If you are a Venice local…you may know that VNC’s Venice BBQ is taking place from 12-4pm at Oakwood Park (Locals know where that is). You MUST bring a side dish or desert for entry.


BergaBergamotStationlogo copymot Station (where the Pick of the Week happens) hosts several art events tonight.

Gallery Luisotti presents a closing reception for “When we were young.”

TSat-Aug8-GalleryLuisotti-MarkRuwedel-EvansStreet1he exhibition features some of the earliest works ever produced by gallery artists John Divola, Christina Fernandez, Ron Jude, Mark Ruwedel and Catherine Wagner.

Mark Ruwedel, Evans Street #1, 1983, Contact prints, mounted on rag paper 4 x 5 inches

A working through of concerns of the photographic medium in roughly the years 1970-1985/2010 is visible in the artists’ varied approaches. Individually, the works in the exhibition interrogate the notion of photograph as document, about the gaps inherent to narrative, and images existing not for a market, but for dialogue and contemplation as strategies to move individual practices and the photographic medium forward.

What: Opening reception
Where: Gallery Luisotti (A-2), Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. SM, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 453-0043
Website: http://www.galleryluisotti.com/


Sat-Aug8-FIG-Summer ExhibitA group exhibition featuring all of FIG’s gallery artists. The exhibition includes small works, under 20 inches, in a wide range of styles that highlights the diversity of the artists’ creative endeavors.

Exhibiting artists include: Joseph Blaustein, Ray Brown, Kate Browning, Marlene Capell, Nora Chapkis, Claire Chene, John de Heras, Paul Donaldson, Theresa Fernald, Diana Gordon, Arleen G. Hendler, Curtis Hoekzema, Carla Jerome, William Lane, Lorraine Lubner, Martin Lubner, Chris Madans, Sylvia Marcin, Mitsuko Namiki, Keisho Okayama, Elena Mary Siff , Hilary Taub, James Urmston, Sara Wylie Walsh, Susan Wolff, Otella Wruck, and Yda Ziment.

On view: August 5th – September 5th

What: Opening reception
Where: FIG, (G6) Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310 829-0345
Website: http://figgallery.com/


Also in Santa Monica…

DanieSat-Aug8-DanielRolnikl Rolnik Gallery is pleaseed to present its 1st annual Anti-Folk Festival curated by Deenah Vollmer and Toby Goodshank of The Pizza Underground.

Woody Guthrie wrote “This Machine Kills Fascists” on his guitar, Fela Kuti proclaimed “Music Is The Weapon” to fight oppression, and Bob Dylan spoke for a generation when he passionately recited “The Times, They Are A Changing” — Then a new genreation came in and said, hey we love folk music. We love everything about it, but we want to do it our own way.

And then the anti-folk movement was born. An anti-genre. A genreless genre. A genre without a home in Los Angeles, until now. Bands include: The Purple Organ, LA Boobs, Dan y Dany.

Bring your acoustic instruments because at the end of the show, a jam session is planned.

What: Opening reception
Where:  Daniel Rolnik Gallery, 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica,  90401
When: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – August 8


In Venice…C.A.V.E. Gallery hosts an art party from 6:30pm-9:30pm. http://cavegallery.net/


Sat-Aug8-HaphazardHaphazard is pleased to present a solo exhibition of photographs by Arpi Agdere titled “Punctum.” The body of work featured in this exhibition contains at its core an element that harkens back to a tradition at the origins of photography shared by William Henry Fox Talbot and Mathew Brady: the landscape.

While landscape suggests the concerns of pictorialism – that is to make a photograph look like a painting – Agdere’s work is reminiscent with the work of othercontemporary photographers who are concentrating on what is called the “social landscape”. Her images contain distinct signs of a caustic, suburban civilization that seems to be encroaching on the Southern California landscape that Agdere calls home. Two elements are at work in these pictures, first Agdere is a studio artist who uses photography and not a photographer per-se and the second is psychedelics.

On view: August 8 – September 20

What: Opening reception
Where: 1543 Sawtelle, Blvd, LA, 90025
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 213.610.4110


In Hollywood…

sunAug--ArtistCornerKathy Curtis Cahill-DADDYS-GIRLThe Artist’s Corner Gallery hosts a closing reception for “Memories and Demons.”

See image: Kathy Curtis Cahill, DADDY’S GIRL,  32″X40″

Kathy Curtis Cahill photographs feature a world filled with childhood wonder, fear, and trepidation. Delicate nuances of longing, hope and pain are lovingly rendered in exquisite portraits of a kindergarten life, never spoken about.

What: Opening
Where: Artist’s Corner Gallery, 6585 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 9003
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm August 8
Phone: 323 464-3900
Website: http://www.bookblocks.us


Cherry and Martin is pleased to present Robert Overby (1935-1993): See Robert, a solo exhibition spanning three decades of the formidable artist’s career including sculptures, works on paper, neon and paintings.

SeSat-Aug8-CherryandMartin-RobertOverbye image: Robert Overby, Squashed Madonna (Caracciolo copy) 1973, Oil on canvas, 37.5 x 32 inches, 95.25 x 81.28 cm

Like many earlier artists, Robert Overby has spent years trying to emulate old master techniques of surface and paint handling. While a student at the Chicago Art Institute in the 50’s he roamed the painting galleries. “Although I’ve been doing fine art only for a few years (1969),” he says, “I can still remember liking what I still like today. Even as advertising students, the Museum galleries always seemed to be part of our assignments.” In fact, the frustration of his inability in his attempts to blend oil painting and achieve the ‘look’ sent him on some interesting tangents for the first few years of his fine artists career. Then a friend of a friend gave him some home-brew painting medium formulas and voila!, old master technique. He still makes medium and paint. “It’s cheaper,” he says.

August 8 – September 19, 2015

What: Opening reception
Where: Cherry Martin, 2712 S. La Cienega Blvd.
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Website: http://www.cherryandmartin.com/


In West Hollywood…

Sat-Aug-8-NewImageArt-LukePelletierNew Image Art Gallery throws an art party for Luke Pelletier. After living and going to school in Chicago for a few years, Luke Pelletier went back to his rural-tourist-driven-hometown, Brevard, North Carolina, for a few months to make the work for his first solo in over three years.

Living in a tourist town for much of his life, he has been heavily influenced by seasonal economies, as well as the multi-level relationships, dependence and resentment, between tourists and locals. Much of Luke’s art blurs the lines between celebrating and condemning a culture that agrees to be taken advantage of while it takes advantage of others. His art is filled with personal anecdotes, dark humor, dualities, contradictions, repetition, and scenes of paradise that are simultaneously pristine and decaying. In his first solo show in LA, Tourist Seizin’, Luke Pelletier uses photography, painting, sculpture, social practice, graphic design, writing, and craft to riff on his moral dilemmas with romance, objectification, labor, competition, tourist culture, capitalism, addiction, free will, masculinity, fun, and Americana.

On view: August 8th – August 29th

What: Opening reception
Where: New Image Art Gallery, 7920 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Website: http://www.newimageartgallery.com/


In the mid Wilshire area…Dysonna City Art Gallery (5373 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 90036)host an opening from 7-9pm. http://www.dysonnacityartgallery.com


In Highland Park…

AvenSatAug8-Ave50studioue 50 Studio hosts a series of events….The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same.

The project takes a cultural and critical look at the causes and conditions that lit the powder keg of revolution in Watts, CA fifty years ago. This series opens with a group art exhibit entitled: “Take a Breath, Feel the Fire” curated by Michael Massenburg and opening tonight….August 8th.

Supporting events will take place on August 11th through the 17th, the 6 days of the actual 1965 riots. Using various forms of expression (panels, poetry, visual arts, and music) we will examine issues that caused the riots (many that still plague us today) and the birth after the fire known as the Watts Renaissance.

Also opening in the Annex is “Aquaria” showcasing the paintings of Carol Colin

On view: August 8th – September 5th

What: Opening reception
Where: Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, LA 90042
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 323 258 1435
Website: http://www.avenue50studio.com/


EklectoMania (6152 York Blvd., LA 90024) hosts an artist reception for Francisco Alvarado, Jane Szabo from 7-10pm. https://www.facebook.com/eklectomania


In Downtown LA…

PSat-Aug8-ArtFashionpopUp-shopop by the DSR PR Art and Fashion Pop Up, featuring local artists and fashion designers in Los Angeles.

Come out for a chance to view and purchase art, fashion, listen to great music good vibes also have a complimentary drink on the house while you at it! There is no cover, RSVP required.

Free admission: No cover + Complimentary Drink
RSVP: www.dsrpr.com/events.html

What: The Art and Fashion Pop Up Shop
Where: Astroetic Studios, 224 E 11th St ste 700A, LA 90015
When: August 8, 2015 – 6pm to 11:00pm
Website: http://www.dsrpr.com/events.html


Also Downtown…Untitled Project Space (707 Mateo St., LA, 90021) debuts a new show from 7-11 pm. http://www.untitledprojectspace.com/


And another…As part of CB1 Gallery’s current exhibition, Jeffrey Vallance: The Medium is the Message, enjoy a performance by the artist entitled Ghost Writers. In a séance performance, Vallance will work with legendary psychic Joseph Ross to channel dead art critics interested in reviewing the show. 8-9pm. CB1 Gallery, 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA 90021. http://www.cb1gallery.com


One more Dowtown….Hive Gallery (729 Spring St.) throws an art party from 8-11pm. $5 suggested donation. http://hivegallery.com