Weekend Update..Sooo Many Art Openings this Weekend!!!

What a fun night, last night, I bought some cool new boots from Uroborus on Main. They had a really fun party and a nice spread, good sangria too. …..whew so much to do, and eat and drink!

Well you know the drill…there are tons of art openings this weekend and I mean TONS!!!!

Friday September 9th

Check KTR’s Restaurant/Bar Page for FREE music events at local restaurants. Music tonight at both Figtree's Cafe in Venice and South in Santa Monica

In Culver City, WWA Gallery always has fun events. Tonight they feature artists Julian Callos and Jenny Yang. The reception happens from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at WWA Gallery located at 9517 Culver Blvd., 90232. 310 836-4992; http://wwagallery.com/

Stay in Culver City, and stop by Rumors (formerly the Rumor Mill), at 11739 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90066. Enjoy an artist reception for Susan Tompkins while you enjoy live muisc with Freddy Ginns and Zebra Party from 6:00 till 9:00pm. Free; http://therumormill.us/

In Santa Monica, at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Beatrice Wood: Career Woman—Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects, a comprehensive survey and new assessment of this seminal artist who made a remarkable body of ceramic lusterware until just a few years before her death in 1998 at the age of 105. Beatrice Wood: Career Woman is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980.
On view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art from September 10, 2011 to March 3, 2012 this monographic exhibition offers a scholarly, commemorative evaluation of Wood’s extraordinary life and career that traversed and contributed to the cultural and artistic highlights of the 20th century. See image, Beatrice Wood, Double Handled Bowl, 1987, earthenware, 5 ¼ x 9 in., Collection of Carol and Arthur Goldberg, New York, Photo: Tony Cunha © Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts/Happy Valley Foundation. Opening reception runs from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm (6-7 for members) http://smmoa.org/

Or in Venice, stop by C.A.V.E. Gallery who offers a group show from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd 310.450.6960; http://www.cavegallery.net

Also in Santa Monica, you may want to pop by the Christopher Grimes Gallery. Tonight, they feature the work of Anton Henning. T

hey always advertise there is a reception, but rarely every offer any refreshments….so let’s just say it’s a viewing from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.

Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, 90401 310.587.3373; http://www.cgrimes.com/

Also at the Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery, located at 1310 11th St. Santa Monica. Artists, Wes Christensen and Marina Moevs will be celebrated at a Reception 6:00 pm  - 9:00 pm. They guys don’t have a website set up yet, but I did call to confirm.

If you’re in the mood for some great music, stop by Bar Pico from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Enjoy singer/songwriter Geoffrey J with his acoustic trio with James Elliot (lead) & Buzz Western (bass). Bar Pico is located at 2819 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405.  barpico.com

Saturday, September 10th

Oh No, I’m having an ART attack. There are just too many things to do. Both Bergamot in Santa Monica and Culver City have a huge amount of art openings.

Also you may just want to abandon LA this week and choose a more restful weekend.
Take a trip to Joshua Tree for a fun weekend of hiking and Art.  Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency presents their 5th annual Art Exhibit at Joshua Tree Art Gallery.  Last month, several friends that live in Venice, went to a show at this gallery and spent the night, and had a wonderful weekend and retreat. I highly suggest it.

It’s always great to celebrate an organization like this, who supports artists. Check out their website to read about their Joshua Tree Highlands Artist in Residency program. Tonight’s event is their opening gala reception featuring a group show from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. See artist list on the flyer.

Five years ago Frederick Fulmer and Jim Berg stepped up to the plate and sponsored the first annual JTHAR program. This year they are joined by co-sponsors Sarah Kennington, Steve Bardwell, Ruth and Steve Rieman.

JoshuaTree Art Gallery is located at 61607 29 Palms Hwy., Suite B from 6:00 pm till 8:30pm. http://www.jthar.com/

Also if you would like to plan a trip, check out this lovely Joshua Tree Vacation rental. Just say you heard about it on KTR Promo and that you would like to attend the art exhibiton and you get a 10% discount…Yeah! Treat yourself to a romantic weekend. 760 366- 3636. http://www.joshuatreehighlandshouse.com/
Also for you budget minded peeps….check out http://www.deserthideaway.com/

Now in LA, Let’s start with Bergamot….Santa Monica offers some openings at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Most of these will serve wine & refreshments.

You should begin at Gallery Luisotti (A-2) cause it starts at 4:00 pm and ends at 6:00 pm. Gallery Luisotti (A-2) features Simon Norfolk’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from the War in Afghanistan.  (310) 453-0043.

Leslie Sacks Contemporary (B6) presents artist, Alex Weinstein (See image). This opening starts and 4:00 pm and does run a bit later to 8:00 pm. 310.264.0640; http://www.lscontemporary.com/

Next go to Craig Krull Gallery (B-3), from 4:00 pm -7:00 pm who is participating in the Pacific Standard Time Exhibition (an initiative of the Getty). On view is artist Carlos Almaraz, renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman (see image), as well as portrait artist Don Bachardy and photographer Malcolm Lubliner 310.828.6410; http://www.craigkrullgallery.com.

Then it seems another gallery is getting in on the action of Pacific Standard Time. The Frank Lloyd Gallery (B5B) features the work of Craig Kauffman. This is an exhibition that traces the development of Craig Kauffman's paintings from 1958 to 1964. Reception: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm 310 264-3866; http://www.franklloyd.com/

Skidmore Contemporary moves to a much larger space at Bergamot Station D-2.

Featuring new paintings by Tom McKinley, tonight marks their grand opening from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm. http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/

Stop by Rosamund Felsen Gallery (B-4) from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm, there will be an opening reception for Karen Carson. 310 828-8488; http://www.rosamundfelsen.com

Richard Heller Gallery (B-5A) features the work of artist, David Jien, with a reception from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. 310-453-9191. http://richardhellergallery.com/

The Lora Schlesinger Gallery (T-3) offers an opening reception for Michael Gregg Michaud (See Image) and Christopher Murphy.

The opening reception is from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. 310 828-1133; www.LoraSchlesinger.com

Ruth Bachofner Gallery (G-2) will be featuring artists Audra Weaser and Sharon Weiner from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm. 310 829 3300; http://www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

William Turner Gallery (E-1) is having a closing reception in honor of Greg Miller's exhibition Magnificent Seven.

Greg Miller will be in attendance and signed copies of his recent catalog and monograph will be available.  6:30 pm-8:30 pm www.williamturnergallery.com

Also from 5:00 pm till 9:00 stop by Building F2, for a group show. This is Claremont Graduate University's 2nd Year MFA Show. http://hmegallery.com

Fig (G-6) will also be having an artist reception for Chris Madans, The Toll Booth from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. 310.829.0345; http://www.figgallery.com/

Track 16 (C-1) offers a reception for Nzuji de Magalhães and Loren Holland. This is a great space and always has fun openings. This event runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. 310-264-4678; http://track16.com/

Then stop by Copro Gallery (T-5) which always runs a bit later. Tonight’s opening features a group exhibition, The BLAB SHOW.

Also in gallery 2, Ryan Hehska's "Strange Powers " will be on display.

Event runs from 8:00 pm till 11:30 pm. 310 829-2156; http://www.copronason.com/

There are even more…such as Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Shoshana Wayne Gallery and TAG….so much get there early and hang for the evening. Bergamot's going to be buzzin'.

Stay in Santa Monica and drop by Arena 1 Gallery, located at 3026 Airport Avenue for the exhibition entitled Seeing Through the Eyes of Mona Lisa. Now what doesn’t make sense to me is it is named after a famous painting, but it is a photography exhibition. Huh?

Ok here are the details. It gets event stranger. Any photograph submitted will be displayed (Oh boy) and we the public get the chance (or are subjected) to view it. (I certainly hope they have quite a bit of wine).

At the opening night each visitor will be given a Mona Lisa mask, creating a feeling of performance. Baroque Music will be played during the reception. The Mona Lisa represents our unified singular vision, through which we see each other and the work on display. Ok it’s a bit out there, buy you never know, it may change your life….or not!   Event runs 6:00 - 9:00 pm. 310.397.7449; http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com

In Venice from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm Marine Contemporary offers, Jow, California Stars. Marine Contemporary is located at 1733A Abbott Kinney Blvd., between Venice Blvd and Washington Blvd. 310.399.0294; http://www.marinecontemporary.com/

Now let’s move on to Culver City….like a mini artwalk. Just like Bergamot, these gallery owners are back from their vacation and ready for fall.

I love it when all these galleries get together and have openings on the same night….park, stroll and enjoy. Most of these will serve wine & refreshments.

Start on La Cienega Ave….NOT Blvd., it runs off of the Blvd. Carter and Citizen celebrates artist, Kelly Kleinschrodt from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.

Carter and Citizen is located at 2648 La Cienega Ave (between Venice Blvd., and Washington Blvd.,) 213-359-2504; http://www.carterandcitizen.com

Then back to the Blvd. The Francois Ghebaly Gallery, located at 2600 S. La Cienega Blvd., 90034, who will be featuring the artist Joel Kyack (see image). The reception goes from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310 280-0777; http://ghebaly.com.

Honor Fraser presents Kaws: Hold the Line. Located at 2622 S. La Cienega, Opening reception is from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. (310) 837-0191; http://www.honorfraser.com/.

JK Gallery (2632 S. La Cienega Blvd.), celebrates the work of Hedieh Javanshir (see image) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 310.837.3330; http://www.jkgallery.net.

LA><ART is inspired by the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time Initiative and will feature the work of John Outterbridge who has been living and working in LA for over 40 years. The artist reception runs from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm.  LA><ART  is located at 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd.  http://www.laxart.org

And continue on to Walter Maciel Gallery 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd. The artist featured is Margarita Cabrera. Event runs from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310.839.1840; http://www.waltermacielgallery.com/

Taylor De Cordoba showcases Kimberly Brooks and is located at 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd. and will be open from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.310.559.9156; http://www.taylordecordoba.com/

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, has a new location at 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., Tonight they offer an artist reception for Chis Barnard (see image) as well as a group show with works by Sayre Gomez, Sean Townley and Bobbi Woods.310-838-6000; http://www.LuisDeJesus.com

The George Billis Gallery will be having an opening reception for Andi Anovitch and Tim Yankosky (see image).This one starts a bit earlier, 5:00 to 8:00 pm. George Billis Gallery LA at 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd, 90034. 310 838-3438;  www.georgebillis.com/

Cherry and Martin has an opening reception for a group show. See image by Robert Heinecken. Event runs 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Cherry and Martin is located at 2712 S. La Cienega Blvd. 310.559.0100; http://www.cherryandmartin.com/

Across, on the other side of La Cienega, use the cross walk, Blum & Poe, at 2727 S. La Cienega features the work of Matt Johnson (see image). They don’t normally serve refreshments, but the art is always worth a stop in.  6:00 pm-8:00 pm. 310-836-2062; http://www.blumandpoe.com.

Then stop into Angles Gallery (2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.), the work of artists, John Divola and Judy Fiskin (see image) work will be on display  and will be open from 6:00pm till 8:00 pm. 310 396-5019; http://www.anglesgallery.com

Be sure to stop into the Western Project, for their opening reception featuring artists,  Ali Kheradyar (see image) and Chad Robertson.

Event runs from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.

The Western Project is located at 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd.310.838.0609; http://www.western-project.com/

Kopeikin Gallery, located at 2766 S. La Cienega offers the exhibit Moby: Destroyed from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310-559-0800; http://www.kopeikingallery.com

Just a bit more down the street, don’t miss the David Kordansky Gallery at 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd., unit A. Their reception runs a bit later, from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm features artist Richard Jackson.310-558-3030; http://davidkordanskygallery.com/

Mihai Nicodim Gallery offers a group exhibition featuring Jessica Dickinson, Oscar Murillo, Cammie Staros and Phil Wagner. Mihai Nicodim Gallery is located at 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd. Unit B, entrance is on Blackwelder. 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. http://nicodimgallery.com/

On to Washington Blvd., be aware that these next few, are east of the other galleries. You may want to move your car, but it is just one long block, totally walkable.

However the rest of the galleries are back west of La Cienega, which may be the time to move the car, or hook up with someone who parked closer.

Koplin Del Rio Gallery, 6031 Washington Blvd., will be having a reception from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.  Artist, DJ Hall (see image) will have her latest works on display. (310) 836-9055; http://www.koplindelrio.com/

Then walk down the block to Blythe Projects who will be featuring the artist, TM Gratkowski (see image).

stop into Carmichael Gallery too.....on this steet.

Blythe Projects is located at 5797 Washington Blvd, 323 272-3642; www.blytheprojects.com

Then across the street, don’t forget to stop into the Mark Moore Gallery at 5790 Washington Blvd bet La Cienega and Fairfax and will also be having a group show reception.

Enjoy art by Theodora Allen (see image). 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310 453-3031; http://www.markmooregallery.com/

Roberts & Tilton will also be having an opening from 6:00pm till 8:00 pm. This guy below, looks like I felt this morning....after all those fun fashion parties.

This reception will feature Harry Drinkwater, Bruce Talamon, (see image), Betye Saar. Roberts & Tilton is located at 5801 Washington Blvd. 323.549.0223; http://www.robertsandtilton.com/

Now either, re-park the car or just wear good shoes to walk west, the opposite way on Washington

LeBasse Projects features Picking Up Where We Left Off, a solo exhibition from Japanese artist Yoskay Yamamoto. This will be the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, and will showcase an intentionally looser body of work. LeBasse Projects is located at 6023 Washington Blvd. 90232. Opening reception runs from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. Wine is usually served. 310.558.0200;  www.lebasseprojects.com.

Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art, 8568 Washington Blvd., will be celebrating a group show, entitles Sub-Pop. See image, from artist, Robert Dowd which runs from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310-815-1100;  http://www.cardwelljimmerson.com/ 

There’s a few more if you continue on Washington, you’ll see them, such as Thinkspace, Susanne Vielmetter and James Gray will be having a fabulous anniversary party as well.

Sunday September 11th,

As we all know, today marks the 10 year anniversary of 911. (I can't believe it's 10 years). I am going to try to celebrate life today and not focus on the sadness. You can always make a donation or come enjoy a BBQ right on the beach in Venice for a good cause.

From noon to 5:00 pm, stop by a BBQ benefitting the LA Fire Department Foundation & the LA Police Department Memorial Foundation, both in support of the families of fallen heroes of 911.

The BBQ will be held  in the Arbor lot (enter from Speedway) for all donors of $5 or more. $3 Longboards & Widmer Hefeweizens - all proceeds donated to these foundations: Gratis Fire Rock Pale Ale & Ranger IPA for all first responders.

Buy a first responder a beer, all proceeds will be donated to charity. Raffles for items including skateboards, hosted dinners, Ts, Hoodies & More. Music by Freshmaker & DJ Shayn. BBQ by Executive Chef Emilio Oliva. http://venicealehouse.com/

Still more art to view in Venice. Every second Sunday, enjoy a Free Art show from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. at the The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge at 1411 Lincoln Blvd. Venice 90291. 310.450.6052; www.thetalkingstick.net;

Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery presents acclaimed British x-ray artist Nick Veasey and his solo exhibition entitled “Patriot Acts.” Veasey’s works are actual x-rays of objects. The subjects range from small everyday items such as hats and children’s toys to an entire passenger airplane. For large-scale subjects such as automobiles, Veasey takes the object apart, x-rays it piece by piece, and reunites the pieces digitally.

My NYC ancestry makes me giggle when I see this image...what? in NYC it's a term of endearment.

A reception starts at 5 p.m. with the artist attending via live projected video feed, followed by an artist’s lecture at 6 p.m.

RESERVATIONS ARE STRICTLY REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT. Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery is located at 414 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 90048.  310-659-5228; http://www.glassgaragegallery.com

Have a fab weekend, see ya next time!

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