Today and the entire weekend….La Femme Film Festival takes place in Hollywood October 11th through the 14th.

Maelowres 10.13 MAESTRA ArchivalStillbyLiborioNoval1961stra, the short documentary film (33 min.) by director Catherine Murphy, will screen on Saturday, October 13th at noon at the Davidson/Valentini Theatre.  The screening will be followed by a Question & Answer session.

Maestra pays tribute to the thousands of young, teenage girls in Cuba in the1960s who volunteered to combat illiteracy across their country, with astonishing results. “This is not just a story about literacy; it is a story about everyday heroes and heroines, about hopes and dreams. It is about the empowerment of 50,000 young women who threw themselves into an impossible task, and helped change history in their country at the early ages of 16 and 17,” says Murphy, who has spent close to a decade researching archives, tracking down volunteer teachers and recording oral histories of their experience (download press kit at

lowres 10.13 Maestra archival-footage-teacher copyThe screening and event schedule for the festival is available online at Tickets can NOW be purchased online or at the door. Full Access VIP Passes are at $150 for regular price, and discounted are available for WGA & SAG members at $59; tickets for individual films are $10; and single seminars are $20.

Maestra was produced by The Literacy Project ( in collaboration with ICAIC (Cuban Institute for Cinematic Arts and Industry. See trailer and download press kit at

What: Maestra at La Femme Film Festival, Hollywood, CA, October 11th – 14th
Where: Davidson/Valentini Theatre 1125 N McCadden Place Los Angeles 90038
When: Maestra screens Sat October 13th – 12:00 p.m. noon


Pick of the Week is downtown kids….so you may as well pop into these fabulous openings….hey you’ve got till Sunrise Sunday am to enjoy the Decom Festival!

InWU SamLee the Chinatown area….Sam Lee Gallery presents Loaded, featuring ink drawings by Boston-based artist Mary O’Malley and acrylic and graphite drawings by Salt Lake City-based artist Laura Sharp Wilson.

On view: October 13th – November 21st

What: Opening reception, Loaded,
Where: Sam Lee Gallery 990 N. Hill Street #190, LA 90012
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 323-227-0275


Also in the SAME building…..

L2kontemporary celebrates the work of San Antonio based artist Ana Fernandez with an opening reception.  Fernandez, who earned her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from UCLA.

On view: October 13th – November 10th

What: Opening reception,
Where: L2kontemporary Gallery, located at 990 N. Hill St , # 205 LA 90012
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 626-319-3661


Lots going on at Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave.) in Santa Monica, which is one of my favorite places to experience new art.

In addition to the ones below, there are also openings at Rosamund Felsen, (B-4) 5-7pm; Fig Gallery (G-6)  5-7pm  As well as Rose Gallery (G-5)  6-8pm and Copro (T-5) 8-11pm

Sat 10.13 Schomberg LeeWebsterShawSchomburg Gallery features an opening reception for Lee Webster Shaw: The Lake New paintings by Brentwood artist Lee Webster Shaw.

Shaw’s paintings are a documentation of the everyday that confirms the history of the lake, the soft, sweet air, and all the past summers.

On view: October 13th & 14th

What: Opening reception, Tracey Sylvester Harris
Where: Schomburg Gallery, (E-3A) Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310-453-5757

Skidmore Contemporary holds an artist reception for Tracey Sylvester Harris who offers dazzling aqueous vision of Southern California that merges the past with the present.

HarSat 10.13 Skidmore tracey-harris-diving-girlris began working with photographic source material as inspiration for her art in 2008. Anonymous snapshots found at flea markets, yard sales, and internet provide the diving board for her transformation of black and white memories into vivid light and color.

What: Opening reception,
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., D-2 Santa Monica, 90404
When: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-5070

ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY presents the debut solo exhibition of Los Angeles based artist CIRA CROWELL at B7 Gallery. Crowell transcends minimalism to reduce subjects to their quantum composition.

UndSat 10.13 Berman Crowell VeniceVolleyeniably conceptual but richly evocative, new yet immediately recognizable, “In Light” introduces a fresh perspective on the very particles of light.

See image, Venice Volley, 2012; Archival digital pigment print on
Hahnemuhle white paper; Limited edition of 2; 18 x 15 inches

On view: October 6 – November 3, 2012

What: Closing reception, CIRA CROWELL
Where: THE ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY, Bergamot Station, (B-7) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.586.9128

Also in Santa Monica….

Directors of Santa Monica Art Studios Yossi Govrin and Sherry Frumkin announce the 8th Anniversary Celebration of their project of artist studios and exhibition space. More than 35 painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors and mixed media artists will open their studios for the event.

As part of the event, ARENA 1 Gallery features an opening reception for Even Gravity has its Ups and downs curated by Mark Carter.

On view: October 13th & 14th

What: 8th Anniversary Celebration and opening
Where: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica 90405
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


In the Miracle Mile area…the Toby C. Moss Gallery, enjoy a talk with Molly Barnes about the current exhibition, Contrasting Abstraction.

Brigante (1895-1989) and Drewes (1899-1985) influenced the development of an abstract art movement in United States. Contrasting in style – fluid tendency of Brigante and architectural tendency of Drewes – their shared passion for abstraction is evident!

On view: October 4th – December 31st, 2012

What: NICHOLAS BRIGANTE & WERNER DREWES: Contrasting Abstraction
Where: 7321 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: (323) 933-5523


SAT 10.13LAAAIn West Hollywood…Hop over to Gallery 825 on La Cienega….where Los Angeles Art Association celebrates Terrestrial Life.  An all-media group show, the exhibition will explore contemporary landscapes juried by Whitney Carter of Carter & Citizen, Culver City.

In addition to the group show, LAAA will also feature four solo exhibits by Srboohie Abajian, Robin Adsit, Leigh Brodie and Lola Ramona Lanxinger.

On View: October 13th-November 9th

What: Reception for “Terrestrial Life”
Where: Gallery 825 – 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, LA 90069
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.652.8272


Then shoot down La Cienega for several gallery openigs on and around La Cienega/Washington area.

George Billis Gallery hosts an opening reception for a group exhibition.

Los Angeles abstract painter Bonita Helmer and California based artist Deborah Martin (see image) will be featured.

On view: October 13th –November 10th

Where: George Billis Gallery 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90029
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 838-3685

LSat 10.13 LabasseeBasse Projects presents Persistence of Vision, new works from Seonna Hong. This opening is Hong’s first solo exhibition with LeBasse Projects and first in Los Angeles in seven years.

This latest series of paintings and sculpture delves into the ideas of perception, how imprints are made and how those impressions project upon the picture of our experience.

On View: October 13th-November 3rd

What: Artist reception, Persistence of Vision,
Where: LeBasse Projects, 6023 Washington Blvd., LA 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.558.0200

Continue west down Washington to George Lawson Gallery, where New York painter Nancy Haynes will be celebrated. Haynes’ career spans four decades and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including two NEA grants.

In the middle gallery British-born artist Erin Lawlor will showcase a selection of recent paintings. She has been living and working in France since 1987.

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

A couple of fun ones also in Culver City will be taking place at Corey Helford Galleries…yes they just opened a new one, yeah!…great art parties here!

TLP Dog spaceship thang 1000The London Police will be featured with “For Dogs Sake” which includes a major new body of paintings on canvas, a big surprise from some major guest artists, and a film, “Dogumentary”, which will be running upstairs in our loft space on opening night and during the duration of their exhibition.

What: Opening reception, For Dogs Sake
Where: Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When:  7:00pm – 10:00pm
Phone: 310 287-2340

Also right near by, Corey Helford’s new gallery CHG Circa presents “Ice Loves Rococo,” featuring the new paintings of Van Arno in chromatic Rococo vision, his third solo show with Corey Helford.

On View: October 13th to October 27th

What: Opening Reception
Where: CHG Circa, 8530-A Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 7-10pm
Phone: 323-363-9338