Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 266 óóó͘¥½®Öæƒþ®Ä›͘ěã&›ÙçƒÙùϮϬϭϳ Artist/Actress Kate Kelton just finished her very first solo art show and when I began talking to her, you’ve never seen or heard a more excited young lady than her! It’s like a kid at Christmas! Which always makes me smile…and that’s what you get with Kate Kelton on a constant basis…a smile, a chuckle, a laugh, a giggle. This lady is in touch with her inside funny bone… so much so you can’t help but fall in love with her! The Gabba Gallery in LA is where Kate’s show happened at the end of January, and her art hung proudly on the gallery walls. Kate’s sto- ry, the path to this gallery and this magazine cover, and everything in between, begins with a fairly incredible story. Kate’s great grandfather, Josef Fanta, was an architect, engineer, painter and sculptor. He was her father’s namesake. Kate’s dad, and his family fled Prague when Czechoslovakia was transitioning to the Russians after the war. Fanta had designed the city’s central train station, the Praha Hlavni Nadrazi, along with other buildings of note, including the Ministry of Industry. Like his Czech contemporary and friend, Alphonse Mucha, he was an Art Nouveau titan. When Kate saw his work, she fell in love with the impressive adornments that embellish the structures. Sadly, the details of his studios, models and sketches are gone. He likely was the victim of theft from the opposition forces in the country. All that’s left are the crumbling faces on the archways. Kate’s family lost so much when the Russian tanks rolled in. Kate took solace in recreating her great grandfather’s train station art. “The real repercussions of politics - something that Americans only seem to be waking up to now - were always a tangible part of my life growing up. Metaphorically rebuilding my great grandfather’s train station right here in my little West Hollywood home, became as soothing as any balm or salve for the times.” I asked Kate to answer some questions about herself for her new fans and this is what she told us… FLiPm: Can you tell us a little about yourself…where were you born, anything interesting about school years… Kate: I was born in Bamberg, Germany after my parents escaped Czechoslovakia. We traveled ambitiously and then settled in Toronto, where I went to a FAME-style high school for the arts. I loved learning in an environment where they taught us that if there were going to be creatives out there earning a living, why couldn’t it be us? FLiPm: What influenced you to come to LA? Kate:The first day of film school one of our profs laid out the reality: Toronto’s fifty million dollar industry paled compared to LA’s 500 billion dollar one. It’s Mecca. And getting traction elsewhere can be incredibly tricky with an industry that tends toward tighter, more exclusionary cliques anyway. Plus, I mean… Snow. Eek. Brr. The Amazing Kate Kelton! By Frank Monahan ~ Photography by Melissa Cabana ~ Makeup provided by www.bigboombeauty.com