The G2 Earth Film Festival, our Pick of the Week continues today in Venice! 


In the Miracle Mile area…

Pop by the Jack Rutberg Gallery and enjoy a walkthrough of Patrick Graham’s exhibition with gallerist Jack Rutberg.

Following its national museum tour, JacSat-JackRutberg-Walkthruk Rutberg Fine Arts presents “PATRICK GRAHAM: THIRTY YEARS – The Silence Becomes the Painting,” a major exhibition curated by the eminent art historian Peter Selz. This offers a rare opportunity to view the works of one of Ireland’s most influential contemporary artists. Fully illustrated exhibition catalogue available.

On view: August 31, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
When: 2:00pm – Saturday, August 6, 2016
Phone: 323 938-5222


Head downtown to A + D Museum, Professor Don Choi lead an exhibition walk-through of “FAST FORWARD” with his students from the 2015 architecture class, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Walk-through: 2-4pm; A + D Museum, 900 E. 4th St., LA, 90013;


Linda Kaye presents the 3rd Summer Music and Poetry Salon series! All are invited, an RSVP is needed to find out the venue location. The salon starts at 3pm. and the theme for this salon is “Gotta Have it!” It is an open mic round robin style setting. Music, poetry, spoken word, comedy and magic. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!!! CLICK HERE TO RSVP


In West LA…Open Mind Art Space hosts an art talk and opening reception for “Ben Lowder: WORD.” Art talk: 5pm: Benjamin Lowder, Shana Nys Dambrot, and Patti Astor. Reception: 7-10pm. Open Mind Art Space, 11631 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025;


InSat-Aug-6-2016-Skidmore-Tracey-Sylvester-Harris-PeacefulSwimmer Santa Monica…

Bergamot Station features some art events as well.

Skidmore Contemporary Art presents two one person exhibitions….”Sunshine Noir” debuts new paintings from Tracey Sylvester Harris and “The Arc of Days” features the paintings of James David Thomas.

See image: Harris, Peaceful Swimmer, Oil on canvas, 36” x 60” 2016

You can find more info about these exhibitions on Upcoming Exhibitions Page. Click here to read the Event Feature for more details.
Tracey Sylvester Harris’ paintings of glowing sunshine and glistening water have a timeless appeal. Her nostalgic canvases focus on women sunning themselves at the edges of pools or floating in turquoise waters. Hinting back at the glamourous Mad Men era of postwar America, these images touch a cord that people of all generations can relate to.

“The Arc of Days” also opens tonight… “Imagine Euclid standing before the horizon and devising geometry, counting, which is a way to know the landscape. The city grid, for example, is painting people, their activities, and record.” – James David Thomas

SeeSat-Aug6-Skidmore-James-DavidThomas-HighGain-35 imlage: Thomas, High Gain #35, oil and gold leaf on wood, 10 ¼” x 24”, 2015.

On view: August 6 – September 3, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00pm – 7:00pm – Saturday, August 6, 2016 
Phone: 310-828-5070


William Turner Gallery presents two concurrent solo exhibitions opening Saturday August 6 from 6-8PM.  Both exhibitions will be held in the E-1 space.  G-1 will continue MOSES@90 programming and will feature a new hanging of both current and historical work in the former Santa Monica Museum space.  

“Idiosyncrasy” is a solo exhibition of new sculptures by Los Angeles based artist, Koji Takei.

Sat-Aug6-2016-WilliamTurner-KojiTakei edited-1See image: by Koji Takei, A THOUSAND STROKES, 2015, wood, metal, horsehair & stain, 16″x22″x1″‘
Creating sculptures of exquisite peculiarity is an art in which Takei excels. His elegantly crafted works embody the notion of the whimsical, contradictory and idiosyncratic. There is an immediately detectable sense of humor and quick wit about the sculptures in this exhibition. Beyond playfulness, however, Takei’s aim is to challenge the viewer to alter the way in which they look at reality.
Also opening tonight is Curtis Ripley’s “A Poem About Breathing.”

What: Opening Reception
Where: William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, E1, SM
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday, August 6, 2016
310 453 0909


Santa Monica Plastics celebrates artist Nijad Abdul Massih’s solo exhibition titled “Inbetween” from 6-10 pm; Santa Monica Plastics, 1631 Stanford St, Santa Monica, 90404;


In the Beverly Hills / Culver City area…

The InstitutSat-Aug-6-2016-TheInstituteofCulturalInquirye of Cultural Inquiry (ICI) hosts a closing recption for “With Everything but the Monkey Head: Theorizing Art’s Untheorizable Practices,” a major project centered on the burgeoning field of studio-based research in the visual arts.

This project features a long-term collaboration with a host of diverse participants including nine researchers who have participated in some sort of visual research at the ICI during the last 5 years; a set of specially selected interlocutors whose questions will help construct and strengthen the ideas central to each researcher’s project; and the curious spectators who have always enriched ICI projects with their thoughtful discussion and debate during public exchanges.

What: Closing reception
Where: The Institute of Cultural Inquiry (ICI), 1512 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 90035
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday, August 6, 2016


In Culver City…

Sat-Aug6-EdwardCella-krakowski-TrueNorthEdward Cella Art & Architecture is pleased to announce TRUE NORTH by Manny Krakowski, an exhibition including unique hand-blown mirrored glass sculptures on custom pedestals and hand formed glass tubes filled with toothpaste.

The exhibition was conceived when Krakowski began thinking about True North as an impermanent geographic location. Vulnerable to the concept of this location as an unknown site, Krakowski set out to transform his psychological experience into a physical representation with the creation of seductive mirrored glass sculptures. Krakowski’s glass sculptures literally reflect the space around them, a reference to modernism, and perhaps are a nod of admiration to the objects portrayed in still life paintings by Giorgio Morandi. These alluring, glass sculptures, and shaped, corroding, toothpaste-filled glass tubes, create a fleeting experience of oscillation and complicate further the idea of a True North.

On view: August 6 – August 20

What: Opening reception
Where: Edward Cella Art and Architecture, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday, August 6, 2016
Phone: 323.525.0053


Head East – in the Mid city area…“The Enchanted World of Miyazaki: Tribute Art Show” pays tribute to legendary Japanese creator, Hayao Miyazaki. Reception 7-10pm; The Mid-City Arthouse, 5555 W Washington Blvd, LA, 90016; See FB Event Page for more info.


In Silverlake…

Neutra Institute Gallery and Museum Silver Lake presents “A Clandestine History of Art,” a solo show by Robyn Alatorre.

Curated by Dion Neutra and Dulce Stein, anAug6-2016-RobynAlatorre-flyer opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 6th, 6pm until 10pm.

“The Clandestine History of Art” features artworks created by Robyn Alatorre over the course of several years as she explored popular culture through the ages. Her surreal paintings combine the styles and subject matter of past art movements with commercial objects from our contemporary world.

Save the date …Sunday, August 28th 3pm until 6pm, enjoy a closing reception and artist talk with Robyn Alatorre and acclaimed artist and writer Keith Dugas.

For more information contact the artist at or view

What: Opening Recepion
Where: Neutra Institute Gallery and Museum Silver Lake, 2379 Glendale Blvd (between Briar Avenue and Deane Street)
When: 6pm – 10pm – Saturday, August 6, 2016
Event info: FB Event Page


Sat-Aug-6-2016-NicodimIn Boyle Heights…

Nicodim Gallery presents “Omul Negru”, Romanian for the man in black, curated by Aaron Moulton.

Spanning forty artworks entangled within the energies of this chosen time and place, Omul Negru is an anthropological occurrence, one comprised of both cultural enactment and ritual embodiment, initiated to explore the varied notions of the Boogeyman.

It is in effect a celebration of civilization’s most important character, a figure that has transcended within the 21st Century culture into a monster of ever-expanding applications. This spectrum of visual culture’s darkest corner is traced through artists, martyrs, serial killers, madmen, and monsters to explore the many faces as well as the facelessness of the Boogeyman.

What: Opening reception
Where: Nicodim Gallery, 571 South Anderson Street, Suite 2, LA 90033
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday, August 6, 2016
Phone: 323-262-0260


In San Pedro…

huZ Galleries presents “Musicians” – photography by Peter Figen and featuring two never before seen photographs of Elvis Presley taken by Anthony Bernard. Tonight, the official opening takes place on Saturday August 6th, at 7pm at huZ Galleries.

See my Huffington Post article about this event.

SAugust6-2016-lowreshuZGalleries-FLYER-WillieDixon-1986-by-PeterFigenee image: by Peter Figen, Willie Dixon, 1986, Glendale, Ca

Here is some more info provided by the gallery:
Peter got his start in the late 1970’s photographing a Hot Rize concert in Santa Cruz, CA. FRETS magazine saw his work and that was the beginning of his commercial career.

Since then Peter has used his skill as a photographer and printer to immortalize the likes of Doc Watson, Willie Dixon, George Harrison, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Scott Weiland and countless others. Peter’s passion for the music, the performance and the artist is reflected in his imagery.

Recently huZ Galleries was approached by Tony Bernard, whose father Anthony had taken a few images of a young Elvis Presley, backed up by Scotty Moore, performing in Lubbock, Texas in 1955. These images have never before been printed, published or seen by anyone apart from the photographer and his sister Crystal Bernard.  Anthony – a photographer for the Air Force – had taken these shots just before Elvis became a house hold name. He showed them to Crystal who didn’t know who Elvis was and so threw them away! Thankfully the negatives were saved, and made their way to Anthony’s son Tony. Tony approached huZ Galleries with the negatives, and we knew just the person who could do them justice…Peter Figen. Peter restored the negatives and printed them in all their glory with a stunning depth and tonal range.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00pm – 7pm. Be sure to check out the huZ Galleries Facebook Page.

What: Opening reception
Where: huZ Galleries, 341 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, 90731
When: 7:00pm – Saturday, August 6, 2016
Phone: 310 428-0275


In the Mar Vista/Venice area

Sat-Aug6-2016-GusHarperHarper hosts his annual Art Party….always fun to be had here, and it usually goes pretty late….Gus is an extremely prolific and talented artist….and he knows how to throw a great art party too.

Stop in and check out New Artwork by Gus Harper. The events will feature the installation “Wonder.”

DJs and live music, including Jaime Sol Black and crew. Food, drinks, great people, and art.

There will be an additional open house – tomorrow on Sunday, August 7th, from 11 am til 1 pm.

What: Art Party
Where: 11306 Venice Blvd. L.A., Ca. 90066
When: 6:30pm – 11:00pm – Saturday, August 6, 2016


In Glendale…Roslin Art Gallery offers an opening from 7-10pm; Roslin Art Gallery, 415 E Broadway Ste 100, Glendale, 91205;


In the Highland Park area…


“Otherness, the characteristics of the Other, is the state of being different from and alien tSat-Aug6-2016-CoLabGalleryo the social identity of a person and to the identity of the Self… This can lead to extreme separation, alienation, and exclusion of the person or of people that is seen as different or unusual to the typical lens of one’s societal views.”

In the midst of the tragic attack in Orlando, I am confronted with the reality of being “the other” in this society, as queer identified. There is not much space created for those who are othered so it is my challenge to create that within my solo show. I will create a body of work that focuses on endurance and repetition as an act of self care and social resistance. I will be creating work that shows galactic shapes/beings/energies as often identities shift in fluidity just like the galaxy. There is beauty in the other and I am committed to showcasing how complex/beautiful it is to be different. I am literally creating a “safe space” for those who have ever felt different, alienated, or alone.

On view: August 6 – August 31, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: CoLab Gallery, 5319 York, Highland Park, 90042
When: 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Saturday August 6, 2016


Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles (TSA.LA) features a different type of exhibition. It has organized artists from Manual History Machines, Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Monte Vista Projects to turn Tiger Strikes Asteroid into an indoor art garden. Reception: 6-8 pm; Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles (TSA.LA) 440 S Broadway, LA 90013;



The Hive Gallery debuts four featured shows tonight…plus, live sand mandala painting by Genesis Band Artist: Paul Whitehead; Live painting by: Teod Tomlinson; Ambient tunes by:  Ghost of Lightning, Super Bee and DJ Wide Grooves
“ESat-Aug-6-2016-HIVEGalleryquilibrium Rites”- featuring the artwork of Meesha Goldberg and photography by James Stark.

An epic 100 mile eco-ritual walk for the honeybees captured through the paintings of Meesha Goldberg and the photography of James Stark ( ). Part of the proceeds will go towards the creation of a bee sanctuary and educational center in Hawaii.  Find out more at

“Honey and Venom”- a group show of  artworks dedicated to helping save the bees! Over 20 artists have made artwork for the theme “Honey and Venom”, which will help support The Hive’s favorite pollen-carrying, life-producing insect—–THE BEES!!!! A portion of sales for this show will go towards the creation of a bee sanctuary and eduction center in Hawaii.

“Cosmic Union”- a visionary show curated by Radhika Hersey. The art of vision inspired by the subject of Cosmic Union- over 15 internationally known artists will be exhibiting work for this exhibit throughout the month of August.

“HIVE Visionary Group” show features over 20 artists exhibiting their own visions in various artistic mediums.

On view: August 6 – August 27, 2016

$5.00 donation

What: Opening reception
Where: The Hive Gallery 729 South Spring St., LA 90014

When: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
 Saturday, August 6, 2016
Phone: 213 955-9051



Keep the art party hop going at Bergamot Station, Copro Gallery offers an opening for two new exhibitions. Reception: 8:00pm – 11:30pm; Copro Gallery (T-5), Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, SM,