Our Pick of the Week takes place tonight at Bergamot Station…see below for other openings happening at Bergamot…

In Marina Del Rey

StJune14-Uncle Darrows-FathersDayart celebrating Father’s Day early this weekend at Uncle Darrow’s. Each year Uncle Darrow’s throw’s a Dad’s Day bash…If you’ve never been to its annual outdoor party…You gotta come on down.  Bring the whole family. It runs from 2-5pm. You can read more about this on our Upcoming Page. I also wrote an article about the origins of Uncle Darrow’s for this week’s Santa Monica Mirror.

The Country Legends will be performing some classic country, such as Johnny Cash, June Carter, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Willie Neslson, Loretta Lynn, and lots more. We will even do some blues….Janis Joplin, B.B. King for you blues lovers.

The food as always will be exceptional. Uncle Darrow’s has been “THE” place to go for tasty Cajun and Creole classics. One of the favorites on the menu is its gumbo (served on weekends only) which spotlights the farm raised seafood. Also unlike most southern cooking…Uncle Darrow’s offer a healthier option…using chicken or turkey sausage instead of pork or beef. Expect fresh baked bread each day and great southern flavors with no lard!

The event is FREE; Uncle Darrow’s will be offering the standard menu, plus a crawfish boil with the corn and potatoes that day for the Dad’s (cost should be around $20). The Country Legends will be singing classic country and some blues from 2-5pm.

The Country Legends include Greg Cruz (vocals/guitar), Kathy Leonardo (vocals), Petr Hrodmadko (stand-up bass), & Mitch Montrose (drums). For more information about the Country Legends, see LAArtParty’s LAArtParty’s FB Page.

What: Father’s Day Celebration
Where: Uncle Darrow’s, 2560 S. Lincoln Blvd., in Marina Del Rey.
When: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Phone: (310) 306-4862

In Northridge…

Another early opening takes place at Collage Artists of America Juried Member Exhibition.

TSat-June14-CollageArtistshe Juror of Selection and Awards is Caryl M. Christian Levy, whose artistic expertise encompasses a range of mediums including painting, music, performance, and printmaking. With a post-impressionist sensibility and deep roots in American regionalism, her mixed-media collaged monotypes explore issues of domesticity, nostalgia and the familiar. She is a Fulbright Scholar who received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska and Iowa, and Masters of Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California.

Collage Artists of America is a group of collage and assemblage artists who hold meetings and exhibitions mainly in the San Fernando Valley, but is open to artists from across the nation.

On view: June 14 – July 1, 2014

What: Opening reception
Where: CA State Northridge West Gallery, 18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91330-8299
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Website: www.collageartists.org

In Santa Monica….An early art happening takes place at Santa Monica Art Studios at ARENA 1 Gallery (3026 Airport Ave.) from 5-8pm.

BergamotStationlogo copy   Also in Santa Monica…

Sat-June14-PatrickPainterPatrick Painter, Inc. is pleased to present “Titans of the Stratosphere.”

This group exhibition featuring the works of artists Rodney Graham, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Stephen Prina, Christopher Wool, and Andrea Zittel.

In “Titans of the Stratosphere” the creative forces of these six world-renowned artists are combined in a stunning summer show.

On view: June 14th – July 12th

What: Opening reception
Where: Patrick Painter, Bergamot Station, A8 & B2 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 264 5988

bG Gallery holds a second reception for “Three-Winged Chrysalis.” The group exhibition showcases 20th and 21st Century artworks of metamorphosis and transmutation.

The exhibit brings together artists exploring worlds in flux, depicting subjects caught between two states. Shifting perspectives tilt familiar landscapes, ordinary objects appear in unexpected places and routine rites of passage are turned into peculiar rituals.

lowres-May24-bGGallery-StephanieVisser photo-34.bPresented with imagery of unresolved transformation, the viewer must anticipate what the final form will be, offering their own unconscious an opportunity to fill in the blanks.

See image: by Stephanie Visser, Acrylic on raw Linen, 36″ x 24″ New Work Untitled #1

Visser originally started working with watercolors on paper. http://stephanievisser.com/

Artists include: Ann McCoy, Max Ernst, Arik Brauer, Roberto Matta, Rufino Tamayo, Thomas Whittaker Kidd, Courtney Reid, Bob Moskowitz,  Airom Bleicher, Ron Rogers, Devin Johnson, Christopher Mudgett, George Joaquim, Ryan Schude, Dan Busta, Gay Summer Rick, Ted Gall, Jerry Wayne Downs, Steven Kenny, Len Poteshman, Shaun Berke, Darren Saravis, Hadiya Finley, Burton Gray, Dave Quick, Jim Holyoak, Mia Loucks, Linda Jacobson, and many more.

On view: May 24th – June 30th

What: Opening reception
Where: Bergamot Station, (G8A) 2525 Michigan Ave Santa Monica, 90404
When: 7:00 pm – 10 pm
Phone: (310) 906 4211
Website: http://www.bGartGalleries.com

AlSat-June14-Coproso at Bergamot, ending much later…

Copro Gallery offers an opening for four artists and two guest artists.

The mini solo exhibitions will feature Chrystal Chan, Mark Elliott, Ken Keirns, Genevive Zacconi & guest artists Erik Alos and Kelly Eden have all created small bodies of work showcasing their latest paintings.

Many of the artists will be in attendence. Always a fun art party here!

What: Opening reception
Where: Copro Gallery (T-5), Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, SM
When:  8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Phone: 310.829.2156
Website: http://www.copronason.com/

In Venice…

The G2 Gallery premieres three exhibitions tonight.  The Owens Lake Project by Robin Black, a photographic exploration of Owens Lake’s history, surrounding environment and current threatened status.

Owens Lake is a closed drainage basin off the Owens River. More than 38 million people rely on the water that has come through the Los Angeles Aqueduct via diversion of the Owens River for the past 100 years. This consistent diversion of water has left the once-vibrant Owens Lake almost completely dry, and the dried-out bed is the single largest source of dust pollution in the United States.

Nature LA: Water, a diverse yet thematically unified exhibit from a quartet of talented photographers all based in Los Angeles. The group show features images from four aesthetically diverse photographers: Larry Brownstein, Nathanial Havholm, Michael Miner and Buddy Weiss. All of the photographs in the exhibit will focus on water in its various forms – crashing waves, calm bays, undersea vistas and more. The collection of images is linked through its overarching reverence for a resource that is desperately lacking in the region.

Also enjoy the work of Eric Joseph in a new solo exhibition.

On view: June 10 – July 27,  20 14; Admission is $10 at the door and includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary valet in front of the gallery.

All proceeds from admissions will be donated to Audubon California.

What: Opening reception
Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice,90291
When: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 452-2842

Just down the street…

CAVE Gallery celebrates the work of Jim Darling and VINZ.

SSat-June14-CAVE-Darling Preview 4x6 SunnySideUp-195x300ee image: JIM DARLING, “Sunny Side Up” Acrylic & Aerosol on Wood Panel 48in x 72in (122 x 183 cm)

For this exhibition, “Above All Else,” Darling continues to develop his popular ‘Airplane Window’ Series – an engaging collection of life-size, hand sculpted woodwork “windows”, framing fluid landscapes created by the artist’s stylized aerosol and acrylic technique.

The exhibition “Resistencia” builds on the “VINZ FEEL FREE” project – which has fueled an ambitious street campaign that includes powerful, life size mixed media collages installed in the urban environments where civil liberties are manipulated and controlled every day.

On view: June 14th – July 6th

What: Opening reception
Where: C.A.V.E. Gallery 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, 90291
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

One more in Venice…

Sat-June14-Anisa-Ashkar-Welcome-580x412Shulamit Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from the exhibition Centrifuge that debuted last fall at The Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York, NY.

Centrifuge features artists who explore the complexity of contemporary life in Israel through its peripheral communities. Rather than depicting the country as a unified or stable entity,Centrifuge presents work that expressly engages the multiplicity of Israeli identities – whether ethnic, religious, cultural or political – and the vying forces that push some communities to society’s edges and others to its center.

What: Artist reception
Where: Shulamit Gallery 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.281.0961
Website: http://shulamitgallery.com/

M-June14-MaloneyFineArt-SatJohnTottenham-MyLastSpurtaloney Fine Arts celebrates the work of John Tottenham in a solo exhibition titled “The Indifferent Sublime.”

The exhibit will feature pen and ink drawings of desolate vernacular scenes, overlaid with darkly humorous text.

See image: John Tottenham, My Last Spurt, 2014, ink on paper, 10 X 8 inches

In addition to being an artist, he is the author of ‘The Inertia Variations’ and well known performer of stand-up poetry. His essays about the art world and life in Los Angeles appear regularly in Artillery magazine.

On view: June 14th – July 3rd

What: Opening reception
Where: Maloney Fine Arts, 2680 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.570.6420
Website: www.maloneyfineart.com

Head down La Cienega…and pop by Western Project (2762 S. La Cienega Blvd.) who hosts a reception from 6-8pm. 

KSat-June14-KopeikinGallery-massard underwater cathedralopeikin Gallery presents artist Didier Massard’s first exhibition with the Gallery, a culmination of twenty years of work, titled “Territories.”

See image: by Didier MassardUnderwater Cathedral, 2012, Chromogenic print

Massard is known for his imaginative, highly elaborately fabricated photographs that record meticulously crafted and masterfully lit studio constructions.

Massard has remained faithful to this intensive studio practice and ruminates that “each image is the completion of an inner imaginary journey.”

On view: June 14 – August 23, 2014

What: Opening reception
Where: Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 South La Cienega Blvd.,
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-559-0800
Website: http://www.kopeikingallery.com

Also in Culver City, continue to Washington Blvd….

Prohibition Gallery is presents “Archetype to Stereotype,” a new exhibition of paintings by Wyatt Mills. This is second solo exhibit at the gallery.

KSat-June14-Prohibition-WyattMillsnown for his visceral brush strokes and thought provoking themes, Mills’ new work explores how ancient icons have popped up in today’s society and the impact that their modern incarnations make upon the culture as a whole.

Using oil paint, mixed media, and dark comedy, Mills juxtaposes ancient deities with their modern day equivalents. “Today’s society has manipulated these old icons relentlessly and superfluously. Not only are many car models, make-up brands, shoe companies, etc. designed to evoke ancient gods, but many celebrities and people in power also end up impersonating them.”

On view: June 14th – June 28th

What: Opening Reception
Where: Prohibition, 6039a Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Phone: 323-743-3256
Website: http://prohibitiongallery.com

The much anticipated opening of “Back in the Night” featuring the work of Scott Ewalt finally takes place at Hinge Modern.

This opening had to be postponed twice…last week’s was at the last minute. I called the gallery PERSONALLY to find out if it was indeed going to happen. Here is the gallery’s response.

Sat-June6-HingeModernhe artwork was picked up from the artist, Scott Ewalt, in NYC on May 2nd and was scheduled to arrive at the gallery on May 28th. The company, Jet Moving Systems, engaged in some highly unethical behavior and misled us repeatedly about the artwork’s location. We were told over and over that it was going to arrive “tomorrow”. But it finally arrived on Wednesday so, yes, we are certain about this date.”

This one sounds like a fun art party…it’s a long awaited opening with burlesque performers too.

On view: June 7th – July 5th

What: Opening reception
Where: HINGE Modern, 8545 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 310-893-9194
Website:  http://HINGEMODERN.COM/

Also Downtown…From 6-9pm, enjoy an art party at Jancar Jones Gallery (1031 N. Broadway). http://www.jancarjones.com/