Take some time off....and enjoy your friends and family. RELAX!!!! Gosh, I sure need to.
The Los Angeles County Fair kicked off on Friday, but it will be running for a whole month. The festival features live music, rides, livestock, gardening and wine tasting for the parents.
It's off the 10 Freeway, exit Fairplex Drive or White Ave.
Admission: Tickets prices range from as little as $8 (for a child) to a full weekend pass with parking for $53.
Save cash and purchase a season pass. Be sure to check their website for more details.
Most days they open at 10:00 am; today gates open at 3pm.
Click here to purchase tickets.
What LA County Fair
Where: The Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768,
When: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (Weekends - 10:00 am to midnight)
Parking: $15 General, $30 Valet
Take in some hot bodies by the beach today. Yeah Mama always love this!
Time for the Labor Day “Muscle Beach Championship.” Presented by Joe Wheatley Productions, the event is open to ALL amateur competitors.
The event will be hosted by ProFight Supplements. Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, Men & Women's Physique.
This event is so much fun....if you are a local, you know. For more info, check website.
What: Body Building Event
Where: Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk
When 1: 00 pm (pre-judging starts at 10:00 am)
Or in Marina Del Rey...
Enjoy a beautiful boatride with Hornblower cruises. The party features top EDM DJs, cabanas, bottle service and all the fun in the sun you can handle. $40+. 3-7:30 p.m. 13755 Fiji Way Marina del Rey, 323.604.6030. CLICK HERE to purchase Tickets http://www.hornblower.com
Also in Marina Del Rey...
Celebrate the end of summer with a seaside soiree on the largest waterfront patio in Marina del Rey. This event will benefit Heal the Bay.
Dine on an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet piled high with clams, mussels, crab legs, shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, and more, including make your own s'mores, all to the tune of live bands and DJs.
1-8 p.m. $10 advance/$15 door no food; $45 advance/$50 door with food. 13813 Fiji Way Marina Del Rey.
Purchase Tickets HERE
What: Labor Day Celebration
Where: Whiskey Red's, 13813 Fiji Way Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
When: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Have a safe and fun weekend and mellow out....Mama sure needs to...See ya next week.
There will also be an artist talk on Sept 20, at 5:00 pm.
About TAG Gallery – Established in 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation, TAG Gallery is a member-owned community of approximately forty artists. Through the physical gallery in Santa Monica's landmark Bergamot Station as well as lectures from exhibiting and visiting artists, TAG Gallery has become a valuable resource for launching the careers of both emerging and mid-career artists based in the greater Los Angeles area.
The Long Thread, Pam Douglas
New work by Pam Douglas explores the cycle of birth and death in "The Long Thread." This show transcends her previous paintings by adding string, twine and rope -- rough textures that contrast with silk and rice paper, expanding these large-scale works into 3-dimensions.
See image: Douglas Pam The 4 Phases, Inks on rice paper, 60x50in
As with her previous series, Douglas reveals her admiration for Asian art using rice paper and silk, and suspending the fabric from dowels that recall Japanese and Chinese scroll paintings. In "The Source Within" indigo strings cascade through a divide of bronze and gold on silk panels, like a source of bright energy opening into birth. This scroll-like mixed media painting is almost seven feet high.
In "Four Phases," rice paper panels progress from white to black, and red strings in groups of four continue the careful balance, creating an understated elegance, both contemplative and hopeful.
Works on Paper, Ernie Marjoram
For his current exhibition, "Works on Paper," artist Ernie Marjoram presents drawings of a range of subjects; landscapes, still life compositions and figure studies in a variety of media; watercolor, pen and ink, pencil and charcoal, etchings and digital prints.
See image: Ernie Marjoram, Baptistry graphite 7x5in
Marjoram's latest body of work is a transition from previous oil studies in vibrant candies and comfort foods. "For me, there is no single definition of beauty and no single approach to art," says Marjoram. Some images are highly rendered, while others are black and white. "I have always experimented with different graphic techniques and have become comfortable combining traditional and digital techniques," says Marjoram. "In the end it is all about the image, not the technique." While studying a range of subjects in his current series, Marjoram's strong gestural brushstrokes and technical skill create animated characters and environments.
L.A. Boogie Woogie, Camey McGilvray
In artist Camey McGilvray's latest sculpture series, abstracted forms in wood, wire and rebar are a continued concentration in her work. Using the grid as a compositional tool, McGilvray recalls mid-century Los Angeles architectural influences - referencing the landmark "Hollywood Hills House", among other urban locations, including downtown Los Angeles itself. The piece, "L.A.Boogie-Woogie," is based on a map of L.A's downtown area and the title pays homage to Piet Mondrian's own version of Manhattan and is also the show title.
See image: Camey McGilvray, LA Boogie Woogie, acrylic wood wire, 48x48x4in
McGilvray maintains a strong focus on line in her work, using rebar in free-standing works and superimposing wire on vibrant painted mixed media wall sculptures. The pulse of the city is echoed in her animated and anthropomorphic forms as wires pulsate with an energy of their own.
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 20 at 5:00 pm
On view: September 2 - Sat. September 27, 2014
What: Opening reception
Where: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404
When: September 6th 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Phone: (310) 829-9556
LA Art Party Event Review on Huff Post: Lexus Grand Tasting at the 2014 Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, August 21-24 2014!
Celebrating its fourth year, LAFW was incredible.
We were unable to attend all the various tasting/cooking events happening earlier in the weekend *(Yes we are hoping to next year), but we did manage to make it to the Lexus Grand Tasting, Live on Grand event on Sunday, August 24, the final day of the festival.
For my full review, be sure to check out the Huffington Post which was published on August 28, 2014. See www.LAFW.com
If you like Blues....don't forget, you can catch Kat & the Blues Hounds every 4th Friday at our monthly gig at Sonny McLean's in Santa Monica.
I'll be singing some blues & Jazz with some extraordinary musicians. AS usual som guest players will be sittin' in...so strap your boots on tight, Mama feels like cuttin' loose.
Come on down to see who will sit in this month!!! Enjoy FREE blues (and some jazz too) every 4th Friday (NOT last Friday) from 9:15 pm until 12:30 am at this fun Irish Bar, located at 2615 Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica...FREE music all night and the Food is fantastic!
Enjoy Blues Classics. We've got a great lineup....Bob Crickmore on Keys, John Wiemken on bass, Rick Bryan on Drums, with Lucky Wright on sax, Bruce Friedman on Trumpet....plus we have guest musicians scheduled to sit-in as always.
Check out a performance of "Summertime" from our monthly 4th Friday gig at Sonny McLean's shot by Wayne Ford.
You can find more info and images on facebook. Be sure to LIKE our Kat and the Blues Hounds FB Page.
What: Live Music
Where: Sonnys McLean's, 2615 Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica
When: Friday, September 26 9:15 pm - 12:30 am
Phone: 310 449-1811
Website: http://www.sonnymcleans.com/ www.kathyleonardo.com
Skidmore Contemporary Art presents "Summertime" through August 31.
Acrylic on panel
8" x 8"
The show features the work of Jennifer Bain, Eric Nash, Anthony Mastromatteo, Tracey Sylvester Harris, Clay Vorhes, Nina Jun and Bradley Hankey.
The studio of artist Jennifer Bain is located in close proximity to a natural park. Here...surrounded by wildlife, and all breeds of birds, she finds inspiration for her paintings.
Eric Nash has paid homage to Hollywood inspired scenes and has attracted the attention of many actors, producers, filmmakers as well as beside the scenes high powered people. The list includes Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Jerry Bruckheimer, Orlando Bloom, Mena Suvari, Hillary Duff, Alexandra Balahoutis and many more.
In her paintings, T.S. Harris presents a dazzling vision of California that merges the past with the present.
In an ironic twist, two recurring themes are her love of water and her love of Hollywood. The series of paintings entitled Lost Holiday are inspired by found, black and white photos from the forties and fifties.
See image: Beach in Winter
(The Face of Love)
Oil on canvas
60" x 48"
The paintings transform long forgotten memories into vibrant light and color. Although bright, the paintings are bittersweet in their depictions of fleeting moments of summer captured almost a lifetime ago.
The exhbition will remail on view through August 31.
What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., D-2 Santa Monica, 90404
When: Tuesday through Saturday - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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On View NOW at Malibleu Gallery....Celebrating the beauty of California's coastline, "Wavelength" features the work of thirteen artists. Inspired by the ocean's waves and captivating sunsets, each artist takes a turn sharing his or her own personal vision of the California coast. Malibleu Gallery sits on the East side of Pacific Coast Highway and overlooks Malibu's magnificent shoreline, so it is apropos that the exhibit features beach views.
Together with the team at Malibleu, Gallery Director Roberta Dillon has created a vibrant and diverse exhibit featuring paintings, graphic art, mixed media, sculpture and photography. Dillon curated the last two shows at the gallery and said she loves the process of starting with an idea and watching it unfold and come to life. Dillon has chosen four of Brooke Harker’s paintings for the front wall at Malibleu.
See image: Brooke Harker, Coastal Dreamin 1, 30" x 60" x 1.75" ink, oil & acrylic on canvas
Harker explained how important it is to take the time needed to slow down. "The energy created in having a place to rejuvenate - such as Malibu - shows up in all the paintings I create. I feel more connected to myself when I am around water, and I use that energy to paint."
Harker's work has been selected to be part of a traveling museum exhibition titled "California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California." Opening in Frosinone Italy, the group exhibition (which features fifty-three artists) begins its journey at the Palazzo dell Provincia di Frosinone, then travels to California, to the Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside, and finally ends at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA. To find out more about the painter, visit Brooke Harker's website.
Barbara Kosoff’s mixed-media works will be included in “Wavelength.” An illustrator and graphic designer, Kosoff’s work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times as well as some national publications.
See image: Angel in the Afternoon Light, Mixed-media on wood, 10 x 10" 2011
Angel in the Afternoon Light, is just one of the works on view. “I was inspired by my walks along the Santa Monica beach when I created Angel in the Afternoon Light,” said Kosoff. “I love this time of day - when it is quiet in the late afternoon and the ocean is cool and comforting. This piece speaks to our need for renewal.” For additional info about the artist, see Barbara Kosoff's website.
The work of landscape photographer Scott Tansey will also be part of the group exhibition. His solo show, "Los Angeles Panoramas" recently opened at Leica Gallery and will remain on view through August 31. Tansey is an avid fan of the panoramic format, which was the focus of the exhibit at Leica Gallery.
See image: Scott Tansey, Aerial California Coast
"Malibleu is a great funky art space," said Tansey. "Nice light." As part of the exhibit, Tansey will be showing three aerials of the California coast.
Tansey revealed that he accomplished one of his bucket list items when he flew on a Zeppelin over California in 2012. Three images from that trip will be on view at Malibleu Gallery. Tansey said that seeing the coast from a thousand feet up made him feel as if he were seeing the California coast for the first time. The photographer is planning his next venture to Maine in a couple of months - just in time for the fall colors. To see more images, visit Scott tansey's website.
One of Carole Garland's paintings titled The Receding Tide, has been selected to be in the exhibit.
See image: Carole Garland, The Receding Tide 48"x60"
The artist said she was looking forward to being a part of the exhibit. "The Malibleu Gallery is a fabulous exhibition space in a great location above the landmark Cosentino's Nursery and across the road from Duke's Restaurant." See Carole Garland's website.
Photographer Michael B. Wood will be showing works from his Malibu surfing series, "Kinesólo." This will be the first time the photographer will be exhibiting at the gallery.
"Robby has her work cut out in establishing Malibleu as a premier fine art gallery," said Wood. "She has a lot of energy to make it work. Malibu is a tough market, but there are many avid art collectors. They need to know about Malibleu."
See image: Michael B. Wood, Untitled, "Kinesólo" series
For more info, visit Mathew B Wood's website.
Additional artists include: Jim Evans, Ned Evans, Jimmy Z. Ganzer, Diane Nelson Gold, Adriana Guidi, Deb Haugen, Jill McDonell, and Eugenie Spirito.
"Wavelength" will remain on view through September 30th at Malibleu Gallery (21201 Pacific Coast Hwy @ Las Flores Canyon, in the Cosentino's Center). 310 456-2511. (310) 456-2511; https://www.facebook.com/MalibleuArt
Artists include: Hadiya Finley, Julienne Johnson, J.J. L'Heureux, Stephanie Visser and special guest Javier De Aubeyzon.
Hadiya Finley's sculptures will be included in the group show. Finley has been shown both nationally and internationally and was recently asked to do a large-scale sculpture in a public space in in Guangzhou.
See image: Hadiya Flinley "String figure"
Hadiya's work is breathtaking. They have a simple yet mournful quality...I must admit I am a big fan of her work and happen to own one of her sculptures.
Artist Julienne Johnson is constantly creating. Creating her art six days a week, Johnson paints with her hands...averaging eight to ten hours a day. "I've always worked passionately with all disciplines of art, explained the artist, "so this is happy routine for me. I work best in stretches. I am very intense when I am making art and living in LA, it takes me time to settle down. For my spirit to settle down....melt into the work."
As part of the exhibit, Bisciotti has chosen to show Johnson's "La Suite Jany" series. "I believe I am seeing the influence of the late Jany Jansem, Jean Miro and my ongoing study of Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy, said Johnson.
See image: Julienne Johnson La Suite Jany 2013 # 2 12 x 12in
Peter Frank, (art critic and Editor of Fabrik Magazine) will curate a solo exhibition featuring Johnson at Taylor University in Indiana. "I'm very excited to be invited to exhibit at my own Alma Mater with the show opening on Homecoming weekend," continued Johnson. "Homecoming and football are a very large part of campus life in the mid-west. So they are anticipating well over 1000 guests arriving on campus the night the show opens." http://www.juliennejohnson.com/
Venice local, J.J. L'Heureux is an accomplished photographer who recently returned from an expedition to Alaska. She is active in many other mediums such as painting, collage, nature and docu-photography. Five Artist Show will showcase J.J. L'Heureux's collage work, which she calls "Etichette."
L'Heureux was first inspired to create these collages when she was in Italy visiting friends. The simple beauty and charm of Italian cheese wrappers, propelled her to start an entirely new series. A time intensive process, she hand sews each wrapper onto a color field background, which is also painted.
See image: J.J. L'Heureux, Etichette #90, 39" h x 39" w
L'Heureux explained, "I collected many labels locating the cheese factories and started constructing the collages in my studio some being 6 feet as many of the cheese labels are very large. My Italian friends started calling these pieces Etichette, I liked the word and my series began."
The multi talented artist often works on several mediums at once...whether it be photography, painting or collage. She continues, "I am also currently working on my 'Bergy Bit' series of paintings from my expeditions to Antarctica and 'Faces from the Southern Ocean' series from my photographs taken in the Southern Ocean." http://www.jjlheureux.com/ http://www.penguinspirit.com
Abstract artist Stephanie Visser also has a studio right here in Venice and has been actively involved with both the Venice Art Walk and the Art Block. She recently experienced a life-changing event, which deeply affected her art. Just last year, she was diagnosed with cancer and has undergone five surgeries and still has one to go. "I am not the same person, feel that I had a dress rehearsal for the real thing, said Visser....the one that ends my life...because something gets us all. I survived it. I proved to myself that I had the strength to face it. I came through changed, stronger, real." Visser's work took a complete turn after her illness. She will be showing work from her Emotion Series.
See image: Stephanie Visser, New Work Emotion Series "Anger" Acrylic on Canvas 60 x 80"
All of my new work come out of events in my life last year," said Visser. "In doing these pieces, my goal was to create strong work, emotional work, in the simplest way possible. Therefore the size...large. Detail is minimal...texture important....color...all done to evoke or provoke an emotion."
Her new series, the emotion series, "features the basics we all feel, explained Vissser. "that make us more alike than different...no matter where we live, what we look like or how much we have. We eventually all face the same things...life is a great equalizer of people." http://stephanievisser.com/
And finally, special guest and Argentinian artist Javier De Aubeyzon has also been invited to participate in the exhibit. Bisciotti has selected works from two of the artist's themed series, "Evironment" and "Nature." The artist explains, "My technique is traditional, oil on canvas. The idea is to use a style that is clear and accessible, to reach my audience with this contemporary topic – an environmental consciousness, and care for our planet, it's an issue that we must resolve NOW."
See image: Javier De Aubeyzon naturaleza muerta still life, oil on canvas) 78"x78"
A fan of De Aubeyzon's work, Bisciotti has known the artist for fifteen years. "His canvases are strong images with a hyper realistic genre," said the gallerist. http://www.deaubeyzon.com/
On view: August 1st – September 25th – By appointment only - 424-744-8156
Where: FABstudio 2001 main street, santa monica ca 90291 (behind dog town coffee at main and bay)
Phone: (424) 744-8156
Website: http://FABstudioLA.com http://www.bisciotti.com/
Hal's Bar & Grill, V-SCAPE, and Missionlines.com are pleased to announce a contest open to students of all ages, anywhere in the world, to create thirty-second videos based on works in the TasteForArt.com exhibition. The inaugural show, hanging in the newly opened Upstairs Gallery at Hal's, is available for viewing online at TasteForArt.com.
A "Taste for Art" is a humorous yet serious show whose theme is food and drink in art and film. It draws entirely from works loaned by leading Southern California artists and collectors. From Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell soup cans, to Rob Reiner's classic deli scene in "When Harry Met Sally", to some of today's cutting-edge artists, the exhibition explores a universal theme in painting, printmaking, sculpture, multiples and film.
The 25 pieces in a "Taste for Art" are the inspiration and springboard for our Viral Venice Videos contest. This is about creativity, having fun, and life imitating art. We invite students everywhere to riff on the art and tell their story in thirty seconds. From its opening in 1987, Hal Frederick's dedication to art and music established Hal's Bar & Grill as a Venice community fine arts landmark. This exhibition is sponsored by Missionlines.com and curated by VSCAPE.org, which has been organizing and curating exhibitions in the Venice - Santa Monica area since 2004.
Jurors include: MARK FARINA - Heads the Video Lab and is a mentor/instructor at Otis College of Art and Design and the Wildwood School; ANDREW HALPERN President, Commercial Production - Envision Media Arts (EMA); RUPERT HITZIG President - Bizazz Media; WILL MUNROE – Student, Actors Studio; LORI PETTY - Actress, Director and Screenwriter; AMY & JOHN RUSKIN - Ruskin Group Theatre / Ruskin School of Acting; HARRY VELASQUEZ - Creative Director - NetStarStudio.com; ELYSA VOSHELL - Associate Director / Gallery & Public Programs Director - Venice Arts
Primarily for glory, winners will receive the following prizes: Food: Dinner at Hal’s for 4 ($150 gift certificate); Bragging rights: MissionLines.com and ViralVideoMaster.com which will be redirected to open the winner's website or social media page, exclusively, for the next 5 years; Collectibles: Set of four Andy Warhol (Marilyn) dessert plates; Thought: Vintage Compact Oxford English Dictionary; Swag: The “Official Google LA t-shirt” (not available in the Google store) for each finalist; For official rules and more information, see: ViralVeniceVideos.com.
For more about the Boys and Girls Club of Venice visit: bgcv.org.
BGCV’s focus is ensuring that members graduate from high school, live a healthy lifestyle, and build a life of community engagement.
Closing date for submissions is Monday, September 15. The five finalists’ videos will be posted for online voting at: ViralVideoVote.com.
SAVE the DATE...August 30th! Venice local, Maureen Cotter will be making her 10th appearance at Beyond Baroque.
A story teller and stand up comedian, she has written, directed and performed a new one woman show each year at Beyond Baroque for the past nine years. I have attended several performances and I can attest, this lady puts on a fabulous show.
Cotter is a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse and has long been involved with the Venice community as well as being a civic activist.
Doors open at 7pm for pre-show party. Show starts at 8pm. Indoor/outdoor seating is available as the show is projected up onto the Venice Fire Dept wall.
Enjoy an open bar, food, wonderful Venice musicians such as, Suzy Williams & The Shoofly's, Greg Cruz and Kathy Leonardo (yeah me). We will be playing at the start of the 2nd half of the show btw.
There is always a fun crowd...so stay and party till midnight. Get there early for an indoor seat. Seats are on a first come basis.
It's ALWAYS A SOLD OUT SHOW!
General admission $ 15What: Maureen Cotter's annual one woman show.
Where: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291
When: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Leica Los Angeles flagship store, located in West Hollywood, celebrated its one-year anniversary this past June. The high-end camera venture has been busy creating its global brand. With eleven stores and growing, the Los Angeles store has fast become a mecca for Leica camera devotees. Leica Los Angeles is the home to the largest and most elaborate gallery space to date. The trendy art openings have attracted celebrities and art lovers alike. One cannot help but notice an inordinate amount of Leica cameras at the events. Many avid fans attend the events "wearing" their Leicas...proudly displaying their prized possession around their necks.
See image: Scott Tansey
Gallery Manager Annie Seaton joined the Leica team in 2013 just before the gallery and store opened. Right from the start, the Leica Gallery featured art exhibitions with opening receptions and art talks. The events featured established and celebrity photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Seal, Yariv Milchan, Astrid Kirchherr, Andy Summers, and more. The Los Angeles location also offers workshops and book signings.
"Everything is meant to inspire great photography and photographers. In my experience, it is a very exciting concept," explained Seaton. The idea was spearheaded by Roland Wolff, VP Marketing Leica Camera USA and Karin-Rehn Kaufmann, Art Director of Leica Galleries International, and has proven to be a worthy marketing maneuver. James Agnew, the General Manager who oversees Leica Store LA is also an important part of the team.
Seaton is also an artist and photographer who owns a Leica D Lux 6. "I bought one after exhibiting Gridlock from Sara Jane Boyers, a photographer and artist I admire and collect." Seaton explained that Boyers used a D-Lux camera system to shoot the installation, which prompted her to purchase one. She added, "I love the ease of use and the quality of the image. Sara Jane made 24 x36 inch prints and the image quality was phenomenal."
See image: Scott Tansey, with work
Photographer Scott Tansey, whose work will be featured at Leica Gallery on August 2, agreed. "The Leica S2 is the greatest camera I own for the work I do," said Tansey. "It has expanded my ability to do panoramic images. It is a well-designed camera that is easy to translate my ideas into great images."
Tansey's solo show titled "Los Angeles Panoramas" will feature five panoramic images stitched together. His new series was inspired by his love of his bird's eye view of the Los Angeles basin. The photographer often visited the same general location at different times of the day...allowing the light to dictate the chemistry of his subject.
He was first inspired to shoot in his hometown of Los Angeles back in 2008, but seriously considered creating a series in 2010. "On a clear day, the LA Basin is amazing," said Tansey. "One can see the mountains all the way to the ocean. It is unusual to have a mountain range running through the middle of a city."
Tansey said he was excited to show his work at Leica. "Like everything else about Leica, the venue is first rate," said Tansey. "It is totally a classy operation. The gallery is gorgeous." http://www.scotttanseyphoto.com/
See image: by Manuel Pandalis
German photographer Manuel Pandalis will be featuring his portraitures in a solo show titled "Pure" which will also be opening on Saturday. Pandalis takes a unique approach to portraitures. Unlike the "typical" headshot he chooses to extract the essence of his subjects without utilizing photoshop or makeup. http://manuelpandalis.com/
Leica Gallery Los Angeles is located at 8783 Beverly Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 9004. The exhibit will remain on view through August 31st. 424.777.0341; http://www.leicagalleryla.com/