May 1st JTAGTake time to relax and spend the weekend at Joshua Tree this weekend…JTag’s next exhibition May Day happens tonight from 6:00 pm untill 8:30 pm.

JTAG exhibition features the work of artists: David Burnham, Kim Chasen, Stephen Delaney, Karen Florek, Frederick Fulmer, Marcia Geiger, David Mackenize, Deborah Martin, Naomi Parker, Drew Reese, Coco Hall, Suzanne Ross, & Tobi Toboada. New artists include: Judy Wold, Uli Boege, & Jack Slomovits.

Enjoy one more chance to take advantage of the serenity of a weekend in Joshua Tree surrounded by art, nature, and more.

This exhibition is curated by Kimberly Bower and Frederick Fulmer.

lowres JTAG RENTALsIf you would like to spend the weekend in Joshua Tree and are interested in finding out where to stay, JTAG can offer some great suggestions as well as the Johsua Tree Highlands Houses.

Feel free to contact the gallery,

What: May Day Opening reception, JTAG
Where: Joshua Tree Art Gallery, 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92552
When: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Phone: 760 366 3636

Or stay in LA and head to the 2nd day of the The Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo at the Santa Monica Civic Center feature over 150 exhibitors covering green building and design materials; energy efficiency techniques and technologies; alternative energy; water conservation and management; environmental plumbing; municipal and state agencies; and non-profit organizations.

Te1328659877oday’s show is geared more for the public. This year, the Expo also features a curated section of artisan materials and manufacturers.  Admission is free.

What: The Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo
Where: Santa Monica Civic Center, 1855 Main St. SM
When: 10:00am – 5: 00 pm
Phone: 310-390-2930

FIXEDvenicespringfling poster 2012Spring Fling takes place today in Venice Beach.

Music Art and more. Bands include Delta Nove, Street Smart, Venice Street Legends and of course Michael Jost, producer and musician.

See website for more info.

What: Venice Spring Fling
Where: Windward Plaza Park, 1 Windward Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
(between the boardwalk and the bike trail)
When: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm


If you missed the opening for Muck This House, there’s going to be a cl4.26 LABArt JulesMuckThisHouse-Flyerosing reception tonight. FREE admission.

OPEN BAR and appearance by MUCK herself. 

What: Closing reception, Muck This House, LAB Art Gallery

Where: LAB ART Gallery, 217 S La Brea Ave., LA

When: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


BergamotStationlogo copyAlso at Bergamot Station located at 2525 Michigan station in Santa there’s always a lot happening…

Be sure to check out Shoshana Wayne Gallery, who will be offering a new body of work by Dinh Q. Le.  This exhibition will mark Dinh’s sixth show with the gallery.

Th5.12 Shoshana Wayne Announcement Carde artist is known for his technique of weaving photographic images together; he continues in this tradition with this new series.  Le investigates two highly intelligent cultures of the past: one of ancient Sumer, the other of 12th century Cambodia.  Both cultures are remembered in his work through their remnants and ruins.

What: Opening reception, Dinh Q. Le
Where: Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, B-1, 2525 Michigan Ave,. SM 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310.453.7535

Iko5.12 Bergamot Ikon hirst pure-as-driven-snow-fn Ltd. presents artist, Damien Hirst who was born in 1965 in Bristol and grew up in Leeds. In 1984 he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college from 1986 to 1989. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995.

What: Opening Reception, Artist, Damien Hirst
Where: Ikon Ltd., Bergamot Station, Gallery G4 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Phone:  (310) 828-6629

5.12 PatrickPainter JohnMillerAnother one at Bergamot…

Patick Painter hosts an opening reception tonight featuring artist John Miller.

What: Opening reception,
Where: Patrick Painter, Bergamot Station, A8 & B2 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 264 5988

Also pop by Latin American Masters who presents an exhibition of new mixed-media works by one of Latin America’s most important living artists, Francisco Toledo (b. Mexico, 1940).

5.12 LatinAmericanMastersToledo is best known for his depictions of a reality where the world of animals and humans forms a continuous unity. An extremely versatile artist, Toledo works in varied media, including:  painting, print-making, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.

What: Opening reception, Francisco Toledo – Multiples
Where: Latin American Masters
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-829-4455

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ADC & Building Bridges International offers an opening reception for the exhibition PEOPLE: Multitude-Solitude.

Paintings by Eduardo Cetner and Francesca Bifulco and Sound installation by Alex Schetter.

What: Opening Reception, PEOPLE: Multitude-Solitude

When: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Where: ADC & BUILDING BRIDGES International Art Exchange Bergamot Station, F-2, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM 90404
Phone: 323-839-5786

More openings at Bergamot include Richard Heller (B-5A), artist reception for David O’Brien from 5-7pm as well as Lois Lambert (E-3) featuring Lucinda Luvaas from 6-9pm.

5.12 TheStudioGallery GSmall0512d“Main St. to Wall St.” is painter, sculptor, photographer and teacher George Small’s recent exploration.  This is his visual essay about the collapse of our economy.

Small has been working with mixed media on photography since his highly regarded photo essay on a veteran’s staple “Pal’s Bar” in 2002.

What: George Small “From Main St. to Wall St.”
Where: The Studio Gallery, 1612 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 5;00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 452-1599

3.3 Sona Wallspace Untitled1ToCOne more for you in Santa Monica, the Jeanie Madsen Gallery holds a closing reception for Mixed Media II, which is extended till May 23rd. Enjoy live music with London Shover.

Artists include: Cynthia Berg, Nicola Carpinelli, Helena Gullstrom, Cody Hooper, Scott Horton, Charlie Patton, Ana Maria Valdez, Jennifer Verge, and Sona Mirzaei.

See image by artist, Sona Mirzaei

What: Closing reception Mixed Media II,
Where: Jeanie Madsen Gallery 1431 Ocean Blvd., Santa Monica, 90401
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-393-7436

Or in Venice, Cave Gallery (1108 Abbot Kinney) has an opening (6-10) too;

5.10 Skotia Simon McWilliamsAlso in Culver City, Skotia Gallery presents: Shoots and Ladders featuring artist, Simon McWilliams.

On view: May 12 through June 16

What: Opening Reception, Shoots and Ladders
Where: Skotia Gallery, 6144 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00 pm to 9 pm

5.12 GeorgeBillis LanaShuttleworth GoldenLeavesThe George Billis Gallery presents two new shows with an artist reception for Lana Shuttleworth and Charlotte Smith.

On view May 12th through June 16th, 2012

What: Opening Reception, artists Lana Shuttleworth, Charlotte Smith
Where: George Billis Gallery, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90029
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 838-3685

Also in Culver City, pop by Cherry and Martin (2712 La Cienega) for a group show from 6-8pm.

Or head East to Th5.12 Loftatlizse Loft at Liz’s for tonight’s opening reception for The Four Seasons of Flora and Spice show.

The exhibition features artists, Sharon Bell, Bob Francis, Renee Fox, Mike Street, Ruth Trotter and more.

What: Opening recpeption, group show
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

5.12 HarrisRubleART AndreaWilmsenAlso in Hollywood, Harris & Ruble•ART, Hollywood’s most diversified and eclectic new gallery, is pleased to present “Otium-Negotium,” featuring works by Berlin-based artist Andrea Wilmsen.

Now this one looks interesting…it’s a law firm and an art gallery….say what?

On view: May 12 – June 24

What: Opening reception, Harris & Ruble•ART, Andrea Wilmsen
Where: Harris & Ruble•ART, 6424 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
When: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323-962-3777

5.12LAMAG exhibition promoThen you may want to head east to Atmosphere. Artistry. Altruism. Artifice. Audacity. Not your average benefit, EAT. DRINK. ART. is a three-ring circus of spontaneity, performances, video installations, and demonstrations by close to 100 artists—all adding to the enjoyment of a party in honor of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Barnsdall Park.

This is a benefit, so there is an admission charge of $25 (includes 4 drink flight)

What: EAT. DRINK. ART, Benefit
Where: Barnsdall, LAMAG, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90027
When: 7:00 pm
Phone: (323) 644-6269

Or stop by Pi Gallery, where you can enjoy an amazing mix of Auditory and Visual Media. Music, Art, Food and Drink!! Tonight Beauty Supply celebrates the release their new Album “Ex-Foliation.”

See 5.12 PiGallery SecondSkin2them perform Live at 8:30 with Special Surprise Performance at 10:00 pm. There will also be a dance performance as well as a theatrical performance.

11 Artists have created work which was inspired by a song on the Album. Artists include, Angelina Christina, Nathan Geare, Brooke Ashe, Lydia Parish and more.
Appetizers and drinks will be served.

What: CD release “Ex-Foliation” and reception
Where: Pi Gallery, 2665 West Pico Blvd., LA, 90006
When: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: (310) 463-4208

5.12 BeaconArts DeborahLambertOr in Inglewood, Beacon Arts holds an artist reception for a group show…these are always fun.

See image by Deborah Lambert

What: Opening Reception, Group show
Where: Beacon Arts Building 808 N. La Brea Ave. Inglewood, CA 90302
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 621 5416