Name? Ara Katz
Current occupation? Founding Member, BeachMint (Storyteller, Artist, Designer)
Where did you grow up? NYC
Current residence? Venice
Favorite thing about Los Angeles? Chris Ovitz, my friends and the open minds.
Why did you join 41 Ocean Club? Because Max gave me his sweater.
Your favorite food? Kale.
Your favorite drink? Kale. (Ha, only in LA is that an acceptable answer)
What is your idea of earthly happiness? “To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music (and art and design and fashion and yoga), and to have, within easy distance”, …a place to be with friends near the ocean.” - Collaborative Credit: Me x Proust.
The natural talent you’d like to be gifted with? Acceptance and flying* (*for the futurist in me.)
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction? There are too many so here goes nine to come to mind: Ender Wiggin (Ender’s Game), John Galt (Atlas Shrugged), Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games), any one of Raymond Carver’s characters in "Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?" or “Call if You Need Me”, Jerry Renault (The Chocolate War), Dean Moriarty (On the Road), Nancy Drew (duh), Toph Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius), The Giving Tree (The Giving Tree).
Your favorite painter? Oh, there are so many. Here are the first ten that come to mind(in no particular order): Julie Mehretu, Frank Stella, Agnes Martin, Cady Noland, Zhang Xiaogang, Picasso, de Kooning, Mary Wetherford, Kevin Appel, Josef Albers.
Your favorite musician? Way too many.
The quality you most admire in a man? A very large and intimidating …….capacity to be vulnerable.
What do you value most in your friends? Their hearts.
What is your life’s motto? “She didn’t always follow the recipe” – It is printed on a pin my mother gave me when I was 17 just before she passed away.