In Topanga Canyon, Get your art party on early….Topangalogo

Today, the artists at Topanga Canyon Gallery will host an art exhibit fundraiser for “Topanga’s Only Playground” project from 3-6pm.

The show titled “The Child in Me” will feature original artwork specially designed to be playful and childlike, with over 25 artists on display.

AloSat 7.27 Topangang with various ways to donate, there will also be an opportunity to support the playground project with the purchase of the artisans hand crafted rubber ducks. The
ducks will be $10 each and 100% if the proceeds will be donated to the playground. “The Child in Me” opened July 17th.

Here is your opportunity to be a kid again!

On view: July 17th – August 18th

What: Opening reception
Where: Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 109, Topanga, CA 90290
When: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In Santa Monica…starting early

Fri 7.26 MecumAuctionAt the Barker Hanger, Mecum Auctions will be rolling out the red carpet for a fleet of celebrity cars and motorcycles at its inaugural Mecum Celebrity Items Auction: Celebrating the Legendary History of Hollywood.

This is the final day to stop in.

View an updated list of celebrity, collector cars now online here.

Included in this elite auction are: Steve McQueen’s 1969 Chevrolet C/10 Baja Truck (Lot F239), Elvis Presley’s former 1972 Cadillac Custom Estate Wagon (Lot S210), plus a 1989 Jaguar XJS (Lot S169) that Frank Sinatra used as his main mode of transportation in Palm Springs and lots more.

Adults: $20.00 per person per day

Children: 12yrs and younger free

What: Mecum Auctions
Where: Barker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave., SM 90405
When: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Also in Santa Monica….

Enjoy an early artist talk with Shagha Ariannia at 4 pm in the Atrium Gallery to discuss ideas around her exhibition Two America’s Away.

ShSat 7.27 18thStArts ShaghaAriannae will be in conversation with 18th Street Arts Center’s Director of Residency Programs, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, to discuss her work and issues that pertain to her practice. Ariannia negotiates the physical and cultural gaps between her native Iran and her current home in the U.S.; a distance of space and timethat she measures with small, nuanced gestures.

What: Art Talk
Where: 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St. Santa Monica, 90404
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-1912

In SaBergamotStationlogo copynta Monica, Bergamot Station’s got it going on this weekend…There are several taking place very early….starting at 5:00 pm.

Lora Schlesinger Gallery (T-3) from 5-7pm.

The Frostig Collection celebrates the work of artist, Theodore Svenningsen. The solo exhibition will showcase works from his “Railroad Seriies.”

WU Berg KateFrostig TheodoreSvenningsen has been exhibited in museums and galleries in New York and Los Angeles and is included in many prestigious collections, including The Museum of Modern Art and Bank of America. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

The Frostig Collection benefits social skills programs for children with learning disabilities,
Asperger’s and high-functioning autism.

On view: July 27 – August 31

What: Opening reception
Where: The Frostig Collection (B-5) Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-3535

Leslie Sacks presents an exhibition of works by renowned artist Ed Moses. The exhibition will consist of two new series of paintings by the 87 year old abstract expressionist painter.

ToSat 7.20 EdMoses this day, the artist paints everyday, I recently had the opportunity to interview the incrediblly talented and prolific artist…can’t wait to see the show.

The exhibition title, A Stone Mirror Reversed, alludes to the collection of short stories, Ficciones byJorge Luis Borges. A mid century author of science fiction, Borges is known for his layered narratives that can be understood in multiple ways, allowing all the possibilities to unfold. Moses interest in Borges’ writing has a direct connection to his practice as a painter.

On view: July 27th – August 31st

What: Opening Reception, 
Where: Leslie Sacks Contemporary (B6)
Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Mon
ica, California 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 264-0640

WU 7.27 RuthBachofner BenjaminBrittonRuth Bachofner Gallery present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Benjamin Britton (See image).

In his current series of paintings, Benjamin Britton navigates a space where various narratives he draws upon meet with abstraction.

“Five Gallery Artists,” a group show will also being opening tonight. Featured artists include: Tony Beauvy, Robert Kingston, Udo Noger, Audra Weaser and Sharon Weiner.

On view: July 27th – August 31st

What: Opening reception
Where: Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station, (G-2) 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-3300

Be sure to pop into The Robert Berman Gallery. “Mr. Fish: Mind over Matter” opens tonight and you can bet the art party will be a fun one, as always.

Sat 7.27 RobertBermanGallery MrFishMr. Fish has been a freelance writer and cartoonist for eighteen years, publishing under both his real name (Dwayne Booth) and the penname of Mr. Fish with many of the nation’s most reputable and prestigious magazines, journals, and newspapers.

On View: July 27 – August 24, 2013

What: Opening reception
Where: The Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamot Station, (B-7) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.586.9128

And here’s one more that goes a bit later…

WU 7.27 Copro NaotoHattoriCopro Gallery hosts an art party celebrating the work of Naoto Hattori (see image).

Also on view is a group show,  “Morpheus” featuring the art of geoffrey gersten, H.R. Giger, De Es Schwertberger and Dariusz Zawadzki.

On view: July 27th – August 10th

What: Opening Reception
Where: Copro Gallery (T-5), Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica
When:  8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Phone: 310.829.2156

Then in the Miracle Mile area…(there are a few more that start later at 8pm toward the bottom of Saturday’s posts.

A + D Museum  (6032 Wilshire Blvd.) hosts an opening from 6-9pm.   and   New Image Art Gallery (7920 Santa Monica Blvd, just off Fairfax), holds an art party from 7-10pm.

Sat 7.27 KayneGriffinRemember Kayne Griffin Corcoran has moved….So pop on by the new space and enjoy an opening reception for “Depression Elevations” featuring Daniel Knorr.

The work of David Lamelas is on view in the south gallery and courtyard

On view: July 27 – September 14th

What: Opening reception
Where: Kayne Griffin Corcoran, 1201 South La Brea Ave., LA (between Olympic and San Vincente.
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.586.6886

Don’t forget the Awareness Film Festival is taking place. The event started on Thursday and runs through Sunday July 28. See Sunday’s events page for the full listing.

In West LA…Giant Robot 2 (2062 Sawtelle Boulvevard) also hosts an opening from 2-9pm.

In Culver City….At Koplin Del Rio, 6031 Washington Blvd., enjoy an art talk from 4-5pm.  From 6-8 pm Mark Moore Gallery (5790 Washington Blvd.) holds a reception.

FSat 7.27 FreshPaint PaulDahmenresh Paint is pleased to present our “Summer Salon”, a group show curated by Paul Dahmen. See image by Paul Dahmen.

Daniel Aksten, Rhia Bahraini, Helen Berger, John Chang, Christina Craemer
Jill Daniels, Dirk De Bruycker, Raul De La Torre, Betty Gold, Jeanne Rhea, Emily Van Horn, Mark Vinci, Scot Wittman, and many more.

What: Opening Reception
Where: Fresh Paint Art, 5835 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Phone: 323-931-5835

Sat 7.27 WesternProject TimForcumWestern Project celebrates a new body of paintings by Los Angeles artist, Tim Forcum.

Heavily influenced by the works of Lee Mullican and Dynaton artists such as Gordon Onslow Ford, Forcum uses a personal pictorial language to describe a transcendental experience of nature.

On view: July 27th – August 30th

What: Opening reception
Where: Western Project, 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, CA
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.838.0609

One more that goes a bit later….

Corey Helford Gallery hosts an opening reception for “Shades,” a group show featuring works by 16×16.

Sat 7.20 CoreyHelfordArtists include: Chloe Early, Cyrcle, David Stoupakis, Brandi Milne, Esao Andrews, Ernesto Yerena, Beau Stanton, Martin Wittfooth, Melissa Haslam, Nate Frizzell, Nouar, Richard Colman, Soey Milk, Ben Frost, Yumiko Kayukawa, Greg Gossel, Aaron Woes Martin, Buff Monster, Germs, Tom Bagshaw, Richard J. Oliver, Michael Peck, REVOK, RISK, Carlos Ramos and many more.

What: Opening reception
Where: Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., and CHG Circa, 8530 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 7:00 pm ‑10:00 pm
Phone: 310 287-2340

In the Miracle Mile area… here are a couple that take place a bit later in the evening.

WU 7.27 KnownGallery CEPTTHANKYOUXinviteEXKnown Gallery presents MIND IN TRANSIT, an exhibit of new solo work by London born graffiti artist/painter CEPT and Los Angeles native street artist/painter THANK YOU X.

In the project room, world famous graffiti artist REMIO will exhibit a new series of canvas paintings.

On view: July 27th – August 10th

What: Opening reception,
Where: Known Gallery, 441 North Fairfax Ave., LA 90036
When: 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Phone: 310-860-6263

Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present The Gilded Tantrum,a new exhibition by Edward Walton Wilcox.

WU SAT 7.27 MerryKarnowsky EdwardWWilcoxThe Gilded Tantrum is perhaps Wilcox’s most conceptual exhibition thus far: through paintings and installations, it unfolds in picture-book fashion a world of Victoriana as wonderful as it is ineffably mysterious.

See image: Edward Walton Wilcox, “Despite Her Piety, Liscention Followed Her Like an Invisibly Tethered Balloon,” oil on panel, handmade wood frame, 16″ x 12″

Also opening a new exhibition by Todd Carpenter entitled Speculations, . Carpenter uses only the most minimalistic brushstrokes and a pallet consisting of entirely black and white; this leaves it up to our minds to fill in the blanks. The resulting images are natural and man-made landscapes of unparalleled photorealism and masterworks of conjuration.

YOU MUST RSVP for this one….

On view: July 27th – August 24th

What: Opening reception
Where: Merry Karnowsky Gallery 170 S. La Brea Ave. (In the Art 170 Building), LA 90036
When: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm 
Phone: 323.933.4408

Keep heading East…

LWU 7.28 insphereos Angeles based artist Howard Hallis has recently completed 42 pieces of blacklight lenticulars to be exhibited under ultraviolet light. This will be also his birthday exhibit as he welcomes his 42nd birthday the very next day!

Howard is known for his ever expanding painting, The Picture of Everything, and his signature lenticular art. In the 42 Series, he has hand drawn the elements of macro and micro cosmos, then fused and woven on the computer into a 3D-like multilayered composite. Printed with a special fluorescent neon ink, the lenticular lenses glow brightly under black light and appear to be three dimensional euphoric dancing visions of color, form and light.

Due to limited space capacity, RSVP is requested.

RSVP via email:
RSVP via phone:  310-272-9130

On view: July 27th – August 24th

What: Opening Reception
Where: Irisphere Visual Arts, 4650 W. Washington Blvd.,LA, 90016
When:  7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: 310-272-9130

Or in Silverlake…

WU Sat 7.27 ProjectorProjectsLegroomimageProjector Projects presents Leg Room, a show of 11 videos that interpret dance, movement, and choreography within a set of assigned structural restrictions for the artists.

Leg Room is a group dance. Each artist was asked to make a short, no longer than one minute video that used their own body, or other people’s bodies, to choreograph or improvise their own interpretation of dance.

Artists include: Anita Bunn, Derric Eady, Jay Erker, Zach Kleyn, Jeff McElroy, Molly Shea, Juliana Snapper, Kirsten Stoltmann, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Andrew K. Thompson, Three.

On view: July 27th – August 2nd

What: Reception
Where: Projector Projects, 1952 Clinton St., LA 90026
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone:  (562) 822-8564
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In Downtown LA….From 7-10 pm  Charlie James Gallery (969 Chung King Road)   plus another one right next door, Coagula Curatorial (977 Chung King Rd.),