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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.

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Additional Art Parties/Events - Last Half of July 2017!

Here is the final Update for July --- Enjoy! Check back at the end of July for our August Picks! Plus don't forget to check our Free Summer Concert list - Click HERE or go to our Upcoming Event Page and scroll down.  If you are interested in receiving emails when we update our events (3 - 4 x a month)...email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - with ADD ME to your EMAIL LIST - in the memo.

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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;  http://davidkordanskygallery.com/

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July 15, 2017: 

In Santa Monica...at Bergamot Station...we have several starting with Craig Krull Gallery from 5-7pm; http://www.craigkrullgallery.com/

Then "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:
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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July 15, 2017:
Also at Bergamot Station...
"Horses Breaking Free" opens tonight at Beyond The Lines Gallery....The group show will feature work by Eva Montealegre and many more talented artists. The exhibition will showcase artwork that expresses a free spirit. Artists include: Marty Katon, Debbie Korbel, Kristine Moore, Eva Montealegre, Carlos De La Rivera, Eric Champagne, Pamela Harnois, Debbi Green, Abigail Spector, Julie Arnoff , Alyssa Rosales, Lizi Ruch, Henry Ruiz, and Kasia Kaznocha.
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Eva Montealegre, Spirit Horse 36" x 48" plaster and oil on canvas with bronze patina

On view: July 15 - July 30, 2017; Art Party: 5:00pm-8:30pm; Beyond The Lines Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave , 8G, Santa Monica 90404; http://beyondthelinesgallery.com/

A couple more take place at Bergamotdnj Gallery hosts an art events from 6-8pm, and one a bit later into the evening - Copro Gallery celebrates the 40th anniversary of Heavy Metal Magazine with a group art show...you know this is gonna be a wild art party. Bergamot Station, T-5, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM 90404; http://www.copronason.com/

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July 15, 2017:
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) opens it’s summer show titled Pink Noise, an LGBTQ themed show centered around artists working in various digital media. Featured in the show is a new video installation called Yarn Mountain by Kolbe Roper, Roman Udalov, & Toban Nichols. Johnny Naked's video the Hallway will also be screened. "The Electron Salon," & "Online All Summer" shows are also running concurrently with Pink Noise featuring more than twenty artists. Admission is free, paid parking at any downtown lot, there will be wine, beer, and snacks offered. Art Party: 6-9pm; LACDA, 104 E. 4th Street, LA, 90013; http://www.lacda.com/

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July 15, 2017:
Also nearby in Chinatown Launch LA (936 Mei Ling Way) hosts an early closing event from 3-8pm. Then from 6-9pm, Charlie James Gallery offers an opening. And Gregorio Escalante Gallery (978 Chung King Road), the Good Luck Gallery (945 Chung King Road, 90012) and Coagula Curatorial all host art parties from 7-10pm;

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July 15, 2017:
In Boyle Heights…COREY HELFORD GALLERY celebrates new exhibitions. Internationally-exhibiting pop surrealist Redd Walitzki will be featured in a solo exhibition titled “Stranger Than Earth.”  This exhibit is a requiem to an Earth transformed by climate change; there is no going back to the world we used to know, but perhaps we can create a new world full of alien beauty. In Gallery 2, enjoy new works by Nicole Gordon. “Dehydrated Rainbow” is her first solo exhibition with the gallery.  And one more group show will also be opening tonight titled “Defying Gravity.” On view: July 15 - August 12, 2017; Art Party: 6-11pm; COREY HELFORD GALLERY, 571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St), LA 90033; http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com/

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July 15, 2017:
Just down the street…VENUS over LA hosts a group show titled "Cunt.” I am not a fan of the name - let’s hope the art overshadows it. Art Party: 6-8pm; VENUS over LA , 601 South Anderson Street; http://venusovermanhattan.com/

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July 15, 2017:
In Hollywood....AC Gallery presents a new exhibition titled “abstract VISIONS.” This group show expresses the group collective’s lively innermost thoughts. Form and creativity convene throughout the exhibition with beauty, color and shapes coming together to initiate abstracted visual experiences. On view July 15 - July 29, 2017; Art Party: 7-11pm; RSVP: Gallery; 1546 Highland Ave., LA, 90028; http://www.artistscorner.us/

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July 15, 2017:
Kayne Griffin Corcoran hosts an opening reception for John Mason; Sculpture 1958-1969 curated by Frank Lloyd. Also opening tonight in the South gallery is “Jiro Takamatsu; Annual Project.” On view: July 15 - August 26, 2017; Art Party: 5-7pm; Kayne Griffin Corcoran, 1201 South La Brea Avenue., LA;  http://www.kaynegriffincorcoran.com/

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July 15, 2017:
Also nearby...in Miracle Mile...Two art parties take place at KP Projects (which will be celebrating the photography of Vivian Maier) and Launch LA - both in the same building...RSVP ESSENTIAL TO:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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July 19, 2017: 
L.A. Louver celebrates artists Ben Jackel and Ed and Nancy Kienholz; On view: July 19 - September 1, 2017; Art Party 6-8pm; L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd.,Venice, 90291; http://lalouver.com/

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July 20, 2017: 
VAC (Venice Art Crawl) is back....featuring events around Venice - check the website for a full list of art partiers. http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

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July 21 & 22, 2017:  
Heritage Beverly Hills offers a wine tasting event tonight and tomorrow featuring Loire Valley Wines. Friday event runs from 6-9pm; Admission is $15 pre-order or $20/at door. Saturday event runs from 3-$25/at door. Heritage Beverly Hills, 467 N. Cannon Drive, Beverly Hills, 90210; https://www.heritagebeverlyhills.com/

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July 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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July 22, 2017:
BBAX in partnership with Women's Voice's Now (WVN) presents an afternoon of short films and discussion on "Women in the World: Where Do We Stand Today - United or Divided?" WVN Executive Director Heidi Basch-Harod and WVN Creative Director Leila Jarman will weave together stories of women from Brazil, Kenya, and the United States to open a conversation about the interconnected struggles and triumphs of women around the globe. This event is part of Bergamot’s Summer Celebration event from 1pm - 5pm; Short Films and Discussion; 4pm-5:30pm; RSVP:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Bergamot Station Arts Center, (F2 ), 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica CA 90404; http://www.buildingbridgesartexchange.org/

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June 22, 2017:
Lora Schlesinger Gallery celebrates the art of Delfin Finley with a new exhibition titled "Some Things Never Change." On view: July 22 - August 26, 2017; Art Party: 5 - 7pm; Bergamot Station Arts Center, (B5b) 2525 Michigan Ave.Santa Monica CA 90404; http://loraschlesinger.com/

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June 22, 2017:
In Culver City....Edward Cella Art+Architecture offers an opening art party for two exhibitions… ”Brad Miller: Stones & Object Relations,” and  Theory,” and “Ryan Callis: Ocean Memories.”

Plus take in the Twenty / 20 Film series featuring works by: Adam Berg, Lilja Birgisdóttir, Kristoffer Borgli, Kevin Cooley,  Joseph G. Cruz, McLean Fahnestock, Aaron Giesel, David Horvitz, Manny Krakowski,  George Legrady, Chip Lord, Jesse McLean, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Alex Slade,  Chris Smith, Alexander Paul Stevens, Clarissa Tossin, Jennifer Vanderpool, Guido van der Werve, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto & Jeffrey Vallance. Enjoy tacos and music in the backyard. On view: August 19, 2017; Art Party: 6-8pm; Edward Cella Art+Architecture, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd, LA, 90034; http://www.edwardcella.com/

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June 22, 2017:
Another Culver City art p 
takes place at Anat Ebgi, 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034, from 6-8pm; https://anatebgi.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 22, 2017:
Downtown....CB1 Gallery is pleased to present "Hot Time, Summer in the City," a group exhibition featuring twenty-one contemporary artists. The work in the exhibition varies in medium from traditional oil and acrylic paintings to drawings that include graphite on paper, and ink and natural pigment on felt. Also included are several sculptural objects.
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Lisa Adams, A Measure of Time, 2017, Oil on panel, 16" x 20"

Also opening on tonight, Prison Arts Collective's “Beyond the Blue.” This exhibition and the accompanying panel What’s in a Name? is part of the Art and Restorative Justice panel series at CB1 Gallery. On view: July 22 - September 2, 2017; Art Talk: 3pm; Art Party: 4:00pm - 7:00pm; 1923 S. SANTA FE AVE., LA, 90021; 1-213-806-7889; http://cb1gallery.com/

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June 22, 2017:
In Venice… Suzy Williams and Brad Kaye perform the 12th annual Lit Show. Songs based on words by Kurt Vonnegut, Edna St Vincent Millay, J.D. Salinger will be performed.  The show celebrates authors such as Samuel Beckett, Raymond Chandler, Truman Capote, Vladimir Nabokov, Rudyard Kipling and more. Every year there is new surprises. First come, first serve seating; Admission: $20; 8pm performance; Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice 90291; See FB Event Page for additional info.

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July 23, 2017:
Jazz lovers - stop by to see Jeanne Page’s new show - Jazz & Other Four Letter Words. The band includes: Charlie Harrison, Dan Sawyer, Henry Newmark, & Jack Daro. Price includes Entertainment Cover Charge and Venue Security Fee. Admission $25; Food and/or Beverage minimum of $15 per person must be met once at the club itself. Doors open at 5:30pm for dinner and/or drinks; followed by an 7:00 - 8:00 pm performance;  Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; http://sterlingsupstairs072317.brownpapertickets.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:
Downtown LA...Get ready for a night filled with Great Art, Music, Entertainment, Food, Beverages, and Special Surprises! Jeff Hamilton studio presents the Street Art Fair - see below for ticket info.
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Tickets are $15.00; Jeff Hamilton Studio, 935 Wall Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015; For additional info and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

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July 29, 2017: 
In Santa Monica, At Bergamot Station...Skidmore Contemporary Art is proud to present new exhibitions... "Poolside," by Doug Shoemaker, "Vanishing America," featuring the art of Emile Dillon. Read more about these exhibition on our Upcoming Event FeatureOn view: July 29 - Sept 3, 2017; Art Party: 4:00pm - 6:00pm; Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404;  http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/

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July 29, 2017: 
ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY presents Inspired by Robert Longo's groundbreaking work "Men in the Cities," David Trulli takes it further out with (space) MEN IN THE CITIES. "With each passing day we all feel a little more untethered. No stars or landmarks guide us in our new world" says Trulli, "The stress causes us fits, makes us semi-conscious, or in my case, makes me bounce back and forth between the two.  It's dizzying." Trulli adds: "Many days I’m ready to take the next spaceship out of here.” Art Party: 6-8pm;

Also taking place tonight....there will be an outdoor showing of new works by Zox at the Robert Berman Gallery courtyard. Art Party: 9:00pm; Robert Berman Gallery Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404;  http://www.robertbermangallery.com/

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July 29, 2017: 
Also at Bergamot...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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