My Pick of the Week is tomorrow, Thursday, February 17th The Venice Art Crawl! The Venice Art Crawl is a monthly event that continues every third Thursday of each month in Venice. It runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm sometimes later. All kinds of galleries, restaurants and stores will stay open late and display local artists an music too.….yes you will bump into some right on the sidewalks too! So come on out….RAIN OR SHINE…..grab an umbrella and go!

Wednesday, February 16th

Here’s something different. Enjoy a Lunchtime Art Talk every Wednesday at 12:30pm at the Hammer Museum located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd., 90024. This Wednesday’s talk will be led by Ali Subotnick, curator. The Hammer's curatorial department leads free and insightful 15-minute discussion about works of art currently on view or from museum collections. It’s a great place to meet other art lovers. For more info call  310-443-7000.   http://www.hammer.ucla.edu

What to do at night…..you may ask?

The Venice Street Legends play every Wednesday from 5:00 pm till 10:00 pm at the Venice Bistro (323 Ocean Front Walk in Venice, 90291. These guys know how to rock out. Happy hour specials available. No cover charge

If it does rain…..boohoo…you may want to head inland and see The Bruce Sanborn Band who plays at Brennan’s Pub located at 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA  90292 this Wed from 8:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Bruce is a wonderful songwriter and guitarist. This will be a fun show of original music. No cover charge

And don’t forget….Every Wednesday, Join deyermond art + books, 2801 Main Street, in Santa Monica, for an evening of spoken word, music, song and dance. 8:00-11:00 PM. www.deyermondbooks.com. Check out their site for Thursday Scrabble night too. They always put on fun events. Refreshments served.

Thursday, February 17th

The Pick of the Week is Tomorrow. Yes this Thursday happens to be the third Thursday AGAIN!!!….Venice Art Crawl time. Yes it many not be the best weather, but grab and umbrella, put on your walking boots, and funky party clothes. Be adventurous; let’s not let a little rain dampen our spirits. Most events run from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. However some go later, and don’t forget about the after party….see info below.

Some fun events going on. Start off the Crawl at Figtree’ Cafe. Dine on some tasty appetizers on happy hour specials for as little as $3.50.. The bar will be open with drink specials too!


Enjoy live music at Figtree’s with Mountains of the Moon and inspiring art from Brenda Dyk (image featured on right) and Jessica Nicol. Right next door at Su Casa Venice Beach (431 Ocean Font Walk) See the work of abstract artist, Sona Mirzaei (image featured below)

Figtree’s Café is known for their healthy delicious food, located right on the Venice boardwalk 429 Ocean Front Walk Venice, at Paloma Ave, two blocks south of Rose. Figtree’s has been voted the best restaurant on the boardwalk since 1978. www.figtreescafe.com. 310 392-4937.

Just in case you have not heard, The Venice Art Crawl is a monthly event that continues every third Thursday of each month in Venice. Make sure to stop into the Venice Ale House, (2 Rose Ave on the Venice Boardwalk) where the famous artist and sculptor Attaway will be featured. The Venice Ale House offers a happy hour from 6:00 pm till 7:00 pm with $3.00 beers and sliders.

Also the Cadillac Hotel has a lovely show in the lobby featuring artist MB Boissonnault. The Cadillac Hotel is located at 8 Dudley Ave. right off the Venice Boardwalk. http://www.mbboissonnault.com/. You'll will want to stop by Treeman's pad...you can't miss it, right next to the Venice Bistro....he always has something fun happening.

Stroll South down the boardwalk, and stop into Reiter Photography at The Gingerbread Court (in the back) at 517 Ocean Front Walk and enjoy the incredible photography of Mitch Reiter; Refreshments;  www.reitergallery.com

Make sure to stop by that fabulous building with the gargoyles at 20 Westminster where Brian Mylius shows his oil paintings on canvas and wood.

Then keep heading south and look for the laser light show at Ocean Blue (1313 Ocean Front Walk) will be having snacks, wine and live entertainment with The Venice Street Legends and will feature photographer Nicole Fournier.   http://www.nicolefournier.com/

There you will see, The Sidewalk Café, who is also participating as well as Small World Books, right next store at 1407 Ocean Front Walk and catch Michele McManmon’s photography (310) 399-2360   smallworldbooks.booksense.com/

You may want to continue on the boardwalk to Venice…I have heard  Maui & Sons at 1415 OFW, between Horizon/Market has an opening and further north, you’ll see some pop up galleries such as Schulzies, however nothing is confirmed however, The Leila Levi Gallery is always open and offers a variety of art, jewelry an accessories. Snacks and wine as well. 18 North Venice ….right down the street from James’ Beach.   http://www.leilalevi.com/

And don’t forget to stop in at James ’ Beach at 60 North Venice and the Canal Club right across the street. Then circle around to Pacific Ave. to Santinos at 1611 Pacific Ave where they sell yummy empanadas and will be showing photography by Graham Gilmore  art by then next store you can’t miss  Hotel Erwin who will be showing the work of Grant Buckerfield in the driveway.

There are some great Art Crawl events with food and drink specials happening at Hama Sushi 213 Windward Ave. Danny’s Venice at 23 Windward, and across the street check out the Townhouse.

You don’t want to miss 57 Market for the Momentum Champagne party….cause this will be the last after party….the landlords (Elley Nesis) just rented it boo hoo. Had some great after parties there….so you won’t want to miss this one. Nikki’s right across the street will be hoppin’ as well.

Maps will be available at most of the participating galleries/venues. Check out the website at http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/.

Friday, February 18th

G2 is one of my favorite galleries here in Venice. An environmentally conscious gallery, G2 always chooses to show exhibitions with a cause.

G2 Gallery presents photographer Garth Lenz with his latest exhibit, Boreal Future: Our Last Great Forest and the Threat of the Tar Sands from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm which focuses on the Canadian Boreal Forest. This ecosystem is now under threat by the development of the Alberta Tar Sands, the largest oil reserves outside of Saudi Arabia.

RSVP required to events@theg2gallery.com. Complimentary valet and passed hors d'oeuvres provided. 

If you prefer to stay west of Lincoln, Venice MoZaic is Celebrating Black History Month at The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge 1411 Lincoln Blvd Venice 90291 from 7pm on. Expect a FREE and festive multi-media event, paying homage to African American Contributions to our society with Art, Music, Poetry, and Comedy! 

If you feel up to heading to Silverlake….La Luz de Jesus Gallery is always happening and this one sounds like a blast, with bands too. Located at 4633 Hollywood Blvd.,  the openings here always go later than most. This group show runs from 8:00 pm till 11:00 pm. 

This will be a very special book signing & live concert event! 
La Luz de Jesus is celebrating Henry Rollins' belated 50th birthday in the least conventional way possible. Some might call it an art roast, but guest curators The Igloo Tornado call it The Henry & Glenn Gang Bang: a Henry & Glenn Forever tribute exhibition.  Tom Neely, Gin Stevens and cohorts have assembled some of lowbrow's finest, from original punk rock cartoonist Kaz, alternative comix stars Johnny Ryan and Ed Luce, and art rock royalty Coop to the highbrow Clayton Brothers and conceptual realist Eric Yahnker in a post-Valentine's Day tribute to the hilarious zine that dares ask the question, "What if Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig were more than just friends?"   323.666-766  http://www.laluzdejesus.com/

Saturday, February 19th

This appears to be the Saturday night to head towards Culver City, to La Brea, La Cienega and Washington Blvd, where you will find a host of wonderful galleries having receptions that start as early as 5:00 and run till 10:00 pm. Yet another unorganized mini little Art Walk in Culver City. There are so many these days….Very Cool!

First at 5:00 pm stop in to Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (357 N. La Brea Ave. bet Melrose and Beverly, 90036) for the opening reception of Some Assembly Required, Assemblage and Collage which runs till 8:00 pm.  http://www.jackrutbergfinearts.com/; 323 938-5222.

“Some Assembly Required - Assemblage & Collage” features some of the most widely acknowledged contemporary and modern artists associated with the ascent of collage and assemblage. Included in this exhibition of more than 50 works are artists most identified with these disciplines, including Joseph Cornell, Man Ray, Louise Nevelson, Romare Bearden, Hannelore Baron, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and others.

Caporale/Bleicher Gallery located right next door (355 N. LaBrea Ave.) is having an opening reception for “The Alchemist of Pfaueninsel” featuring Ann McCoy from 5:00 pm till 10:00 pm.  310 237 6423  http://CaporaleBleicher.com

Then drive over to La Cienega Blvd. and park between Venice and Washington. Enjoy a stroll down La Cienega Blvd. Starting at Venice Blvd you’ll find François Ghebaly Gallery (2600 S La Cienega Blvd.) Event runs from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310-280-0777;  http://ghebaly.com/

Then right next store Honor Fraser will be open at 2622 La Cienega from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.   (310) 837-0191;  http://www.honorfraser.com/

And continue on to Walter Maciel Gallery 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd., featuring the work of Greg Mocilnikar (image to the right) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310.839.1840;  http://www.waltermacielgallery.com/

Taylor De Cordoba 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.310.559.9156;  http://www.taylordecordoba.com/

Cherry and Martin, 2712 S. La Cienega Blvd.  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.   310.559.0100;  http://www.cherryandmartin.com/

Blum & Poe 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  310-836-2062;  http://www.blumandpoe.com/

George Billis Gallery LA at 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd, 90034. This one starts a bit earlier, 5:00 to 8:00 pm. 310 838-3438;  www.georgebillis.com

Angles Gallery 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310.396.5019; http://www.anglesgallery.com/

Western Project 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310.838.0609; http://www.western-project.com/

Now you may prefer to walk to Washington, however these next two galleries are in different directions. The Mark Moore Gallery is located at 5790 Washington Blvd bet La Cienega and Fairfax 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  310 453-3031; http://www.markmooregallery.com/

Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art is the complete opposite way at 8568 Washington Blvd., West of La Cienega  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310-815-1100;  http://www.cardwelljimmerson.com

If you prefer to stay in Santa Monica, there are several openings at Bergamot such as Shoshana Wayne Gallery, B1, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm; Patrick Painter Gallery, B2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm; Copro Gallery, T-5, goes later from 8:00 to 11;30 pm….party on!

For more info check out their websites at http://www.shoshanawayne.com/ ; http://www.patrickpainter.com; http://www.copronason.com/

Bleicher/Golightly Gallery (1431 Ocean Ave) will be having an opening reception which features the work of Stephen Anderson. 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm.  310 878 2784;  http://bgartdealings.com

Another Santa Monica art scene is 18th Street Arts which always puts on a fun party. 18th Street kicks-off its 2011 Legacy theme with the debut of the exhibitions, Richard Newton’s Have You Seen My Privacy and Vincent Ramos’ Outsider Art: Others From Elsewhere Doing Something Altogether Different…Sort of. In the spirit of the Getty Foundation’s sponsored project, Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980, 18th Street has declared 2011 its “legacy” year. Artists chosen to activate the galleries will create projects to commemorate or pay tribute to California’s influential Contemporary Art Movement.  18th Street Arts is located at 1639 18th Street 90404, and the event runs from 6pm-10:00pm.  (310) 453-3711 http://www.18thstreet.org

Sunday, February 20th

Now here’s an romantic free date for two young lovers….What about experiencing music and art while gazing at the sunset?  Bleicher/Golightly Gallery (1431 Ocean Ave) boasts a wonderful view of the setting sun, so why not enjoy it while listening to the sounds of guitarist Barry Dubin. Their recent exhibition which opened yesterday features the work of Stephen Anderson. Event runs from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm.
310 878 2784;  http://bgartdealings.com

So those are your choices kids…..Have fun and be safe!

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