The Ash Grove 57th Anniversary Show will take place at the same address and on the same date that the club opened in 1958.

Bernie Pearl, (brother of founder Ed PeAshGrove-Improv-flyerarl) played there many times with such notables as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Fred MacDowell, Big Mama Thornton, Freddie King, before its closing in 1973.

There is a film being made, and a clip will be shown. The Bernie Pearl Blues Band will open the show at 1:30, joined by special guest Ms Barbara Morrison.

Other performers include Len Chandler, noted Folk artist and Civil Rights activist, the young and dynamic Get Lit Players, Dave and Phil Alvin, Grammy nominees and Ash Grove acolytes, and the New Ash Grove Players.

Tickets run from $25 – $100. Purchase tickets HERE

What: Performance
Where: Improv Comedy Club, 8162 Melrose Ave.,
When: Saturday, July 11, 1:30pm – 4:30pm


From 2-5pm, enjoy an art workshop (not instructional) in conjunction with the Loft at Liz’s DIVERTED DESTRUCTION 8. Participants are encouraged to create new art or bring works already in progress for an afternoon of creative development amongst other artists. See FB Page for more info.


BergamotStationlogo copyBergamot Station hosts some art events tonight….(plus later in the evening 8-10pm – enjoy an installation/dance performace provided by 18th Street Arts…see below for details)

Start early at TAG Gallery with an art talk taking place at 3 pm, in conjunction with its current exhibitions featuring the art of Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Camey McGilvray, & Elyse Wyman.

FIG (G6), offers a new exhibit featuring the art of Carla Jerome from 5-7pm.


bG Gallery presents “Pretty Pollution,” an exhibit featuring new bodies of work by Douglas Alvarez and Kimber Berry, as well as a group exhibit of artists who capture beauty in unexpected places.

Alvarez explores his experiences within the city of Los Angeles and its decay using humor and popular iconography. He observes that, Alvarez draws his inspiration for his artwork from subjects others would easily overlook; from a crack in the sidewalk to a foreclosed home. 

See image: All Jacked Up on Sugar Pops, Kimber BerrySat-July11-2015-bGGallery-all-jackedup-onsugar-pops

Through her series of paintings, Plastic Gardens, Kimber Berry raises important social questions as to how we live and interact with nature. 

Also featuring a group exhibit of artists: Jack Reilly, Susie Loucks, Gregory Horndeski, Kimberly Zsebe, Roast Hogmann, Tatiana Botton and more to be announced.

On view: July 11 – July 26

What: Opening reception
Where: bG Gallery at Bergamot Station 2525, Michigan Avenue, Space G8A, Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-906-4211



Shoshana Wayne Gallery (B1) hosts a reception from 6-8pm.


Sloan Projects and Craig Krull Gallery are pleased to present The Potholder Show: New Work by Robbie Cavolina.

Sat-July11-2015-SloanProjects-Robbie CavolinaRobbie Cavolina’s giant, brilliantly colored potholders visually and conceptually weave a homespun craft like Gee’s Bend Quilts with the color theories of Joseph Albers. Created on looms at dimensions up to five feet square, they showcase the transformative power of scale in art production in their allusion to the practice of pop artist Claes Oldenburg and even Jeff Koons. Highly malleable and uninhibited in form as well as function, Cavolina’s playful fabrications are equally comfortable posing on the wall as objet d’arts or on the floor as seductive love cushions.

The Potholder Show will combine elements of display with on-site art production in a month-long project that will transform Sloan Projects into a dynamic artist’s studio. Cavolina will weave and sew potholders daily, actively performing his craft and adding new potholders to a vibrant, shifting installation.

On view: July 11 – August 1

What: Opening reception
Where: Sloan Projects, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., (B-5) Santa Monica CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (424) 744-8265


Also at Bergamot…starting later (8pm)

18th Street Arts Center presents award-winning filmmaker and video artist Kate Johnson’s latest work EVERYWHERE in BETWEEN at Bergamot Station. Enveloping the buildings of historic Bergamot Station Art Center in light, shadows, and video projections, Johnson transforms the art campus into a single art installation in collaboration with site-specific contemporary dance by Pennington Dance Group and light installation art by Greg Christy. 

See image: Pennington Sat-July11-2015-18st-BergamotDance Group, choreographed by John Pennington, photo by Frances Chee

Through projections and light on a main wall and throughout the campus, the work aims to explore connections between the individual identities of the galleries and artists at Bergamot Art Center as a unified space.

Collaborating Artists: Greg Christy, Pennington Dance Group
Guest Artists: Lili Haydn and her band (Itai Disraeli, Trevor Steer, Steve Postel, Gabriel Rowland with guest Norton Wisdom – live painter)
Kate Crash & the UFO Club with Michael Maio and Nikolitsa Boutieros
Michael Intriere (solo cellist)
Victoria Looseleaf (spoken word)
Improvisational Dancers: Ariana Gallestegui, Robert Whidbee & Roberta Wolin-Tupas (R Dance Company), Jessica Pusateri, Jennifer Bulger, Joshua Bergeron, Diane Takemine-Shigekawa
Pennington Dance Group: John Pennington, choreographer
Dancers: Danae McWatt, Li Rothermich, Annalee Traylor, Edwin Siguenza, Tom Tsai, Michael Szanyi. Francesca Jandasek

What: Art, Dance Performance
Where: Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. SM
When: July 11, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm


Santa Monica’s Essentia Showroom hJuly11-Essentia-Flyer-CALIFORNIADreamingosts another art show. Curator Lou D’Elia has organized a fabulous exhibition titled “CALIFORNIA Dreaming” featuring two young street artists from New York City.

See my Huffington Post article about this exhbition. 

Artists FLOrE and Westgard will be featured in a two person show in the Santa Monica mattress store, which also doubles as an art gallery.

The two artists have shown in several exhibitions together. They have even collaborated on works. For this show, they will each show ten solo works.

FLOrE is an active street artist in NYC. He has been influenced by iconic artists such as Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. 

Brooklyn-based artist John Westbay is inspired by LOVE. His famous L☮❤≡ brand has made a name for him in NYC. He went one step further and incorporated it into his own fashion line. 

Be sure to stop by the Essentia Showroom on Saturday, July 11, for a great art party and the opening of “CALIFORNIA Dreaming” from 6-10pm.

What: Opening reception
Where; Essentia, 2430 Main Street, SM
When: Sat, July 11 – 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: 310-450-7819


In Venice…

C.A.V.E. Gallery is pleased to present “No Pozer” – a solo show by Venice artist and legendary surfboard shaper Jeff Ho.

This special exhibition will feature – for the first time – a series of original paintings on canvas,Sat-July11-2015-CAVEgallery-JeffHo created with the iconic style that Ho embellishes his surfboards and skate-decks with. Each unique piece is stylized with vibrant gradients of color and Ho’s graphic lettering and symbols.

Ho started building performance long-boards in the early 60’s. With his first company, Jeff Ho Surfboards, he sponsored a team of surfers – and then started Zephyr Productions in the 70’s – a retail and manufacturing shop in what became known as “Dogtown” (the neighborhood encompassing the south side of Santa Monica, Ocean Park and Venice). Since then Ho has created thousands of high performance, highly sought after surfboards.

On view: July 11 – August 3

What: Opening reception
Where: C.A.V.E. Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney, Venice
When: Sat, July 11 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm


In Culver City…

Sat-July11-2015-PaulLoyaPaul Loya Gallery debutes its summer group exhibition, “TOP GUNS” tonight, featuring the works of Danny Fox, Charles Shedden, and Chloe Kovska.

This exhibition is comprised of three artists whom have caught the gallery’s eye and have continued to stay on our radar the past year. Paul Loya Gallery receives countless submissions and we take the time to look at each one. Not only does the work of these four stand out, but each artist displays uniqueness through their discipline to their practice as well as their individual personalities. This year we took in an international selection to broaden our stable. Here at Paul Loya Gallery, we felt that Danny Fox, Charles Shedden and Chloe Kovska would not only blend well with our program but develop it in its progression.
Each bio below were given to us by the artists as they wanted them.

On view: July 11th, 2015 until August 22nd, 2015

What: Opening reception
Where: P A U L L O Y A G A L L E R Y, 2677 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: Sat, July 11 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 876 1410


Head North on La Cienega…OHWOW Los Angeles (937 N. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90069), hosts an artist reception.


In the Miracle Mile area….Artspace Warehouse (7352 & 7358 Beverly Boulevard), celebrates artists Fabio Coruzzi, Gary John, Carl Smith, and Marco Pittori in “Pop Art Shakeup” from 6-9 pm.


In Beverly Hills…

M+B is pleased to announce a group show titled “Russian Doll.” This exhibition presents a broad view of contemporary art strategies, using the conceit of nesting dolls to explore how others’ ideas are transmuted into one’s own work.

Rather than attempting to draw direSat-July11-2015-MB-Farrah-Karepetian-Cymbalscape-IX-2015-chromogenic-metallic-23x 24-inchesct relationships between practices, the show deals in variations and multitudes, in the unexpected connections and overlaps found in the work of M+B artists and the artists they have each invited to participate.

See image: Farrah Karepetian, Invited by Matthew Brandt, Cymbalscape IX, 2015, chromogenic photogram from constructed negative, metallic, 23-1/2 x 24 inches

From video animations that question the indexical nature of photography, to sculptures that navigate the shifting relationship between form and image; in photographs that investigate subjectivity and visual pleasure, and paintings where the mark is translated through multiple processes, the show explores the various approaches and commonalities that can arise in current practices and in relation to art historical precedents. Russian Doll offers the opportunity to consider generative possibilities — of the way in which relationships between artists can allow for an embeddedness of works within works.

See website for the full list of artists.

On view: July 11 – August 29, 2015

What: Opening reception
Where: M+B 612 North Almont Drive, LA 90069
When: Sat, July 11 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 550 0050


Ace Gallery Beverly Hills celebrates the work of two artists, Ben Jones and Matt Hope with an opening reception taking place tonight.

Sat July11-2015-Ace-Gallery-BenJones MattHopeBen Jones is known for his colorful digital Video Paintings, and Matt Hope is a sculptor who explores fabrication.

Public parking facilities are located adjacent to the Montage Hotel at 439 N. Beverly Dr. or 438 N. Canon Dr. and at 216 Beverly Dr. (1 1/2 blocks south of Wilshire Blvd.)

On view: July 11 – September 2015

What: Opening Reception
Where: Ace Gallery Beverly Hills, 9430 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
When: Saturday, July 11, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-858-9090


Continue East on Wilshire…Dysonna City Art Gallery (5373 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90036) holds a reception from 7-9pm.


In West Hollywood…New Image Art Gallery, (7920 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, 90046) offers an opening from 7-10pm.  


Also in Hollywood…Artists Corner Gallery (6585 Santa Monica Blvd., 90038) throws an art party for Kathy Curtis Cahill from 7-10pm.


In downtown LA…Tulu Art Gallery presents a closing reception for  “L.A.yers” by Brazilian photographer Izzy Cruz.

Izzy captures the raw reality of New-LorelizCruz-Flyereveryday life in L.A., the fleeting beauty of those in-between moments and let her viewers relate to the photographs through the situations, the emotions, and the energy they reflect.

Underground parking is availabe (with limited number of spots), or street parking. Across the street from metro station.

What: Opening reception
Where: Tulu Art Gallery, 5051 E. 3rd. Street, Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90022
When:  July 11th, from 7PM to 10PM
Phone: (213) 434 1640


Also Downtown…Harmony Murphy Gallery (679 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA 90021), debuts a new exhibition from 5-8pm.


In Downtown LA….

Sat-July11-2015-CanvasCombatCome watch over 50 local artists as their paint brushes collide in a live, timed, art competition called CANVAS COMBAT. Get up close and watch artists as they compete in a series of timed rounds creating their most impressive works for a CASH PRIZE.

ADMISSION: $10 cash at the door

Free Pancakes served by The Pancakes & Booze Art Show

What: Art Performance
Where: Exchange LA, 618 S. Spring Street, Downtown Los Angeles
When: 7pm – 10pm Saturday July 11th, 2015
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