Saturday, October 14th, 2017, the 13th LA Burning Man Decompression Art & Music Festival is Back!

On Saturday, October 14th, 2017, the 13th Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Art & Music Festival returns to the newly renovated LA State Historic Park downtown. The event runs from 1:00pm to 11:00 pm, and will be a one of a kind spectacle…not to be missed.

This annual event gathers “Burners” (artists who have attended the famed Burning Man event), each year to "decompress"....and celebrate the creativity shared out on the desert with their local friends and the general public. For many who cannot attend the event in Nevada, it has become an exciting opportunity to be a part of this legendary experience.  

Producer and founding Board Member of the Los Angeles League of Arts that sponsors the event, Esquire Jauchem stated that he is excited to see the event back in full swing. Due to the complete reconstruction of the park near Chinatown, "Decom" (as it is known) was put on hold for a few years. “It is the first time in three years that we can return to the State Park and they have spent 13 million dollars making it more fabulous than ever and we are thrilled to be back.”

The event is set to be bigger and even more fantastic…a sparkling, sparking hunk of the famed desert festival dropped right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, featuring art, music, theme camps, and fire performances. All of Los Angeles is invited. “The event will feature the best of the Burning Man spirit of creativity, artistic freedom, and excitement,” continued Jauchem.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 14, 1:00pm to 11:00 pm, at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St. 90012 Los Angeles, CA, US 

There will be NO advance sales with admission at $20 per person (cash only). However, ATMs will be set up at the gate. No re-entry after 6 pm. Children under 12 are free. Enjoy a cash bar, food trucks, performances on four stages.
Attendees are encouraged to take the Metro since it is next to the Chinatown Metro Stop. There will be paid parking on the site for about 1000 cars for $10. Ride sharing and mobile car services are encouraged.

Visit the LA Decompression 2017 FB Page for the most updated information. 

See the 2017 Decom website at http://www.ladecom.com

Find out about the newly renovated venue the LA State Historic Park FB Page


Sunday, July 30th, Artist Bobbie Rich Set to Exhibit at Upper West Restaurant!

“Wanderlust," a solo exhibition by Bobbie Rich opens on Sunday, July 30th at Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica. The artist reception will be held from 4-7pm.

As most foodies know, Upper West Restaurant features the most amazing cuisine. In addition to many special events such as tasting evenings featuring brand ambassadors and food pairings, the restaurant is known for its incredible happy hour. However not everyone knows about the art events that take place throughout the year. Every few months Upper West welcomes a new artist and hosts an opening reception…this has been taking place since the restaurant opened in 2010.

Bobbie Rich is a talented artist who will be returning to the restaurant to show new work. Not only has the artist been featured in a solo exhibition at the restaurant back in 2015, she has hosted several benefits at Upper West for various charitable organizations that she donates her time to.

A frequent diner at the restaurant, Rich said she recently enjoyed a cocktail named the Paloma - "very refreshing with just the right amount of zing for summertime. One of the reasons I love Upper West though, is that there are so many wonderful cocktails to choose from…and the whiskey flights. Oh my!"

    Bobbie Rich paints live at Resonate Church; photo by Michelle Goering

Rich's previous paintings are known for their whimsical people. She currently uses oil paint with other media layered in - acrylic, paper, metal leaf, moon paint, etc.  She will be displaying over twenty new paintings, including abstract waves, exotic animals and a mixture of people inspired by travel, fashion, nature and personal relationships. Some of her work leans towards portraiture and a few of the characters in her paintings are adorned with angel wings. 

“Wanderlust” will spotlight works from several series. One work to be included in the exhibition is titled La-Keysha 2 and is from Rich’s Angels Among Us series. “One of my first paintings to gain significant gallery and television coverage, close to a decade ago, was my original La-Keysha. She now resides with one of my collectors in Redondo Beach. La-Keysha 2  incorporates new materials and detailing while, still utilizing the buttery quality of oil paint to create beautiful flesh tones.”

La-Keysha 2, 30x24 inches, mixed media

Rich painted a former student named Asia who posed for her on the steps in the yard of a previous residence. “The painting is not so much a realistic portrait, as it is the essence of Asia. She is young, fresh, hip and cool with a love for art, color and Japanese pop culture. Asia has a huge heart and is kind and gracious to others, earning her a pair of beautiful wings.”

The opening reception will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 4-7pm at Upper West located at 3321 Pico Boulevard. in Santa Monica. The exhibit runs through October. For more info about the artist, see www.BobbieRich.com  For more info on the restaurant, see http://www.theupperwest.com/