OK so it’s 420….you know what that means….Mama prefers her wine….but I realize it’s a big day for you stoners….See below for sever 420 inspired events…..

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Bergamot Station has some great events….Now lets not forget the Pick of the Week takes place at the arts center (2525 Michigan Ave.) in Santa Monica. As always there are several other events taking place

Sat 4.20 CraigkrullAlexisSmith0413cCraig Krull Gallery presents “Second Nature” featuring Alexis Smith. The exhibition features found paint-by-number, black velvet and printed landscapes overlaid with remnants of popular culture and pithy literary references that combine to offer multidimensional readings into our relationship with Nature and our mental construct of landscapes.

Alexis Smith’s brand of Pop infused Conceptualism has been compared to the highly irreverent, yet equally serious work of other L.A. icons, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Mike Kelley.

Alexis Smith, “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” 2013, mixed media, 20 x 24″.

On view: April 20 – May 25

What: Opening reception
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

Ruth Bachofner Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by Audra Weaser.Sat 4.20 RuthBachofner

In True North, Audra weaser continues her investigation into abstraction, filtered through the artist’s experiences in nature and personal memories. while weaser’s paintings read as landscapes, her approach rests in the realm of abstraction, where intuition and material process play off one another.

On view: April 20 – June 1

What: Opening reception
Where: Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station, (G-2) 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-3300
Website: www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

FIGSat 4.20 FIG 2013group (G6) hosts an opening for a group exhibition featuring a selection gallery artists, highlighting their wide range of styles and directions.

The artists in the exhibition include:  Joe Blaustein, Ray Brown, Marlene Capell, Claire Chene, Paul Donaldson, William Lane, Martin Lubner, Chris Madans, Hilary Taub, James Urmston, Sara Wylie Walsh, Susan Wolff.

On view: April 17 – May 18

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

Sat 4.20 dnj Zellen Hermitagednj Gallery offers an opening reception for two exhibitions tonight….Max MacKenzie’s “American Ruins” and Jody Zellen’s “Transitions.”

See image: Hermitage 1996 c, – print, 40″ x 40″

On view: April 20 – June 1

What: Opening reception
Where: dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, (J-1) 2525 Michigan
Ave, Santa Monica,  90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.315.3551
Website: http://www.dnjgallery.net/

In Culver City….

Sat 4.20 SusanneVielmetterCaesarSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects presents “out where the stones grow like roses,” an exhibition of new sculptures and photographs by Jedediah Caesar (see image).

This new body of work is an extension of Caesar’s interest in the shifting significations we apply to objects, whether they are found organic materials or constructed things.

The work of Shana Lutker will also be featured in a solo exhibition entitled “The Bearded Gas.”

On view: April 20 – May 25

What: Opening reception
Where: Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, 6006 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-837-2117
Website: http://www.vielmetter.com

Sat 4.20 Whole9Also in Culver City….

The Whole 9 Gallery features a new exhibition entitled Shadows & Light. The group show features Mark Acetelli, Janet Bothne, Faith Taylor and Stephanie Visser.

On view: April 20 – June 15

What: Opening reception
Where: The Whole 9 Gallery, 3830 Main St., Culver City, CA, 90232
When: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 310-836-4600


drkrm hosts a special benefit show, entitled “Developing Change.” A first time group exhibition to feature humanitarian organizations dedicated to positive and beneficial change through photography.

WhSat 4.20 drkrm flyerether it’s helping children living with cancer to develop their creative voices, using photography to introduce and keep children engaged in the education process, teaching photography as a useful, empowering and employable skill or seeking to provide a record of a living form of photography on the brink of disappearing – their work depends on continuing public involvement and support.

Developing Change was curated out of the belief that photography can and does promote the power and beauty of humanitarian aid, however difficult the subject matter. Selected works created by the member artists of each organization will be on display and available for purchase during this two week exhibition.

The images in this exhibition are varied in subject matter; from whimsical to serious, from nature to nurture – all challenging the viewer to value the art of photography and the myriad of purposes it serves for each of these organizations.

Sat 4.20 Drkrm Exposing-HopeSee image: Exposing Hope, San Francisco http://www.exposinghope.org

Show your support for these organizations and purchase a ticket(s) even if unable to attend. Ticket and print sales directly benefit each organization. Tickets for the opening night fundraiser may be purchased at the door or online in advance at: http://drkrm.ticketbud.com/developingchange

Admission: $20

What: Benefit
Where: drkrm, 933 Chung King Road, LA 90012
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 213.928.0973
Website: http://www.drkrm.com/

Time to get groovin on the 420 events….

In Hollywood….

Enjoy a 420 Art Party and opening reception at Artist’s Corner Gallery! Curated by Phil Tarley the exhibition features Jennifer Bardot and Alia Funaro Nude Self Portraits. Refreshments will be served.

ASat 4.20 PhilTarley blushs per Phil Tarley…Women have it rough. With female sexuality not even fully acknowledged in the Western world until the beginning of the 20th century, women have had a difficult journey to understand and to be in charge of themselves as sexual beings. Women’s sexuality remains an under-explored frontier, despite being sporadically fleshed out in a whispered national discourse that included such monumental oeuvres as The Kinsey Report, Playboy Publications and perhaps the work of Gloria Steinem.

Jennifer Bardot and Alia Funaro, two artist inhabitants of smart phone cyber trysting, take a brave new look at this phenomenon as expressed in these highly personal, frankly intimate, nude self-portraits shot through the artist’s camera phones. Funaro’s portraits are demure and reflective. Bardot’s bold images are pictorially graphic. Together, they complement and contrast two antipodes of 21st century female sexuality.

On View: April 20 – May 25

What: Opening
Where: Artist’s Corner Gallery, 6585 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 9003
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 323 464-3900

melodybarandgrillAt the Melody Bar and Grill, Bombilla will celebrating everybody’s favorite holiday….420!

For a late night adventure, head to the Melody for a jumping 420 party, the drinks will be stiff, and the vibe will be just right!

The whole Bombilla collective will be in the house, so get ready for two rooms of pure DESMADRE! The only party on the west side exploring the sounds of Cumbia, Dancehall, Moomhahton and much more!

What: 420 Party
Where: Melody Bar and Grill, 9132 S Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045-4804

When: 9:00 pm
(310) 670-1994
Website: http://www.melodylax.com/ 
Parking: Free in the back