Artist Gary Sweeney Puts Family’s Historical Photos On Public Display
It’s always cool to go into a place like Shellback Tavern and Ercoles to look at the old photos of the past years on the wall and wonder about what Manhattan Beach life was like “back in the day.”
In February, you’ll be able to see more historical photos of the area, tho not inside a local bar or restaurant, but in front of a house.
North MB House Becomes Art Gallery In February
An artist and former resident is displaying photos his father took starting in the 1940s in an exhibit open to the public. Gary Sweeney has put 80 pictures on display outside his childhood home, which is located at 320 35th Street.
The photos are available for viewing from Saturday, Jan. 30 thru Feb. 29 and can be seen from the street. They were taken by his father Mike, who loved taking pictures so much he had a darkroom in the house.
The exhibit consists of large-scale graphics of personal family photos printed on plywood and cover the outside of the home.
Gary Sweeney will provide guided tours of the exhibit every Wednesday in February (February 3, 10, 17 and 24) from 4-7 p.m. A special open house will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 4-7 p.m.
“My father served as a city councilman for over a decade and he was the Mayor of Manhattan Beach for three terms,” said Sweeney, who recently sold the house. “This project was bittersweet for me to put together, but I wanted to give a proper farewell to my family residence.
“After the photos are taken down, what will remain are memories of my youth and a place in time.”
Gary Sweeney is an artist whose works appears as permanent collections at the Denver International Airport and the San Antonio International Airport, where Sweeney designed neo-retro tourist posters with tongue-in-cheek slogans.