Sat-8.11-Universal HelenGarberSo many great events this weekend….

See below for our Pick of the Week, but I also want to recommend a fun art party at Universal Art Gallery featuring incredible artist and photographer, Helen K. Garber.

Venice:Yesterday/Today or Still Crazy After all These Years, opens this Saturday from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. at Universal Art Gallery. See more info under Saturday events.

Save the Date….

I will be singing on Wednesday August 15th at the Melody Bar and Grill. In fact, we will be performing every month…(each third Wednesday)….so bring your dancin’ shoes and come to party. FREE!  See Upcoming Page for more info.

8.18 MaureenCotterShowLA ART PARTY TWITTER CONTEST Win tickets to Maureen Cotter’s annual event on August 18th!!!  For more information about the event, see our Upcoming Page.  

We will be giving away two tckets on Twitter (via an LA ART Party raffle)…it easy!

Be sure to follow LA Art Party on twitter, find the code phrase, then send us the Code phrase in an email at and you will be entered into the raffle to win.

Now back to the Pick of the Week….Art and great food ….a perfect mixture.

Upper West RestPOW-UpperWest-ARTVautaurant and Art Vault Present California Scenes By a French Painter.

This Sunday, Upper West supports the arts and hosts an opening reception featuring artist Humbert Curcuru. Upper West Restaurant features art on their walls on a regular basis.

Curated by Joan Breckwedel and Gino Paino of Art Vault, the event features California’s favorite scenes.

Art Vault’s Mission is the “Promotion of Art and Cultural Development.”

Offering both local and international connections,
Gino Paino was born in Lima, Peru and attained an
architectural degree is Brazil before opening a gallery
in Miami.

Joan Breckwedel is a 3rd generation native Californian
who has been an art dealer on the Westside for 10

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Breckwedel explains, “We took our passion for local artists and international up and coming artists to create “Art Vault.” Our first small gallery/office is located in the brand new Shore Hotel in Santa Monica. Our first local artist Kymm Swank was just featured in the “Mad Men” cable series. We look forward to being part of all the exciting art that is happening in Los Angeles.”

Their newest exhbition features French painter, Humbert Curcuru, who studied drawing at Altelier Met de Penninghem and Academie Julian in Paris. He was admitted to ENSAD Paris, traveled to United States where he studied at Otis Parsons Los Angeles 1981.Humbert also studied in Paris, Parsons New School of Design 1983.

HPOW-UpperWest-HumbertCurcuru1e began showing his work as a “plein air” painter. Humbert is drawn to painting landscapes. He is inspired by the location and natural light, never choosing to paint from a photograph.

Painting is the journal of his life, a projection of himself. It is necessary, it gives a sense to the life of the artist who creates it. 

This Sunday, enjoy an opening reception will offer delicious appetizers and refreshments.

If you have ever been to Upper West Restaurant, you know the food is out of this world. So pop on it, sample some wonderful tasty treats and stay for dinner. Simply delicous.

Upper West also offers an incredible happy hour and is currently participating in the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.

Be sure to sePOW-UpperWest-HumbertCurcuru2e the website for their very popular scotch pairing events.

Date; Sunday, August 12th
What:  Opening reception, California Scenes By a French Painter.
Where: Upper West, 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica,
When: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310)586-1111