8.18 JTHAR Poster-1JPEGYou may want to enjoy a weekend out of LA….then head to beautiful Joshua Tree.

Joshua Tree Art Gallery Presents JTHAR Exhibition 2012 from August 17th through August 19th.

Recipients are GER GER, RACHEL OSTROW, LAURA FRANTZ and will be featured in an opening reception tonight at Joshua Tree At Gallery.

Ger Ger is a media artist and photographer who’s current work is site specific and inspired by Joshua Tree.

Rachel Ostrow is a painter playing between abstract and representation while embracing the peacefulness of the Joshua Tree desert.

Laura Frantz, also a painter is from New York. She has been combining her daily observations of the beauty of the landscape into abstract compositions.

If you would like to spend the weekend in Joshua Tree and are interested in finding out where to stay, JTAG can offer some great suggestions as well as the Johsua Tree Highlands Houses.

Feel free to conlowres JTAG RENTALstact the gallery,  info@joshuatreeartgallery.com

What: Closing reception, JTAG
Where: Joshua Tree Art Gallery, 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92552
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 760 366 3636
Website: http://www.joshuatreeartgallery.com; www.jthar.com 

For more information about these artists, see their websites: www.gerger.com; www.rachelostrow.com; http://momaps1.org/studio-visit/artist/laura-frantz

In SBergamotStationlogo copyanta Monica, at Bergamot Station, TAG Gallery presents the sixth annual California Open Juried Exhibition.

The nationwide competition recognizes excellence in a diverse range of styles and media and offers artists exposure at Bergamot Station Arts Center, Southern California’s largest art gallery complex and cultural center.
WU-8.18 TAGOn view: August 15th  through August 31st

What: Opening reception, California Open Juried Exhibition
Where: TAG Gallery, (D-3) at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-9556
Website:  http://taggallery.net/

If you are going to the Pick of the Week….be sure to pop in several other event close by.

Giant RoboSat-8.18-GiantRobot2-twoofakind645t presents Two of a Kind, an art show featuring new works by Jeni Yang.

Whimsical might be the way to describe the works of Taiwan born and Southern California residing artist, Jeni Yang. Her works intersect cats, cakes, and nature.

On View: August 18th – September 5th

What: Opening reception, Two of a Kind,
Where: GR2, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
When: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: (310) 445-9276
Website: http://www.giantrobot.com/

Los Angeles Art Association presents Second Skin: a powerful one-night only performance art event featuring Kristine Schomaker, Denise Siegel, Elizabeth Tobias and Marjan Vayghan.

In Kristine Schomaker’s performance for Second Skin, she will use the virtual world of Second Life as a platform for activism.

8.15 Gallery825-SecondSkinArtist, performer and writer Denise Siegel’s performance explores how the mind reconciles disparate political, scientific, and religious ideologies.

Elizabeth Tobias’ Second Skin piece invites our shadow selves to be seen in public with the notion that destroying inhibition and self-protection will make way for more authentic experiences.

Marjan Vayghan’s Second Skin performance brings awareness to the mournful skin of funeral processions that have plagued families and communities in Iran and throughout the Arab Spring.

What: Performance Art, Kristine Schomaker, Denise Siegel, Elizabeth Tobias and Marjan Vayghan.
Where: Gallery 825 – 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: 7:00 pm
Phone: 310.652.8272
Website: http://laaa.org/


Near the Miracle Mile area, Bleicher Galleries offers a a group show entitled Text Message, 8.18 BleicherGalleries DarrenSaravis(The Alchemy of text-based Art.

This exhibition features artists working in a variety of mediums and genres, who incorporate, infuse, or solely utilize text in their art practice.

Artists include: Stephen Anderson, Nicola Anthony, Alexandra Grant,Tm Gratkowski, Jim Jenkins, Joella March, Mary Corey March, Darren Saravis (see image), Joy Shannon, Lacey Terrell, Suzann Walsh

On view: August 15th – September 10th

What: Opening, group exhibition, Text Message
Where: Bleicher Gallery 355 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles CA 90036
When: 6:00 – 9:30pm
Phone: 323-545-6018
Website: http://caporalebleicher.com


8.18 Hadid PaulRusconiIn West Hollywood, Hadid Gallery holds an opening reception for Words and Phrases featuring artist, Paul Rusconi. There is always a fun art party here.

Enjoy Art, music and cocktails.

Be sure to RSVP by August 17th to julia@hadidgallery.com

What: Opening reception, Paul Rusconi
Where: Hadid Gallery, 8933 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 90048
When: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Website: http://www.hadidgallery.com/

There is also some free music in the Marina at Burton W. Chace Park. Tonight’s show features Ambrosia. See http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/schedule/events

Venice local, Maureen Cotter will be making her 8th appearance at Beyond Baroque.

8.18 MaureenCotterShowA strong writer, for the past 8 years she has written, directed and performed a new one woman show each year at Beyond Baroque. I have been to several and I can attest, this lady puts on a fabulous show.

Cotter is a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse and has long been involved with the Venice community as well as being a civic activist.

BeyondBaroqueAt this year’s show, Maureen will be telling about her most embarrassing moments (always a fun subject) with an after party in Beyond Baroque’s courtyard. Live music too.

General admission $ 10.

What: Maureen Cotter’s annual one woman show.
Where: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291
When: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Website: http://www.beyondbaroque.org

Also tWU Sold-Outonight, The Gallerati Society presents its Annual End-of-Summer Soiree at artist Zhenya Gershman’s residence in Brentwood, CA. from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Enjoy an intimate evening of social art appreciation at Gershman’s residence.

This unique eveWU8.18 Zhenyagershmancollagent offers a tour of Gershman’s home studio; an opportunity to watch a live painting demonstration featuring one of this city’s most dynamic portrait models, Mark Snyder; and lively conversations over wine, h’ors d’oeuvres, dessert, and music in a garden setting.

This is an RSVP event ONLY. Tickets are $20.00. The address of the event will be revealed after tickets are purchased. For more info, email laartparty@gmail.com