Bruce's Beach, by Sarah Jennings
Oil on canvas, 9"x12", June 2021.
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Willa and Charles Bruce bought an oceanfront piece of land in Manhattan Beach back in 1912. They wanted to get a place for their family, friends, and community to be able to relax and enjoy nature, just like everyone else who shared the same plans.
Under the pretense of building a city park, after being constantly harrassed, the city of Manhattan Beach took control of the land from the Bruce family, and they were evicted.
On April 20, 2021, the same day that Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd, LA County Supervisors voted unanimously to approve returning Bruce's Beach to the family's descendants. And this week, on June 2nd, the California State Senate approved a bill to return the property to descendants of the Bruces.
We hosted a live, outdoor painting session from there.
(Series statement written in June 2021)
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- This painting is in the artist studio in Los Angeles, California.
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