Dgay-prideon’t forget, the Pick of the Week takes place today, Saturday and Sunday in Topanga….Also the Gay Pride Festival starts today and runs through tomorrow…Put on your feathers and get out there and celebrate!  See their website for details http://lapride.org

Or take the weekend off from Los Angeles and take a trip to Joshua Tree….

Joshulowres JTAG front 1a Tree Art Gallery (JTAG) presents a Themed show entitled “AIR,” an artist interruption of the concept of air.

The group exhibition will be showcasing over 46 new works of artists creative concepts based on the idea of air.

Find some unusual works of art at this exhibition, from Ann Magnuson’s found object to Snake Jagger’s metal construction of air.

If WU Sat 6.8 JoshuaTreeyou are interested in staying for the weekend, be sure to call the gallery for suggestions on where to stay.

On view: June 8 – June 30

What: Reception
Where: Joshua Tree Art Gallery, 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92552
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 760 366 3636
Website: http://www.joshuatreeartgallery.com

TWU Sat MysticJourneyBkstorehe  Grand  Re-Opening  of Mystic Journey Bookstore takes place today….all day and night. They have moved closer to Venice Blvd.

Enjoy Food, Live Music, Free Raffles, Give-Aways, Holistic Skin Care, Spiritual Travel, Therapeutic Essential Oils.

Marianne Williamson will be there to give a blessing and talk at noon.

What: Grand Opening
Where: 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
When: 10:30am to 10pm
Website: http://www.mysticjourneybookstore.com/

Also in the Valley…

Enjoy a book signing and art reception at Continental Art Supplies, located in Reseda.

June8 KarrieRoss BooksigningContinental Art Supplies is a well known art supply store serving artists in the San Fernando Valley for over 50 years.  Enjoy wine and cheese and cookies

This event brings together four authors who have something to say and display. Graham Morris, Christopher Finch, Karrie Ross and Derek Boshier will have artwork hung and books ready for signing.

Live music with Kathy Leonardo and Phil Kimball (I’ll be doing my originals – ballads).

What: Book signing/opening Reception
Where: Continental Art Supplies 7041 Reseda Blvd., Reseda,91335 (one block south of Sherman Way on the west side of the street, between Gault and Hart)
When: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Phone: (818) 345-1044
Website: http://www.continentalart.com/

Or in Hollywood….

WUWineFESTSpend a gorgeous SoCal day at Raleigh Studios outdoor lot sipping wines from more than 15 countries at this walk-around tasting. You can also hang out in the new Stella Artois beer garden.

Pair your drinks (or simply help soak them up) with your choice of food froom LA’s finest gourmet food trucks (food is NOT included). Plus, you can enjoy celebrity chef demos- including one from the Foundry’s Eric Greenspan, live entertainment, and more. Tickets even include a souvenir glass, and the event benefits the non-profit Food Forward.

Order Tickets Here

When: Wine Tasting
Where: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038
When: Today, June 8 at 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Parking: $10 at Raleigh or Paramount Studios or metered street parking (free on Sunday).
Website: at http://www.lawinefest.com

Sat 6.8 Outterbridge-InSearchoftheMissingMuleIn Beverly Hills…

Garboushian Gallery presents an afternoon art talk featuring John Outterbridge and curator Jill Moniz. This talk will take place during the closing reception of “HEAVY METAL.”

“HEAVY METAL” highlights the work of five artists whose careers impacted the Los Angeles art scene by transforming metal into intensely beautiful works of art.

Artists include: Joseph Beckles, Charles Dickson, Melvin Edwards, Maren Hassinger and John Outterbridge (see image).

On view: May 4th – June 8th

What: Art talk, closing reception
Where: 427 North Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
When: 3:00 pm
Phone: 310-480-9215
Website: http://www.garboushian.com/

Also nearby,…ACME, 6150 Wilshire Blvd. holds an opening from 6-8 pm. http://www.acmelosangeles.com  and right next door…AMBACH & RICE, 6148 Wilshire Blvd., will be holding a reception from 6-8pm as well. http://www.ambachandrice.com   Then further down Wilshire…another art party takes place at AndrewShire Gallery, 3850 Wilshire Blvd. #107, from 6-9pm http://www.andrewshiregallery.com/

BergamotStationlogo copyIn Santa Monica, Bergamot Station’s got it going on this weekend…(more to come on the Weekend Update).

Leslie Sacks presents an exhibition of works by Venice Beach artist Jeremy Kidd. Working in photography & Adobe Photoshop, Kidd creates landscape and urbanscape images that are simultaneously realistic and abstract.

See iSat 6.8 LeslieSacksBerg JeremyKiddmage: Jeremy Kidd, “Temporal Excursions”

On view: June 8 – July 20

What: Opening Reception, 
Where: Leslie Sacks Contemporary (B6)
Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Mon
ica, California 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 264-0640

Another early one at Bergamot Station takes place from 5-7pm at Rosamund Felson….http://www.rosamundfelsen.com

dnj Gallery offers a group show entitled “Adventure Travel Series.” The show aims to present an overview of the range of techniques, subjects and concepts that make dnj Gallery a unique place to discover what is interesting and exciting about photography. 

Sat 6.8 dnj DanShepherdSee image: Dan Shepherd, Liquidamber #1 2008, Archival inkjet print, edition of 8 24″ x 36″

The exhibition includes work by dnj Gallery artists Darryl Curran, Richard Gilles, Cynthia Greig, Sharon Harper, Suda House, Dale Johnson, Michael Krebs, Max MacKenzie, Ginny Mangrum, Jane O’Neal, Dan Shepherd, Bill Sosin, David Trautrimas, Dylan Vitone, Melanie Walker, Todd Walker, and Elliott Wilcox as well as work by Holly Andres, Michael Eastman, Joel Meyerowtiz, and Chris Verene.

On view: June 8 – August 10

What: Opening reception
Where: dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, (J-1) 2525 Michigan
Ave, Santa Monica,  90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.315.3551
Website: http://www.dnjgallery.net/

Also Ruth Bachofner Gallery (G-2) celebrates the work of Virginia Katz in “Between States” from 5-7pm.  http://www.ruthbachofnergallery.com/. Lora Schlesinger Gallery, T-3 also will be open from 5-7pm. http://www.loraschlesinger.com/ 

Sat 6.8 john van hamersveld ic8d7421It’s a busy night for Culver City…(more to come for the Weekend Update)

ARCANA: BOOKS ON THE ARTS hosts a book signing and reception with John Van Hamersveld.

In a career spanning fifty years, Van Hamersveld has designed album covers for bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, Kiss and Blondie.

His work has graced such magazines as Rolling Stone, Esquire and Billboard with his illustrations – all the while experimenting with new media and techniques.

What: Book signing and reception
Where: ARCANA: BOOKS ON THE ARTS, 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Website: http://www.arcanabooks.com/

Also enjoy more openings from 6-8 pm at Taylor De Cordoba, 6021 Washington Blvd.,  http://www.taylordecordoba.com/ and  Roberts & Tilton, 5801 Washington Blvd.,  http://www.robertsandtilton.com and Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 South La Cienega Blvd.,  http://www.kopeikingallery.com

WSat 6.8 WalterMacielalter Maciel Gallery presents a new body of work entitled Making Infinity Imaginable by Brendan Lott and a series of stitched works entitled Transition by Nike Schröder.

Featured in Gallery 1, Lott’s exhibition marks his second solo show with the gallery. Schröder who is German but currently residing in Los Angeles will present her first solo show in Gallery 2.

On view: June 8 – July 3

What: Opening reception
Where: Walter Maciel Gallery, 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA
When:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
phone: 310.839.1840
Website: http://waltermacielgallery.com

HoSat 6.8 AlexisSmithEmailBlastImagenor Fraser Gallery celebrates the work of Los Angeles based artist Alexis Smith. The artist will have her first solo exhibition at the gallery, “Slice of Life.”

Slice of Life is a focused exploration of Alexis Smith’s work as portraiture, conjuring people both real and imagined from the material and linguistic cast-offs of American culture.

See image: Alexis Smith Black and Blue for Howie Long, 1997 Mixed media collage 29 x 19 x 4 inches

On view: June 8 – July 27

What: Opening reception
Where: Honor Fraser,  2622 La Cienega Blvd.,
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 837-0191
Website:  http://www.honorfraser.com

There’s a new gallery in Culver City….

Sat June8 ZenyaGershman purched2

Hinge Modern holds its inaugural exhibition tonight featuring artist Zhenya Gershman.

The exhibit entitled “MARKS” features new works by the artist.

See image: Perched, 41X29 ½ inches, pastel & gesso on arches paper, 2013

On view: June 8 – July 13

What: Opening reception
Where: 8545 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-893-9194
Website:  http://HINGEMODERN.COM/

Also from 6-8 pm, stop into Roberts & Tilton, 5801 Washington Blvd. http://www.robertsandtilton.com/  and Taylor De Cordoba, 6021 Washington Blvd.,

This one goes a bit later…

WWA Gallery holds an opening reception for “Ghosts and All.”

Inspired by what is visible and tangible as well as the allure and possibilities for what we can’t see, “Ghosts and All” will whisk viewers away on a colorful journey in a quest for discovery and adventure.

Sat 6.8 WWAGallery ghostrFeatured Artists: Sadie Figueroa, Ashley Fisher, Nicole Gustafsson, Martin Hsu, Pete Oswald, Matt Ritchie, John “The Super Ugly” Williams.

On view: June 8th – July 6th

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

Sat 6.8 Prohibition goodvibProhibition Gallery presents “Good Vibrations” which will showcase new works from five local artists. This exhibit will reflect first hand the memories and the myths of growing up in what the rest of the world knows of as “paradise”. A place where sun-drenched bikinis provide a thin facade that gives way to harsh truths about a city with more faces than a pair of dice.

On view: June 8 – July 6

What: Opening Reception
Where: Prohibition, 6039a Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Phone: 323-743-3256
Website: http://prohibitiongallery.com/

Also in Culver City….how bout some original music and comedy????

TopTune, The Songwriters Game. LA’s best songwriters do one of their best. They get a title and a premise for a new song. They are given 17 minutes offstage with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Double Black, a pot of coffee, a bowl of M&Ms and a rhyming dictionary.

WitWU Sat 6.8 TopTuneh a celebrity commentator/judge panel, a house band, and a heckler, TopTune is a musical circus and variety show.

Tonight’s performers include: Johnny Mench & The Thirsty Model, John O’Kennedy, Scott Breadman, Steve Deutsch and the event it hosted by Tom Tully.

Admission: $15

What: Live Performance
Where: fanaticSalon. 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., corner of Venice Blvd., Culver City.
When: 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 622 2046. fanaticSalon
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/191078484378698/

In Hiighland Park…

Sat 6.8 Ave50 JenniferSeveral openings tonight….”Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan: hay tiempo” and a group show. Drawing from a fascination of symbolism and ritual, this experimental series of monoprints explores our physiological existence and its interaction with memory, alignment of time, and the sacred. 

See image by Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan

Also on view is a community exhibition in honor of artist, educator and curator Deborah Thomas who passed away in December 2012.

Presented by Avenue 50 Studio and the Southern California chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art (SCWCA), the exhibit offers large, lush abstract paintings from her days as a New York studio artist will hang alongside more current installations, writings and collaborative projects where she delved into photographs and text working with themes of family, found memory, landscape and the envionment.

On view: June 8 – July 7

What: Opening reception
Where: Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042
When: 7-10 pm, Exhibits
Phone: (323) 258-1435
Website: http://www.avenue50studio.org/