SPD Presents a Night of Cocktails, Schmoozing and Inspiring Work on the West Coast

SPD Presents a Night of Cocktails, Schmoozing and Inspiring Work on the West Coast
SPD West celebrated their NINTH Unsung Heroes of the American West event on Thursday, April 10th. We sold out the venue with a standing room only crowd of 150 west coast creatives. After an hour of drinking and schmoozing in the garden, we moved into the Studio 1342 space for the five presentations. And then back to the garden for more late-night partying. 

The theme of the night was "Passion Projects."  See the presentations and photos from the event after the jump. 



  • Cat Jimenez (Director of the Lucie Foundation), India Osborne and Leila Smith having a selfie moment
    Cat Jimenez (Director of the Lucie Foundation), India Osborne and Leila Smith having a selfie moment
  • Kayt Fitzmorris, Photo Editor at the Hollywood Reporter and Marcus Koosmann
    Kayt Fitzmorris, Photo Editor at the Hollywood Reporter and Marcus Koosmann
  • Party in the Studio 1342 garden space
    Party in the Studio 1342 garden space
  • Fire pit in the garden
    Fire pit in the garden
  • Mathieu Young, Sam Comen and Keisha Dean watching the presentations
    Mathieu Young, Sam Comen and Keisha Dean watching the presentations
  • Maren Levinson (Redeye) and artist Eric Trine
    Maren Levinson (Redeye) and artist Eric Trine
  • Photographer Brian Cross
    Photographer Brian Cross
  • Photographer Rebecca Cabage and presenter Mathieu Young
    Photographer Rebecca Cabage and presenter Mathieu Young
  • Lucie Foundation Director Cat Jimenez presented photographer B+ (Brian Cross)
    Lucie Foundation Director Cat Jimenez presented photographer B+ (Brian Cross)
  • Presenter Charlie Hess brings the show to a close
    Presenter Charlie Hess brings the show to a close
  • Photographer Ara Oshagan, showed his work on his Armenian heritage and the diaspora
    Photographer Ara Oshagan, showed his work on his Armenian heritage and the diaspora
  • Art Director Nan Oshin and Studio 1342 owner Jeremy Samuelson
    Art Director Nan Oshin and Studio 1342 owner Jeremy Samuelson


Special Thanks to Michal Czerwonka for photographing our event!


1.Design Director Charlie Hess presented the documentary work of photographer Ara Oshagan, who has been documenting his search for his Armenian identity and the Armenian diaspora for almost twenty years



2.Artist rep Maren Levinson presented the collaborative work of furniture designer Eric Trine and illustrator/designer Will Bryant who found a way to marry their very different approaches to art


3.Photographer Mathieu Young presented the photo essay work of Rebecca Cabage. When she's not booking studios at Quixote she shoots the ravages of humanities impact on our planet, in a poetic fashion



4.Lucie Foundation Executive Director Cat Jimenez showed the work of Irish photographer B+ (Brian Cross) and his in-depth, decades long narrative of the west coast Hip Hop scene



5.Photo Editor Lisa Thackaberry and photographer Dan Chavkin presented the first peak at their soon-to-be-published book on Mid Century Modern design couple Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman

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