Take the weekend off and head to Joshua Tree Art Gallery Group Show & Holiday Stroll takes place on Saturday December 8th from 6- 8 pm.

EnjoJTAGDecy local galleries, shops abd cafes open for your shopping convenience.

Joshua Tree Art Gallery opens it door’s at 6PM for their group show of original art by local artists. Some of the best bargains in town. Take some time to get out of LA and support local businesses.

Preview the show on website. www.joshuatreeartgallery.com

If you would like to spend the weekend in Joshua Tree and are interested in finding out where to stay, JTAG can offer some great suggestions as well as the Johsua Tree Highlands Houses.

Feel frlowres JTAG RENTALsee to contact the gallery,  info@joshuatreeartgallery.com

What: Joshua Tree Art Gallery Group Show & Holiday Stroll
Where: In and around Joshua Tree Art Gallery, 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92552
When: Saturday December 8th 6- 8PM
Phone: 760 366 3636
Website: http://www.joshuatreeartgallery.com

Or tlowres UpperWest outsideoday starting at noon and running into the evening (9:00 pm) is the 4th annual Pico ART HOP. Now be aware it appears most of the events will be taking place after 5:00 pm. (I’m not sure why they have it listed as starting at noon).

Upper West will have a Hannukah Candle lighting at (5:00pm). Here you can see the work of Anyes Galleani in her exhibition, “Beautifully Broken.” Upper West, 3321 Pico Blvd (www.theupperwest.com)

Here are a few more businesses that will be participating. 28th and 34th street on Pico Blvd. in the city of Santa Monica

T. HeritaWU Sat Dec8th PicoArtHopge Gallery, 3219 Pico Blvd., Artists: Tim Heritage & John Christensen; (www.theritage.com)

Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd. Artist: Group Show “Small But Powerful”   Opening Reception 6-9pm wine & cheese; (www.blue7gallery.com)

Jennifer Joyce-Pottery Studio & Gallery, 3028 Pico Blvd.,  Artist: Jennifer Joyce cheese & wine. Plus whimsical sculptures and functional art

Acapillow. 3018 Pico Blvd., Artist: Steve Craig’s Installation   Antique Fabric – Pillow Gifts – Upholstery – Art  (www.acapillow.com)

Lares Restaurant, 2909 Pico Blvd
Artist: Martha Lares   (www.lares-restaurant.com)

See their FB page for more details. https://www.facebook.com/events/467312673318878/

At Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. in Santa Monica.BergamotStationlogo copy

Frank Pictures (A-5) holds a reception from 5-8pm http://www.frankpicturesgallery.com

Sat Dec8 PatrickPainter GregColsonPatrick Painter Inc. hosts an opening for Greg Colson for his new exhibition entitled “Consumer Ratings and Aggregate Paintings.”

On view: December 8th – January 19th

What: Opening reception
Where: Patrick Painter, Bergamot Station, A8 & B2 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 264 5988
Website: http://www.patrickpainter.com

in the Miracle Mile area, Couturier Gallery (166 N. La Brea Ave.), 90036 holds an opening from 6-8pm. http://www.couturiergallery.com/

lowres-Sophia drawing001In Eagle Rock….

Artist Sophia Gasparian is excited to be part of the 7th Annual Miniatures Show at Cactus Gallery. A perfect time to enjoy the holiday spirit and pick up some very original holiday gifts.

Cactus Gallery is a vibrant Latino owned and operated gallery that promotes Los Angeles artists. The gallery’s monthly art openings keep the selection of art fresh with large group shows and delightful themes being the norm.

Cactus gallery shows new and established local artists and encourages new art collectors to consider art financing. Cactus gallery believes in community and maintaining cultural traditions. The gallery is located in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) and participates in NELA’s Second Saturday Gallery Night.

7tlowres Sophia drawing002h Annual Miniatures Show will be on view December 8 and run until December 24.

The opening reception takes place Saturday December 8th.

What: 7th Annual Miniatures Show
Where: Cactus Gallery, 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041
When: December 8th  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: (323) 256-6117
Website: http://www.eclecticcactus.com

Also in the Eagle Rock/Highland Park area….Avenue 50 Studio (131 N. Avenue 50), hosts an opening reception from 7-10pm; http://www.avenue50studio.com/

Or in San Pedro….

GThurs Dec6 SanPedro NedEvans CharlesHillallery 478 presents Los Angeles abstractionists Ned Evans and Charles Christopher Hill. Curated by Arnée and Ray Carofano, the exhibition just opened, the artist reception takes place tonight.

On view through February 27, 2013

What: Opening reception
Where: Gallery 478, 478 W. 7th St , San Pedro, 90731
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Phone: 310-732-2150
Website: http://www.carofano.com

TomDickPoster101812bIn West LA…

Director/Producer John Stark brings his newest play to life “Tom, Dick and Harry Meet Mary” at the Odyssey Theatre. The show runs through December 23rd.

“Tom, Dick and Harry Meet Mary” features actors, Donna Luisa Guinan, Tom Groenwald, Alex Wells and John Landis.

Tickets: $18.00; Students and Seniors: $15.00; Performances are Thursdays through Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.This is a limited engagement.

You can catch it tomorrow as well. (Sunday December 9th)

What: Performance, Tom, Dick and Harry Meet Mary by John Stark
Where: Odyssey Theatre, 2055 Sepulveda Blvd.,  West LA, 90064
When: Thursdays through Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 pm
Phone: (310) 477-2055
Website: http://www.johnstarkproductions.com; http://www.odysseytheatre.com/

Also tonight the Abbot kinney Holiday Stroll takes place…(there is another event on AK tomorrow which features the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers)….

Shops stay open late with Holiday treats. A roving steel drum band will get you in the Holiday spirit with lively renditions of Christmas classics! Vote on the best window display of the boulevard’s many eclectic boutiques. The Venice Historical Society’s charming, vintage 1948, tram will shuttle revelers up and down the Boulevard.

TDec7and8 PancakesandBoozhe Pancakes & Booze Art Show is currently LA’s largest underground art show.

The event will feature 150 Local Emerging & underground artists showcasing works!!

This is a two day event….The cost is $5.00 and you can eat all of the pancakes you can handle.

What: The Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Where: Lot 613, 613 Imperial St. LA 90021
When: Dec. 7th & 8th 8:00 pm – 1:00 am on both nights
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-PANCAKES-BOOZE-ART-SHOW/239397989143

WWA Gallery holds an opening reception for “Print Isn’t Dead.” Many of the prints are exclusive to WWA and will be released together online to appease the appetite of the art loving masses.

Sat Dec7 WWAcopyWith prices ranging from $40- $100, this is a wonderful opportunity to gift someone special (and why not yourself!) artistic creations that will be admired and displayed for years to come.

On view: December 8th – December 22nd

What: Opening reception
Where: WWA Gallery,  9517 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 310-836-4992