The City of Beverly Hills will hold its fall BH artSHOW on Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Beverly Gardens Park, along four blocks of Santa Monica Boulevard, from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive.
The Beverly Hills artSHOW, now in its 44th year, is a free event and brings art enthusiasts together from all over Southern California and beyond. Artists come from Los Angeles, the Southwest, and the rest of the United States to showcase and sell their work in the heart of Beverly Hills.
In addition to great art, guests can enjoy live entertainment, children and family art projects, popular food fare and food trucks, a wine and dine garden, and a beer and brat garden at this free, fun event. Convenient, inexpensive parking is located directly across from the show grounds.
As usual the annual art show features an incredible array of talented artists. This year features a special show which highlights artists whose work illustrates the subject of Construction. Painters, printmakers, and other featured renderers include notable artists, many new to the show.
David Tanych is a sculptor who was selected for the Mayor’s Purchase Award. His large bronze ball and jacks set, The Big Game, greets visitors at the entrance to Beverly Hills newest park. Meryl LIebowitiz, a Venice artist will also be exhibiting her cityscape paintings.
See image: Fortune Sitole, “Untitled,” metal, stone, sand, aluminum, and oil paint on wood, 48 x 48″, 2014
Fortune Sitole, through work with different textures, creates shanty towns of makeshift construction in South Africa. Jean-Christoph Dick is a photographer and pilot who takes aerial photos of vast, idealized urban landscapes. Steven Larson creates mysterious paintings of towns affected by apocalyptic events. Gail Rodgers creates massive silkscreen pieces of colorful, crowded, pop Los Angeles locales.
Classically-trained veteran painter Donald Archer has long painted the transformation of coastal Southern California via construction projects, while newcomer mixed-media artist Ryan Graeff rejoices but provokes with his densely-packed images of already established urban centers, from Venice to El Segundo to Inglewood. Ryan taps into “the collective unconscious of Los Angeles” according to KCET.
The unflagging photographer, Zale Richard Rubins has recently trekked through nearly all of urban L.A., documenting construction and destruction of cityscapes both beautiful and unsightly.
See image: Zale Richard Rubins, “Life as a Poet,” photograph, 24 x 30″, 2016
Artist Matthew “Wicky” Westray will be exhibiting for the first time at the BH artSHOW as Wicky’s World. You can find him, at booth # Booth 164. Wicky is a a Los Angeles based artist who has been working in creative design for nearly fifteen years. He is also the co-designer/owner of the woman’s wear brand Foxbait (www.foxbait.com)
“I work with spray paint, acrylic, water colors, paint pens, gold leaf and enamels to create one of a kind pieces that sometimes reference pop culture and cartoons of the past and present,” explained the artist. “I always incorporate these small vibrant and detailed characters I created called “Extremophiles” into my work. Extremophiles are organisms that thrive and progress in the harshest environments around such as extreme temperatures or toxicity. Looking closely into these paintings you can see the Extremophiles and all their many personalities as they float around in Wicky’s World.”
The 2016 artSHOW sponsors and media partners include: David Frank Design, Engel & Volkers, Longshot Espresso, Bolthouse 1910, the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Art Association, Fabrik Magazine, LAArtParty.com, Yelp, Whole Foods Market, Paley Center for Media, and the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitor’s Bureau. Food and Beverage support come from Whole Foods Market, Premiere Events, Stella Artois, and Hint Water. The show’s charitable partner is Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and its sister organization, Healing Art with Kids.
What: Beverly Hills artSHOW
Where: Beverly Gardens (Santa Monica Blvd., from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive)
When: 10:00am – 6:00pm – Saturday, October 15, Sunday October 16, 2016
Phone: (310) 285-6830