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Gala opens multimedia exhibit

ON THE TOWN:

August 09, 2006

Guests sipped beverages and nibbled on hors d'oeuvres while observing Margaret Malandruccolo's photographs and music videos during the opening reception Saturday night at Wax Poetic Gallery.

"The Many Faces of Women" is the first multimedia exhibit for the gallery, owner Kerry Nicole said. Malandruccolo is a photographer, director and cinematographer. The photographs are a mix of fantasy fashion and beauty, Nicole said.

The music videos are played on a new multimedia system purchased especially for this exhibit, Nicole said.

The Canadian-born artist has been a professional photographer and film director for 15 years, and her work is known throughout North America, Great Britain and Europe.

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She has been nominated for four Juno Awards including two Best Album Design. She has worked with country music stars Dwight Yoakam and Alan Jackson, dance/trance DJs Crystal Method and DJ Tiesto, British pop musicians Girls Aloud, and rock band Queens of the Stone Age.

Joining the party was Kim Bingham from the Kamikaze Pilot band. Malandruccolo directed one of her band's music videos.

"I love the richness of her images," Bingham said about her photographs. "There is a texture and sensuality to her work that's really beautiful."

Ben Nussbaum escorted the artist to the opening. He explained that several of the building shots were taken on a trip to Italy where many of her family still lives.

"She is especially drawn to houses that are decrepit and falling apart," he said.

Freelance music journalist Karen Bliss of Toronto, Canada, songwriter/musician Andrea Wasse and Barbara Sedun of EMI Music Publishing of Toronto, Canada, attended the event.

Also attending were Ezra Chobaz and Rachel Sanchez of Burbank, Robyn Hayes of Sierra Madre, Beau Hale of Burbank, Trina Daily of Burbank and the artist's longtime friend Elizabeth Gregg. "She really captures the women's spirit," Gregg said about the artist's work.

The show ends Sept. 28. The gallery is at 3208 W. Magnolia Blvd. For more information, call (818) 843-9469 or got to www.waxpoeticsalon.com.


  • JOYCE RUDOLPH is the features editor. She may be reached at (818) 637-3241 or by e-mail at joyce.rudolphlatimes.com.

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