If you are a Venice Local, I’ll see you at the BBQ!!! Sorry Mama can’t spill the beans…(for locals only). The Country Legends play at 2pm.

In Culver City… from 4-6 pm, stop by Arcana: Books on the Arts (8675 Washington Blvd., 90232) to celebrate the release of Huck Magazine #45 the Ed Templeton issue. https://www.arcanabooks.com/

In Santa Monica…

Head out early to Bergamot Station for some Garland Carole Ferris Oil on Canvas 48x36in. early art events….There are several taking place early…

Enjoy an artist talk today at 3 p.m. at TAG Gallery with Carole Garland, Suki Kuss, Elyse Wyman.

See image: Carole Garland, Ferris Oil on Canvas 48x36in.

In her latest show, Carole Garland focuses on the variability of the Santa Monica Pier as a spectrum of illumination throughout the day and into the night.

Suki Kuss embarks on a personal journey in her latest exhibition, Small Offerings. Putting aside her previously used vintage materials such as lace, patterns, sheet music and reflective surfaces, Kuss limits herself to only immediately accessible and basic materials in her studio.

In her latest series, Elyse Wyman combines painting and photography to explore the crepuscular transition of day to night. These mixed media works showcase the ephemeral nature of the cyclical rhythms of the earth, as light is filtered through a haze of clouds, mist and pollution in and around the Los Angeles area.

For more detailed info about these artists, see our Artists & Exhitions Page.

What: Artist Talk
Where: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404

When: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-9556
Website: http://www.taggallery.net/

Also at Bergamot Station…

Sat-Aug2-FIG-2014SummerFIG presents its Summer Exhibition featuring a selection gallery artists, highlighting their wide range of styles and directions.

Artists include: Kate Browning, Nora Chapkis, John de Heras, Paul Donaldson, Elliot Elgart, Theresa Fernald, Arleen G. Hendler, Curtis Hoekzema, William Lane, Mitsuko Namiki, Keisho Okayama, Hilary Taub, Otella Wruck and Yda Ziment.

On view: August 2nd – August 30th

What: Opening reception
Where: FIG Gallery, 2525 Michigan ave., G-6 Bergamot Station, SM 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-0345
Website: www.figgallery.com

In Venice…

Venice Arts Gallery celebrates its thirdSat-Aug2-VeniceArts-SzaboJ 1RS annual summer Juried Exhibition. Based on the notion of “ecotone,” derived from the Greek word for tension, this show features seventeen artists, each exploring and documenting in-between or transitional spaces through photography or video.

The themed show features artists from all over the globe, working in traditionaland experimental documentary photography, film, and digital media.

Artists include: Elizabeth Brooks, Neca Dantas, Anna Eroshenko, Nancy Kaye, Kean O’Brien, Pamela J. Peters, Gianluca Rossitto, Jane Szabo (See image), Michael B Wood, Xiaowen Zhu, and more.

August 2nd – September 20th

What: Opening reception
Where: Venice Arts Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-392-0846
Website: www.venicearts.org

Also in Santa Monica…

Arena 1 Gallery hosts “Layers of Identity II,” a group show curated by Donna Stein.

Screen shot 2013-06-26 at 12.25.44 PMSixty-four prints will be presented in this exhibition, the second part of an unprecedented exchange between institutions and organizations in Jerusalem and Los Angeles.

The exhibit includes 64 original graphics in various combinations of traditional print media, including monotypes. 111 artists from across the United States submitted up to three prints. 57 artists were selected for inclusion in the exhibition.

Artists include: Melinda Smith Altshuler, Samuel Erenberg, Karen Frimkess Wolff, Susan Gesundheit, Caryl Christian Levy, Sarah Pavsner, Debra Sokolow, Ruth Weisberg, Cathy Weiss, and Harriet Zeitlin.

On view: August 2nd – August 30th

What: Opening receptionWhere: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. 90405.
When:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.397.7449
Website: http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com

In West LA…Giant Robot 2 (2062 Sawtelle Blvd., LA 90025), enjoy an art party from 6:30-10pm. http://www.giantrobot.com/

In Beverly Hills…Sat-Aug-2-ADGallery-JayCasey

AD Gallery: Contemporary Fine Art is pleased to present a new exhibit titled, “LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES.”

The solo exhibition features San Diego CA based artist Jay Casey.

FREE Parking is available in the building

What: Opening reception 
Where: AD Gallery: Contemporary Fine Art, 8670 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 114, Beverly Hills, CA 90011
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 279 7931
Website: http://bit.ly/1irok7G

Also nearby…SPOT Photo Works (6679 Sunset Blvd., LA 90028) offers an opening from 6-9pm. http://spotphotoworkslosangeles.wordpress.com/

One more in the area, starting later…

Merry Karnowsky Gallery holds an opening for its this summer’s group exhibition featuring new work from Audrey Kawasaki, Deedee Cheriel and Tara McPherson.

Tara McPherson received her BFA from Art Center College of Design, and is currently based in NYC. Relationships, both to others and to ones-self, are a central theme in McPherson’s work.

SSat-Aug2-MKGallery-DeedeeCheriel-WhereThereisHatredImayBringLoveee image: Deedee Cheriel, Where There is Hatred I may Bring Love Acrylic and mixed media on wood panel, 9 x 12″

Los Angeles based artist Deedee Cheriel transforms personal experience into folklore through an amalgam of influences both personal and universal. East Indian Art, spirituality, environmentalism, ritual, and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest all inform the artist’s work and give context to often-personal narratives.

Audrey Kawasaki began her artistic career in her native Los Angeles, after attending Pratt Institute in NY. Moments in the artist’s personal life inform both subject matter and context for her paintings, with strong line work and delicate oils blending seamlessly onto naturally grained wood panels.

Don’t forget to RSVP as there will be a guest list at the door rsvp@mkgallery.com

On view: August 2nd – August 30th

What: Opening reception
Where: Merry Karnowsky Gallery 170 S. La Brea Ave. (In the Art 170 Building), LA 90036
When: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm 
Phone: 323.933.4408
Website: http://www.mkgallery.com

In Culver City…

Koplin Del Rio Gallery hosts an opening reception for a joint venture, “LA/Seattle: I-5 Connects II.” Los Angeles/Seattle is a gallery exchange program with Prographica in Seattle, WA.

A fifteen year professional relaSat-Aug2-KoplindelRiotionship between directors, Eleana Del Rio and Norman Lundin resulted in a collaborative exhibition venture between their two galleries in 2010.

A discussion began when Prographica opened its doors in Seattle in 2010. The gallery represented nationally recognized and emerging artists with an emphasis on artists of the Northwest. As Prographica grew it developed a unique exhibition model similar to that of a repertory theatre, wherein the work of gallery and invited artists is showcased in solo, two-person & thematic shows. With this model came the opportunity to share gallery artists with KDR and build careers in both locations.

While each gallery will continue to maintain its individual identity, the collaboration will function as an annex, building upon the expansion of two distinct programs. For more info see www.Prographicadrawings.com

On view: August 2nd – August 30th

What:  Opening reception
Where: Koplin Del Rio, 6031 Washington Blvd.
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310 559 6300
Website: http://www.koplindelrio.com/

In Pasadena…

“Artists Across America” opens tonight at Flower Pepper Gallery. Curated by Daniel Rolnik, the group exhibit will feature original artworks sourced directly from the studios of over 50 artists working in the continent of North America.

Sat-Aug2-FlowerPepperWorks range from abstract to figurative, and from nationally celebrated artists to recent graduates. Artists include: Adam Roth, Albert Reyes, Alex Chiu, Bill Dambrova, Bleep Bloop, Brent Houzenga,  Chuck & George, Denial, Eric Fortune, Erik Flores, Erik Parra, Erika Blair, Faring Purth, Gabriel Shaffer, Ghost Ghost Teeth, Henry Lipkis, Hollis Hart, Jacob van Loon, Jaime Becker, Mark Rice, Martha Rich, Martin Benson, Mashanda Lazarus, Max Seckel, Meg Turner, Megan Buccere, Megan LeMaster, Michelle Rawlings, Mike Reynolds, Rick Morris, Ryan McIntosh, Sam Moody, Sarah Taibah, Simone Gad, Sloane Kanter, Susan Feldman, Tim Sharman, Timothy Robert-Smith, etc.

For more information about the exhibit, see FaceBook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/741168662588253

On view: August 2nd – August 29th

What: Opening reception
Where: Flower Pepper Gallery, 121 E Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103
When: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 626-795-1895

In Downtown LA…Coagula Curatorial, (974 Chung King Rd. LA, 90012), throws an art party from 7-11pm. http://www.coagulacuratorial.com/html/  Also in the area, one more takes place at The Good Luck Gallery, (945 Chung King Road), http://www.thegoodluckgallery.com/

One more… a benefit event…SUMMER ON 7th is Inner-City Arts’ annual summer party, complete with bands, DJ’s, food trucks, outdoor bars and art installations. All proceeds benefit Inner-City Arts’ programs. $65 in advance;  $75 at the door; Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler St., LA, 90021; 7-12am; http://www.inner-cityarts.org