Aside from life itself, nature, and love, there is little greater on Earth than art, whether it be through the form of film, fashion, photography, architecture, the theatre, performance, or as we were so magnificently reminded this week, with painting, at the Los Angeles Art Show.

Staring up close and in person, inches away from works of art priced at a quarter of a million dollars and up at this amazing show, and seeing original works by masters such as Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Miro, or my recent newly discovered favorites, Feng Zhengjie, Michael Cajero, Alyssa Monks, Yong Deok Lee, Dan Christensen, and Malcolm T. Liepke, it reminded me of the timeless greatness of art, and of its utmost relevance to a higher minded life.

It is with this passion for all forms of art, including painting itself, thanks to inspiration from the amazing 2009 L.A. Art Show, which will truly prove to be one of the highlights of the year, that we are proud to here announce the launch with this issue, our official weekly art section, headed by a great painter- Moira Cue.

With The Hollywood Sentinel ®, we hope that in each weekly issue, you find at least one treasure of something new that you can discover, and experience for your self. This online magazine serves as a celebration of life, of beauty, of culture, and of all areas of the arts, from fashion and film, to music and painting, and soon, to poetry, literature, and beyond. It exists to entertain and enlighten the spirit with the creative power that is our life in Hollywood, in all of its constantly changing forms. In this issue, and until awards day, we also celebrate the nominated films of the Academy Awards ®. This will prove to be a truly entertaining Oscar day this year, as always.

We hope you enjoy this issue, and please remember to take time for the things in life that really matter; your loved ones, and that which feeds and lifts the spirit higher - art, in all of its phenomenal incarnations.

Bruce Edwin
Editor, The Hollywood Sentinel ®