3.30 TrunkGallery BenefitTrunk Gallery will host “Real Talk,” a silent art auction to benefit Oakgrove, a human relations retreat program based at Venice High School, on Saturday, March 30 from 6-9pm.

Works of art donated by Venice High students and community artists, including Nick Busco (see image, left), Raffaello Grimaldi, Scott Tansey Michael Temple, Lili Raygoza, Keiden Oguri and Joshua Hernandez, will be on view for four weeks.

The worlowres NickBusco FreddyMercuryPrintk includes painting, photography, video, sculpture and mixed-media. The opening night reception will feature live music and refreshments. There is a $5 suggested donation.

See image: Nick Busco

Photographer Nick Busco’s work (see image) will be on view. He has had the chance to work with many legendary musicians through the years.

He has toured the world as part of rock’s most infamous road trips with access to stars that many can only dream of. Working closely with renowned performers such as Freddy Mercury, Bonnie Rait, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart and more, he has captured classic images.

Busco currently has his work featured at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills. http://www.mouchegallery.com/ http://nickbuscophotography.com/

Scott Tansey is also donating a piece of his work….as part of tonight’s benefit. Tansey’s most recent trip to Patagonia inspired him to capture incredible images of mountain ranges, icebergs and rarely captured landscapes.

See image: by Scott TanseySat March30 SottTansey GrayGlacierIceberg

A dedicated photographer, Tansy has traveled the world in search of magnificent landscapes.  On expeditions, scott is always the first one up and last to return. Scott Tansey’s panoramic phototgraphy is currently on view at Figtree’s Cafe. http://www.scotttanseyphoto.com

Artist Michael Temple, aka Mike Tempo…creator and percussionist of the World Beat band The Bondaddys also has agreed to donate one of his paintings to the cause.

Temple paints everyday. He explains, “Although I began to develop my visual language 40+ years ago (Lower-glyphics), it took me a while to develop enough confidence to trust it. Now I do trust the shaman within; and with my visual vocabulary, the rhythm in the performance and the alchemy of paint, I create my view of the cosmos.”

MikeTemple-TrunkGallerylongredSee image: Michael Temple

Oakgrove is a human relations camp at Venice High School that was founded in 1972 in response to the Watts riots of the 1960s. It is a place for Venice High students to speak freely and openly about themselves and their feelings without fear of judgment. The Oakgrove retreat is organized and run by students of Venice High. This unique approach is an integral part of Oakgrove’s model of sustainability. (www.veniceoakgrove.org)

The exhibition will be on view: March 30 – April 26, 2013

$5.00 suggested donation

What: Benefit and Opening reception
Where: Trunk Gallery, 12818 Venice Blvd., LA 90066
When: Opening Event…March 30th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-483-7221
Website: http://trunkgallery.org

Also in Venice…WU Holland Canal CellularStreams

Taking place in the Venice Canals, from 7:30-10, Howland Canal Bridge, Venice 90291 from dusk to 10pm..Be aware that the installation will NOT take place until after DUSK.

Stop by the Cellular Streams [Transitory Conditions series] an audio video installation created in correlation with “Ceci n’est pas,”  art between France and Los Angeles. 

“CWUHowlandMAPeci n’est pas” is a city wide event supported by the French Consulate.

For a list of their ongoing program visit: http://cnp-la.org

For more info on the artist, see http://www.mariannemagne.com

For more info on the exhibition see

Be aware the it can be a bit tricking finding your way around the Vence Canals, so be sure to check out the map.

What: Opening reception
Where: 231 Howland Canal, Court C, Howland Canal Bridge, Venice 90291
When: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Website: http://cnp-la.org

In Santa Monica….

ARENA 1 Gallery hosts an opening reception for “Punch Card II, a group exhibition with works by six artists who merge technology and traditional textiles to create their own unique “digital stitch.” Collectively, the works in this exhibition suggest the loom as a precursor for contemporary digital practices.

Sat March30 Arena1 PunchCardIncluded are the team Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth, and Nina Katchadourian, Victor De La Rosa, Devorah Sperber and Stephanie Syjuco.

On view: March 30th – April 27

What: Opening reception
Where: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica 90405
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In West LA areaWU SatMar30 DesignMatters ErinBresler

Design Matters Gallery offers a new exhbition entitled “Low Fidelity” feauring the work of artist Erin Besler.

The exhibit is the result of a 2012 Master of Architecture graduate thesis project completed at The Southern California Institute of Architecture. Erin Besler’s thesis advisor was Andrew Atwood.

What: Opening reception
Where: Design Matters Gallery, 11527 Pico Blvd., LA 90064
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Website: http://designmattersla.com/


WU SatMar30 MichaelKohn Marion Peck horseyWhat about Miracle Mile….?

Michael Kohn Gallery celebrates the inauguration of Michael Kohn Projects, which proudly opens with an incredible pop-up exhibition of recent paintings by contemporary pop surrealist, Marion Peck.

This special project space, which is located within blocks of the Michael Kohn Gallery, features eleven new works that highlight the artist’s talent for meticulously painted narrative imagery.See image; Marion Peck, Horsey,2012, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

What: Opening reception
Where: Michael Kohn Projects, 7270 Beverly Blvd,. LA, 90048 
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 323 658-8088
Website: http://www.kohngallery.com/

WU SatMar30 Gallery825 GleemingApolloClose by….Los Angeles Art Association presents Gleaming Apollo, an all media celebration of, and commentary on Los Angeles as viewed by the community’s local emerging artists.

LAAA sparked a community discussion about the emerging artists’ view of our shared cultural and civic landscape. Gleaming Apollo will be juried by Shula Nazarian, Shulamit Gallery, Venice.

Featured artists include: Nuri Avesar, James Bentley, Kelly Berg, Ellen Cantor, Mara Colecchia, Nicholas Coroneos,  Billy Pacak, Linda Sue Price, Kuniko Ruch , Diane Silver, Richard Slechta,  Lisa C. Soto, Fabrice Spies, Susan Swihart, Haikuhie Tataryan, Neal Taylor, Sue Tuemmler, Ava Wang, Art Weeks, Valerie Wilcox, Joan Wulf and many more.

What: Opening reception
Where: Gallery 825 – 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.652.8272
Website: http://laaa.org

MOPLSat March30 LoftatLIzA is happening in a big way at The Loft at Liz’s which always has a fun art party.

The Projects Room at The Loft at Liz’s hosts winners of The International Photography Awards’ annual single-image, themed competition, One Shot, for a second consecutive year.

“ONE SHOT: Spaces: Inside, Outside and In-Between” opens during Month of Photography LA (MOPLA), presented by the Lucie Foundation.

Inspired by the theme, curator Liz Gordon offers a look beyond the physicality of Spaces.

Sat March30 LoftatLIzs HelenGarber 2sullivan-hotel-2See Image: Helen Garber

The main gallery will feature works from five top photographers in thematic relation to IPA’s annual One Shot competition.  Artists include:  Franklin Londin, Clayton Campbell, Mark Steven Greenfield, Helen K. Garber, Louis Jacinto, Ave Pilda.

In the Projects Room….enjoy winning work from IPA’s One Shot: Spaces competition…featuring photography by:  Thomas Ahern, David Airob, Alma Photos, Mary Ellen Bartley, Drora Bashan, Franck Bohbot, Corrado Chiozzi, Matteo Cirenei, Kathy Corday, Gabriele Croppi, Seulki Ki, Thiemo Kloss, Daniel Seung Lee, Angie McMonigal, David Oliete, Laura Sauchelli, Yingting Shih, Kathrin Simo, Zoe Wetherall, Georg Worecki.

What: Opening reception
When: The Loft at Liz’s, 453 S. La Brea Ave., LA 90036
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 323-939-4403 x6
Website: http://theloftatlizs.com/

In Culver City….

Sat March30 WWA Edith Lebeau The Mourning wwa WWA Gallery hosts an openign reception for “eyeCandy.” The exhibition invites the viewer to slow down and savor what they see. Whether classically trained or self-taught, each of these 11 notable painters exploit the medium for a variety of results that engage and resonate with viewers. As with a candy store, everyone is sure to find their favorites within this delicious selection of talent.

See image: Edith Lebeau, The Mourning

March 30th – April 27th

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

Or head downtown….

Sat March30 LAMART ashleyavis art abstractartEnjoy the Gala Opening of “Art.Life” LA Mart Design Center / EWI Collections.

See image: by Ashley Avis 

This red carpet gala event will feature fine contemporary paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and unique functional art across a 30,000 SF space, with works by Ashley Avis, Henrik Vardeniktsy, and many more.

Tickets for the opening night event are $20, payable at the door. Public access is $10 April 1-5, Monday through Friday, from 10-5 pm.

More information is available under the events section on the EWI website at www.eastwestsales.com under events.

What: Opening reception
Where: LA Mart Design Center / EWI Collections 1933 S. Broadway, 11th Floor – Los Angeles CA 90007
When: 7pm – midnight
Phone: (213) 748-5154
Website: http://www.eastwestsales.com/event-info.html

In the valley….

At Cella Gallery, 11:11 The Creative Collective presents “Refuse to Destroy” featuring artwork Made from Found Materials.

FuncWU Mar30 CellaGallerytional Art Pieces by:DarcyDoll Art, Deborah Lovett, Jennifer Korsen, Jesus Galvez, Jose Castillo, Penny Richards, Ralski, Sarah Stone, Terra by Terri, Von Munoz.

Be aware there is a $5 Suggested Donation Entry; Drinks Courtesy of Golden Road Brewin.

For more info about the event see FB Event Pagehttp://www.1111acc.org/
On view: March 30th – April 5th
What: Opening reception
Where: Cella Gallery, 11135 Weddington St. #112  North Hollywood, CA 91601
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: (213) 291-7908
Website: http://www.cellagallery.com

WU Mar30 FabienCastanierGallery MistHere’s another one in the valley for you….. Fabien Castanier Gallery holds an opening for BETWEEN THE LINES, a group exhibition featuring new work by Alex Kizu (a.ka. Defer), Smash137 and Mist.

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Basel, Switzerland and Montpellier, France, respectively, these artists will exhibit work that reflects the continuing evolution of graffiti artists around the world. Each finds inspiration in the letter-form, transforming their individual typographical mastery into complex work that bridges their graffiti roots with contemporary abstraction.

On view: March 30th – April 28th

What: Opening reception
Where: Fabien Castanier Gallery 12196 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, California 91316
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 818 748 6014
Website: http://castaniergallery.com