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


SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS Hosts Its Annual Auction...June 5th, 2016!

SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS presents its annual auction for 2016 on Sunday, June 5th 2016. SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS has been independently owned and operated since 1984 and offers unusual and well-known artworks by both emerging and established artists.

Raymond Pettibon
No Title (I stole my sister boyfriend), 1984
Original artwork used for Sonic Youthss album "Goo" in 1990
Ink on paper
Signed and dated in ink on verso
Sheet: 10.5 x 8.5 inches; Framed: 13.25 x 11.375 inches
Estimate: $20,000/$30,000

Unlike other auction houses Santa Monica auctions accept rare, and important artworks up until the day of the auction. This is different than most auction houses since most print catalogues much earlier and stop accepting works at least a week prior to the auction. Whether you are new to art or an established collector, the SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS offers an opportunity like no other.

Robert Berman, owner of the SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS said, “One fascinating work that will be up for auction is the original drawings by the artist Raymond Pettibon (originally an LA artist, now a New York artist), the drawing was created in 1984 but was later chosen for the cover of Sonic Youth’s infamous album entitled ‘Goo.’ Sonic Youth was one of the seminal art and music groups to come out of the punk rock era. “The Raymond Pettibon is arguably a holy grail by Pettibon. Music lovers will likely recognize this and understand how great and rare this drawing is,” said Berman.

“Another exciting work up for auction is the Robert Heinecken portfolio,” continued the art dealer. ”The Heineken portfolio is a rare suite that includes twelve cibachrome photograms and a suite of twenty five lithographs, all by the infamous Robert Heineken.”

Highlights of the annual auction include works by renowned artists such as: Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi, Don Bachardy, Banksy, Jean Michel Basquiat, Billy Al Bengston, David Bowie, Judy Chicago, George Condo, Laddie John Dill, Ned Evans,  Shepard Fairey, Sam Francis,  Joe Goode, Robert Graham, Robert Heinecken, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ed Moses, Helmut Newton, Raymond Pettibon,  Pablo Picasso, Alex Prager, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and many more.

SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is open everyday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Stop by to view works to be auctioned off at both the A-5 and B-7 galleries. On Saturday, June 4th, enjoy an auction preview talk by Robert Beman. Visit the website online to see the full catalogue. 

Ed Moses
Nambe #8 , 1987-97
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Signed and dated in ink on verso
72 x 60 inches
Provenance: Brian Gross Gallery, San Francisco; LA Louver, Venice CA, tag on verso
Estimate: $30,000/$50,000

On Sunday, June 5th, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (possibly later), don’t miss the SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS, which will be held in between the B-7 Gallery and A5 Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center (‪2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica). There will be both online and live phone bidding as well. One day before the auction, on Saturday, June 4th, Robert Berman will give an art talk about the items up for auction at 1:00 p.m. http://www.smauctions.com


"Looking Glass" Set to Open at bG Gallery May 28th!

On Saturday, May 30 bG Gallery presents "Looking Glass," a group show featuring surreal and fantasy works. Curator and galley director Om Bleicher reached out to artists that featured a surrealistic approach to their works. He said he thought the art of Ty Cummings would work well in the show.

A pop/street artist, Cummings received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2008, as well as an MFA from CalArts in Los Angeles in 2012. Working with all types of found items and alternative tools such as glitter spray, puzzle pieces, charcoal etc., Cummings has been creating art since he was in his teens. He is also a talented sculptor.

"The painting Every" was inspired by momentum, said the artist. "I work on art everyday and put in the hours, said Cummings. “There’s a lot of aspects to being an artist besides just painting; I paint often. Cummings went on to say that he noticed changes in his work recently and over time. "There are always new things I want to incorporate into the work. The concepts build off of each other and the story keeps moving." His art has been on view at HIVE Gallery, LACDA, Santa Monica Art Studios and The Downtown Playground, as well as in the Brewery Art Walk, Venice Art Crawl and pop-up spaces such as 800 Main and Windward Plaza.For more information about the art of Ty Cummings, visit tycummings.com

Bleicher had a similar feeling about the work of Jim Holyoak. He explained, "Jim Holyoak is currently traveling the world for his Nowherland solo show in November he's done a number of collaborative installations with artist Matt Shane and a great one will be featured in the show."

Holyoak has exhibited over a dozen times at the gallery and is showing a three-way collaborative drawing. “This is a drawing of my friend and fellow artist, Matt Shane, transformed into an otter,” said Holyoak. “It is a highly realistic depiction.”

Om's amazing,” said Marcus Durkheim…”so many different show themes, collection of artists and consistently high quality – he's a super nice guy, responsible, honest and a real pleasure to work with.”
Durkheim’s work is about perception…”The illusive nature of physical reality. Our beliefs and preconceived ideas prejudice our responses to everything around us. This body of work is created under a pseudonym with the intent of inserting an additional layer of ambiguity; questioning assumptions and conclusions.”

Bleicher continued, "Marcus Durkheim explores seemingly mundane objects symbolize larger philosophical questions about human understanding and interpretation of existence. The illusive nature of physical reality, individual beliefs and preconceived ideas prejudice our responses to everything around us."

Another artist exhibiting work in “Looking Glass” is Cory Sewelson. One of his works, titled Big Top is from his series Fun House, which explores the metaphor of a Fun House, (the piece is titled Fun House as well). “This painting is from a series called Fun House,” explained Sewelson. “Continuing my interest in how we use architecture to relate to the world, I’m exploring the metaphor of the fun house. These attractions are familiar amusement park experiences noted for illusions and sensory surprises.”

See image: Cory Sewelson, “Big Top” 2015, 10 x 8” acrylic, oil on panel

 Enjoy the art of Gay Summer Rick, Bob Branaman, Nathan Cartwright, Brian Cooper, Ty Cummings, Wangechi Mutu, Jerry Uelsmann, Ed Freeman, Dan Busta, Marcus Durkheim, Cory Sewelson, Jim Holyoak, Airom and more. 

Don't miss the opening reception of "Looking Glass" on Saturday, May 28th from 5-8pm at bG Gallery (G8A) at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., in Santa Monica. The exhibition will run 5/28/16 - 6/5/16. 

Call 310 906-4211 for additional information, or visit bGArtGalleries.com