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Thurs, Feb 6th, "Love and Other Considerations" Opens at Michael Stearns Gallery

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This Thursday, February 6th the San Pedro ArtWalk will once again be bustling. This popular event is a monthly artwalk attended by many Los Angeles art lovers. It’s February, so it’s time for the annual Valentine show presented by the Michael Stearns Gallery & Studio. This year’s show, titled "Love and Other Considerations" will open on the night of the San Pedro ArtWalk. Over thirty artists have been chosen to show to participate. Gallerist Michael Stearns is also an artist and will also have some work in the show.

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Photographer Scott Tansey will be showing one of his works…a black & white “Rose.” The photographer was able to shoot directly after it rained which created a breathtaking photograph…perfect for the theme of love. Tansey is a landscape photographer who shoots panoramic views. He has traveled all over the world and photographed many parts of Europe and East Asia. In the past four years, he has embarked on exhibition trips to Alaska, Europe and Patagonia.

Recently he has stayed in Los Angeles to work on an entirely different project. “I have been working my Los Angeles Panorama project,” Tansey explains. “I was lucky to have some fantastic weather and lighting conditions. My prints are from 8 feet wide to 30 feet long.” In addition to being a photographer, Tansey is an estate-planning attorney and has four children. “I need to find projects in town as well, because I have parental responsibilities. I want to be shooting most of the time, where I do not leave town.”

Tansey has shown his work at Trunk Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios and currently has his photography on view at Figtree’s Café, located at 429 Ocean Front Walk in Venice. He is set to show his photography at haleARTS S P A C E in October of 2014. For more info about Scott Tansey, see his website at

The Sculptures of Hadiya Finley will also be on view. A Los Angeles artist, Finley has been creating art since she was a child. “I have been in art classes since I was 5 and had my first sculpture class at High School of Music and Art in New York City,” recalls Finley.

Finley has been traveling back and forth to China for the past several years. She recently created a commissioned public work for a residential complex in the Northern part of Guangzhou. She is currently in China where the unveiling ceremony took place in January. She continues to sculpt while overseas. When asked how often she sculpts, she replies, “Some days I work all day, past dinner time, sometimes I go out. It depends, if I want to finish something, start something. Finley has been involved with art her entire life. She also enjoys painting. As a sculptor, she works in clay, plaster, stone, wood, cast or welded metal as well as resins and silicones too. She adds, “Clay is such a flexible medium to work in. I work directly in wax as well.”

Hadiya’s work was recently part of a group show, “Objectified II” at bG Gallery in Santa Monica. She is busy creating a new work for at Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana in May. See Hadiya's website for more info at

The opening reception takes place on Thursday, February 6th from 6:00-9:00pm. Michael Stearns Gallery is located at 347 W. 7th St., San Pedro 90731. The show will remain on view through March 31st. For more information about the exhibit and the gallery, see;


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