Downtown Santa Monica celebrates its 25th Anniversary of Third Street Promenade with its first outdoor DJ-driven music festival, “Sonic Submarine.”

The event will feature five outstaSat-Sept20-SM-25Anniversarynding DJs from the KCRW on-air roster.

The Third Street block stretching north from Santa Monica Boulevard to Arizona Street will come alive with hour-long sets from the acclaimed sound-smiths as well as an interactive photo booth for Sonic Submariners, digitally capturing the evening festivities and creating memories for years to come. Come one, come all to this free night of immersion in an electronic wonderland.

KCRW DJ Lineup: Raul Campos, Mario Cotto, Chris Douridas, Travis Holcombe, and Garth Trinidad.

What: Sonic Submarine
Where 3rd Street Promenade
When: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

It’s the first day of Culver City Affair of the Arts. There is more info about this 2-day festival on Sunday’s Event Page. 11am-7pm;

BergamotStationlogo copyIn Santa Monica, Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave.) hosts some art events.

In conjunction with its current exhibition, TAG Gallery presents an artist talk with Pam Douglas, Ernie Marjoram, Camey McGilvray.

The Long Thread, Pam Douglas New work by Pam Douglas explores the cycle of birth and death in “The Long Thread.”

Works on Paper, Ernie MarjoramMarjoram Baptistry graphite 7x5in
For his current exhibition, “Works on Paper,” artist

Ernie Marjoram presents drawings of a range of subjects; landscapes, still life compositions and figure studies in a variety of media; watercolor, pen and ink, pencil and charcoal, etchings and digital prints.

See image: Ernie Marjoram, Baptistry graphite 7x5in

L.A. Boogie Woogie, Camey McGilvray
In artist Camey McGilvray’s latest sculpture series, abstracted forms in wood, wire and rebar are a continued concentration in her work.

Artist Talk: Saturday, September 20 at 5:00 pm

On view: September 2 – September 27, 2014

What: Opening reception
Where: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404

When: 5-7pm
Phone: (310) 829-9556


bG Gallery presents the group exhibit “Dirty Minds: Life on Earth” curated byThomas Whittaker Kidd.

SeSat-Sept6-bGGallery-Andre-Yi-sequoia-acrylic-gouache-and-prismacolor-on-canvase image: Andre Yi sequoia acrylic gouache and prisma color on canvas

In this exhibit the relationship between the figure and the landscape becomes intertwined. The man-made and the natural become united.

Artists include: Allois, Dan Busta & Ryan Schude, Brian Cooper, Ryan Foster, Arthur E. Giron, Jim Holyoak, Thomas Whittaker Kidd, Connie DK Lane, William Loveless, Melissa Meier, Justin Moore, Bob and Marjorie Moskowitz, Jim Ovelmen, Courtney Reid and Andre Yi.

On view:September 6 – September 24

What: Artist reception
Where: bG Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, # G8A, Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 5:00 pm –  9:00 pm
Phone: (310) 906 4211

Also at Bergamot, Gallery Luisotti (A-2) hosts an opening from 5-7pm.

Also in Santa Monica…

Tara Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of acclaimed Iranian expatriate Hossein Khosrojerdi.

Currently living iSat-Sept20-TaraGalleryn self-exile in London, Redefining Home will be Khosrojerdi’s first solo exhibition in the United States. This unique picturesque collection spanning from 2004-2014 will include his digital media and paintings that mark – albeit not all – pivotal periods of his life.

What: Opening reception
Where: Tara Gallery, 1202 Montana Avenue, Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (entrance on 12th street)
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.451.2417

In Venice (where our Pick of the Week happens)…

De Soto Gallery hosts an opening reception to celebrate the work of artist Laura Plageman.

SSat-Sept20-DeSototoGallery-plageman CypressPointee image: Laura Plageman, Response to Print of Cypress Point, California,  2014, archival pigment print, editions variable

In the second installment of her Response series, Laura Plageman shifts her gaze from land to sea. With continued focus on the materiality of the photographic print, her new works oscillate between image and object, photography and sculpture, landscape and still life.

Each piece is a “response” to an original image that is sculpted and collaged into a tabletop assemblage and then re-photographed. The final prints hover between being illusory and tangible, seemingly impossible but showing evidence of their actual construction.

On view: September 20 – November 9

What: Opening reception
Where: De Soto Gallery,
1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, Ca 90291
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 323.253.2255

In Culver City…

Cherry and Martin holds an opening for Jennifer BSat-Sept20-CherryMartinoysen’s solo exhibition, “Trans-mutes.” Part painter, part sculptor, Boysen incorporates the use of copper, wood, and other found objects into her art.

Often starting with a found object and covering it with stretched canvas. Boysen works mostly in large format, finding ways to construct the shaped and textured canvases in her studio much like a sculptor. Hammering copper, pushing textured medium through canvas, altering stretchers with wood and aluminum, Boysen sets up the field for her paintings in varied and hidden ways.

On view: September 20 – October 25

What: Opening reception
Where: Cherry Martin, 2712 S. La Cienega Blvd.
When: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Also Cherry Matin’s other location (2732 s. La Cienega Blvd.) just down the street, presents a two-person exhibition of works by Sebastian Black and Koenraad Dedobbeleer. The exhibition will include new paintings and photographic works by Sebastian Black and and recent sculpture by Koenraad Dedobbeleer.

Sat-Sept20-CHG-JohnBrophy-PlushAvengerClose by…

CHG Circa presents “Giants Among Us,” featuring the work of well-known contemporary artists.

See image: John Brophy “Plush Avenger”

This group exhibition is an exploration of
giants in the modern context and will feature work by some of the top artists in the New Contemporary Movement.

Participating artists include: Anita Kunz, Andrew Brandou, Armando Marino, Benjamin Bryce Kelley, Billy Norrby, Christofer Kochs, David Stoupakis, Eric Joyner, Joe Fenton, John Brophy, KINSEY, Korin Faught, Maria Kreyn, Matt Rota, Sarah Folkman, Selena Wong, So Youn Lee, and Van Arno.

What: Opening reception
Where: CHG Circa, 8530 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 7:00 pm ‑10:00 pm
Phone: 310 287-2340

Head South…

Kayne Griffin Corcoran presents an exhibition of new work by sculptor Mark Handforth. “Rough Dark Diamond,” Handforth’s first solo gallery exhibition in Los Angeles, will consist of large-scale sculptural works installed both within the gallery and in the courtyard outside.

Mark Handforth twists mundane maSat-Sept20KayneGriffin-Mark Handforth withMarkrkers of modern life—light fixtures, roadway signs, motorcycles—into an evocative series of symbols and ciphers. Working in the fertile conceptual space between Minimalism and Surrealism, Handforth manipulates form, material, context, and especially size. Thus transformed, his chosen cultural signifiers take on a new and alien life. In his new exhibition, Handforth works from abstracted templates of simple shapes. The titular diamond, fashioned from steel pipe, is secured to floor and ceiling, framing the gallery space like a roughhewn portal or doorway. Similarly, Handforth explores variations on wire coat hangers, telephone handsets, and five-pointed stars, all recurring motifs in the artist’s own unique sculptural language. These symbols of domesticity, reappropriated and stripped of utility, exist as a series of oblique totems that read playful, provocative, and even menacing by turns.

On view: September 20 – January 3

What: Opening reception
Where: Kayne Griffin Corcoran, 1201 South La Brea Ave., LA (between Olympic and San Vincente.
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310.586.6886

Head the opposite way…on LA Brea to Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (357 N. La Brea Ave., LA 90036), offers an opening from 6-9pm.

Also nearby…SPOT Photo Works, 6679 Sunset Blvd., LA 90028 throws an art party from 6-9pm.

Then in the Miracle Mile area…Steve Turner Contemporary (6026 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036) hosts a reception from 6-9pm. There will be a performance at 8pm.

Sat-Sept20-Martha Otero-Rob SatoMartha Otero hosts an opening reception for Rob Sato’s “Curses.”

This is his first exhibition with the gallery. Sato’s work layers personal, historical, and imaginary elements into rich, dynamic imagery that often explores themes of time, movement and memory. Working mainly in watercolors, his work is by turns intensely detailed and wildly loose and improvisational.

What:  reception
Where: Martha Otero Gallery, 820 N Fairfax Ave., LA 90046
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323 951 1068

In downtown LA….PYO GALLERY LA, 1100 South Hope Street, Suite 105, hosts a reception from 6-9pm.