Dubbed “A New Art Fair for a New Generation,” Art Gathering presents this unique, first of its kind curated, multi-media art festival offering attendees a one-of-a-kind art experience. Taking place from June 2-5 in Long Beach at the Queen Mary, this new and innovative, immersive art festival, ART GATHERING will spotlight over 150 artists, galleries, independent artists, artisans, 280 tattooists from around the world, performance art and large interactive installations. Her Majesty, the Art Deco masterwork the Queen Mary is the floating hostess as galleries from North America, Europe and Asia display works from the masters of Tattoo, Modern, and Contemporary, Street art, as well as pieces by a new generation of emerging artists.
Participating artists include, Jeff Gillette, Blek le rat, NYCHOS, Ron English-Street Artist, Chet Zar-Dark Artist, Michael Hussar-Darker Artist, Carlos Torres-Tattooer, Bob Tyrrell-Tattooer, Sket One-Street Artist, Mike Bello-Kustom car Builder, Paul Booth-Tattooer, SHAG-Artist. The Gregorio Escalante Gallery, the La Luz De Jesus Gallery, the Copro Gallery will hold showings in the Grand Ballroom. Ron English and Chet Zar will have pop-up stores and be signing limited edition collectables and posters all weekend long.
In the tattoo gallery in the Queen Mary Exhibit Hall, independent artists will showcase in booths and on the Kulture Klash wall. Performance art, and multimedia artists will be featured in the Corner of Curiosity. Punk rock legends Greg Hetson of Bad Religion, Joe Escalante from the Vandals and Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra will be spinning along with the artist COOP. Shore-side on the Sea Walk and in the Queen Mary Park, Range will showcase installations from Burning Man Arts while vendors in the Artisan Marketplace will be selling everything from zines and tees to vinyl toys. Selected Custom automobiles and motorcycles will also be on display in the Metal Daze section, celebrating Southern California’s place as the custom culture capital.
Special events include the “Make Your Mark” Award which celebrates the career and impact of an individual painter and tattooist on the art community. 2016 honorees are Pop artist/muralist Ron English and Surreal tattooist Paul Booth who will participate after travelling from Spain.
Also, the seminar Academia, Painting a Monster Portrait in Oil with Chet Zar will be a four-hour demonstration. Zar is the notorious “Painter of Dark.” Zar demonstrate his process for painting in oil. An additional seminar, Narrative Painting: From Idea to Finish with Michael Coy will cover the basics of painting including composition, form, perspective, and color. Finally, the Tattoo Contest is a highlight for fans of body art.
Tickets are $25/day, $60 for 3-day pass. VIP ticket which includes Thursday preview and weekend pass $100. Children 16 and under free with adult. Thursday: 7pm to 10pm VIP viewing party; Friday thru Sunday: 11am to 10pm CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
What: ART GATHERING
Where: Queen Mary, Long Beach, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach CA 90802
When: June 2 to 5, 2016 – Thurs: 7pm-10pm VIP party; Fri-Sun: 11am-10pm