Our Pick of the week…Beverly Hills artSHOW hosts its second and final day. 

In Santa Monica…

SatsunOct17-18-SMAS-GregChadwickCelebrate the 11th Anniversary of the Santa Monica Art Studios this Saturday AND Sunday! I know many of the artists at SMAS – they are fantastic. Be sure to stop by and see the art of Gregg Chadwick this weekend. See photo of Greg’s studio.

Linda Sher Salzman will have her studio # 25 open on Sunday and will be showing some of her paintings, bronze pieces and copper pieces as well as a couple of wiremesh in lucite.

Arena 1 Gallery, enjoy the opening of MADE IN CUBA!/HECHO EN CUBA! Recycling Memory and Culture, an audacious pop-up show of more than seventy mixed media works by some of Cuba’s leading artists. Opening receptions on Saturday October 17th and Sunday, October 18th are in conjunction with Santa Monica Art Studios’ 11th Open Studios celebrations.

Much of the art in this exhibition incorporates recycled and found materials, an aesthetic summed up by internationally renowned Cuban artist Roberto Diago this way: “During the economic crisis, we didn’t have the materials you need to paint like we were taught in school, so we adapted our art to what we could find.” He and other artists discovered that this experience in the ’90s changed their art for the better, broadening their vision in the use not only of new “found” materials, but also new concepts.

According to curator Sandra Levinson, the generation of Cuban artists, presented in MADE IN CUBA!, “is the most educated, most worldly, and probably most recognized ever. In Cuba, they are superstars.”

What: Open Studios and Artwalk / Arena 1 Gallery Opening
Where: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave. SM 90405 (along Airport Ave. between Bundy Drive & 23rd St.)
When: Sunday, October 18 from 1-5pm


In the Valley…

Sun-Oct18-SanFernando Valley-Arts-CulturalCtr-Gerald-BrommerSan Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center hosts a solo exhibition and benefit featuring the work of artist and educator, Gerald Brommer. 60% of sales will be donated to help support the SFV Arts & Cultural Center.

See image: “On the South Carolina Shore” Watercolor, 22 x 30

This exhibits spotlights 200 new works by the beloved artist.  At the age of 89 he is still drawn to the challenges of creating new art.

The Center is open Tue. – Sat. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Wine & Hors d’Ouevres will be served. This is a FREE event.

Parking is in the rear parking lot.

On view: October 6 – 24, 2015

What: Opening reception
Where: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana, CA 91356
When: 2:00 – 5:00 pm – October 18, 2015
Phone: 818 / 697-5525
Website: www.sfvacc.org


AtSun-Oct18-SandyBleifer-HAZE the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, celebrate the diverse voices of Judaism and support their expression through all kinds of media.

See image: Sandy Bleifer, HAZE (diptych), 1983, constructed silkscreen/handmade paper, 2 parts, each: 40-1/4″ x 32-1/4″

From ketubot, mizrahim and the shiviti, to paper art for its own sake, this craft has found a home in Jewish tradition. The artists whose work is on exhibit have turned paper into functional religious work, landscapes, abstract images, small scale sculptures and more.

Sara L. Cannon, Curator, will open the exhibition at 4:00 p.m. followed by talks from the artists

Exhibiting Artists: Sandy Bleifer • lsaac Brynjegard-Bialik • Karen Frimkess Wolff • Amy Goldenberg • Nancy Goodman Lawrence • David Moss • Gali Rotstein • Melinda Smith Altshuler

Exhibition will be open through April 10, 2016

AJRCA is open 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sundays, 9:30 – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 – 2:00 on Friday

What: Opening reception
Where: AJRCA, 3250 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90010
When 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Website: http://ajrca.edu


Sun-Oct18-LaLuzdeJesus-Los-Lobos coverLa Luz de Jesus Gallery hosts a book signing…

Los Lobos leaped into the national spotlight in 1987, when their cover of “La Bamba” became a No. 1 hit. But what looked like an overnight achievement to the band’s new fans was actually a way station in a long musical journey that began in East Los Angeles in 1973 and is still going strong.

Los Lobos: Dream in Blue, the first book on this unique band, traces the entire arc of the band’s career. Music journalist Chris Morris draws on new interviews with Los Lobos members and their principal collaborators, as well as his own reporting since the early 1980s, to recount the evolution of Los Lobos’s music. He describes the creation of every album, lingering over highlights such as How Will the Wolf Survive?, La Pistola y El Corazon, and Kiko, while following the band’s trajectory from playing Mexican folk music at weddings and dances in East L.A. to international stardom and major-label success, as well as their independent work in the new millennium. Giving one of the longest-lived and most-honored American rock bands its due, Los Lobos celebrates the expansive reach and creative experimentalism that few other bands can match.

What: Opening reception
Where: La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. LA 90027
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: 323-666-7667
Website: www.laluzdejesus.com


In the Venice / Marina Del Rey area …the art of Leona Wood will debut at QArt (480 Washington Blvd.,) from 6-10pm; RSVP required exhibit@leonawood.com


Enjoy the Arts….see ya next week!