SFS ArtFest 2020's Featured Visual Artist

Angel Acordagoitia has been professionally creating art for over 10 years. The only formal art training that Acordagoitia has had were a couple of art courses at Cerritos College and working with his uncle, who is an artist. While attending Cerritos College, he remembers his Professor telling him, “You’re so talented, it’s scary”. He guessed she saw something in him that was naturally developing. Working with his uncle taught him many art techniques including creating murals. He applied the discipline of creating and mixing medias from those experiences he had cultivated with his family and attending Cerritos College. 


Acordagoitia has shown his series of art and installations in art galleries throughout Los Angeles. Acordagoitia received the award “Master Artist” at the 2019 Santa Fe Springs Art Fest. Currently, Acordagoitia is working on the final paintings to complete his black-light collection called “ALIVE” A Black Light Affaire. This is a collection of paintings that invites the audience to seek the transformation under the black-light with VDR application. 


Artist Angel Acordagoitia Statement:

“I paint to create art that changes the way people look at art. My paintings can be seen in different ways to surprise the viewer. My art is a direct influence of my Mexican/American background and the nostalgia of the 1980s. With each painting, I portray a story or a message.”


Radheya Jegatheva

Featured Film Director

The success of Radheya Jegatheva's animated short films has been his ticket to travel the world. In 2016, his first film Journey was part of the film festival circuit. Last year, the 19-year-old's second film iRony screened at 279 festivals across the world, picking up 140 awards. 


"Radheya Jegatheva is a Perth based Australian filmmaker, born in Malaysia to parents of South Korean and Malaysian ancestry. Radheya's films have been selected to 10 Academy Award Qualifying Festivals along with an Australian Academy of Cinema & TV Arts (AACTA) Award nomination, which is Australia's equivalent to the Oscars. He is a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts student at Curtin University in Western Australia. Radheya's films which collectively have more than 500 official selections worldwide had won awards in 6 of the worlds 7 continents with the last frontier being breached in July 2018, when one of his films played at Antarctica's Davis Research Station."


Radheya Jegatheva Statement: iRony A film that explores the relationship between man and technology...told from the perspective of a phone. Variously described as an Animation, an Experimental Film, a Narrative, a Documentary or a Film-Poem depending on who you speak to, this hand drawn animated film is based on the poem 'Seven Billion' written by the film director that won 2 National poetry awards: The Young Australian Writer’s National Award for Poetry, selected out of a field of 30,000 and the Karen W Treanor Poetry Award (Youth).


Mindy Johnson

Special Guest Artist

Award-winning author, historian, filmmaker, educator, musician and more, Mindy Johnson’s creative accomplishments reflect the diversity of her talents and experience. 

A leading expert on women’s roles in animation and film history, Mindy frequently writes and speaks on early cinema, animation, women’s history, and creativity. She was recently honored with the 2019 Academy Film Scholar Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Grant Foundation, for continued research and writing on the contributions of the earliest women within our collective animated past. Her groundbreaking discoveries continue to cast light on the invisible narrative of women’s presence within the first century of the motion picture industry. 


Mindy has produced record-breaking global campaigns, creative content, exhibitions, and events for a growing list of clients including: The Walt Disney Company, AMPAS/, WNET/American Masters, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Bing Crosby Enterprises, SiriusXM Radio, and Horipro Entertainment. 


In addition to her film expertise, literary efforts, and consulting, Mindy is also an award-winning playwright, songwriter, composer, and contributing artist on several internationally acclaimed recordings and published compositions. Mindy teaches cinema history, aesthetics and intercultural film within the Los Angeles area, including a first-of-its-kind course on the history of women in animation, based on her ground-breaking book at the California Institute of the Arts.


Tony Alcazar

Featured Culinary Artist

Chef Alcazar brings tasty new ideas and food to Crooked Gaff Kitchen.


Tony Alcazar, formerly co-owner of The Bottle Room, has returned to Whittier as the owner/chef of Crooked Gaff Kitchen. Located on the corner of Penn and Bright streets in the Uptown Whittier area, CGK is known for their oyster bar, craft beers, warm atmosphere and delicious Sunday brunch.


Chef Alcazar’s broad culinary background has taught him that cooking is all about the effort that goes into creating a great dish. His approach towards CGK’s modern American style menu is simple: fresh ingredients, familiar dishes, and no shortcuts. Tony is all about keeping the food fun and properly paired with their incredible line- up of craft beer and wines. His creative menu changes with the season, or when inspiration strikes, but one thing remains constant – the friendly service and his commitment to the Whittier community in which he and his family live.


Formally starting his culinary career in 1998, Chef Alcazar graduated from the California School of Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu, in Pasadena. Since then, he has polished his culinary abilities by working in several prominent restaurants: Congregation Ale House (Corporate Chef), The Bottle Room (10 years) , Mako in Beverly Hills, the Patina Group’s Downtown L.A. restaurant Nick & Stef’s, and most notably the Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton Pasadena (now The Langham). It was at the Ritz-Carlton for six years that Tony had the privilege of working along side and learning from Craig Strong, one of the few Michelin Star rated chefs in the Los Angeles area. Under Chef Strong, Tony describes learning a “Modern American” cooking style based on classical training and prepared using contemporary techniques with a blend of fresh international products.


Roberto Chavez

Photography Curator

Roberto Chavez is an International Award Photographer that became interested in photography as a child. He began his studies at Rio Hondo College to pursue his dream of becoming a photographer.

He joined the Rio Hondo College newspaper, El Paisano, and La Cima Magazine where he worked as Co Editor-in-chief. Shortly after, he applied and was accepted to the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Here he attained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and worked close with well-known artists like Mona Kuhn, Micole Hebron, and Pete McArthur.


After graduating he moved to Paris to pursue his dream. His style and accurate eye for composition has taken him to many places, from publications to editorials and international venues such as galleries in which his work is exhibited on a regular basis, specially in Germany, London, Spain, and Paris France, where he also happens to have a residence. He is also a Core Member for the Art Society of Long Beach as well as an active member of the French Association of Photography in Paris, France and the American Photographic Artists - Los Angeles Chapter. He has been accepted to be part of the World Arts Foundation, representing artists in many different countries.

He is the current chair for the Hillcrest festival of Fine Arts in the city of La Habra Heights/Whittier; along with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, he co-chairs the 38th Congressional District High-school Art Competition. On early July 2016, Supervisor Don Knabe and the LA County Board of Supervisors with a special

commendation recognized Mr. Chavez unconditional involvement in our community. He has recently been appointed to be the chair for the City of Whittier Cultural Arts Commission.


Amongst other things, currently he serves as an Adjunct Professor at Rio Hondo College under the Communications and Languages Department teaching Photojournalism classes as well as Mass Media and Communications.

About his work: Roberto is a Whittier-based, internationally well-recognized fashion and fine art photographer who received his BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design; his latest experimental portraiture includes artists and athletes. His work can best be described as poetic and transgressive, tranquil and unsettling; images of real and imagined dreamers that evoke a sensual and glamorous ideal while firmly rooted in reality. His poetic and mysterious images sometimes reinvent the use of colors, and his black and white have a nostalgic touch and point of view from decades passed, seduceing his audiences with conceptualizing elegance and classical imagery that diffuse a delicate and graceful depiction of femininity or masculinity.


Janet Seo

K-Art Group Curator

Art has always been familiar to me since many of my family members are involved in art.  My father began creating Oriental paintings after his retirement.  Two of my sisters graduated art colleges.  I graduated from the prestigious EWHA Women’s University in central, Seoul, Korea.  I moved to the U.S. to continue my studies, receiving a Masters Degree in Fine Arts (MFA) in Illustration at California State University Fullerton (CSUF).  This lead me back to become a professor at the National University in South Korea, (KNUA). It was there, that sparked my passion for art, to lead, to return to the U.S. to continue teaching and sharing my passion for art.


My art is from my life experience, as for many artists; however, I had gone through a rough period in my life.  I am an immigrant and a single mother as well.  Difficult as it was, I still produced work and participated in many art exhibitions, which helped me to become more professional and grow in many areas.  My professional work ethic fit into curating for the creative, but less organized, artists by encouraging exhibiting their talents and bringing them into the new era by participating in excellent exhibition opportunities, such at the SFS Art Fest.


As President and Curator of Ewha Nomkee, I am proud to have been able to present the unique works and various talents of my fellow artists during SFS Art Fest 2019. Ewha Nokmee, is a group of alumnae, women artists, graduates from the EWHA College of the Visual Arts. The prestigious Ewha Women’s University was founded in 1949, in South Korea. The Association of Southern California Nokmee began by setting up an art auction to create scholarships, in 2010. It was met with great success and prompted the start of Nokmee Jin, a curated exhibition of art works by the alumnae artists. This is no easy task, however, we have been successful in opening exhibitions since.


My art is continually speaking of my soul.  My goal in soul searching, or rather reaching up to it.  Here I am doing what I am supposed to do.  Surrounded by fellow artists, I may find what I am searching for through their art in spirit.  My next curation is the 7th Annual Nokmee Exhibition, held at the prestigious Muzeo, in Anaheim, CA., November 2019.