Today and tomorrow….all day the Beverly Hills artSHOW takes place. See their website for details.  

In Santa Monica…Bergamot Station located at 2525 Michigan Ave, enjoy several art parties tonight featuring some wonderful exhibitions…

ScSat May18 Schomburg Tony Osio SanGimignanohomburg Gallery holds an opening reception for “Common Ground Landscapes: La Ballona Wetlands and San Gimignano” featuring the work of Tony Osio.

The series of landscapes, inspired by two completely different environments, are site specific.  The Tuscan works evolved from a period of time spent in the shadow of San Gimignano, a UNESCO protected medieval town surrounded by rolling hills dotted with lush vineyards and romantic villas.  The other series has as its subject the La Ballona Wetlands, the last remaining coastal wetland in Southern California.

On view: May 18th – June 15th

What: Opening reception
Where: Schomburg Gallery, E-3A Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: (310) 453-5757

GSat 5.18 GalleryLuisottiallery Luisotti holds an opening reception for its newest exhibition, “Mark Ruwedel: Neighbors, Records, etc.”

As in his earlier work, the artist continues to explore the figurative ground fixated between cities and their outskirts in photographs that quietly evoke progress as a cycle of repeated events: things made to be lost, kept for a while and soon to be forgotten.

On view: May 18th – July 6th.

What: Opening reception
Where: Gallery Luisotti Bergamot Station (A2), 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00pm

Stop into Richard Heller Gallery (B-5A) as well.

WU Sat 5.18 Berg LoisLambert NickTaggartLois Lambert Gallery offers an opening reception for  two exhibitions tonight. 

In “Works on Paper 1989-2013”, Nick Taggart explores organic forms and their manifestations in everyday life through black and white graphite drawings, acrylic and watercolor paintings.

On view: May 18th – July 7th

What: Opening reception
Where: Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, E-3, 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

One more at Bergamot…

ADC Contemporary presents MOHAMED ABOU EL NAGA – Solo exhibition.

“TheSat 5.18 ADCcontemp MohamedAbouElNaga Warrior” Mohamed Abou El Naga reflects on the issue of being a warrior in contemporary times through images that have being taken from archives, films, objects, personalexperience as well appropriated historical characters.

Curated by Marisa Caichiolo, the exhibition is organized in a partnership with MOJO GALLERY,DUBAI and sponsored by QATAR FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL. The exhibition is produced by Peter Todorovic.

On view: May 18th – July 17th

What: Opening Reception

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

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Bleicher Golightly offers an opening reception for “Circle Logic.” For this exhibition, artists are invited to interpret the dimensions of a circle and how they convey the interconnections within our lives and environments.

Circles conjure up many ideas including events “coming full circle,” or “The Circle of Life.”

Artists include: Airom, Ann McCoy, Charity Burnett, Lavialle Campbell, Fausto Fernandez, Alison Foshee (see image), Gina Stepaniuk, Jim Holyoak, Simone Gad, Susan Joseph, Kimberly Zsebe, Mery Lynn McCorkle, Melissa Meier, Linda Parnell, Anita Ray, Nick Veasey, and Sharon Weiner.

On view: May 18th – June 5th

What: Opening Reception
Where: Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, Ca 90401
When: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Phone: 310.451.9983

WU Sat 5.18 HellWalk3InviteOne more for you in Santa Monica…..

Support a great cause Project Angel Food at Sonny McLean’s on Wilshire…Josh Tate holds an annual Hell Raiser sports event to raise funds for a new charity each year.

Tonight marks the pre-event and fundraiser for the event, so come on out and support the cause….eat, drink and be merry. Next Saturday is the big event…Josh Tate will compete against Nic Baisley (walking for Kidflicks) as both circle a 100-foot track until one of them taps out. Hell Walk 3 will take place at the home of Hell Walk 1: the Dirt Cheap Soundstage (3019 Olympic Stage B, Santa Monica, CA).

The charity this year is Project Angel Food — a charity that has been delivering free meals to terminally ill folks in Los Angeles who can no longer leave their homes. They have been operating on a staff of just volunteers (chefs and drivers) for over 20 years and have delivered over 8 million meals.

Enjoy a live auction featuring merchandises such as:

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A Star Trek Into Darkness poster signed by J.J. Abrams
A Sta
r Trek II: Wrath of Khan poster signed by Leonard Nimoy
An Animal House poster signed by John Landis
A Swingers poster signed by Jon Favreau
A Long Ranger poster signed by Gore Verbinski
DVD Box sets of Lost, Felicity, Alias and Fringe
All of the Bad Robot movies

See the Hell Walk 3 FB Page 

What: Benefit
When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Sonny McLean’s Irish Pub, 2615 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

In Venice, It’s the second night of he Earth Project event/“Respect your Momma” Show, taking place at 1320 Main St., (all weekend event) starting at 7pm.    FB Event Page

And one more….Isabelle Alford-Lago and Pierre Auroux show new works tonight from 7-10pm at 1317 Innes Place in Venice. RSVP Here.

Culver City has lots going on…

Sat 5.18 DavidKordanskyDavid Kordansky Gallery celebrates the work by John Wesley. The exhibition features Objects and Paintings. his is the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery.

See image: John Wesley, Bird Lovers, 1973, acrylic on helmet, 14 x 10 x 10 inches (35.6 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm) © Courtesy of the Artist and David Kordansky Gallery.

See image: Harry Gamboa Jr., “Chicano Male Unbonded: Salomon Huerta, Artist”, 2008, gelatin silver print, ed. 3/6, 14″ x 11

On view: May 18 – July 6

What: Opening Reception,
Where: David Kordansky Gallery, 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90016
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-558-3030

Here are several more openings running from 6-8 pm…..Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, (2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.).  Mihai Nicodim Gallery, 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd, Unit B, Entrance on Blackwelder.

KSat 5.18 KopindelRio Artifexoplin Del Rio hosts an artist reception for “Artifex” featuring Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Harry Gamboa Jr., Shizu Saldamando and John Valadez.

Five Latino artists that come from different generations, geographic conditions and cultural influences, but all with one thing in common; a commitment to artistically explore cultural artifacts that signify identity.

On view: May 18th – June 29th

What:  Opening reception
Where: Koplin Del Rio, 6031 Washington Blvd.
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310 559 6300

CSat 5.18 CoreyHelford Hushorey Helford Gallery presents “Unseen,” an exhibition of new paintings by international street artist HUSH, his first solo exhibition with the gallery.

On view: May 18 – June 15

What: Opening reception
Where: Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., and CHG Circa, 8530 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 7:00 pm ‑10:00 pm
Phone: 310 287-2340

Then right next door, Corey Helford’s newest gallery…Circa presents Michael Mararian’s “Recent Projects.”

With a continued focus on combining pathos, humor, shock value and the absurd, this show brings new areas of exploration in both technique and attitude.

MosSat 5.18 CoreyCirca Mararian Your childs worldt of the work being shown is in full color (a first forthe artist) as well as using found vintage books, magazines and ephemera as a re-purposed canvas in a majority of the new work.

His phobia series from 2008 has been revisited in full color and shows a glimpse into the beginnings of some upcoming series such as “Over Stimu-lie”, “Horrible Gifts for Children” and a contemporary re-imagining of Edward Gorey’s “The Ghastlycrumb Tinies.”

See image: Michael Mararian, Your Child’s World,  2013, Acrylic on Found book
On view: May 18th – June 8th

What: Opening Reception
Where: CHG Circa, 8530-A Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 323-363-9338

Or in West Hollywood…Louis Stern Fine Arts, 9002 Melrose Avenue hosts an opening from 5-8pm. M+B, 612 N. Almont Dr., offers a recption from 6-8 pm.  Then continue on to Hollywood to the AndrewShire Gallery, 3850 Wilshire Blvd. #107, for another opening from 6-8 pm.  Another art party from 6-8 takes place at Regen Projects 6750 Santa Monica Blvd.

Sat 5.18 ForYourArt JohnBaldessariForYourArt is pleased to host an exhibition presented by Mixografia entitled “John Baldessari: Crowds,” featuring new work by artist John Baldessari.

The exhibition will also spotlight a selection of works from the 20 year collaboration between the artist and the printmaking studio.

On view: May 18th – June 16th

What: Opening reception
Where: ForYourArt, 6020 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Also in the Miracle Mile area…Launch LA – La Brea, (170 S. La Brea Ave., 2nd Floor) holds an opening from 6-8pm.   And just downstairs, starting a bit later from 8-11 pm pop into one of my favorite galleries, Merry Karnowsky for an artist reception.

In Downtown LA…

CWU Sat 5.18 Coagula Seanceoagula Curatorial holds openings for two new exhibitions. SÉANCE & THE NEW TESTOSTERONE….both group shows.
SÉANCE includes: Matthew Carter, Sue De Beer, Elizabeth DiGiovanni, Roni Feldman, Sean C. Flaherty, Francesca Gabbiani, Glenn Kaino, James L. Marshall, Laurence McNamara, Kathleen Melian, Christy Roberts, Center for Tactical Magic
THE NEW TESTOSTERONE will showcase three artists, Nikolai Molecules, George Joaquim, Samvel Saghatelian.

What: Opening reception
Where: Coagula Curatorial, 977 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: 7:30 pm
Phone: 213-620-1569

Also downtown….Night Gallery, 2276 East 16th St., LA 90021 hosts a reception from 9-12am.

How bout keeping the night going with a music and art party?

BuSat May18 BurnLArn LA presents….”ENCASED IN SUNSHINE” the beginning of an annual day festival in the celebration of ART, MUSIC, PERFORMANCES and the culture that it brings together right here in L.A. 

The event offers Art, Vendors, 3 stages with 20 + performances, Sounds by: An-Ten-Nae, DJ Kramer (Distrikt), Patricio, Brad Moontribe, Blackass RingLeader and more.

Pre-sale: $25;  At the door: $30  TIckets on Sale

21+ ages only

What: Art Party
Where: 333 S. Boylston St., LA,
When: 3:00 pm – 3:00 am
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