Lots going on – lets start with some early ones. Be aware there is an early art event taking place in Palos Verdes at 3pm and another in San Pedro at 4pm. Both are listed at the bottom. So scroll down,before planning your art party hop.

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In Santa Monica…at Bergamot Station…At 11:00am, enjoy an early walk-through of Simone Nieweg’s exhibition “Seeing the Forest for the Trees” at Gallery Luisotti (see below for info on the artist reception at 6pm). Gallery Luisotti (A-2), 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404;

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LA Food Fest kicks continues through the weekend. Touted as the LA‘s largest and most affordable tasting event, it offers a low price for general admission tickets on Saturday, where one can decide which cuisine to try. See Saturday’s page or CLICK HERE for more info.

This year, Nederlander has joined forces with LA Food Fest to create an even bigger event, featuring over 100 food vendors, wine garden, a craft beer garden, food porn cinema, live music, KCRW DJ sets and lots more.
LAFoodFest-logoVIP GOLDEN HOUR – $69  – Saturday, July 9th • 12pm-2pm (doors at 11am); Also takes place on Sunday – see Sunday’s Page.
This is the original VIP style ‘all you can eat’ Food Fest experience. Two full hours of all inclusive, early admission entry to enjoy unlimited tastings of food and beverages from our 100+vendors, plus beer, wine and cocktail sampling, entertainment, shady lounge areas, all day entry to the MRKT event that follows Golden Hour, and two drink tickets for use at our cash bars.

GA MRKT – $10* – Saturday, July 9th • 3pm-11pm (doors at 2pm); Also takes place on Sunday – see Sunday’s Page.

General admission to the main event–the LA Food Fest MRKT–where you can choose your own food, drink and more for purchase from 100+ food, beverage, beer, wine and craft cocktail vendors and pay as you go. Plus, access the entire venue and all of its entertainment, live culinary stage, “Food Porn” Cinema, and shady lounge areas. Each vendor’s menu will feature signature items and event only specials priced at $5. 
* All MRKT tickets include early admission with doors open one hour prior to the event start time
*$10 pre-sale pricing / $15 online / $20 at the door

Check the website for an additional event – LA FOOD FEST IN THE ROSE GARDEN – $95 / $125 – which also happens on Sunday.

For a full list of vendors HERE. * All tickets include return entry to the LA Food Fest MRKT event on Saturday or Sunday; Purchase tickets HERE. Exposition Park – 800 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037; Visit website at http://lafoodfest.com

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Beginning in 1978, Rosamund Felsen Gallery has represented artists and exhibited artworks that have challenged, furthered and championed the culture of art in Los Angeles. Opening on La Cienega Blvd, moving to West Hollywood, then Bergamot Station and last year to Downtown Los Angeles, the gallery has experienced memorable art presentations, with curators, writers, collectors and artists participating in the creation of a community around the gallery.

See imRosamundFelsenGalleryage: Installation view: 669 N La Cienega Blvd, Karen Carson, January 1982, photographed by Grant Mudford, courtesy of Rosamund Felsen Gallery.

After almost four decades, Rosamund Felsen Gallery will be having its final exhibition; it will include artworks by each of the current gallery artists and will be exhibited with reverie and tremendous pride.  In its way, the final exhibition will be paying tribute not only to all the extraordinary artists who have filled both the gallery space and gallery’s identity over the years, but will also serve as a marking point for the current gallery artists’ ongoing careers.

Though the physical location will be closing after this exhibition, the gallery will continue to maintain an online presence through the gallery’s website: http://www.rosamundfelsen.com

What: Reception
Where: Rosamund Felsen Gallery, 1923 S Santa Fe Ave #100, LA CA 90021
When: 3:00pm – 6:00pm – Saturday, July 9, 2016
Website: www.rosamundfelsen.com

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The Torrance Art Museum hosts a panel discussion with Carl Berg, Gerald Casale, Kristine McKenna and Max Presneill in conjunction with “With A Little Help from My Friends,” a solo exhibition of works by the Los Angeles-based artist and curator, Carl Berg.  Art talk: 2:00pm; Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503; (310) 618-6388;

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Then back in SM…starting at 5pm – several art parties take place at Bergamot Station…

Head to the B building…

Sat-July9-2016-SloanProjects-IsabelleHaradaSloan Projects offers a new exhibition titled “WORK / W=Fd” a multimedia installation by Isabelle Harada.

“WORK / W=Fd” consists of 999 golden paper cranes suspended from the ceiling and a looped projection on a single unfolded sheet, bathed in an artificial sunset. An allusion to the Japanese tradition of the origami crane and its mythical origin, the installation explores the nature of time and energy in terms of materiality and the virtual.

On view: July 9 – 30, 2016

Where: Sloan Projects, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., (B-5), Santa Monica CA 90404
When: 5-7pm – Saturday, July 9, 2016
Phone: (424) 744-8265
Website: www.sloanprojects.com

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Craig Krull Gallery is pleased to present Paint is a Thing, a group Sat-July9-2016-CraigKrull-KeenanDerbyexhibition curated by Beth Parker. 

See image: by Keenan Derby

This exhibition showcases seven contemporary artists who use paint to create both an object and an illusionistic space.  While these artists embrace the materiality of paint, they also depict images and narratives, allowing the paintings to become more than purely objects.  Each piece incites a layered read, with a visceral reaction to the physicality of the surface, as well as a cerebral reaction to the illusion described.

Artists include: Mark Posey, Keenan Derby, Riin Kaljurand, Chrissy Angliker, and Dominic Terlizz.

What: Opening reception
Where: Craig Krull Gallery (B-3) Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Saturday, July 9, 2016
Phone: 310.828.6410
Website:
http://www.craigkrullgallery.com

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Shoshana Wayne Gallery debuts new work from Shirley Tse from 5-7pm. Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station (B-1) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404;

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Head across the arts coplex to the G building…FIG celebrates artists Mitsuko Namik, and Theresa G. Fernald from 5-7pm; FIG Gallery, 2525 Michigan ave., G-6 Bergamot Station, SM 90404;

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Also at Bergamot….

Sat-July9-2016-bGGallery-JimBarrett-MrsBensonbG Gallery presents a solo exhibit by artist Jim Barrett. 

See image: Jim Barrett, Mrs. Benson • 72 inches x 90 inches • Oil on Canvas

Working in Los Angeles for the past forty five years, Jim Barrett finds inspiration in the magic landscape and people of the area. This body of work is an exploration of Los Angeles diversity and the complexity of the human condition. The exhibit will also feature the world premiere of Barrett’s massive 30ft multi-panel work War Complex.

On view: July 9 – July 23, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: bG Gallery at Bergamot Station 2525, Michigan Avenue, Space G8A, Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday, July 9, 2016
Phone: 310-906-4211
Website: bgArtGalleries.com

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Gallery Luisotti hosts an opening reception for Simone Nieweg’s exhibiion “Seeing the Forest for the Trees” from 6-8pm; Gallery Luisotti (A-2), 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404;

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Stay tuned, the ARENA 1 event at Santa Monica Art Studios has been postponed to next week…July 16.

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Let’s head back to West Hollywood…

MIER GALLERY is pleased to announce aSat-July9-2016-MierGallery solo exhibition of new paintings by Danish artist Peter Bonde titled “VERNISSAGE.”

Here is a portion of what the gallery forwarded by G. Leddington: “The frenetic energy of Bonde’s painterly gestures are dissident and at times self-destructive. Internal spasms made external, the vastly abstract gestures are indeed precisely just that; gestures.  Here however we are not referring to what is usually understood to be a kindly exchange between two people, here we are referring simply to the notion of a physical movement that leaves a material residue.

Arguably, essentially all of painting can be reduced down to being understood in terms of gesture and residue, though usually this gesture and its resulting residue are enacted and produced in service to something else; the greater-whole known as The Image. For Peter Bonde, however, the notion of gesture and residue becomes refreshingly reductive. For Bonde there is only the beauty of the gesture and its residue and any ‘image’ is usually compromised because of them.”

The exhibition will open Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 7313 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, and will be on view through . An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

On view: July 9 – August 20, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: MIER GALLERY, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, 90046
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday, July 9, 2016
Phone: 323.498.5957

Website: http://www.miergallery.com

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OHWOW also called Moran Bondaroff hosts a group show. Reception: 6-8pm; OHWOW Los Angeles 937 N. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90069;

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LAM Gallery celebrates the art of Jay Lizo. Reception 6-9pm; LAM Gallery, 913 North Highland Ave., LA, 90038; 

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Various Small Fires hosts a closing event from 7-9pm; Various Small Fires, 812 North Highland Ave., LA, 90038;

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Also nearby on Highland Ave…

Sat-July9-2016-KohnGallery-OriGershtKohn Gallery presents its first solo exhibition with London-based artist Ori Gersht. The exhibition will feature the artist’s latest body of work, Floating World, a series of photographs that capture water reflections of ancient gardens in Buddhist Zen temples in Kyoto, JapanOn view in the adjacent galleries will be prints and a triptych video installation from the 2014 series, On Reflection.

The exhibition marks the United States debut of the Floating World
 series, which the artist began in 2015. In the work, Gersht seeks to reflect the natural elements and spiritual character of Kyoto’s Zen gardens, which are both real and metaphysical places. By focusing his camera on water reflections and later in post-production inverting his photographs and merging them with each other, Gersht creates new spaces that hover between material and virtual realities.

On view: July 9 – September 2, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Kohn Gallery, 1227 N. Highland Ave., LA, 90038
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday, July 9, 2016
Website: http://www.kohngallery.com/

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Nearby…Richard Telles Fine Art features a group show from 5-7pm; Richard Telles Fine Art, 7380 Beverly Blvd., LA, 90036;

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Another art party can be found at Couturier Gallery from 6-8pm; Couturier Gallery, 166 N. La Brea Ave, LA, 90036;

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Also close by…Dysonna City Art Gallery presents “The Color Of Life” featuring artists Sage Gallon, Antonio Proa from 7-9pm; Dysonna City Art Gallery,  5373 Wilshire Blvd LA, 90036;

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In Culver City…

George Billis Gallery is pleased to present “The Cityscape Show VI,” a group show of work by gallery artists and invited guest artists.

Sat-July9-2016-GeorgeBillis-Cityscape
The Cityscape Show V is the gallery’s sixth exhibition of its kind. The show is a visual exploration of the environs we inhabit. Los Angeles is a unique city in many regards – in its architecture, geography, and natural environment. Spanning a space that includes mountains, ocean, and desert, Los Angeles and Southern California are a source of immense inspiration to many artists. This exhibition brings together a group of artists whose individual works together to show a multifaceted and fascinating city.  These pieces illustrate the ever-changing urban landscape.  From the downtown skyscrapers and iconic landmarks to the graffiti-ed back alleys and vast freeway networks, from the bright lights of the Hollywood Hills and clean lines of mid-century modern architecture to the train bridges and gritty rail yards, Southern California is striking in all its extremes.

The exhibition includes works by Adam Harrison, Eric Hesse, Danny Heller, David Thompson, Patricia Chidlaw, Ana Medina, Derek Buckner, Richard Heisler, Sean Flynn, Susan Holcomb, Ben Schwab, Brooks Salzwedel, Raymond Logan, Rick Dula, Taylor Montague, Elizabeth Gahan, Jay Brockman, Gay Summer Rick, Bryan Ida, Ben Schwab, Sharon Feder, James David Thomas, and Joe Santos.

July 9 – August 20, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: George Billis Gallery, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90034
When: 5:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday, July 9, 2016
Phone: (310) 838-3685
Website: www.georgebillis.com

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Head to Washington Blvd…

Mark Moore Gallery celebrates two newSat-July 9-2016-SlaveAuction-2016-Mixedmedia-assemblage exhibitions, New Rome, an exhibition of new work by Kansas-based artist Kris Kuksi and Textures of You, a solo show of recent works by New York-based artist Ben Charles Weiner.

See image: Slave Auction (detail), 2016 / Mixed media assemblage / 14.5 x 23 x 5 inches  

The exhibition marks Kuksi’s second major solo show with the gallery. Over the last decade, Kuksi has built a career creating complex sculptures that blend antiquity with the modern world. Teeming with struggle, conflict, faith, sexuality, and power, each sculpture affords the viewer a ringside seat for a wild spectacle as the spheres of fantasy and reality collide.

Concurrently in Gallery Two, the gallery also present Textures of You, a solo show of recent works by New York-based artist Ben Charles Weiner. For this exhibition, Weiner has taken inspiration from synthetic body enhancement products such as hair gel and silicone, to create vivid paintings that reflect a cultural obsession with resisting our physical and mortal limits.

What: Opening reception
Where:
Mark Moore Gallery, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday, July 9, 2016
Website: http://www.markmooregallery.com

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Head West to downtown Culver City…Arcana: Books on the Arts hosts an art talk with Johnston Marklee, partners Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee with a book signing to follow from 4-6pm; Arcana: Books on the Arts, 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232;

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Also in this area…The Whole 9 Gallery hosts a reception for The Creative Spirit from 6-10 pm; The Whole 9 Gallery, 3830 Main Street, Culver City, 90232;

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In West LA…

Sat-July9-2016-haphazardhaphazard presents a group show of collages titled “This is Collage”. Whether made with scissors and paste, or in a manner more technologically advanced, this group show will juxtapose a collection of new collages made by emerging artists within the context of the 21st century. In the Information age where information and images are ever present perhaps these new collages can reverse our relationship with the culture of images from information back to the poetics.

Artists include: Armand Brac, Arpi Agdere, Carl Warnick, Chandler McWilliams, George Porcari, Graham Moore, Luc Fierens, Stacy Elaine Dacheux, Tarrah Krajank, and Zach Collins.

July 9th – August 6th

What: Opening reception
Where: Haphazard 1543 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025
When: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Saturday, July 9, 2016
Phone: 213.610.4110
Website: http://www.haphazard.co

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In Boyle Heights…

Sat-July-9-2016-SAGEProjectsSAGE Projects is pleased to present an all new body of work by Vienna-based artist Michael Lukas in his solo exhibition “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”.  A monochromatic series of paintings and works on paper, this exhibition challenges the viewer to consider alternative methods of perception, while evoking a reflection on transcendence and space.  
 
The pieces in this exhibition share a common spatial , architectural makeup, with plays on dimension and inversion. Exuding the erratic ornamentation of Pollock, with the distinct structure reminiscent of Mondrian’s grids, Lukas’ practice seems to ride a fine line between the calculated and the complex, the visceral and the voracious.

SAGE Projects 300 S. Anderson St., 90033
rsvp@sage-projects.com

On view: JULY 9 – 30, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: SAGE Projects, 300 South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90033
When: 7:00pm-10:00pm Saturday, July 9, 2016
Website:
http://www.sage-projects.com/

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Hop over the river…Lots going on downtown…

Chinatown offers a couple at the Good Luck Gallery (945 Chung King Road) and Coagula Curatorial (974 Chung King Road)from 7-10pm. 

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ASHES/ASHES hosts a group exhibition titled “DARK MIMES/.” Reception: 7-9pm; ASHES/ASHES, 2404 Wilshire Blvd., 1A, 90057;

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Art Share L.A. features a group shot titled “Flight Patterns.” Reception: 7-10pm; ArtShare LA, 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013;

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Grice Bench celebrates a group exhibition titled “Don’t call me when you are rich or famous. Call me only if you are in the gutter.” Reception: 6-8 pm; Grice Bench, 915 Mateo St, #210, LA, 90021;

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PØST offers a silent auction and art party for a group show from 6:30- 9:30pm; PØST1206 Maple Ave, LA, 90015; See FB Event Page.

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Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles (TSA.LA) presents “Fragmented Gaze” featuring Lauren Faigeles, Alice Lang, Adam Novak, Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Reception: 6-8 pm; Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles (TSA.LA), 440 S Broadway;

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ASat-July9-2016-HIVElso downtown…

July is a month of discovery at the world renowned Hive Gallery. The gallery is spotlighting several artists in its Rising Star show and a large group show of artists new to the honey pot.

Amongst artists featured in the main gallery will include a large installation by artist Myron Dyal, who’s life-sized installation sculptures are direct visions from his lifelong affliction with epilepsy. Also on view is “7 Rising Stars of LA,” a large group show of artists brand new to the gallery, and a Blade Runner “Birth of the Replicants” themed show (curated by Trek Lewis).

What: Opening reception
Where: The Hive Gallery 729 South Spring St., LA 90014
When: 8:00pm – 11:00pm Saturday, July 9, 2016
Phone: 213 955-9051
Website:
http://hivegallery.com/

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Or head South to Palos Verdes…An early art party takes place at The Artists’ Studio Gallery for a group show titled “Artifice Journeys” from 3-7pm. The Artists’ Studio Gallery at the Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive #159, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274; 

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In San Pedro…South Bay Contemporary/Loft Gallery hosts a group show titled “If I Were A Carpenter” curated by Steven Fujimoto. Preview opening on Thursday, July 7, 6-9pm (in conjunction with San Pedro’s first Thursday Art Walk). Artists include: Mary Bonic, Michael Chomick, June Diamond, Mark X Farina, Michael Giancristiano, Paul Guillemette, Flora Kao, Chris Mercier, Hung Viet Nguyen, Ellen Riingen, Andrea Kitts Senn, Ginger Van Hook, Luke Van Hook, Marjan Vayghan, Valerie Wilcox. Reception 4 – 7pm; South Bay Contemporary, 401 South Mesa St., 3rd flr. San Pedro, 90731 310.227.6554; http://www.southbaycontemporary.com  FB Event Page.

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Or take a trip to Joshua Tree…for the 10th Anniversary of JTHAR Exhibitions  (RE)FORMATIONS) tonight – July 9th 6-8pm; JTAG Gallery, 61607 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252;