I hope everyone had a fantastic thanksgiving. The holidays are officially here…Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza…whatever you celebrate. I hope you have the chance to slow down and enjoy the season. 
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As always, the LAArtParty team will be takiing our holiday break from December 15 – January 3, 2020 – there will Be TWO UPDATES in December 2019. For the 2nd half of December we will offer a list of ongoing events to enjoy.

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December 1, 2019:
ICA LA is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for the thirtieth annual Day With (out) Art by presenting STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. The videos are by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow. Check out the Visual Aids website for more info and additional venues that will be participating in this important art action. Event runs: 11:00am – 6:00pm;
 Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 
1717 East 7th Street LA CA 90021; https://www.theicala.org/en; https://visualaids.org/projects/day-without-art

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December 1, 2019:
Chimento Contemporary invites you to attend the Collectors’ Showcase. With art works and vintage household collectables and fixtures selected for novice collectors and those who are interested in expanding their portfolio. The perfect entry into a meaningful art collection, and just in time for that memorable gift purchase.
 Event runs: 12-4pm; Chimento Contemporary, 4480 West Adams Blvd., LA, 90016; https://chimentocontemporary.net/

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December 5, 2019:
Leica Gallery Los Angeles is proud to present The Van Gogh Affect by photographers Lynn Johnson and Patricia Lanza. This touring exhibition highlights the profound influence of Van Gogh’s work on contemporary perception of the world by focusing on the final few years of his life as well as the story of his work following his death. On view: December 5, 2019 – January 13, 2020; Art Party: 6-9pm; CLICK HERE to RSVP for this FREE event; Cocktail Attire is encouraged; Leica Gallery Los Angeles, 8783 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048; https://leicagalleryla.com/

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December 6, 2019:
Celebrate the culmination of ICA LA’s teen fellowship, Agency of Assets as well as the opening exhibition, Agency of Assets x El Clasificado. In collaboration with artist Pamela Ramos, Fellows reflected on their personal stories and program experiences to create their own zines, which will be installed in Ramos’ newsstand turned roving micro-gallery, El Clasificado, in ICA LA’s Annex. Event runs: 5-7pm; CLICK HERE to RSVP for this free event.
 Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 
1717 East 7th Street LA CA 90021; https://www.theicala.org/en

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December 6, 2019:
The Venice Art Crawl takes place in conjunction with First Fridays on Abbot Kinney. The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers will be strolling up and down the street from 7-9pm; We may even end up on the shuttle bringing attendees to the various VAC events. Find out where to pick up a VAC map, see https://www.veniceartcrawl.com/ 

Artist Ray Ford’s wood sculptures will be featured at Mercado at SPARC, a holiday night market during the Venice Art Crawl on Friday, December 6th from 6-10pm. 
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Ray Ford is an incredibly talented sculptor and will also be feature at bG Gallery on December 14, 2019 – It’s one of our top ten events on LAArtParty. Find out more about Ray Ford on his website – http://hrayford.com/

In addition to the holiday marketplace, visit the Box Project exhibition in The Durón Gallery at SPARC or join artist Kay Brown for a self-portrait printmaking workshop. Event runs: 6-10pm; SPARC, 685 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291; http://sparcinla.org/;

Visit other art openings participating in the Venice Art Crawl tonight. For more info, visit the VAC website: https://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

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December 7, 2019:
The Fahey/Klein Gallery hosts a book signing in conjunction with its current exhibition “Volume 3.” The solo exhibition of works by renowned photographer Frank Ockenfels is one of LAArtParty’s top ten picks. See the feature HERE. On view: December 5, 2019 – January 11, 2020; Book Signing: 2 – 4pm; The Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 North La Brea, LA, 90036; http://www.faheykleingallery.com

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December 7, 2019
Cathleen Crone Productions presents “A Whole Lotta Help From My Friends” – A Visual Banquet of Color and Emotion Facilitated By Music. Artists: Cathleen Crone, Darryl Curran, Corey Grayhorse and the works of families & participants of Creative Steps Program- Lisa Szilagyi. Featuring: dnj Gallery & BG Gallery; On view: December 3, 2019 – January 03, 2020; Event runs: 2-5pm; Pacific Palisades Public Library, 861 Alma Real Pacific Palisades, 90272;

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December 7, 2019:

Gallery 30 South presents “Plastic Religion,” featuring Pool & Marianela. The show features Barbie iconography that landed the artists in the Louvre, in the News, and in the Pope’s personal art collection. From Baphomet Barbie to a full seven-figure Nativity Scene with Manger, this is something of a greatest hits show that’s perfect for the holidays! On view: December 5 – 29, 2019; Art Party: 3-6pm; Gallery 30 South, 30 S Wilson Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106; http://gallery30south.com/

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December 7, 2019:
In Santa Monica…Main Street will be hosting its holiday event tonight from 4-9pm; This years marks the 25th anniversary for the event. The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers will be performing at the shopping cart Christmas tree at Edgemar once again this year. 
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Event runs: 4-9pm; Event begins at CA Heritage Museum (2612 Main St.), then the crowd walks (with candles) to Edgemar Center (2427 Main St.), where the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers will perform a twenty minute set. The party continues up and down Main street; Find out more about the event here- https://www.mainstreetsm.com/holiday-event/

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December 7, 2019:
IRVING PLACE STUDIO and SLOAN PROJECTS invite you to a special 11 day (December 5 – December 15, 2019), Holiday Bazaar at the studio. Enjoy a curated selection of beautifully crafted items and confections features 14 different craftspeople and artisans – perfect for Holiday shopping. A reception for the artists will be held tonight (Saturday, Dec 7) from 5-7pm. 8560 Venice Blvd., LA; 8560 Venice Blvd., LA; http://irvingplacestudio.com/

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December 7, 2019:
Downtown…Open Mind Art Space presents a group show titled “Open Space,” a group show. The exhibition will be held at Backspace, instead of its gallery. Artists include: Tanya Brodksy, Jamison Carter, Gioj DeMarco, Margaret Griffith, Ashley Hagen, Samuel Jernigan, Thomas Müller, Ruben Ochoa, Noe Olivas, Erika Ostrander, Nicole Seisler and Christian Tedeschi. On view: December 7, 2019 – January 11, 2020; Art Party: 7:00pm – 10:00pm; The space will be closed December 26th and January 2, 2020. Backspace LA, 1528 E. 17th Street, LA, 90021; https://openmindartspace.com

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December 10, 2019:
dnj Gallery hosts an orchestral musical concert featuring Kaleidoscope. This event takes place in conjunction with the group exhibition, “Awareness.” A continuance of the gallery’s dedication to presenting photography that emphasizes concepts, thoughts, and impressions, brings together five artists who question our understanding and ability to perceive and become aware of our own environment. See the Event Feature for more info. Concert begins: 7:30pm; dnj Gallery, 3015 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, 90405; 310.315.3551; http://dnjgallery.net

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December 11, 2019
A Swing Left Fund Raiser presents CHRISTMAS WITH A Z! hosted by Emmy Award-winner Dana Gould as Dr. Zaius. “Christmas with a Z!” Is an insanely unique holiday cavalcade of comedy and music – equal parts naughty and nice with a dash of Christmas bitters. Featuring: Natasha Leggero, Puddles Pity Party, Kate Willette, The Poubelle Twins, 2 Headed Dog, Track IX, The Andy Paley Orchestra, Senor Amor, The Bach Street Boys, plus surprise guests and more! Admission starts at $50, with VIP packages available; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, CA 90026; https://www.thesatellitela.com/

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December 14, 15, 2019:
Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles hosts two-day holiday marketplace showcasing LA-based makers, nonprofits, artists, and performers. The market will offer hand-crafted products and locally-made wares, as well as family workshops led by educators. Enjoy specialty foods and confections by the onsite restaurant, Manuela, in addition to a robust program of performances. Event runs: 11am-6pm; Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 901 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013; https://www.hauserwirth.com

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December 14, 2019:
Bergamot Station hosts its Winter Open House today from 11 – 4pm; Many galleries will be open, there will be food trucks and live music too. Be sure to stop into Skidmore Contemporary Art to see the art of Canadian artist Anne-Marie Kornachuk. Click Here to read more about the artist. You can also find the feature under the On View drop-down on the Artists/Exhibitions Page. Skidmore Contemporary Art will also features two art talks during the event: Brighton Smith, Tropical Garden, at 2:00pm, and Diane Mann, Photorealism with Pastel at 2:30pm.

Also one of our top ten events takes place at bG Gallery. See the top ten listing – HERE to find out more about the artist featured at bG Gallery.

There will of course be more galleries participating in the event, such as Lois Lambert Gallery and Lora Schlesinger, etc. Find out more about the Winter Open House on the FB Event Page

Later in the early evening…Lora Schlesinger Gallery (B5b) hosts its final art party. Enjoy a salon-style group show featuring many of the artists it has represented through the years. Art Party: 4-6pm; http://www.loraschlesinger.com/

Then at 5pm…Building Bridges Art Exchange presents “All Women Are Dangerous II” curated by Marisa Caichiolo. This is the second edition of an exhibition featuring the work of women photographers. The group show revisits the exploration of self identity and issues of gender presentation and highlights the rise of female contemporary artists. CLICK Here to read the Event Feature (under the Upcoming Events Page). Artists include: Aline Smithson, Brandy Trigueros, J.K. Lavin, Jane Szabo, Jessie Chaney, Lisa McCord, Maggie Meiners, Marian Crostic, Marjorie Salvaterra, Paula Riff, Sandra Klein, Sarah Hadley, Susan Swihart, & Tami Bahat (see work below);
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Laborer by Tami Bahat;

On view: December 14 – February 2, 2020; Art Party: 5 – 8pm; Building Bridges Art Exchange, F-2, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404; https://www.buildingbridgesartexchange.org/

Also at 6pm…William Turner Gallery hosts an opening reception for “The Lost Coast,” an exhibition by New York based artist Greg Miller and Los Angeles artist Nick Hunt. Art Party 6-8pm; William Turner Gallery, E-1,Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Unit F2; Santa Monica, 90404; https://www.williamturnergallery.com/

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December 14, 2019:
Los Angeles Art Association is proud to present the 2019 Open Show, LAAA’s signature survey exhibition featuring the very best in emerging art, Juried by Ade Omotosho, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); Art Party 6-9pm; Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069; https://www.laaa.org/

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December 14, 2019:
Avenue 50 Studio celebrates the Virgen de Guadalupe, a powerful symbol of Mexican identity and faith with a group exhibition. Her image is associated with everything from motherhood to feminism to social justice. Artists include: Alfonso Aceves, Cidne Hart, David Botello, Dominic Ochoa, Ernesto Flores, Ernesto Vazquez, Isabel Martinez, J. Michael Walker, Mar Abella, Mita Cuaron, Nico Avina, Ofelia Esparza, Sergio Robleto, Yaneli Delgado. Art Party: 7-10pm; Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, LA, 90042; RSVP for this FREE event on the FB Event Page.

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December 14, 2019:
Wishlist 7.5 opens at Gabba Gallery. Yes Wishlist 7 was indeed one of LAArtParty’s top ten events in November, but this massive group show has been 
re-curated with fabulous new art added!
 The exhibition features 70+ artists
 with prices starting as low as $50 and never exceed $1000. 
Take your new art home with you! Read about the exhibition HERE. On view thru December 21, 2019; Come join the art party from 7-11pm; Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd, LA, 90057; https://www.gabbagallery.com

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December 24, 2019:
The Craft in America House Band will be presenting a casual afternoon of holiday music on Christmas Eve from 12 – 4 pm. Come and celebrate the season with bassist Maggie Hasspacher, pianist Sarah Gibson, and guitarist Terry de Castro. Event runs: 12-4pm; The Craft in America, 8415 W. Third St. Los Angeles, CA 90048; https://www.craftinamerica.org/

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