In the Valley…

The California Art League is excited to announce its 2016 open exhibit, “Art in a Free Society,” featuring original works of art in oil, acrylic, photography, mixed media and sculpture.
ThSat-Feb27-CALe opening reception will featured an awards presentation.
Jim Morphesis curated the exhibition. Morphesis’ work examines the profound predicaments of human life and reflects the artist’s deep concern with the dehumanization of society over this and the last century. Morphesis most often works serially, on imagery and themes as varied as the Passion of the Christ (influenced by his Greek Orthodox upbringing), nude torsos (inspired by Rembrandt and Soutine) and universal symbols of mortality, including skulls and roses.

On view: February 23 – March 12, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana, CA  91356
When: 2:00pm – 4:00 pm – Saturday, February 27
Website: http://californiaartleague.org/


Another early event (right near our Pick of the Week….CB1 Gallery)…..Cirrus Gallery  (2011 South Santa Fe Ave., LA 90021) hosts a panel discusssion about the Convergence of Text, Image, and Aesthetics after Computers and the Internet from 3-4pm.


In the Hollywood Hills…

Robby Gordon opens his studio and home once again. DrRobbyGordon

The Hollywood Gallery has 3 stories of amazing art. Every wall is covered with painting , ceramics and glass. All the windows (15 of them) have automatic painted vertical blinds that go up and down by remote control. The windows frame a magnificent view into a unique sculpture garden with a view of downtown La all the way to the ocean.

The gallery is surrounded by a the Hollywood Sculpture garden with sculptors by Robby Gordon, Ed Hart, Luis Perez, Kyle Alexander and more.

This is a one night ONLY!

What: Artist reception
Where: Hollywood Hills, 2430 Vasanta way Hollywood Hills Ca 90068
When: 3-5pm
Phone: 949 861 1709 RSVP
Website: www.thehollywoodgallery.com   www.hollywoodsculpturegarden.com


In West Hollywood…

The Craft in America Center is proud to feature the first Los Angeles solo-exhibition in over 30-years for pioneering wood sculptor John Cederquist. His mind-bending works of depth-illusion are masterful puzzles of inlaid wood.

sat-Feb27-CraftinAmericaSee image: John Cederquist – Phillips or Standard (detail)

Reflecting Southern California’s hybrid culture at its finest, Cederquist is inspired by Japanese wood block prints, classic American cartoons, and Surrealism. The Craft in America Center will exhibit a selection of Cederquist’s recent sculptures that blur the boundaries between reality and perception.

Cederquist’s work can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, among others. www.johncederquist.com

Feb 27, 2016 – April 23, 2016

Where: Craft in America Center, 8415 West Third St., LA 90048
When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Phone: 323-951-0610
Website: www.craftinamerica.org


In Santa Monica…Celebrate the life of Warren Long who passed away suddenlly in January of 2016.  Warren was a wonderful artist and the gallery owner of Hamilton Galleries (1431 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, 90401). See our Upcoming Events Page – 4-8pm.


BergamotStationlogo copyAt Bergamot Station (22525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica) Peter Fetterman (A-1) hosts an all day opening for photographer Sebastião Salgado from 11 – 5pm.


Also at Bergamot StationShoshana Wayne (B1) debuts two new exhibitions from 5-7pm.


TAG Gallery (D-3), celebrates the work of new artists from 5-8pm.


dnj Gallery (J-1), hosts an opening from 6-8pm.



Chimento Contemporary is pleased to present “See Through” featuring the art Roy Thurston. Artist Monique Prieto’s work will be featured in a solo show titled “Good Listening.”

Sat-Feb26-Chimento-RoyThurston-Studioview-2016See image: Roy Thurston, Studio view, 2016

Roy Thurston’s latest works in silicone, pigment, and metal expand in fresh new ways on his innovative manner of merging painting and sculpture into singular objects of curious power. His long-standing interest in activating experiential awareness of our architectural and environmental surroundings — as well as the pleasure he takes in all aspects of the industrial fabrication process — result in a suite of dimensional wall works in copper or aluminum, and either water- or silicone-based color that accomplish this in several unique ways.

Looking, listening, thinking of your next snack; all these can be part of a vivid painting experience as proposed by Monique Prieto in “Good Listening,” a dozen small paintings of ears (six pairs) will be on view in the Side Gallery Project space.

On view: February 27 – April 9, 2016

What: Opening recepton and Grand Opening
Where: CHIMENTO CONTEMPORARY, 622 South Andersen Street, Space 105, LA 90023
When: 5:00pm – 8:00pm – February 27
Phone: 310.433.0508
Website: www.chimentocontemporary.com


In Beverly Hills…Marc Selwyn Fine Art (9953 South Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90212) hosts an artist reception for Channing Hansen from 6-8pm.


LAAA hosts a group exhibition at Gallery 825 (825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069), from 6-9pm.


ISat-Feb27-Shulamit-TheodoreBoyer-JakeZiemannn Venice…

Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to announce, “Set in Stone,” a two-person exhibition by New York-based artist Theodore Boyer and San Francisco-based artist Jake Ziemann.

Through their respective mediums, Boyer and Ziemann address personal and cultural narratives through the language of abstraction. Employing industrial materials and non-mechanical processes, “Set in Stone,” pairs Boyer’s recent series of paintings, JPL, alongside Ziemann’s ongoing series of sculptures, hold your ground.

On View: February 27 – April 9

What: Opening reception
Where: Shulamit Nazariam, 17 North Venice Boulevard, Venice 90292
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Website: http://www.shulamitnazarian.com


In Santa Monica…

Vital Hemp hosts an art party featuring the beautiful paintings of Venice local Meryl Lebowitz.

See Sat-Feb27-VitalHemp-MerylLiebowitzimage: Meryl Lebowitz, Walking on Water, Oil on linen, 20 X 40

Lebowitz first met Ron Alcany (owner of Vital Hemp) when he first visited her studio in during the Venice Art Crawl. “He really connected to our work and we chatted about doing a show together,” explanied Lebowitz.

Lebowitz is originally Vermont and admits she adores the eccentricities of Venice Beach. “When Dave and I  came to Venice 5 years ago, in the dead of a Vermont winter, driving a trailer loaded with  3 enormous jacks (and a ball), we didn’t know a soul! We planned on staying 4 weeks and ended up here for 4 months. I was so overwhelmed by the “eye candy” that Venice dished out, I almost couldn’t paint the first year. How could flowers be constantly blooming?”

Live music by Me Linda and her I Pretty Band

What: Art Party
Where: Vital Hemp, 2305 Main Street, Santa Monica
When: 6:00pm -10:00pm
Website: FB Event Page 


Another in Venice…

Join Venice Arts at Venice’s historic Prohibition Era Speakeasy (beneath Townhouse) for an unforgettable party benefiting this important nonprofit. The evening will include complimentary fine whiskey tasting; delicious appetizers from local Venice hotspots; a silent auction featuring photography by the talented Venice Arts’ students; great raffle prizes; live musical performance by Among Savages; cash bar, and other surprises TBA!

YoFeb27-VeniceARTS-attownhouseur Hosts: Ruth Seroussi & Mike Newhouse | Brandell Davis | The Del Monte Speakeasy

Now in its 23rd year, Venice Arts provides free, high-quality media based arts education to low-income youth. Our mission? To ignite youths’ imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media-based arts education programs. All money raised from Speakeasy at the Townhouse event directly supports our transformative Art Mentoring & Education program.

Tickets: $30 in advance | $40 at the door

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

What: Venice Arts Fundraiser
Where: Townhouse & The Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice, CA 90291 (bet Pacific Ave. & Windward Ave).
When: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM – Saturday, February 27
Phone: Phone: 310-392-0846
Website: http://www.venice-arts.org


In Culver City….Samuel Freeman (2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034), offers an art reeption from 6-8pm.


Head to Washington Boulevard…Thinkspace (6009 Washington Blvd. Culver City, 90232) throws an art party as well from 6-9pm.


In Beverly Hills…Ace Gallery Beverly Hills (9430 Wilshire Blvd.Beverly Hills, CA 90212), debuts a new exhibition from David Amico from 7-9pm.


Also in Beverly Hills…Artist Tom Everhart’s exhibition “Raw: Black and White Works From 1998 – 2016” opens tonight at Mouche Gallery (340 N. Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills, 90210) from 7:00-9:00pm.


Also nearby…Thomas Duncan Gallery (6109 Melrose Ave., LA 90028), features the art of Lucas Knipscher. Opening reception runs from 6-8pm.


ISatFeb27-LoftatLizsn the Miracle Mile area…

The Loft at Liz’s is proud to present new works from artists Diane Silver and Doug Pearsall.

Silver’s work will be on view in the main gallery and you can find Doug Pearsall’s art in the project room. PARAGONS will showcase new works from both artists.

On view: February 27 – February 12

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


Downtown offers lots of openings starting at 6 pm….Fifth Column Studio (533 S Los Angeles St., LA 90013) hosts an art opening for “Sculpture XI” from 6-9pm. RSVP on FB page.  


Groundspace Project (1427 E. 4th St. #4, LA 90033) offers an installation/performance art project titled “In-between Sun and Moon” at 7pm.


Head to Chinatown…

Coagula Curatorial presents SELF-PORTRAIT, the first solo show by New York based artist EMMA SULKOWICZ. SELF-PORTRAIT as an exhibit is a live investigation of identity as performance. It pushes the limits and meaning of the self-portrait as a contemporary concept.

Sat-Feb27-Coagula-EMMASULKOWICZEMMA SULKOWICZ will present “Performance With Object” that will commence Saturday February 27 and will be performed during regular gallery hours for the following three weeks of the exhibit until on March 13, 2016.

Artist EMMA SULKOWICZ, who recently graduated from Columbia University, became known for the torrential media coverage of her 2014 artwork Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight).  The Wikipedia page written about the work explains:”…Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) was conducted as her senior thesis during the final year of her visual arts degree at Columbia University in New York City. Begun in September 2014, the piece involved her carrying a 50-lb mattress – of the kind Columbia uses in its dorms – wherever she went on campus. She said the piece would end when a student she alleged had raped her in her dorm room in 2012 was expelled from or otherwise left the university. Sulkowicz carried the mattress until May 2015 when both students graduated. Several women helped her carry it to the graduation ceremony.”

On view: February 27 – April 3

What: Opening Reception
Where: Coagula Curatorial, 977 Chung King Rd., LA, 90012
When: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: 213-620-1569
Website: www.coagulacuratorial.com


Charlie James Gallery (969 Chung King Road, LA 90012) celebrates the art of Guy Richards Smit from 6-8pm.


The Good Luck Gallery presents Willard Hill.

In the world of self-taught arSat-Feb27-GoodLuckGalelry-WillardHill HorseDrawnCarriageManonTop 11x12x6t there are some artists that start late in life and just keep going, fueled by an irrepressible need to create. Such is the case with Willard Hill, of Manchester, Tennessee. Twenty years ago, after being hospitalized with a hernia, Willard – giving full credit to God – started making small sculptures from toothpicks, masking tape, coat hangers, cotton balls and fragments of his wife’s wigs, among other things. “It’s amazing what you have down in you and don’t even know it until you start doing it,” says Willard, who for the previous 60 years worked as a cook in his hometown.

What: Opening reception
Where: The Good Luck Gallery, 945 Chung King Road, LA 900
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Website: http://www.thegoodluckgallery.com/


In Highland Park…

‘Hello Ladies” 1 year Anniversary Show opens at co-LAb gallery in Hancock park.

Sat-Feb27-coLAb-LindaKosoffSisterfaceSee image by Linda Kosoff, ‘Sisterface”  Acrylic on canvas  30”x40″

Artists include: Bunnie Reiss, Ronnie Ray Mendez, Molly Segal, Kelly Cloninger, Lily Chen, Sarah Dixon, Jordan Daines, Kalen Dawson,Addison Eaton, Kristin Hector, Little Friends of Printmaking, Zane Dumont, Dear Antler, etc.

Here is some info from co-LAb: “We are so excited about the one-year mark on the best decision we’ve ever made. Opening up shop in Highland Park has been even more incredible than we could have ever imagined it would be. The community we’ve become a part of has blown up over the past year – adding The Hunt Vintage, Block Party and the recently opened Hi-Hat into the mix. We are so honored to be a part of the vibrant scene on York Blvd. And can’t wait to see what another year brings. So we are going to celebrate in style – with all of our CoLAb family!”

Enjoy refreshments and music.

What: Opening reception
Where: co-LAb gallery  5319 York Blvd. Hancock Park 90042
When: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Phone: (323) 999-7871
Website: http://www.co-labgallery.com

In Echo Park…

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to present Class Acts, an exhibition featuring work by Albert Reyes, Andrea Joyce Heimer, Benjamin Murphy, Jen Ray, and Sean Morris.

Class Acts features five artists whose graphic works depict raunchy, explSat-Feb27-SubliminalProjectsicit, and confrontational subject matter. Each artist takes liberty to create characters within environments where the subjects and spaces engender a sense of sexual defiance, curiosity, trouble, or indifference.

Reyes and Heimer explore reclusion and rebellion within the suburban landscape while Murphy, Ray, and Morris deconstruct societal ideals of acceptable female beauty. Collectively, these artists salute a philosophy that suggests both women and men can embrace their sexuality without worrying about societal norms.   

Each artist approaches his or her specific medium with humor, irony, and irreverence. By challenging popular conventions and depicting crude and obscene behavior, the art confronts the boundaries between obedience and subversion.

Music by Shepard Fairey

An RSVP is required to attend: rsvp@subliminalprojects.com

On view: Febrruary 27 – March 26, 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



The 36th RAZZIE Awards are back…With nearly 1,000 voting members in 47 U.S. states (with 3 hold-outs) and more than 20 foreign countries, the Razzie Awards are among the world’s largest organizations devoted to the appreciation of truly bad film.

KnSat-Feb27-RazzieAwards-2016own to Hollywood and around the world as “that other award show” – The Golden Raspberry Awards have been poking fun at filmdom’s foibles for 36 years. The $4.97 gold spray-painted Razzie® is handed out to otherwise great talent who should have known better.

This year’s Worst Picture nominees include Fantastic Four, Fifty Shades of Grey, Jupiter Ascending, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 and Pixels. Acting nominees include Johnny Depp, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eddie Redmayne and (still) Adam Sandler. Who’ll show up to “own their bad” or who’ll be hiding out?

With a huge opening musical number, parody sketches, and Razzie Reporters out in the field to hunt the no-shows, our presenters might even be dressed up! The Razzies look just like what “we” call “that other award show” – except our show is shorter…and not as white!

See you Oscar Eve on Broadway! 

Where: The Palace Theater (legendary), 630 S Broadway, Los Angeles 90014
When: 8pm – 10:30 PM – February 27
Website: The 36th RAZZIE Awards Discount code 50% off: MOPAL