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JT1.12 JTAG ADAG Gallery holds an opening reception for its new exhibition as part of the 2nd Saturday downtown Art Stroll.

This year there will be more galleries & shops open for the event as well as notable additions such as the High Desert Test Sites Office & BKB Ceramics.

This is a great time to head to Joshua Tree and take the opportunity to spend the day or weekend.

Stop into by JTAG and meet artist Steve Rieman on Saturday from 10 -3 pm & Sunday 12 – 3 pm. JTAG artists participating are: David Burnham, Barbara Drucker, Frederick Fulmer, Marcia Geiger, Coco Hall, David Mackenize, Drew Reese, Steve Rieman, Marta Rogoyska, Melissa Spurr, Karine Swenson and Judy Wold.

S1-12-JTAG FredFullmer TriptychCacticutoutee Image by Fred Fullmer, Triptych Cacti /  CUT OUT PAPER ON PANEL 5′ X 7″

To find out where to stay, feel free to contact the gallery,

What: Reception
Where: Joshua Tree Art Gallery, 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92552
When: Saturday, January 11th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 760 366 3636

If you stay in LA….AsBergamotStationlogo copy most of you know, Bergamot Station is one of my favorite places to experience art, especially when it is one of those nights when tons of the galleries will be open.

Sat Jan12 AnnThornycroftRuth Bachofner Gallery presents two new exhibitions featuring artists, AnnThornycroft (see image) and David Kapp.

On view: January 12th – Feb 23rd

What: Opening reception
Where: Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station, (G-2) 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-3300

Gallery Luisotti (A2) offers an opening from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. also Lora Schlesinger Gallery (T-3) hosts a reception from 5-7pm;

ShSat Jan12 Shoshana ZBD FriezeAd FinalVersion.1oshana Wayne Gallery hosts an opening reception for Zadok Ben David’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

“The Other Side of Midnight” features new works themed around the butterfly.

On view: Jan 12th – Feb 16th

What: Opening reception,

Where: Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station (B-1) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.453.7535

Craig Krull Gallery holds an opening reception from 5-7 pm (B-3)

You will definitely want to pop by The Robert Berman Gallery to see the exhibition “Contenant Contenu” (Containing, Contained…).

SSat Jan12 RobertBerman MarcFichou Sharkee image: Marc Fichou, “Origami Shark,” 2012, unfolded archival pigment print, limited edition of 7, 42 x 42″

Marc Fichou offers a cross-medium exploration of a loop connecting two versions of the same object in space and time, one containing the other. In “8×8″, a sheet of wood has been divided into pieces to form a temporary three dimensional arrangement, which after being photographed in the gallery is put back into its original 2D shape to become the support of its own image. The exhibition space is now perceived as both containing the piece and contained by it.

In the series entitled “Paper on paper,“ the image of an animal made of folded paper is superimposed on the folds that led to its creation. Origami and paper are one and the same thing at two different times, in two different spaces and in two different shapes. The final piece is an unfolded print where folds in the picture blend with the actual folds, thus establishing a continuity between image and matter.

In Sat Jan12 RobertBerman MarcFichou0113cthe last room, the artist cuts out from the very walls of the gallery to create an assemblage, which then sits inside it. This, by turning part of the spacial enclosure into what is displayed, the containing once again becomes the contained.

See image: Marc Fichou, “9,” 2012, drywall and paint from gallery room

On view: Jan 12th – Feb 16th

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

Stop into Richard Heller Gallery (B-5A) as well.

TwoSat Jan12 dnj-GillesTowers wonderful exhibitions, Dylan Vitone’s “Leisure” and Richard Gilles’ “Towers” open tonight at dnj Gallery.

See image by Richard Gilles 

On view: Jan 12th – Feb 23rd

What: Opening reception
Where: dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, (J-1) 2525 Michigan
Avenue, Santa Monica,  90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.315.3551

Right nearby…TAG Gallery (D-3) holds a recption from 5-8 pm.

ASat WilliamTurner Lodatonother favorite at Bergamot…William Turner Gallery presents Peter Lodato: Spanish Black.

With the exhibition Spanish Black, Peter Lodato references a long history of Spanish masters – El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, Ribera, and Francisco de Zurbarán – whose work so exulted in the allure and mystery of the color black that they became known as The Spanish Blacks.

Lodato pays homage to these classical masters and re-examines their palette in several of the large-scale works for this exhibition.

What: Opening Reception
Where: William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station (E-1), 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phone: 310 264-3866

Also in Santa Monica….

WU EdgemarEdgemar Center of the Arts on Main Street hosts an opening reception featuring the work of artist Marianne R.K. (aka Marika). Works displayed will be acrylic on canvas. Subjects vary: abstracts; landscapes; flowers; figurative. Wine and cheese served.

Call to RSVP at 310.392.7327.  (Mention LA Art Party…to guarantee reservation)

On view: January 12th – March 24th

What: Opening reception
Where: The Edgemar Center, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica.
When: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Phone: 310 392-7327

And another….Kayne Griffin Corcoran offers a group exhibition, “From Triple X To Birdsong (In Search Of The Schizophrenic Quotient),” curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler.

ThSat Jan12 KayneGriffin Low-Res Triple X neonlye exhibition features work by artists Carol Bove, John McCracken, François Morellet, Charlotte Posenenske, Hannah Rickards, Ugo Rondinone, Tatiana Trouvé, and Oscar Tuazon.

On view: Jan 12th – March 9th

What: Opening reception
Where: Kayne Griffin Corcoran, 2902 Nebraska Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.586.6886

One more for you in Santa Monica, at ARENA 1 Gallery at the Santa Monica Studios will also be hosting a reception from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C.A.V.E. Gallery also holds an opening from 7-10 pm at 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice.

Or in the Miracle Mile area, stop by ACME, 6150 Wilshire Blvd., from 6-8pm.  and Couturier Gallery 166 N. La Brea Ave.

Then head east to Hollywood for one at AndrewShire Gallery, 3850 Wilshire Blvd. #107, from 6-8:30pm

In Culver City…..tons of events going on here too.

From 6-8 pm, pop by Honor Fraser, 2622 La Cienega Blvd.,

Samuel Freeman hosts an artist reception for “Quench,” a solo exhibition of new work by Blue McRight.

Sat Jan12 SamuelFreeman BlueMcRightThis is the artist’s 7th solo exhibition with the gallery, dating back to its beginnings as Asher/Faure, and her first at the gallery’s new location. The installation will combine mixed media sculpture with small paintings and drawings.

On view: January 12th – February 16th

What: Opening reception
Where: Samuel Freeman, 2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.449.1479

Katherine Cone Gallery, located at 2673 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034 also offers an opening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

MaWU Jan12 Maloney TravisCollinson Orchid Behind 2011.lowrezloney Fine Art presents an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Travis Collinson (see image), the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

Drawing from the influences of both classical painting and minimal abstraction, Travis Collinson’s work creates a framework for people, nature and space to exist in an anxious state of entropy.

On view: January 12th – February 23rd

What: Opening reception
Where: Maloney Fine Arts, 2680 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.570.6420

Here are a few others holding openings from 6-8 pm…Carter & Citizen, 2648 La Cienega Ave…NOT BLVD, Walter Maciel Gallery, 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.,  

Sat Jan12 GeorgeBillis DanielKaufman“Dutch Doors of Perception” featuring Daniel Kaufman opens tonight at George Billis.

Also on view is a group show entitled “Colorful Antics.”

On view: Jan 12th – Feb 16th

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

Here are some more art parties running from 6-8pm Western Project, 2762 La Cienega Blvd., ….next door, Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 South La Cienega Blvd.,  Mihai Nicodim Gallery, 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd, Unit B , Entrance on Blackwelder

Then moving on to Washington, more taking place from 6-8 pm…on the East side of La Cienega, Mark Moore Gallery, 5790 Washington Blvd. Roberts & Tilton, 5801 Washington Blvd. 

FWUSat Jan12 FreshPaintresh Paint hosts an opening reception for “THREE”, featuring new works by Ann Thornycroft, Alberto Murillo, and Karl Pilato. Curated by Gallery Director Paul Dahmen.

See image: Alberto Murillo, “Deconstructed Rainbow,”  mixed media on board, 46 x 46″.

What: Opening Reception, ELEMENTal
Where: Fresh Paint Art, 5835 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Phone: 323-931-5835

Then West of La Cienega, be sure to pop by LeBasse Projects (6-9pm) at 6023 Washington Blvd.,  Thinkspace (6-9pm), 6009 Washington Blvd.,  Koplin Del Rio Gallery, (5-7pm)6031 Washington Blvd.,

Also a close by…in Culver City…

WWSat Jan12 WWA CreepyA Gallery offers a bone-chilling and heart-melting first exhibit of 2013. “Creepy Cute” juxtaposes the delicate and sweet with the grotesque and sinister through paintings by seven emerging artists.

On View: January 12th – February 9th, 2013

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