Don’t forget to check out our Upcoming Events Page….and scroll down…there are soo many great concerts going on and we have many of them listed. Tonight Chinatown Summer Nights takes place and Chung King Road galleries get into the act as well. Plus tonight, we’ve got music events at LACMA, Marina Del Rey and more. Also just outside the San Diegeo Museum of Art, the Gypsy Trails Gallery and VICA present to art of Osceola Refetoff. For full list of museum stops, see our Upcoming Events Page.


Kick the day off at the 2015 the Malibu Arts Festival. Celebrating 44 years the annual event promises to offer something for everyone.

ProSat-Sun-July25-26-MalibuArtsFestivalduced by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, the two-day weekend event starts today (Saturday, July 25) and runs through July 26. Open from 10 am to 6 pm, it takes place in front of the Malibu Civic Center. The Optimist Club of Malibu will be serving a pancake breakfast at the site starting at 8 am.

Considered one of the most beautiful outdoor art festivals in the nation, the Malibu Arts Festival features over 200 award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, and other unique artisans. Festival goers can visit with artists under gleaming white tents and learn about the creation of art in every genre.

Alongside the artists, members of the Chamber of Commerce share and promote their businesses in the Chamber Village section. The Arts Festival also includes an entertainment stage where original musicians perform each day, a children’s workshop where kids work with artists to create their own art, and a food truck terrace featuring exciting menu items with incredible cuisine.

Artist Daniela Schweitzer will be featuring twelve paintings as part of the Malibu Art Association area, right in the center and entrance of the festival! Also the art of Jody Valmassy will be on view at booth #555 (at the top of the center stairs, leading to the beer & wine garden). Be sure to stop by and say hi!

What: Malibu Art Festival
Where: Malibu Civic Center, 23555 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
When: Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 8:00am to Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 6:00pm


Also taking place today and tomorrow is the 20th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival! The event runs  along Central Avenue from Vernon Avenue to Martin Luther King Blvd., and brings out thousands of Angelenos. (July 25) 11-7pm.


Tarfest continues today from 1-8pm. FREE live bands. FB EVENT Page


Craig Krull presents several new exhibtions.

Sat-July25-CraigKrull-NedEvans-DavidLloydBe sure to see the exhibit in the gallery office. Here, you’ll find the work of Ned Evans and David Lloyd. Long-term collaborators the two artists recently spent time in Italy together, walking throughout the excavated ruins of Pompeii. The dormant Mount Vesuvius was always in the background, elusive, beautiful and entirely uncontrollable.

“VOLCANO,” a group of 50 mixed media, small-scale, collaborative paintings, recreates and celebrates mighty supervolcanoes, in all their magma and lava-laden glory.

In the main gallery, enjoy the works of Carlos Almaraz. In the early 70s, Almaraz emerged as a leader of the Southern California Chicano arts movement, working on murals with Cesar Chavez, and exhibiting artwork that vibrantly brought Chicano culture and consciousness into the mainstream art world. Carlos Almaraz’s early journal drawings and poems from 1969-1972 will be featured.

The art of Emmanuel Galvez, and Joe Fay will also be on display.

On view: July 18 – August 29

What: Opening reception
Where: Craig Krull Gallery (B-3) Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, 90404
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (July 25)
Phone: 310.828.6410


bG Gallery hosts the closing reception for “Pretty Pollution.” To find out more info about this exhibition see LAArtParty’s Artists/Exhibitions Page. The exhibition features new bodies of work by Douglas Alvarez and Kimber Berry, as well as a group exhibit of artists who capture beauty in unexpected places.

SSat-July11-2015-bGGallery-all-jackedup-onsugar-popsee image: All Jacked Up on Sugar Pops, Kimber Berry

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: Closing reception 
Where: bG Gallery at Bergamot Station 2525, Michigan Avenue, Space G8A, Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (July 25)
Phone: 310-906-4211


Ruth Bachofner Gallery G-2 also debuts a new show from 5-8pm.


Sat-July25- dnj-Felice-WillatThe dnj Gallery and the Los Angeles Center of Photography are proud to announce the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s Second Annual Members’ Exhibition.

Juried by Patricia Lazna of the Annenberg Space for Photography, the group show will feature 50 images. Lazna has chosen works based on creativity, originality, and quality.

July 25 – August 29, 2015

On view: July 25 – August

What: Opening reception
Where: dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, (J-1) 2525 Michigan Ave, SM, 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (July 25)
Phone: 310.315.3551


Andrew Weiss Gallery presents the second installment of “Historical Fiction: The Death of Marilyn Monroe” by Tyler Shields.

TJuly25-AndrewWeiss-Tyler-Shields-Marilyn-Monroe-Found-Dead-2014his exhibition will debut new works created by Shields specifically for Andrew Weiss Gallery in commemoration of the icon’s death in August of 1962.

See image: Tyler Shields, Marilyn Monroe Found Dead, 2014, chromogenic print

These works will be featured alongside images of Marilyn Monroe taken by George Barris, Milton H. Greene, William Carroll and Bert Stern. The exhibition spans the very first and very last photographs of Marilyn Monroe.


On view: July 25 – September

What: Opening reception
Where: Andrew Weiss Gallery, Bergamot Station (D-4) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (July 25)
Phone: 310-246-9333


In Venice…starting at 6 pm enjoy a musical and dance event. “A Prayer for Nepal” will feature song, dance and prayer with a portion of the proceeds going to help rebuild Nepal. Admission $15.00; Doors open at 6; Music starts at 7; 305 Rose Ave. (July 25)


Arena 1 Gallery presents a new exhibition titled “Bliss Point.”

July25-Arena1-BlissPoint-AmySampsonCurated by Allen Tombello, the group exhibit gathers the work of artists of various mediums to explore the concepts of bliss, satiety and consumption.

See image: Left to right: Amy Sampson

Artists include: Tyler Adams, Bridget Batch, Carl Berg, Phil Bower, Mara De Luca, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Amy Sampson, The Fine Arts Department.

Be sure to stop in the South Hanger and see the work of LA Art Party artists Ty Cummings, Scott Horton, Jennifer Verge. Artist Flavio Bisciotti will also be joining the exhibition. For more information about the LA Art Party artists see our Upcoming Events Page.

Flavio Bisciotti will will be featuring works from his Architectural series. “There are images taken to different buildings. The proportions and architectural elements converge over canvas applying layers of acrylic paint and collage technics. An accomplished Architect, Flavio loves to travel the world. The series is inspired by his travels.

Ty Cummings paints everyday and he uses a variety of unusual tools and techniques. He chooses to paint on wood and incorporates found objects, glitter spray, and various odd objects into his work. “I started painting on wood about ten years ago – liking the immediacy and velocity of a loaded paintbrush sliding across the smooth surface.” He works in a variety of media and said he bases his choice of medium on what he feels will most effectively feature what he wants to communicate.

Scott Horton’s love for music, and movies, has inspired him to create pop and street art. He pays homage to these pop culture icons such as the Beatles and movies like Star Wars. “Taking a queue from Andy Warhol’s ‘Double Elvis,’ I had the idea to do a spray-painted version of Han Solo (Harrison Ford’s character) in a quad. Done in “mod” 70’s colors, as you look deeper in the piece you can see the background is filled with old newspaper clippings and comic strips from the Star Wars heyday. You might even find Darth Vader in there…” For more info about Scott Horton, visit his website

JeSat-June13-POW-SMAS-JenniferVerge-Basquiatnnifer Verge will also be exhibiting two works atSMAS. Working on wood, Verge creates truly original art with a positive spin. One of her pieces is titled “Basquiat.”

See image: Basquiat-Mixed Media-36×29

She explains her inspiration: “Basquiat is a huge inspiration to me,” explained the artist. “He’s a trail blazer…a true original, a risk taker with a style that is truly genius. I love that he painted in Armani Suits, while listening to Charlie Parker. I love that his first art show at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills He turned the back office into a VIP dance party. He had the GUTS to walk up to Andy Warhol and sell him his homemade POST CARDS before they would eventually become friends . His paintings are intelligent and playful, paintings that took the art world by storm. I loved painting this Piece it was pure pleasure.”

On view: July 25 – August 22, 2015

What: Aren 1/ Santa Monica Art Studios
Where: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave. SM 90405 (between Bundy Drive & 23rd St.)
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (July 25)


On more in Santa Monica…

Sat-July25-WineExpo-DavidHeath-BurmaWine Expo proudly presents globetrotting adventurer/photographer David Heath with an exhibition of exclusive images from his recent book, Burma: An Enchanted Spirit. Opening reception is free and guest will receive a drink ticket for one complimentary beverage and snacks.

Free parking lot and street parking

Opening reception guest will receive drink ticket for one free drink.

July 25th, 2015 – August 31st, 2015

Where: Wine Expo, 2933 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: Saturday, July 25th, 2015 6PM -9PM
Phone: 310-828-4428

Head towards the mid-Wilshire area…

Meliksetian | Briggs (313 N. Fairfax Ave., LA 90036) throws an art party from 6-8pm.


In the Miracle Mile area…Couturier Gallery, 166 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036) hosts an art event from 6-8pm.


Wallspace invites you to the opening reception for “Osmosis” on Saturday July 25th from 7-10pm.

“OsSat-July25-Osmosismosis” captures and celebrates the energy and vibrancy of over 50 Los Angeles based artists we represent here at Wallspace. Our annual summer show is the epitome of what Wallspace is about – an amalgam of styles and energies coming together under one roof to be absorbed and celebrated.

With new artists and fresh new works, we will be showcasing some of our newer artists joining Wallspace – 21 year old Mexican City born Dennis Miranda with his spray painted, pen, ink and acrylic works; esteemed artist Phillip Vaughan from the UK known for his large scale public works in the UK, plus fellow Englishman Trevor Norris, local Ben Cuevas, known performance artist and knitter with his textile pieces joining Wallspace and with fresh pieces on view from MB Boissonnault, Mateu Velasco, Marz Junior, Kymm Swank, Lori Dorn and Moncho 1929 to name a few.

Come celebrate the summer in Los Angeles.

Please RSVP to

What: Opening reception
Where: Wallspace, 607 North La Brea, LA, CA 90036, (one block south of Melrose – parking available in back)
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (July 25)
Phone: 323 930-0471



ReganProjects-WilliamDeRooijRegen Projects is pleased to present Legal Noses, an exhibition by the Dutch, Berlin-based artist Willem de Rooij.

Image: courtesy of the gallery

Known for working in a variety of different media, including film, installation, sculpture, weaving, and exhibition making, de Rooij has developed a stringently precise practice, which addresses some of the most fundamental components of art making, such as meaning, color, authorship, labor, and time. Yet for all its conceptual rigor, apparent elegance and self-referential concision, his work is full of play, encouraging and ultimately engaging issues of interpretation, from the political to the social as well as the aesthetic (the title of the show, for instance, like many of the artist’s shows, is an anagram).

On view: July 25th – August 29th

What: Opening reception
Where: Regen Projects 633 N. Almont Dr., LA 90069.
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (July 25)
Phone: (310) 276-5424

Or in Culver City…

Edward Cella is pleased to present “Constructions,” an exhibition that considers the process of building in contemporary sculpture and photography.

FEdwardCellaeaturing diverse methodologies and practices, the exhibition includes artworks ranging from Lenticular photographs to sculptures made from common household materials purchased from Home Depot.

See image: Lynn Aldrich, Water Feature, 2015, galvinized steel downspouts, exterior enamel 51 x 84 x 57

The exhibition includes new ‘works by Lynn Aldrich, Adam Berg, Laurie Frick, Dave Hicks, George Legrady, Brad Miller, Alex Slade and the collaborative team of Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues.

“Constructions” is the second in a pair of exhibitions of gallery artists at the gallery’s new location on La Cienega Boulevard in the heart of the Culver City Arts District.

On view: July 25 – August 29, 2015

What: Opening reception – Inaugural exhibition
Where: Edward Cella, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (July 25)
Phone: (323) 525-0053


Corey Helford Gallery opens its doors for the 3rd Annual Art Collector Starter Kit Group Exhibition.

See my article featuirng the event from my column “Art Hopping with Kathy Leonardo” in this week’s Westside Today! Westside Today comes out every other week and is included in the SM Mirror, Brentwood News, Century City News, etc.

Sat-July25-CoreyHelford-3RD-ANNUAL-ART-COLLECTOR-STARTER-KIT-09This is the third annual event be the last exhibition at this location (yes I’ll let you know as soon as I know). The group show features all 12″ x 12″ works by an impressive list of new and established artists working in the New Contemporary scene. Since its inception, the Art Collector Starter Kit group shows have allowed new collectors, and fans alike, to acquire new works by artists they may not have been able to acquire otherwise.

Artist Natalia Fabia will have work in the exhibit. “Every piece is a specific size and all artists are asked to make their best and interesting paintings made available for a new collector, explained the artist. “For someone who wants to collect art hasn’t yet. They are all perfect ‘starter’ pieces.”

Travis Lampe said he had a blast creating work for the show. “I basically just try to think of something dumb and sad that makes me laugh – that’s pretty much my process, said Lampe. I”‘m inspired by old cartoons, Dr. Suess, and colors ye olden times. Like the 20s.”

Artists include; Andrew Brandou, Beau Stanton, Brandi Milne, Caia Koopman, Camilla D’errico, Carlos Ramos, Eric Joyner, Fuco Ueda, Hannah Yata, Hikari Shimoda, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Kisung Koh, HUSH, Joey Remmers, Korin Faught, Liz McGrath, Lori Nelson, Lu Cong, Luke Chueh, Melissa Forman, Naoto Hattori, Natalia Fabia, Nicomi Nix Turner, Plasticgod, Richard J. Oliver, Rodrigo Luff, Sarah Folkman, Sas Christian, Shark Toof, So Youn Lee, Sylvia Ji, Travis Lampe, Yoh Nagao, Yoko D’holbachie, and Yosuke Ueno.

On view: July 25 – August 15

What: Opening reception
Where: CHG Circa, 8530 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 7:00 pm ‑ 10:00 pm (July 25)
Phone: 310 287-2340


Inner-City Arts (720 Kohler St., LA 90021) hosts its annual Summer on Seventh celebration from 7-11pm; Admission $45.00 – Click Here to purchase tickets (213) 627-9621;