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LAArtParty is an arts and entertainment website. Established in 2010, it is an online go-to guide for what's happening in and beyond the LA area - this includes dining, travel and more.

Founded by journalist, and "Blues Mama" Kathy Leonardo (a longtime performer), the campy site has an unusual slant which will keep you entertained. Leonardo has been writing for the past 15 years about various subjects for the Huffington Post, THRIVE GLOBAL, LA Weekly, etc.

Each month the LAArtParty staff, led by Kathy Leonardo decides which events will be featured. Posted at noon on the Thursday prior to the last week of the month, LAArtParty.com features the Top Ten Art Parties, plus other fun events each month. VIP subscribers find out ONE week prior to the public and receive discounts and invites to VIP parties throughout the year.

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Additional Art Parties/Events in August 2017

Our official update for August will be on the 17th...with a few events added earlier - if you are a subscriber, you will receive an email. Or be sure to LIKe LAArtParty's FB page to find out about updates. If you would like to receive free updates 3-4 x a month via email, you can become a subscriber by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - We do offer a VIP subscriber option (with additional benefits) - check our Contact/Rates Page for details.

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August 4, 2017:
In Santa Monica...Join BBAX for a performance presented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Los Angeles and with support from the Getting To Know Europe program, awarded by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. "The Life & Death Of Elle Peril" presents a five-year experiment on persona. In the wake of revenge porn and cyber harassment, Lena Chen suffered from post-traumatic stress symptoms (depression, anxiety, paranoia, and hypervigilance) which impaired her ability to function socially and professionally. She changed her name to Elle Peril and documented her new life - This performance is a direct result of that - see website for details. Be aware nudity is involved in this performance. Also enjoy "I, The Skin," by Jacobo Alonso; Performance 7:pm; Builinding Bridges Art Exchange (BBAX), Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., F-2, Santa Monica 90404; http://www.buildingbridgesartexchange.org/

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August 4, 2017:

In Silverlake...Enjoy a fun art party at La Luz de JESUS. Celebrate artists Annie Owens, with Lizz Lopez, Karen Hydendahl, Edith Waddell, Daria Theodora. On View: August 5 - August 28, 2017; Art Party: 8-11pm; La Luz de JESUS, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., LA, 90027; http://laluzdejesus.com/

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August 5, 2017:
In Venice....Continuing it's program of exhibitions featuring the art world legacy of Southern California, the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) is proud to present "Venice: Now & Then." Curated by Juri Koll, two or more works have been selected from each of the artists' body of work - one completed very recently, and one from early in the artists' career. Many of these art works have never been exhibited before and are historically and contemporarily significant. Each of the artists has spent at least 40 years exhibiting their work - and lived and
worked in Venice.
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"Venice: Now & Then" follows on the success of "Venice: Here & Now" which featured mid-career artists who live and work in Venice. Artists include: Martha Alf, John Baldessari, Bob Branaman, Jean Edelstein, Doug Edge, Ned Evans, Scott Grieger, Victor Henderson, Juri Koll, Ann McCoy, Catherine Ruane and Rena Small. Art Party: 5-8pm; Mike Kelley Gallery, Beyond Barouqe, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, California 90291; https://www.veniceica.org/  http://www.beyondbaroque.org/

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August 5, 2017: 
Also close by, in the Marina...Venice Arts presents painter Ruth Chase’s first solo exhibition, "The West of Lincoln Project." Awarded a grant by the Carl Jacobs Foundation, the project traces the history of Venice through the life stories of people who grew up here, as told through large - scale paintings and audio interviews by Chase, and accompanying biographical texts written by Gena Lasko. On View: August 5 - September 1, 2017; Art Party: 4-8pm; Venice Arts, 13445 Beach Avenue, Marina Del Rey; http://www.venicearts.org/


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August 5, 2017:
Thinkspace Gallery offers three new exhibitions…“Jose Keyes: Implosion,” "Ken Flewellyn, Stay Gold," "Terry Arena: Swarm." On view: August 5 - August 26, 2017; Art Party: 6-9 pm; Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd. Culver City;  http://thinkspacegallery.com/

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August 5, 2017:

AC Gallery presents a solo exhibition by photographer Richard Drake. On view: August 5 - August 19, 2017; Art Party: 7-11pm; RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   AC Gallery, 1546 N Highland Ave., LA, 90028; http://www.artistscorner.us/

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August 5, 2017:
"XYZ" opens at Durden and Ray. Artists employ unconventional materials to create sculpture that comments on the current political climate. Curators Ed Gomez and Brian Thomas Jones explore parallels between the work and Italy's "arte povera" movement.  Artists include: Lana Duong, Martin Durazo, Ed Gomez, Brian Thomas Jones, Ruben Ochoa, Alison Petty Ragguette, Jaime Scholnick.​ On view: August 5 - August 26, 2017; Art Party: 4-7pm; Durden and Ray, 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021; http://www.durdenandray.com/

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August 5, 2017:
Grice Bench celebrates the art of Nick Lowe. On view: August 5 - September 9, 2017; Art Party: 6-9 pm; Grice Bench, 915 Mateo St, #210, LA, 90021; http://www.gricebench.com

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August 5, 2017:
Downtown....KCRW hosts its Summer Nights Series in Chinatown. CLICK HERE for all the details. Remember we have full list of FREE summer music on our Upcoming Events Page - CLICK HERE for the direct link. FREE - 8:00pm; Chinatown’s Central & West Plazas, 943 N. Broadway, LA, 90012; http://kcrw.co/2uJgssY

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August 5, 2017:
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles is proud to present Verdant Loop: Works by Devon Tsuno, Hung Viet Nguyen, and Erin Harmon. On view: August 5 - August 27, 2017; Art Party: 7-10pm; 1206 Maple Ave., LA, 90015; http://www.tigerstrikesasteroid.com 

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August 5, 2017:
In Hermosa Beach...ShockBoxx Project Gallery is celebrating the hottest season of the year with a summertime art show that will bring resin popsicles, ice cream paintings, gummi bear earrings and many more styles of art from an all female line up of LA artists. Featuring Betsy Enzensberger, Theodosia Marchant, Adnohia, PC Witte, Drica Lobo, Katya Usvitsky, and Laura Schuler. On view: August 5 - August 31, 2017; Art Party: 7-9pm; ShockBoxx Project Gallery, 636 Cypress Ave, Hermosa Beach; https://www.shockboxhttp://artlifesouthbay.com/

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August 6, 2017: 
LA Artcore presents its 3rd Annual National Juried Exhibit. This exhibit, juried by Jacki Apple, Tulsa Kinney, and Peter Shire, was whittled down to 50 works of art by 37 artists representing all regions of the country. Artists include: Elizabeth Burton, Palmer Earl, Emily Halpern, Chris Hartford, John Hogan, Michael Kim, Gregory Martin, Richard Parker, Corey Sewelson, Betzi Stein, Sara Stone, Taylor Thomas, Maya Vivas, Peter Walker, and many more. 
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On view: August 6 - August 27, 2017; Art Party: 1-3pm; Art Talk 2pm; LA Artcore, Brewery Arts Colony, Lincoln Heights, 650A South Ave. 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031; https://laartcore.org/

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August 6, 2017: 
At the other location...LA Artcore offers an exhibition of new assemblages by Bay-Area artist James Patrick Finnegan. Finnegan who combines drawing and sculpture utilize disparate imagery and materials to thrust into being, an explosion of ideas and concepts. On view: August 6 - August 30, 2017; Art Party: 3-5pm; Art Talk 4pm; LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts, Little Tokyo, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Lobby Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 90012; https://laartcore.org/

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August 7, 2017: 
FM FINE ART GALLERY hosts an art talk SANDY Bleifer's WALLS SERIES. Moderator: Joes Segal, Chief Curator, The Wende Museum of the Cold War; Panelists: Peter Tokofsky, Sr. Public Programs Specialist, J. Paul Getty Museum, Sandra Fluke, Social Justice Attorney, Sandy Bleifer, Artist. See below for info on a closing reception on August 13, 2017. On view: July 9 - August 13, 2017; Art Talk: 7-9pm; RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; FM FINE ART GALLERY, 834 N. La Brea Ave., LA CA 90038; http://FMFineArtGallery.com

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August 11, 2017:
Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) presents an exhibition titled "The Thunder of Meaning." The group show is an all-media exploration of narrative in contemporary art practice. Artist Stuart Marcus is one of the artists that has been selected. He will be showing his work "The Disney." On view: August 11 - August 25, 2017; Art Party: 6-9 pm; LAAA Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90069; https://www.laaa.org/

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August 11, 2017:
We Choose Art, The Montálban, and Tigrefino Projects are pleased to announce “RAINBOW SHIFT 3.0.” Curated by Baha H. Danesh and Tiger Munson, this exhibition was created to fuse art with social justice and explore notions of aspiration, socialization, and representation within the LGBTQA community through artists employing thread-based craft materials, visual illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and photography techniques. Artists include: Diane Williams, Edie Xu, Erica Soto, Greg Orloff, Lena Moross, Leonard D. Greco, Matthew Dean Stewart, Miguel Angel Reyes, Monica Orozco, Oskar Laffantl, Ruben Esparza, and more. On view August 11 - August 30, 2017; Admission $7.00 CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. Art Party: 7pm-11pm; The Montalban, 1615 Vine St, LA 90028; http://wechooseart.com/

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August 12, 2017: 
In Santa Monica...Beyond the Lines Gallery at Bergamot Station presents "Moments Captured." This group show encourages viewers to enjoy the moments captured by someone's eyes and experiencing them on your own. 
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On view: August 12 - August 21, 2017; Art Party:  5:30pm-8:30pm; Beyond the Lines Gallery, (G#8) Bergamot Staion, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM, 90404;  http://beyondthelinesgallery.com/

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August 12, 2017: 
While you are at Bergamot Station, be sure to visit bG Gallery and Building Bridges Art Exchange


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August 12, 2017: 
Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to present Not/Normal, a group exhibition curated in collaboration with Ceci Moss, including works by David Berezin, Janaye Brown, Kevin Jerome Everson, Steffani Jemison, Owen Kydd, and Nicolas Provost. On view: August 12 - September 9, 2017; Art Party: 6-9pm; Shulamit Nazarian, 616 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036; http://www.shulamitnazarian.com/

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August 12, 2017: 
Once upon a time, album covers helped influence our decisions on which records to buy, and sometimes the album jacket was more interesting than the music inside. Jason Ostro, Gabba Gallery owner, artist, and record collector has curated "Cratedigger Vol. 2" his second annual homage to album cover artwork. Over 90 artists contributed 12x12 inch works of art inspired by real or imagined bands and albums. DJ Jonathan Williams spinning. No RSVP required. Free; Free parking at 3000 Beverly Blvd (enter off Reno). On view: August 12 - August 26, 2017; Art Party: 7-11pm; Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd., LA 90057;  http://www.gabbagallery.com/

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August 12, 2017: 
Muzeumm hosts an opening reception for "Masters of Their Medium," curated by Billy Pacak. Artists include: Billy Pacak, Alex Schaefer, Ben Jackel, Scott Hove, Mara Colecchia, Michael Flechtner, Tess, Melanie Newcombe, Annie Terrazzo, Lena Moross. Art Party: 7pm; Muzeumm, 4811 W. Adams Blvd., LA 90016; http://www.muzeumm.com/

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August 13, 2017: 
FM FINE ART GALLERY holds an closing reception SANDY BLEIFER'S WALLS SERIESGallery visitors are invited to interact with Sandy Bleifer's artwork: Walls 55 and insert written messages between the stones. There are Two additional events taking place in conjunction with this exhibition. On view: July 9 - August 13, 2017; Closing reception: 2-5pm; RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; FM FINE ART GALLERY, 834 No. La Brea Ave., LA CA 90038; http://FMFineArtGallery.com

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August 18, 2017:
Maxwell Alexander Gallery, hosts an opening reception for “Eric Bowman: END OF THE TRAIL.” Art Party: 6:30- 8:30pm; Maxwell Alexander Gallery, 421 Colyton St. LA, 90013; http://www.maxwellalexandergallery.com

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August 19, 2017:
In El Segundo...Artlife Gallery will host a group exhibit inspired by the South Bay weather, the sun, the ocean, we called it “Summer In Love.” This group exhibit evokes the beach community summer spirit. Inspired by the LA vibes, with the fun twist of their eclectic colorful ingredients: Surfers, hippies, Hollywood stars, artists, poets and musicians. The artists dig into the symbols of pop culture icons, grab the colors and let them run loose. On view: August 1 - August 31, 2017; Art Party 6-9pm; Artlife Gallery, 720 C S. Allied Way. Plaza El Segundo. El Segundo, CA. 90245; http://artlifesouthbay.com/

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August 19, 2017:
Downtown Los Angeles' Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will premiere the new body of work and fourth solo exhibition from Southern California-based artist Brandi Milne. Titled "Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom," the new collection will be on display in Gallery 1.

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Self-taught and emotionally driven, Milne's work speaks of love, loss, pain and heartbreak underneath a beautiful candy-coated surface. Using elements as language from her child's mind, Milne creates a unique surreal world that is undeniably hers. Corey Helford Gallery will throw an art party for four exhibitions (more info to come) including..."Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom." On view: August 19 - September 16, 2017; Art Party: 6-11pm; COREY HELFORD GALLERY, 571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St), LA, 90033; http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com/

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August 19, 2017:
Also downtown...Ground Space Project features Susan Joseph’s new suite of paintings dubbed “Hopeful Monsters.” Inspired in part by the biological phenomenon of plants and animals that make large evolutionary steps in one generation (called hopeful monsters), the solo exhibition is an exploration of pattern, light, and form. On view: August 19 - September 9, 2017; Art Party: 6-9pm; Ground Space Project, 1427 E. 4th St., #4, LA, 90033;  https://groundspaceproject.com/


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August 19, 2017:
The Marengo Gallery is pleased to present "China Then and Now," a group exhibition featuring recent works by Xu Yong Kang, Zhang Lin, and Liu Ting Ting. In their paintings, the artists attempt to reconcile the past in order to come to terms with China’s current condition. On view: August 19 – October 14, 2017; Art Party: 7-9pm; The Marengo Gallery, 18 N Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101; http://themarengogallery.com

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August 19, 2017:
In El Segundo...Artlife Gallery will host a group exhibit inspired by the South Bay weather, the sun, the ocean, we called it “Summer In Love.” This group exhibit evokes the beach community summer spirit. Inspired by the LA vibes, with the fun twist of their eclectic colorful ingredients: Surfers, hippies, Hollywood stars, artists, poets and musicians. The artists dig into the symbols of pop culture icons, grab the colors and let them run loose. On view: August 1 - August 31, 2017; Art Party 6-9pm; Artlife Gallery, 720 C S. Allied Way. Plaza El Segundo. El Segundo, CA. 90245; http://artlifesouthbay.com/

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August 20, 2017:
In Santa Monica...FAB-gallery presents a group show titled "End of Summer Show” on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Curated by Flavio Bisciotti and Kathy Leonardo. 
The "End of Summer Show” pays tribute to the memories of summer. Flavio Alejandro Bisciotti has curated a beautiful exhibition. 
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Artists include: Michael Baroff, Flavio Biscotti, Mark Castator, Ray Ford, Marianne R. Klein, Barbara Kosoff, Meryl Lebowitz, Stuart Marcus, Donald Paonessa, Christine Sawicky and Linda Stelling. To find out more about this exhibtion, visit the Upcoming Event Feature. On view: August 20 - August 29, 2017; Art Party: 5:00pm-8:00pm; FAB-gallery, 2001 Main street, Santa Monica, 90291 (behind Dog Town Coffee at Main St., and Bay);  310 630-9216 (by appointment only)'  http://fab-gallery.com/site/


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August 26, 2017:
Head to Beyond the Lines Gallery at Bergamot Station to see the Live Mural Art Event. Ten artists will paint live for 6 hours. Enjoy a fun interactive event for the public to be able to walk into a gallery space and experience different styles of large scale work being created. Vendors will be selling handmade goods, and live music and food will be provided. Artists are usually behind the scenes in their creation process and this brings a special bond and moments shared with the viewers and artists. Art Party: 3-6pm; Beyond the Lines Gallery, (G#8) Bergamot Staion, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM, 90404; http://beyondthelinesgallery.com/

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August 29, 2017: 

In Santa Monica....Annenberg Community Beach House hosts an art talk. Writ Large Press convenes local authors, thinkers and organizers to investigate the value of art in society and motivate action around art and current issues. Today's talk feaatures '"Politics" - A discussion about the arts in the context of politics: what it means to make political art, to make art during political turmoil, to address or avoid issues of justice, representation, or persuasion in the work we create and consume. Art Talk:  6:30-8pm; The event is FREE - RSVP HEREAnnenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way, Santa Monica, CA 90402; https://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/