Enjoy some art early in Beverly Hills…

“The Hats Off Sat-April25-HatsOff Page 1to Dr. Seuss!” Beverly Hills exhibition will feature Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection alongside his little-known Secret Art, a series of Estate authorized works adapted and reproduced from Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, and sculpture. This historic collection has opened the world’s eyes to the extraordinary artistic talent of Dr. Seuss and will be available for viewing and purchase through the run of the exhibition.

The Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Exhibition delivers a unique opportunity to view Dr. Seuss’s superb hat collection and view their direct impact on his works of art. Traveling in a specially retrofitted old fashioned steamer trunk, this exhibition premiered at the New York Public Library, and was the first of a handful of stops across the country. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a selection of hats from Dr. Seuss’s private collection.

On view: April 25 – May 10

What: Public viewing
Where: EC Gallery, 229 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Where: 12 pm – 6 pm
Phone: 310.278.7117
Website: http://www.ecgallery.com


In Santa Monica….Bergamot Station offers several art openings tonight plus…a very special kick off.

GSat-April25-KOBU-MuseumTOUR-WH-58-2015-21.5x15.5inchypsy Trails Gallery and Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) present “The Southern California Museum Tour.” Today is the first day of a two day pop-up exhibition.

See image: WH 58, 2015, Pigment and resin on paper, 21.5 X 11.5 inches

Launching their first year-long tour, the mobile art gallery Gypsy Trails Gallery, has teamed up with Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA), which is promoting the establishment of an art museum in Venice through the exhibitions of internationally recognized Southern California artists.

From April 2015 through April 2016, shows will take place outside 12 Southern California Museums and close with a month-long group show at Studio FIVE08 in Santa Monica. Twelve contemporary artists, all important artists, many who have exhibited in museums and part of prestigious collections, in varying styles and mediums, will be featured in weekend solo-exhibitions. Each show is unique and not to be missed.

What: The Southern California Museum Tour
Where: Outside Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 10:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Website: http://www.gypsytrailsgallery.com/   http://www.veniceica.org/


Craig Krull Gallery presents three concurrent exhibitions on the subject of the California Coast.

See image: by Connie JenkinsApril25-CraigKrull-ConnieJenkins

“Connie Jenkins: Spring Tides” is a series large-scale paintings of tide pools in the Channel Islands, “Jasmine Swope: Our Ocean’s Edge” is an environmentally sensitive photographic project focusing on the Marine Protected Areas of California, and “Matthew Chase-Daniel: Monterey Littoral” consists of photo-assemblage grids of the Monterey Bay Wildlife Refuge.

On view: April 18

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


bG Gallery hosts a closing event for it’s MOPLA exhibit titled “As Above, So Below,” which opened on April 11. Gallery director and co-owner Om Bleicher said “I bounced off the general MOPLA theme of Reality and Concept to come up with the idea. The saying has its roots in mysticism and embraces the idea that our earthly actions paralleling those of heaven’s, or the micro cosmos echoes the cosmos.”

Sat-April25-bGGallery-ScottTanseyw-artSee image: Scott Tansey, with his work at the opening

The photography of Scott Tansey will also be on view in the group exhibition. Tansey has had the chance to travel extensively and was able to capture some incredible photography. Both shots that are in the show were taken on the same trip. He visited historic locations such as London, Bruges, Amsterdam, the Kiel Canal, Berlin, Copenhagen, Riga, Tallin, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm.

On his last day in London, Tansey decided to take the London Eye for a bird’s eye view of London. “The view was amazing,” said Tansey. “While waiting in line, I just noticed the view and took the image.” Another image from the show was taken at St. Petersburg at the Church on the Spilled Blood, where Alexander II was assassinated. The photograph was shot from a straight up angle. http://www.scotttanseyphoto.com/

Bleicher chose two of Marco Gualtieri’s works, a detail of the Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Gardens of Florence and the other from the Marina di Pisa waterfront in Tuscany. “Marco has a great talent for capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary in a non-glorified way,” said Bleicher. “His work is very grounded and the work in the exhibit shows the earthly reality of religious idols.”

“As Above, So Below” also includes: Berenice Abbott, Gwen Adler, Diane Arbus, Tatiana Botton, Dan Busta, Theresa Flowers, Susie Loucks, Moby, Leonard Monje, Patrick Nagatani, Ryan Schude, Nick Veasey, and many more.

What: Closing reception
Where: bG Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, # G8A, Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Phone: (310) 906 4211
Website: http://www.bGartGalleries.com


TAG Gallery (at Bergamot Station, SM) presents three new exhibitions featuring the art of Ellen Starr, Anne M Bray, and Michael Knight. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

See image: Anne M Bray

Anne M Bray’s core subject is theTAG-April25-Anne-M-Bray American landscape as seen from the highway. It’s a modern take on the Hudson River School’s devotion to the sublime beauty of nature. The most recent body of work, “Southwestern Sojourn,” is a compilation of more than 20 years of work.

“Pecarious,” features the art of artist Michael Knight. In this exhibition, it is also about the subject matter. He creates imagery to match our realities. The work forces us to evaluate how we deal with the intricacies of our lives. Michael Knight works in a wide range of media to create art that questions and challenges perception of society, culture and the individual.

In her latest exhibition, “Back to Nature,” Ellen Starr explores the endless possibilities of subject matter presented to us in the natural world. Using acrylic paint on canvas, she strives to clarify the visual intricacies of every-day subjects, primarily landscapes.

On view: April 21 – May 16, 2015
What: Opening reception
Where: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404

When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-9556

Website: http://www.taggallery.net


FIG (First Independent Gallery) (G6) debuts a new exhibit from 5-7pm.  


Head to the B side of Bergamot to pop in Shoshana Wayne Gallery (B1) to enjoy its newest exhibit from 5-7pm.


Leslie Sacks Contemporary (B6) also features a new exhibition opening from 5-7pm.


Sat-April25-PatrickPainterPatrick Painter, Inc. hosts an opening reception for “Altered States.”

The group exhibition featuring artwork by Justin Bower, VALIE EXPORT, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger and Rinus Van de Velde. The exhibition will showcase each of the five artists’ unique visions of altered reality.

On view: April 25 – May 23

What: Opening reception
Where: Patrick Painter, Bergamot Station, B2 2525 Michigan Ave. SM, 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 264 5988
Website: http://www.patrickpainter.com/


Also taking place at Bergamot…a bit later…

BRITWEEK is here.

Copro Gallery presents an opening receSat-April25-Copro-RYCA.jpbption for artist RYCA (in conjunction with BRITTWEEK)! This will be RYCA first solo show with Copro and and unlike his recent previous exhibitions in Europe and Japan it fuses his Star Wars Iconography with lyrical subverted pub sign style works.

For his L.A. debut he presents his most visually exciting exhibit to date and showing in the entire gallery. U.K based artist RYCA will be present and will be giving away a free gifts to the first 50 people that show up at 8:00 PM.

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


In Venice…

The G2 Gallery is opening three new exhibitions on April 21, with a reception taking place tonight from 6:30-9 PM. I LOVE this gallery…and the support it offers environmental groups.

“GSat-April25-G2Gallery-Lion4 Johanna Turner WMetting There: A Wildlife Crossing Over the 101″ will focus on the famous P-22 mountain lion and efforts to build an animal overpass in Liberty Canyon. Bird LA will coincide with the citywide day of birding activities on May 2, and Nature OC: Ron Azevedo will close out the gallery’s partnership with Forest & Ocean in Laguna Beach.

The $10 admission fee at the door includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary valet in front of the gallery.  All proceeds will be donated to the NWF. RSVP to rsvp@theg2gallery.com to attend.

What: Opening reception
Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice,90291
When: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 452-2842
Website: http://www.theg2gallery.com


In Hollywood…

There are a couple early ones taking place tooSat-April25-2015-KohnGallery-CamilleRose-Garcia

KOHN Gallery hosts a book signing event. Camille Rose Garcia’s latest monograph Mirror, Black Mirror is a gorgeous hardbound volume featuring 176 pages of full-color reproductions, black-edged interior pages, and an in-depth interview with the artist.

The paintings in this book represent a dynamic period in the artist’s life when she fled the confines of LA and relocated to a cabin in the woods.

What: Opening reception
Where:  Kohn Gallery, 1227 N. Highland Ave., LA 90038
When: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Phone: 323.658.8088
Website: http://www.kohngallery.com/


Also in Hollywood…

Sat-Apri25-LACELACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) presents “Under the Skin” featuring works by LACHSA Visual Arts Students

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts is a tuition-free, award-winning public high school (9-12) providing college preparatory academics and pre-professional, conservatory- style arts education for promising young artists in Los Angeles County. Founded in 1984, LACHSA is located on the CSULA campus and is recognized as one of the premiere high schools in the nation.

On view: April 25-May 2, 2015

Where: LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 323.957.1777 
Website: http://welcometolace.org


Also close by…another early event

Enjoy an art talk with the photographers in conjunction with the Loft at Liz’s current exhibition which opened the first week of April. The annual photography exhibit is part of MOPLA (Month of Photography LA).

Guest curated by filmmaker Simon Edery,Fri-April3-LoftatLIzs-Concept-to-Reality-front the exhibit titled “Concept To Reality,” features a collection of stills from 5 award-winning cinematographers and 1 behind-the-scenes photographer. Also featured are select entries from the IPA (Int’l Photography Awards) ONE SHOT: HOME juried competition.

Featured Artists include: Ed Lachman, Jacek Laskus, Phil Parmet, Peter Rodger, Vilmos Zsigmond, Isabella Vosmikova.

On view: April 2 – April 30

What: Art Talk
Where: The Loft at Liz’s, 453 S. La Brea Ave, above Liz’s Antique Hardware, 90036
When: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Phone: (323) 939-4403
Website: http://www.theloftatlizs.com/


Head North on La Brea for an opening running a bit later…

London Transplants and Wallspace LA are pleased to announce their participation in the 2015 Britweek LA program with a group show aptly titled “London Transplants 2015.”

Sat-April25-WallspaceThe exhibit features UAL alumni – transplants from England and Europe who work in diverse fields, including the fashion and textile industries, contemporary art, film and animation, product and graphic design and have made Los Angeles their home.

On the surface, LA and London seem to have little in common outside a shared language, and those moving to the city can experience a culture shock. Leaving Europe behind, the London Transplants swapped rain for sun, public transport for freeways and cars, and history for Manifest Destiny.

On view: April 21 – May 3

What: Opening reception
Where: Wallspace, 607 North La Brea, LA, CA 90036, (one block south of melrose and parking available in back)
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 323 930-0471
Website: http://www.wallspacela.com


Overduin & Co. (6693 Sunset Blvd., LA 90028) debuts a new exhibition from 6-8pm.


Head to Culver City…

Von Lintel Gallery pSat-April25-VonLintel-Edward-Burtynskyresents an exhibition of large-format color photographs by Edward Burtynsky. This is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.

See image: Edward Burtynsky, Eystri-Rangá River, Iceland 2012
C-print 48 x 64 inches (121.9 x 162.6 cm) Edition of 6

Burtynsky is known for his incisive look at landscapes reshaped by human interference. Nature Transformed primarily culls from Water, a five-year project chronicling the dramatic effects of manufacturing and consumption on the world’s most vital and rapidly depleting resource.

On view: April 25 – June 7

What: Opening reception
Where: Von Lintel Gallery, 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.559.5700
Website: www.vonlintel.com


The Kopeikin Gallery hosts an opening for “Intervention” featuring the work of New York based photographer Charlie Rubin.

TSat-April25-PaulKopeikin-CharlieRubinhe exhibit explores the fascinating relationship between reality and fantasy through the distortion of commonplace images.

Also opening tonight…is “Fantasy Life” featuring the work of Tabitha Soren.

On view: April 25 – June 6

What: Opening reception with the artist
Where: Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 South La Cienega Blvd., LA, CA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00pm
Phone: 310-559-0800
Website: http://www.kopeikingallery.com


Thinkspace (6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232)hosts an art party from 6-9pm. http://www.thinkspacegallery.com


Roberts & Tilton (5801 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232), offers an opening from 6-8pm. http://www.robertsandtilton.com


FP Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening reception for “Pentade”, a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by artist Dirk De Bruycker.

See image: Dirk De Bruycker, Crown, 84 x 72 inches,Sat-April25-FPContemporary-Dirk-De-Bruycker oil and mixed media on canvas (photo credit Gary Mankus)

In this new body of work there are often groupings of five “color figures” in De Bruycker’s paintings. He paints with what he terms internal emotional colors allowing the viewer to have a visceral and emotional response when seeing his paintings in person. De Bruycker’s paintings are oil and mixed media, including asphalt, gesso and cobalt drier on canvas.

On view: April 25 – May 23, 2015

What: Opening reception
Where: FP Contemporary, 5835 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Website: http://fpcontemporary.com/


François Ghebaly Gallery (2245 E Washington Blvd., LA 90021), hosts a reception from 7-10pm. http://ghebaly.com/


In Echo Park…

Sat-April25-SubliminalProjectsSarenSolkerSUBLIMINAL PROJECTS presents “SURFACE,” an exhibition featuring portraits of street artists taken by Danish photographer Søren Solkær. The images are part of a larger book project that began in 2012 and continued into 2015. For three years, Solkær traveled internationally, photographing street artists in their element and showcasing them alongside their art in public spaces.

The project culminated in a publication that ultimately serves as a portrait anthology of many significant street artists in the contemporary art scene, as well as the genre’s pioneering icons.

April 25 – May 23, 2015

What: Opening reception
Where: Subliminal Projects, 1331 W Sunset Blvd., LA 90026
When: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm (7-8pm-book signing)
Phone: (213) 213-0078
Website: http://subliminalprojects.com/


Also downtown…PI Gallery (2665 W Pico Blvd, 90064) hosts an art speakeasy from 7pm to Midnight. http://www.pi-gallery.com/