It’s the second half of May already…can you believe it? Wow…life is movin’ fast. Looks like we may have a couple more updates since there are two more weekends AND Memorial Day weekend is almost here…Become a FREE subscriber and receive updates by Tuesday. Email us at LAArtParty@gmail.com to join the list.

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May 15, 2019:
The Museum of Dream Space (MODS) hosts its grand opening. This is the first museum exhibiting primarily digital art in the United States.
The design concept of MODS is illuminated by art design from Yayoi Kusama famous for infinite rooms, and the development of digital art. The aim of MODS is to provide an immersive, magical and unique art appreciative experiences to the visitors. The uniqueness of MODS is to break the limitation of physical media, extend the art by digital technology and to provide the largest freedom of visitors experiencing the arts, which realize the physical extension of the arts. Tickets range from $32 – $60; Beverly Center, #656, 8500 Beverly Blvd, LA, 90048; https://modsla.com/


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May 17, 2019:
UCLA’s Spring Sing features talented students performing song, dance and sketch comedy. This year’s show will include performances by soloists Nina Marie and Aaron Chardrick, duets by Ulani & Kevin, Sofie & David, Jahanvi & Matheus, and Ali & Sean, band performances by BUTR, TAXI, Dark Dazey, Offbeat, acapella performances by Random Voices (RV) and Bruin Harmony, and dance performances by Outspoken, Icarus, and ACA. Be sure to visit the art gallery in the lobby of Pauley Pavilion of artwork submitted by students under the prompt of “Sharing their Narrative.” Admission ranges from $35 to $45 per person; CLICK Here to purchase tickets. Event: 7:30pm-10pm; UCLA Pauley Pavilion, 425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095; https://alumni.ucla.edu/traditions/spring-sing/

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May 18, & 19, 2019:
The Beverly Hills artSHOW returns to Beverly Gardens Park the weekend of May 18 & 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attracting art appreciators from all over Southern California, along with an international audience of culturally-attuned tourists in and around Beverly Hills, this semi-annual art show is again expected to host 40,000 visitors throughout the two-day event.
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Find out more on the Event Feature. Event runs:10:00am – 6:00pm; Beverly Gardens Park, from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive; 310.285.6836; http://beverlyhillsorg/artSHOW

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May 18–19, 2019
ARTsea returns! For two days, Marina del Rey’s “Party on the Beach” transforms L.A.’s Marina into a creative playground. Saturday: 11am-10pm; Sunday: 11am – 6pm; CLICK HERE to RSVP for the FREE Event. Marina (Mother’s) Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292;

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May 18, 2019:
Join Venice Arts for a family potluck, exhibition, and film screening and celebrate its students and their creative achievements! This event showcases the best of our students’ films, photographs, comics, animations, and multi-media pieces from our award-winning Art Mentoring & Education workshops. Free for low-income families, these workshops are offered after school during the academic year and daily during our Summer Media Arts Camp. Event runs: 12-2pm; CLICK HERE to RSVP for this FREE event; Venice Arts: A Los Angeles Center for Photography & Film Education, 13445 Beach Avenue, Marina del Rey, CA 90292; http://www.venicearts.org

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May 18, 2019:
There are a few in Culver City….this one starts super early (noon). Baik Art celebrates “Songs For My Father, Bouquets For My Mother,” a collaborative mural project by 18th Street Arts Center and artist, Amir H. Fallah. An opening reception will be held at Baik Art LA. The current exhibition “Crossing Place: Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka” will also be on view during this reception. Event runs: 12pm – 2pm; Baik Art, 2600 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, , 90034; https://baikart.com/

Another Culver City stop…Vielmetter Los Angeles presents “Memento Vivo,” featuring the art of Raffi Kalenderian; Art Party: 4–6pm; Vielmetter Los Angeles, 6006 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232; https://www.vielmetter.com/

George Billis Gallery LA presents “Abound,” the gallery’s sixth solo exhibition of work by Daniel Phill. The exhibition features the artist’s recent paintings. Also opening “Tiki Modern,” the gallery’s fifth solo exhibition of paintings by Danny Heller. On view: May 18th – June 22, 2019; Art Party: 5-8pm; George Billis Gallery LA, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90034; http://www.georgebillis.com/

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May 18, 2019:
Branded Arts presents the Maya Angelou Mural Festival, the next installment of its LAUSD mural festival series, with a grand opening reception taking place tonight. Over two-dozen local and international artists have been commissioned to paint a series of murals throughout South LA’s Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School, from May 13 – 18, 2019. The event will feature a preliminary talk from Torri Shack of Tangible Movement, and a performance from singer / songwriter MIGUEL. Art Party: 4-9pm; Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School, 300 E. 53rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90011; FB Event Page.

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May 18 – May 27, 2019:
WE RISE is an immersive 10-day event that focuses on the creative arts as a way to promote mental wellbeing and connectedness. The event will feature live performances, music, interactive programming and a museum-quality gallery of thought-provoking art aimed at inspiring purpose, connectivity and conversations around mental wellbeing. May 18 – May 27, 2019; 5pm-10pm; Weekends 10am-10pm; CLICK HERE to RSVP to attend this FREE event. WE RISE, 1262 Palmetto St., LA, 90013; https://werise.la

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May 18, 2019:
Stay in Santa Monica…Head to Bergamot Station, William Turner Gallery hosts a group show titled “Deep Water.” Artists include: Natalie Arnoldi, Lita Albuquerque, Casper Brindle, Micky Hoogendijk, Greg Miller, Andy Moses, and Jennifer Wolf. On view: May 18 – July 6, 2019; Art Party: 6-8pm; William Turner Gallery, E-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM 90405; http://williamturnergallery.com/

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May 18, 2019:

Also in Santa Monica…bG Gallery takes part in the Ocean Block Art Walk along with dnj Gallery and others. bG Gallery presents the solo exhibition, “Ralph Allen Massey: All of the Above.” The opening is part of the Ocean Park Art Block – dnj Gallery will also be participating (one of our top ten events). 
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Read more on the Event Feature. Art Party: 6-9pm; bG Gallery, 3009 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, 90405;
http://www.santamonica.bgartdealings.com/

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May 18, 2019:
In Venice…Head to Abbot Kinney, and enjoy the art of Jules Muck at an opening for a pop up space in collaboration with Will Leather. Art Party: 6pm – 8pm; Will Leather, 1360 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice;

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May 18, 2019
Castelli Art Space throws an art party for a new exhibition titled “Inherited Memories.” The group exhibition is curated by Peter Frank and features three-women…Shula Singer Arbel, Dwora Fried, and Malka Nedivi. On View: May 18 – May 26, 2019; Art Party: 6-9pm; Castelli Art Space, 5428 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA; http://www.castelliartspace.com

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May 18, 2019:
In Beverly Hills…M+B offers two exhibitions…Signals, Cameron Martin’s first exhibition with the gallery. “Artwork By Dapper Bruce Lafitte, A NOLA Icon” is an exhibition of new large-scale works on paper by self-taught artist Dapper Bruce Lafitte, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. On view: May 18 – June 15, 2019; Art Party: 6-8pm; M+B, 612 North Almont Drive, LA, 90069; https://www.mbart.com/

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May 18, 2019:
Downtown…Delancey Street Press hosts a launch party to celebrate the release of three books; “Folsom St. Food Court” by Michael Rababy, “The Antonioni Adventure” by George Porcari and “Death Valley Superstars” by Duke Haney. Celebrate new publications with readings, food and drinks. Art Party: 6-9pm; Delancey Street Press, 1133 Venice Blvd, LA, 90015 (Corner of Venice Blvd and Constance Street in Pico Union) Parking available in back; https://www.delanceystreetpress.com

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May 18, 2019
In Boyle Heights…Corey Helford Gallery unveils its next exhibition, titled “Where Do We Go From Here?” The group show features artists from the street and urban genre whose work explores and examines today’s world and self, as it relates to identity, politics, and the human condition. Gallery 3 showcases new works by British metal artist Dan Rawlings, Brooklyn-based Iranian brothers, ICY and SOT, female tattoo artist Jackie Dunn Smith, multidisciplinary artist Joe Iurato, New York-based public space artist Jordan Seiler, British artist and pioneer of aerosol X-ray art, SHOK-1, and Australian-based artist Stormie Mills. On view: May 18 – June 22, 2019; Art Party: 7-11pm; COREY HELFORD GALLERY, 571 S. Anderson St. LA, 90033; https://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com/

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May 18, 2019:
KP Projects presents Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins’ 8th solo show with the gallery titled “Let The Outside In.”
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Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins, Let the Outside In, Acrylic on canvas, 60×96 inches

Today, we live in a world of dizzying speed, exponential complexity, and ruthless competition. As adults, our imagination is intact, but boundaries prevent us from going beyond our rational minds. We set parameters, which if stepped over, would let us recapture the freedom and wonder of childhood creativity. Art Party: 7-10pm; RSVP for the FREE event at rsvp@kpprojects.net; KP Projects, 633 N. La Brea Ave., Suite 104, Los Angeles CA 90036 (South of Melrose, West side of the street); http://www.kpprojects.net

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May 18, 2019:
Studio MOMÉ celebrates its grand opening tonight. Dedicated to multidisciplinary practices, Studio MOMÉ is an art gallery + workshop located in the heart of Los Angeles. Owners Adam Mostow and Mesplé came together to open this unique creative space in rising Skid Row, a platform where talents converge. See the Event Feature for more info. Admission runs $25 for VIP, (7-8pm), early entry; GA FREE (8-11pm) CLICK HERE to RSVP or purchase VIP tickets. MOMÉ, 720 Ceres Avenue, Los Angeles CA, 90021; FB Event Page.

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May 19, 2019:
In Santa Monica…dnj Gallery hosts a Worth New York Fashion Trunk Show; Event begins: 1:00pm; dnj Gallery, 3015 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405; https://www.dnjgallery.net/; http://www.worthnewyork.com/

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May 19, 2019:

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery presents COLA 2019, an exhibition featuring new work by Enrique Castrejon, Juan Capistrán, Kim Fisher, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Katie Grinnan, Alice Könitz, Olga Koumoundouros, Sandy Rodriguez, Stephanie Taylor, Peter Wu and Jenny Yurshansky. These eleven artists are the recipients of the 2019 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship for visual arts. The Fellows were selected by a panel comprising curators, educators, museum directors and past COLA Fellows. The fellowship provides each artist with $10,000 to produce a new body of work, which will be premiered at the COLA 2019 exhibition. The exhibition will be accompanied by a public program as well as a catalog designed by Jody Zellen, a former COLA awardee. The opening will showcase a special performance of Katie Grinnan’s 5 Seconds of Dreaming, played by musicians Kozue Matsumoto and Eugene Moon at 3pm; May 23 – July 14, 2019; Event runs 2-5pm; LAMAG, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., LA; https://www.lamag.org/

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May 23, 2019:
Los Angeles Art Association holds Conversations With The Artists in conjunction with its current solo exhibitions featuring artists Ryan Henisey, Meghan Quinn and Lorraine Triolo. On view through June 14, 2019. Art talk: 7:00 – 9:00pm; Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90069; https://www.laaa.org/

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May 25, 26, & 27, 2019:
It’s time for the Topanga Days festival. Part music festival and part hometown fair, this three-day, family-friendly event includes musical acts on two stages, old school contests and games, a Fun Zone, local artisans, craft vendors, amazing food and the ever popular and widely anticipated Memorial Day parade.
May25-27-2019-520Size-TopangaDaysOne hundred percent of the proceeds of the festival benefit the TCC, which is one of the last remaining community houses privately owned and managed by volunteers in the state of California. Event runs 10am-7pm Friday-Sunday; Tickets range in prices from $15.00 for a single day member ticket to $80.00 for a Three-day non-member pass; Topanga Community Center, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA; https://topangadays.com/

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May 30, 2019:
dnj Gallery hosts a private screening of “Period. End of Sentence,” followed with a panel moderated by dnj Gallery artist, Suda House; Event begins: 7:30; dnj Gallery, 3015 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405; https://www.dnjgallery.net/

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Check back on May 22, 2019 for our last week of May update. 

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