If you did not know…the Chinese (Lunar) New Year began onChinese-New-Year-2015 Thursday, but today the big parade takes place downtown in Chinatown from 1-3 pm

if you have never been, I highly recommend it. It’s so much fun….you gotta stay for dinner! Yum!!! See more info on LA’s Chinatown Website.

Today marks another busy Saturday in the artworld….Lots going on tonight at Bergamot Station and Culver City, Beverly Hills, Miracle Mile, Downtown…San Pedro too.

In Culver City…

Start early at FP Contemporary. Enjoy an art talk with Betty Gold and closing event for her solo exhibition “Reconstructed.”

ASat Jan10-2015-FPContemporary-BettyGoldt 80 years old, Gold is actively creating on a daily basis. A respected artist, she has endured through the years finding new ways to re-invent and express herself.

During the event, film director J McMerty will show a 5-minute preview of his full-length documentary about Gold’s adventurous and dynamic life, which is currently in post-production. 

Please join us for refreshments, as this is the last day to experience this colorful exhibition from the mind of Betty Gold.

RSVP to info@fpcontemporary.com

What: Closing reception
Where: FP Contemporary, 5835 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Website: http://fpcontemporary.com/


In Venice…SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center) (685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 90291) debuts “A Short Essay on Chicano Photography” from 5-8pm. http://www.SPARCinLA.org


In Santa Monica…

Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave) offers some events.

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Rosamund Felsen Gallery hosts an art talk with Jacci Den Hartog, and sculptor Charles Long.

Sat-Sat-Feb14-RosamundFelsen-JacciDenHartogImage“The Etiquette of Mountains” consists of painted landscape sculptures.

See image of Jacci Den Hartog with work

Inspired by Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac (1949) and his writings on ideas of land as community and the delicate equilibrium for which nature constantly aspires, Den Hartog constructs mountain and water forms that appear both tenuous and grounded simultaneously.

Also on view is the work of Tanya Haden. Inspired by interesting encounters throughout her life,

On view: February 14th – March 14th

What: Art Talk
Where: Rosamund Felsen Gallery, (B-4) 2525 Michigan Ave., SM, 90404
When: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Phone: 310 828 8488
Website: rosamundfelsen.com


Skidmore Contemporary Art holds an opening reception for “New Works” featuring the paintings of Dave Lefner tonight.

WhSKIDMORE-DaveLefner-LargeRaspberryat better way to get rid of that Valentine’s Day hangover than binging on more tasty, sugary treats?! “Sugar Rush,” New Works by Dave Lefner will tempt your artistic palette with his detailed, linocut depictions of vintage-themed candies.

There’s a-one, a-two, a-three… a-three new flavors of giant Tootsies Pops to choose from, complete with the stick! As well as many more to make any confectioner salivate. Lefner’s love of the vintage graphics shines through, and he revels in the irony that he chooses his labor-intensive, very artisan process of reduction linocut to recreate images of commercially printed wrappers run off in the millions. Come by and indulge your sweet tooth!

See image: Dave Lefner, Tootsie on a Stick (Large Raspberry) Reduction linocut in five colors, Edition of 10   30″ x 20″ Framed dimensions: 36″ (+ 18″ stick) x 26″  2015

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday, 11-5 pm

On view: February 21 – March 21st

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., D-2 Santa Monica, 90404
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Saturday, February 21, 2015
Phone: 310-828-5070
Website: http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com


Shoshana Wayne Gallery presents “Film QuiltSat-Feb21-ShoshanaWanes,” a solo exhibition of new work by Sabrina Gschwandtner. This is the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery.

Film Quilts features fifteen quilts constructed from celluloid and presented in framed light boxes. Gschwandtner’s work engages viewers on multiple levels; from a distance, bold textile patterns glow like light filtered through stained glass. Up close, individual strips of film converge to form narratives about materiality, labor, and handcraft.

On view: February 21st – April 18th

What: Opening reception
Where: Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station (B-1) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310.453.7535
Website: http://shoshanawayne.com/


Sat-Feb21-AndrewWeiss-Michael-Habicht“Peace & Love” marks the first solo show of Michael Habicht’s work with Andrew Weiss Gallery. SEE BELOW FOR RSVP INFO.

See image: Michael Habicht Peace & Love, 2014, reclaimed 1950’s wooden ladder, sculptured steel, graphic label, paint and wood paint. Photo: Quirogra Photography

The installation will debut seven new mixed-media works from the Los Angeles native. Habicht’s new body of work marks a dramatic shift in the artist’s practice by incorporating several oversized installation for the first time.

Click Here to RSVP

On view: February 21 – March 4

What: Opening reception
Where: Andrew Weiss Gallery, Bergamot Station (D-4) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-246-9333
Website: http://www.andrewweissgallery.com/


Also in Santa Monica…

18th Street Arts CSat-Feb21-18sttheatreArts-amirHfallah02enter hosts an artist reception celebrating two artists Amir H. Fallah and Alice Wang.

In the Main Gallery, “Perfect Strangers” featuring the art of Amir H. Fallah (see image).

Perfect Strangers is an ongoing project that Fallah has used to explore identity, place, and the life of objects in cities around the world. At 18th Street, Fallah collaborates with young residents of Santa Monica to create site-specific portraits through painting, installation, photography, and sound. Exploring ideas of portrait/anti-portrait, Fallah offers a vision of community described through the deliberate arrangement of sentimental ephemera, collected from subjects known and unknown, that embraces the nuances of the process by which we establish a sense of self.

In the Atrium Gallery…enjoy the art of Alice Wang. In her exhibition, Wang presents sculptures, drawings, prints, and new video work. Using elements of the earth–including mineral oxides, chemical substances, precious metals, geological formations, and light–Wang sees her work as a method of invention and discovery of alternative temporalities. 

Click here to rsvp for reception.

On view: January 12 – March 27

What: Opening reception
Where: 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St. Santa Monica, 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-1912
Website: http://18thstreet.org/


In Beverly Hills…Manny Silverman Gallery (619 North Almont Dr., LA 90069) hosts an opening from 5-7pm. http://www.mannysilvermangallery.com


Or in Hollywood…you’ll find an art talk taking place at Diane Rosenstein (831 North Highland Ave., LA 90038) from 4-6pm. http://www.dianerosenstein.com


In Culver City…

George Billis Gallery features two new exhibitions…”Anne Seidman: The Move” and “Karen Woods: From Here.”  

TSat-Feb21-GeorgeBillis-AnneSeldmanhis will be the gallery’s third solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Anne Seidman (see image). The exhibition features the artist’s most recent body of work and continues through February 21st.

Seidman writes of her work: “These new works I use modular units of blocks, triangulated shapes and line to construct an evolving organic form. The form is built one unit at a time while I simultaneously keep my eye on the whole.

Also on view is second solo exhibition of paintings by Karen Woods.  The exhibition features the artist’s most recent body of work and continues through February 21st. Woods writes of her work: “I paint in the realist tradition as a way to communicate the sublime in the ordinary. For several years now the radiance of the road has been the overt subject of my work.

On view: February 21 – April 4, 2015

What: Opening reception
Where: George Billis Gallery, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90029
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 838-3685
Website: www.georgebillis.com


Also on La Cienega…(walk North) Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034) celebrates “DENNIS KOCH: CATCH-22 X TWO” from 6-8pm. http://www.LuisDeJesus.com


Nearby on Washington Blvd…

Susanne Vielmetter Los AngeleSat-Feb21-SusanneVielmetter-MoniqueVanGenderens Projects offers “Manufactured Paintings,” Monique van Genderen’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. The artist’s unique vocabulary and research in abstraction will include three totemic works in Gallery 1 and a group of smaller scaled works in Gallery 2.

See image: Monique van Genderen

In the second gallery van Genderen presents an equally daring group of paintings linked by the recurring motif of a single brushstroke.

“Screen Gems,” the first solo exhibition with Brad Eberhard will be on view in galleries three and four. This exhibition includes 20 intimately scaled paintings; some in frames constructed from found objects, others collaged and sanded.

On view: February 21st – April 4th

What: Opening reception
Where: Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, 6006 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-837-2117
Website: http://www.vielmetter.com


Head West on Washington…

Sat-Feb21-Prohibition-CamillaTaylorProhibition Gallery features artist Camilla Taylor in a solo show titled “CIPHER.”

Taylor has spent the last year preparing for the show. Works include sculptures made with ceramic, paper, fabric, steel, and paper. The artist created most of the work in the show specifically for this exhibit and space.

I’ve been playing with texture and the way a black object can flatten out and be read as 2D at times. The figures reference what we hold in our minds as a conception of self or of others, the simplified and generalized subconscious people.

On view: Feb. 21 – March 14

What: Opening Reception
Where: Prohibition, 6039a Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323-743-3256
Website: http://prohibitiongallery.com


In the Miracle Mile area…Richard Telles Fine Art, 7380 Beverly Blvd., LA 90036) debuts a new exhibit from 5-7pm. http://www.tellesfineart.com

Also in the neighborhood…

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) and the Loft at Liz’s present a group exhibition titled “Water Works.” Curated by Juri Koll, with Catalog Essays by Peter Frank, Shana Nys Dambrot, and John Seed.

Sat-Feb21-LoftatLiz-WaterWorks-logoArtists include: Dark Bob, Fatemeh Burnes, Sam Erenberg, Sam Francis, Kio Griffith, Gloriane Harris, Juri Koll, Barbara Kolo, KuBO, Jayme Odgers, Kirk Pedersen, Kate Register, and Karrie Ross.

The artists in this show use watercolor, inks, and other liquid media for a variety of reasons – some love the risk of not being able to alter the result once it hits the paper. Others have a more formal reason for the process. Some use the medium as a contemplative, almost reverential experience, or for “quiet meditation or being present in the moment”, as Shana Nys Dambrot says. All these motivations inspire these works, and engage the audience with the here and now, regardless of when the work was completed.

On view: February 21 – March 30

What: Opening reception
Where: The Loft at Liz’s, 453 S. La Brea Ave, above Liz’s Antique Hardware, 90036
When: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Phone: (323) 939-4403
Website: http://www.theloftatlizs.com/ http://veniceica.org/


Next stop, La Cienega…OHWOW Los Angeles (937 N. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90069) holds an opening from 6-8pm. http://oh-wow.com/


Downtown LA…Harmony Murphy Gallery, (679 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA 90021) offers an art reception from 6-9pm. http://www.harmonymurphygallery.com/
Off the beaten path…take an excursion to San Pedro…

Sat-Feb21-WarschawGallery-HK-ZamaniWarschaw Gallery and TransVagrant are pleased to present “Around Black,” recent paintings by HK Zamani. 

Iranian-born artist HK Zamani (Habib Kheradyar Zamani) lives and works in Los Angeles and is the founder and director of PØST (1995-present).
Iconoclast as artist and gallerist, HK Zamani’s recent paintings dispense with the all-too-familiar conventions defining current abstraction where too much is almost never enough.

On view: February 21 – April 11
What: Opening Reception
Where: Warschaw Gallery, 600 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731
When: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310-600-4873
Website: http://transvagrant.com/home