Our Pick of the week happened yesterday…the Montana Avenue Holiday Walk. But don’t worry…we’ve got another fun holiday event tonight…plus some art events as always.
In the Miracle Mile area…LAUNCH LA will feature a selection of unique, hand-made gift ideas from Marion Lane, including bracelets, clutches, clothing and, her acrylic creations on panel. Available for purchase through the Holidays! 12-6pm; 170 S. La Brea Ave., upstairs from MKG Projects, LA, 90036



Get a jump on your holiday shopping.  Sat-Dec5-DSRPR

This is an Art, Beauty and Fashion Pop Up where Vendors and artists come together to display and sell their products and merchandise to a live crowd music and food and beverages will be available as well. Come and check it out at the brand new DSR STUDIOS.

What: Pop Up
Where: DSR STUDIOS, 1201 S Grand Ave STE B. Los Angeles Ca 90015
When: 3pm – 7pm


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The Craig Krull Gallery hosts a reception for three new exhibitions tonight…”Carol Es: Rock and Refuge,” “Phranc: Toys,” and “John Huggins: Once Again.”

“Rock and Refuge,” Carol Es’ first exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery, will include her Joshua Tree paintings as well as a drawing installation from her ongoing Journal Project

Joshua Tree is an artists’ refuge, a place of freedom as well as meditation. Es refers to it as “a kind of Deadwood town where unique exteriors are built seemingly without codes or restrictions,” and where precarious rock formations balance one’s soul.

See imageSat-Dec5-CraigKrull-CarolEs: by Carol Es

Phranc, also known as The All-American Jewish Lesbian folksinger, is a self-described “Cardboard Cobbler,” who fashions cardboard, paper, gouache, and thread into life-size, three-dimensional replications of everyday objects. As a teenager, Phranc attended The Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, but she traces her obsession with cardboard back to childhood.

John Huggins’ series, Once, was partially inspired by a familial passage, the loss of his father.  His soft-focus color photographs embody what the artist calls, “the perfectness of a fond memory.”  The images put into form the idealized remembrance one may have of indelible moments experienced in youth. 

On view: November 28th – January 16th, 2016

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


Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present “El Sujeto Debe Rotar Como el Sol/ The Subject Must Rotate,” Like The Sun a painting installation by Mariángeles Soto-Díaz.

See image: Mariángeles Soto-DíazSat-Dec5-RuthBachoner-Mariangeles-Soto-Diaz

The work of Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, whether in the format of installation or painting, is centered around a strong consideration of place. Much of her work has a connection with her native country of Venezuela, which comes through as a response to political issues as much as in her re-appropriating the country’s tradition of abstract art. In her recent residency at the Torrance Art Museum, she was situated within the walls of the museum working with materials culled through the Orange County Craigslist system, all the while considering the stuff of her immediate surroundings. In other work, she evaluated the place of women and diversity within the art world through a site specific installation. While each project comes with a different focus, there remains a continuous thread of combining North and South American traditions of abstraction and an exploration of color primed with underlying conceptualism.

Also debuting tonight is a group show of small works featuring artists Michel Alexis, Tony Beauvy, Douglas C. Bloom, Gary Edward Blum, Michael Brangoccio, Benjamin Britton,  David Allan Peters, Barbara Edelstein, Jennifer Faist, Trygve Faste,  Laura Fayer, Robilee Frederick, Richard Gate, Phillip Griswold, Paul Harryn, David Kapp,  Robert Kingston, Kerry Kugelman, Yoichi Kawamura, Gretel Stephens, Ann Thornycroft, Selina Trieff, Jane Park Wells, and more.

December 5th – January 9th, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station, (G-2) 2525 Michigan Ave, SM, 90404
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-3300
Website: http://www.ruthbachofnergallery.com


TAG Gallery, (Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404) debuts three exhibitions featuring artists Cynthia Alexander, Elsie Dye Sims, and Linda Sue Price from 5- 8 pm. http://www.taggallery.net/


Dec-0-Christmas-holiday-ornamentAlso in Santa Monica…

Main Street hosts its holiday party tonight….the carolers roam the streets and stores stay open late offering eggnog and cider, etc.

The event begins with a Christmas tree lighting at Ocean Park and Main, (the site of the Sunday Santa Monica Farmers Market) followed by a candlelight walk to an amazing Shopping Cart Christmas Tree at Edgemar Pl (by Ben & Jerry’s and Peet’s Coffee, 90401).

The Shopping Cart Christmas Tree is designed by Santa Monica artist Anthony Schmitt. You gotta check it out. The Off their Jingle Bell Rockers will once again be performing at the wonderful shopping cart Christmas tree at Edgemar.

Sat-Dec6-JBROCKERSPhoto by Robert E. Thomas

Here, the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers will sing a short set (six songs) before they move on down Main Street. Most of the stores on Main Street will stay open and the Rockers will stop in to perform holiday classics.

There will be parties up and down the street….don’t forget to stop by haleARTS (right there at Edgemar).


Also in Santa Monica… haleARTS S P A C E hosts its annual Holiday $100 Art SALE. The SALE features great deals on works from local and emerging artists for $100.

ThSat-Nov28-haleArtse gallery will be filled salon style with ready to hang works of several local artists including Arnold Martin, Lance Miccio, Aazam Iriliian, Sean Hemeon, Betsy Enzensberger, L.A. Marler, Jerry Montoya, Audrey McNamara, Kristy Schaeffe, Greg Paul Mauro. We will also have a selection of limited edition unframed prints available from Michele Castagnetti, Timothy Kitz and Art Venti.

As always, the $100 Art SALE is a great opportunity for emerging collectors to grow their collection, or help jumpstart the collection of friends and family. Photography, assemblage, works on canvas and paper will all be available. In addition to the $100 Art Sale, a selection of artful gifts will be available to purchase as well, including a new selection of art books, functional sculptures, cards, stationary and notebooks.

What: Opening reception
Where: haleARTS S P A C E, 2443 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Phone: 310-314-8038
Website: http://www.halearts.com


In Lancaster

“DiaSat-Dec5-MOAH-ShanaMabarimetros Petals,” a new sculptural installation of multi-colored mirrored acrylic discs by Los Angeles-based artist Shana Mabari, makes its debut next month on the scenic rooftop terrace at the Museum of Art & History (MOAH) in Lancaster, CA.  It is part of the year-end group exhibition “Vanity,” which opens with an artists’ reception from 4-6PM on tonight.

Specifically designed for MOAH’s rooftop, Diametros Petals is a constellation of twelve disks of differing sizes juxtaposed at various angles to one another.  The placement of the disks—which range from 3’ to 4’ in diameter—creates a shifting pattern of shapes, curves, lines, and colors as the continually changing natural light affects the interplay of two or more mirrored surfaces, casting highlights and shadows across the surfaces of the building.  Diametros Petals was made possible by generous support from patron of the arts Gilena Simons.

On view: December 5 – January 24, 2016

What: Artist reception
Where: Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH), 665 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Website: http://www.lancastermoah.org/


SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to present “A Primitive Future,” an exhibition featuring new work by AJ Fosik, Ben Venom, Frohawk Two Feathers, Haroshi, Lucien Shapiro, and Ravi Zupa.
Sat-Dec5-SubliminalA Primitive Future focuses on the cultural, social, economic, and guiding principles of past versus future belief systems and practices. How do we determine right and wrong or acceptable and unacceptable in both the aesthetics of art and in societal behavior? How will colonialism take shape in the future? How has craft morphed with the everyday and become timeless? Has society in general become more “civilized” or are we the same just in different form? What can the future look like?
The selected artists touch on some of the above questions through form, subject matter, or both.  More importantly, they question the conventional idea of what the (conflicted) term primitive means or is associated with. The late 19th century deemed ‘primitive art’ as simplistic in form and color and lacking in linear perspective and depth. This style was eventually adopted by well-known French and German artists and embraced for its honesty, spontaneity and emotional charge. In the visual arts, it stood for a rejection of the corrupt values of the West, perpetuated by the effects of industrialization and the Great War. However the term primitive, when used in an anthropological context, applied to ‘early’ cultures but was often interpreted as meaning savage or inferior. Today, that interpretation is highly criticized as narrow minded, inconsistent, and indicative of people’s inability to self-reflect.

On view: December 5 – January 6, 2016

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


Downtown LA…

Art ShaSat-Dec5-Common-Thread-Homepage-Banner-Compre L.A. present a group show titled “Common Thread” featuring a variety of mixed media works. These artists all use textiles, whether as found object, personal talisman, alternative invention, literal materials in abstract pattern-seeking, or as symbolic, narrative elements in a larger story.

Artists Include: Dafna, Sumit Dua, Gabby Gonzales, Shula Singer Arbel, Megan Stapleton, Jane Szabo, Phoebe Wong.

Stop by to visit Art Share and see “Common Thread” Wednesday – Saturday, 1-6 PM.

On view: December 2 – December 19

What: Reception
Where: ArtShare LA, 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013
When: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Phone: (213) 687-4278;
Website: http://artsharela.org/


In Santa Monica…

The Broad Stage presents Jane Austen, Unscripted, the opening  was this past Friday. The show runs through December 20!

ONGOING-BROAD-JaneAusten3 426x426Just in time for the holidays, the critically acclaimed Impro Theatre brings its smash hit back to Santa Monica for an evening of wit and revelry. Comedy buffs will love the troupe’s spontaneity—the show changes nightly—and local Austen-heads can choose to arrive in costume! A hilarious riff on Austen’s love-struck girls, brooding noblemen and charming cads, Jane Austen UnScripted is a “stunning feat of performance and literary wizardry” (Los Angeles Times).

Theater at The Broad Stage made possible in part by a generous gift from Laurie and Bill Benenson.

Jane Austen UnScripted at The Broad Stage is made possible in part by a generous gift from Linda and Michael Keston.

Admission is $40. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE!

What: Performance
Where: Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
When: 8:00 pm
Website: http://www.thebroadstage.com