Get started super early on your art events (ok well 11:00 AM is pretty darn early for me).

In WU Sat Jan19 LALouver-Grant-Stevens-NEXTVenice….at LA Louver, take a peek into an artist’s mind. Curator and writer, Paul Young sits down for an artist talk with Grant Stevens.

The event is free, but reservations are required. RSVP to Susan Yi at 310-822-4955.

What: Opening Reception
Where: L.A. Louver, 45 North Venice Blvd. Venice 90291
When: 11:00 am
Phone: 310 822- 4955
Website: http://www.lalouver.com/

Sat Jan19 VeniceArts StuLevy HavasuStreamVenice Arts Gallery presents “Grand Canyon: Travel along the River.” Landscape Photographs by Stu Levy, Phil Straus, Rita Swinford, and Jasmine Swope.

See image: Stu Levy, Havasu Stream

“Grand Canyon” will feature over 70  photographs—color, silver gelatin, and palladium prints—as well as a handmade artist’s book. Fifty percent of gallery sales will be donated to support the Young Explorer campaign. In addition to framed and matted fine-art prints, a selection of images will also be available as cards as a donation incentive.

Benefit Exhibition for the Venice Arts Young Explorer Campaign

What: Opening reception
Where: Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-392-0846
Website: http://www.venicearts.org/

StarSat Jan19 MathewMarks RobertGobert your art party early at Matthew Marks presents an exhibition of new work by Robert Gober, the next exhibition in his galleries at 1062 North Orange Grove and 7818 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Robert Gober: Sculpture Drawings Studies will be the artist’s first one-person exhibition of new work in four years, and his first one-person show in Los Angeles in fifteen years.

What: Opening Reception
Where: Matthew Marks Gallery, 7818 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90046
When: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Phone: 323-654-1830
Website: http://www.matthewmarks.com/

Or in the Miracle Mile area…

WU SatJan18 TobyCMossThe Tobey C. Moss Gallery will kick off the opening of its new show, The Subject is Woman and Ynez Johnston: An Intimate View with a Talk Talk panel hosted by
Molly Barnes.

The panel includes: Rachel Rosenthal, Katherine Cone, Susan Baerwald.

RSVP at tobeymoss@earthlink.net or call 323 933-5523

What: Art Talk
Where: Tobey C. Moss Gallery, 7321 Beverly Blvd, LA 90036
When: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Phone: (323) 933-5523
Website: http://tobeycmossgallery.com/

Sat Jan19 WomensArtNowflyerIn Brentwood…

WOMEN’S ART NOW opens at Leslie Sacks Fine Art Brentwood.

The all female exhibition shines a vivid light on what’s long been missing from the socio-cultural and socio-political equations at work in much of the world today: that missing factor being equal input from women.

See image: by Zhenya Gershman

TheSat Jan19 LeslieSacks ZhenyaGershman guitar 093-Edit SIZED group show exhibits a broad cross-section from the canons of modernism, post-modernism, feminism and post-feminism. Styles range from literal to abstract, geometric to expressionist; media range from traditional painting, graphics and sculpture to conceptual and other “avant-garde” forms.

WOMEN’S ART NOW an exhibition benefiting Women’s Voices Now a not-for-profit organization concerned with advancing women’s rights to free expression in Muslim societies.

Artists include: Kelly Berg, Pat Berger, Cheryl Ekstrom, Helen Frankenthaler, Carole Freeman, Zhenya Gershman, Nancy Graves, Bay Hallowell, JD Hansen, Minjung Kim, Samella Lewis, Jamie Oxman, Elizabeth Peyton, Beverly Pepper, Judy Pfaff, Susanna Schultan, Julie Brown and Smith Pat Steir.

Keynote Speaker, Judy L. Larson Former Director, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

See WU Jan19 LeslieSacks KellyBerg Convergenceimage: Kelly Berg “Convergence” (Acrylic and ink on wood, 24″ x 36″)

On view: January 19 – February 18, 2013

What: Opening reception
Where: Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Brentwood 11640 San Vicente Blvd. L.A., CA 90049
When: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310.820.9448
Website: http://www.lesliesacks.com/

In the Miracle Mile area…

ArtWU SatJan19 ArtSpace Trans Junctionspace Warehouse offers and opening reception for its new exhibition “Transcontinental Junction.”

This group show features the work of Barbara Egin,Cinzia Ferda, Natasha June and Gail Weissman.

On view: January 19th – March 1st

What: Opening reception,
Where: Artspace Warehouse, 7354 Beverly Blvd., LA 90036
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 323-936-7020
Website: www.artspacewarehouse.com

In the Hollywood area…

Harris & Ruble•ART hosts an opening reception for “Sites and Scenes of Los Angeles,” which is the Los Angeles debut of owner, Marcella Ruble.

The show will features her sculptures, inspired by Los Angeles views from her current home.  Marcella discoverWU Jan19 Rubleed a new digital technology that has allowed her to transfer her series of photographic panoramas of these vistas onto her sculptures, which now serve as “canvases” to reflect her unique viewpoint of Los Angeles.

On view January 1st – February 17th

What: Opening reception
Where: Harris & Ruble•ART, 6424 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90038
When: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323-962-3777
Website: http://www.harrisandruble.com

Also nearby, some more openings at Michael Benevento, 7578/7556 Sunset Blvd.,6-8pm. http://www.beneventolosangeles.com  Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, 831 North Highland Ave., 7-9pm. http://www.dianerosenstein.com

In Beverly Hills, GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY presents “ECO – LIBIDO,” the debut exhibit of artist Curtis Weaver.

UtSat Jan19 Garboushian CurtisWeaverilizing a wide range of materials including bronze, silicone, and urethane, Weaver creates paintings and sculptures that resonate far beyond the implicit language of science or art, creating instead, unique and excellently crafted objects that serve to mediate, or even in some cases, to expand the reductive discourse of either specific system of understanding.

To RSVP for the opening reception, contact lori@garboushian.com

What: Opening reception
Where: 427 North Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
When: 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-480-9215
Website: http://www.garboushian.com/


In Santa Monica,  more openings at Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Ave. SM, 6-8pm. http://www.cgrimes.com/ and STUDIO FIVE08, 508 A Santa Monica Blvd., fro, 7-11pm. http://STUDIOFIVE08.COM

InSat Jan19 Shulamit DavidAbir1212b Venice, Shulamit Gallery launches its second inaugural exhibition Leaving the “Land of Roses,” which explores the contemporary Iranian Jewish story. This exhibit is an official satellite show of the Fowler Museum’s Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews.

See image: David Abir, Tekrar Level Four” (detail), 2005-2010, plywood, birch wood, MDF, dry wall, hand-sculpted plaster, acrylic paint, par cans, rosco gels, dual stereo sound system, 8 par 56 lights with programmed light mixer, 4-buss sound mixer, 2 ipods, two 80 minute music compositions.

On view: January 19th – March 9th

What: Opening reception
Where: Shulamit Gallery 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.281.0961
Website: www.shulamitgallery.com

The G2 Gallery (1503 Abbot Kinney) holds an opening reception for “The State of the Sharks” tonight featuring artists Chris Huss and Mark Strickland from 6:30-9pm. http://www.theg2gallery.com/  BE AWARE there is ALWAYS a $5.00 charge at G2 Gallery…but 100% of it goes to Shark Savers.

AndSat Jan19 AlteredSpace condenseflyer2 one more art party in Venice…

Altered Space offes a group show entitled “CON-Dense.” Artists Dinah Kirgo, Matjames Metson, Juie Orr and Mike Street and several others will be featured. 

A look at contemporary artists who construct within restrictive space.

What: Opening reception
Where: Altered Space Gallery, 1221 Abbot Kinney, Venice, 90291
When:  7pm-10pm
Phone: (310) 452-8121
Website: http://alteredspacegallery.com/events

Perhaps Topanga Canyon is close by, The 1909 Gallery, 1909 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., holds an opening from 6-11pm. http://www.clareink.com/

In downtown LA….PYO GALLERY LA, 1100 South Hope Street, Suite 105, hosts a reception from 6-8pm. http://www.pyogalleryla.com/

Karen Finley’s “Sext Me If You Can,” opens tonight in the basement gallery of Coagula Curatorial.

“SextSat Jan 19 K Finley Coagula Me If You Can” is a display of painted images that were “sexted” to Finley during a 2 day duration. “Sext Me If You Can” blurs traditional distinctions of intimacy, which become obsolete under the specter of technology and power relationships are in flux when freedom and control are stored on a microchip.

Also opening in the main gallery is QUAD SHOT, a group show featuring Renée A. Fox, Diane Gamboa, Germs, Gronk. These four artists span decades of experience and deliver different versions of working as an artist in Los Angeles today.

On view: January 19th – February 9th

What: Opening reception
Where: Coagula Curatorial, 977 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: 8:00pm- 12:00am
Phone: 213-620-1569
Website: www.coagulacuratorial.com

If you happen to live in the valley….Fabien Castanier Gallery, 12196 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 91316, holds an opening frm 7-10 pm. http://castaniergallery.com/

Also in Santa Monica…for another late night art party, head to Copro Gallery, at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. SM…artist reception runs from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm. http://www.copronason.com