In Santa Monica…

Head to 18th Street July18-18St-Arts-Chambpagnesocial.16-PMArts Center for guided studio tours and champagne! The Champagne Socials happen twice a year and are an afternoon campus-wide open studio. Come for a meet and greet with cheerful libations. Enjoy access to new works in progress and intimate discussions with the artists.

See image: 2015 Spring Champagne Social, guest in Yvette Gellis’ studio, photo by Carla Sendino

While you are there, enjoy a solo exhibition of Taipei, Taiwan based artist Chih-Chien Chen, realized with the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles. Presented in conjunction with a three-month residency supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, the artist will exhibit an installation of interactive video works, one of which will be made on-site. The new work will echo his previous video Flowing Pride: Ripple, extending the motif of the Bougainvillea flower.

You can RSVP HERE.

On view: July 13th – August 29th

What: Opening reception
Where: 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St. Santa Monica, 90404
When: Sunday, July 19, 11:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Phone: (310) 453-3711


In Boyle Heights….

The art of Hideo Sakata will be on view at The Jean Deleage Art Gallery, housed in the CASA 0101 Theater. The solo exhibition is curated by Jimmy Centeno.

Sun-July19-hideo sakataCASA 0101 Theater and Little Casa are located just 3 blocks west of the Soto St. Metro Gold Line Station.

Here’s what Peter Frank (Peter Frank, Huff Post/Fabrik) has to say about the artist.
“Hideo Sakata paints luminous images and fantastical abstractions, pictures that envelop the imagination. But he also lives with art in the real world, working tirelessly with other artists in organizations that advance the artistic causes and that bridge countries and cultures. A native of Nagasaki, Sakata-san was a child when an atomic bomb exploded above his city. Shielded from the impact itself, the young artist-to-be still saw the flash and witnessed the aftermath. It was a revelation, a visual one of heaven itself exploding and a spiritual one that all humans are precious, all civilizations rich, and art is the concrete manifestation of this.”

On view: July 19th – August 31st

What: Opening
Where: The Jean Deleage Art Gallery (CASA 0101), 2102 E. 1st St., LA, 90033
When: Sunday, July 19, 1:00pm – 4:00 pm


Today, Sunday, July 19, a very imJuly19-after-quakevigil-Kathmanduportant fundraiser takes place at the c.nichols project which will benefit the Nepal earthquake survivors.

See my Argonaut Newspaper article about this event.

Michelle Page (founder of Danger Dogs of Nepal) has put together an amazing event with the help of Christine Nichols. The goal is to raise much needed financial help for the Nepali people. 100% of the proceeds from the entrance fee ($20 suggested donation) and the silent auction will go to two 501(c) charities.

Page travels to Kathmandu two times a year. She hires Nepali artists to create personal pet signs made to order (from a photo of her customer’s furry friend). She just happened to be there, meeting with some of her artists when the earthquake hit.

Two nonprofits have been chosen to benefit from the July 19 fundraiser, Portal Bikes and Waves for Water. “I chose Portal Bikes because before the earthquake their mission was to give jobs and employment to Nepalis, a cause dear to my heart,” said Michelle.  To date they have supplied over 3200 shelters and housed an estimated 11,000 people. You can watch the homes go up on Facebook.

Page added, “Christine is a big fan of Waves for Water and has had benefits for them in the past. They had already had a project planned to start in Nepal in June.”

SeArtistsigns-DangerDog-portrait-Kathmandue image: Artist Maharjan creating a Danger Dog

The event will feature Danger Dogs for sale on the back patio, live music from Nepali musicians, a silent auctions featuring all sorts of merchandise from Nepal as well as cashmere blankets and perks from local retailers. Food and drink from local restaurants.

See image: Katmandu after the quake

100% of the proceeds from the entrance fee ($20 suggested donation) and the silent auction will go to these two 501(c) charities.

For more info about Danger Dogs of Nepal, visit the website at

What: Fundraiser/Art Party
Where: c.nichols projects, 12613 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
When: Sunday, July 19, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: (310) 915-1930

Thats all folks…go forth and embrace the culture!