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Photograph of Culver City Artist Laureate Alexey Steele


Love My Neighbor - Culver City Live Portrait Sessions with Artist Laureate Alexey Steele



Watch Upcoming Portrait Session

Artist Laureate Alexey Steele will draw a portrait of Culver City neighbor:

Photograph of George Kahn      George Kahn
  • Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 1:00-3:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 1:00-3:00 PM

Watch Alexey Steele's live drawing sessions on Facebook Live



Love My Neighbor - Culver City

Alexey Steele’s Love My Neighbor – Culver City project is an expansion of his Love My Neighbor project originally launched in Carson, CA. Alexey has begun to select and capture in portrait 6-8 Culver City neighbors. The portraits will celebrate the community spirit of Culver City by highlighting a few special neighbors who play an active role in the community.

Drawing Process

On multiple dates, Alexey live-streams remote portrait sessions with his subjects, who remain in self-isolation. The subject maintains visual contact with Steele via video conference that is transmitted onto a TV screen in the artists' studio in Long Beach. Each drawing session and his interaction with his model is then broadcast live via Facebook Live. Viewers are able to watch the portrait come to life, listen to Alexey’s commentary about his work and his conversations with his subject, and even ask questions. The sessions are recorded and remain available for viewing. While Alexey hopes to soon return to in-person interaction with his models, he will continue to live stream future sessions to make the activity widely accessible. 

Learn More about Culver City Artist Laureate Alexey Steele


Portrait #1 

For his first portrait, Alexey chose long time Culver City resident, poet, teacher, and Honorary Poet Laureate for Culver City, Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult.  

In October 2020, in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, Alexey launched the Love My Neighbor Culver City project with the broadcast of a series of live portrait sessions with Dr. Hoult. The drawing was unveiled at an event at the Culver City bookstore Village Well. 


Photograph of artist Alexey Steele in his studio drawing subject Janet Hoult in live stream session October 2020
Photograph of artist Alexey Steele drawing subject Janet Hoult in live stream session October 2020
Split photograph showing artist Alexey Steele's hand drawing subject Janet Hoult together with Janet in live stream session October 2020
Drawing by Alexey Steele of subject Janet Hoult, captured in live stream October 2020


Portrait #2 

Photograph of Rich Yamashita wearing uniform and face mask

For his second, Alexey chose Rich Yamashita.

“For 10 years Rich led our own Culver City Cub Scout Pack 79, based out of the Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. His style is a remarkable mixture of understated calm and experienced confidence. Rich displayed critical leadership during the crisis of last year spending countless hours after his hard work at UCLA to keep the pack viable and active for kids and parents, even expanding it, and overseeing inclusion of girls into the pack.  He provided me with his energetic support in rallying kids staying at home to produce art for our Emergency Art Relief project. So it is particularly heartening right now to recognize Rich and the contributions of our awesome Asian American community to the rich and diverse fabric of our Culver City life.”  Alexey Steele, 08/2021

Watch Past Portrait Sessions


Portrait #1: Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult


Portrait #2: Rich Yamashita

Future Portrait Sessions


Shadowed anonymous head and shoulders

Open Session 1:TBA
Open Session 1:TBA
Subject: TBA
Location: Online (and in person TBA)




Open Session 1: Thursday, September 30, 2021 1:00-3:00 PM 
Open Session 1: Friday, October 1, 2021 1:00-3:00 PM 
Subject: David Mack
Location: Online (and in person TBA)



  • Thursday, December 02, 2021 | 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 | 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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