Congratulations to the winners of this week’s LA Art Party contest. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Gem Ticket contest. Don’t worry, we have some great contests with ticket giveaways coming up….keep checking out FB page and don’t forget to “LIKE” LA Art Party! Don’t miss the pick of the week tonight,  the Los Angeles Art Association’s annual GEM Show.

The VIP preview is from 6 to 7pm and the cost is $120 per ticket at the door. Includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, champagne and hosted bars. General admission is only $25.00 after 7pm….so don’t fret if you did not win tix. Come on out and support a great cause.

Los Angeles Art Association proudly presents gem: the kick-off to LA’s Spring Art Season – Saturday, April 21, 2012; 7-9pm, VIP Preview 6-7pm. Top artwork by Lisa Occhipinti, David B. Jang, Jonas Kulikauskas, Sarah Danays and Burton Rein.

With more than 200 reasonably priced original artworks for sale, the Los Angeles Art Association’s annual gem show allows everyone to become an “art gem” collector.

4.21 LAAA LindaSuePrice ls 2

Linda Sue Price

This one-night-only opportunity at LAAA’s Gallery 825 on La Cienega Boulevard is widely embraced by the Southern California art community as an important showcase of emerging art trends. The first 100 registrants for the 6-7pm VIP Reception will receive an original signed print by artist Jonas Kulikauskas; and they’ll have the first opportunity to preview and purchase additional gems by an exceptional roster of emerging, mid-career and established artists. The doors open for general admission from 7-9 pm.

The event is made possible by generous sponsors including Capital ART, ArtWeekLA,,, Izze and Thaddeus Hunter Smith. DJ by DJ Baroness.

In the years since its inception the gem exhibition has proven to be both a launch pad for emerging artists, as well as a tremendous value opportunity for beginning and seasoned collectors. Past gem attendees have secured original works by Alexandra Grant, Meeson Pae Yang, Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Frank Gehry and many more!

The 2012 Benefit Committee chaired by Claudia Deutsch includes such art and civic luminaries as Harry Chandler, Kim Martindale, and Thaddeus Hunter Smith. LAAA Executive Director Peter Mays explains, “Our gem benefit is the best place to discover emerging talents early in their career paths, while they are still affordable to a broad base of collectors…it’s THE perfect kick-off to L.A.’s spring art season.”

The 2012 Benefit Committee icudes Janine Arbelaez, Rob Brander, Bill Bush, Harry Chandler, William Escalera, Reina Flynn, Robert Galstian, Francisco George, Eric Greschner, Catalina Guirado-Cheadle, Heidi Johnson, Lonnie Lardner, Vlad Lodzinski, Christopher Lowe, Shelle Mannion, Kim Martindale, Karen McLean, Klaus Moeller, Cheryl Perkey, Melissa Pugash, Cathy Seward, Cambra Sklarz, Thaddeus Hunter Smith and Brent Turner.

4.21 LAAA FelicityNove f 1

Image left, by Felicity Nove

What: gem fundraiser – A Multimedia Art Exhibition and Reception, benefiting the Los Angeles Art Association
Where: Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: Saturday, April 21, 2012; 7-9 pm, VIP Preview 6-7pm.
Tickets: VIP Preview – 6 to 7pm $100 ($120 at door). Includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, champagne and hosted bars. The first 100 VIP ticket buyers will receive a limited edition, original signed print by acclaimed artist Jonas Kulikauskas.
General Admission – 7 to 9 pm $25. Includes desserts and hosted bars
Phone: 310.652.8272 (space is limited)