7/19/2016

huZ Galleries Presents "Musicians" Saturday, August 6th, 2016!

On Saturday, August 6th, huZ Galleries is  pleased to present “Musicians” -  photography by Peter Figen with two never-before-seen Elvis Presley photographs by special guest Anthony Bernard.

Image: Willie Dixon

Peter Figen is an established photographer who has been working for over three decades. He got his start in the late 1970’s photographing a Hot Rize concert in Santa Cruz, CA. FRETS magazine saw his work and that was the beginning of his commercial career. His career took off, and he has built an incredible reputation as a musician’s photographer.

In addition to his highly developed skill as a photographer, Figen also prints his own works (along with others) and has become known for his iconic images. His subjects have included: Doc Watson, Willie Dixon, George Harrison, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Scott Weiland and countless others.

Photographer Anthony Bernard’s work will also be on view as part of the exhibition. Bernard had taken shots of a young Elvis Presley, backed up by Scotty Moore, performing in Lubbock, Texas in 1955. For some reason the photographs were never printed or published. Bernard, who was a photographer for the Air Force, shot the images of Elvis just before he became famous. Needless to say when his son, Tony Bernard Jr. found the negatives he knew they were special and approached Huss Hardan, owner of HuZ Galleries for additional help. Hardan suggested Peter Figen, who restored the negatives and printed them in all their glory with a stunning depth and tonal range.

Image:  Lyle Lovett; printed with archival pigmented inks on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta photo paper; Photographed on top of Westwood Music for the cover of Acoustic Guitar Magazine;

Unfortunately, it has been a bitter sweet story, as Scotty Moore passed this past June, but thanks to Peter Figen and Tony Bernard the exhibition will celebrate the photography and the music of Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Doc Watson, Willie Dixon, etc.
featuring two never before seen photographs of Elvis Presley shot by Anthony Bernard.

An opening reception for “Musicians” will be held on Saturday August 6th, at 7pm at huZ Galleries. You can find huZ Galleries in San Pedro. The gallery is located at 341 West 7th Street, 90731, part of the arts district and participates in the art walk each first Thursday. “Musicians” will be previewed at the August 4th art walk, but the two Elvis Presley works will not be on view until the official opening on August 6th.  For additional info, call 310 428 0275 or visit the website at http://www.huzgalleries.com/

7/16/2016

Montana Ave Art Walk and Music Festival is back Thursday, July 21, 2016

Save tJuly21-2016-updatedFlyer-MontanaAveArtWAlkhe Date...Thursday, July 21, 2016 Montana Ave Art Walk and Music Festival takes place once again.

It's summer and it's a great time to head to Santa Monica to enjoy local artists and musicians up and down Montana from 7th Street all the way up to about 17th....

Montana Ave will be buzzing from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with many of the businesses participating in the event as well as bands and local performers.

Shops like Texture: A Sweater Store and More, Partner's Trust, Sweet Lady Jane, Golden Wellness, Ten Women Gallery, and more will all be open late to take part of the FREE art event.

StarThurs-July16-Texture-scarves.jpbt on the bottom end of Montana and pop by Texture: the Sweater Store and More.

If you are not familiar with this store, Texture is known for its beautiful scarves (in addition to it's fab sweaters).

The store will be offering some sweet deals...Buy a wrap for the summer....a great accessory item to have while you are spending the day at the beach. Perhaps you'd like to stay for the sunset.? Of course they also have fabulous sweaters...light ones too....perfect to throw in you beach bag for the evening.

TEXTURE: the Sweater Store & More is located at 716 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA; (310) 393-0707; See FB page.
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Head East up the avenue...

Guitarist Peter Skrabak will be performing at the Shade Store. He'll be playing some classical and standards. A classically trained guitarist, Skrabak starting playing at just seven years of age and played his first professional gig at fourteen. He worked as a bassist early on, and has played just about every style of music.

Skrabak has built a successful career here in the U.S. He has lived and performed in a variety of places, even Hawaii. He is a noted songwriter as well. Skrabak worked with legendary sax player Hollis Gentry, and while in the band, he wrote a song (NO PODRAS) which was performed by Gentry and would later become a huge international hit for the Mexican artist Cristian Castro.  http://www.peterskrabak.com

The Shade Store, 1001 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403 - Los Angeles County (310) 526-8611; https://www.theshadestore.com/

Continue East to find the Swinging Cool Cats will be performing just outside Palmetto.

RickBryanPicThe trio features Rick Bryan drummer and bandleader who has 30 years experience Pro, specializing in reactive spontaneous blues and jazz drumming.

Musician Tadg Galleran (Piano/Organ) will also be featured. Galleran was an original member of the Cast of HAIR. He has played with Peter Tork of Monkees fame and several stints with The King Brothers, Bernie Pearl, Ray Goren and many others.

Palmetto, 1034 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, California 90403; (310) 395-6687; FB Page;

Ten Women Gallery will also be participating....of course. This a vibrant artist's co-operative gallery currently showcases over twenty local women artists. You know they will be out in full force showing all the beautiful art. It's a great place to purchase gifts for birthdays or hostess gifts for all those summer parties.  Come on kids...support the arts!
Ten Women Gallery, 1128 Montana Ave., 310-393-6254; www.tenwomengallery.com

Golden Wellness Rx Pharmacy is featuring a sale on Jewelry and accessories. As well as offering some samples of Republic of Tea (Double Green Matcha Tea & Super Green tea-Serenity). The Pharmacy will showcase the portraits, landscapes, and abstract art of Jenna Cahn; www.jennacahn.com

Golden Wellness Rx Pharmacy, 1202 Montana Ave., Unit C, Santa Monica, 90403; www.GoldenWellnessRx.com

Atjuly16-milo-picby-luz1 Lucy, stop by to see performer guitarist Milo Gonzalez. He is self-taught in both classical guitar and flamenco guitar. Gonzalez has performed at well known music festivals such as Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Picnic, Boom Festival, and Farmaid.  https://soundcloud.com/milo-gonzalez. Lucy, 1230 Montana Ave., (310) 255-9994;

Michael Stars will be open as well...The fashion store specializes in contemporary clothing with luxury essentials for LA's hip beach lifestyle. They will be offering a 30 % discount throughout the store for tonight's event. Michael Stars, 1233 Montana Ave; 310-260-5558; http://www.michaelstars.com/

Kat and the Jazz Birds will be performing jazz standards and some blues as well as some old time swing. The band feature seasoned players, Bob Crickmore on keys, Al Rappoport on Sax, Gary Fitzgerald (subbing for Mike Flick - in photo) and Mitch Montrose on drums.

You wCropped-JazzBirds-PartnersTrust-MontanaAveill recognize some well known melodies such as All of Me, My funny Valentine, Fever, Fly me to the Moon, Almost like Being in Love and more. We will also be paying tribute to legendary artists such as Peggy Lee, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Wanda Jackson and more.

For more information about Kat & the Jazz Birds, and my four other bands at www.KathyLeonardo.com

Partner's Trust, 1333 Montana Ave Santa Monica, CA; (310) 382-8500; http://www.thepartnerstrust.com/


Of course you may have your favorite store on Montana....so come on out and visit. The event runs from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Enjoy the live music and stroll down the Avenue (from 6th to 17th). See ya out there. http://montanaave.com/

6/12/2016

Sunday, June 26, the Art or Eva Montealegre Set to Show at Upper West!


Upper West Restaurant presents “The Cosmic Experience” featuring the art of Eva Montealegre on Sunday, June 26 from 4-7pm. 

The Santa Monica restaurant features new art from local artists every few months. As is the tradition, Upper West hosts an artist reception and a meet and greet with each new artist. Curated by the restaurant and the team at LAArtParty.com, talented artists are selected for a solo exhibition and celebrated at Upper West.

The work of artist Eva Montealegre is set to be featured on Sunday, June 26th with an opening reception taking place from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

Montealegre has shown in galleries across the U.S. In addition to being an artist, Eva is a crime novelist writing under the name, Eva Batonne. Eva’s first novel is titled Resurrection Diva, and has only garnered rave reviews including a blurb by Michael Connelly. It’s available on Amazon and you can visit her crime fiction website @ www.evabatonne.com for more insights. Her next novel is due out late this summer. Eva has been known to work in various forms of art, including writing, filmmaking, singing, dancing and acting, too. She has taught mask and headpiece workshops that often include original writing, music & performance as well as the construction of powerful healing masks that maybe hung on the wall to decorate a home or office.

Montealegre explains a bit about what she will be showing…“I have several paintings from the Deep series: Deep One is the largest at 44” x 70” and all of these are abstract and they have to do with our deeper selves and the meanings that are sometimes elusive and yet so present. The idea is to invite the viewer to imagine going deep into the ocean of their beings or even to propel themselves deep into the outer space of their existence in a sort of self-exploration. We are all in relationship with the cosmos even though we don’t think about it much. Where does that experience begin? At the tip of our nose.

Spirit Horse  36" x 48" mixed-media with oil on canvas
Spirit Horse is about staying connected to one's youthfulness and playfulness.  It's about unbridled energy and sensuality and personal power. It is a delightful expression of a joyful oneness with life.  All the gold symbols are very happy, sunny and healing type symbols. Both Spirit Horse and Bear Spirit and many of my paintings resonate with mankind's cave paintings which are all over the planet.

For additional information about Eva Montealegre, visit her website at http://www.evamontealegre.com

Upper West is known for its incredible cuisine, provided by Chef Nick Shipp who hails from Fort Worth, Texas. Adding his own special flair, Shipp has been cooking since he was just fifteen and graduated from the Culinary Institute of Dallas.

The opening reception for “The Cosmic Experience” will take place on Sunday, June 26 from 4-7pm at Upper West Restaurant located at 3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, (310) 586-1111; http://www.theupperwest.com