In Venice, get your art groove on early…

ThisTHur Sat 4.11 LALouver matt-wedel-Portrait-MW13-20-E 72 morning at 11:00 am, LA Louver presents an art conversation between Matt Wedel and Christopher Miles. On view are two exhibitions,”Matt Wedel: Sheep’s Head” and “Charles Garabedian: re:Generation,” which opened this past Thursday.
On view: April 11 – May 11

The event is free, but reservations are required. RSVP to 310.822.4955 or rsvp@lalouver.com

What: Opening Reception
Where: L.A. Louver, 45 North Venice Blvd. Venice 90291
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 822- 4955
Website: http://www.lalouver.com

Sat 4.13 VenieSkate Surf
Also in Venice…The Venice Beach Surf n’ Skate Festival takes place today at the site of the Friday Venice Farmer’s Market Lot, located at 2150 Dell Ave. – Venice.

The event will feature live music, vendors, a beer garden, food trucks and more.

I’ll be performing (Kathy Leonardo) with The Venice Street Legends. We’ll be performing many of the same duets  as “The Country Legends.” So come on by and hear some Johnny Cash and June Carter as well as Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and more.

The Venice Street Legends feature Greg Cruz, on guitar and vocals, Petr Hromadko on stand up bass and Mitch Montrose on drums.

For more info about Kathy Leonardo see www.kathyleonardo.com or Greg Cruz see his facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/venicesreetlegends?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Country-Legends/334755333293048?fref=ts

What: Festival/Live Music
Where: Venice Farmer’s Market Lot, 2150 Dell Ave. – Venice
When: Event is 11-6pm The Country Legends play 3: 00 pm – 3:45 pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/bradyrocks?fref=ts

In Westchester….at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, enjoy “This Side of the 405.” Curated by Meg Linton, the exhibit features work by 33 contemporary artists whose studios are west of the 405, north of the 105 and south of the 10 freeways in Los Angeles.

Sat 4.14 Otis LaurenMarsollerThis Side of the 405 features artwork by: Charles Arnoldi, Natalie Arnoldi, Alex Becerra, Larry Bell, Karen Carson, Meg Cranston, Greg Colson, Mark Farina, Joe Goode, Liza Ryan, Barbara T. Smith,  Shirley Tse, Pontus Willfors, Suzan Woodruff, Jody Zellen and many more.

See image: Lauren Marsolier, Highway 2, 2010, Archival pigment print

On view: April 13th – June 1st
What: Opening reception

Where: Ben Maltz Gallery,Otis College of Art and Design 9045 Lincoln Blvd.
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Website: http://www.otis.edu/public_programs/ben_maltz_gallery/index.html

In Santa Monica…There are some fun happenings at Bergamot Station, where the Pick of the Week is taking place (Skidmore Contemporary Art).

AtSat 4.13 Schomburg Summer-Rick Stop 24x24  Oil Schomburg Gallery, enjoy a juried exhibition, “Malibu Art Association: Still Life and Beyond.” Founded in 1963 by local artist Marjorie M. Knowles, the Malibu Art Association’s (MAA), mission is to support, inspire, and develop the Spirit of Art for all. 

As a diverse group of artists and patrons, the MAA encourage members in their creative work and provides financial assistance for future artists in the community. See image by Gay Summer Rick.

On view: April 13 – May 11

What: Opening reception
Where: Schomburg Gallery, E-3A Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: (310) 453-5757
Website: http://www.schomburggallery.com/

Sat 4.13 ShoshanaWayne ChieFueki Exhibition VT.1Also at Bergamot….

Shoshana Wayne Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Chie Fueki’s new paintings.  This is the artist’s fourth show with the gallery. 

On view: April 13 – May 25

What: Opening reception
Where: Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station (B-1) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310.453.7535
Website: http://shoshanawayne.com/

Sat 4.13 WilliamTurner RexYuasaAnd one more for you….

William Turner Gallery celebrates the work of aritists Koji Takei and Rex Yuasa with an opening reception tonight. 

With the exhibition Hand in Hand, Koji Takei explores the age-old subject matter of love and relationships with wit, humor, juxtapositions, paradoxes and ironies.

In Diochrome, Yuasa further explores the subject of color that has been liberated from objective context.

Where: William Turner Gallery Bergamot Station, E1, 2525 Michigan Ave. SM
When: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phone: (310) 453-0909
Website: www.williamturnergallery.com

Bleicher Golightly Gallery presents “Beyond the Naked Eye,” an exhibit of contemporary photographers exploring the invisible nether-region beyond the spectrum of human sight.

TeSat 4.14 BleicherGolightly NickVeaseychniques such as x-ray, telescope, photographic experimentation, and microscope are used to delve deep into phenomena otherwise invisible to the naked eye – consequently bridging science and art to explore a parallel world that is as real as it is surreal.

See image: Nick Veasey 10-017 Mini, 47 x 33, C-Type Print

Exhibiting Photographers:  Tatiana Botton , Rene Jacobs, Stephen Confer, Janice Tieken, Hector Suarez, Susie Loucks, Sean Maher, COrgana Meets, Tm Gratkowski, Derek Van Oss, David Scharf and more.

On view: April 13th – 20th

What: Opening Reception
Where: Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, Ca 90401
When: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Phone: 310.451.9983
Website: http://caporalebleicher.com/

In Culver City…

Sat 4.13 SamuelFreeman KJO main 800Samuel Freeman celebrates the work of Alice Könitz, Pamela Jorden, and Jeff Ono featuring an exhibition of new sculptural and painting works by 3 Los Angeles-based artists.

On view: April 13 – May 18

What: Opening reception
Where: Samuel Freeman, 2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.449.1479
Website: http://www.samuelfreeman.com

Also in Culver City…

ASat 4.13 AnglesGallery LindaBesemerngles Gallery hosts a recption for “Between Known and Unknown,” featuring new paintings by Linda Besemer, Tony de los Reyes, and Adam Ross. The exhibition will be on view April 13th through May 18th with a reception for the artists on Saturday, April 13th, 6-8 PM.

See image: Linda Besemer, Swoop Wave Bulge #2, 2012, Acrylic on canvas over panel, 48 x 66 inches.

On view: April 13th – May 18th

What: Opening reception
Where: Angles Gallery, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., 
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.396.5019
Website: http://www.anglesgallery.com/

Sat 4.13 WeThreeKings RAY CAESARCorey Helford hosts an opening reception for “Ray Caesar, New and Rare Work,” in their newest gallery CHG Circa (steps from their main gallery).  The exhibition features Ray Caesar’s digital art work highlighting a decade of vibrant persona.

Caesar’s vision resonates with the changing psyche of his figures, reflecting memories of his childhood and experiences employed at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. “My work is about hunting back innocence and using archetypes to develop spiritual growth,” says Caesar. “It is a self-portrait of my subconscious and spiritual development through imagery.”

On view: April 13 – May 11

What: Opening Reception
Where: CHG Circa, 8530-A Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 7-10pm
Phone: 323-363-9338
Website: http://chgcirca.com