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LA Art Party Newsletter

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.

Each month the LAArtParty staff, led by Kathy Leonardo decides which events will be featured. Posted at noon on the Thursday prior to the last week of the month, LAArtParty.com features the Top Ten Art Parties, plus other fun events each month. VIP subscribers find out ONE week prior to the public and receive discounts and invites to VIP parties throughout the year.

See Contact Page to find out how to become a VIP subscriber so you don't miss any more great ART Parties!! See Contact/Rates Page to find out how submit and promote your own events!


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May 28, 2017: Taste of Main Street

Enjoy a taste of Main Street with a take on the classic board game on Memorial Day weekend! Local restaurants/businesses come together to raise money for Summer SOULstice. MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
Sunday, May 28, 2017, 
3-8pm. Between Pier Ave. & Strand St. on Main Street in Santa Monica
. Check-In Location: AREAL 2820 Main St.
General Admission includes 22 tastings at participating locations, as well as food and drink specials, such as Happy Hour menus and $4 Beers, $5 Wells, $5 Shots at certain locations. All ages and family friendly. VIP Lounge includes GA ticket and entry into an exclusive beer garden sponsored by Shock Top with hosted beer and food, games, DJ, photo booth and more. 21 and over.

2017 Participating Restaurants: 
Areal, Ashland Hill, Aussie Pie Kitchen, Bareburger, Basement Tavern, Books and Cookies, Bulletproof Coffee, Dolcenero Gelato, Enterprise Fish Co., Finn McCool's, Lula's Cocina Mexicana, Manchego, Rick's Tavern, Three Twins Ice Cream and more.

Hit every location on the board, get it stamped, and return to the the After Party at Areal at 8pm for your chance to win a "Taste of Main Street Prize Package" with gift certificates to Main Street's best.

2017 Sponsors:
Stella, Cheeky, Vita Coco,Santa Monica Daily Press, Main Street Business Improvement Association, Heal the Bay, Buy Local Santa Monica, Santa Monica Free Ride, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Spin PR Group
Wear your best "MAINopoly"-inspired costume and comfy shoes - this event is on foot!
**Catch the Santa Monica Free Ride to get up and down Main Street during the event!**


GA tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of and includes tastings and drink specials at the participating restaurants and businesses; Kids tickets are $15 for children 5-12 years old; VIP tickets are $40 in advance and $50 day of.  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

Attention All Veterans! As it is Memorial Day Weekend, we'd like to thank you for your service! Show your Veteran's ID at the door for 15% off your ticket. A portion of all ticket sales benefits Heal the Bay and Summer SOULstice.INSTAGRAM CONTEST 
Follow @MainStreetSM & post a photo with hashtag #MAINOPOLY2017 for your chance to win. 

MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
Sunday, May 28, 2017, 
3-8pm. Between Pier Ave. & Strand St. on Main Street in Santa Monica
. Check-In Location: AREAL 2820 Main St.

June 2, 2017: Skidmore Contemporary Art Celebrate the Art of Maxine Smith!

June2-2017-Skidmore-MaxineSmith-SmokinSkidmore Contemporary Art presents “Faces in the Crowd!” featuring the art of Maxine Smith. The exhibition opens on May 20, 2017, with an artist reception taking place on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4-6pm.

Maxine Smith, Smokin', 2017, Oil on canvas, 60" x 36"

Maxine Smith describes herself as an observer, whose interest in faces from a young age led her to explore their representation in her art. "It fascinated me, and still does, that in this over-populated world we live in, there are no two faces alike," Smith says. "Very similar perhaps, but not identical." Smith's work often deals with representations of strangers, posed in unusual positions and captured in intimate close up with bold, vibrant uses of color.

"The chances are I will never see that person again, a stranger who on canvas will linger," Smith says of her subjects. She typically eschews the stereotypically beautiful in favor of more nuance, character, and life experience in a person's visage. "What is behind the smile, the glance, the body language?" she asks. "It is that story that comes alive for me."

June2-2017-Skidmore-MaxineSmith-Bellman-3In her second one-person exhibition at Skidmore Contemporary Art, Smith gives her newest paintings a clever formal twist by her use of a monochromatic palette. While the method is reductive, the colors and visual effect are the opposite. The portraits range from rich compositions in a range of grays, to vibrant palettes of blues, optic shades of pink, and intense lipstick red. 

Maxine Smith, Bellman #3, 2017, Oil on canvas, 60 " x 36"

The majority of Smith's subjects are female; all are intensely alive. Some recall characters from vintage film—a siren with heavy eye shadow who pouts for a camera's gaze and a forties ingenue in pajamas toys with a man's cigar. Lucy in the Sky references the classic Beatles song and depicts a young girl attired in a psychedelic-hued array of garments. A wistful sailor painted in blues might have stepped from a silent screen, and a bellman gazes past us with expressive eyes which belie an artistic inner life in contrast to his tailored daily livery.

The gallery will also be featuring works by Robert Charles Dunahay - read more about it HERE.

On view: May 20 – June 17, 2017

Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4, Santa Monica, 90404
When: Friday, June 2, 2017, 4:00pm - 6:00pm 

Phone: 310-828-5070


SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS hosts its annual summer auction on Sunday, June 4th at Bergamot Station.  If you are an art collector you probably already know about the event. However, if you are new to collecting art or just love art...it's a great way to learn.

I wrote an article featuring an in depth look at what is currently up for auction. CLICK HERE to read.

Here is some info direct from SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS:
Santa Monica Auctions at Bergamot Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA will be hosting its annual June Auction Sunday, June 4th starting at 12pm and continuing throughout the afternoon. There will also be a late night preview held the Saturday June 3rd, 11am until 7pm.
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Santa Monica Auctions has been holding exclusively Fine Art auctions in Santa Monica since 1984. Various works of all media from across the globe are auctioned off, many times at a small fraction of the retail value of an artwork. Works include: paintings, prints, multiples, photographs and sculpture.

The 2017 Auction Highlights include a rare, never before seen unique work by Richard Pettibone. Acclaimed for his "pocket-sized" appropriations of modernist masters, Pettibone is highly sought after, now more than ever. This unique work is a rare "combine" which combines multiple modern master works within one miniature canvas - Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and two Andy Warhol infamous images. Another highlight piece is a beautiful self-portrait by Chuck Close, featuring the artist in his unique style of pixelated spots rendering a self-portrait of the artist in a yellow raincoat. 100% 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. These museum quality works are amongst other masterworks by artists such as: Raymond Pettibon, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close, Alex Prager, Larry Bell, Christopher Wool, Ed Moses, Man Ray and many others.

Please view the full catalogue of secondary market Modern and Contemporary art online at http://www.smauctions.com. If you have any questions or would like more information about Santa Monica Auctions, feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (310) 315-1937.

Where: ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404
When: Sunday, June 4, 2017, NOON till ???  
Phone: (310) 315-1937
Website: http://www.smauctions.com

June 10, 2017: Angel Art 2017, Art = LOVE!

Angel Art, Los Angeles’ premier charitable contemporary art auction, returns to Hollywood on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028. Now in its 21st year, Angel Art has raised over $10 million for Project Angel Food, helping to provide millions of meals for thousands of men, women and children facing life threatening illnesses. 
Since the first Angel Art in 1990, internationally known artists including, David Hockney, Sage Vaughn, Catherine Opie, Mark Bradford, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari have created and presented works, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Project Angel Food's meal program. "We are honored by the generosity and creativity of this esteemed family of Angel Artists," stated Michael Maloney, event chair. "Time and again, these amazing individuals have stepped up and contributed works from the heart to help Project Angel Food." In light of the changing health care system and challenging national climate, Project Angel Food is increasing awareness that "food & love as medicine" is needed now, more than ever.

The theme for Angel Art 2017 is ART=LOVE and Alexandra Grant has created a limited-edition neon work of art illuminating this theme. See below. Over 50 artists have contributed this year. This year's auction includes works by: Charles Arnoldi, Chuck Close, Lecia Dole-Recio, Frank Gehry, Alexandra Grant, David Haxton,  David Hockney, Wes Lang, Dashiell Manley, Maynard Monrow, Yuval Pudik, Nancy Rubins, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Kenny Scharf, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and many more. The online auction, hosted by Paddle8, will be available for bidding at http://www.paddle8.com/auction/angel-art on May 31.

Event tickets are $150.00 per person and $500.00 for VIP tickets (includes reserved seating, art auction program recognition, preview entry and Angel Art gift) and available at http://www.angelfood.org/angelart.
Alexandra Grant Love, a limited-edition neon work of art; 33” x  48” 

Project Angel Food needs over $10,000 each day to continue providing meals, and all proceeds from Angel Art fund our meal program. City National Bank, is the official 2017 Angel Art sponsor. Project Angel Food has served the community tirelessly for twenty eight years, providing more than 10.5 million meals to those living with critical illness. The kitchen and staff prepare over 11,000 meals a week free of charge, and medically tailored to the requirements of clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney failure, congestive heart disease and diabetes. The mission is one of love, to feed and nourish the sick as they fight their battle. Many of these clients are living well below the poverty line and Project Angel Food is the lifeline, filling a desperate need in all communities. The client base is testimony to this fact, 40% Latino, 30% African-American, 21% Caucasian, 5% Asian and 4% other.

Tickets are 
$500 VIP Ticket Per Person (includes priority seating & special gift)
$150 Per Person - Click Here to purchase tickets; Valet Parking

7:00 PM Cocktails & Viewing

8:00 PM Live Auction

What: Fundraiser / Benefit 
Where:  NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028
When: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 7:00pm -9:30pm
Website: http://www.angelfood.org/

June 23 - 25, 2017: Dwell on Design

Dwell on Design returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23-25, 2017. The annual event brings together the brightest people, latest products, and curated content in modern design under one roof. The exhibition and conference showcases the best in modern design materials, furniture and accessories, home technology, garden and outdoor materials, kitchen & bath, and international design. Dwell on Design features world-class speakers, continuing education classes for interior design professionals, and talks for design-seeking consumers on Saturday and Sunday.
June2017-DwellonDesign-Corporate-Close-Ups-0162Dwell on Design 2017 Highlights Include:
• Architect Sir David Adjaye will speak on Friday, June 23. Adjaye is a leading architect with prestigious commissions around the world including the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo and the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. There will be a special meet and greet with Sir David following his speech.

• Interior decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard will appear on Saturday, June 24, as a featured speaker. Renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated interiors, Bullard is a staple of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and ELLE Decors A-List. Martyn will doing a book-signing his new title Design & Decoration following his lecture.

• The popular Home Tours will return giving the opportunity for attendees to explore a selection of unique, design- forward homes located all throughout Los Angeles.

• Attendees can learn about the inspiration and creative vision behind the homes in the Home Tours during Meet The Architects, Thursday, June 22 at the Pacific Design Center.

• Dwell on Design will welcome the Architecture & Design Film Festival at the Dwell Outdoor Pavilion, screening design centric feature and short films.

• The Shop will make is debut where guests can shop unique creations from designer- makers and artisans, exhibited in a boutique shopping setting.

• A Silent Auction that benefits the MADWORKSHOP, will take place with 100% of the proceeds going to their work on the LA homelessness crisis.

• Free One-on-One Consultations from both architects and interior designers are available to all attendees seeking any kind of designadvice for their current or upcoming projects.
• The popular featured panels and sessions with top leaders in design will cover one of the five major content pillars: Technology/Smart Home, Health & Wellness/Aging, Urban Space/Densification, Resiliency, and Business of Design, including Designing a Cook’s Kitchen…Best Practices from Celebrity Chefs and Design Professionals; Psychological + Physiological Effects of Color in Design; and Passive is Aggressive…Passive Design for the Future.

• Returning pavilions include Dwell Outdoor, prefab homes by Method Home and Cocoon9, and the emerging designers pavilion, Prime Edition.

What: Dwell on Design will take place at the
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center,
When: Friday, June 23, 10am - 6pm; Saturday, June 24, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, June 25, 10am - 4pm
Website: https://la.dwellondesign.com

Performances thru June 2017: ELEVATOR

The hit play ELEVATOR, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, returns to Los Angeles for a special limited engagement at The Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood.

See a review of the play on our Review Page. The cast features Devon Werkheiser (Nickelodeon's "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide") William Stanford Davis (Showtime's "Ray Donovan"), Deborah Vancelette (FX's "Terriers"), David Abed (Blue Man Group), Karsen Rigby, Erica Katzin and Kristina St. Peter.
The creative team includes scenic and lighting designer David Goldstein (Off Broadway's Soul Doctor, Stalking the Bogeyman, Ghostlight) and original music and sound designer Mario Marchetti (who has collaborated with such artists as Demi Lovato, JoJo, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, among many others). ELEVATOR runs through Sunday, April 30, 2017.

When seven strangers—a CEO Woman, Business Man, Office Temp, Hot Girl, Musician, Maintenance Man and Goth Girl—get stuck in an elevator, it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out. When forced together, given nothing but four walls and each other, these archetypes prove to be anything but 'typical.' Written and directed by Michael Leoni, ELEVATOR is based on the original short film Someplace  In Between (an Official Selection of the 2009 LA Shorts Film Festival). The play originally premiered at the Hudson theaters during the first annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. After a wildly successful run, the smash hit expanded to the Hudson Mainstage Theatre and then the Macha Theater, receiving 11 nominations including "Best New Work" from Broadway World as well as "Critic's Choice" and "Best Bet" from the Los Angeles Times. Michelle Kaufer and Laura Hill produce the new engagement. The creative team also includes Ovation Award-winning  costume designer Michael Mullen (Celebration Theatre's The Boy from Oz, DOMA Theatre Company's Dreamgirls) and makeup designer Linda Michaels.

Performances take place through June, 2017; Single tickets are now available for $40. Click Here to purchase tickets, or call (323) 960-7787. Ticket prices subject to change. No late seating will be accommodated.

What: Performance
Where: Coast Playhouse 8325 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA  90069,
When: Sat, Mar 25 – Sun, extened through June, 2017 - Fri 8pm; Sat 8pm; Sun 3pm
Website: http://www.coastplayhouse.org

Art Collecting 101: Acquiring the Work of Legendary Artists!

Art collecting can bring new life to one's home. Whether you are an interior designer or simply someone who wants to bring more character to your abode, works of art can transform a space and for some - enhance one's mood. Most art lovers may think that they would never have the chance to own a work of art by a renowned artist. However, one's purchasing power is greatly increased when setting one's sights on contemporary art's secondary market. Art dealer and gallery owner Robert Berman (SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS/THE ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY) has been in the art business for over forty years and knows the ins and outs of collecting art. Berman encourages prospective art collectors to stop by the preview currently installed now at both galleries at Bergamot Station (A-5 & B-7).
lowres SMAuctions pettibone edited-1Richard Pettibone, (born 1938); Seductive Girl, Tahkt I-Sulyaman Vartiation II, Elvis and Campbell’s Soup, 1969; Acrylic on canvas combine, with original frame; Signed on verso 12 x 25 inches; Provenance: Acquired by the present and original owner from OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY, in 1970, original receipt included. Condition: repairs made along top strainer, along the bottom strainer to the left and third, along the bottom strainer to the right of signature. Two breaks in canvas within the Seductive Girl image as well as along the top edge of the Soup Can image, were flatted and patched. All archival repairs made by Valentine Michalski, Barrington; Estimate: $45,000/$65,000

Of all works set to be auctioned, Berman related that in his opinion, the appropriation piece by Richard Pettibone is the star of the auction. Known for his miniatures, the never-before-seen piece by Pettibone was found in a drawer by a woman who had no idea of its value. She had read an article about the sale of a Raymond Pettibon work sold by SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS. After learning that the artwork sold for $182,000, she decided to contact Berman. "It's the kind of piece that the world collects as the consummate appropriation work from the 60s," said Berman. "It was made with incredible skill and aesthetic ability. At the same time...leading the way of conceptual art for the sophisticated collectors of the day. Back in the day, they were a few hundred dollars. Today, the collectors of contemporary art search them out and have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the best of his appropriated work."
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David Hockney (born 1937), Ann Combing Her Hair, 1979; Lithograph on Koller handmade paper; From the numbered edition of 75; Signed, numbered and dated in pencil on recto; Sheet: 23 x 31.25 inches; Framed: 35 x 42.5 inches; Estimate: $4,000/$6,000

Berman's passion for art was evident as he explained more about the works in this year's auction. With so much access to iconic works of art, one can only assume that the gallerist has discerning taste. He admitted one of his favorites is the David Hockney - Anne Combing her Hair. "It's a beautiful piece," said Berman. "On handmade paper – really special paper from 1979 - it's the consummate drawing of what he was doing during that period. Hockney was a printmaker. He liked making multiples - you can see all the edges. It's soothing, simple, beautiful work."

Another work of art that he pointed out was by Los Angeles artist Peter Alexander. "Peter's Untitled 1982 black velvet work is very rare – it's in its original frame," continued Berman. In the 50s and 60s, velvet paintings were considered the lowest form of art. Peter was always ahead of the curve, so he took this background of black velvet, and he added his Peter Alexander touch and created this beautiful painting."
Peter Alexander, Untitled, 1982; Mixed media on velvet, Signed and dated on recto; Image: 24 x 36 inches; Framed: 27.5 x 33.5 inches; Provenance: James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, tag on verso; Estimate: $1,800/$2,500

Berman went on to explain that Alexander had created a mural that hung in a well-known Los Angeles restaurant named Rebecca's. Designed by Frank Gehry, the restaurant became a legendary artist hangout. Berman added, "In the late 70s into the early 80s, Rebecca's was filled with art, and artists would come to see this black velvet mural by Peter – it was magnificent." Ironically, Berman would end up auctioning the entire art collection from Rebecca's over fifteen years ago (after its closing) - including Alexander's work.

According to Berman, the 1988 Dennis Hopper was another incredible find. "Hopper wanted to emulate Andy Warhol. In the 60s, Warhol was making these big silkscreen prints. Hopper is known for his photographs - so he created a silkscreen from a photograph. It's very rare."
Dennis Hopper; Side of truck with graffiti, c. 1988-1989; Silkscreen (silver) based on the photograph taken in c. 1962; Printer Proof numbered 1/1; Edition of 6; Signed and numbered in pencil on recto; Printed by Modern Multiples; Taschen America Llc., pg. 102-103; Image: 37 x 55 inches; Framed: 43.5 x 60.5 inches; Estimate: $20,000/$30,000

This is just a taste of what is up for auction on Sunday, June 4 at the SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS. Additional artworks by renowned artists Ed Moses, Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close, Alex Prager, Larry Bell, and many more will be auctioned off at the event starting at noon. There will be a preview on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11-7pm at SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS (A-5) and THE ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY (B-7) located at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11-6pm. http://www.smauctions.com/

Monthly Art Walks and Art Crawls

Thurs 10.4 SanPedro1st ThursdayIf you like Art Walks....the First Thursday of every month offers two fun art walks.

One takes place in San Pedro....

and the other happens in Laguna Beach.

Each have their own charm, so mark your calendars and be sure to check them out.

San Pedro holds a community friendly art walk. Be sure to check their website for a full list of participating galleries at http://1stthursday.com/

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Or head to Laguna Beach...for a hoppin' walk.

For more info about the Laguna Beach 1st Thursday Artwalk, see their website http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com/

The DDAWlogoowntown Art Walk happens the 2nd Thursday of every month. It started on a grass roots level, only to evolve into a full blown art/night life extravaganza. If you haven't checked it out yet....be sure to. See their website too.  http://www.downtownartwalk.org/.

For more info about past events see Examiner article


VACOr in Venice....On the third Thursday of every third month, the Venice Art Crawl takes place. March, June, September and December

The event was modeled after the Downto
wn Art Walk, See their website at http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

For more info about past events see Santa Monica Mirror and  Examiner article