Mayor Garcia and Others Invite Public to Dedication of New Art at Rosie’s Dog Beach

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Mayor Robert Garcia - Photo from Facebook

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Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Suzie Price, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, invite the public to a Dedication Ceremony for new public art at Rosie’s Dog Beach on Wednesday June 10, at 5:30 pm. The art provides a visual orientation to the boundaries of Rosie’s Dog Beach, the 2.9-acre off-leash recreation area located south of Ocean Blvd. between Granada and Roycroft avenues.

“Rosie’s Dog Beach is now easier to find, thanks to this distinctive, colorful art depicting dogs at play,” said Mayor Garcia. “I am grateful for the partnership with the Arts Council of Long Beach that made this project possible.”

The Arts Council of Long Beach worked with Long Beach Marine Bureau staff to announce a statewide competition for artists to design artwork that would both brand Rosie’s Dog Beach and mark off its boundaries. Artist Karena Massengill was selected to create the artwork. Her vision was to fabricate 18 dogs at play out of power-coated 3/8-inch plate steel in bright colors. Through the installation, Massengill celebrates Rosie’s Dog Beach, the only beach also designated as a dog park in Los Angeles County. The lively, playful, and fun pieces match the enthusiasm of the canines using the park and their owners, too.

“Ms. Massengill has provided a creative way to let people at Rosie’s Dog Beach know where the boundaries are for their dogs to safely frolic and play off leash,” said Councilwoman Price.

Karena Massengill studied art in college, graduating from Temple University Tyler School of Fine Art in Philadelphia in 1975, and from California State University at Fullerton in 1993 with a Master of Fine Art Degree in Sculpture. She worked as an artist in Canada and has training as a welder fitter. “I love the idea of creating public art that celebrates the playful and very special relationship we humans have with our dogs,” said Ms. Massengill.

For more information about the dedication of the Rosie’s Dog Beach Art Installation, call 562.570.3240.

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