We’ve got art parties all over LA for you tonight…This is always the busiest day of the year, the Saturday after Labor Day…I once attended 16 different openings all over LA. Let me know how you do.

It will beBergamotStationlogo copy a busy night at Bergamot Station…

The arts center is located at 2525 Michigan Ave. and hosts several fun art parties tonight. BTW for those of you that will be arrriving on the later side…there is now additional parking offered at Bergamot….yipppee. See below for map.

Start with an early opening at FIG (G-6) from 3- 6 http://figgallery.com  Ruth Bachofner Gallery (G-2) holds an artist reception from 4-7pm. http://www.ruthbachofnergallery.com/

Sat 9.7 LeslieSacks AWInStudioLeslie Sacks Contemporary presents an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles artist Alex Weinstein.

This new body of work by Alex Weinstein is executed on wood panels with deep beveled edges.

On view: Sept 7 – Oct 26

What: Opening Reception, 
Where: Leslie Sacks Contemporary (B6)
Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Mon
ica, California 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 264-0640

Pop into these from 5-7 pm…Shoshana Wayne Gallery (B1), http://www.shoshanawayne.com, Craig Krull Gallery (B-3) http://www.craigkrullgallery.com, Rosamund Felsen Gallery (B-4) http://www.rosamundfelsen.com  and Lora Schlesinger Gallery, T-3 http://www.loraschlesinger.com/

ThSat 9.7 RobertBerman Subterranean familye Robert Berman Gallery celebrates its newest show….”Breakfast in the Forest.”

See image: Subterranean family, 2013 Oil on wood 35 x 30 inches

The exhibition features paintings, drawings and pieces made from bones, which explore expanding one’s heart and mind. Nourishment from the natural world and the unseen, unspoken but ever present forces always at work around us, is the food for the soul that provides the sustenance for this body of work.

On view: Sept 7th – Oct 12th

What: Opening reception
Where: The Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamot Station, (B-7) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.586.9128
Website: http://www.robertbermangallery.com/ 

Sat 9.7 TAG PDouglasTAG Gallery hosts an opening reception featuring three solo shows.

See image: Pam Douglas, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” inks and mixed media on silk, 30 x 45″.

Artists featured are Lorraine Bubar, Katie Crown, and Pam Douglas. There will be an artist talk on Saturday, September 21, 3-4pm.

On view: Sept 3rd – Sept 28th

What: Opening reception

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

When: 5:00 pm 8:00 pm 

Phone: (310) 829-9556

Website: www.taggallery.net

TWU 9.7 FrankLloyd Translucencehe Frank Lloyd Gallery presents Translucence. The group show includes the work of Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, Helen Pashgian, and DeWain Valentine.

Presenting a selection of historical pieces and recent works by these artists, Translucence will explore their subtly atmospheric qualities and emphasis on perceptual phenomena.

On view: September 7th – October 19th

What: Opening Reception
Where: Frank Lloyd Gallery, Inc., Bergamot Station (B-5b), 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310 264-3866
Website: http://www.franklloyd.com

BTW for those of you that will be arrriving on the later side…there is now additional parking offered at Bergamot….yipppee.

YBergamot overflowparkingou must enter on Stewart St…See map.

Also going a bit later…from 6-8 pm…you can stop into Patrick Painter Inc. (B-2), http://www.patrickpainter.com

And these galleries are holding openings from 6-9 pm Richard Heller Gallery (B-5A) http://richardhellergallery.com/   Lois Lambert Gallery (E-3)  http://www.loislambertgallery.com/ 

ROSEGALLERY will also be open showcasing two exhibits…. Bruce Davidson’s “1964 / 2012” and By “Night in LA by Camilo José Vergara.”

Bruce Davidson first came to Los Angeles in 1964 on assignment for Esquire magazine. As a young New Yorker in LA, he found himself at odds with what he described as a “cultural desert with acrid air, bumper-to-bumper traffic, tall palms, and seedy Hollywood types.”

WU-Sat 9.7 Rose BruceDavidsonSee image: Bruce Davidson, Sports Car from Freeway Overpass, LA, 1964, Silver Gelatin print, 11 x 14 inches © Courtesy of Magnum Photos, the Artist and ROSEGALLERY

Nearly 45 years after Davidson first visited Los Angeles, he returned to the city with a vastly different shooting agenda. The crowded and buzzing social landscape of 1964 now serves as a distant backdrop for the quiet integrity of Davidson’s clawed up yuccas, attenuated palms, and parched hillsides.

The latter show featurs Camilo José Vergara who considers himself an “archivist of decline,” documenting changes in the urban landscape over time. Year after year, he returns to photograph the same places, creating an accumulation of images that present the ever-changing history of a community.

On view August 17 through September 14

What: Opening reception
Where: Rose Gallery (G-5), Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., SM 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.264.8440
Website: http://www.rosegallery.net

dnj Gallery hosts an opening of “Claude Cahun and After.” The exhibition begins with four vintage prints by the famed early twentieth century photographer, Claude Cahun.

SSat 9.7 dnj TamTran Frida2013ee image: Tam Tran, Frida, 2013, digital print, 17″ x 17″

Working during the troubled interwar period in Europe, Cahun was one of the first female photographers to use portraits, often of herself, to explore notions of identity and gender. Cahun’s images serve as a point of departure for assembling five contemporary photographers who explore their own struggles with the concept of self.

Artists include: Claude Cahun, Sia Aryai, Corey Grayhorse, Clay Lipsky, Ni Rong, Tam Tran.

On view: Sept 7th – Oct 26th

What: Opening reception
Where: dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, (J-1) 2525 Michigan Ave, SM,  90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.315.3551
Website: http://www.dnjgallery.net/

Also in Santa Monica….

b/G Gallery presents Bold Nostalgia, an exhibit where artists recontextualize vintage imagery and nostalgic subjects in contemporary ways.

EThurs 9.5 bGGallery AnnieTerrazzo the moonxhibiting Artists: Melissa Meier, Simone Gad, Nikko Sedgwick, Annie Terrazzo (see,  image) Lizzy Waronker, Kate Jackson, Kimberly Zsebe, Mike Saijo, Barbara Kosoff, Hilary Wooton, Joe Bush, Mike Street, and Holiday Donaldson .

Bold Nostalgia is a group exhibition of artists, where memories are brought back through the use of different materials. Vintagery elements are combined in a narrative assemblage that expresses emotions and ideas to the audience. The artworks create a mesh of conflicting emotions, including melancholia, joy, pain and sensuality.

What: Opening Reception
Where: bG Gallery, 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, Ca 90401
When: 7:30 pm-10:30 pm
Phone: 310.451.9983
Website: http://www.BGartGalleries.com

ISat 9.7 LALouver AllisonSaarn Venice…

LA Louver hosts two openings…. “Slough” features new sculptures and drawings by Los Angeles-based artist Alison Saar. Through a complex and masterful use of evocative materials, themes of racial struggle, cultural identity and the changing roles of motherhood converge in this new body of work, all of which was created in 2013.

Upstairs, “Reflections of the Flowerbank World” featuring Tom Wudl will also be on view. Created with acrylic, oil and gold paint, gouache, pencil and gold leaf, Wudl’s new work is inspired by the Avatamsaka Sutra (or Flower Ornament Sutra), the revered scripture of Huayan Buddhism.

On view: Sept 3rd – Oct 5th

What: Opening Reception
Where: L.A. Louver, 45 North Venice Blvd. Venice 90291
When: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 822- 4955
Website: http://www.lalouver.com/

In Culver City…

Samuel FWU  9.7 SamuelFreemanreeman offers a new exhibition entitled “The Four People You Meet at Every Drug Deal” featuring Jibade-Khalil Huffman.

See image: ibade-Khalil Huffman, Lake Overturn, 2013, still from 3-channel video

Huffman will present a multimedia exhibition comprised of a 3-channel video and sculptural installation, a multi-channel slide work, a color and text-based video, and still life photographs.

What: Opening reception
Where: Samuel Freeman, 2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.449.1479
Website: http://www.samuelfreeman.com

Head South down La Cienega…

George Billis offers an opening reception for three new exhibitions curated by Brooks Salzwedel and Tressa Williams.

WU Sat 9.7GeorgeBillis SaraWilliamsSee image: Sarah Williams, “Sedalia Business Route,” oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches.

“Blacktop Country” features the photo realism work of Sarah Williams.

Also showing is “New Works: Tim Yankosky” and “Housesitter” featuring Alex Blas.

September 7th – October 12th

What: Opening reception
Where: George Billis Gallery, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90029
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 838-3685
Website: www.georgebillis.com

Also from 6-8 pm enjoy openings at LAXART, 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd., http://www.laxart.org
then pop by some more from 6-9 pm  GREENE EXHIBITION, 2654 La Cienega Ave., http://www.greene-exhibitions.com Katherine Cone Gallery, 2673 La Cienega, http://www.katherineconegallery.com  Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., http://www.luisdejesus.com/ David Kordansky Gallery (3143 S. La Cienega Blvd., Unit A) has an art party from 6-9pm. http://davidkordanskygallery.com/

Kopeikin Gallery celebrates the work of Mitch Dobrowner with a reception. 

Sat 9.7 Kopeiken MitchDobrownerSee image: Bears Claw, 2013

Dobrowner received the prestigious Sony World Photographer of the Year award in 2012 for this body of work.

Hiroshi Watanabe, Suo Sarumawashi (Monkey Dancing) will also be celebrated tonight.

On view: Sept 7th – Oct 25th

What: Opening reception
Where: Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 South La Cienega Blvd.,
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-559-0800
Website: http://www.kopeikingallery.com

Then from 6-9 pm, be sure to stop at Carter & Citizen (2648 La Cienega Ave) for an opening. Remember this gallery is on La Cienega AVE  (Not Blvd)   http://www.carterandcitizen.com  and Mihai Nicodim Gallery (3143 S. La Cienega Blvd, Unit B, Entrance on Blackwelder) http://www.nicodimgallery.com

Then head west on Washington Blvd.

ISat 9.7 Klowden BettinaHubbyt’s the Grand opening of Klowden Mann. Previously known as Gallery km, Klowden Mann will reopen in its new location in Culver City. 

(This is the location that LeBasse Projects used to be in).

The first solo show is entitled “Pretty Limber” featuring artist Bettina Hubby.

What: Opening Reception
Where: Klowden Mann, 6023 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-280-0226
Website: http://klowdenmann.com/

Two doors down…pop into Thinkspace (6009 Washington Blvd.) from 6-9 pm. http://thinkspacegallery.com/

FSat 9.7 FreshPaint LisaBartleson Sphereresh Paint hosts an artist reception for “Juxtaposed Gestures.”

See image: Lisa Bartleson, “Sphere 0813.56.22”, 56 x 56 x 3 inches, mixed media on panel

The group exhibition features Los Angeles artist Lisa Bartleson, plus Brenda Zappitell (from Boca Raton) and Atticus Adams (from Pittsburgh).

Lisa Bartleson and Brenda Zappitell will be present at the opening.

What: Opening Reception
Where: Fresh Paint Art, 5835 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Phone: 323-931-5835
Website: http://www.freshpaintart.com

Head west to WWA Gallery for a later opening for a group show entitled “Happiest Show on Earth.”

SSat 9.7 WWA happiesthowcasing WWA Gallery’s roots in animation art, participating artists have revamped iconic Disney characters with wit, humor and satire.

On view: Sept 7th – Oct 5th

What: Opening reception
Where: WWA Gallery, 9517 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
When: 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
Phone: 310-836-4992
Website: www.WWAgallery.com

In the Miracle Mile area…Richard Telles Fine Art (7380 Beverly Blvd.) will host an opening from 5-7pm http://www.tellesfineart.com/   Edward Cella Art+Architecture, (6018 Wilshire Blvd) features an artist reception from 6-8 pm. http://www.edwardcella.com and

LAUNCH LAWU Launch MaionLane is located upstairs at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery. The openings always start earlier here. 

Tonight “Adventures in Suntan Alley” featuring Marion Lane opens.

See image: Marion Lane, “Untitled 2,” 2013, acrylic on panel, 46 x 46″.

This latest exhibition is a delightfully curious interpretation of Los Angeles’ unique visual brand.

On view: Sept 7th – Sept 28th

What: Opening reception
Where: LAUNCH, 170 S. La Brea Ave., 2nd floor LA, 90036
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (323) 899-1363
Website: www.launchla.org

Now this one starts at 8:00 pm…

MWU SAT MerryKarnowsky NIcolaVerlato Paganpoperry Karnowsky Gallery always has a fun art party. Tonight’s opening will celebrate two new exhibitions.

 “Pagan Pop” features the work of Nicola Verlato and “A Modern World” showcasing the paintings of Caleb Brown.

On view: Sept 7th – Sept 28th

What: Opening reception
Where: Merry Karnowsky Gallery 170 S. La Brea Ave. (In the Art 170 Building), LA 90036
When: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm 
Phone: 323.933.4408
Website: http://www.mkgallery.com

In the Silverlake area…

Subliminal ProWU 9.7 Subliminal KaiSunny0813hjects presents new work by artists Kai & Sunny. Bridging the gap between fine art and design, the duo is inspired by imagery from nature.

See image: Kai & Sunny, “Just An Illusion – Wood,” 2012, hand pulled screen print on oak, Edition of 2.

Natural forms are reduced to geometric patterns and figures then translated into large-scale installations, hand-pulled screen prints infused with copper and stardust, and unique letterpress prints.

On view: Sept 7th – Oct 5th

What: Opening
Where: Subliminal Projects, 1331 W Sunset Blvd., LA 90026
When: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: (213) 213-0078
Website: http://subliminalprojects.com/

In Downtown LA…

Hive Gallery hosts a fun art party….to celebrate  “Garden of your Mind” An anything PBS themed show!

WU Sat-9.7 Hive nArtists featured include: Eric Sonntag, Timothy Robert Smith, Michelle Anderst, Paul K, Lacey Clemens, Jamie Jiminez, Jessica Valencia, Megan Elizabeth Ford, Anne Walker, Justin Pape Genevieve Atkerson, JQ HAmmer, Kelly Johnson, Jacqueline Jolly, Josh wyosocki, Kim Gordon, Steve Minty, Nancy Pham, Henry Cram, David McNeley, Michelle Hall, Mike Street, Nathan Cartwright, Darcy Yates, Kim Lyons, Erik Flores, Brendan Waegner and many more.

As always the work of it’s resident artists will be showcased along with bathroom installations, fabric installations, tarot readers and more.

On view: Sept 7th – 28th

$5 Suggested Donation at door.

What: Opening reception
Where: Hive Gallery
, 729 S. Spring
When: 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Phone: 213 955- 9051
Website: http://www.thehivegallery.com