Wibroe Studios in Long Beach. Burnight has been experimenting with ceramics, welding, stained glass, photography, and mosaics. “I like to incorporate a sense of movement into me work. The spin of the galaxies, the dance of sea turtles as they swim, how water weaves itself as it moves. All these and more inspire my work whether I’m using clay, glass, metal or photography as my medium.” Burnight has been a part of the LB Open Studio Tour, held annually on the second weekend of October, since it’s inception in 2010. Burnight’s work was featured in the grand opening of th