There are sMontanaAve-SmallBusiness-Saturday-520x333everal day and evening events celebrating Small Business Saturday as well as early holiday events…..yes Christmas is coming….and Hanukkah is here already!

See the bottom of Saturday’s post for more art events…Be aware that the Pico Art Walk will have art events from 6-9pm.

Starting at noon today, Montana Ave will celebrate the national event, “Small Business Saturday.” See my article in this Friday’s Santa Monica Mirror.

Telowres 11.30 SmBusinessSaturday Montana TenWomenn Women Gallery will participate in the event and celebrates its second year on Montana.

The gallery features original art, created by its members such as paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry and more. Ten Women will offer one-day sale, featuring 15% off bamboo scarves, a raffle and more. 1128 Montana Ave.

Lydia Traylor, manager of Pom Pom Interiors says “Cannot wait to be part of the event! Here at Pom Pom Interiors, we have all of our holiday decorations up and ready, we are also doing 15% off on items in our store that day excluding sale items.” 1021 Montana Ave.

Sstacia Pixtacey Johnson, a fashion designer and owner of Shop Stacia has had her business in Santa Monica for over ten years. “I think it’s a great event that focuses on small businesses which are often left out with the traditional Black Friday rush that focuses more on big box retailers, says Johnson. “It’s a great opportunity for the local community to support the small businesses they love in their own neighborhood.”

Enjoy 15% off on Stacia’s original bamboo knitwear as well as accessories, and home products all with an eco-luxe quality. 808 11th St Shop online:

Pee11.30 Montana Peekk (1015 Montana) will be offering all customers 20% off of any $125 sale (pre-tax) so come on by and stock up for the holidays.

“We at Kiehl’s, LOVE Montana Ave., because of the unique and dedicated community we are in. We love the connection this community has with local businesses, schools, neighbors and the neighborhood itself,” says Camie Mokma, store manager. As part of the event, receive 50% off all of our Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Scented Bath and Body Collection! (1516 Montana)

I’ll be performing with the Country Legends from 3-6pm on the northeast corner of Euclid and Montana, next to Sushi Sho. We’ll be playing a mix of styles, country, jazz and blues.

Also if you love animals, To Wag For will hold a special adoption event for kitties and pups. In addition, customers who make a purchase on Small Business Saturday will automatically be entered into a raffle to win a free grooming and pet goodie bag. Bring in your pooch to create a Pawcasso paw painting to take home. 1123 Montana Ave.

AlsNov30 PicoHoliday Art Walk 2013o in Santa Monica, taking place today….the Pico Improvement Organization and Buy Local Santa Monica present the 4th annual Pico Holiday Art Walk. The event will be held in conjunction with Small Business Day. The Art Walk will run from 11am to 9pm at the East End of Pico Boulevard and include over fifteen merchants participating in the event and offering special promotional discounts.

The event takes place from 3-9pm. You know I’ll be there…getting a head start on my holiday shopping. I love supporting local artists….Art makes a wonderful personalized gift. See our Upcoming events page for a full listing.

Head to Kronovet Realty (3019 Pico) for a holiday party on the patio and an impromptu meeting with Santa Claus.

McCabe’s will also be open, and the evening show (7:30 pm) will feature Crystal Bowersox of American Idol fame.

low res Nov30 PICO Holiday Art Walk CHRISGALLIGANArtist Chris Galligan, owner of Galligan Living Studio & Gallery (3018 Pico Blvd.), will be holding his own event as well. If you have never been to Galligan’s gallery, you will love it…especially if you are an animal lover. Chris knows how to throw a fun art party too…and you know how Mama likes that.

“We will be pouring my wine brand “Four Paws and a Tail” along with serving some Nibbles,” says Galligan. The gallery will be offering 50% off a custom pet portrait as well as everything in else in the gallery.

Blue 7 Gallery (3129 Pico) will be holding a reception for its new exhibition “An Artistic View of Tools” which takes place during the event from 6-9pm.

lowres-11.30.13 PicoHolidayArtWalk Lucius Peterson WoodScribeSee image: Lucius Peterson “Wood Scribe” Digital image, Size 8″ x 10″ A carpenter’s scribe surrounded by a bed of flowers.

Here’s what Randy Ball (gallery owner) has to say about the upcoming show… “Our group show is art that depicts tools. As far back as ancient Egypt, tools have appeared in sculpture, murals, photography, and other media. Tools are an extension of our nervous system and play a huge part in the advance of civilization throughout the centuries. In modern society, we still use variations of many prehistoric tools.”  

verylowres 9.29 UpperWest Carol Surface GettingThereGreen 30 x24 piI will be performing with Greg Cruz from the Country Legends and we will be providing down home country/blues holiday music at Upper West Restaurant (3321 Pico)…..that’s me btw, Kathy Leonardo.

See image: by Carol Surface Getting There Green 30×24

Upper West will feature art by Carol Surface.

Come for happy hour…it will be extended until 8:00 for the event and will feature the Country Legends Holiday Hour (6:30 pm-8 pm).

On the day of the event – Saturday, November 30th – stop into Blue 7 Gallery or Kronovet Realty to pick up a flyer which will offer detailed info on each event and venue hours for the day’s events. Some businesses will be open from 11am – 5pm.

Artesanias Oaxaquenas Fine Art Gallery (2919 Pico Blvd.), will be offering 10% off in store items. Be sure to stop by, for some great gift ideas. Receive 40-50% off all items on the sidewalk table.

Additional venues that will be participating particlowres-11.30 Pico Kronovet Santa-1ipating in the Pico Holiday Art Walk are: Acapillow,  Church of Type,  Lares, Reclaimed Frames, T. Heritage, UnUrban Coffee House, Historia, and more.

Others will offer events that will run from 3pm – 9 pm. Be sure to pick up a flyer to confirm each venue’s hours. The Pico Holiday Art Walk will take place from 26th street to CeninelaFor more information about the Pico Holiday Art Walk, see

Also in Santa Monica…

At Bergamot Station….Ruth Bachofner Gallery presents “Second Nature,” an exhibition of new work introducing New York-based artist Laura Fayer (See image) to Los Angeles.

LaWU Sat 11.30 RuthBachofner LauraFayerura Fayer’s mixed media paintings, which occupy a space between landscape and abstraction, are inspired by observations of nature as well as the built environment.

Also opening tonight is a group show of small works, representing a range of approaches and practices by over 50 artists.

Artists include: Lillian Abel, Kim Abeles, Sarah Arnold, Douglas Bloom, Gary Edward Blum, Michael Brangoccio,  Nolina Burge, Jennifer Faist, Laura Fayer, Corina Gamma, Gina Han, Kerry Kugelman, Trang Lê, Sarah Lowing, Nancy Macko, Pat Mahony, Constance Mallinson, Kaoru Mansour, Yvette Molina, Katrin Moller, Peter Nagy, Udo Noger, David Allan Peters, Ann Thornycroft, Sharon Weiner, and many more.

On view: Nov 30th – Jan 11th

What: Opening reception
Where: Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station, (G-2) 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404
When: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-3300

Or In Hollywood…

Sat 11.30 Pepin Emilie-Halpern Shoka1Pepin Moore hosts the final opening reception for Shōka, a three-part solo exhibition of new works by Emilie Halpern on view from the autumnal equinox on September 22nd to the winter solstice on December 21st 2013.

The first two parts of the exhibit have opened and closed. This is the third and final installment and opening…with a closing reception taking place on December 21st.

On view: Nov 30th – Dec 21st

What; Opening Reception
Where: Pepin Moore, 5849 1/2 W Sunset Blvd., LA 9002
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 213-626-0501

Also at Pehrspace in Echo Park (325 Glendale Blvd., LA 90026), attend a art reception from 7-10 pm.

Or in Downtown LA..


Sat 11.23 MirrorsoftheMindEnjoy a poetry reading and open mic…tonight at Art Share LA…
The event is presented in conjunction with The Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s exhibit, Mirrors of the Mind 2: The Psychotherapist as Artist.

In its second year, this exhibition explores and celebrates the intersection of psychology, arts and creativity in the vibrant mental health community.

The exhibit will be open as early as 6 pm.

  The parking lot address is 321 S Hewitt St., LA 90013

On view: thru December 1st

What: Poetry
Where: Art Share LA, 801 East 4th Place, Los Angeles 90013 (corner of 4th Place and Hewitt)
When: 7:00 pm