The Depressed Cake Shop Pop Up returns the Santa Monica. The event will benefit the St. Joseph Center in Venice. The Depressed Cake Shop’s pop-up will sell gray fri-May6-Depressedcakecakes to raise money and awareness for mental health issues; this deliciously fashionable one-time event will feature a curated photo gallery by the Broken Light Collective, a limited edition t-shirt created by Wear Your Label and baked goods by local artisans.

“The Depressed Cake Shop believes that mental health issues will be more effectively managed when there is an open dialogue and that is what we are working to create,” says Van Galder.  “Our gray cakes are a visual metaphor for the cloud that can descend during a depressive episode. The energy and community created at our shops have proved transformative for the organizers as well as our customers.” – Depressed Cake Shop’s Valerie Van Galder.

The pop up shop will host a gallery opening reception filled with cake, photography, music and wine on May 6th from 7-10 p.m. and will be open May 7th from 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. at Streetcraft LA (2912 Main St.)

Be aware the Opening event is on FRIDAY May 6 – the store is open today to raise funds for the St. Joseph Center in Venice.

What: Benefit
Where: Streetcraft LA, 2912 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Website: http://depressedcakeshop.com/

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Join AWBW for our most fun-filled event of the year to celebrate AWBW’s 25 years of creativity and healing! This annual community art festival is hosted by G Hannelius, known for her starring role in the Disney Channel’s Dog with a Blog!

Sat-May7-AWBW-Art-intheAfternoonAdults $60; Teens $25; Kids 12 & Under $10

Admission Includes
In-N-Out Burger Cookout (from 12-2pm),
Panda Express, Sprinkles Cupcakes,
AWBW Art Workshops, Aquarium of the Pacific on Wheels
Music, Bubble Play, Face Painting, Hula Hooping with Hoop It Up,
Meet-and-Greets with Your Favorite Teen Celebrities

+ Even More Activities
Color Me Mine, Live & Silent Auctions,
Games & Prizes, SuperCool Creamery
and more coming soon!

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

What: Art in the Afternoon Benefit
Where: Venice Skills Center, 511 6th Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
When: noon-4pm – Saturday, May 7, 2016
Website: http://awbw.org/events/

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In Santa Monica…

Enjoy an Art Sale at West Elm…

BeSat-May7-2016-Enzensberger Bubbletsy Enzensberger will be selling original paintings as well as limited edition giclee prints at a pop up event at the Santa Monica West Elm retail location. While shopping at West Elm for modern, decorative home elements, consider adding a print or original abstract painting to your home.

See image: by Betsy Enzensberger, Bubble, Oil on Canvas, 12 in. x12 in.

“There is a concept of infinity in my art, creating vivid worlds with unlimited, endless boundaries. When analyzing my paintings, the viewer is free to interpret as they please.  However, my work is intended to awaken particular human emotions within the viewer.” –Betsy Enzensberger

For additonal info, visit the FB Event Page

What: Art Sale
Where: West Elm, 1433 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
When: 1:00pm – 4:00pm – May 7th (pop up – one day only)
Phone: 818-693-3305
Website: http://www.betsyenzensberger.com

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Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with the Hats + Horses Derby event from 1-5pm. The location is secret – but it takes place in Downtown Santa Monica – Address to be provided with RSVP. Admission is $35 and includes Southern-Inspired Bites, DIY Mint Julep Bar and a Hat Contest. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets – grab your hat and Go!!

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This Saturday, Saturday, May 7, 2016 the Venice Garden & Home Tour will feature examples of the late Steven Shortridge’s stunning architecture, including a surprise Venice highlight and culminating with an evening celebration at his last project on the Marina Del Rey Peninsula.

TSat-May7-VGHT-HorizonHouse3his 22nd annual fundraising event gives financial support to the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA) that provides after school programs for children and youth from low-income families at six locations throughout Los Angeles, giving students individualized academic support and comprehensive life skills development in a sustained and focused manner over the critical years of their lives.

See our Upcoming Events Page for additional info.

The tour starts at 2:00pm, Saturday, May 7, at Neighborhood Youth Association, 1016 Pleasant View Ave. (between California and Broadway) in Venice. Tour goers will be bused to and from the Venice and Marina tour locations. Tax-deductible, non-refundable, rain-or-shine tickets are $250. Tickets will be held at NYA and can be retrieved the day of the event. For tickets and information, please visit

What: The Venice Garden & Home Tour
Where: Neighborhood Youth Association, 1016 Pleasant View Ave. (between California and Broadway), Venice
When: 2:00pm
Website: http://www.venicegardentour.org

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Head to Culver City…this afternoon for a couple of art talks…Edward Cella Art+Architecture (2754 S La Cienega Blvd. LA 90034), features an art panel in conjunction with its current exhibition “Adam Berg: In the Blink of an Eye.” Exhibition Program: Reversible Machines – Irreversible Processes  Adam Berg, Amanda Beech, Peter Lunenfeld, and Guy Bennett in Conversation. 2pm.

Samuel Freeman (2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034) hosts a conversation at 3pm with Ben Buswell to discuss his first solo exhibition including a detailed look at his new series of embellished lambda photographs. Refreshments will be served after the talk. 3pm; For seat reservations RSVP to: kate@samuelfreeman.com; 

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In Santa Monica…Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave.), hosts several eventsBergamotStationlogo copy

Earlier in the day…TAG Gallery features an art talk from 3-4pm with artists Alison Platt, Dan Janotta, & Linda Price. http://www.taggallery.net/

Shoshana Wayne Gallery (B1) debuts “Minoan Girls” featuring the art of Elaine Reichek from 5-7pm. http://www.shoshanawayne.com/

Later in the evening Copro Gallery (T-5), offers an opening as well for “Mike Davis: Ghosts of the Future,” and “Derek Hess: I Told You Not To Call the Police” from 8:30-11pm. http://www.copronason.com

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MOAH-LogoIn Lancaster…

Enjoy early event, The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is excited to announce the opening of “Artist as Subject” featuring Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Kent Anderson Butler, Jane Szabo, Eric Minh Swenson, Rebecca Campbell, and a retrospective on local artist Andrew Frieder. Reception: 4-6pm; MOAH, 665 W. Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534;

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In Santa Monica….enjoy a ONE NIGHT ONLY Art Group exhibition featuring LAAA artists – Janine Brown, Suzanne Budd, Marissa Denise, Pat Gainor, S.P. Harper, Jenny Eisenpresserr, Sandra Lauterbach, Betzi Stein, and Mara Zaslove. The exhibition will take place in Studio 4 at the Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405 from 6-8pm. Please enter the building on the North side (side closest to the Barker Hangar). Visit the FB Event Page.

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Also in Santa Monica…EAT SEE HEAR, an outdoor movie screening series presented by Showtime hosts its Kick Off Event tonight at Santa Monica High School. Enjoy a screening of Dirty Dancing. Doors open at 5pm: live music at 7pm; movie starts at 8:30pm. For a full line-up of summer screenings, see our Upcoming Events Feature for this event. 

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In West LA…

GiSat-May7-2016-GiantRobotant Robot 2 features a group exhibition titled “Through the Woods.”

The title appears like a portion of a nursery rhyme but it’s hardly that. When you compile the artists involved, you’ll see an array of obvious matches and some less literal. All artists have some symbiosis with nature. Aaron Brown has implements both 2d and 3d elements in his investigation, Brooks Salzwedel takes on nature directly and creates vignettes of landscapes, Cassia Lupo uses an illustrative viewpoint and great penmanship, Maggie Chiang captures beauty and the sublime in her scenes, Mike Nitta from Japan and Stasia Burrington both uses a water colored brushed style, and Susie Ghahremani often creates animal imagery and a style that’s her own.

Artists include: Aaron Brown, Brooks Salzwedel, Cassia Lupo, Maggie Chiang, Mika Nitta, Stasia Burrington, Susie Ghahremani.

On view: May 7 – May 25th

What: Opening reception
Where: GR2, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
When: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Phone: (310) 445-9276; 424.2GOROBO
Website:
http://www.giantrobot.com/

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Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), 6522 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90028, debuts a group show titled “FEMINISM 4.0: What feminist art looks like now” from 4-7pm.

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In West Hollywood…

Leica Gallery Los Angeles clebrates the work of Anthony Friedkin and Jeff Johnson. 

Sat-May7-Leica-AnthonyFriedkinFriedkin’s photography has been recognized internationally.  His work is included in the Permanent collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the George Eastman House in Rochester.  His photographs have been published in Japan, Russia, Europe and many Fine Art magazines in America.  He received a National Endowment of the Arts grant in 1977 and was given a special commendation by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley for his contribution to Fine Art Photography in 1980. During his career he taught photography at both U.C.L.A and Cal Arts College in Valencia.  Anthony has guest lectured at many libraries and diverse educational institutions.  His exhibition photographs, created by him in his own darkroom, are included in numerous corporate and private collections. A native of Los Angeles, Anthony Friedkin has been documenting the social landscape with his In-depth photo essays for over forty-five years.  By using his camera as a means of personal discovery, his full frame black & white photographs explore the many layers of reality.

Also opening tonight is Jeff Johnson’s “Above and Below.”

Save the Date…June 5, Leica Store Los Angeles presents: Coffee, Cameras, and Conversation with Anthony Friedkin and Jeff Johnson from 12-2pm! Click Here to RSVP. 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP  

On view: May 7 – June 16, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Leica Gallery Los Angeles, 8783 Beverly Blvd. West Hollywood
When: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Phone: 424.777.0341
Website: http://www.leicagalleryla.com/

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In Culver City…

MIMSat-May7-2016-MIMGallery Gallery hosts an opening reception for a group show titled “OUTSIDE.” Curated by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfea, “OUTSIDE” features paintings by Tom Allen, Ed Johnson, Julika Lackner, and Rachel Ritchford.

Paintings are spaces hung on the wall.¹ Cézanne famously said that anyone could make painting represent deep space, the white canvas with which one began was already deep, the artist just needed “to carve it out.”  Each of these painters does something quite different with painting’s ready-made depth, carving it not being quite what any of them do, one thing they have in common is that their techniques tend to be additive rather than subtractive.

The show has the title ‘Outside,’ because the paintings refer to exterior space rather than to any interior, they bring the space of the outside into the gallery in which one is looking at them.  They are small paintings which communicate, embody, or express, big space, usually, but not in all cases, seen at a distance.  They are not only small but the viewer is led to look closely at them, not only for that reason but because of how the surface constructs or affects one’s experience of the space.  

On view: May 7–June 4, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: MiM Gallery, 2636 S La Cienega Blvd. LA 90034
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Phone: 424.299.8223
Website:
http://www.mim.gallery

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Daniel Rolnik Gallery (2675 S LA CIENEGA BLVD., LA 90034) host an opening reception for John Kilduff and a live concert featuring the Radioactive Chicken Heads from 6-11pm. 

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Keep heading South on La Cienega…

Sat-May7-VonLintel-MarkSheinkmanVon Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by New York artist Mark Sheinkman. The exhibition marks the artist’s tenth with the gallery.

See image: Mark Sheinkman Wolcott, 2015, oil, alkyd and graphite on linen, 32 x 54 inches

Also opening tonight is an exhibition of experimental photography by New York artist Chuck Kelton. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.

What: Opening reception
Where: Von Lintel Gallery, 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.
., LA 90034
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Website:
http://www.vonlintel.com/

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Zevitas Marcus (2754 S. La Cienega Blvd. LA 90034), features an opening for “Peter Opheim: Fables of the Eleven Rooms and Six Houses.”

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One more event in Culver City…

TraSat-May7-Track16-Fluxck 16 (3571 Hayden Ave, Culver City, 90232) features a full length Fluxconcert offering pieces by Fluxus artists performed by local artists, musicians and performers including: Baiza, Brian Christopherson, Dino Dinco, Peter Frank, Ralph Gorodetsky, Kio Griffith, Laura Grissom, Lun*na Menoh, Sean Meredith, Thinh Nguyen, Deborah Oliver, Tom Patchett, Sara Sheridan, Steve Shoffner, Laurie Steelink, Stuart Swezey, Dani Tull, and more…or less!

Concurrent with the Pop Art movement, but more radical in it’s experimental approach to art-making, Fluxus flourished in the 60’s, inspired by the ideas of composer John Cage and (through Cage), maverick artist Marcel Duchamp. “Fluxus rejected the values and convention of high art in favor of new forms that were accessible, interactive, hybrid, and playful. The name Fluxus, from the Latin flux, connotes change, movement, renewal and fluidity – values that informed every aspect of the group’s activities.”

What: Performance
Where: Track 16, 3571 Hayden Ave, Culver City, 90232
When: 8:00pm
Website: http://www.track16.com/

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Dysonna City Art Gallery (5373 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036) hosts a group show in honor or Mother’s Day called “Unconditional Love” from 7-9pm. 

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Artist Corner Gallery presents “Urban Noise” featuring the art of Sol Hill as well as Boris Bezroukov’s “RETROSPECTIVE.”

Sat-May7-ACGallery-Sol-HillSol Hill is a digital wizard. Hill uses his camera sensor as a wand to gather in energy forces; photonic, magnetic, electronic, radiant, and other ambient emanations, they’re all waved through the lens for capture. Hill paints his images with the digital noise that he uses to make the exposures, manipulating the fallibility of human perception to wring out its mysteries. He works in a poetic realm, filtering light, color, and a diverse collection of cosmic interferences. The artist’s use of Japanese art paper and canvass; anointing them with glazes and washes, transports them further onto a painterly plane. 

In Urban Noise, Sol continues to investigate energies other than light.  Hill records all of the forces he can find. He takes in everything; all the seen and the unseen and he uses them in an avant, painterly way. Ultimately, Sol Hill’s urban cityscapes, buildingscapes, Token Fems and the figures and shadows that haunt his images are all impressions of modernism. 

Also opening tonight..is artist Boris Bezroukov’s “RETROSPECTIVE.”  Bezroukov is a truth seeker on a quest for spiritual survival. He does not create based on need, but desire. “As an artist, if you have something to say then your next step is finding a way to say it,” said Boris, and that he did.

What: Opening reception
When: Artist Corner Gallery, 6585 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 90038
When: 7:00pm – 10:00pm – May 7, 2016
Website: http://www.artistscorner.us 

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Rebecca Molayem opens a new gallery at 481 South Fairfax Ave. The new expansive Molayem Gallery and Studio location will feature predominantly mid-career painters and sculptors as well as Molayem’s latest works.The Fairfax location also houses her work studio, and includes an area for events, classes and a kiln for firing sculpture.

The Third Street location is being renovated and re-branded as Rebecca Molayem Sat-May7-RebeccaMolayem-transitions-image-768x293Home Store and Gallery, and will be a more casual setting. Re-opening soon, it will carry a cheerful mix from local emerging artists, including hand-painted décor, housewares, ceramics, functional art, prints and small paintings priced mainly under $1000.

The premiere exhibit, “Transitions,” will address the idea of change, as in a change in location, a visible transition through time, a change from trash to treasure. Artists include: Michael Hayden, Kandy Lozano, Rebecca Molayem. 

RSVP via email at mrebecca@sbcglobal.net or on the FB Event Page.

On view: May 7th – May 28th

What: Grand opening
Where: Rebecca Molayem Gallery, 481 South Fairfax Ave., LA 90036
When: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Website: http://www.rebeccamolayemarts.com/

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In Venice…Alberto Bevacqua studio presents “Animality,” a collection of works by artist Christiane Shillito. 1003 Abbot Kinney; 7-11pm.

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Downtown…

Sat-May7-PancakesandBoozIts the 2nd day of the Pancakes & Booze Art Show which will feature over 150 emerging artists showcasing their hottest work in a Warhol-style, anything-goes, massive warehouse environment. All-you-can-eat pancakes, live music, body painting and multimedia displays.

The show originated in 2009 in Los Angeles and since has popped up more than 200 times in 30 cities around the world. Each show draws as many as 3000 guests throughout night. This year’s Pancakes & Booze Art Show features over 150 artists in over 10,000 sq ft in the downtown LA Arts District.

-Live Painting
-Live Body Painting
-Live Music
-Free Photo Booth by: SnapYourself.com
-FREE Pancakes!
-$5 at the door
-21+ ONLY

What: Pop Up
Where: LOT 613, 613 Imperial St., LA, 90021
When: 8pm – 2am – May 7, 2016
Website: http://www.pancakesandbooze.com  FB Event Page