Pick of the Week...This Saturday, The Corey Helford Gallery keeps you groovin!

My Pick of the Week is this Saturday, February 12th at Corey Helford. This eclectic very popular gallery stands out from the crowd. They consistently put together exceptionally creative exhibitions such as "Contemptorary Art” featuring artist, LUKE CHUEH. Corey Helford is located at 8522 Washington Blvd, 90232. The opening runs from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm, which is late for most galleries in LA and will offer refreshments, spirits and treats.

Before I start with the week… Attention Artists, you can win $5,000.00. The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAGA) Associates are pleased to announce the call for submissions for the Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg Feitelson Arts Fellowship Award. But be aware that they are asking for artists early in their careers to apply. It includes a solo exhibition in the Projects Room at the gallery. So confirm all the details on the website at http://lamag.org.

For an application, go to http://www.lamag.org/wpcontent/uploads/2010/12/2011FeitelsonForm.pdf

Wednesday, February 9th

Wednesday, February 9tth from 6:30 pm till 9:30 pm, Enjoy a Pre-Valentine’s Day Art, Jewelry and Book Event at Gallery 9 in Culver City (6101 Washington Blvd., 90232); 310 836-4601 www.thegallery9.com.

Book Author, Ms Debra Joy Schmeltzer will be on hand discussing her recently published self-help handbook titled, “Emergency Repair Kit for a Broken Heart Broken”Since it is too late to RSVP, just mention KTRPROMO to ensure that you will get in. Speak to Amy Delaporte. You will NOT be turned away. Refreshments will be served.

If you prefer to hang by the beach, head down to the Venice Boardwalk to enjoy live music at The Venice Bistro (323 Ocean Front Walk 90291). Rock out with The Venice Street Legends who play every Wednesday from 5:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Happy hour specials and live dancing with the glow of the setting sun. Gotta love livin in LA.

You can always start off at Figtree’s CafĂ©, have dinner (happy hour specials) which is another local favorite, only a ½ block away on the boardwalk, at Paloma Ave, then pop in the Bistro for drinks, dancing and howling at the moon.

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 10th

If you have never been to the Downtown Art Walk, this is something you have to experience. Very much like First Fridays on Abbot Kinney it has truly become a “scene”. Happening on the 2nd Thursday of every month, it was the inspiration for the Venice Art Crawl.

The art walk is a self-guided tour through Downtown’s Historic Core, Spring St and Main St between 2nd and 9th streets, where LA art lovers converge for gallery hopping, bar hopping, food truck eating and people watching.

Starting as early as noon, it doesn’t truly get going till 7:00 …it runs till 9pm, some galleries are gong later now. Art galleries, retail stores, restaurants, bars and empty lots are filled with every type of art, such as paintings, sculptures, glasswork, body paintings and photography. Everyone wants a piece of the action; bands come down to show their talent, crafts people sell their jewelry and accessories; you can see live painting with DJs and hoop dancing too. There is even a shuttle covered in graffiti art available to take you to another gallery.

Here are several openings that you should not miss….you will stumble upon more as new pop up galleries tend to appear each time.

This month, Art Client Services will be part of the Art Walk, featuring Boston based Artist Photographer and Nobel Prize Winner Wally Gilbert and his 3rd Solo-Exhibit at LACDA!!!

This very special Art Opening Reception will be held from 7:00PM - 9:00PM at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) 107 West Fifth Street, 90013   323.646.9427  http://www.lacda.com/

CHECK THIS ONE OUT!!!   Experience Altervision 3-D Blacklight Experience. The hottest, mind blowing installation on this month’s Art Walk will be at the Medallion on 4th and Main from 6:00 pm till 11:00 pm. Be aware that there is a charge of $2.00 for a one time visit and $5.00 for the whole evening (you even get to keep your 3D glasses).

As you enter the black lit exhibit, you are surrounded by beautiful hand painted florescent murals by local artist Debi Cable. Enjoy the experience of “The Enchanted Forest” a “Deep Sea Escape” and “Koi Pond”.

One of my favorite downtown galleries is the Hive Gallery. I always feel very at home here. Located at 729 South Spring St, this funky gallery has a “Venice” vibe and always offers fabulous openings. http://hivegallery.com/2010/

What I love about Downtown the most, it the majestic architecture of those historic buildings…such as the old Crocker Citizen’s National Bank Building which is now the very popular club, The Crocker Club located at 453 South Spring Street (5th St.) Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 239-9099. http://www.crockerclub.com/

You’ll want to have a martini here.When you go inside the club, at the bottom of the grand staircase, one catches a glimpse of a handsome mahogany bar that is reminiscent of other well known historic night spot gems, such as the Edison.

How cool is it to be socializing inside an honest-to-God bank vault, dubbed the Mosler Lounge, which lies behind a massive 1960s-era stainless steel bank-vault?

And now for the weekend….Friday February 11th

The G2 Gallery (1503 Abbot Kinney)an ecologically responsible gallery and organization hosts Beer and Bangers for the Birds: Not Your Grandmother's Audubon from 6:30 till 9:00 pm.

Come learn about the birds and the beers at this event benefiting Audubon California. Audubon team members will be here to answer questions about Aves and brewmeister Brian Yaeger will tell you all about ales. Beer tasting, sausage sampler, and live music featuring classic rock cover band The Heist are included with your $10 donation to Audubon. RSVP required to events@theg2gallery.com. Complimentary valet and passed hors d'oeuvres provided. Good cause and a great deal!

Then stroll down the street to Cave Gallery at 1108 Abbot Kinney and watch live painting by John Park and enjoy complimentary wine at their latest opening featuring Shay Davis, Patrick Gannon and Macsorro from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

Saturday, February 12th

Wow there is just too much to do tonight…..Let’s start with my PICK OF THE WEEK which can be your last stop.

Corey Helford always has wonderful openings. Starting at 7:00 pm, they stay hoppin till 10:00 pm. In fact people are usually being ushered out, since everyone wants to continue the party.

Again the exhibit is “Contemptorary Art” and the featured artist is Luke Chueh. As always refreshment and yummies will be served. Located at 8522 Washington Blvd, 90232, there is easy parking right on Washington Blvd and on adjacent streets.  

Returning to the gallery for his second solo show, Chueh parlays his love/hate relationship with the Contemporary Art world into his most ambitious and concept-driven body of work to date. For his cleverly-titled new exhibition of sixteen paintings, Chueh has created four thematic collections based on his observations, experiences and study of the art world. Employing a broad spectrum of visual influences from psychology and sociology to art history, Chueh’s iconic characters appear strikingly different within each series, and a six foot fiberglass sculpture of “Possessed” will serve as the centerpiece to the show.  310.287.2340    http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com/

Now for the rest of the evening….You may want to start off at G-2 (1503 Abbot Kinney 90291) and enjoy refreshments and appetizers from 6:30 pm till 9:00 pm, G2 Gallery presents iLCP Reception A collection of images from the first 8 iLCP RAVEs, this exhibition focuses on the iLCP initiative RAVE (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) in which a team of world renowned photographers is deployed to create a portfolio of an area that needs immediate media attention. RSVP required to events@theg2gallery.com. Complimentary valet and passed hors d'oeuvres provided.

OR head over early to Bergamot Station (2525 Bergamot Station)…..there are several openings there…..such as Copra Gallery, (T-5). Actually this one is a closing party….guess they want to close it up quick and get home early cause it starts in the afternoon, at 2:00 pm and runs till 7:00 pm. 310 829-2156   http://www.copronason.com/. There also happen to be three other galleries all running from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. The Frank Lloyd Gallery (B5B) 310 264 3866   http://www.franklloyd.com. As well as The Richard Heller Gallery (B-5A)  310 453-9191   http://richardhellergallery.com/.  And don’t forget to stop into the Rosamund Felsen Gallery (B-4)  310 828-8488   http://www.rosamundfelsen.com.

Wilshire Blvd. (off Fairfax) seems like it has planned out a nice little mini art walk….depending on where you are coming from, here is the list of what and where to go on Wilshire. Steve Turner Contemporary 6026 Wilshire Blvd. 90036, featuring James Benning and Jenny Herrick and running from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 323 931-3721  http://www.steveturnercontemporary.com.

A& D Museum which stands for Architecture and Design museum has a really cool take on exhibits….such as their latest “Soupergreen” which explores the way technology can promote a more expressive engagement by design. A& D is located at 6032 Wilshire Blvd. and starts at 6:00 pm, ending a bit later at 9:00 pm  323-932-9393   http://www.aplusd.org.

Then right down the street, next to each other are Acme and Marc Fox, located at 6150 Wilshire Blvd. Both exhibits run from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Acme features Jennifer Steinkamp 323-857-5942   http://www.acmelosangeles.com and Marc Fox features David Musgrave.  323.857.5571   http://www.marcfoxx.com/.

On the way to the Pick of The Week….stop in at the David Kordansky Gallery (3143 S. La Cienega Blvd. Unit A) to see the work of William Jone from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm   310-558-3030  http://davidkordanskygallery.com/

Then you’ve got till 10:00 pm to get over to Corey Helford and party on at The Pick of the Week!

Sunday February 13th,

The day before Valentine’s Day….what? You think I would forget to mention it? Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (13589 Mindanao Way, next to Burton Chase Park in Marina Del Rey presents a Pre-Valentine’s Art Festival featuring 12 artists/crafts people with refreshments and door prizes 11:00 am till 3:00 pm. 818 521-2761.

Later in the evening, If you happen to be single, grab a friend and go to the Valentine’s Single Cocktail Mixer and Dance Party at the V Lounge 2020 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. Ages 30- 50 are invited to attend from 6:30 pm till 11:00 pm. There is a charge of $25.00….but you get a better deal for two, so call ahead to save on a pre-paid ticket and bring a buddy.  310 827-1100. www.reneepiane.com.


Monday February 14th,

Had to give you something to do, that was free. You can bring a honey or find a new one at the Annenberg Community Beach House (415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica), enjoy a free Valentine Day’s concert of love songs from 6:30 pm till 7:30 pm, then off to your romantic dinner…Seating is limited, so you MUST RSVP….do it right away kids, it is quite a romantic place. 310 458-2257  http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/.

Whether you choose to celebrate this holiday or if you are in a relationship or not, do something nice for yourself and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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