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LAArtParty is an arts and entertainment website. Established in 2010, it is an online go-to guide for what's happening in and beyond the LA area - this includes dining, travel and more.

Founded by journalist, and "Blues Mama" Kathy Leonardo (a longtime performer), the campy site has an unusual slant which will keep you entertained. Leonardo has been writing for the past 15 years about various subjects for the Huffington Post, THRIVE GLOBAL, LA Weekly, etc.

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Additional Art Parties/Events in July 2017-Updated!

We updated out list --- Enjoy! Check back just before the 15th!

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July 7, 2017:

Shark biologist Daniel Cartamil, PhD of Scripps Institute of Oceanography will talk about the new book Baja's Wild Side: A Photographic Journey Through Baja California's Pacific Coast Region. The free event takes place at Adventure 16 Outdoor Outfitters in West Los Angeles tonight. The photographic work, which was published in conjunction with the photography exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum by the same name, was created with the hope of taking a bite out of encroaching human threats to the rugged region by sparking awareness of land's wild beauty. Attendance is free and open to public. Event: 6:30pm: Happy half-hour and book signing; Then at 7:00pm, stay for the discussion and photo show; Adventure 16 West Los Angeles, 11161 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 90064; (310) 473-4574; More info on the FB Event Page.

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July 7, 2017:
La Luz de Jesus hosts its "Summer Soiree!" Enjoy a six artist show featuring the art of Matt Adrian, Dos Diablos, Tracy Lewis, Sean Stepanoff, and Vakseen. On view: July 7 - July 30, 2017; Art Party:  8-11pm; La Luz de Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Boulevard, LA, 90027; http://laluzdejesus.com/

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July 8, 2017:
Marc Selwyn Fine Art presents Dear Sid, with Love” The Hollywood Rubbings” featuring the art of Sari Dienes.
 On view: July 8 - August 19, 2017; Art Party: 3-5pm; Marc Selwyn Fine Art, 9953 South Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills; http://www.marcselwynfineart.com


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July 8, 2017: 
Walter Maciel Gallery is pleased to present "Easy now" by Los Angeles artist Andy Kolar. 
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Andy Kolar, Flip Flop 1, 2013, oil on canvas, 24" x 60"

The exhibition consists of abstract painting, sculpture and two installations marking Kolar’s second solo show with the gallery. On view: July – 19 August 2017; Art Party: 6:00-8:00pm; walter maciel gallery, 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034; http://www.waltermacielgallery.com

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Don't forget one of our top ten events takes place in Culver City, as well as additional art parties at Paul Loya Gallery, 2677 S. La Cienega Blvd (6-8pm) and Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232 (6-9pm). 

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July 8, 2017: 
In Malibu...DEPART
 Foundation will present Sea Sick in Paradise, a group exhibition curated by Amy Yao, featuring works in a variety of media by 44 established and emerging artists, many of whom are surfers themselves or inspired by surfing, the ocean, and coastal culture. Alongside these artists are also works presented by professional surfers, inspired by their sport – whether documenting their subculture or creating abstract and symbolic imagery. In keeping with the theme of summer surf, the large-scale exhibition will occupy a new, 4,000 square foot pop-up venue in Malibu Village. Live performances by DJ Darren Rademaker and Forbidden Trim Band; Art Party: 6-9pm; Depart Foundation Malibu Village, 3822 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265;  http://departfoundation.org

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July 8, 2017: 
Shulamit Nazarian offers an opening reception for "Doublespeak," a selection of over fifty new works by Yale University's 2017 MFA Photography graduates. The exhibition features work by Farah Al Qasimi, Bek Andersen, Lance Brewer, Harry Griffin, Matthew Leifheit, Walker Olesen, Res, Anna Shimshak, Danna Singer, and Chau Tran, who explore moments between fact and fiction, evidence and artifice, through the medium of photography. On view: July 8 - August 5, 2017; Art Party: 6-9pm; Shulamit Nazarian, 616 N La Brea Ave., LA, 90036; 310.281.0961; http://www.shulamitnazarian.com/

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July 8, 2017:
Hannah Hoffman hosts an opening reception for Rey Akdogan. Art Party 6-8pm; On view: July 8 - August 26, 2017; Hannah Hoffman, 1010 N Highland Ave., LA 90038; http://www.hannahhoffmangallery.com/

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July 8, 2017:
Kohn Gallery celebrates “Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album.” The exhibition features over 400 photographs taken by Hopper throughout the 1960s. 
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On view: July 8 - August 19, 2017; Art Party: 6-8 pm; Kohn Gallery, 1227 N. Highland Ave. Hollywood;  http://www.kohngallery.com/

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July 8, 2017:
Head to West LA...GR2 throws an art party for “A Survey : Drawings and Paintings of Strange Things,” by Edwin Ushiro. On view: July 8 - July 26, 2017; Art Party: 6:30-10pm;  GR2, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025; https://www.giantrobot.com


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July 9, 2017: 
FM FINE ART GALLERY holds an opening reception for SANDY BLEIFER'S WALLS SERIESGallery visitors are invited to interact with Sandy Bleifer's artwork: Walls 55 and insert written messages between the stones. There are Two additional events taking place in conjunction with this exhibition. Save the dates: Monday, August 7, 7:00-9:00pm for a panel discussion "Penetrating Walls" with moderator, Joes Segal, Chief Curator, The Wende Museum of the Cold War; Panelists: Peter Tokofsky, Sr. Public Programs Specialist, J. Paul Getty Museum; Sandra Fluke, Social Justice Attorney; Sandy Bleifer, Artist; Seating is limited - please RSVP:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sunday, August 13, 2017 for the closing reception 2:00-5:00pm; On view: July 9 - August 13, 2017; Opening reception: 2-5pm; FM FINE ART GALLERY, 834 No. La Brea Ave., LA CA 90038; http://FMFineArtGallery.com

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July 11, 2017:
Chappellet Winery and William Turner Gallery host an evening of art and wine. Chappellet will be debuting new wine labels based on the paintings of Ed Moses. Wine and light Hors D’Oeuves will be served.  Art Party: 6–8pm; William Turner Gallery, E-1, 2525 Michigan Avenue, SM 90404; RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; http://www.williamturnergallery.com/  

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July 13, 2017: 
In Venice...Surfside Bar and Grill hosts its grand opening of its new location (where Danny's used to be). Peace Frog performs. Event runs: 9pm - 1am; Surfside Bar and Grill, 23 Windward Avenue, Venice 90291; See the FB Event Page for details.


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July 14, 2017:
In Beverly Hills...Garboushian Gallery is pleased to present an original art project and exhibition in collaboration with photographers Steve Diet Goedde, Dave Naz, and Victor Lightworship entitled Perspectives in California Captivity. With three different perspectives of a quintessential Southern California location, these three well-known and respected photographers present their own sensual interpretation of a single location, and the carnal beings that inhabit it. Diverse and magnetic, Perspectives in California Captivity showcases the provocative and seductive talent that embodies the captivating city of Los Angeles. On view: July 14 - August 11, 2017; Art Party: 7-9pm; RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY, 427 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 90210;  http://www.garboushian.com/

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July 14, 2017:
Attn: Foodies....dineL.A. is heating up this summer and we are pleased to announce the return of the dineL.A. Exclusive Series presented by American Express. This summer's select group of restaurants are among some of the best in the city, and they're each creating a special menu only available from Friday, July 14 - Friday, July 28, 2017. Dinners start at $95. See our Event Feature on our Dining/Travel Page for additional info and a list of particpating restaurants.

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July 15, 2017: 
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce L.A. Paintings, an exhibition of new paintings by Düsseldorf-based artist Erik Olson. 
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"L.A. Paintings" represents Erik Olson's ongoing project with portraiture and is the culmination of several years of exploration and experimentation in his Düsseldorf studio and a period of intense production in Los Angeles. On view: July 15 - August 19, 2017; Art Party: 6:00pm - 8:00pm; Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 S La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034; 310 838 6000; http://www.LUISDEJESUS.COM

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July 15, 2017: 
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Anthony Pearson. The exhibition will consist entirely of wall-based objects, including a new series of works the artist calls Embedments. Also opening tonight is an exhibition of new work by William E. Jones. The exhibition will feature a major new video, Fall Into Ruin, in which the artist gives a personal account of the life, home, and collection of Greek art dealer Alexander Iolas. It will also include a series of still photographs of Iolas's villa taken by Jones on the occasion of his first trip to Greece in 1982. Both exhibitions will remain on view: July 15 - August 26, 2017; Art Party: 6:00pm - 8:00pm; David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90019; 

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July 15, 2017: 
In Santa Monica...at Bergamot Station..."THE FOOD SHOW" opens at bG Gallery at Bergamot Station. Curated by Daniel Rolnik, the group exhibition features: Alden Marin, Alex Chiu,Charlotte Goff, Daniel Edwards, Douglas Alvarez, Eva Lacey,  Jake Weigel, Jamie Polancic,  Laura Atchinson, Mark Hanauer, Mary Delioussina, Mayon Hanania, Melissa Monroe, Miles Lewis, Nancy Larrew, Noah Malloy, Dr. Paul Koudounaris, PooJazzle, Porous Walker, Terri Berman, Trace Mendoza, Travis Millard, Zachary Aronson, etc. On view: July 15 -  August 5, 2017: Art Party: 6 – 9 pm; bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, (G8A), 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404; bGartGalleries.com

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July 15, 2017:
Another one at Bergamot....William Turner Gallery presents “Peter Lodato: New Work.” A California native, Peter Lodato began making work in the late 1960s as part of the West Coast-specific Light and Space movement. Aligned with the concerns of his contemporaries, Lodato first constructed light installations that explored the nature of perception and the waythat physical environments could be transformed into immersive experiences for the viewer. Lodato's paintings evolved from his preliminary drawings for these installations and eventually, Lodato was able to recreate the illusive effect of light with color, form, and canvas alone. On view: July 15 - September 9, 2017; Art Party: 6-8pm; William Turner Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., E1, Santa Monica, CA 90404; 310.453.0909; http://williamturnergallery.com

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July 15, 2017:
One more at Bergamot Station...Lois Lambert Gallery throws an art party for three new exhibitions...Frank Oriti | "Material World," Sonny Wizelman | "A Moment in Time," and Chad Person | "My Tax Dollars Hard at Work." Frank Oriti's exhibition focuses on an exploration of not only the object, but the materials and the methodology that creates the reality. Wizelman's figures and miniature components come Tabula Rasa, allowing him to build and paint the narrative of his choosing. Chad Person offers a collection of works that explores the relationship between people and the money they earn and the taxes they pay in a Capitalist society. On view: July 15, 2017 – Sept 3, 2017; Art Party: 6 - 9pm; Lois Lambert Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave  E-3 Santa Monica, 90404; https://www.loislambertgallery.com


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June 22, 2017:
Bergamot Station celebrates a victory today...The galleries and creative businesses at Bergamot Station are here to stay! 
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The arts complex hosts a summer event complete with food trucks, live music, dance performances, yoga, art exhibtions, documentary screenings, a beer garden and more! The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a plan that will retain the galleries at Bergamot Station and add new cultural uses, including spaces for a museum, community arts center, performing arts, and other non-profits. Event runs: 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica 90404; http://bergamotstation.com/

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June 22, 2017:
MIER Gallery is pleased to present Polly Borland's first solo show of work in Los Angeles. Borland is well-known in Europe for her iconic 2001 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as well as collaborating with musician Nick Cave and actress Gwendoline Christie. Comprising two series of works exhibited in MIER Gallery's Greenacre spaces, the show presents Borland's photographic series The Babies in its entirety for the first time in over 15 years alongside knit interpretations of her Smudge, Pupa and Wonky photographs woven by prisoners in a rehabilitation program in the UK. On view: July 22 - August 19, 2017; Art Party: 6:00pm - 8:00pm; MIER GALLERY, 1107 Greenacre Ave., LA, 90046; https://miergallery.com/

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July 27, 2017:
It's time for the annual community picnic at the Annenberg Community Beach House.  Operated by the City of Santa Monica, come join locals for this free event. Bike or rollerblade with your picnic basket in tow. Event runs from 6-8:30pm; Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402; CLICK HERE to register (FREE).

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July 29, 2017: 
FIG holds an artist reception for "Fig Next part two."  Artists include: Kate Browning, Marlene Capell, Janyce Erlich-Moss, James Farrington, Diana Gordon, William Lane, Lorraine Lubner, Sylvia Marcin, Louise Mordaunt, Hilary Taub, Sara Wylie Walsh, Otella Wruck, Yda Ziment. Art Party: 5-7pm; FIG, 2525 Michigan Ave. (G-6), SM 90404; http://www.figgallery.com/

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