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With Art, Music, and Fireworks, Rodeo Drive Celebrates the Holiday Season

By Jessica Ross

The Rodeo Drive Holiday Celebration featuring Gilda Garza’s “Kings & Queens” art collection dazzled the evening on November 17th . One of Mexico's most influential artists, Garza's "Kings & Queens" art collection recently traveled to Beverly Hills to be exhibited at the Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration.

Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Patricia Govea and Gilda Garza. Photo credit: Michael Franco

In the center of Rodeo Drive, there was a special 6-foot "Kings & Queens" holiday painting featuring Garza's custom augmented reality Santa Claus! As guests scanned the QR code on the artwork, they were enthralled as the majestic artwork was brought to life for the holiday season on their iPhones.

Photo credit: Michael Franco

This was the first time augmented reality was included in the Rodeo Drive Celebration. Her famous "Kings & Queens" collection is also on display at Winn Slavin until January, and will be available for purchase with a giveback. As part of this endeavor, Gilda will give an amount of her proceeds to Unidos Por Un Sueño and the Iranian American Woman Foundation.

Approximately 7,000 people attended. Among the highlights of the evening were performances by 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician David Foster , singer Katherine McPhee, whimsical photo opportunities, Santa Claus’ appearance and a sparkling fireworks finale.

Lester Friedman, Julian Gold, Katherine McPhee, Lili Bosse, David Foster,

John Mirisch, and Sharona Nazarian.

Photo credit: City of Beverly Hills

Those in attendance included Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, as well as former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his wife Patricia Govea. They are the founders of the nonprofit, unidas por un sueño.

All in all, it was a spectacular time where patrons safely celebrated the beginning of the season of giving under a sky full of fireworks!

About Gilda Garza: Gilda Garza is “the most influential artist in Mexico” - a self-taught painter known for pushing the limits of raw emotion in a way that captivates the soul and sparks curiosity. Born and raised in Mexico, Garza’s work strives to convey her unique multi-cultural perspective of the human experience. Her pieces have featured prominently in the US and abroad, with renditions in various mediums, from elegant jewelry collections to national print publications. She is now collaborating with atelier New Murano in Venice, Italy where her art is converted into glass sculptures by the historic gallery. She is recognized by cabinet members in her native nation of Mexico for her cultural contribution through art. Passionate about giving back to her beloved artist community, she has also donated proceeds from her paintings to organizations that seek to promote women in the art industry. She has donated a total of $80,000 to the World Woman Foundation from the “Queen Kamala Harris” painting. See what she is doing next @gildagarza007 on Instagram and view her art collections at

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JESSICA ROSS Jessica Ross is an award-winning actress and reporter, appearing on television and in films; she has also written for several fashion blogs, and been on reality TV.

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