Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Weekend Guide - Sunday 6/07/09

Mid-City Arts is proud to present a live painting event and exhibit opening featuring two of Los Angeles’ most respected graffiti artists: Retna and The Mac. The opening event takes place Sunday June 7th 12pm – 6pm at 33Third. The art exhibit will be on display in the adjoining Mid-City Arts gallery, which recently hosted the first ever gallery exhibit from Chaka, LA’s most infamous graffiti writer.

The new exhibit from Retna and The Mac will featured a large-scale indoor mural installation in addition to smaller pieces. Retna says that the show “will be representative of the remembrance of growing up as a youth.” They will aim to re-enact “the trials & triumphs of pursuing an art form that you have all this passion for, but yet angers all these people. Just kind of showing the 2 different sides to it.” This is a topic near and dear to the artists’ hearts, echoing sentiments shared by many of today’s successful artists who have transitioned from graffiti to legitimate street art. “This is where we came from. We came from being these street kids. We wanted to show that you can keep going,” explains Retna. “It's a beautiful thing to be a part of a culture like this that has spread throughout the world and this would be our way of giving back to an area, a city, a community that was the beginning of my career (Mid-City Area of Los Angeles). Those blocks and corners were where I was given the opportunity to do my art and was shown a lot of support by the community. Communities like these are where we come from and it feels good to give something back to the future generation of kids doing this.”

Weekend Guide - Saturday 6/06/09

“A tribute to the birthplace of Los Angeles Graffiti Art”
Opening Reception on June 6th, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm

Crewest Gallery is proud to announce their upcoming graffiti art exhibition The Legendary Belmont Tunnel, a curation by Carlos Marquez. With the influx of Hip Hop culture from the East Coast in the early 1980’s, the graffiti movement began to take shape in Los Angeles. Young graffiti artists began searching for their own voice and spaces to create. One space that became crucial to that development was the Belmont Tunnel. Due to its central location in Downtown LA and open layout surrounded with massive walls, it quickly became the city’s most popular urban canvas. Over the next 20+ years, Belmont became a meeting place for hundreds of developing graffiti artists to hone their craft, settle their differences through graff battles, and pass on codes of ethics to the next generation. Although the tunnel no longer exists and has now been turned into The Belmont Station apartments, the impact it had on the development of Los Angeles graffiti art will not be forgotten.

This exhibition will feature paintings, prints and giclees by the following exhibiting Legendary LA Artists: Acme, Aloy, Antonio Pelayo, Axis, BaBa, Besk, Bumper, Cab, Cale, Charlie, Cre8, Dash, Danny D, Defer, Duster, Earnone, Elser, Eriberto Oriol, Fearo, Fever, Frame, Frank Martinez, Gabe, Genius, Ghostone, Gilone, Graf One, Grande, Hex, Hyde, Jero, Jiro, Kopy, Make, Mandoe, Man One, Mosh, Nuke, OG Abel, Omega, Pale, Panic, Relax, Relic, Retna, Rickone, Risky, Ruets, Saber, Sacred194, Shandu, Siner, Size, Skept, Skyone, Sleez, Swan, Teler, Volt, Vox, Vyal, Wisk, Zender…and others


6009 Washington Blvd Culver City CA 90232
Saturday, June 06, 2009 At 07:00 PM
Kinsey/DesForges is pleased to present Los Angeles-based artist Cole Sternberg with his first solo exhibition at the gallery. He will be showing all new paintings on canvas. The show will open on June 6th with an artist’s reception from 7-10pm and continue through July 11th, 2009.

Saturday, June 06 2009, 7:00pm - 12:00am

Synchronicity Space is pleased to present “The Enigmatic Shadow,” a group art show focused on the metaphorical and literal expressions of negative space. Negative space is the empty area between representational elements, comprised of shapes that viewers often tend to overlook. In “The Enigmatic Shadow,” each artist visually plays on this dichotomy inherent in a representational image. Some artists deal with absolutes, juxtaposing positive and negative forms in such a way that they seemingly pulsate; others tackle the theme metaphorically, exploring the different realms negative space inhabits. They remind us that the role of negative space may not be a black and white proposition; these artists unify opposing forces within a single piece. “The Enigmatic Shadow” guarantees to push negative space far beyond the core fundamentals, utilizing it in ways both meaningful and engaging.
Artists include: Joseph Buzzell, Colin Chillag, Ryan Travis Christian, Mark Hesterlee, Zachary Rossman, Geoffrey Todd Smith
The opening reception for “The Enigmatic Shadow” is 7pm – 12am, Saturday, May 30th.
The exhibition will remain on display until June 27th.
Synchronicity Space is located at 4306 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029.
For more information visit

Weekend Guide - Friday 6/5/09

June Group Show featuring;
Mark BryanDaniel ElsonKrystopher SappMagda TrzaskiJune 5 - 28, 2009
Artist reception: Friday, June 5, 2009 ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
Online press release with images:


805 e. 7th st. Los Angeles, CA 90813
Jeffrey James Mohr presents new sculptural works at Porter Gallery on June 5, 2009 from 8 till late. works include miniature ballistic gel quonset huts, drawings made with bb guns, and large wall hanging wood sculptures.

Special musical guests: LEARNING MUSICIf you don't know learning music is an LA-based project that produces an album each month for their subscribers.find thier tunes here: Porter Gallery here: art work samples here:

Weekend Guide - Thursday 6/04/09

Thursday, June 04 2009, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: 3485 University Ave, Riverside, CA
Inland Empire based artist Matthew Montecino returns with his long awaited follow up to his Harsh Reality exhibit with "Reality Strikes Back". A colorful look into the relationship between body, mind and material coping with the trials and torments of everyday existence. Come witness these bold new paintings explode on their wooden canvas influenced by comics, graff, sk8, and portraiture.

An Installation and Other Moments by Know Hope
Opening reception: Thursday, June 4th 2009 / 7.00pm – 10.00pm
"the times won’t save you(this rain smells of memory)"
LOCATION: 1257 N. La Brea AvenueW. Hollywood CA 90038
Please RSVP to

The exhibition will be open for viewing through Thursday, July 2 2009 from 1.00pm - 7.00pm.

30,000 paper raindrops. 40,000 feet of fishing twine. 2,500 fishing weights. Hundreds of sheets of cardboard fashioned into miniature works of art and life-size cut-out characters. Incorporating all of the above ingredients and more for his debut Los Angeles solo show at Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art on June 4th, 2009, Israeli artist Know Hope invites you to literally step inside one of his artworks for a visual experience unlike any you have ever encountered and one you will never forget.

“This exhibition holds nothing but a reflection of where we are now, and offers us nothing but the suggestion of adaptation and (re)adjustment to the current tides. This is a binding burden, and we're all in this together.” – Know Hope

Know Hope will be in attendance at the opening reception of the times won’t save you (this rain smells of memory) on Thursday, June 4th, 2009 from 7.00pm – 10.00pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing through Thursday, July 2nd 2009 from 1.00pm -7.00pm.
Please contact to preview available work.
About The Artist:
Know Hope was born in California and currently resides in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has worked in the streets for several years and participated in exhibitions in Israel, UK, Norway, Italy, Canada, and the US. “I hope to move heavy hearts at least one inch to the side by confessing that I'm petrified and secretly in love with the world.”

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Weekend Guide - Sunday 5/17/09

Venice Art Walk

Venice Art Walk & Auctions
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Registration: 10:30 am, Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Tickets: $50 per person (children under 12 free), includes an all-day pass to the following activities, as well as a Venice Art Walk & Auctions Catalog and Event Guide. All advance ticket buyers receive a $15 discount to the Dwell on Design Exhibition, June 27-28, 2009.
Click here to purchase tickets.
For more details:

On May 17th from 12pm - 6pm, 33Third is pleased to present an Ironlak Team USA live art exhibition.

There will be live painting & signing from:
Ironlak artists: Augor. Pose. Jaes. Ewok. Enue33Third artists: Kopye & Slow

This will also be an opportunity to stock up on Ironlak cans at the special sale price of $3.99 per can for the duration of the event.

33Third is LA’s premier source of graffiti art supplies, streetwear apparel, and related books and magazines.

Ironlak is Australia's first and preferred aerosol paint manufactured purely for an art-based audience. With affordability, quality and value for money in mind, it has grown from conception to reality and is now the market leader.In 2008 Ironlak expanded into the USA and Europe and is quickly becoming the preferred paint in the USA.

May 17th, 12pm - 6pm
5111 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Weekend Guide - Thursday 5/14/09

LA Art Walk

Downtown Art WalkThe Second Thursday of Every Month in Downtown Los Angeles
Thursday, May 14, 2009
12pm - 9 pm • Free Admission

The Downtown Art Walk is a self-guided tour that showcases the many art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles — commercial art galleries, museums, and non-profit arts venues.

Check out for details!

Michael Benevento

'Ned Vena'

Thursday, May 14, 2009 At 06:00 PM

7578 Sunset blvd. Los Angeles Ca. 90046

Infusion Gallery



Resident Artists : Dover, Jill Abrams

Exhibits run May 3- May 28, 2009

Artist Reception Thursday, May 14, 2009 6-9 pm

Come meet the artists and join us for refreshments!

Gallery will be open 12-9 pm May 14th for the Downtown Art Walk

Infusion Gallery

719 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90014


Hours: Wed.-Sat., 12-6 p.m.Sun.-Tues. by appointment


Press and to make an appointment for viewing contact: Heidi Calvert, Gallery Director

For interviews, please contact Jill Abrams, Gallery Owner

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Long Beach Art Walk - May 9th

2nd Saturday Art WalkTM is a monthly event.

It takes place in the East Village Arts District,
Downtown Long Beach
every second Saturday of each month..

The Art Walk takes place around the streets of Ocean Blvd, Linden Ave, 1st Street, Broadway and Elm. Local art galleries and retail businesses such as gift shops, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops stay open until late evening. Linden Avenue is closed to the traffic and transformed into a street art fair by local artists. Two stages are dedicated to street performances and live music. Anyone is welcome.

2nd Saturday Art Walks hours are from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Admission is free.

Parking is available in nearby structures and parking lots for about $4.00/day or... free by chance on nearby streets. The greatest attraction of this event is it's unique items and works of art in combination with paintings, sculpture, photography, crafts and hands-on workshops mixed with theatre and dance. The 2nd Saturday Art Walk offers kids, as well as adults, entertainment and an opportunity to create their own master-pieces. Gives a chance to be a critic as well as an artist. 2nd Saturday Art Walk is all yours to
Find Your Art!
Come and stroll through the East Village galleries. Watch the art performances. Have a dinner with friends or simply enjoy a cup of coffee in outdoor setting..
Here are the dates of the Next 2nd Saturday Art Walks:
May 9th,
June 13th, July 11th, August 8th...For detailed information please call 562.682-9735. Art

Organizations and Artists!
Contact us to highlight your music performances,
theatrical performances, interactive art projects,
fashion shows. Create a new art project!
How to become a participant?Event is open to anyone who wants to present their own art works. Professionals, amateurs, art organizations and beginners are welcome.The participation donation is $30.00 per 10' x 10' outdoor space paid in advance or at the day of the event. Please fill out the artist info card and send it along with the payment to 2nd Saturday Art Walk, 117 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802. Make the checks payable to 2nd Saturday Art Walk.
The donation is not refundable rains or shines. We supply electricity for simple lighting. Artists bring their own set-up.

***Amplified sound and street performances have to be approved in advance. There is no fee for those activities.
Sale or serving food requires special Health Dept. permit and additional fees. Call the Long Beach Health Dept. at 562.570-4144 for more details.

Weekend Guide - Thursday 5/7/09


Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art Presents ‘GET RICH QUICK’
A Selection from the Collections of our Collectors

Featuring Antony Micallef, Banksy, Barry McGee, D*Face, David Choe, David Choong Lee, Faile, Ian Francis, KAWS, Nick Walker, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, Swoon, Will Barras and more to be announced!

Address: Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Avenue West Hollywood CA 90038

Opening reception: Thursday, May 7th 2009 / 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Exhibition Dates: May 7th – May 28th 2009


Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art Presents
‘When All The Stars Are Gone’
A solo exhibition of new artwork by Thais Beltrame

Address: Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Avenue West Hollywood CA 90038

Opening reception: Thursday, May 7th 2009 / 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Exhibition Dates: May 7th – May 28th

Stars Are Gone, the first US solo exhibition of work by Brazilian artist Thais Beltrame. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 7th, 2009 from 7.00pm – 10.00pm, with the artist in attendance. A new series of ink and watercolor works on paper will be on display, as well as a site-specific installation. The exhibition will be open for viewing through Thursday, May 28th 2009 from 1.00pm -7.00pm. When All The Stars Are Gone is a poetic glimpse of the world as perceived by Thais. Looking to the skies as inspiration, the artist reflects upon solitude, beauty, and the transient nature of being. “Supposedly all the stars we see today have been dead millions of years,” she muses. “Perhaps this is why human beings feel so alone: we live beneath a sky which no longer exists.” In this newest body of work, Thais’ trademark wistful children are changing, growing stronger, wiser, and more aware of their surroundings. From this growth emerge new fears and dilemmas, however, as observed in the artist’s shift from negative space to a brooding application of earthy watercolors. Such depth enhances the delicate innocence that gives Thais’ work its extraordinary power. About the Artist: Thais Beltrame was born and lives in Sao Paulo. The largely self-taught artist grew up amongst a generation of Brazilian counter-culture in the 80s and 90s. Highly regarded for her subtle, distinctive style, she is the sole female member of the powerhouse Brazilian art collective, the Famiglia Baglione. Thais has exhibited her work in the United States, United Kingdom, and Brazil. Website:


Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art presents

A Showcase of New Artwork
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7, 2009/ 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Please RSVP to

1257 N. La Brea AvenueW. Hollywood CA 90038

The exhibition will be open for viewing through
Thursday, May 28th 2009 from 1.00pm - 7.00pm.

Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present a showcase of new work by Paris-based artist Alëxone. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 7th, 2009 from 7.00pm – 10.00pm, at which a new series of acrylic, ink and mixed media works on paper will be on display.

About The Artist:
Born in 1976, Alëxone lives and works in Paris. With a background in graffiti, he rose to fame in the early 90s with striking letter-based tags of the moniker Oedipus on the streets of Paris. He became Alëxone in 2000, when his artwork took a figurative turn. Since then, his distinctive work has won him a reputation far beyond France with exhibitions all over Europe, including Paris, Hamburg, Milan, Berlin, London, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Alëxone’s universe is filled with eccentric, playful characters. Masked penguins, contorted horses, and hairy men with long noses engage and entertain in wild, colorful scenes, while wordplay and metaphor create a dynamic dialogue between the work and the viewer.
Alëxone regularly collaborates with other street artists, including members of the GM and 9e Concept groups. Their exhibition at the Pompidou Centre last January was the first time street artists have been featured in a significant French museum.

Weekend Guide - Friday 5/8/09





“Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza”Book Signing.
Friday, May 8, 2009 7 pm - 9 pm

La Luz de Jesus Gallery

4633 Hollywood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243

Hooray for Silly, Sexy Paper Dolls!

Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza has arrived, and the cutout lingerie is flying. This first-of-its-kind collection of burlesque girlie-girls is fun and funny as frilly underpants. More than a dozen scantily clad ladies, each with a matching outfit, are ready to be cut out, dressed up, stripped back down, and paraded through your life. Take one to work with you. Send one to your special guy or gal pal. Use them to corrupt the young and innocent. The power is yours. All you need is a pair of scissors.

Be among the first to fondle these beauties when Miss Mindy signs her new book at La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Friday, May 8 at 7:00 pm. Live sexy girls will be in attendance. Collectible Sandee Standee point-of-purchase display figures will be given away to a lucky few. Surprises will be in store.

Miss Mindy's Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza by Miss Mindy, ISBN: 978-0-9778949-2-5, Binding: Soft Cover, Dimensions: 6" x 11", Pages: 64, Price $24.95, publlished by Baby Tattoo.

Miss Mindy bio
Miss Mindy has an affinity for past times, and loves to explore mood, expressions and bizarre humor. Her work consists mainly of woodcut paintings, dioramas and shadow boxes, in addition to fluid ink drawings and sketches. Her method evokes a vintage and folk art feel using rough brush strokes and several mediums.Her stories involve girls and imps, fairies and troublemakers of a most endearing yet bizarre sort. Her narratives find leads in precarious and naughty little circumstances with other players helping along the tales of mishaps and silly shenanigans.Miss Mindy was born into a family of artists and designers who have been an inspiration. Her grandmother worked as an ink and painter at Disney in the 1930s, her other side of the family were illustrators, muralists and puppeteers, along with her mother, an accomplished mask maker and artisan. In addition, her sister, CJ Metzger has been a collaborator and muse.In addition to her fine art, Miss Mindy is an accomplished illustrator, concept and product designer for such clients as Hard Rock Cafe Worldwide, House of Blues, Zippo, Distinction Magazine, Warner Brothers, 6 Point Harness, and The Chiodo Brothers. Miss Mindy has written and illustrated two books with Baby Tattoo Books Publishing, “Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza” and "Teenie Weenie Tales" which can be found in the “Artists Sisters: Box of Stories” book set. She is currently designing her own line of toys with ‘Mindstyle’ a division of The Level 5 Group, and a collaborative set with her sister CJ Metzger. Her artwork can be found in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

La Luz de Jesus is located at the Soap Plant/Wacko building, in Los Feliz at

4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Gallery hours are

Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 7pm, Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm and Sunday 12-6pm.


Hibbleton Gallery is pleased to announce an art exhibit entitled “Personal Kingdoms: Artwork by Jesse Chapo.” The opening reception is Friday, May 8, 2009 from 7-11pm.

Utilizing a playful menagerie of characters, Chapo looks closely at personal identity, social interactions and the interrelations of the two. The awkwardness of strangers in tight areas, the constant bickering and fighting that occurs between families and lovers and the unease we often have with our appearance and visual identities are a few of the ideas he explores in this exhibit. For this exhibit, Chapo has created a fantastical world of characters, specifically focusing on kings, crowns, and jewels to explore ideas about personal isolation/selfishness versus community. Chapo works in a variety of media, creating paintings and drawings on drift wood, paper and circular wood. Jesse Chapo is a young, emerging artist who has been warmly accepted into the art world, exhibiting at Phyllis Stein Gallery in LA, and other galleries in Sacremento and Orlando. He has had his work published internationally. The show runs through June 7, 2009.

Weekend Guide - Saturday 5/9/09


Chris Roberts-Antieau

Mars - 1

Damara Kaminecki

Ray Abeyta

Ray Abeyta, Damara Kaminecki, Mars - 1, Chris Roberts-Antieau
Exhibition: May 9 - June 6, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6th, 7-10 pm

Drawing Attention
Saturday, May 09, 2009 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM PDT
Bonni Reid, Aaron McKinney, Andy Clarkson, and Camille Boggs
May 9th – June 6th
Opening reception Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 6:00pm



These Are Strange Times My Dear
9 May – 6 June, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday 9th May, 7:00 – 10:30pm

Los Angeles – Black Maria Gallery is pleased to announce "These Are Strange Times My Dear"; a group show featuring the latest works from Catia Chien, CJ Metzger and Dany Paragouteva. This show is a mystical interpretation of our current turbulent times. The artists are exploring our journey through the current storm of political and economic instability, searching for something positive to grasp onto. In a time of such negativity, this exhibition strives to expose some silver linings.
Catia Chien works are filled with vivid imagination and have been described as rich with whimsy, color and energy. Besides her fine art, Catia also creates illustrations for children’s books, films and animation as well as comic book anthologies. Catia lives and works in Southern California.
Candace (or CJ) Metzger is an artist whose narrative paintings and creations layer whimsical and surreal imagery. Her work is profoundly inspired by her 6 year old daughter, fairy tales, mythology, and her observations of relationships between humans, nature & the environment. She lives and works in North East Los Angeles.
Dany Paragouteva graduated with a BFA in Illustration with Distinction from Art Center College of Design. Dany’s passion for drawing and painting started when she was about 2 years old. Her paintings have a magical quality that elicits the dark side of fairytales. They are mysterious yet familiar. Originally from Bulgaria, Paragouteva now lives in Los Angeles.

Location: BLACK MARIA GALLERY 3137 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039
Contact: 323-660-9393 or contact us at


Total Sao Paulo: A Guide to the Unexpected Book Launch Party

Come sing, dance, sip free caipirinhas (the tasty rum-like cocktail of Brazil!) and meet author Phuong-Cac Nguyen at the book launch party for her hip new travel guide, Total Sao Paulo: A Guide To The Unexpected!
When & Where:Saturday, May 93-7 p.m.

Carmichael Gallery1257 N. La Brea Ave.West Hollywood, CA 90038RSVP:


The Congregation Gallery Presents: Voodoo, Hoodoo, and Santeria: The Art of Conjure
Black Carpet ArrivalsSaturday, May 9th - 9PM
7569 Melrose, Hollywood, CA 90046 (323) 655-0589

Group Show Featuring: D. W. Frydendall, Christopher Ulrich, Munk One, Evil Paul, Eli Livingston, 13:11, Cate Rangel, Shawn Du Val Humiston, Glenda Rolie, Lloyd Mattews, Gene Guynn, Patrick Segui, David Cook, Sarah Hestal, Tiffany Garcia, Elizabeth Caffey, George De La Santos, Cam Rackam, Erick De La Vega, Skullmaster, Kevin Klemm, Steve Rodgers, Nicholas Caesar, Tatomir, Jim Parchen, RT Vegas, Dean Karr, Alina Stempa, Dave Rose, Romesh Mccullough, Tom Zimmerman, Renato Ruiz, Skip Crank, Jeremy Cross Voodoo Tarot Readings Cuban Cigar Roller Personal Voodoo Doll Maker


Couturier Gallery is delighted to present distinguished Argentinean painter Antonia Guzmán in her second solo exhibition of recent works inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s last opera Turandot. Guzmán’s paintings convey the dynamic force of Puccini’s Asiatic fairy tale using her well-known Latin American visual vocabulary to create impactful visual dramas. The opening reception for the artist will be on Saturday May 9, 6 – 8 pm.









Free to a Good Home 2 art show opening Group show at GR2
May 9 - June 10, 2009
Reception: Saturday, May 9, 6:30 -10:00
Dog Adption 4:30-8:30pm

(there will be a fee for vaccinations, license, etc)

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to host Free to a Good Home 2. The canine-themed art show will include contributions from the following artists: Apak! Andrice Arp Robert Bellm Aaron Brown Jeffrey Brown Shawn Cheng Catia Chien Cupco Eleanor Davis Evah Fan Susie Ghahremani Katherine Guillen Clement Hanami Nao Harada David Horvath Kerry Horvath Jay Howell Michael Hsiung Kaori Kasai Sian Keegan David King Jenny Kwok Diana Kwok Little Friends of Printmaking David Magdaleno James McShane Justin "Scrappers" Morrison Kiyoshi Nakazawa Tom Neely Tru Nguyen Saejean Oh Martin Ontiveros John Pham Silvio Porretta Pryor Praczukowski Rohitash Rao Aaron Renier Albert Reyes Martha Rich Brian Rush Emilio Santoyo Rob Sato Ryan J. Smith Jeana Sohn Ryohei Tanaka Daria Tessler Edwin Ushiro Steven Weissman Andrew J. Wright

In the spirit of the artwork, the Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) West L.A. Shelter will be bringing dogs available for adoption to the opening with the hopes of matching them up with new owners! LAAS will also be accepting donations of supplies and food for the shelter. (Suggested donations: blankets, towels, unopened pet food, pet beds, pet coats, Timothy Hay, kongs.) Those making donations through the duration of the show will receive a coupon for 25 percent off their next purchase at GR2.

A reception featuring many of the artists will take place from 6:30 - 10:00 on Saturday, May 9.For more information about the opening, the artists, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact: Eric Nakamura Giant Robot Owner/Publisher (310) 479-7311


LeBasse Projects is proud to announce, “Hello and Goodbye”, a solo exhibition from Japanese artist Yoskay Yamamoto. This will be Yamamoto' second major solo exhibition, and will mark his largest body of work to date both in size and scale. The show represents a breakthrough in work from Yamamoto, and will reflect a continuation of intimate statements of self-expression that began in his last exhibition. Yamamoto’s previous exhibition focused on the artists’ internal struggle while “Hello and Goodbye” is inspired by a more external series of experiences. Being born and raised in suburban Japan and now living in Los Angeles, Yamamoto is challenged by feelings of separation both personally, culturally and artistically. There remains an unending cycle of connection and disconnection with the world around Yamamoto. As he becomes more disconnected with his Japanese roots he becomes more connected to his adopted American lifestyle, yet being away from his family helps him understand their true value and importance thus creating an even deeper connection.

Opening in conjunction with Yoskay Yamamoto is a solo exhibition from Australian artist Melissa Haslam. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition, and will mark her largest body of work to date. Haslam’s work will be showcased in the gallery’s Project Room. For her first solo “Wild Fields”, Haslam has concerned herself with a series of interactions and connections between humans and nature. Specifically focused on interrupted cycles of life, we see characters in the work becoming part of a natural world where they shouldn’t be, yet nature has adapted to include them. We see a fascination in the paintings with imitating nature – taming it, rearranging it, and striving to be a part of it

LeBasse Projects presents two concurrent solo exhibitions:
“Hello and Goodbye” a solo exhibition by Yoskay Yamamoto in our main gallery
"Wild Fields" a solo exhibition by Melissa Haslam in our project room.

May 9th – May 28th
Artist reception: Saturday, May 9th, 7-10p

Visit for more information.

LeBasse Projects 6023 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 310.558.0200


The Loft at Liz’s presents Design Ability/Designability, a group show highlighting the work of five Los Angeles design firms, including architects, interior designers, product designers, and a contractor. Bringing design into the realm of art, the show will feature each participant’s unique take on the art and craft of design through photographs, models, products, and films.

Designers: Bondanelli Design Group, Sasha Emerson Design, New California Craftsmen, Tom Stack, Norm Wogan Design

opening reception May 9, 6 to 9 pm
show dates May 9 through May 19, 10 am to 6 pm

For more information, contact Terri Hartman,, 323-939-4403, extension 7

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Weekend Guide - 4/25/09

Mid City Arts
Presents The First Solo Show
From Chaka, Los Angeles’ Most Infamous Graffiti Artist

The opening reception will take place April 25th, 7:00-9:00pm

Mid-City Arts is pleased to present the first solo show ever from the infamous LA graffiti artist, Chaka. Resurrection opens April 25th and will feature highly anticipated new work from the mysterious Chaka.

Daniel Ramos, AKA Chaka, was 18 when he was arrested and charged in 1991 with 48 counts of vandalism, trespassing and causing $500,000 in property damage. Chaka’s signature tag had appeared in a staggering 10,000 locations from Orange County to San Francisco. At the height of his notoriety Chaka was demonized by mainstream media and culture as being little more than a prolific vandal. At the same time he was celebrated by street artists who admired the ability of a teenager from the projects to literally make his mark on the vast, glitzy LA cityscape in such a ubiquitous manner. He is credited with breaking away from the New York “wildstyle” popular at the time and introducing clearer, more blockish lettering into tagging. Chaka was one of the first to create a reputation as a recognizable individual tagger, and spawned many imitators. However Chaka was not just a lone operative. He was part of the LOD crew and as such, his work in reclaiming hard to reach places of the cityscape (freeway overpasses, walls, trains etc) on behalf of his crew is recognized by fellow taggers as a selfless achievement for LA’s graffiti scene as a whole.

After spending a year tracking down the once unavoidable Chaka, Mid-City Arts presents his first solo show. For Chaka’s fans as well as street art collectors, this will be a rare opportunity to revisit the nostalgia of the early 90’s, and own a piece of LA’s cultural history. Chaka himself will be in attendance and there will be a limited number of signed posters in addition to his works available for sale.

The opening reception will take place April 25th, 7:00-9:00pm at Mid-City Arts, 5113 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019. For more info visit:

Swiv Tackle Circus and SET & DRIFT present…
Opening celebration on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 6:00-10:00 pm
Swiv Tackle Circus and SET & DRIFT present…
A group exhibition about our evolution as natives to Southern California and as humans native to planet Earth

Featuring furniture, art, film, bikes, headdresses & other native curiosities by: Miki Iwasaki, Josh Higgins, Jeffrey Durkin, Thatcher, Tocayo, Stacy Kelley, Sean Kelley, Shaney Jo Darden & Jeff Black
Live performance by The Minor Keys with additional sounds provided by DJ Blackass.

Opening celebration on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 6:00-10:00 pm with exhibition shown through mid May 2009.

Honest Tea, Stone Brew, & local fruits will be served.
Swiv Tackle Circus // 530 South Coast Highway // Oceanside, California

Miki Iwasaki in Jeffrey Durkin’s documentary, SCALE

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
Edward Walton Wilcox
April 25 – May 23
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 25 8-11pm

Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by artist Edward Walton Wilcox.
Wilcox’s sepia-toned gothic paintings and Medieval-style altarpieces merge classical technique with modern perception.

Lawrence Asher Gallery

April 25 – May 23, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 25th, 6 – 10 pm

Bryan Ricci – Nature Hates Calculators

Jennifer Beedon Snow - Dwelling

Jennifer Beedon Snow

Bryan Ricci
Bryan Ricci returns to Lawrence Asher Gallery with a new collection of highly detailed animal, insect and bird paintings. Using a meticulous application of oil paint droplets, Bryan constructs hyper-real creatures that rise from the panel surface. A natural background created from his color photography provides the natural habitat.

LAG introduces Jennifer Beedon Snow to Southern California through oil paintings of Mid-western bliss filtered through childhood memory. The generous brush strokes capture all the bright light of an optimistic afternoon. The calm, rich and colorful execution is reminiscent of the Bay Area Figurative Movement that Jennifer reinterprets inspired by her formative years in Southwestern Ohio and her adult family life in Seattle, Washington.

Please join us for the opening reception of these exceptional solo shows on Saturday, April 25th, 2009, 6 – 10 pm.

Lawrence Asher Gallery is located at 5820 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, across the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and adjacent to the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Free parking is available on Wilshire Blvd. and behind 5858 Wilshire Boulevard. Enter on Stanley Ave. For more information, please call 323.935.9100

The Artists

Bryan Ricci - I have always been interested in the way people in today’s fast-paced, high-tech culture perceive (or fail to perceive) their environment, with specific regard to nature and animals. In other words, my paintings attempt to pose the question: To what extent have we become physically, morally, and emotionally removed from our natural environments? Is our day-to-day experience with nature perceived or real? Also, how much of this separation is the effect of our obsession with technology?

To examine these ideas in my newer work, (the series involving painted dots on photographs), I chose to synthesize a traditional medium of artistic expression (oil paint) with a technique that mimics the more modern pixelized images we see everyday on the internet and other media. I started by photographing a landscape with a digital camera. Then, I hand-pixelated an animal that I felt fit the scene, either realistically or ironically. I wanted each piece to tell its own individual story.

In all of my work, I am interested in bringing to light the ever-increasing disparities between the limited scope of our understanding of and experience with nature, (partly due to the replacement of the digital experience for what is real), and the enormity and timelessness of the natural world that goes unnoticed. My paintings serve as a reminder of human ignorance and neglect, an invitation to look deeper, and a challenge to question and examine our own perceptions.
~ B.A.R. 2009

Bryan lives and works in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Beedon Snow My paintings try to conjure up memories of places and play from childhood. I am less interested in capturing an exact or realistic depiction of any place or specific interaction. The paintings are uninhabited, allowing the viewer to construct a personal narrative. Houses and their settings - places where most play happens, - side yards and wide streets, along with lawn chairs, fences, and garden tools are some of the iconic elements, often from a bygone era, I use to build my compositions. I also paint toys from the seventies- trying to create landscapes that happen in play- imaginary landscapes. I use oil paint applied with a palette knife in heavy impasto. The color, light, and composition are the formal painting qualities with which I am intrigued. But, the thickness of the material pulled with the knife blurs the tightly realistic elements. Often the technique contradicts the plasticity of the subject matter. ~ J.B.S., 2009

Jennifer lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Pier 59 Studios West
"FreshFair" Photography exhibition on April 25-26th, 2009

Fresh Fair - A Juried Fair

ADVANCED BY THE LUCIE FOUNDATION, Fresh is a One-of-a-kind artfair for artists to exhibit and introduce their work DIRECTLY to collectors and the public.

Fresh will take place in conjunction with the Month of Photography Los Angeles [ MOPLA ] in April 2009.

Friday, April 24th: 6 - 9 p.m.
VIP Preview/Benefit Party (all proceeds go to Focus on AIDS)
Get Invited Click Here

Saturday, April 25th: 12 - 7 p.m.

Free to Attend

Sunday, April 26th: 12 - 6 p.m.

Free to Attend
Pier 59 Studios West

2415 Michigan Ave. , Santa Monica, CA 90404

Fresh Look - A Juried Portfolio Review

Friday, April 24th: 10 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Saturday, April 25th: 10 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

High Profile Productions

2415 Smiley Drive , Culver City, CA 90232

Cella Gallery

April 25th - May 23rd, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 25th, 7-11 pm



Griebel’s artistic practice focuses on the negotiation of identity through narrative imagery, drawn from both fictional and biographical sources. In his most recent body of work, everyday objects and settings are imbued with otherworldly significance. The trope of superstition--envisioned as beliefs unfounded on knowledge or reason--is developed by projecting metaphysical implication onto familiar elements of everyday life. A fleeting glance catches a housecat raised on its hind legs; a black crow flies overhead grasping a single child's mitten. These paintings have developed out of symbols gathered from daily experience and then recombined to suggest imagined possibilities. Like the signs and omens from traditional folklore, they stand as mysterious and open-ended narratives to be contemplated and deciphered by the viewer. The stark interiors function as both memory spaces and stages on which scenes are played out. The golden quality of the lighting refers to the transitional and uninhabited daytime hours when houses are vacant of their occupants, bereft of noise and activity. Jude Griebel is a Montreal-based artist, who obtained a BFA from the Emily Carr University. Griebel's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally, most recently in Toronto and Tokyo. Griebel is the recipient of many awards and has worked as an artist in residence in Canada, Japan, Belgium and the US.



Yang’s paintings are intensely emotional, vibrant and often whimsical. Her work shows a technical mastery that can only be achieved through an ardent dedication to the act of painting. For Yang, this act is highly intuitive. Her compositions are borne from a method of automatic painting in which she allows her feelings to take hold of her in the course of execution. In avoiding conscious renderings of a preconceived idea, Yang responds to the emotions of the given moment, reading within her soul for guided inspiration as she gives form to her thoughts with the use of tangible materials.
Rimi studied Sumi-ink painting in Kyoto, Japan and attended Ohio's Bowling Green State University, the California State University in Los Angeles, the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of the Marietta Kirschner Wigg Award and a contributor to the Asian alternative publication Kyoto Journal. She has shown in solo and group exhibits around the globe.

Opening Reception for a two-artist show
Jude Griebel Brand New Superstition and Rimi Yang Hidden Message
Saturday, April 25th, 7 – 11 pm
Cella Gallery, 5229 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA. 91601
Cost: Free, open to the public, please RSVP:

Weekend Guide - 4/24/09

Friday, April 24 2009, 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Pretty's Funktion Art Show Displaying an array of LA's emerging artists.

Works by Berto H, Squid, Plegr, Seso, Kopye, Dsrupt & Strkr Come out for drinks and and entertainment

The Hive Gallery

April 24, 2009 Feminine Oddities LLC
Presents: “Sweet Spot!” Who: Feminine Oddities LLC host a traveling art show the last Friday of every month! April it’s a one night stand of art, music, and more titled "Sweet Spot!". Feminine Oddities LLC was formed by emerging artist and performer Debra Haden to showcase her many talents and the talents of others. The mission and inspiration of this company is derived from the term Wabi-Sabi. It’s an understated beauty that is striking but not obvious, it is imperfect, incomplete and should be treasured because it will not last forever.

Feminine Oddities "Where beauty is found in the oddest ways." A portion of company profits are donated by Feminine Oddities to Zoe Children’s Homes Feminine Oddities is in no way affiliated with Zoe, helping children is simply our cause of choice.
Please donate to Zoe and fight for those that cannot fight for themselves. Feminine Oddities Artists: Debra Haden, Donna Letterese, Emily Steigerwald, David Foto, Nikki Windham, Teresa Moore, and more……. Performances: (More TBA check website for details!)

Music: RVC ~ female fronted band that just returned from Europe!! Burlesque Performances: Feminine Oddities ~ Debra Heaven –vs– DVL in a burlesque face-off battling for your souls! Some like it hot…. and more!

What: It’s another Feminine Oddities cocktail: “Sweet Spot!” A very sweet occasion. The Oddities wish the Hive a Sexy Happy Birthday in Marilyn Monroe fashion! Which do you prefer? Angel-food cake or Devil’s Chocolate cake... as Debra Heaven and DVL present a performance art battle over your souls! And Em-ilyn Monroe has a special birthday surprise. You don’t want to miss what happens when the Oddities raid the Hive every last Friday of the month! Who knew the Oddities had a thing for honey?
When: April 24, 2009 doors open at 8:30pm- Midnight. Performances start at 9:00pm. $8 at the door, $5 if dressed as Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Angels or Devils!! Catering by Bar One Catering

Where: The Hive Gallery 729 S. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90014 In the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Hive has become one of the hottest galleries in town. With a large front gallery space full of featured artists works, a performance room, and the second half of the space for resident artists, it’s no wonder there is such a buzz about the Hive Gallery!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bergamot Station Directory - Santa Monica

A1 Mark Moore Gallery :

Tel: 310.453.3031

Fax: 310.453.3831

For more information visit:

A2 Gallery Luisotti/Ram Publications :

Tel: 310.453.0043

Fax: 310.264.4888

For more information visit:
Hours: 10:30AM – 6:00PM (Tuesday – Friday) & 11:00 – 6:00PM (Saturday)

A3 Bergamot Cafe :

Tel: 310.828.4001

Fax: 310.828.4270

Hours: 9 am - 4 pm (Monday),
9 am - 5 pm (Tuesday - Friday)
10 am - pm (Saturday)
For more information visit:

A4 Peter Fetterman Gallery (S) :

Tel: 310.828.1619

Main Gallery located in Unit A7

A5 Frank Picture Gallery @Off Main :

Tel: 310.828.0211

Fax: 310.828.6819

For more information visit:

A6 The Sculpture Foundation/Espace Design :

Tel: 310.264.2400

Fax: 310.264.2403

DESIGN/ART Consultant
On view: photography, oils, monotypes and sculpture

A7 Peter Fetterman Gallery :

Tel: 310.453.6463

Fax: 310.453.6959

For more information visit:

A8 Patrick Painter, Inc. :

Tel: 310.264.5988

Fax: 310.264.5998

For more information visit:

B1 Shoshana Wayne Gallery :

Tel: 310.453.7535

Fax: 310.453.1595

For more info visit:
Hours: 10:00AM – 6:00PM (Tuesday – Friday) & 11:00 – 5:30PM (Saturday)

B2 Patrick Painter, Inc. :

Tel: 310.264.5988

Fax: 310.264.5998

For more information visit:

B3 Craig Krull Gallery :

Tel: 310.828.6410

Fax: 310.828.7320

For more information visit:

B4 Rosamund Felsen Gallery :

Tel: 310.828.8488

Fax: 310.828.1075

For more information visit:

B5A Richard Heller Gallery :

Tel: 310.453.9191

Fax: 310.453.2791

For more information visit:

B5B Frank Lloyd Gallery :

Tel: 310.264.3866

Fax: 310.264.3868

For more information visit:

B6 Greenfield Sacks Gallery :

Tel: 310.264.0640

Fax: 310.264.0740

For more information visit:

B7 Samuel Freeman :

Tel: 310.449.1479

Fax: 310.828.7270

For more information:
Hours: 11 am - 6 pm (Tuesday-Saturday)

C1 Track 16 Gallery :

Tel: 310.264.4678

Fax: 310.264.4682

For more information visit:
Hours: 11 am-6 pm (Tuesday-Saturday)

C2 Robert Berman Gallery :

Tel: 310.375.9506

Fax: 310.315.9688

For more information visit:

D4 James Gray Gallery :

Tel: 310.315.9502

For more information visit:
Hours: 11 am-6 pm (Tuesday-Saturday)

D5 Projects/Santa Monica Auctions :

Tel: 310.315.1937

Fax: 310.315.9688

Santa Monica Auctions

Los Angeles’s alternative boutique art auction house,
SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS, stirring up the art community since 1984,specializing in modern
and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by artists such as Picasso,
Rauschenberg, Warhol, Kelly, Ruscha, Pettibon, Francis, Hockney, Frankenthaler,and many others.

For more information:

E1 William Turner Gallery :

Tel: 310.453.0909

Fax: 310.453.0908

For more information:

E2 Latin American Masters :

Tel: 310.829.4455

Fax: 310.829.5588

2525 Michigan Avenue E2
Santa Monica, CA 90404

E3 Gallery of Functional Art :

Tel: 310.829.6990

Fax: 310.453-5659

For more information visit:
11 am-6 pm (Tuesday-Saturday)
12 pm 4 pm (Sunday)

E3 Susan Schomburg Gallery :

Tel: 310.453.5757

Fax: 310.453-5758

For more information visit:
Hours: 11:00AM – 6:00PM (Wednesday -Saturday)

F2 Art Concepts Custom Framing & Gallery :

Tel: 310.315.9772

Fax: 310.315.0074

Specializing in all types of custom framing from fine art to posters. Acrylic fabrication is only one of our specialties.
For more information visit:

G1 Santa Monica Museum of Art :

Tel: 310.586.6488

Tel: 310.586.6487

Admission: $5 Suggested donation.
For more information, e-mail:

G2 Ruth Bachnofer Gallery :

Tel: 310.829.3300

Fax: 310.449.0070

For more information visit:

G3 Suzanne Felsen :

Tel: 310.315.1972

Fax: 310.315.0991

Women’s jewelry collection, cuff links and tuxedo sets, platinum, sterling silver, eighteen karat yellow, white and rose gold with gemstones.
For more information visit:
E-mail: info@suzanneselsen@com
Hours: 11 am -6:00pm (Tuesday-Saturday)

G4 IKON Ltd. / Kay Richards :

Tel: 310.828.6629

Fax: 310.828.4041

For more information visit:
Hours: 11 am-5:30 pm (Tuesday-Saturday)

G5 RoseGallery :

Tel: 310.264.8440

Fax: 310.264.8443

For more information visit:
Hours: 10 am -6:00pm (Tuesday-Saturday)

G6 FIG :

Tel: 310.829.0345

Fax: 310.829.7612

For more information visit:
Hours: 11 am-5:00 pm (Wednesday-Saturday)

G7 Grey McGear Modern, Inc. :

Tel: 310.315.0925

Fax: 310.315.0945

For more information visit
Hours: 11:00AM – 5:30PM (Tuesday-Saturday)

G8 Hiromi Paper International :

Tel: 310.998.0098

Fax: 310.998.0028

Hiromi Paper provides high quality Fine-Art and Decorative papers from around the world.
For more information:
Hours: 10:00AM – 5:00PM (M - F) and 12:00PM – 6:00PM (Saturday)

T1 Sarah Lee Artworks & Projects :

Tel: 310.829.4938

Cell: 323.273-2943

Digital Film Imaging & Graphic Design

T1B Terra Galleria Artworks :

Tel: 310.453.5104

Fax: 408.274.2227

For more information visit:

T2 Tamburello Productions :

Tel: 310.828.6864

Fax: 310.453-5659

Digital Film Imaging & Graphic Design

T3 Lora Schlesinger Gallery :

Tel: 310.828.1133

Fax: 310.828.4344

For more information visit:

T4 Montalba Architects, Inc. :

Tel: 310.828.1100

Fax: 310.828.1162

For more information:

T4B Thinkpure :

Tel: 310.828.1112

Fax: 310.828.1139

For more information visit:

T5 Copro/Nason Gallery :

Tel: 310.829.2156

For more information visit:
Hours: 11 am-6:00 pm (Wednesday-Saturday)

T6 Sulkin Studio :

Tel: 310.453.1538

Fax: 310.453.4334

For more information visit: :
Hours: 11 am-6:00 pm (Tuesday-Saturday)