It’s the 20th anniversary of the Venice 2013VeniceGarden andHomeTourGarden & Home Tour benefiting the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA)!  The annual event features a rare view into 30 eclectic, creative gardens and homes within blocks of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Visit properties of creative homeowners, artists’ studios, the homes and offices of architects and designers, and view gardens that vary from lush to minimalist pocket-gardens.

Architects and landscape designers live and work in Venice because the community embraces experimentation and the use of non-traditional materials. Enjoy entry into unconventional dwellings such as two homes in one structure connected by a rooftop deck and a two-story, sculpturally beautiful, staircase. Also on view will be a redesigned home where pop-out windows expand the original footprint and bring the outdoors inside. A LEED Platinum environmentally responsive home with its water conservation and drought tolerant garden will be open as well as homes that are small in size but feel spacious because of creative design solutions.  Loft living along the boulevard will be available for viewing where homeowners can go down a flight of stairs to street level cafés.

Homes and gardens by innovative architects such as Marc Bricault, Don Dimster, Isabelle Duvivier, John Frane, Dennis Gibbens, David Hertz, Michael Sant, and Steven Shortridge and landscape designers Russ Cletta, Jay Griffith, Andre Jackson and Di Zock are included. Venice has always attracted artists and the studios of David Gale, Mollie Favre, Brad Miller, and Robin Murez will be open.

ThMay4 2013 VeniceGardenandHomeToure 2013 self-guided, walking Venice Garden & Home Tour starts at the Neighborhood Youth Association, 804 Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Pleasant View.

Admission: $60 advance, $70 the day of the event. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free.

What: Venice Garden & Home Tour
Where: Pick up tickets at 1016 Pleasant View Avenue, Venice, CA 90291 (between Broadway and California, 1 block west of Lincoln Blvd)
When: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: 310-821-1857

2022 Updated: the Venice Garden & Home Tour website has been shut down


SantaBergamotStationlogo copy Monica is hopping tonight. Bergamot Station serves up some art parties….and don’t forget the Pick of the Week takes place her at the Robert Berman Gallery!

ThSat 5.4 Bergamot FrankLloyd LarryBelle Frank Lloyd Gallery presents the opening of “Larry Bell: Recent Work.” This exhibition features 22 collages from Bell’s “Small Figures” series that fuse together diverse materials.

The exhibition also includes selected examples of “Light Knots,” a series of three-dimensional kinetic sculptures. Hung from the ceiling, the nearly weightless works sway with the slightest air movement.

See image: Larry Bell, SF 6/17/12 G,  2012 , mixed media on paper , 30 x 22 inches

On view: May 4th – June 8th

What: Opening Reception
Where: Frank Lloyd Gallery, Inc., Bergamot Station (B-5b), 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310 264-3866

Sat5.4 Bergamot RosamundFelsen Mindy Alper Portrait 2013-9970 FINAL flatRosamund Felsen Gallery holds an opening reception for two new solo exhibitions featuring artists Mindy Alper and Marcia Roberts.

Mindy Alper, Rosamund Felsen Gallery’s 2013 Mindy Alper Photo credit Grant Mudford

On view: May 4th – June 1st

What: Opening reception
Where: Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Bergamot Station, (B4) 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310 828-8488

Also in Santa Monica…

Obsolete holds an opening reception for photographer Amanda Demme’s new exhibition titled “Work.”

Sat 5.4 ObsoleteThis inaugural show is a series of hauntingly nostalgic portraits of subjects ranging from Demme’s family and friends to total strangers. Demme has had an illustrious career in the arts and creative connoisseurship for over three decades and is recognized as Hollywood icon.

On view: May 4 – June 2nd

What: Opening reception
Where: Obsolete, 222 Main St., Venice, CA 90291
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: (310) 399-0024

Sat 5.4 Axiom-YossiGorvinJust down the street on Main…Axiom Contemporary presents “L.U.V.E/When The Air Softens, a group exhibition of recent works by Lola Del Fresno and Yossi Govrin (See image).

Lola Del Fresno is originally from Madrid, Spain but currently resides in Santa Monica. Most of her work is life-sized figures ranging from 10 x 10″ to 103 x 61.” Her process starts in a very minimal way working up to more complex details.

Yossi Govrin has exhibited nationally and internationally, working in multiple media. He is the founder and currently the Director of Santa Monica Art Studios and Arena/Gallery.

On view: May 4 – May 25, 2013

What: Opening reception
Where: Axiom Contemporary, 2801 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-452-1120

One more in Santa Monica….

WU 5.4 Sat gallerykm David Lloydgallery km holds an opening reception for “Two Electric Desires,” the second solo show of work by Los Angeles-based artist David Lloyd at the gallery.

See image: David Lloyd “Eternal Return” 2012, mixed media on wood 48 by 48 by 2 inches

The exhibition explores manifestations of the quantifiable and unquantifiable through a combination of paint, digital image and text on non-rectangular wood panel and paper.

On view: May 4 – June 8

What: Opening reception
Where: gallery km, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404
Phone: 310 828-1912


in Beverly Hills…

GaWU Sat5.4 Garboushian MelvinEdwardsrboushian Gallery presents a special historical exhibition, “HEAVY METAL,” curated by Jill Moniz. “HEAVY METAL” highlights the work of five artists whose careers impacted the Los Angeles art scene by transforming metal into intensely beautiful works of art.

See image: MELVIN EDWARDS From the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Leon O. Banks

Artists include: Joseph Beckles, Charles Dickson, Melvin Edwards, Maren Hassinger and John Outterbridge.

ON view: May 4th – June 8th

What: Opening reception
Where: 427 North Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
When: 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Phone: 310-480-9215


Also nearby….here’s a bunch to check out.

From 6-8pm, Marc Selwyn Fine Art (6222 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101) and Edward Cella Art + Architecture (6018 Wilshire Blvd.), and Michael Benevento 7578/7556 Sunset Blvd…all host artist receptions.

Known Gallery (441 North Fairfax Avenue) holds an art party from 8-11pm.


In West Hollywood…

Los Angeles Art Association offers Radical Stimulus, an all-media exploration of chemical reaction in contemporary art practice juried by Timothy Yarger, Timothy Yarger Fine Art.

This exhibit challenges artists to willfully consider their art making process through an intentional understanding of the chemical reactions at play in their work. In addition to Radical Stimulus, artists Tanner Goldbeck, Gray Malin and Vincent Tomczyk will be featured in solo exhibitions.

On view: May 4th – May 31st

What:  Opening reception
Where: Gallery 825 – 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: 7:00 pm
Phone: 310.652.8272


In Culver City….(heading south on La Cienega)

Katherine Cone Gallery holds an opening reception for “SELFISH” curated by Sean Cheetham.

SeWU Sat 5.4 KatherineCone Cheetham-SELFISHe image: Sean Cheetham; Self-Portrait, 2013; Oil on panel; 12 x 9 inches (30.48 x 22.86 cm)

Enjoy a group exhibition including self-portrait paintings by artists Sean Cheetham, Julio Reyes, Candice Bohannon Reyes, Sergio Sanchez, Wayne Johnson, Kevin Llewellyn, Hollis Dunlap, Sonya Palencia, Jeff Nentrup, Jonathan Hart, EL MAC, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Ryan Cheetham, Kate Savage, Eric Pedersen, Marc Trujillo, Johnpaul Altamirano, Stephen Schirle, and Richard Morris.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2013 /6-9 pm

On view: May 4 – June 22

What: Opening reception
Where: Katherine Cone Gallery, 2673 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 287-1558

CarSat 5.4 CarterCitizen HeatherCantrellter & Citzen celebrates the work of artist Heather Cantrell. There will be an art party and reception for “Weirding Way” tonight.

See image: Heather Cantrell, Looking Through You, 2013, Scratched inkjet print, polyester, and acrylic, 80 x 50 x 6 inches

On view: May 4th – June 8th

What: Opening recpeption
When: Carter & Citizen, 2648 La Cienega Ave., (be aware that it is on La Cienega Ave.not Blvd) LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 213-359-2504

LAXART, (2640 S. La Cienega  Ave.) hosts a reception from 6-8pm.

Then pop over to Washington Ave…

Fresh PainSat 5.4 FreshPaint HarryMoody EgressionOfThree 72x60t offers an opening reception for a new exhibition entitled “Luminosity” featuring Dirk De Bruycker and Harry Moody.

While both Dirk De Bruycker and Harry Moody work with oil paint, each artist uses their distinctive techniques to create dynamic and colorful multi-layered paintings.

See image: Dirk De Bruycker, “Egression of Three”, 72 x 60 inches, oil and mixed media on canvas

On view: May 4 – July 6

What: Opening Reception
Where: Fresh Paint Art, 5835 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Phone: 323-931-5835

Thinkspace (6009 Washington Blvd.) offers an opening as well from 6-9 pm.

Sat 5.4 GeorgeLawson MarieThibeaultGeorge Lawson Gallery hosts an opening reception for “Marie Thibeault: funtown: new paintings.” The solo show offers new oils on canvas from a series the artist embarked upon late in 2012.

The series was created in response to the impact of East coast storm Sandy, including selections from Funtown, a group named after a seaside park in New Jersey hit particularly hard by the calamity.

See image: Marie Thibeault, Jet Star,

On view: May 3rd – June 8th

What: Opening Reception
Where: George Lawson Gallery, 8564 Washington Blvd., LA 90232
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.837.6900

WU Sat May4 MarkMoore a little light went a long wayMark Moore Gallery proudly presents “Hope I’m Never That Wrong Again,” a solo exhibition of recent watercolor paintings by gallery artist David Rathman.

See image: A Little Light Went A Long Way, 2013 / Ink and watercolor on paper / 28 x 42 inches / Signed and dated on back / detail image

Concurrently, “Bright Mint Virtue” – an inaugural exhibition of work by painter Annelie McKenzie – will be on view in the Project Room.

On view: May 4th – June 8th

What: Opening reception
Where: Mark Moore Gallery, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 453-3031

In Silverlake…Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, (Barnsdall Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027) holds a benefit. There is an admission see


Or Downtown….

WU Sat 5.4 TerrellMooreThis one will be a fun one….the grand opening of the Terrell Moore Gallery. The inaugural exhibition is entitled “Year of the Fire” and features work by Rex Bilbrey, Ismael Cazarez and Moore.

Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres will be  provided by BottleRock (downtown LA)

You must RSVP for this one…

What: Opening
Where: Terrell Moore Gallery, 1601 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 at the corner of Hope and Venice
When: 7:00 pm
Phone: 213 744-1999

Also downtown….Altervision3D will be featured PANCAKES & BOOZE downtown! See the website for details and admission charges.

Also downtown, Norbertellen Gallery holds an opening from 6-10 pm. Also just around the corner, The Hive Gallery & Studios (729 South Spring St.)has a later one form 8-11:30 pm.