Pick of the week is a fabulous Art Party and benefit to kick off LAAA’s Spring season…..You have the chance to Win Tickets to the VIP Preview of the the Los Angeles Art Association’s annual GEM Show which takes place on Saturday April 21st.

The VI4.21 MainIMAGE gem-web-images2P preview is from 6 to 7pm and the cost is normally $120 per ticket at the door. Includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, champagne and hosted bars. Email us the code phrase, @ laartparty.com and you will be entered into the raffle to win. 

You have until Thursday night, April 19th…Good luck!

 Los Angeles Art Association proudly presents gem: the kick-off to LA’s Spring Art Season – Saturday, April 21, 2012; 7-9pm, VIP Preview 6-7pm.

Top artwork by Lisa Occhipinti, David B. Jang, Jonas Kulikauskas, Sarah Danays and Burton Rein.

With more than 200 reasonably priced original artworks for sale, the Los Angeles Art Asso4.21 LAAA AlisaGabrielle a 2ciation’s annual gem show allows everyone to become an “art gem” collector.

See image to left by Alisa Gabrielle.

Click here to view the Online Preview of artwork!

This one-night-only opportunity at LAAA’s Gallery 825 on La Cienega Boulevard is widely embraced by the Southern California art community as an important showcase of emerging art trends.

The first 100 registrants for the 6-7pm VIP Reception will receive an original signed print by artist Jonas Kulikauskas; and they’ll have the first opportunity to preview and purchase additional gems by an exceptional roster of emerging, mid-career and established artists. The doors open for general admission from 7-9 pm.

The event is made possible by generous sponsors including Capital ART, ArtWeekLA, laar4.21 LAAA BobPoetsonline.com, LAArtParty.com, Izze and Thaddeus Hunter Smith. DJ by DJ Baroness.  See image to right by Bob Poe.

In the years since its inception the gem exhibition has proven to be both a launch pad for emerging artists, as well as a tremendous value opportunity for beginning and seasoned collectors. Past gem attendees have secured original works by Alexandra Grant, Meeson Pae Yang, Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Frank Gehry and many more!

4.21 LAAA Adelemills a 1The 2012 Benefit Committee chaired by Claudia Deutsch includes such art and civic luminaries as Harry Chandler, Kim Martindale, and Thaddeus Hunter Smith. LAAA Executive Director Peter Mays explains, “Our gem benefit is the best place to discover emerging talents early in their career paths, while they are still affordable to a broad base of collectors…it’s THE perfect kick-off to L.A.’s spring art season.” View an online preview of available works after April 1, 2012 at www.laaa.org. Image to left is by Adele Mills.

Past gem attendees have secured original works by Alexandra Grant, Meeson Pae Yang, Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Frank Gehry and many more! The 2012 Benefit Committee chaired by Claudia Deutsch includes such art and civic luminaries as Harry Chandler, Kim Martindale, and Thaddeus Hunter Smith. LAAA Executive Director Peter Mays explains, “Our gem benefit is the best place to discover emerging talents early in their career paths, while they are still affordable to a broad base of collectors…it’s THE perfect kick-off to L.A.’s spring art season.” View an online preview of available works after April 1, 2012 at www.laaa.org. See image to right by Bob Poe.

Th4.21 LAAA LindaSuePrice ls 2e 2012 Benefit Committee icudes Janine Arbelaez, Rob Brander, Bill Bush, Harry Chandler, William Escalera, Reina Flynn, Robert Galstian, Francisco George, Eric Greschner, Catalina Guirado-Cheadle, Heidi Johnson, Lonnie Lardner, Vlad Lodzinski, Christopher Lowe, Shelle Mannion, Kim Martindale, Karen McLean, Klaus Moeller, Cheryl Perkey, Melissa Pugash, Cathy Seward, Cambra Sklarz, Thaddeus Hunter Smith and Brent Turner. Image right, by Linda Sue Price.

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Image left, by Felicity Nove.

What: gem fundraiser – A Multimedia Art Exhibition and Reception, benefiting the Los Angeles Art Association
Where: Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: Saturday, April 21, 2012; 7-9 pm, VIP Preview 6-7pm.
Tickets: VIP Preview – 6 to 7pm $100 ($120 at door). Includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, champagne and hosted bars. The first 100 VIP ticket buyers will receive a limited edition, original signed print by acclaimed artist Jonas Kulikauskas.
General Admission – 7 to 9 pm $25. Includes desserts and hosted bars
Phone: 310.652.8272 (space is limited)
Website: http://shop.laaa.org/ (buy tickets here)  http://www.laaa.org/ (info)


Joemerrell j 2gem participating artists include: Lillian Abel, Ruben Acosta, Charlie Anderson, Dori Atlantis, Nurit Avesar, Seda Baghdasari,Nancy Baron, Marla Barrett, Stan Benson, James Bentley, Kelly Berg, Helen Berger, Clara Berta, Candace Biggerstaff, Erin Bobo, Amy Jean Boebel, Leonardo Bravo, Gary Frederick Brown, J.T. Burke, Kate Davis Caldwell, Marylene Camacho, Harry Chandler, Joanne Chase-Mattillo, Ching Ching Cheng, Richard S. Chow, Therese Conte, Sarah Danays, Toby Davis, Jolly de Guzman, Raul de la Torre, Wanda Decca, Lola del Fresno, Katina Desmond, Jeanne Dunn, Jim Erwin, Ned Evans, Birgit Faustmann, Hadiya Finley, Karen Frimkess Wolff, Steven Fujimoto, Alisa Gabrielle, John Gauld, Michael Giancristiano, Michael Giliberti, Desiree Glenn, Elyse Graham, Shizuko Greenblatt, Jennifer Gunlock, Teale Hatheway, Daphne Hill, Brandon Jacob Hudson, Eva Hyam, Paula Izydorek, David B. Jang, Scott Davis Jones, Flora Kao, Aras Karimi, Deborah Kashinsky, Kellesimone, Okka Kim, Kim Kimbro.  Image, right by Joe Merrell

4.21 LAAA KimKimbro Omage left, by Kim Kimbro. And the list continures,….Sandra Klein, Jillian Kogan, Barbara Kolo, Shelley Kommers, Linda Kunik, Teresa Lakier, Laura Larson, R. Dean Larson, Echo Lew, J.J. L’Heureux, Carolyn Liesy, Leslie Ann Lloyd, Jason Lockyer, Meg Madison, Gray Malin, Krista Marlene, Luigia Martelloni, R. Matt, Ryan McCann, Penny McElroy, Susan Melly, Joe Merrell, Adele Mills, Mike Mollett, Dan Monteavaro, Michael Moon, MaryLinda Moss, Johnny Naked, Barbara Nathanson, Hung Viet Nguyen, Tanya Nolan, Felicity Nove, Lisa Occhipinti, Jayme Odgers, Raksha Parekh, Bob Poe, Lori Pond, Olga Ponomarenko, Peggy Pownall, Linda Sue Price, Seth Pringle, Meghan Quinn, Lola Ramona, Eileen Rapke, Burton Rein, Rachael Rendon, Sinan Revell, Karrie Ross, Joy J. Rotblatt, A.M. Rousseau, Dennis Ruble, Kuniko Ruch, Mara Safransky, Elisa Salcedo, Gwen Samuels, Heather Scholl, Kristine Schomaker, Steve Seleska, Cory Sewelson, Sharron Shayne, Karen Sikie, Diane Silver, Richard Slechta, Lisa C. Soto, Bettina Staib, Stephanie Sydney, Grafton Tanquary, Phil Tarley, Vincent Tomczyk, Lee Tonks, Marika Tsircou, Luke Van Hook, Ariel Vargassal, Tracy Vera, Stephen Verona, Larry Villarin, Veda Wedman, Christine Weir, Cathy Weiss, Jodi Weitzman, Davyd Whaley, Joyce Wisdom, Michael B. Wood, Suzan Woodruff, Joan Wulf, Elyse Wyman, Jay Wysard, Mei Xian Qiu, Chie Yamayoshi, Alisa Yang, Patricia Yossen and Mara Zaslove.

Whew! Now that’s a lot of artists….gonna be a great art party!!!