Angela Cartwright stars in photography exhibit at Descanso

August 03, 2002

The lush landscape and vivid colors found at Descanso Gardens are

an inspiration for actress Angela Cartwright. A photographer since

her parents gave her a Nikon camera on her 16th birthday, she now

creates hand-painted photographs, enhancing black-and-white images by

applying transparent oil paint.

Following a successful career in television ("The Danny Thomas

Show" and "Lost in Space") and movies ("The Sound of Music,") she


took some time off to raise her children. She didn't stop working,

however, but instead opened Rubber Boots, a unique gift shop in

Toluca Lake. It allowed her flex time to perform her new role as

Mommy, packing lunches and sharing carpool duties.

Now that the children are older, she plans to return to acting and

is enjoying a second career combining photography and art.

"My own two children gave me tremendous experience in capturing

children spontaneously and candidly, which is how I like to

photograph them," she said. "I have photographs from all of my

travels around the world."

She discovered the serenity of Descanso Gardens when she began

driving her son to high school in La Canada Flintridge. After

dropping him off at school, Cartwright would walk the gardens and

soon started bringing the camera along.

Some 53 pieces of her work will be displayed this month in her

"Reflections" exhibit at the Boddy House Art Gallery. An artist

reception will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. "Reflections" is a

compilation of settings found throughout the gardens, from the

International Rosarium and Japanese Tea Garden to the desert and

chaparral areas.

Others exhibiting are Joanne Bruckner, featuring paintings in oil;

Patricia A. Wiley, displaying watercolors; and ceramic artists

Maryke Brannin and Karen Lafler.

"What I love about the gallery is they have artists from the area

and they are very good," Cartwright said. "It's nice to have these

different artists show their works."

The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and continues

until Aug. 29.

Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge.

The gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except Christmas

Day. Parking is free. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for

seniors and youths 13 to 18, $1 for children 5 to 12 and free for

members and children 5 and younger. For more information, call


For more information on Cartwright's career, go to View her online gift shop at



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