Lots going on tonight….despite the holiday weekend. The events below are listed by time….there are several early events downtown today, so we’ll be starting there then heading west.

Plus Topanga Days starts today….See our special Monday Memorial Day Page for the full details. It takes place each day from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm at the  Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290, halfway between the Ventura Blvd and the PCH. http://www.topangadays.com/

Out side of LA….In its third day, Do LaB’s LigMay24-LightinginaBottlehtning in a Bottle music, arts and camp-out festival, should be hoppin right about now…Taking place from May 21 – 25, 2015, the event celebrates its 10-year anniversary by featuring international favorites Flume, SBTRKT, Tycho, RL Grime, AlunaGeorge, Odesza, Panda Bear, and Goldroom.

A talented corp of house musicians is highlighted by Germany’s Ame, emerging Australian DJ Thomas Jack, UK legend John Digweed, Shiba San and Bakermat and many more. Bass enthusiasts will be pleased to see GRiZ, The Opiuo Band, Zion I and KOAN Sound on the roster. Indie favorites Made In Heights, Polica, Active Child, Les Sins (side project of Toro y Moi) and SOHN will also take the stage, while festival mainstays like Lucent Dossier Experience, Random Rab, and The Human Experience return for Lightning in a Bottle 2015.

The 5-day camping festival will take place 25 minutes north of Paso Robles on California’s central coast at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA over Memorial Day Weekend (May 21 – 25, 2015).

Tickets are on sale now at Lightning in a Bottle’s website. Full weekend passes start at $260.

For more info about Lightning in a Bottle, visit the website. For additional info about DO LAB, click here.


Head downown to Santa Fe for several events….

RSat-May23-RosamundFelsen-CK-Wilde.jpbosamund Felsen celebrates the art of C.K. Wilde. Well known for his collages and handmade books, C.K. Wilde enjoys his 3rd exhibition at the gallery’s new Downtown Los Angeles location.

See image: C.K. Wilde, Temper announcement image. 2015. Courtesy of Rosamund Felsen Gallery. Photo: Grant Mudford

On view: May 23 – June 20, 2015

What: Opening reception
Where: Rosamund Felsen Gallery 1923 S Santa Fe #100, LA CA 90021
When: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-8488
Website: www.rosamundfelsen.com


Also on Santa Fe,

Artists from the Santa Fe Art Colony will open their studios to the public today (May 23) & tomorrow (May 24) for its 26th consecutive Annual Open Studios Event.  

A weeSat-May23-SunMay24-SFACkend of programming will start Saturday from 2-9pm and Sunday from 12-6pm of over forty-five artists, with refreshments available in the courtyard, art exhibition benefiting LA Waterkeeper Saturday evening, film screenings, and artist workshop events throughout the weekend.

The Santa Fe Art Colony is a live / work studio complex in downtown Los Angeles whose residents are professional artists making, teaching and promoting art in the region and the world.

The annual open studios have been run by residents of the art colony since 1988. Each year it welcomes over 2000 visitors. The original brick portion of the Santa Fe Art Colony was built in 1906 by entrepreneur C.B. Van Vorst, and was used as a mattress factory until the 1940’s. In 1988 the complex was renovated and developed into artists’ lofts by a group of partners.

What: Santa Fe Art Colony Open Studios
Where: Santa Fe Art Colony, 2421 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90058
When: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: (323) 587-6381
Website: http://www.santafeartcolony.org/


In the same complex… enjoy an all women exhibition in Studio C Gallery just next door. “Water-Line: Inspiration for Change” is the 3rd Annual All Women Artist Group Exhibition 2015 and is part of the 26th Annual SFAC Open Studios Event. Studio C will be open to the public today (in conjunction with the open studio tour) but will also host a reception tonight from 6-9 pm. Studio C will also be open tomorrow Sunday May 24 (noon to 4pm).

Sat-May23-Waterline-SantaFe“Water-Line: Inspiration for Change” emphasizes the theme of women and water. The connection between women and water has remained an inspiration throughout time, in Art and Literature. This particular connectivity is shown through each artist’s personal contemplation on water, from environmental influence and change, to the sublime qualities that raise these questions. It is the intention of this exhibition to explore the feminine interpretation of water through a wide range of media and style.

Studio C Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting the work of women artists. For more information and a full list of Studio C Gallery’s participating artists, directions and other details can be found on the web at www.StudioCGalleryLA.com

Los Angeles Waterkeeper is a special sponsor of the “Water-Line” Exhibition. LA WaterKeeper was founded in 1993. It’s mission is to protect, restore, and conserve The Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, LA River and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork and community action. www.LAWaterkeeper.org

On view: May 23 – June 13

What: Opening recption
Where: Studio C Gallery, 2349 So. Santa Fe Ave. Studio C, Los Angeles, CA 90058
When: 6:00 pm  – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323 363-2188
Website: www.StudioCGalleryLA.com


Also downtown…

Harmony Murphy Sat-May23-Harmony-Murphy-Image MahinayGallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Erica Mahinay and Kathryn O’Halloran titled “Saline Communion.”

See image: Erica Mahinay, Shape Shifting (Wash), 2015, Oil on canvas and treated fabrics, 72″ x 52″ © Erica Mahinay

For both artists, Saline Communion reflects their relationship as friends, collaborators, and confidants.The ideas in the work reflect an ongoing dialogue between the artists – a dialogue that values freedom and generosity. Each of their independent practices benefits from this reciprocity. Mahinay and O’Halloran reject idea of the artist as “lone genius” and embrace open exchange, investigating as a team of explorers.

On view: May 20 – June 27

What: Opening reception 
Where: Harmony Murphy Gallery, 679 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA 90021
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: (646)286-5647
Website: http://harmonymurphygallery.com


Also in the Downtown area…there are more art events taking place from 7-11pm on Chung King Road in the Chinatown area at Coagula Curatorial, The Good Luck Gallery and Red Pipe Gallery


In Miracle Mile area…

Craft & Folk Art Museum hosts an opening reception for three exhibitions. “Art and Other Tactics: Contemporary Craft by Artist Veterans” features Jenn Hassin, Jesse Albrecht, Thomas Orr, Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Thomas Dang, and Ehren Tool, among others.

Sat-May23-CAFAM-PhyllisGreen-FALLThis comprehensive exhibition features artist veterans whose studio practice has been shaped by their military experience.

See image: Phyllis Green

Los Angeles-based sculptor Phyllis Green’s towering self-portrait reinterprets Charles Ray’s iconic sculpture Fall ’91 by refashioning Ray’s intimidating career woman as a figure guided by the ancient Vedic principles of knowledge, service, meditation, and devotion.

Los Angeles-based shoemaker and designer Chris Francis combines global shoemaking traditions with references to high fashion, 20th century art movements, and punk rock. His hand-constructed, one-of-a-kind shoes are equal parts contemporary art object, wearable shoe, and narrative device. Francis will relocate his shop to the museum during the course of the exhibition, working and demonstrating the methods he utilizes to design and craft his shoes.

Members can enjoy a preview from 12:00pm – 6:00pm.

$12.00 admission/Free for members

What: Opening Reception
When: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Where: Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd. LA, 90020
Phone: 323.937.4230
Website: www.cafam.org


Nearby…Richard Telles Fine Art (7380 Beverly Blvd., LA 90036), debuts a new exhibition from 6-8pm. http://www.tellesfineart.com


Stop off in Hollywood…

Los Angeles Art AssociationSat-May23-LAAA(LAAA) hosts a reception to celebrate the return of VS to Gallery 825.

Now, in its third iteration, VS is a special all-media group exhibition that offers emerging artists an opportunity to create original collaborative works of art with another randomly selected artist.

On view: May 23 – June 5

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


Head South on La Cienega to Culver City, there are several openings here…

Sat-May23-MaloneyFineArt-TravisCollinson-Monica MM PrintKnobby Knees” opens at Maloney Fine Art. This is Travis Collinson’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

See image: Travis Collinson, Monica, 2014-15, Acrylic on Linen, 60 x 38 inches

Featuring paintings and drawings, this new body of work is a series of portraits using family, friends and colleagues painted with a signature style of simplified form and pure color.

The exhibit provides insight into the intimacy shared between the artist and his subject. Collinson started as an illustrator/cartoonist, creating comic book narratives within the frame.

On view: May 23 – July 3

What: Opening reception
Where: Maloney Fine Arts, 2680 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.570.6420
Website: www.maloneyfineart.com


Just around the corner on Washington…

Thinkspace is pleased to present “Beautiful Noise,”” the gallery’s fourth solo exhibition for Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno.

A self-taught painter, Ueno has been creScreen shot 2015-05-20 at 11.45.03 PMating fantastic worlds and characters as long as he can remember. An intensely emotive painter who, by his own admission, allows his cathartic approach to dictate the development of his works as they’re made, Ueno’s take on pop surrealism is at times explosive and at others meditative, but is consistently seeking the reconciliation of darkness and whimsy.

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room are new works by Ariel DeAndrea in “Chasing the Current.”  By focusing on the recurring symbol of the origami paper crane, a talismanic object she reiterates in several aquatic contexts, the artist emphasizes the power and beauty of its unassuming simplicity.

On view: May 23 – June 13

What: Opening reception
Where: Thinkspace, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Website: http://thinkspacegallery.com/


Head West on Washington….

Corey Helford Gallery offers an opening reception for a group show titled, “Product Displacement.”

ThSat-May23-CoreyHelford-PRODUCT-DISPLACEMENT-02e exhibition will explore the invasion of media and the arts by advertising and features work by 22 of the top artists in the New Contemporary scene.

Participating artists include: Shag (Josh Agle), Van Arno, Andrew Brandou, Bumblebeelovesyou X Mikael Brandrup, Luke Chueh, Brian Donnelly, Ron English, Natalia Fabia, Ben Frost, Greg Gossel, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Travis Lampe, Michael Mararian, Brandi Milne, Buff Monster, Yoh Nagao, Nouar, Richard J. Oliver, Carlos Ramos and Redd Walitzki.

On view: May 23 – June 11

What: Opening reception
Where: CHG Circa, 8530 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 7:00 pm ‑ 10:00 pm
Phone: 310 287-2340
Website: http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com/


Or in Venice…(this one starts at 4pm)

The Durón Gallery at SPARC will present “New CodexSat-May23-SPARC-Self Portrait of a Migrant 2014 by Enrique Gijon: Oaxaca – Immigration and Cultural Memory.”

See image: Erique Gijon, Self Portrait of Migrant, 2014

A touring exhibit curated by Marietta Bernstorff, illuminates the contemporary visual discourse of Oaxaca and explores the impact of immigration to the United States.

This exhibit is currently on display at the Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City though the end of April 2015. The opening exhibition at SPARC will also include a mural painting by La Piztola Collective, a contemporary mural collective from Oaxaca.

On view: May 23 – August 28

What: Opening reception

Where: SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
When: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Website: http://sparcinla.org/


In Santa Monica…

Christopher Grimes Gallery presents “Objects on the New Landscape Demanding of the Eye (part 2).” The solo exhibition will feature new works by Julião Sarmento.

Sat-May23-ChristopherGrimes-jSarmentoSee image: Julião Sarmento, Phecda, 2014, polyvinyl acetate, pigment, acrylic gesso, water-based enamel, india ink and graphite on linen canvas; 39-3/8 x 31-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches; 100 x 80 4 cm

Throughout his career Julião Sarmento has developed a multi-media visual language incorporating cultural narratives from literature, philosophy, architecture, music and cinema. For this, his third exhibition with the gallery, Sarmento first pays tribute to the city of Los Angeles by titling the exhibition after the inaugural show at Ferus Gallery.

On view: May 23 – July 3

What: Opening
Where: Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Ave.,Santa Monica, CA 90401
When: 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.587.3373
Website: http://www.cgrimes.com