In Pasadena…Designer Con takes place this weekend at the PasaNov7-9-dcon-logo1dena Convention Center (300 East Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101). Now in its fifth year, the art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art!  Today’s hours are 9-6pm. Saturday night pajama party at 8pm. For ticket info and schedule, see

FOR YOU EARLY RISERS….See below for an early 10 AM ART Talk at Bergamot Station…(it’s listed with the rest of Bergamot’s events).

In Inglewood…

Today and tomorrow…Inglewood artists will open their studios to the public, inviting visitors to personally tour their private working spaces and enjoy art created in all media – drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, photography, print making, installation, video and performance.

TSat-Nov8-InglewoodStudiohis is an artist run event, organized collectively by Inglewood artists and nonprofit Inglewood Cultural Arts, Inc. (ICA).

Printed maps with Open Studios location details will be available online and at artist studio locations on the tour.

Free shuttle transportation will also be provided by the City of Inglewood. See website (below) for more info.

What: Open Studios
Where: Inglewood (various locations)
When: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In Santa Monica…

At Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave.), Frank Lloyd Gallery and Craig Krull Gallery both host artist talks this morning. Enjoy coffee, donuts, and a series of artist talks. First, artists Hilary Brace and Ann Lofquist will speak at 10:00am at the Craig Krull Gallery about their current exhibitions.

Then move to the Frank Lloyd Gallery at 10:30 am, where Akio Takamori will discuss his new work with curator Jo Lauria.

If that is a bit too early for you….the Frank Lloyd Gallery wSat-Nove8-FrankLLoyd-AkioTakamoriWhiteWoman-2014mold-bownglasswithoilpaint-ceramicbaseill open an exhibition of new work by Akio Takamori.

See image: Akio Takamori, White Woman, 2014 mold-blown glass with oil paint, ceramic base. 12 ½ X 10 ½ X 12 ½ inches

Made at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WashingtonWhile Takamori is most well-known for his figurative ceramics, the sculptures in this show come from a series of works in glass produced during his visiting artist residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.

Drawing on the forms of Roman vases and bottles and painted in oil, the works explore the translucent qualities inherent to glass. As in his ceramic work, Takamori uses a painterly line to emphasize the subtle modeling of the forms, drawing out the expressions of each face and sleeping figure.

On view: November 8 – December 13

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

Also from 6-8pm dnj (J1) debuts a new exhibit.  and ADC Building Bridges (F-2) features an event from 6-9pm.

bG Gallery is excited to present the first solo exhibit of photographer Ryan Schude.

Sat-Nov8-bGGallery-RyanSchudeSee image: Ryan Schude Pond, Photograph, C-Print, 36″ x 63.3″

Inspired by locations, environments, and strangers’ interactions with one another, Ryan is able to create narratives that combine a mixture of deep drama and absurdist humor.

Schude is often able to tell a cinematic story with just one frame; through enigmatic imagery and elaborate visual cues a story is created in the viewer’s interpretation.

On view: November 8 – November 26

What: Artist reception
Where: bG Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, # G8A, Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm –  9:00 pm
Phone: (310) 906 4211

Also in Santa Monica…Christopher Grimes Gallery (916 Colorado Ave., SM 90401) presents an opening from 6-8pm.

In Venice…

The G2 Gallery will celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions, headlined by new work from Jennifer MaHarry. Nature LA: Canids is MaHarry’s newest show, featuring her unique compositional style with wolves, coyotes and foxes as her subjects.

MaHarry (see image) is a regular contributor toJennifer MaHarry HOLLOW WM The G2 Gallery – her images of wild mustangs and predatory birds have graced its walls for five consecutive years. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Ellen TV, Where LA Magazine and many other publications. She has also exhibited at The Autry, and has represented G2 at the Los Angeles Art Show and galleries around the city via offsite exhibitions. Her signature style will be on full display in Nature LA: Canids.

Also on view, Emerging VII will feature work from four rising talents in the field of photography. In its seventh iteration, Emerging showcases burgeoning stars with a history of environmental activism.

And let’s forget “White Lake Preservation Project” also opens tonight.

The opening reception will have food, wine, live music and complimentary valet, all for only a $10 admission that goes directly to nature charity.

What: Opening reception
Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice,90291
When: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 452-2842

Also in Venice…C.A.V.E. Gallery (1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, 90291) throws an art party from 7-9pm.

Culver City’s got it goin’ on tonight…specifically La Cienega Blvd….so park and enjoy.

ThSat-Nov8-CherryMartin-org physical evidence greene two locations of Cherry Martin both hold openings tonight

At the 2712 location…Take in an exhibition of new, compelling objects by Brian Bress titled “You Can’t Sleep on a Door.”

Comprised of paintings and sculptures, Bress’s latest body of work, like the exhibition’s title, combines quotidian imagery in absurd and tragicomic ways. This will be Bress’s third solo exhibition at the gallery.

Cherry and Martin 2732 features an exhibition of selected works by Matt Connors, Bernard Piffaretti and Michael Rey.

What: Opening reception
Where: Cherry Martin, 2712/2732 S. La Cienega Blvd.
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

George Billis Gallery (2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034), a new exhibition debuts  from 5-8pm.  Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.), hosts a reception from 6-8pm.

Malonely Fine Art celebrates an opening for “Roll Up” featuring the art of Jeff Colson.

See image: Jeff Colson “Roll USat-Nov8-MaloneyFineArt-JeffColson-RollUp-2012p” 2012, carved and painted wood construction, 96 X 120 inches

An exhibition devoted to one monumental artwork and supportive drawings.
“Roll Up,” is a figurative sculpture of carved and painted wood.

This “archetypal suitcase” is presented as a partially opened door of a storage unit replete with everyday items such as file cabinets, an ironing board, lawn chairs, a tire, a stereo receiver, plastic containers, and other durables of consumer culture.

Colson notes, “The storage metaphor is an existential conundrum, the half-baked notion that if we get all our things in order we might actually keep living indefinitely. There is a furious futility to this accumulation of ‘stuff,’ the overabundance of questionably essential choices, and thinking these things just might come in handy sometime in the future.”

On view: November 8 – December 20

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

Sat-Nov8-PaulLoya-RussellNachmanPaul Loya Gallery is proud to present Russell Nachman’s solo exhibition, ACEDIA: DEAD DANES.

A face blooming in the orange glow of a cigarette, the crackling spray of a fresh beer, your cluttered bedroom, a skittering riff on a tinny radio. Western metaphysics on the wane, meaning must be individually reclaimed—the church of rock and roll becomes no less sacred than Stonehenge or a clapboard suburban cathedral. Worn by repetition and sapped by the enlightenment, our debunked myths and hollowed rituals evolve into accessories, pentragrammed t-shirts and ankh tattoos.

On view: November 8 – DEcember 20

What: Opening reception
Where: P A U L L O Y A G A L L E R Y, 2677 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 876 1410

Walter Maciel Gallery features a solo show entitled Mood Architect by Dean Monogenis (see image).

The exhibition marks theSat-Nov8-WalterMaciel-DeanMonogenis fourth solo show at our gallery and will include recent paintings that focus on relationships between architecture and nature.

Monogenis’s paintings depict imaginative, playful and surreal environments merging urban plateaus and architectural constructions with natural elements.

Also opening tonight is the art of new work by Lisa Solomon. The show entitled SEN focuses on its meaning: the significance of the lucky number 1,000 in Japanese culture.

On view: 8 November – 20 December 2014

What: Opening reception
Where: Walter Maciel Gallery, 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA
When:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
phone: 310.839.1840

LAXART (2640 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034) hosts an opening from 6-8pm.

Continue South on La Cienega…for an art event at Fabien Castanier Gallery (2919 La Cienega Blvd. Culver City, 90232) from 6-9pm.

Then make turn around and head North on La Cienega…

KMSat-Nov8-KMFineArts-DanaLouise-Kirkpatrick Fine Arts is pleased to present ZUGZWANG, a solo exhibition of new paintings and mixed media works by Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, at the gallery’s West Hollywood location, an opening reception will be held on tonight.

An avid reader of Dante, Shakespeare, and Toni Morrison, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick’s paintings reference literature as well as elements of Modern art—in particular German and Neo-Expressionism. The title of the exhibition, “Zugzwang,” refers to an inescapable move in chess, one with damaging personal effect.


On view: November 8 – January 17, 2015

What: Opening Reception
Where: KM Fine Arts, 814 N. La Cienega
When 7:00pm – 10pm

Also close by…David Kordansky Gallery (5130 W. Edgewood Place, LA 90019), debuts a new exhibition from 6-8pm.

Wallspace is pleased to present the solo exhibitionSat-Nov8-Wallspace-zealharris “Not Where They’re Supposed To Be,” a new series of caricaturesque story-scapes by artist Zeal Harris.

This new series of paintings illustrates contemporary narratives about characters in unexpected or “out of place” environments.

Harris breaks from her racy repertoire of faux-naïve story and joke telling on what she calls “domestic-urban-academic-folk” topics and moves into large scale works inspired by dialogues between funny women-of-color who have unique views on critical contemporary international issues.

On view: November 8 – December 1

What: Opening reception
Where: Wallspace, 607 Nth La Brea, LA, CA 90036, (one block south of Melrose – parking available in back)
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323 930-0471


Jack Rutberg Fine Arts offers a guided walk through of “Bruce Richards: Future/Past” with the artist. Bruce Richards, now residing in New York, has long been associated with the Los Angeles contemporary art scene, emerging from the University of California Irvine (UCI) in the early 1970s; a significant period when other artists associated with UCI included Robert Irwin, Vija Celmins, David Hockney, Chris Burden, Alexis Smith, Larry Bell, Peter Alexander, Tony DeLap, Ed Moses, Craig Kauffman, James Turrell, etc.

Sat-Nov8-JackRutberg-BruceRichards-BeforeAfterSee image: Before & After, 2013-14, oil on canvas (diptych), artist’s frames, 19 x 17 1/2 inches each

Richards was part of the Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time exhibition, “Best Kept Secret” underscoring this important period in the art of Southern California.

On view: September 20 – November 29, 2014

What: Walk through with artist & reception

Where: Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Phone: 323 938-5222


Continue East…Enjoy an art talk at DIANE ROSENSTEIN, 831 North Highland Ave., LA 90038) from 4-6pm.  Another early one (4-6pm) takes place at Tif Sigfrids (1507 Wilcox Ave., LA 90028).  Or pop into Kohn Gallery (1227 N. Highland Ave., LA 90038) for an art party from 6-8pm.  Or take in a new exhibit at Michael Benevento (7578/7556 Sunset Blvd.LA 90046) from 6-8pm.

An early one happens (5-7pm) at Minan Gallery (1051 S. Fairfax Ave., LA 90019).  Then laterNew Image Art Gallery (7920 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 90046) features an event from 7-10pm.

In Highland Park….Avenue 50 Studio (131 N. Avenue 50, LA 90042) presents an opening from 7-10pm.

Downtown…Groundspace Project (1427 E. 4th St. #4, LA 90033) features an opening from 6-8pm.  TSA LA (440 South Broadway) holds an artist reception from 6-9pm.  PØST (1904 E. 7th Place, LA 90021), throws an art party from 7-10pm. 

Coagula Curatorial is busy today with an afternoon event and an evening one…

Today is the final day of this two-day event which started yesterday. For the first event, enjoy an informal conversation, hosted by Henry Miller Library Director, Magnus Torén, about the book Tropic of Cancer. On hand will be a variety of rare material culled from the Library’s extensive Miller archives, including copies of the first 25 editions of “Tropic of Cancer” and more.  THIS EVENT RUNS FROM 3-6 PM.  See FB Page for more info.

Then later in the evening..Sat-Nov8-Coagula-Identity.

Coagula Curatorial features “Identity,” a solo exhibition by Dave Naz which explores the gender spectrum in an entirely new way — by turning his camera on transgender, intersex, pangender, and every shade in between.

Helping to add to the current global discussion on the structured nature of gender identity, the exhibit is an eye-opening musing on all of the people who don’t fit neatly into a convenient box.

On view: November 8 – December 20

What: Opening Reception
Where: Coagula Curatorial, 977 Chung King Rd., LA, 90012
When: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: 213-620-1569

Right next door…Medina (977 1/2 Chung King Road, LA 90012) features an opening from event from 6-10pm.

Also steps away….

RSat-Nov8-RedPipe-Kaloust-Guedeled Pipe Gallery is pleased to present Excess The New Norm a solo exhibition of the Los Angeles based artist Kaloust Guedel. The show is curated by Mat Gleason.

The latest group of Kaloust Guedel’s work reflects the excesses of the capitalist system – where excess is constantly encouraged for the benefit of profit.

There are fourteen works presented in this exhibition among them wall piece as well as installations. The primary media Guedel uses are vinyl and acrylic. The reflective nature of the medium projects rich and interesting ambiance – a metaphor of the excess all around us.

On view: November 05 – November 09 (one week only)

What: Opening reception
Where: Red Pipe Gallery, 978 Chung King Road, Chinatown
When: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm