Happy Solstice!  Don’t forget our Pick of the Week is the Culver City Arts District Solstice which takes place from noon to 7 pm.

There are also some “openings” in Culver City that art participating in the event. See below (under the daytime events)

It’s the 2nd day of Dwell on Design LA 2014.dwell dod-logo

Dwell on Design LA returns to the LA Convention Center June 20-22, 2014. This 3-day events offers continuous content from over 200 top minds in design. The event features dynamic exhibition by more than 400 exhibitors.

Tickets range from $20- $375.

Show Hours:
Saturday, June 21 from 11am to 6pm;
Sunday, June 22 from 11am to 5pm

What: Dwell on Design LA 2014
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 Figueroa Street, LA 90015
When: June 20-22, Saturday (Today) 11-6pm (see above for full show hours)

In Santa Monica…

BergamotStationlogo copyBergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave) offers a couple of events. 

M.a.m.a Earth hosts a benefit (One Peace) during the day, today and tomorrow (Sunday) at the Andrew Weiss Gallery (D-4) from 11-30 – 5:30 pm. Admission is $10. More info on gallery website.

New Exhibition at TAG Gallery, featuring Artists: Anne M Bray, Katie Crown, Jane Peterson

On the Edge: US, Anne M Bray
In her latest series, artist Anne M Bray provides a visual documentation of the perimeter of the 48 contiguous U.S. states. Bray presents the images as continuous strips, much like how she experienced the landscape as it rolled by her car windows.

SJune21-TAG-KatieCrownee image: Katie Crown, Dancers Over LA, Watercolor on paper, 38 x 29 in., 2014

Crown uses stiff oil-paint brushes to dryly apply watercolor paint, scratching back and forth to create an essence of movement. Crown’s work radiates with a bold sense of color that matches the musical quality of her playfully surreal compositions.

an.i.mal, Jane Peterson
In mixed media artist Jane Peterson’s latest series, she further explores the spectrum of human emotion with particular attention to anxiety, passion, and fear. Cartoon-like characters make their way through Peterson’s fanciful compositions, ranging from grotesque insects and other worldly creatures to abstracted human forms that exist in an environment not entirely foreign from her viewers.

On view: June 17 – Sat. July 12, 2014

What: Opening reception
Where: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404

When: 5:00 -8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-9556
Website: http://www.taggallery.net/

Make Music LA features FREE Music events TODAY (also part of the Culver City Arts District Solstice), In Santa Monica….various venues will host events from 3-8:30pm at Tongva Park, Palisades Park, Bergamot Station Arts Center, Colorado Center Park, Hotchkiss Park & Douglas Park. 

In Hollywood…

SACSat-June21-GladMidsummerC-LA, The Swedish Church and SWEA invites you to celebrate Midsummer 2014.

Celebrate Midsummer at Gilmore Adobe Park, Farmers Market, 3rd Street and Fairfax! There will be entertainment, games, hot dogs and of course the traditional “små grodorna” dance around the maypole.

Don’t forget to bring flowers and greenery to decorate the maypole.

Admission: Entrance $5 or $15 for families with 2 adults and 2 children (pay when you arrive). Free parking validation.

What: Swedish Midsummer Celebration “Glad Midsommar”
Where: Adobe Park by The Grove and Fairfax Farmers Market
When:  4.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Let’s not forget that there are several events and opening receptions taking place in Culver City…

FrSat-June21-SamuelFreeman-14 om 1-2pm, Samuel Freeman hosts a figure drawing session in conjunction with “Life Drawings” by the late John Altoon.

This event will be lead by special guest Salomon Huerta for New York Magazine’s Culver City Artist Tour. Encounter a live model and practice observation through loose and expressive sketches surrounded by Altoon’s own demonstrative gestures. Come to observe or participate!

Then from 2-3pm, Join artists Phil Bower and Erin Morrison for a walkthrough of their concurrent exhibitions: Nudes and Vessels.

What: Opening reception
Where: Samuel Freeman, 2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 1-2pm – Live Drawing; 2-3pm Walkthrough
Phone: 310.449.1479
Website: http://www.samuelfreeman.com

Thinkspace Gallery hosts an opening reception for three new exhibitions…”Worlds Collide,“Empress.”

Sat-June21-Thinkspace-JacubGagnon-Gagon The-Queen-of-Cups1Worlds Collide, featuring new works by Toronto based artist Jacub Gagnon. Gagnon’s technically meticulous paintings of fauna deliver playful and incongruous imagery with a singular precision. An artist with an impressive penchant for detail, Gagnon’s fantastic paintings of animals and human objects are staged as deliberately illogical, albeit playful, encounters.

In the project room “Empress,” also opens tonight. This is the gallery’s first exhibition of works by Brooklyn based artist and illustrator Erica Rose Levine.

Also in the office area enjoy new works by Brian Mashburn. A BFA graduate of UNC (Chapel Hill), Mashburn’s oil on canvas works are temporally ambiguous and brooding, suspended somewhere between a familiar past and troubling future.

On view: June 21st – July 12th

What: Opening Reception
Where: Thinkspace, 6009 Washington Blvd. Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 403.8549
Website: http://www.thinkspacegallery.com

HSat-June21-HingeModern-JoshuaAbarbanel I N G E P A R A L L E L continues the Solstice party with an opening reception tonight for artist Joshua Abarbanel.

On view through July.

What: Opening reception
Where: H I N G E P A R A L L E L, 8545 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-893-9194

CHG Circa is pleased to announce Kazuki Takamatsu’s “Spiral of Emotions”, an exhibition including 12 new pieces and giclee prints that will show for the first time in North America.

Created in part with a 3D computer program, the works are painted by hand in a painstakingly detailed layering process.

Each graduating spiral that emerges is perhaps a Shinto variant of Dante’s Inferno, the emotional age rings of Kazuki’s adolescent, ethereal figures.

The abstract creative forces of nature are integral to Kazuki’s work. Kinetic energy rendered in gouache as hair, sound waves, and pools of water connect his compositions. In this way, Kazuki depicts the young people of Japanese society, who he believes is a generation lost in compliance with its elders.

June 21st – July 12th

What: Opening reception
Where: CHG Circa, 8530 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 7:00 pm ‑10:00 pm
Phone: 310 287-2340
Website: www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

Also downtown, Think Tank Gallery, (939 Maple Ave, Suite #200, LA 90015) holds an art party from 7-12am.

In the Mar Vista Venice area…

Trunk Gallery is pleased to present the work of Steven M. Johnson, a self-described ‘whimsicalist’ and ‘possibilitist.’

Johnson is an artist with a visionSat-June21-Trunk-Johnson-FearFurniture. A future vision, that is.

See image: Steven M. Johnson, Fear Furniture, 13×19″

You see he draws objects that do not exist. “A sort of R. Crumb meets R. Buckminster Fuller,” concludes Allison Arieff, design critic and former Dwell editor. But in actuality, his art is the sum of his parts: A former urban planner, cartoonist and future trends analyst.

On view: June 21st – July 14th

What: Opening reception
Where: Trunk Gallery, 12818 Venice Blvd., LA 90066
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-483-7221

Also In Venice…

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Venice Arts, while experiencing a night of film, comics, beer, wine, and snacks.

Mix Sat-June21-VeniceArtsand mingle with other arts and industry professionals and learn more about Venice Arts’ free Art Mentoring program low-income youth, including opportunities to mentor in our multimedia workshops or host talented filmmaking and photography interns at your company.

Comics teaching artist Mike Jasorka will be sharing a slideshow of four years of his students’ comic book stories and their growth as visual and narrative storytellers. Filmmaking mentor Mike Cersosimo, joined by guest student Miles, will be showing his students’ films and talking about our film program. Food and drinks will be served and there will be opportunities to see our 2014 Student Culminating Exhibition and chat with fellow attendees. All this, plus an auction of some student artwork and student comics to purchase!

$20 suggested donation supports Venice Arts; 

What: Screening
Where: Venice Arts Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-392-0846
Website: www.venicearts.org

In the Miracle Mile area…

ltd los angeles is pleased to present Dog’s Breakfast, Anton Lieberman’s first solo exhibition in the United States.

ISat-June21-LTD-AntonLiebermann this new body of work, Lieberman’s sculptures mix and swap the prehistoric and the present. Anatomy is scattered throughout the work like so much caveman litter, mingling with plastic, steel, junk food, and computer cables, suggesting the untidy home as a human constant. The Neanderthal’s housework turns out to be just as existential as that of his descendants.

Also opening tonight…”Spring Summer X fiLLes x COCO,” Margaret Haines’ first project with the gallery.

Haines’ installation is an accessory line that targets the post-human consumer. Made to accompany her film Coco, the line is called “XFilles,” a nod to the cyborg who is not so much decorated by an accessory, but rather structured, interfaced, and integrated with it. Coco, like a commercial film, is the reference for objects in XFilles, which adopt the role of promotional material for the film.

On view: June 21st – August 2nd

What: Opening reception
Where: ltd losangeles, 7561 Sunset Blvd #103, LA 90046
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323.378.6842

Don’t forget to pop into Launch…which is right above Merry Karnowsky from 6-8pm.

Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present Sacred Intention, the latest solo exhibition by Edward Walton Wilcox.

Sat-June21-MerryKarnowsky-EdwardWaltonWilcoxSee image: by Edward Walton Wilcox, Take Heart My Kindred Spirit The Dawn Is Coming 19 tondo, oil on panel

This exhibition serves to reaffirm that Wilcox represents the continuation, if not evolution of the multi-talented Renaissance man, achieving an absolute mastery of craftsmanship across a vast array of mediums and disciplines. Though his Gothic and Neo-Romantic technique betrays a romantic affinity for the legacy of his craft, without a doubt Wilcox brings us something new, captivating and disquieting.

Todd Carpenter’s latest solo exhibition is also opening tonight. Carpenter uses only the most minimalistic brushstrokes and an entirely black and white pallet; leaving it up to our own perception to create a 3 dimensional world from a 2 dimensional surface.

RSVP is Mandatory for this event – RSVP@MKGALLERY.COM

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 – changed its name to https://kpprojectsgallery.net

in Downtown…Jancar Gallery (961 Chung King Road, LA 90012) offers an art party from 6-9pm. http://www.jancargallery.com/