Take a break from your daily routine and enjoy a weekend away from the chaos of LA….JTAG hosts an opening reception for Art Blooms in the Desert.

ThJTAG April 1st announcemente exhibition features the work of artists: David Burnham, Kim Chasen, Stephen Delaney, Karen Florek, Frederick Fulmer, Marcia Geiger, David Mackenize, Deborah Martin, Naomi Parker, Drew Reese, Coco Hall, Suzanne Ross, & Tobi Toboada.

This exhibition is curated by Frederick Fulmer. If you would like to spend the weekend in Joshua Tree and are interested in finding out where to stay, feel free to contact the gallery, info@joshuatreeartgallery.com

What: Opening reception, Art Blooms in the Desert
Where: Joshua Tree Art Gallery,  61607 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92552
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 760 366 3636
Website: http://www.joshuatreeartgallery.com

4.14 CraigKrull JennyOkunCraig Krull Gallery (B-3), celebrates Jenny Okun’s (see image) eighth solo exhibition Dreamscapes, which features recent work from her newly published book of the same name.

Nancy Monk’s sixth solo show Black Matter will also be on view.

What: Opening reception, Jenny Okun, Nancy Monk

Where: Craig Krull Gallery (B-3) Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, 90404

When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Phone: 310.828.6410
Website: http://www.craigkrullgallery.com

4.14 18thST MichikoYaoNow if you don’t leave town, there’s lots going on in Santa Monica and if you decided to go to the Pick of the Week…which is what I’m doing, you may as well pop into some of these other SM openings before or after.

18th St Arts has a bunch going on, starting with an artist talk and exhibition from resident artist Michiko Yao (see image) at 4:00 pm.  Also a bi-national photography exhibition in the atrium gallery as well as a two city  group exhibition Visions from the New California

What: Various Art Events
Where: 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St. Santa Monica, 90404
When: 6:30 – 9:30
Phone: 310-828-1912
Website: http://18thstreet.org/


gallery km present “Ben Rivera, Frank Ryan” a joint exhibition by Los Angeles-based artists Frank Ryan (see image) and Ben Rivera, featuring solo swork by both artists as well as pieces created in collaboration.

Ryan’s solo contribution includes claGalleryKM 2ssically-executed oil paintings on linen and board, while Rivera’s ranges from sculptures incorporating found objects and charcoaled paper to digital prints mounted on aluminum.

New Drawings by Ronald Santos will also be featured in the East Gallery. On view: April 14th – May 26

What: Opening reception, Ben Rivera, Frank Ryan and Ronald Santos
Where: gallery km, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica, 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-1912
Website: http://www.gallerykmla.com/


4.14 FlyingSaucer PolarisCastilloAnother great one is at Flying Saucers Cafe in Santa Monica. Their events usually go a bit later and are always fun. So stop in to see Polaris Castillo’s latest show, Cosmonauts.

A lonely cosmonaut wakes up in outer space without any idea how he got there. Peak into the visual journals of life in outer space as a lonely place, or is it?

What: Cosmonauts – Art exhibition by Polaris Castillo
Where: Flying Saucers Cafe, 306 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 8pm – midnite, complimentary wine & refreshments

4.14  Cave HauntedEuthOr close by, in Venice, C.A.V.E. Gallery presents new works by BAYO, HellBent & Haunted Euth.

What: Group show, BAYO, HellBent & Haunted Euth

Where: C.A.V.E. Gallery 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, 90291 

When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Website: http://www.cavegallery.net

In4.14 Whole9 INVITETHROUGHROSECOLOREDGLASSES Culver City, The whole 9 Gallery holds an opening reception for Through Rose Colored Glasses featuring artists, Outi Harma, Barbara Kosoff, Franklin Londin, Leah Piken Kolidas and Michael Pukac. Code Phrase: Red Carpet

Five artists take flight and land in a world of surrealist fantasy.

What: opening reception, Through Rose Colored Glasses
Where: The Whole 9 Gallery, 3830 Main St., Culver City, CA, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 0pm
Phone: 310-836-4600
Website: www.thewhole9gallery.com


4.14 Ghebaly Marius BerceaThen there are quite a few on La Cienega….

François Ghebaly holds an opening receptions for Concrete Gardens, featuring artist Marius Bercea.

On view: April 14th – May 26th

What: Group show, Marius Bercea
Where: François Ghebaly Gallery, 2600 La Cienega Blvd

When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Phone: 310-280-0777
Website: http://ghebaly.com/


4.7 HonorFraser KennyScharfHonor Fraser presents Hodgepodge, Kenny Scharf’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition opens with a performance by Scharf’s longtime collaborator, and performance artist, Ann Magnuson. (Wish I could make this one….just too much going on)

What: Opening reception, Hodgepodge, Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson
Where: Honor Fraser,  2622 La Cienega Blvd.,
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 837-0191
Website:  http://www.honorfraser.com

L4.14. Luisdejesusuis de Jesus Los Angeles presents an exhibition of new drawings by Hugo Crosthwaite titled Tijuanerias, on view at the Gallery from April 14 through May 26, 2012.

What: Opening reception, Tijuanerias, Hugo Crosthwaite
Where: Luis de Jesus Los Angeles 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 p.m
Phone: 310-838-6000
Website: http://www.luisdejesus.com/

Before you head to Washington Blvd,….there are lots more on La Cienega such as but also stop in Walter Maciel Gallery (2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.), Taylor De Cordoba (2660 S. La Cienega Blvd)  all from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.

On Washing4.14 RobertsTilton FarrahKarapetianton Blvd., pop by Roberts & Tilton to enjoy the work of Farrah Karapetian. Curated by Justin Gilanyi, Representation 3 will remain open until May 26th.

What: Opening reception, Representation 3
Where: Roberts & Tilton, 5801 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

M4.14ColorWheel MarkMoore JasonSalavonark Moore Gallery offers an opening reception featuring new works by new media artist Jason Salavon entitled Tragedy of the Commons. Also celebrated this evening will be artist Stephanie Washburn with her show Twice Told.

On View: April 14th – May 19th

What: Opening reception, Tragedy of the Commons,
Where: Mark Moore Gallery Mark Moore Gallery, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 453-3031
Website: http://www.markmooregallery.com

Then h4.14 Lebasse TobiasKeeneead completely the other way on Washington (West) for more….LeBasse Projects presents Black is the Beauty of the Brightest Day, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Tobias Keene.

What: Opening reception, Tobias Keene

Where: LeBasse Projects, 6023 Washington Blvd., LA 90232

When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Phone:  310.558.0200
Website: http://www.lebasseprojects.com/

One more right in this block is Koplin Del Rio Gallery 6031 Washington Blvd. (5:30 – 8:00)

4.14 CoreyHelfordBUFF MONSTER 560Los Angeles street artist Buff Monster returns to Corey Helford Gallery to unveil the Legend of the Pink Cherry, his fifth solo exhibition at the gallery and his most ambitious to date.

On View: April 14 – May 5, 2012

What: Opening reception Legend of the Pink Cherry
Where: Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 7:00 pm ‑10:00 pm
Phone: 310 287-2340
Website: www.coreyhelfordgallery.com