The Pick of the Week was Off the Hook Last Night...Don't Worry, there's Lots More Fun Events this Weekend!

Wow…yesterday, the Venice Art Crawl was off the hook. Sorry I was a bit late posting the weekend update, mama’s head was still flyin….so much great art and music and people. Met some new friends, saw some old ones…

See  pix to right of Jules Muck doing some live painting at Ocean Blue. Photos of last night's event were taken by Greg Dahl.

I started off at Ocean Blue (I sang early). See pix of Victoria Blak, next to band, doing some live painting. They offered a lovely spread of wine, beer snacks etc.

Then I headed out to some of the others, Figtree’s was still jumpin', more tasty treats….and you know what? Wine, etc.

Oh, oh, no wonder why my head hurts. 811 was very happening, the new Shepard Fairey mural is gorgeous in person. Then on to Momentum’s always fun party. Got home pretty late...whew, what fun!!!  See pix of Sona Mirzaei doing some live painting at Ocean Blue.

Also there is a fun event at Bergamot on Saturday and I can almost guarantee you may know an artist who is participating in it. See below, under Saturday events. You can read more about it, in my latest article on the Examiner

Friday, July 22nd

South, an amazing restaurant with great Southern food presents DJs and dancing from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. Finally, a place that will stay open late, like they do in NYC. Yeah!

Remember they have an amazing happy hour, yum! Starting at 3:00 pm and runs till 8:00 pm. Get there hungry! South also offers drink specials too. $3 beer, ($10.00 pitchers) and $5 wells.
South is located at 3001 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403. (310) 828-9988; http://southsantamonica.com/.

Or in Venice, stop by Figtree’s Café to enjoy a tasty happy hour and hear some great live music tonight at 5:00 pm. Fefe Lee, will be performing a solo set on guitar. Beatle songs are a big part of his repertoire. Show goes till 7:00 pm.

Figtree’s Café is known for their healthy delicious food, located right on the Venice boardwalk at 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. Figtree’s has a wonderful happy hour, Monday thru Friday and also has FREE delivery. 310 392-4937; www.figtreescafe.com;

Vidiots is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the annex. Located at 302 Pico Blvd., in Santa Monica Vidiots provides a wonderful sense of community. Nice to still have a home grown place, to stop by and rent your videos. The party runs from 8:00 pm till 10:00 pm and will offer champagne (yeah) food and live music by The Standards. http://www.vidiotsvideo.com/

Stay in Venice, stop into the Talking Stick, Lea Grant and Friends is on the bill. The Talking Stick offers delicious, reasonably priced salads, sandwiches, hummus & pita, tasty desserts, and an array of smoothies, coffees and teas in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge is located at 1411 Lincoln Blvd. Venice 90291. 310.450.6052; www.thetalkingstick.net; Free admission.

Now in the Hollywood/Hancock Park area,

Carporale/Bleicher Gallery presents ‘Test Pilots’ a short group exhibit of Los Angeles-based artists who are crossing into new territory.  Artists were encouraged to exhibit work with different approaches and techniques than they have explored in the past. Artists include: Courtney Reid, Warren Long, Miriam Feldman, Ryan Schude, Joseph Hix, Melissa Meier, Samvel Saghatelyan, Johnathan Hornando, Josh Logan, Simone Gad. Opening reception is from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Carporale/Bleicher Gallery is located at 355 N. La Brea Ave 90036. 310 237-6423; http://caporalebliecher.com

Saturday, July 23rd
If you’re looking for something different to do during the day and you love to shop. There’s a NEW Parisian-style flea market starting today and will happen every Saturday at Hollywood High School. Located at 1521 North Highland Avenue on the northwest corner of Sunset Blvd., and N. Highland Ave., from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 'Open Market Place' will feature local designers, artists, and vintage dealers selling a range of collectables and great stuff for the stylish consumer.

Jewelry designers Billie Shane and Lori Cooper will be there, to offer their beautiful works of wearable art for sale. There will be live music and various food trucks. Sounds like a party. Admission is Free.

In Santa Monica, Bergamot Station at 2525 Michigan Ave in Santa Monica. I advise everyone to carpool as parking will be limited. Hey, then you can drink more. Several galleries will be having openings and there is a huge one at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery.

Most of them are on the early side. Start at TAG Gallery (D-3) which is an artist run gallery and always has wonderful events with wine and tasty treats. This show features the work of Anne Ramis and a group show of TAG artists. Opening receptions runs from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm.  310.829.9556; http://www.taggallery.net

Ruth Bachofner Gallery (G-2) will be featuring a group show entitled Entering Abstraction from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. 310 829 3300; http://www.ruthbachofnergallery.com.
Don’t miss the opening reception of Abel Baker Gutierrez’s latest exhibition from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

This event happens at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (F2) http://www.luisdejesus.com.

Leslie Sacks Contemporary (B6) presents the work of Charles Christopher Hill (See image) and Richard Serra.

This opening starts and 6:00 pm and does run a bit later to 8:00 pm. 310.264.0640; http://www.lscontemporary.com/.

Now at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery (B-1), it’ six degrees of separation all over again.

Chain Letter is a group exhibition based on admiration will be on view. This is a clever concept which was conceived and curated by Christian Cummings, and Doug Harvey.

They start with a core group of artists that will be included in the exhibition. Each artist invited to participate, then invites ten other artists whom they admire, and so on. This culminates into a fun artist reception for everyone. I bet we all know at least one artist...maybe more.
Sculptress/designer Billie Shane (see image right) will be exhibiting her 'Fondling Devices' at The Chain Letter Show opening this weekend. Billie Shane says of her organic forms, 'They are to be touched, placed, fondled, or simply held.' She claims they will also leave a very identifiable mark on any intruder...Now that's multi-tasking!

Melinda Smith Altshuler (see image, left), Amadea Bailey, (see image, above left) Robert Bruland, Derek Goes (see image, below left ), Mark Farina, Bobbi Rich (see image below right), Billie Shane, will be showing their work, along with many other artists

It will be quite the scene with art on the walls, on the floor, everywhere.
There will also be live music with The Keith Walsh Experience, Corey Fogel, Bridget Marrin, Jimmy Turkow and Doug Harvey. Food trucks too.

This guerrilla style art opening will take place from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310.453.7535; http://www.shoshanawayne.com/.

Another one in Santa Monica, you may want to pop into…(it does start early). KM Gallery is having a group show opening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm…see their website for a full list of artists….See image by David Lloyd
KM Gallery is located at 2903 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404. 310-828-1912; http://www.gallerykmLA.com

In Venice, there will be a lovely artist reception entitled “Old Stories” sponsored by V-Scape. This exhibition will feature a new series of paintings by Stephen Douglas. This opening will be held at 966 Sunset Ave., from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm and will offer champagne, appetizers and treats. You must RSVP for this one at stephwdoug@verizon.net

Also in Venice, Grey Matter, a newly formed group of artists will mount a one-night-only art show on July 23rd, 2011 in an alley in Venice, CA.

Comprised of mixed-media installation pieces, infrared photography, functional art and a short film, the event asks visitors to examine the ever-changing cityscape of beauty found in disposed-of objects.

The Grey Matter Artists show will take place from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm at 208 Westminster Ave, Venice, CA, 90291 (in the alley at 208 Westminster near Abbot Kinney and Main St). They are serving wine and whiskey…alright, my kind of party. www.GreyMatterArtists.com.

Then stop by the Gebert Gallery (1345 Abbot Kinney) presents the opening reception of Seen/Unseen. This exhibit features the work of Judith Kindler who will be showing mixed media and installation. Event runs from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm http://www.gebertgallery.com/

Or you can help keep dance alive by attending a benefit for the Viver Brasil Dance Company. Enjoy a private screening of the classic documentary by David Byrne in 1989 entitled, “Ilé Aiyé”, (The House of Life) at 7:30 PM. Also showing this evening will be another ½ hour documentary called “Caetano in Bahia.”

Viver Brasil’s artistic director Linda Yudin will introduce the program with her personal experiences with the elders of the Candomblé community. There will be light refreshments, and a cash bar to benefit Viver Brasil, and Brazilian tunes. Plus, you’ll have the chance to bid on fabulous silent auction items. I’m talking Fabulous…. a Jet Blue ticket for use anywhere in the continental USA, Yeah…and more., The event will be held at 3013 Yale Avenue, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292.

A minimum donation of $20 is requested. Hurry only 50 tickets will be sold to this event! Please secure your tickets today by making a donation of via Paypal on the Viver Brasil website: http://www.viverbrasil.com/, or contact Susan for more information: Cell 310-770-4207/ Skype 310-982-7714. Email: smdigiulio@gmail.com

Or head to Culver City and drop by

Las Cienegas Projects will be presenting the group show NOTHING COMES FROM NOTHING, a group exhibition featuring UC Irvine's 2011 MFA graduates: Maura Brewer, Josh Cho, Adrian de la Peña, Alexis Disselkoen, Sophie Lee, Noritaka Minami, Amir Nikravan, Marcus Perez, C. Ree and Samira Yamin (Project Space & Main Gallery). There is another group show in the back room. See their website for a full list of artists. Event runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Las Cienegas Projects is located at 2045 S. La Cienega Blvd. http://lascienegasprojects.wordpress.com/.

Now at Koplin Del Rio Gallery, 6031 Washington Blvd., you can view the work of Robert Pruitt (see image). The opening reception runs from 6:00pm-8:00 pm (310) 836-9055; http://www.koplindelrio.com/

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is the complete opposite way, West of La Cienega and will be having an opening reception featuring Kristin Calebrese, Mindy Shapero (see image) and Monique Van Gendren. Susanne Vielmetter is located at 6006 Washington Blvd., Event runs from 6:00 – 8:00pm. 310 837-2117; http://www.vielmetter.com.

Sunday, July 24th

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates hosts an event from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at beautiful Barnsdall Park. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with an artist reception, wonderful art and beautiful views of the city. Winners of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates Best of Show Award ($500) and the ten awards of $100 each will be announced at the opening reception.
Open Call L.A. offers artists throughout the area--from established names to unknown amateurs--the opportunity to show new work in all media. The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is located at Barnsdall Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd., LA, CA 90027There is also another event happening here, so you can stop in and take in both. See website for more info. http://lamag.org.

This is another reason why I love the G2 Gallery (1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd.), Come by between noon and 3:00 pm and find a new family member.  Humane Society reports that roughly 10 million dogs and cats are sent to animal shelters each year, where only half make it to a loving and safe home. Please consider giving one of these lovable creatures a forever home and adopting them into your family. Stop by, look around, and have a photo taken with the newest member of your family. Pet portraiture will be provided by Samy’s Camera and available to anyone who stops by with their pet or decides to take home a new animal companion. This event takes place from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. http://www.theg2gallery.com/

Have a great weekend....hope to run into you at some of the openings!

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