December, a Busy Month at Hive Art Gallery and Studios!

December is a busy month for most galleries. Art is a one of a kind gift - perfect for the season. Hive Art Gallery and Studios has stood the test of time and has given many Los Angeles artists – a creative home. Now it’s time to turn the tables and head downtown to HIVE and support local artists.

Cartwright knows how important it is to keep creating. As a gallery owner, he also recognizes the need to adjust with the times. Hive Gallery has done just that in support of its artists.

This month special featured artist will be showcased such as Ty Cummings, Ryan Patterson and Walt Hall, plus two group exhibitions…”ARTRATES JAPAN” and Escoto's "The White Tiger" Project” with special effects artist Ivonne Escoto

Ty Cummings has been creating art since he was a child. He 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.

His art is created with everyday items and alternative tools such as glitter spray, puzzle pieces, charcoal etc. His mixed media works begin on canvas or a board and it extends to incorporate found items and unusual objects. Using various techniques, he illuminates the work with varying levels of abstraction and representation. 

Ty Cummings, Pieces - 16" x 20," mixed media
He explains the movement that he strives to reveal in his work…“Psychedelic color and noir aesthetics of light and shade create drama to enhance the memory of the experience through arousal.”

He added that the series incorporates DTLA street settings, views from the Hollywood hills, Westside beach towns and multi-narrative characters. Cummings has lived in various parts of LA, such as Venice, Downtown and Santa Monica. Each neighborhood ignited his view of that community.

Cummings explained that the piece entitled Avenue is inspired by channeling and perception. Another work entitled Pieces envisions energy and motion. For more information about Cummings, visit tycummings.com

Ivonne Escoto has worked in the effects industry for over a decade making special effects and suits for movies, commercials, TV and theater. She has worked on projects like Spider-man 2, Alien vs Predator, Tron Legacy, Shrek the musical, Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, The Flash and more.

“I'm a builder working in many different mediums from sculpting to stitching and loving the full process and learning new techniques. My favorite medium is foam, in my industry I'm considered a fabricator which builds the muscle suits or puppets out of soft, reticulate or insulating foam.” http://bluangel13.wixsite.com/bluangel13

Xianpit has been working her entire life as an artist (or in some way or another) as she puts it. “I was lucky enough to have been born into a family of artists so dreams were easier to pursue. My grandfather was a traveling magician so from an early age I was convinced that the world was much more colorful than most people could imagine.”

Xianpitt, Embrace,  6"x9"  2016 Kodak Endura Print
Working in various mediums, Xianpit said at one point she considered herself a  serious painter…soon she started focusing on soft sculpture and then combined photography to create magical images of creatures from other worlds or tiny mini realities. She continues, “That exploration got bigger when I made costumes and props for music videos. It was fun to make a giant vagina for the Flaming Lips video Watching the Planets video. I started setting friends in costumes in my backyard and now I work back a forth between both little and big monsters. The artist recently became involved with the Los Angeles Krampus Troupe and has been enjoying making Krampus monster costumes. https://xianpitt.wordpress.com/

The artist reception will be held this Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 8-11pm at The Hive Gallery & Studios, 729 South Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014. There is a $5 suggested donation. (213) 955-9051; http://hivegallery.com/


December Group Art Exhibit Opens at Beyond the Lines Gallery this Saturday, December 3rd, 2016!

Gallerist Brittany Davis knows a bit about putting on an art show…she has been producing pop-up events and creating fun art parties for the past two years. As of October, she has opened her own permanent gallery called Beyond the Lines Gallery at the legendary Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.

“Almost every show has a theme so I first look for pieces that match with that,” said Davis. “Then I look for unique, balanced composition, intriguing, uplifting creative works of all kinds,” The December show is open to interpretation...with a broader sense of theme.

Stephanie Visser said she was excited to be back participating in another show at Bergamot Station. She has previously exhibited at bG Gallery and TAG Gallery – both located at the popular arts center.

Stephanie Visser Inception # 6 untitled, 72x48     
Originally from southwestern Michigan, Visser received her BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design. Now a Los Angeles resident, she is a dedicated artist who is continuously creating. Visser works from the inside out and strives to paint every day, allowing her vision to unfold. She is always open to new possibilities. Visser allows her emotions to lead her, using color, light to further complement her abstract paintings. She works in various media such as acrylic, oil, and mixed-media. She recently participated in a group show in her in Lake Michigan. She said she was proud to exhibit work with four artists who grew up in the same area.

Find out more about the paintings of Stephanie Visser on her website http://stephanievisser.com/

Floyd Strickland has exhibited work before with Davis via her pop-up events and said he is excited to show at the new gallery. Working in acrylic pigments and clay sculpture, he creates art nearly every day.

When asked about his inspiration for the work featured in this Saturday’s exhibition, he replied, “For the “Dancer” I wanted to create an image that displayed the grace, beauty and power of dancers. 

Floyd Strickland, Dancer

“Floyd Strickland is a very driven talented painter,” said Davis. “Some of his pieces feature his children and you can see the love within the painting.  Using patterns intertwined with powerful bold subjects usually on a bigger scale. His work will definitely catch your eye as soon as you walk into the room.’  

Davis said she was also excited about another artist. “Rude Calderon is a stone sculptor that transforms beautiful rocks into amazing pieces of art,” said Davis “You can't help but stare and wonder how he achieved these masterpieces in stone from the rougher edges to the smoothest points.” 

Calderon said, “Once art is an integral part of your life and vocation, one creates constantly, even while driving and taking the environment around you. Everything feeds and informs the needs of the artwork.” http://www.rudecalderon.com/

Kristina Ambriz is not a newcomer to the gallery. She was featured in the October grand opening exhibition, as well as the November Portraits exhibition and will once again be featured in the December show. “I have also displayed artwork in one of Brittany’s pop up shows,” said Ambriz, who has been painting for the past fifteen years. The art bug first bit her when she won first place for a book cover contest in first grade. It was until middle school that she seriously thought about art as a career.

Kristina Ambriz    Carissa acrylic on canvas

Ambriz often works in acrylic paint since it’s fast drying and she likes flexibility of the medium.I also work with oils, watercolor, and colored pencil.  It depends on the project.” Her recent work is in acrylic, with a focus on feminine portraiture. “I try to balance the dichotomy between abstract and realism, developing an authentic yet caricatured portrayal of each of my models.” http://www.kristinaambriz.com/

Come to a fun art party on Saturday December 3rd 5pm-9pm. The closing party takes place on Thursday December 29th 5pm-8:30pm. Beyond the Lines Gallery is located at Bergamot Station, G #8, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404. http://www.beyondthelinesartshow.com/


SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is Back Sunday November 20th!

SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS celebrates ART this Sunday November 20th. “Auctions are the fun exciting and best value way to collect and buy art that you will love forever," said longtime art dealer and owner, Robert Berman. A successful gallerist, (ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY), he has be a part of the art world for the past forty years, Berman has watched it change around him. He said he appreciates the benefits of the internet, which has made buying art accessible to so many from all over the world. In addition, the live auction has welcomed new collectors and opened up buying opportunities to everyday people who can either start or continue to add to their art collection.

Crooked Just Like You, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
Signed and titled on verso
72 x 72 inches
Estimate: $40,000/$50,000

SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS features a large array of modern and contemporary works and showcases mid-career and established artists of all mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, etc. Works such as “Index”, a first edition Warhol from 1987, and Frank Romero’s 1984 oil on canvas of “Niño y Caballo” are set to be auctioned, along with art from the likes of Ed Ruscha, RETNA, Ed Moses, Patrick Nagel, and more.

The public will also have a chance to bid on artworks by Peter Alexander, Banksy, Bill Barminski, Jonathan Borofsky, Phoebe Brunner, Joe Goode, , Robert Graham,  Keith Haring, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Annie Leibovitz, Joan Miro, Takashi Murakami, Raymond Pettibon, Frank Romero, etc.

This Sunday November 20th, at noon…find your art treasure and add to your collection….or start a new one at SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS. The auction will run as long as it needs to (around 6pm). Bergamot Station Arts Center is located at 2525 Michigan Ave., in Santa Monica. Be sure to arrive early, as these events are very popular. Enjoy refreshments while having the chance to sit beside avid collectors and learn firsthand the true value of collecting art. SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS has allowed all art lovers, and collectors...both novice and professionals to come together in one inclusive event.

Raymond Pettibon
No Title (A Happy Person), c. 1980
Used for the back cover of the
Minutemen’s album Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat
Ink and white out on paper
Signed on verso
Sheet: 16 x 11 inches; Framed: 25.5 x 20.5 inches
Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles; Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, tag on verso
Estimate: $25,000/$30,000

The SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS Gallery will be open every day from 11-6pm, and this Saturday November 19, 2016 until 8pm. The preview is currently on view now at both galleries A-5 and B-7 at Bergamot Station (Tues-Fri 11-6pm) and will remain open until 8pm on Saturday, November 19th. Visit the website to see the ever changing catalog. If you are unable to attend, online and phone live bidding will be available.

Whether you are new to art or an avid collector, Santa Monica Auctions has something for you. http://www.smauctions.com