Saturday, October 14th, 2017, the 13th LA Burning Man Decompression Art & Music Festival is Back!

On Saturday, October 14th, 2017, the 13th Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Art & Music Festival returns to the newly renovated LA State Historic Park downtown. The event runs from 1:00pm to 11:00 pm, and will be a one of a kind spectacle…not to be missed.

This annual event gathers “Burners” (artists who have attended the famed Burning Man event), each year to "decompress"....and celebrate the creativity shared out on the desert with their local friends and the general public. For many who cannot attend the event in Nevada, it has become an exciting opportunity to be a part of this legendary experience.  

Producer and founding Board Member of the Los Angeles League of Arts that sponsors the event, Esquire Jauchem stated that he is excited to see the event back in full swing. Due to the complete reconstruction of the park near Chinatown, "Decom" (as it is known) was put on hold for a few years. “It is the first time in three years that we can return to the State Park and they have spent 13 million dollars making it more fabulous than ever and we are thrilled to be back.”

The event is set to be bigger and even more fantastic…a sparkling, sparking hunk of the famed desert festival dropped right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, featuring art, music, theme camps, and fire performances. All of Los Angeles is invited. “The event will feature the best of the Burning Man spirit of creativity, artistic freedom, and excitement,” continued Jauchem.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 14, 1:00pm to 11:00 pm, at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St. 90012 Los Angeles, CA, US 

There will be NO advance sales with admission at $20 per person (cash only). However, ATMs will be set up at the gate. No re-entry after 6 pm. Children under 12 are free. Enjoy a cash bar, food trucks, performances on four stages.
Attendees are encouraged to take the Metro since it is next to the Chinatown Metro Stop. There will be paid parking on the site for about 1000 cars for $10. Ride sharing and mobile car services are encouraged.

Visit the LA Decompression 2017 FB Page for the most updated information. 

See the 2017 Decom website at http://www.ladecom.com

Find out about the newly renovated venue the LA State Historic Park FB Page


Sunday, July 30th, Artist Bobbie Rich Set to Exhibit at Upper West Restaurant!

“Wanderlust," a solo exhibition by Bobbie Rich opens on Sunday, July 30th at Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica. The artist reception will be held from 4-7pm.

As most foodies know, Upper West Restaurant features the most amazing cuisine. In addition to many special events such as tasting evenings featuring brand ambassadors and food pairings, the restaurant is known for its incredible happy hour. However not everyone knows about the art events that take place throughout the year. Every few months Upper West welcomes a new artist and hosts an opening reception…this has been taking place since the restaurant opened in 2010.

Bobbie Rich is a talented artist who will be returning to the restaurant to show new work. Not only has the artist been featured in a solo exhibition at the restaurant back in 2015, she has hosted several benefits at Upper West for various charitable organizations that she donates her time to.

A frequent diner at the restaurant, Rich said she recently enjoyed a cocktail named the Paloma - "very refreshing with just the right amount of zing for summertime. One of the reasons I love Upper West though, is that there are so many wonderful cocktails to choose from…and the whiskey flights. Oh my!"

    Bobbie Rich paints live at Resonate Church; photo by Michelle Goering

Rich's previous paintings are known for their whimsical people. She currently uses oil paint with other media layered in - acrylic, paper, metal leaf, moon paint, etc.  She will be displaying over twenty new paintings, including abstract waves, exotic animals and a mixture of people inspired by travel, fashion, nature and personal relationships. Some of her work leans towards portraiture and a few of the characters in her paintings are adorned with angel wings. 

“Wanderlust” will spotlight works from several series. One work to be included in the exhibition is titled La-Keysha 2 and is from Rich’s Angels Among Us series. “One of my first paintings to gain significant gallery and television coverage, close to a decade ago, was my original La-Keysha. She now resides with one of my collectors in Redondo Beach. La-Keysha 2  incorporates new materials and detailing while, still utilizing the buttery quality of oil paint to create beautiful flesh tones.”

La-Keysha 2, 30x24 inches, mixed media

Rich painted a former student named Asia who posed for her on the steps in the yard of a previous residence. “The painting is not so much a realistic portrait, as it is the essence of Asia. She is young, fresh, hip and cool with a love for art, color and Japanese pop culture. Asia has a huge heart and is kind and gracious to others, earning her a pair of beautiful wings.”

The opening reception will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 4-7pm at Upper West located at 3321 Pico Boulevard. in Santa Monica. The exhibit runs through October. For more info about the artist, see www.BobbieRich.com  For more info on the restaurant, see http://www.theupperwest.com/  


Saturday June 24th, One Day Only Art Show Celebrates Ray Ford and Louise Marler!

On Saturday, June 24th 2017, the work of two artists will open in a one day only art exhibition at LA Marler Gallery (3000 Airport Avenue, Studio B, in Santa Monica). The event runs from 1- 5pm and will feature works by Ray Ford and Louise Marler.

Ray Ford has pursued art his entire life. Now in his 90th year, the artist is most known for his wooden sculptures…each piece carefully crafted and original.

Born the son of a poor sharecropper in the Texas Panhandle during the depression and dust bowl years, on his fifth birthday he received a pocket knife and started making his own toys from wood. He also did drawing. Years later, he discovered painting “I was in the countryside and there was such beauty all around me…I remember, this overwhelming feeling came over me. All I wanted to do was paint, so I went home and started painting.” However he found he much preferred to work with natural materials.

Throughout his life he invested his time in various art forms. “The art world has changed a lot”, said Ford. He started leather tooling, making belts, wallets and jewelry. ”It was really in”, said the artist. “But it was a short-lived fad.” After a number of jobs related to wood working, the artist struck out on his own and created hand carved birds that sold in galleries and stores all over California. Now retired, he has been creating for his own amusement.

Ford said he was looking forward to his art reception. He will be showing all original works…no two are the same. Hand carved, delicate and beautiful, non-functional bowls, plates, vases and goblets…exquisitely created art pieces. For additional info on Ray Ford and to see his work online, check out his website at http://hrayford.com/

Artist Louise Marler aka LA Marler is well known for her Vintage Typewriter, Retro Camera and KeyWord mixed media art, her work has been included in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Actor Tom Hanks is a fan of her work and sponsored a recent art project.

A photographic pop artist, Marler incorporates a variety of media into her work such as painting. She is constantly working on multiple series and often goes back and forth between them. She explains, “One idea leads to another and it doesn’t happen in a formal way.” 

For this exhibition she will be showing her “camERA” light boxes and mixed media, with the Keyword mixed media art. Her “camERA” works illuminate her works from behind offering art lovers a unique experience to viewing art.

Marler has exhibited her art nationally and it has been featured in film and TV shows, such as, Two and a Half Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Reba, Bernie Mac, Rules of Engagement, Hawthorne, The Newsroom, A to Z, upcoming in Nickelodeon, Friends with Benefits, and more.
LA Marler and her studio were also included the documentary film, “The Typewriter in the 21st Century.” To find out more about the art of Louise Marler (LA Marler), see her website at http://www.lamarler.com/

Come celebrate two talented artists…Ray Ford and Louise Marler on Saturday, June 24th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at LA Marler Gallery, 3000 Airport Avenue, Studio B Santa Monica, CA 90405; http://www.lamarler.com/


June 4th, 2017, SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS Offers Amazing Deals on Collectible Art!

On Sunday, June 4th, SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS will host its annual June auction commencing at noon at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. 

For thirty-eight years the SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS had been offering a place for collectors and the general public to obtain exceptional deals on modern and contemporary art. Featuring both emerging and established artists, this exclusive secondary market auction has something for everyone…paintings, prints, multiples, photographs and sculpture. 

Lot 48
Chuck Close
(born 1940)
Self Portrait (Yellow Raincoat), 2013
Archival watercolor pigment print on Hanemuhle rag paper
From the numbered edition of 70
Signed, numbered and dated in pencil on recto
Image: 22.75 x 19 inches; Sheet: 30 x 24 inches; Framed: 32 x 26 inches
Provenance: Compassionate Touch Network based in New Mexico. 100% of the hammer to go to this non-profit organization

This year’s works to be auctioned include a self-portrait by Chuck Close features the artist’s unique style of pixelated spots. The Self Portrait (Yellow Raincoat), 2013 should fetch between $8,000/$10,000. One hundred percent of the hammer sale price will go to the Compassionate Touch Network based in New Mexico, who are committed to promoting mental health literacy for youth, teens and adults utilizing education and the arts.

Another rare, never before seen piece by Richard Pettibone is getting lots of attention. Acclaimed for his “pocket-sized” appropriations of modernist masters, Pettibone’s work is highly sought after, now more than ever. This unique piece is a rare “combine” which features multiple modern master works within one miniature canvas - Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and two Andy Warhol infamous images. This year’s auction includes artists such as: Raymond Pettibon, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close, Alex Prager, Larry Bell, Keith Haring, Christopher Wool, Ed Moses, Man Ray, Barry McGee and many others.

Also up for auction is a Robert Blue painting. The artist created fetishistic portraits of women. A movie was made about the artist entitled Heartbreakers in 1984 starring Peter Coyote. Berman explained his contributions. “He created Betty Page paintings…these are highly collectible.”

Billy Al Bengston’s Ka’ao Watercolor, (1983) is still in its original frame. The watercolor collage has a strong provenance…it has been shown in established galleries. A Dennis Hopper silkscreen was created from a photograph and is a special addition to the auction. 

Another highlight is a Lithograph by Francis Bacon set to sell between $14,000/$16,000.

Lot 39
Francis Bacon
OEdipe et le Sphinx d’aprés Ingres, 1984
Lithograph on Arches
150 copies with Arabic numbering, together with a number of “Hors Commerce” proofs and E.A.
Signed and annotated “HC” in pencil on recto; missing Arts Litho, Paris stamp
Image: 46 x 33.75 inches; Sheet: 50 x 35.25 inches; Framed: 55.5 x 42 inches
Estimate: $14,000/$16,000

Ann Baker has been attending the auction for several years and said “I’ve learned so much just by attending these events.” She will be there on June 4th.  “I’ve got my eye on a couple of works that I would love to add to my collection.”

You never know what to expect at the popular event, this may be your lucky day. Stop by prior to the auction and ask questions. Both Robert Berman and his staff are quite knowledgeable and more than happy to help. Call  (310) 315-1937 with any questions or stop by SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS (A-7) or THE ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY AT B-7. The auction preview is currently on view now at the A-5 & B-7 galleries at Bergamot Station (Tues-Fri 11-6pm) and will remain open until 7pm on Saturday, June 3rd

SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is located at the famed Bergamot Station at 2525 Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica. For additional info and to view all works see  www.smauctions.com.