Wow…I think this weekend is going to be a record….last Saturday, I visited 16 galleries…I did the Art party hop….soo much fun. Well let’s see how many I can do this weekend. Bergamot Station has some great ones on Saturday….Ed Moses has an opening at Leslie Sacks, Mr Fish at the Robert Berman Gallery, plus Copro and more…

Our Pick of the Week also takes place on Saturday. Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA), a nationally recognized non-profit art organization, holds its Annual Benefit Auction at Gallery 825. This all-media auction is a great way to collect affordable art from emerging LA artists.

It’s going to be a great art party….We just emailed the winners….Congrats…See ya there.

Artist J.J. L’Heureux is enjoying her second year as a LAAA member and admits her favorite part of being a member is meeting and mingling with the other members at events like this one.

See her piece from the auction (below right), part of her Etichette Series, Lazzaroni is a print with knotted threads giving it the appearance of a “real” collage.

L’Heureux is constantly creating and preparing for shows. She explains, “I have one-person exhibitions installed at the present time at the Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Georgia and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas.” L’Heureux has one hundred and twenty works in the exhibition at the Houston Museum and thirty five at the Albany Museum. She continues, “Keeping organized with power point presentation for my talks, shipping and correspondence with future exhibitions takes a great amount of my time. I look forward to ‘working’ for a few hours most afternoons that does not include packing a box or e-mail.”

Painting is L’Heureux’s primary medium, but on a trip to the Antarctica about fifteen years ago, she fell in love with thePOW JJLheureux lazzaronilabeled wild life and embarked on a successful photography career. She has returned almost every season. “I now have a series of photographs taken in Antarctica and also the Arctic, says L’Heureux. “Plus a series of prints “Faces from the Southern Ocean” of some of the faces I have had the opportunity to meet on my expeditions.” She is also currently working on a painting series entilted Bergy Bits – a “cold” series of color field paintings.

Here’s how the night will go down….The live auction will begin promptly at 7:15pm, and the silent auction closes at 8:30pm. The live auction will be presented by Bonhams. Just in case you didn’t know….Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques.

The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 57 specialist areas.

The auction, widely embraced by the art community and leading collectors as a showcase of art trends, will feature more than 100 works by emerging and mid-career artists, as well as celebrated luminaries. All proceeds benefit LAAA and Los Angeles’ emerging artist community.

To preview artwork, place an absentee bid or to buy a piece NOW, visit:

VIP PREVIEW: $100 ($120 AT DOOR)
VIP Preview includes food by NOBU, open bar hosted by Stillhouse Original Moonshine, wine, champagne and desserts. VIP ticket holders enjoy an intimate, first viewing of the artwork.

The first 100 VIP ticket purchases will receive a limited edition print by Mei Xian Qiu, recently featured in ZOOM Magazine.

SSat 7.27 LAAA BETTINASTAIB Venice1ee image: by Bettina Staib

General Admission: $25

General Admission includes an open bar hosted by Stillhouse Original Whiskey, wine, champagne and desserts.

What: Annual Benefit
Where: Gallery 825 – 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: Saturday, July 27th VIP 6-7 pm; General 7:00 pm
Phone: 310.652.8272