Start early….on the outskirts of Silverlake…

The Gabba Gallery hosts it’s 2nd recption for “Zodiac,” an exhibition inviting the viewer to experience a myriad of interpretations of an age old driving force.

Arriving in the 2nd millennia BC, astrology isSat-May16-GABBA-Zodiac, arguably, part of the human collective unconscious. The group show is curated by Jason Ostro and Phil Santos

Artist Kate Kelton joins the exhibition. The artists included in Zodiac were hand-picked by curators Ostro and Santos to explore and share their unique visions of this ancient, deep-rooted and sometimes controversial subject of astrology and the zodiac, and are as follows: Amy Smith, Andrea Lahue, Benedigital, Bleep Bloop, Cody Bayne, Daisuke Okamoto, Daryll Peirce, Espana Garcia, Frank Forte, Gabe Larson, Gianni Arone, Jeremiah Allen Welch, Jessica Ward, Jinx, Joey Rotten, Keith Dugas, Kristi Bockrath, Laurene Alvarado, Mary Ancilla Martinez, Mary Hanson, Michele Waterman, Mike Bell, Mike Christy, Moncho1929, Monty Montgomery, Paul Hogue, Michael Pukac, Rene Gagnon, Scott Holloway, Septerhed, Toshee, Vakseen, Valerie Pobjoy, William Zdan.

DJ Sharper Image will be spinning tunes. The event is sponsored by 7/11, Hubert’s and Perrier.

On view: May 2 – May 23

What: Opening reception
Where: The Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd. 90057
When: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Phone: 310-498-2697

Website: www.thegabbagallery.com

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In Venice…

Join Venice Arts in a community celebration and reception for our annual Student Culminating Exhibition.

ThSat-May16-VeniceArtse exhibition—a finale to a year of hard work by students, teaching artists, and mentors —showcases the best of the students’ films, photographs, animations, comics, and mixed- and multi-media pieces from the 2014–15 academic-year workshops.

A special screening of students’ films and animations and a brief program will take place at 1:15pm on the big screen. A potluck reception with food and beverages for families, students, mentors, and show attendees will also take place during the exhibition.

What: Opening reception
Where: Venice Arts Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
When: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Screening at 1:15 pm
Phone: 310-392-0846
Website: www.venicearts.org

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Or…

Celebrate the best of Venice Beach at Tour de VeSat-May16-tourdeVenicenice! Hosted by Hotel Erwin from 1-4 p.m., this fun community event will feature pop-up boutiques from favorite Venice Beach artisans and retailers, including LF Stores, Venice Woods, Harlot Salon and more.

With activities throughout the hotel, there will be plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle, shop and explore, as well as taste some of Barlo’s best drinks and menu items.

Go for VIP, which includes access to High Rooftop Lounge, hosted beer and snacks from Chef Adam Steudle. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Venice Community Housing Corp.

Admission: $10 OR $50 VIP Admission (Includes access to High Rooftop Lounge, hosted Venice Duck beer and snacks)j. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE!

What: Fundraiser
When: Saturday, May 16 1-4 p.m.
Where: Hotel Erwin, 1697 Pacific Ave. Venice Beach, CA 90291
Info: Eventbrite

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One more Venice event…

The G2 Gallery celebrates our furry friends today with its 7th annual Pet adoption! Stop in and save a life. You could meet your new best friend at The G2 Gallery!

TSat-May16-G2-petadoptionhe Serendoggity hot dog truck will be parked outside and we will be taking photos of you and your pet, raffling off great prizes from participating local pet stores and offering special discounts in our G2 Gift Shop.

Participating Shelters: Angel City Pit Bulls, Best Friends LA Partner Shelters, Animal Wellness Center, and Kitten Rescue

Participating Vendors: Serendoggity Hot Dogs, Bruno’s, The Peaceable Pup, Dogtown Dog Training, Centinela Feed and Pet Supplies, Trixie’s Pet Depot, Healthy Spot, and Found Animals.

Photography by Eric Joseph, Freestyle Photographic Supplies

What: Opening reception
Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice,90291
When: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Phone: 310 452-2842
Website: http://www.theg2gallery.com

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At Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave), there are several events starting with an art talk at Leslie Sacks (B6) at 3 pm. http://www.lscontemporary.com/  You must RSVP @ info@lscontemporary.com

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Andrew Weiss Gallery hosts an openinSat-May16-AndrewWeiss-TylerShieldsg reception for “Historical Fiction,” featuring the art of Tyler Shields.

See image: Tyler Shields, Girl Running from Plane, 2014, chromogenic, 45 x 60 inches

Tyler Shields is an American photographer known for his provocative and sometimes controversial work. Shields was born in 1982 in Jacksonville, Florida.

YOU MUST RSVP for this EVENT – RSVP to art@trentpr.com

On view: May 16 – June 27

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
Phone: 310-246-9333
Website: http://www.andrewweissgallery.com/

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Lois Lambert Gallery debuts three new exhibitions. Gonzalez’s hyper-realistic and symbolic paintings reflect modern day Cuba trapped in transparent vessels.

SSat-May13-LoisLambert-AlanManuelGonzalez postcardee image: Alan Manuel González, Everything Has Its Time. Ecclesiastes 3, 2015, Mixed media and acrylic on canvas, 55.5″ x 75″

Darwin Estacio Martinez explores the fragments and figures that compose a universally understood visual language. By doing this he captures the fluid nature of identification transcending national identity.

In this group of paintings NOA explores the dynamics and characters of his hometown Havana, Cuba. With his own surrealistic language he captures the lyricism he finds on his long walks around the city.

On view: May 16 – July 12

What: Opening reception
Wher
e: Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, E-3, 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310 829-6990
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Website: http://www.loislambertgallery.com


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Building Bridges Art Exchange offers a reception starting at 6:30 pm. http://www.buildingbridgesartexchange.org

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bG Gallery (G8A) hosts a musical event in conjunction with its current exhibition “Nude.” Live acoustic set of the concept album Humbled by the King of Porn, featuring true stories from the porn industry. The event runs from  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm http://www.bGartGalleries.com

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Hamilton Galleries (1431 Ocean Ave., SM 90401), hosts a reception from 6-9pm. http://www.hamiltongalleries.com

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In Santa Monica…Project Gallery (1625 17th St. Suite 2A, SM 90404) hosts a reception from 7-10pm. http://www.projectgallery.com

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Garboushian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition featuring four contemporary artists of Armenian decent, entitled “1915.”

2015 is the centennial of the ArmeniSat-May16-Garboushianan Genocide. Throughout this year, Armenians all over the world are commemorating the loss of their ancestors. One hundred years ago, the destiny of all Armenians was forever changed. Since then, the identity of Armenians has evolved into something new, and through the contemporary lens of these four artists, we are better able to see that evolution.

Sev Black, Kaloust Guedel, Alina Mnatsakanian and Samvel Saghatelian have been brought together by their shared heritage and creative minds. Touching on themes of identity, borders, and societal critique, these four artists are brought together in the exhibition “1915” to express the contemporary vantage point of their heritage as artists.

To RSVP for the opening reception, contact lori@garboushian.com

On view: May 16 – June 12

What: Opening reception
Where: 427 North Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.854.0540
Website:
http://www.garboushian.com/
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New Image Art Gallery (7920 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 90046) throws an art party from 7-10pm. http://www.newimageartgallery.com/

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In Culver City…

Heart N Soul Gallery is hosting a group show, “Spring: New Beginnings” to benefit the Aurelia Foundation, which provides “new beginnings” for adults with special needs.

Sat-May16-Heartn-Soul-charityGallerist Michael D. Fazio explains, “When my daughter, Tiana, turned 18, there were very few programs that provided assistance to adults with autism. Aurelia Foundation was founded to provide funding and support for programs such as “Step by Step/Creative Steps” which serves adults with moderate to severe disabilities by providing a safe, caring, stimulating and enriching environment that nurtures ongoing growth, to help individuals achieve their full potential as contributing, valued members of our community.

The artists who have agreed to participate include: Mark Ryden, Shepard Fairey, Marion Peck, James Jean, Sas and Colin Christian, Eelus, Scott Musgrove, Nate Frizzell, Chet Zar, Ray Caesar, The Clayton Bros., Futura 2000, Martin Wittfooth, AJ Kosik, Naoto Hattori, Dave Kinsey, Lola, and Kathie Olivas, to name a few. “We will also have a section of the gallery set aside for works from some of these amazing young adults, including my daughter, Tiana,” explained Fazio.

The Aurelia Foundation will be on hand on the night of the show and will be accepting direct donations. Heart N Soul has donated several works of art to be raffled off as well.

Refreshments will be provided (beer, wine and appetizers), as well as homemade desserts.

On view: May 16 – June 20

What: Opening reception
Where: Heart n’ Soul, 6101 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Website: http://heartnsoulgallery.com/

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Then head to La Cienega…

Bustamante Gill Gallery celebrates the art of Nami ItoSat-May16-Bustamante-sorairo, a Japanese artist that focuses on “Nihonga” a unique yet traditional Japanese painting style. The process to create such beautiful paintings is very organic and sure to capture the interest of many.

The solo exhibition titled “Sorairo” will feature Nihonga (Japanese painting) which incorporates the use of unique materials, such as an adhesive ‘nikawa’, Japanese chalk ‘gofun’, powder mineral pigments ‘iwa enogu’, natural pigments, Japanese ink ‘sumi’, and gold and silver leaf.

Ito uses various tools and techniques influenced by ancient tradition to create works of enduring beauty.

What: Opening reception
Where: Bustamante Gill Gallery, 2675 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Phone: 310 592.9095
Website: www.bustamantegill.com

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One more….steps away…

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles presents Hugo Crosthwaite’s Tijuana Radiant Shine and Shattered Mural.

HugoSat-May16-LuisdeJesus-Hugo-Crosthwaite Crosthwaite is the Grand Prize recipient of the XI Bienal Monterrey FEMSA, currently on view at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso Museum in Mexico City.

A large-scale wall drawing installation is also included in the exhibition “The House on Mango Street”, being presented at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

On view: May 16 – June 20

What: Reception
Where: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-838-6000
Website: http://www.luisdejesus.com/

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Also on La Cienega…Bruce Lurie Gallery (2736 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034) throws an art party from 6-10pm. http://www.luriegallery.com/

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In Miracle Mile…

The Loft at Liz’s hosts an opening receptSat-May16-LoftatLiz-Palate-to-Paletteion for “Palate to Palette.”

The group exhibition will feature Gary Brewer, Francine LeCoultre, Carlo Marcucci, Raksha Parekh, Catherine Ruane, Zach Touchon, and Ttozoi.

On view: May 16 – June 22

What: Opening reception
Where: The Loft at Liz’s, 453 S. La Brea Ave, above Liz’s Antique Hardware, 90036
When: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Phone: (323) 939-4403
Website: http://www.theloftatlizs.com/

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In East Hollywood…

Sat-May16-TheLodge-Rocky-Mountain-RoseThe LODGE presents “Behind the Screen,” the Los Angeles debut solo exhibition for acclaimed Australian artist David McKay.

Inspired by the idea that so much of our lives is consumed through a screen, and what we see is behind a piece of glass, McKay’s works are collection of vivid, colorful painted landscapes.

They are rendered on clear plexiglass in an application of loose impressionistic brushstrokes that amplify the contrast to the perfection of the digitally transmitted image behind the screen.

What: Opening reception
Where: The LODGE, 1024 N. Western Ave., LA  90029
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323 610 2022
Website: http://www.thelodge.la/

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Untitled Project Space (707 Mateo St., LA 90021) hosts an opening from 7-10pm. http://www.untitledprojectspace.com/

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In Downtown LA…

Wilding Cran Gallery debuts “Not An Exit,” a solo exhibiSat-May16-2015-Wildingcran-AustinIrvingtion by Los Angeles based photographer Austin Irving. This exhibition marks Irving’s first show at the gallery.

“Not An Exit” is a collection of large format photographs that Irving has been compiling since 2007. The subjects for the series are doorways and hallways, liminal spaces intended for movement that somehow appear impenetrable. Maze-like optical illusions occur when the linear elements align to simultaneously flatten and expand the two dimensional picture-plane. As Irving explains, “We are going somewhere and yet – there seems to be no way out.”

On view in Unit B, enjoy a group show titled “DISCONNECTION.” Curated by Justin Tyler Close of Lab Magazine, featuring the work of Amanda Charchian in collaboration Eli Craven, Eliot Lee Hazel, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Nouel Riel, Logan White and Darian Zahedi.

On view: May 16 – June 27

What: Art Party
Where: Wilding Cran Gallery, 939 South Santa Fe Ave. LA 90021
When: 6-9pm
Website: http://wildingcran.com/

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Also Downtown….

Body Fine Art LA 2015 hosts its annual body painting and photography competitions in Los Angeles.

BoSat-May16-BF- LA2015-Flyerdy Fine Art LA 2015 will feature 20 world-class body painters and 10 photographers, dance and performance art, live music, DJ sets by local DJ’s including KCRW’s Jason Bentley and more!  Body & face painting will be available for our audience, the whole family is welcomed.

The event will be held at The Springs, a multi-faceted urban oasis cultivating art, health, wellness, sustainability and community.

Admission:
Early bird tickets – $15 (through April 15, 2015)
Event Ticket – $20.00
Door tickets – $25.00

What: Body Fine Art LA 2015 hosts
Where: The Springs, 608 Mateo St., LA 90021
When: 7:00 pm – 2:00 am
Website: http://thespringsla.com/   http://bodyfineart.com/