On MBERGAMOTEXPOSE3ay 21, 2016, celebrate the new Metro Expo Line in Santa Monica at Bergamot Station’s Expo-sé Open House. All of the galleries will be open and particating in the day long event from 10:00am-7:00pm. Councilmember Kevin McKeown will host a ribbon cutting at 11:00am.

Enjoy live music by Kathy Leonardo (yes that’s me and my jazz piano player). We will play from noon to 3pm and we’ll be set up outside of the Santa Monica Auctions….just across from the B building…and two other bands are confirmed are the Jazz Trio (in the fenced off grass area), and Venice Symphony Orchestra (at the Bergamot Cafe).

The Grilled Cheese food truck will be on site along with the Frozen yogurt food cart.

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Laura Korman Gallery celebrates the art of Cara Barer with a new exhibition titled “CENDRILLON.”

See image: by Cara Barer Cendrillion, Photgraph on Paper 36x36in

“Cendrillon” — French for “Cinderella” — is perhaps synonymous with fantastic transformation. Much like the iconic fairy tale, Houston-based artist Cara Barer’s process is rooted in dramatic change. Using the pages of discarded novels, phone books, dictionaries — even a Windows 95 user manual, Barer’s materials are repurposed from neglect.

What: Opening reception
Where: Laura Korman Gallery at D-2
When: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Website: http://laurakormangallery.com

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Leslie Sacks Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of internationally renowned artist, Minjung Kim. Minjung Kim’s iconic works on handmade Mulberry Hanji will be on view. Translucent red, watercolor mountain-scapes, variegated paper collages and delicate mixed media ink compositions comprise an expressive and energetic presentation by the Korean born artist.
 
Minjung Kim’s aesthetic is expressive minimalism with traces of 17th and 18th century Japanese ink paintings, yet these images are unquestionably contemporary[1]. The handmade Mulberry Hanji that Kim employs comes from the inner bark of the Paper Mulberry tree, which is native to Korea and flourishes well on its rocky mountainsides. Hanji, Korean for paper, is known for its durability. The oldest existing Mulberry Hanji in Korea is 800 years old. Kim’s ability to create soft, delicate imagery stands in marked contrast to the resilience of the paper. This is elegantly evidenced in Red Mountain, 2014 (above) a seemingly humble composition of an evolving spectrum of red watercolor from which a mountainous landscape emerges. The craggy strata materialize and then nearly disappear in misty, spectral peaks with dramatic density that ebbs and flows like the tide across the picture plane.

On view: May 21 – July 11, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Leslie Sacks Gallery at B6
When: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Website: http://www.lesliesacks.com/

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Currently on view at Skidmore Contemporary is a wonderful solo exhibition titled “Radiance,” featuring the art of Courtney Murphy!

Courtney Murphy’s dramatic and elegant paintings of women are rendered with exceptional technical skill. Her canvases depict intimate snapshots of women adorned in billowing fabrics. The figures occupy the space with a kinetic energy, and the rich colors and warm, soft lighting imbue her images dramatically.

The rhytSat-May30-2016-Skidmore-Streamhmic movement within Murphy’s paintings culminates in her depiction of the figures’ textiles, which she compares to “flowing water” for the way that they “shine and move in waves over the figure.”
Kelly Bertrando, July 2015

See image: Courtney Murphy, Stream, 2016, oil on panel, 48″ x 36″

On view: April 30 – June 11, 2016

Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art at B-4
Phone: 310-828-5070

Website: http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com