At Topanga Vintage, Tin Machina's Dave Collyer will shoot portraits using the collodion process from the 1850's. Think Lincoln's iconic image. Collyer, who shot tintype portraits of the Sons Of Anarchy cast and mega-model Lucky B. Smith, will charge $60. See image.
The event will also feature 5 food trucks, including Food Network's Great Food Truck Race winner The Middle Feast, with full menus ranging from shawarma to sushi to breakfast burritos, plus icy desserts like avocado ice cream and 100% fruit Italian Ices. No alcohol.
Admission is $3, kids 12 and under are free. Vets and Armed Forces free. Free parking
What: Topanga Vintage Market (over 150 vendors of vintage and art)
Where: Pierce College, Lot 7, Victory Blvd at Mason Ave., Woodland Hills CA 91306
When: Sunday, July 26 8am-3pm
It's the 2nd and final day of the 2015 the Malibu Arts Festival (produced by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce).
Celebrating 44 years the annual event promises to offer something for everyone. Considered one of the most beautiful outdoor art festivals in the nation, the Malibu Arts Festival features over 200 award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, and other unique artisans. Festival goers can visit with artists under gleaming white tents and learn about the creation of art in every genre.
Alongside the artists, members of the Chamber of Commerce share and promote their businesses in the Chamber Village section. The Arts Festival also includes an entertainment stage where original musicians perform each day, a children's workshop where kids work with artists to create their own art, and a food truck terrace featuring exciting menu items with incredible cuisine.
Artist Daniela Schweitzer will be featuring twelve paintings as part of the Malibu Art Association area, right in the center and entrance of the festival! Also the art of Jody Valmassy will be on view at booth #555 (at the top of the center stairs, leading to the beer & wine garden). Be sure to stop by and say hi!
What: Malibu Art Festival
Where: Malibu Civic Center, 23555 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
When: Sunday, July 26, 2015 10:00 am - 6:00pm
In Los Feliz...Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park - LAMAG 4800 Hollywood Blvd. LA 90027) hosts its annual juried show. Presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at the historic Barnsdall Park. Taking place from July 26th through September 20th, this pioneering biennial exhibition provides emerging artists from across Southern California with a competitive opportunity to exhibit their work. The event runs from from 2-5pm. http://www.lamag.org/
In the Hollywood Hills...
Robby Gordon opens his studio and home once again.
The Hollywood Gallery has 3 stories of amazing art. Every wall is covered with painting , ceramics and glass. All the windows (15 of them) have automatic painted vertical blinds that go up and down by remote control. The windows frame a magnificent view into a unique sculpture garden with a view of downtown La all the way to the ocean.
The gallery is surrounded by a the Hollywood Sculpture garden with sculptors by Robby Gordon, Ed Hart, Luis Perez, Kyle Alexander and more.
There is a free Buffet dinner but you MUS RSVP - CALL 949 861 1709.
This is a one night ONLY!
What: Artist reception
Where: Hollywood Hills, 2430 Vasanta way Hollywood Hills Ca 90068
When: July 26, 5-8pm
Phone: 949 861 1709 RSVP
Website: www.thehollywoodgallery.com www.hollywoodsculpturegarden.com
In Hollywood...Freedman Fitzpatrick, (6051 Hollywood Blvd., # 107, LA 90028) hosts a reception from 7-9pm. http://freedmanfitzpatrick.com/
Head to the Valley...
Tonight, vocalist Jeanne Page, Broadway World nominee, is returning to Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal with her new show Doing My Swing Thing. It will be a full band show featuring the wonderful talents of Charlie Harrison pianist/musical director, Freddie Johnson bassist, Henry Newmark drums/percussion, Dan Sawyer on saxophone/guitar.
You will enjoy a delicious evening of Jazz, Blues, Classic surprises and selections from Jeanne Page's new album "Reboot" that was recently featured on KHTS AM 1220.
One night only, July 26, 2015 - General Admission $20 (+tax & service fee) – includes buffet dinner, glass of wine and show.
Street parking or parking lot behind venue. When booking, use code SterlingsUpstairs 072615 to boo
Where: Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal 5303 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood
When: Sunday, July 26th 5:30 p.m. dinner and/or cocktails, 7:00 p.m. show
Phone: (800) 838-3006 Ext. 1, use code SterlingsUpstairs 072615 to book
Tra la...enjoy, I'll see ya out there!
The work of several LA Art Party artists will remain on view in the South Hanger. Flavio Bisciotti joins the exhibition and will display works in the middle wall (South Hanger) along with the art of Ty Cummings, Scott Horton, Jennifer Verge will remain on view.
Flavio Bisciotti will will be featuring works from his Architectural series. "There are images taken to different buildings. The proportions and architectural elements converge over canvas applying layers of acrylic paint and collage technics. An accomplished Architect, Flavio loves to travel the world. The series is inspired by his travels. http://www.flaviobisciotti.com/
* Please note the 50' wall featuring the works of Ty Cummings, Scott Horton and Jennifer Verge was originally curated by LA Art Party and VICA - Special shout out to Juri Koll for co-curating it with me.
Ty Cummings is a street artist who has lived on both Coasts, LA & NYC. Having received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, back in 2008, he then attended CalArts in Los Angeles, where he received his MFA in 2012.
He will be featuring a work (along with others) tilted "Back & Forth." Cummings explains his motivation for creating the work. "The painting is inspired by overlapping imagery from both coasts and in the middle. It's about what's above, below and in between. It's a kind of mission."
Ty Cummings, Back & Forth, mixed media on canvas, 36" x 36," 2015
Cummings paints everyday and he uses a variety of unusual tools and techniques. He chooses to paint on wood and incorporates found objects, glitter spray, and various odd objects into his work. "I started painting on wood about ten years ago - liking the immediacy and velocity of a loaded paintbrush sliding across the smooth surface."
He works in a variety of media and said he bases his choice of medium on what he feels will most effectively feature what he wants to communicate. http://www.tycummings.com/
Jennifer Verge will also be exhibiting two works at SMAS. Working on wood, Verge creates truly original art with a positive spin. One of her pieces is titled "Basquiat."
See image: Basquiat-Mixed Media-36x29
She explains her inspiration: "Basquiat is a huge inspiration to me," explained the artist. "He's a trail blazer...a true original, a risk taker with a style that is truly genius. I love that he painted in Armani Suits, while listening to Charlie Parker. I love that his first art show at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills He turned the back office into a VIP dance party. He had the GUTS to walk up to Andy Warhol and sell him his homemade POST CARDS before they would eventually become friends . His paintings are intelligent and playful, paintings that took the art world by storm. I loved painting this Piece it was pure pleasure." http://www.jenniferverge.com/
Scott Horton's work will also be included in Saturday's SMAS exhibition. Horton's love for music, and movies, has inspired him to create pop and street art. His college art professor was instrumental in encouraging Horton's talent. Like many artists he paints when he is moved. "I'm not consistent, but when inspiration strikes, I'll make multiple pieces; sometimes at the same time."
See image: Scott Horton, Space Cowboy, mixed media, 36x48"
"Space Cowboy" is just one of his works set to be featured. "This is my tribute to Han Solo and Andy Warhol; in my own "street art" style," said Horton. "I'm a nerd, a 'techie.' and have always loved Star Wars. When I saw the pose that Harrison Ford did as a promo shot for the movie, it reminded me of posters from Westerns, where the cowboy would stand with his gun held up in the air."
Horton is also a lover of pop art. "Taking a queue from Andy Warhol's 'Double Elvis,' I had the idea to do a spray-painted version of Han Solo (Harrison Ford's character) in a quad. Done in "mod" 70's colors, as you look deeper in the piece you can see the background is filled with old newspaper clippings and comic strips from the Star Wars heyday. You might even find Darth Vader in there..." For more info about Scott Horton, visit his website http://dreamscolor.com/
On view: July 25 – Aug 15
What: Opening Reception
Where: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave. SM 90405
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - July 25
Website: http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com http://arena1gallery.com/
"Earth" features Wawi Amasha's acrylic and mixed media paintings reveling in the life energy of our planet and its constructive forces.
"Beasts" features Ngene Mwaura's permanent marker and paint portraits of the wild beasts that surround us and are part of our subconsciousness. Hypnotic, entertaining, and yet fully engaging.
"Liquid Gold" features Huss Hardan's celebration of water in a time of drought. Shot around southern California on color film and optically printed his work is influenced by David Hockney's intense color palate. The photographs are impressionistic and dynamic luring the viewer into the vibrant imagery.
huZ Galleries presents a new exhibition every two months. "Earth, Beast and Liquid Gold" on debuted July 2nd and will run through the end of August.
huZ Galleries is located in the San Pedro Arts District at 341 W. 7th Street. Feel free to stop by. Our business hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 7pm.
Be sure to check out the huZ Galleries Facebook Page.
Where: huZ Galleries, 341 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, 90731
Phone: 310 428-0275
Save the Date...July 28, Comedy Central’s New Digital Series 'Broken People' Hosts Viewing Party at Nerdmelt Theater!
See image: Screen shot of Jared Nigro and Taylor Orci
The event will feature a Q&A with the cast and crew, including stars/creators Taylor Orci and Jared Nigro, as well as Adam Newacheck, Scotty Landes, Anna Akana and Brandon Routh.
Broken People began as a web series created by Orci and Nigro (a real life couple) in 2012. The show follows the relationship of Taylor and Jared, two emotionally unstable people who shouldn’t be together but cannot be alone.
In 2013, Orci and Nigro’s YouTube channel released a parody video entitled “Bitchy Resting Face” that went viral, garnering 6 million views and landing Orci and Nigro on The Today Show. Now the creators, executive producers, writers and stars of their own show on ComedyCentral.com, their story is a perfect example of how to leverage a viral hit into more creative and commercial success.
Orci has also appeared in Comedy Central’s Kroll Show and NTSF: SD: SUV on Adult Swim, and was a staff writer on FXX’s Golan the Insatiable. Nigro is an alumnus of Groundlings Sunday Company and performed in bits for Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Newacheck (Workaholics, Childish Gambino’s “The Worst Guys”) is the director. Landes (Workaholics, Adam Devine’s House Party) is the showrunner and executive producer. Routh (Superman Returns, Arrow, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and Akana (Ant Man, 1.2 million YouTube subscribers) play Jared and Taylor’s neighbors, Slice and Pinches.
See image: Screen shot of Taylor Orci
The viewing party will run from 7-8 p.m. with live musical guests Julia Holter and R&B legend Aloha.
Tickets available for purchase - Click Here for $5 online, or $7 at the door.
Watch the first three episodes - Click Here
What: Viewing Party
Where: Nerdmelt Theater at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90046
When: 7:00 pm 8:00 pm
Save the DATE...August 1, 2015! Los Angeles Art Association, a nationally recognized non-profit art organization celebrates 90 years.
LAAA's 2015 Annual Benefit Auction serves as an important survey exhibition and auction opportunity featuring one of the most compelling pools of emerging talent, as well as key pieces by established artists including as Shepard Fairey, Ed Ruscha, Ed Moses, Analia Saban, Richard Tuttle and many more.
The artists contributing work to the auction view the fundraiser as an opportunity to give back to LAAA, an organization that has played a critical role in the professional growth of tens of thousands of artists. Chairpersons for the 2015 auction are Shula Nazarian and Bruce Adlhoch. All proceeds benefit LAAA and the Los Angeles' emerging artist community.
The live auction will be presented by Bonhams. Founded in 1793, Bonhams is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques.
Space is limited - call 310.652.8272 to RSVP today or purchase online by clicking here.
TICKETS: VIP PREVIEW - 6 to 7pm $150 ($180 at door). Food by NOBU, open bar, desserts and an original signed print by Steve Fujimoto.
Live auction presented by Bonhams begins promptly at 7:15pm.
Silent auction closes at 8:30pm.
GENERAL ADMISSION- 7 to 9 pm $25. Includes desserts and hosted bars.
What: LAAA's Annual Benefit Auction
Where: Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: Saturday, August 1, 7-9pm, VIP Preview 6-7pm. Live auction begins at 7:15
See image: Brian Van de Wetering, Shaky Ground
This is Venice Arts Gallery's fourth annual Summer Juried Exhibition, a themed show in which artists working in traditional and experimental documentary photography, film, and digital media from all over the globe are invited to submit works for consideration. With a wide range of entries – ranging from critiques on femininity to experimental animation to political divide – this year's submissions revealed a myriad of exciting and eclectic works that collectively epitomize the gallery's mission to promote creativity, visual storytelling, community, and education by presenting various artists' unique perspectives in the documentary form.
"This is a reminder that not all things last forever, but in this case some can still be found hidden away behind locked doors waiting to be rediscovered," says New Zealand-based photographer Ambrose Benedict of her harrowing interior shots of an abandoned horse track. Her works, alongside the work of U.K.-based photographer Karl Child, confront the familiarity of space with the unsettling feeling of abandonment and desolation.
Working out of Corona, CA, photographer and veteran Ernesto Gutierrez's piece "Reflections of War" focuses on the small, personal disasters he has to face within himself. "Once the blood has been shed and the bodies packed into bags, the veteran return home with no purpose, but to assimilate back into society." He says in his artist's statement. "Dealing with the horrors of war, one can't turn on and off like a light switch, always on alert and ready to defend your family and friends from an invisible foe. Veterans with PTSD find themselves staring in their mirrors at home and dealing with their demons that they can't shake off."
Kyle Bravo, a multimedia artist working out of New Orleans, will be exhibiting work from two different series that both address the post-Katrina realities of his city. "Years after the storm, the effects of Katrina were still ever-present ... not only deaths directly related to the storm, but also the deaths brought about by the injustices so deeply rooted in the city that were only exacerbated by the bungled aftermath of the disaster."
See image: Clay Lipsky, Atomic Overlook
Artists in this Exhibition
Ambrose Benedict (Wellington, New Zealand); Jophel Botero Ybiosa (Quezon City, Philippines); Kyle Bravo (New Orleans, LA); Michele Catagnetti (Venice, CA); Karl Child (Poulton-le-Fylde, UK); Robert Franco (Van Nuys, CA); Ernesto M. Gutierrez (Corona, CA); Nancy Kaye (Los Angeles, CA); Clay Lipsky (Los Angeles, CA); Nektarios Markogiannis (Missolonghi, Greece); Dario Mellado (Los Angeles, CA); Wynn Miller (Los Angeles, CA); W. Scott Norton (Los Angeles, CA); Alexis Onofre (Rosemead, CA); Jordan L. Rodgers (Liverpool, UK); Danny Rothenberg (Los Angeles, CA); Marjorie Salvaterra (Los Angeles, CA); Gareth Seigel (Pasadena, CA); Kate Shannon (Mansfield, OH); Issa Sharp (Los Angeles, CA); Bruno Silva (Oporto, Portugal); Amy Stevens (Berks County, PA); Stephanie Sydney (Venice, CA); Brian Van de Wetering (Los Angeles, CA); Sumon Yusuf (Dhaka, Bangladesh).
On view: Aug. 1 – Sept. 19, 2015
What: Opening reception
Where: Venice Arts Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
When: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
See image: Tracey Sylvester Harris, The Deep End, 2015, oil on canvas, 30" x 24"
Anonymous snapshots found at flea markets, yard sales, and on the internet provide the diving board for Tracey Sylvester Harris's transformation of black and white memories into alluring light and color. The paintings are colorful but bittersweet in their depiction of fleeting moments of summer – one of stylish red swimsuits, flowered white caps, and scarlet lipstick – captured almost a lifetime ago.
Merging the past with the present, Harris states, "The exciting challenge is to keep the paintings relevant and current, even though the subjects come from another era. To avoid sentimentality, I keep the compositions bold and cropped, and the paintwork loose, drippy, and rough, even pushing some areas into abstraction..."
Todd Gray deconstructs classic Pop art themes and re-synthesizes them into sculpture with wit, style, and reverence. His work is impeccably crafted, richly colorful, and enthusiastically optimistic. Gray quotes 60s images and presents post-google, post instagram musings on the continued eminence of Pop Art in our mass cultural vocabulary.
See image: Todd Gray, Wocket, 2015, acrylic on wood, 27" x 34" x 12"
In addition to his visual tweets on Warhol, Lichtenstein, Indiana, and Johns, Gray's work zaps us with flash-card numbers, ben-day dots, day-glow colors, superhero emblems, and laughs with the vibrant, universal exclamations of Pow, Wham, and Zap. In his hands, Pop is as fresh and exuberant as it was in the 1960s.
On view: July 18 - August 22
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
Eva Armisén plays with a range of different elements. From the iconographic perspective, she appears to be in search of her lost inner child. The young dreamer that encapsulates the world through simple sketches, the little girl that knows no limits, the girl-woman that dares to fly through the air, with a moon-dress or an umbrella to ward off the tempest. This girl-woman has been gathering her strength, and growing in contention and ripeness. She knows what she wants. She knows how to talk to objects in their simplest form. Eva knows the skills of her trade: an upward or downward curve says it all: can speak of exaltation or reveal the drama. Bright eyes twinkle in a wisely administered stroke.
We won't find Eva Armisén's entire career here. Her capacity to research, to accept challenges, her trips around the world with her canvases and drawings, the creation of this singular family we know as the Armiséns, with their animals and all. As she herself once admitted: her head is filled with birds and this permits her to unleash incessant combat against the shadows and teach us that life - in all its vulnerability and search for a thread - can be beautiful, loving and joyful. If we seek it, we can all have a special day at any moment of our choosing.
See image: Eva Armisén
Armisén has exhibited her work in galleries and art fairs in Europe, America and Asia. Her artworks have been used in publicity campaigns by Coca-Cola, Skinfood, TMT, and O'2nd. Her art has been a part of TV series and Hollywood
On View: July 24 - August 8, 2015
What: Opening reception
Where: Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 451-9983
See my Huffington Post article about this exhibition.
Unlike most gallery shows, this exhibition will include paintings from various series illuminating the depth of Chadwick's work. He explains, "The Japanese themed images are from a series entitled “Thirteen Geisha” that reflects a wondrous time in Kyoto where the streets were filled with geisha, which in Japanese means arts-person (gei-sha)."
“Scarlet Shadow” (on Flyer) was originally painted for his exhibition “Theater of Memory” and debuted at the Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery.
Image used on flyer: Scarlet Shadow 80"x80" oil on linen 2011
Also on display are paintings from two recent solo shows at the Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco. The exhibitions were titled “The Time Between” and “Revenant.” Chadwick continued, "New paintings (2015) are also included in the exhibition and reflect a consolation of the previous shows into a larger body of work entitled 'Cinema of Time.'"
Like many of us.....Gregg enjoys both the food and the amibiance of this popular eatery. "Upper West is a fitting venue for an exhibition of these paintings. Situated in a vibrant part of Santa Monica, close to film studios and production companies, the restaurant beckons to those looking for something more out of life. There is magic in the night."
See image: Pigalle, 48 x 36 inches, oil on linen 2015
Chadwick said he finds inspiration from artists such as William Kentridge, Hung Liu, and Jonathon Keats. "William Kentridge's artwork is extraordinary and I deeply appreciate his grappling with political and social themes in his wonderfully messy, fluid, yet still precisely right style. explained Chadwick. "Kentridge's seemingly simple use of film and drawing is quite profound. Hung Liu's paintings provide an important arena in which to consider immigration, emigration and the nature of worth and memory. Like Kentridge's, her art is deep in social and political resonance and moves me deeply. He has had a personal relationship with artist Jonathon Keats for a number of years. "Jonathon's deeply serious and also profoundly funny artwork is always an inspiration."
Alvarez explores his experiences within the city of Los Angeles and its decay using humor and popular iconography. He observes that, "Collectively, LA is changing and what I can do is visually document this evolution and endeavor to find beauty in unlikely places." Alvarez draws his inspiration for his artwork from subjects others would easily overlook; from a crack in the sidewalk to a foreclosed home. Alvarez is allured to the deterioration of Los Angeles and when he ventures out in exploration he describes himself as a tourist in his own city.
Through her series of paintings, Plastic Gardens, Berry raises important social questions as to how we live and interact with nature. As we encroach further into natural environments that were once untouched and eliminate them, will we be able to restore balance and harmony with Mother Earth, or have we already caused irreparable damages? Being surrounded by steel, we feel a disconnect from nature and are compelled to create green spaces, oases, parks, constructed waterfalls, highly designed flower beds; essentially formatting nature based on our own terms. Plastic refers to the materials the artist uses, as well as the flexibility of these in-organic environments to exist and to take any form the gardener wishes.
See image: All Jacked Up on Sugar Pops, Kimber Berry
Also featuring a group exhibit of artists: Jack Reilly, Susie Loucks, Gregory Horndeski, Kimberly Zsebe, Roast Hogmann, Tatiana Botton and more to be announced.
On view: July 11 - July 26
What: Opening reception
Where: bG Gallery at Bergamot Station 2525, Michigan Avenue, Space G8A, Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm