- Reporters Desk
By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer
Friends, family and artists from throughout the Harbor Area gathered to celebrate the art and life of Debbie Marr.
Marr was memorialized March 8, in an exhibition of her art at the Croatian Cultural Center in San Pedro. She was an award-winning artist and owner of the Lazy Dog Gallery at 361 W. 7th St. in San Pedro.
Michael Caccavalla prepared a sumptuous buffet for the gathering while friends shared stories and watched a video tribute created by Valerie Smith-Griffin.
The art exhibit, curated by Ron Linden of Transvagrant Gallery, demonstrated the talent of the well-loved artist. Several paintings were loaned by local collectors for the celebration. Many of her paintings focused on the rich history of San Pedro, which she wished to preserve.
Marr published art book San Pedro: Faces and Places. The volume displaying iconic San Pedro location is a compilation of work by five local artists portraying local landmarks and residents.
Marr’s ability as a photo-realist artist was acknowledged just before her death through her inclusion in a national photo realism exhibition in Tempe, Ariz.