In Santa Monica…

The Santa Monica Pier will hoSat-FerignoFit-Lou-Wifest the second week of “Hey There Muscles – Lean Fitness by FerrignoFIT.”

The 6-week fitness and wellness series is designed by bodybuilding icon, Lou Ferrigno, his daughter Shanna and their team of experts. Each week will focus on different health & fitness topics and interval training workouts for all levels.

The event is every Saturday morning at 9am on the West End of the Pier.

What: Fitness Event
Where: Santa Monica Pier, West end of pier
When: 9:00 am
Website: www.heytheremuscles.com

In Santa Monica…at Bergamot Station….BergamotStationlogo copythere are several openings.

William Turner Gallery for cocktails & light hors d’oeuvres for a closing reception of a ground breaking exhibition.

This event had a fabulSat-July19-ClosingWilliamTurnerous opening art party (yes it was our Pick of the Week) and enjoyed a great run….truly incredible work!

Ed Moses and Larry Poons have worked in the realm of abstraction for the last six decades, each producing a unique and innovative oeuvre, driven by experimentation, process, color and materiality.

If you have not yet see this exhibit….GET THERE!!!

What: Closing reception
Where: William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, E1, SM
When: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Phone: 310 453 0909

Website:
 http://www.williamturnergallery.com/

Shoshana Wayne Gallery (B-1) offers an opening from 5-7pm. http://www.shoshanawayne.com/

TAG Gallery hosts an opening reception to celebrate artists Carole Garland, Suki Kuss, Elyse Wyman.

SGarland Carole Ferris Oil on Canvas 48x36in. anta Monica Pier: Night and Day: features the work of Carole Garland: The artist focuses on the variability of the Santa Monica Pier as a spectrum of illumination throughout the day and into the night. Garland plays with natural and artificial light and shadows falling on the beach, pier and water and explores the familiar architecture in close-up and from afar.

See image: Carole Garland, Ferris Oil on Canvas 48x36in.

Small Offerings, Suki Kuss:
Suki Kuss embarks on a personal journey in her latest exhibition, Small Offerings. Putting aside her previously used vintage materials such as lace, patterns, sheet music and reflective surfaces, Kuss limits herself to only immediately accessible and basic materials in her studio. What unfolded in this delicate and patient quest was a deeply cathartic and cleansing experience.

Light of Day, Elyse Wyman:
In her latest series, Elyse Wyman combines painting and photography to explore the crepuscular transition of day to night. These mixed media works showcase the ephemeral nature of the cyclical rhythms of the earth, as light is filtered through a haze of clouds, mist and pollution in and around the Los Angeles area.

On view: July 15 – Sat. August 9, 2014

What: Opening reception
Where: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404

When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-9556
Website: www.taggallery.net

Lois Lambert Gallery offers two exhibitions. One features paintings and mixed media works from Joanna Bielski titled “Together Alone.”

See image: JoannSat-July19-Touch-byJoannaBielskia Bielski, “Touch,” Oil on canvas 27″ x 20″

This exhibition is a study that reflects the contradiction: being together and alone at the same time. Using oils, Bielski paints interacting figures as a narrative to illuminate this paradox. Joanna creates abstract color fields and words made by obsessive mark-making and pinhole puncturing in her works on paper.

“Outside In” also opens tonight…featuring the work of Phil Kho. Kho gathers inspiration from the traditional Korean lattice structure, “Chang-sal” as a means of connecting the old and the new. In a constantly changing world, replete with perpetual technological advancement, Kho wishes to emphasize the human longing to connect with history and culture.

On view: July 19th – August 31st

What: Opening reception
Where: Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, E-3, 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Website: http://www.loislambertgallery.com


Sat-July19 GalleryLuisottiGallery Luisotti celebrates a new exhibition, “sites of memory.” The show finds its theoretical underpinnings in Pierre Nora’s seminal essay “Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire.”

The artists in this exhibition—Lewis Baltz, John Divola, Christina Fernandez, Mark Ruwedel, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, and Catherine Wagner—point to various histories via their individual visual strategies. They offer the viewer partial views onto environments, objects, and the human body that suggest even larger structures that are present outside or invisible within the frame.

On View: July 19th – Sept 6th

What: Opening reception
Where: Gallery Luisotti, (A-2), Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. SM, 90404
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: (310) 453-0043
Website: http://www.galleryluisotti.com/

bG Gallery at Bergamot Station presSat-July19-bGGallery-Berg-Alex-Schaefer-8-bit-Mona-Lisa-oilWEBents Masters of Illusion, an exhibition of artists who have mastered the art of visual illusion.

See image: ALEX SCHAEFER “8-bit Mona Lisa” Oil on Canvas

Works stemming from photorealism, op art, trompe l’oeil and new forms of sculpture, tease the eye and bend the mind.

Artists include: Mikel Glass, Alex Schaffer, Vincent Tomczyck, Ryan Mcintosh, Jack Reilly, Nick Veasey, Carol Powell, Ted Gall, Michelle Neilsen, Lizzy Waronker, Mike Saijo, Susie Loucks, Simone Gad, Rex Bruce, Poppy Lawman, Douglas Alvarez, Timothy Bailey, Alessandro Diddi, Colin Glasgow, Gary Raymond, Nathan Cartwright, Danielle Eubank and more.

What: Opening reception
Where: Bergamot Station, (G8A) 2525 Michigan Ave Santa Monica, 90404
When: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: (310) 906 4211
Website: http://www.bGartGalleries.com

Another early happening take place in the Valley…ABRA Gallery (30941 Agoura Road #310, Westlake Village, 91361) holds an art party from 5-8pm. http://www.abragallery.com/

In Venice/Mar Vista area…Verge Photographers at Duncan Miller Gallery (10959 Venice Blvd., 90034) offers a reception from 7-9 pm.  See FB Page

In Culver City…

Sat-July19-ReginaldIngraham-MicheleRobinsonReginald Ingraham Gallery presents “Hold Tight, Then Fall” featuring the art of Michelle Robinson.

See image: Michelle Robinson, (Untitled), acrylic, gold leaf, on canvas, 30″ x 30″

Michelle Robinson’s paintings challenge and withdraw; they are both bold and subtle, mixtures of meaning, depth and immaterial beauty. With intricate patterns set against gilded negative space, Robinson composes a fine line between the weight of responsibility and the freedom found in the fantastical.

On view: July 19th – August 23rd, 2014

What:Opening reception
Where: Reginald Ingraham Gallery, 6021 W Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-558-1965
Website: http://www.reginaldingrahamgallery.com/

First head East for an earlier reception at Roberts & Tilton (5801 Washington Blvd.), from 6-8pm. http://www.robertsandtilton.com

Then head West just a bit…
Sat-July19-CHGCIRCA
Two exhibitions open at CHG CIRCA tonight….”Satisfaction Guaranteed,” a body of new 3D resin paintings and sculptures by LA’s own amazing NOUAR. The Los Angeles based artist’s love of vintage American mid-century design and advertising art continually serve as the inspiration for her paintings.

“Fantastic Planet, Goodbye Man” featuring Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda, will also be celebrated. Hikari explores two concepts for this first solo exhibition at Circa. Chil- dren of this Planet, using Anime depictions of Japanese magic or “Shojo”, girls and Whereabouts of God, a series inspired by Fukushima and the equally tragic Chernobyl disasters

On view: July 19th – August 23rd

What: Opening reception
Where: CHG Circa 8530A Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
When: 7-10PM
Phone: 310-287-2340
Website: www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

There are a couple on La Cienega too…LOUDHAILER Gallery (2648 La Cienega Ave.), offers an opening from 6-9pm. http://loudhailergallery.com

Samuel Freeman presents “Standard Candles” featuring the work of Andrew Cameron & Emilie Halpern.

ThisSat-July19-SamuelFreeman special exhibition includes sculpture, sound sculptures, drawings and an installation which will be lit from 7-10pm. The reception begins at 6:00 pm and the show can be seen with the last bit of daylight streaming in. Then at 7:00 pm, when darkness arrives, a vintage 1940s searchlight will light the entire gallery as part of the exhibition.

From the Gallery: In a search for excuses, consider the following: There are miniscule articulations of the grand, and imposing articulations of the slight. There will be a sculpture that looks like this and a photograph that looks like that. Of course, the look is an excuse for the looking. Like she said, “plants do not actually sleep. Nor do they lie or even bluff. They do, however, expose their genitalia,” one of several surefire ways to be seen.

On view: July 19 – August 16, 2014

What: Opening reception
Where: Samuel Freeman, 2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Installation will be lit from 7-10pm)
Phone: 310.449.1479
Website:
http://samuelfreeman.com/

In the Mid Wilshire area…

Marc Foxx (6150 Wilshire Blvd.), hosts a reception from 4-6 pm. http://www.marcfoxx.com  and Richard Telles Fine Art (7380 Beverly Blvd.), throws an art party from 5-7pm. http://www.tellesfineart.com

Wallspace invites you to the opening reception for “Synthesis” tonight from 7-10pm.

“Synthesis” capSat-July19-WallSpace-synthesis1tures and celebrates the energy and vibrancy of summer. The bold, colorful work of over 50 LA artists will be on display and the reception features a special summer concoction by chef Taji Marie, winner of “Chopped” and author of www.TRUSTurGUT.com.

Wallspace is a dynamic gallery on La Brea that shows art in a non-conventional setting. Hung salon style on 14′ high walls, the gallery’s aim is to create a floor-to-ceiling visceral experience.

Please RSVP to art@wallspacela.com

What: Artist reception
Where: Wallspace, 607 Nth La Brea, LA, CA 90036, (one block south of Melrose)
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323 930-0471
Website: http://www.wallspacela.com/

Martha Otero Gallery hosts a closing reception for “Towards A Distant Dawn,” an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by San Francisco-based artist Mario Martinez (aka Mars-1).

MSat-June7-MarthaOtero-MarioMartinezario Martinez’s concepts are informed by cosmology, ufology, altered states of consciousness, his psyche and its relationship to space.

On view: June 7th – July 19th

What: Closiing reception
Where: Martha Otero Gallery, 820 N Fairfax Ave., LA 90046
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323 951 1068
Website: http://www.marthaotero.com

In Hollywood…Diane Rosenstein Fine Arts (831 North Highland Ave.), offers an opening from 6-8pm. http://www.dianerosenstein.com/

Or Downtown…François Ghebaly Gallery (2245 E Washington Blvd.), hosts an art party (6-10pm) and a performance at 8pm. http://ghebaly.com

Suzy Williams and Brad Kaye perform “The Lit Show” at Beyond Baroque. If you love classic literature, you’ll love this show….

Music Sat-July19-suzy-lit-showmeets classic literature in The Lit Show. In her ninth annual musical celebration, Suzy Williams, dubbed “LA’s Diva Deluxe” by LA Weekly Magazine, performs songs based on works by classic authors Maya Angelou, Gabriel García Márquez, Thomas Pynchon, Charles Dickens, Robert Graves, Kurt Vonnegut, Edna St. Vincent Millay, J.D. Salinger, Truman Capote, Lewis Carroll, and more.

You’ve read the book, now hear the song! Suzy will be joined by accomplished pianist and composer Brad Kay along with several other renowned musicians. 

Admission: $15.00

What: Performance
Where: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291
When: 8:00 pm
Website:
http://www.beyondbaroque.org

In Marina Del Rey…

Sat-July20-MarinaDelRey-YunaAnother music event takes place at Burton Chase Park…

YUNA performs at Burton Chase Park….She first achieved D.I.Y. notoriety, then quickly moved on to full-on international stardom. In the process, the charismatic young singer-songwriter from Malaysia—who makes her Verve Records debut with Nocturnal—has become the first artist from her homeland to conquer the American market.

The perfomer has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Yuna’s music was also featured in several films, including her stellar cover of The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” in Oliver Stone’s Savages and her collaboration with Owl City on “Shine Your Way” for the hit animated feature The Croods.

What: Performance
Where: Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
When: 7:00 pm
Website: http://chacepark.com    http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/