WU MSPCentennialPosterTake a trip to Montrose….and enjoy a huge music and art party with tons of artisans and vendors. I am looking forward to this FREE two day event.

Country Legends play at The Montrose Shopping Park’s “Centennial Celebration.” The event takes place across several blocks…..2200 – 2400 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA.

There are different stages….and today Saturday, we will be on Stage 1(Corner of Ocean View Blvd. & Honolulu Ave.) from 2:00 pm to 6:00pm

What: Live Music
Where: “Centennial Celebration,” 2200 – 2400 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA.
When: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Website: http://shopmontrose.com

Later in the early evening, head to Santa Monica…

Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. in Santa Monica hosts several events tonight. There’s an early gallery talk from 2-3 pm at Rosamund Felsen Gallery (B-4) http://rosamundfelsen.com/

Another early event.Skidmore Contemporary presents “Scott Covert New Paintings.”

Sat Feb23 SkidmoreContemp covert-construction-blue-greenScott Covert’s paintings celebrate our celebrity culture. For the last 25 years, he has traveled across the country and Europe creating paintings that pay tribute to the artists, actors, musicians, and entertainers who created American popular culture.

See image: Construction of Blue on Green with Yellow and Red, 2006-12, oil, wax crayons, and acrylic on muslin, 52″ x 66″

On view: February 23rd – April 6th

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

Stop into Richard Heller Gallery from 5-7 pm. http://richardhellergallery.com/

Sat Feb23 RobertBerman LMarsolierLWCC1 SMThe Robert Berman Gallery offers an opening reception for photographer Lauren Marsolier.

An official exhibition for Ceci N’est Pas. For more information on the Ceci N’est Pas events, please visit:  http://www.cnp-la.org

February 20th – March 30th

What: Opening reception

Where: The Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamot Station, (B-7) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.586.9128
Website: http://www.robertbermangallery.com/

William Turner Gallery presents NO SUCH PLACE—recent works by Jay Mark Johnson. Initiated in 2005, the exhibition features monumental color photographs, including a 30-foot-long triptych.

ThSat Feb23 WilliamTurner MarkJohnsone show follows the migrations of people and their vehicles across attenuated landscapes and saturated terrains from the dockyards of Singapore and the rice paddies of Cambodia to the dairy farms of Australia and the populated centers of Rome, Prague, Hamburg, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Where: William Turner Gallery Bergamot Station, E1, 2525 Michigan Ave. SM
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 453-0909
Website: www.williamturnergallery.com.

Finally a later one….Copro Gallery (T-5) holds an opening from 8-11pm. http://www.copronason.com/

Also in Santa Monica…

ARENA 1 presents “Decade of Dissent, Democracy in  Action, 1965-1975,” an exhibition featuring original protest posters that reveal the persuasive power of art to inspire ideals of democracy.

VFEB 23 Arena1Galleryisually striking and often confrontational, the works call attention to critical social movements that were shaped by the principles, rights, and individual liberties expressed by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The exhibition spotlights California activism around diverse causes—including peace, ecology, labor, and civil rights—showcasing iconic images and slogans that served as vehicles for social change.

Decade of Dissent is organized by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the largest repository of post–World War II historical posters in the nation.

verylowres ScottTanseyAlso showing as part of tonight’s opening are artists and photographers NIck Busco, Scott Tansey and Michael Temple.

See image left: by Scott Tansey

Scott Tansey’s panoramic phototgraphy is currently on view at Figtree’s.

Tansey’s most recent trip to Patagonia inspired him to capture incredible images of mountain ranges, icebergs and rarely captured landscapes.

A dedicated photographer, Tansy has traveled the world in search of magnificent landscapes.  On expeditions, scott is always the first one up and last to return. Tansey’s work will be on view at the Cafe until January 15th. http://www.scotttanseyphoto.com

Slowres NickBusco FreddyMercuryPrintee image right: by Nick Busco

Photographer Nick Busco (see image) will be on view for just this evening. He has had the chance to work with many legendary musicians through the years.

He has toured the world as part of rock’s most infamous road trips with access to stars that many can only dream of.

Working closely with renowned performers such as Freddy Mercury, Bonnie Rait, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart and more, he has captured classic images.

Busco currently has his work featured at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills. http://www.mouchegallery.com/ http://nickbuscophotography.com/

Artist Michael Temple, aka Mike Tempo…creator and percussionist of the World Beat band The Bondaddys will also have his work showcased at the Arena 1 show tongiht.

WU Arena1MichaelTempor6-piecegardenpartySee image left: by Michael Temple

Temple paints everyday. He explains, “Although I began to develop my visual language 40+ years ago (Lower-glyphics), it took me a while to develop enough confidence to trust it. Now I do trust the shaman within; and with my visual vocabulary, the rhythm in the performance and the alchemy of paint, I create my view of the cosmos.”

On view: February 23rd – March 23rd

What: Opening reception
Where: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica 90405
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Website: www.santamonicaartstudios.com

Or in the Miracle Mile area…

The WU Sat Feb23 LoftatLIzLoft at LIz’s presents “Depth of Field,” a group show tonight. LIz always puts on a fabulous art party. Love this little gallery space.

Gallery Main features artists Richard Turner, Barbara Kolo, Elana KundellKim, Chasen, and Downs,

In the Projects Room, enjoy the work of Kelly Berg.

There will also be apical live performance by Sound M.I.N.D.

What: Opening reception,
When: The Loft at Liz’s, 453 S. La Brea Ave., LA 90036
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 323-939-4403 x6
Website: http://theloftatlizs.com/

Also close by…Regen Projects, (6750 Santa Monica Blvd) hosts a reception from 6-9pm http://www.regenprojects.com  Or at KNOWN GALLERY, (441 North Fairfax Ave) enjoy a later art party from 8-11 pm. http://knowngallery.com/

Or in Culver City…

GeSat Feb23 GeorgeBillis AnneSeidmanorge Billis Gallery offers an upcoming exhibition including abstract artist Anne Seidman and realist painter Karen Woods. 

See image: Anne Seidman, Untitled, 2012-13, waterbased paint on wood, 12 x 12 inches

On view: February 23rd – March 30th

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

KopSat Feb22 KopeikinGallery CigHarveyeikin Gallery celebrates the first exhibition with photographer Cig Harvey (see image), to coincide with the publication of her first monograph:You look at me like an Emergency (Schilt Publishing) which is also the title of our exhibition.

See image: Cig Harvey

Also featuring the work of Alejandro Cartagena in “Car Poolers” part of a larger body of work entitled Suburbia “Mexicana.”

On view: February 23rd – March 30th

What: Opening reception, book signing
Where: Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 South La Cienega Blvd.,
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-559-0800
Website: http://www.kopeikingallery.com

Sat Feb23 LuisdeJesus MaradeLucaLuis De Jesus Los Angeles holds an opening reception for  CRUISE COLLECTION 2013: New Paintings by Mara De Luca, premiering tonight.

On view: February 23rd – March 30th
What: Artist reception
Where: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-838-6000

Greene Exhibitions celebrates the work of York Chang.

Also part of the exhibition will be a limited edition lithograph published by York Chang with El Nopal Press.

See iSat Feb23The Winners-ShreddedPortraitmage: York Chang, Legacy, 2013, c-print, 24 x 32 inches

On view: July 21st – September 1st

Also don’t forget….Greene Exhibitions is on La Cienega AVE NOT BLVD.

What: Opening reception
Where: Greene Exhibitions, 2654 La Cienega Ave., LA 90034  (NOT BLVD)
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 876 0339
Website: http://www.greene-exhibitions.com

Sat Feb23 WalterMacielWalter Maciel Gallery presents a two person exhibition entitled “Twice Removed” by Greg Mocilnikar and Andy Kolar.

The show presents a dialog between two abstract painters with different perspectives, influences and subject matter.

Mocilnikar and Kolar became friends during their graduate work at California State University, Long Beach and had side by side studios following grad school.

On view: February 23rd – March 30th

What: Opening reception
Where: Walter Maciel Gallery, 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA
When:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
phone: 310.839.1840
Website: http://waltermacielgallery.com

Also there are a couple more…Koplin Del Rio Gallery, 6031 Washington Blvd.(5-7pm)  http://www.koplindelrio.com/   Roberts & Tilton, 5801 Washington Blvd. (6-8pm)  http://www.robertsandtilton.com/

You can always hit the valley….WU Sat Feb23 CellaGallery

Cella Gallery offers a reception for “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, a group exhibition curated by Stephanie Chefas.

Michael Page, 3 Nefilims,  oil and acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

What: Opening reception
Where: Cella Gallery, 11135 Weddington St. #112  North Hollywood, CA 91601
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: (213) 291-7908
Website: http://www.cellagallery.com

Here’s another one in the valley for you…..

WU SatFeb23 FabienCastanierGalleryFabien Castanier Gallery holds an opening for [UN]SEEN, a solo exhibition by well known graffiti artist SEEN.

It has been 8 years since SEEN’s last solo exhibition on U.S. soil, and [UN]SEEN will mark the return of the legendary artist to America since moving to Europe in 2007.

On view: February 23rd – March 24th

What: Opening reception
Where: Fabien Castanier Gallery 12196 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, California 91316
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 818 748 6014
Website: http://castaniergallery.com/