There are moments in life when special individuals rise up from what seems like nowhere; The Sweeny's are are proud, strong and ready to help the world experience art from a local perspective. Opening the eyes of children and adults alike, their new museum on Main Street in the heart of El Segundo has caught the attention of many locals seeking to learn about and experience fine art.
Brian and Eva Sweeney are the owners of the, [El Segundo Museum of Art link: http://www.ESMoA.org] which opened in early 2013 after two years of development. When the Sweeney children were unable take part in an art program at their Manhattan Beach school due to budget cuts, the couple decided this was the best way they could help the community. The main focus of this quaint but elaborate art hostel is for students in the local community to come and experience art without having to hop on a bus or see works through a slide show.
Using wealth accumulated from large costal properties, the Sweeney's have amassed over 400 fine art pieces. They began their collection with contemporary art and now focus on landscapes and architectural imagery with an emphasis on paintings and drawings. Their collection has even gained the attention of Getty Curator Scott Schaefer who said of the couple, "They are both passionate collectors who are willing to share their enthusiasm."
In addition to helping local schools access their art collection, the Sweeney's also believe that enhancing El Segundo's cultural offerings with an art museum in the area will help increase property values and improve the community. From one passion to another, the Sweeney's are leaving a legacy for their children and many others who follow.
El Segundo Museum of Art
208 Main St., El Segundo
Open Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Open Monday through Thursday by appointment to school groups and private parties.)
Photo Credit: Teamone Esmoa