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LA Art Party Newsletter

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 November 2017

This weekend is a busy one - remember we choose events that we think will be the BEST ART Exhibitions and openings...Also VIP subscribers receive additional info on some events not posted to LAArtParty.com, plus Vip subscribers receive FREE tickets to gala events that cost $150!


November 2, 2017:
Venice Arts hosts Open Show LA. Stop in and have a sneak peak of the Gala exhibition. Hear artist presentations from some of the incredible photographers who have generously donated a print for the Gala auction, alongside three of our talented Advanced Studies Photography students. Featured Presenters Mara Zaslove, "Don't Bring Me No Rocking Chair", Jack Prichett, "Night Vision."  Nancy Kaye, "Femaleimage." With presentations by Venice Arts Advanced Studies Students: Silvia Curiel, Lorraine Gutierrez, Gloria Ortiz. FREE EVENT! RSVP HERE.

SAVE THE DATE November 4, 2017 - for then ANNUAL GALA (it's one of LAArtParty's Top Ten Events • 5:00–8:00 pm 
Venice Arts • 13445 Beach Avenue • Venice, CA 90292; http://www.venicearts.org/


November 2, 2017: 
Moby ARTS presents "Contents Under Pressure," a new series of Pop-up art exhibitions featuring the next generation of LA Based Artists. 
Johnny Quintanilla

The first (One Night Only!) exhibition showcases the art of Johnny Quintanilla: original paintings, limited edition prints and a mixed media re-interpretation of Prideful Deer, his Chinatown Mural. Art Party; 7-10pm; Oliver Laurent Salon, 205 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills CA 90211; https://www.mobyarts.com/


November 2, 2017:
The MFA 2018 Preview Exhibition features work by UCLA Department of Art MFA students graduating at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year and includes work in ceramics, interdisciplinary studio, new genres, painting/drawing, photography, as well as sculpture. Artists include: Adrian Abela, Alex Anderson, Carey Coleman, Cameron Coffman, Coleman Alexander Collins, Shasha Dothan, Jenny Gagalka, Mariam Graff, Louis HeilbronnNasim Hantehzadeh, John Hulsey, Todd McQuade, Kamaria Shepherd, Sean Sprague, and Hiejin Yoo. Admission is Free; Parking in Lot 3: $3/hour, Max $12/day; Art Party: 5-8pm; New Wight Gallery, 1100 Broad Art Center, LA, 90095; 


November 3, 2017:
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce "Interiors and Landscapes," an exhibition of new work by Jonas Wood. The show, which will take place across all three of the gallery's exhibition spaces, features thirteen large-scale canvases dedicated to interior and landscape scenes.

FYI - This opening will be packed....Wood is a talented artist and has quite a following.

The work showcases his unique ability to communicate emotional depth, humor, and an immersive sense of place. This exhibition solidifies Wood's position as one of the most important Los Angeles-based painters working today, and as a key inheritor of several lineages of American figurative painting
Jonas Wood in his studio

On view: December 16, 2017; Art Party 6-8pm; David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90019; http://davidkordanskygallery.com/


November 4, 2017
Downtown....Grand Ave Arts: All Access, the third annual, one-day, free community event, returns with a diverse program of family-friendly activities, interactive workshops and tours that highlight and offer access to the world-class arts and cultural organizations lining Grand Avenue between Temple and 6th Streets. FREE; Event runs 11am-5pm; http://grandavearts.tumblr.com/


November 4, 2017:

In Santa Monica….Beyond the Lines Gallery at Bergamot Station hosts a Live Mural Art Event. 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: 12pm-5pm; Beyond the Lines Gallery, (G#8) Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM, 90404;  http://beyondthelinesgallery.com/


November 4, 2017:
"DON BACHARDY - The Women: 50 Years Of Portraits" opens at the SMC Barrett Art Gallery. Don Bachardy has received worldwide recognition for his portraits of major creative, cultural and political figures over the past 60 years and has played an important role in defining Southern California as a center of artistic expression. Save the date for a art talk: Saturday, November 18, 3 - 4pm; On view: December 2, 2017; Art Party: 5 - 7pm; SMC Barrett Art Gallery, SMC Performing Arts Center Santa Monica Blvd. & 11th St., Santa Monica; http://www.smc.edu/Barrett


November 4, 2017:
In Santa Monica....Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, 90404) features some art events. From 5-8pm, Richard Heller Gallery presents "Christian Rex van Minnen, Mourning Wood in Liminal Dawn." dnj Gallery hosts an opening reception for a new exhibition by L.A. Marler at 6pm.


November 4, 2017:
Head to Culver City...There are several galleries on La Cienega Avenue holding openings. From 4-6pm, stop into Anat Ebgi (2660 La Cienega) presents "Not Right Now," featuring the art of American artist Elias Hansen. Zevitas Marcus (2754 S La Cienega Blvd), features "Home Work by Sarah McEneaney and Ann Toebbe from 5-8 pm. Honor Fraser Gallery (2622 S. La Cienega Blvd.) celebrates the first exhibition of paintings by pioneer Feminist artist Miriam Schapiro from 6-8pm. Presented in conjunction with exhibitions of videos by Jeremy Blake and paintings by Mel Davis. Also from 6-8pm...Fabrik Projects (2636 S. La Cienega), throws an art party for three photographers, Amy Arbus, Marjorie Salvaterra and Patrick Ramsey.
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Jeremy Blake, Station to Station, 2001, 5-channel video, 16 minute continuous loop; Image courtesy Honor Fraser Gallery

Also from 6-8pm, Walter Maciel Gallery (2642 La Cienega), presents "Understory," by Timothy Paul Myers and Andrew Barnes. Then head to Washington Boulevard from 6-9pm, Thinkspace Gallery (6009 Washington Blvd), "Human (Nature)" by internationally acclaimed Iranian, Brooklyn-based artist-activist duo, ICY and SOT.


November 4, 2017:
Superchief Gallery LA celebrates "Space Angels," a new body of work by Bunnie Reiss, known for her vibrant murals, featuring over two dozen new paintings, sculptural pieces, installations, quilts and more. On view: December 2, 2017; 6pm-11pm; Superchief Gallery LA, 739 Kohler St, Los Angeles, CA 90021; http://www.bunniereiss.com/


November 4, ,2017:
GDCA Gallery presents "Pace" - a group exhibition featuring the mediums of painting, photography and sculpture. Artists include: Suzanne Budd, Joseph De Sanze, Andrew Eyler, Ty Joseph, Richard Reiner, Dane C. Smith, Christina Ilene Thomas & Robert Toll. If you'd like to find out more about one of the artists...Ty Joseph is featured on our Upcoming Events Page; On view: November 30th, 2017; Art Party: 6-10pm; Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery, 727 S Spring St., Los Angeles, 90014; http://www.gdcagallery.com/


November 4, ,2017:
New Image Art is pleased to present "STRANGE NOISE ON THE ROOFTOP," a solo exhibition with Brooklyn based artist Theresa Chromati featuring a series of new works. Also opening tonight...“WITH YOU”, a group exhibition curated by Theresa Chromati featuring work by Faith Couch, Derrick Adams, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr, Naudline Pierre, Alexandria Smith, Devin N. Morris, Yetunde Olagbaju, and Grace Lynne.
Theresa Chromati 

On view: December 2, 2017; Art Party: 7-10pm;
 New Image Art, 7920 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046; http://newimageartgallery.com


November 4, ,2017:
Rebecca Molayem Gallery & Studio hosts a reception for "Running in Circles," Exploring Geometry in Contemporary Art. This group show explores the geometric shapes we know and love as utilized in contemporary art. Here the most familiar shapes are creatively re-imagined in modern ways that take them beyond the norm - into the new! Artists include: Barbara Carter, Michael McCall, Jeff Iorillo, Ted Meyer, Campbell Laird, Bill Sherwood, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, and Rebecca Molayem. On view: December 2, 2017; Art Party: 7-10pm; Rebecca Molayem Gallery & Studio, 481 S. Fairfax Ave., LA, 90036; http://www.rebeccamolayemarts.com


November 5, 2017:
Dysonna City Art Gallery just celebrated the 3rd annual Art & Jazz In The Rose Gardens at Exposition Park on June 25th and with so much love from the Los Angeles community, it is bringing you Is Love A Dream? the Fall edition based off of the Shakespearian classic, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Event runs 11am - 5pm; Exposition Park, 701 State Street, LA; http://artintheartgarden.com; http://dysonnacityartgallery.com


November 5, 2017
Building Bridges Art Exchange hosts a talk and wine tasting with synaesthete sommelier, Jaime Smith, of the Four Seasons in Las Vegas. Following his presentation, guests will also have the pleasure of tasting the fine wines and drawing their own impressions. Tickets Price: $6.27 with service fee; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. 2-4pm; Building Bridges Art Exchange, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, 90404; http://www.buildingbridgesartexchange.org/


November 9, 2017:
The Fahey/Klein Gallery present “Danny Lyon: Vintage Works,” a comprehensive career survey of works by American documentary photographer Danny Lyon. For over 50 years Lyon has demonstrated a consistent engagement with social and political issues and concern for many of the people he photographed. Influenced by writer William Agee and photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, Lyon immersed himself in the lives of his subjects, creating individual bodies of work accompanied by innovative books that documented their lives, whether it was a young civil rights worker - now Congressman -- John Lewis or convicted rapist Billy McCune. On view: December 23rd, 2017; Art Party: 7-9pm; Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave., LA, 90036; http://www.faheykleingallery.com/


November 11, 2017:
There are some art parties at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, 90404. FIG has moved to D-2 and celebrates Marlene Capell "Squared" from 5-7pm; Lois Lambert Gallery (E-3) presents two exhibitions..."Shells," a collection of photographs by artist David Krovblit and "The Real Future: Dancers at The Lot, Los Angeles", a series of photographs from artist photographer John Nyboer. Reception: 6-9pm.
John Nyboer, 
Mad Lines, Archival Giclée, 8" x 10" 

Plus the William Turner Gallery (E-1) features new paintings by Southern California based artist, Jimi Gleason. Intrigued by the interlinking phenomena of perception, environment and engagement, Gleason presents two distinct bodies of work, Reflected and Absorbed, inviting the viewer to experience the paintings in this exhibition in entirely different ways. Art Party:6-8pm; http://www.williamturnergallery.com/


November 11, 2017:
Shulamit Nazarian features a reception for Los Angeles-based artist Cammie Staros' first exhibition with the gallery, les vases communicants. The exhibition's title references surrealist André Breton's 1932 essay by the same name, which in turn borrows it from the scientific principle of "communicating vessels." Looking specifically to the shapely vessels of Classical Greece, the artist's hand-built objects marry ancient ceramic techniques with modern industrial materials such as neon, machined metals, and moving blankets. The resulting sculptures are rooted in history, yet disarmingly present. On view: Dec 20, 2017; Art Party: 6pm; Shulamit Nazarian, 616 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036; http://shulamitnazarian.com


November 11, 2017:
Culver City features a couple openings...Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (2685 S. La Cienega Blvd), offers an art reception for "Don't cross streams while Trading Horses," featuring Josh Reames from 6-8pmEdward Cella Art+Architecture (2754 S La Cienega Blvd) features "Michael St John: PORTRAITS OF DEMOCRACY," and "Michelle Grabner: PATTERNS IN METAL AND OIL" from 6-8pm.


November 11, 2017:
Detroit-based gallery Library Street Collective is transforming an industrial space in Los Angeles into the site of Shepard Fairey's largest-ever solo exhibition in the city. The address of the venue wil be revealed soon.
Shepard Fairey, Welcome Visitor, 2017, Mixed Media (Stencil, Silkscreen, and Collage) on Canvas

"DAMAGED" in downtown Los Angeles with the location details to be announced soon. Art Party: 8:00 to 11:00PM on November 11 and RSVP is mandatory for entry. Please Click HERE to RSVP. Join the event and share on Facebook HERE http://www.lscgallery.com/


November 11, 2017:
Head to Boyle Heights...Museum as Retail Space (MaRS) celebrates the art of Eric Leiser. Art Party: 7-10 pm; Museum As Retail Space (MaRS) , 649 S. Anderson St.. LA 90023; http://www.marsgallery.net/


November 17, 2017:
Brand X plays the Canyon Club. The band and its members are recognized as true musical pioneers, as they helped create an entire musical genre and influenced a broad spectrum of musicians and bands, from Phish to Dream Theatre. They are unrivaled in their creativity, originality and approach. Their contemporaries include bands such as Weather Report, Headhunters, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco Pastorious and Chick Corea, all crafting a unique blend of Jazz, Rock, and Ethic influences now widely known by fans worldwide as Fusion.

Many claim it's BRAND X's unique combination of masterful chops mixed with their childlike melodies that make so special. Some musicians play from inside their own world, but John Goodsall, Percy Jones, and the guys from BRAND X play from their own universe! REUNION: After years of rumors of a potential reunion, it is finally happening. Three of the four main members came together recently in New York, and according to sources present at the rehearsals, listening to them play was "...like traveling back in time to the legendary 'Livestock' album – there was no question this was BRAND X! Their sound was uncannily identical to the BRAND X of 'Livestock' – and that in itself speaks volumes."
Admission: $24 / $28 / $38 + applicable fees If you purchase a ticket at a table you are required to purchase dinner. Minimum spend is $25.00 per person. You must arrive by 7pm. Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult; The Canyon Clubs, 28912 Roadside Drive Agoura Hills, CA 91301-3304; http://wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com/


November 18, 2017:
Head to SMC Barrett Art Gallery for an art talk with Don Bachardy in conjunction for his current exhibition "The Women: 50 Years Of Portraits." Bachardy is a renowned artsit, known for his portraits of major creative, cultural and political figures over the past 60 years. On view: December 2, 2017; Art Talk: 3 - 4pm; SMC Barrett Art Gallery, SMC Performing Arts Center Santa Monica Blvd. & 11th St., Santa Monica; http://www.smc.edu/Barrett


November 18, 2017:
In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, Latin American Masters (E-2) features recent self-portraits of Francisco Toledo from 6-8pm. "Nothing But Dreaming" featuring the art of Allois opens at bG Gallery (G8A) from 6-9pm;


November 18, 2017:
Gabba Gallery, recently voted the city's "Best Art Gallery" in LA Weekly, is proud to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Wishlist, our signature affordable art show. Curated by Jason Ostro and Elena Jacobson, Wishlist 5 features original artwork by over 70 local and international artists. Every piece is priced under $1000, with many under $200. Buyers may take their art home immediately and something new will be hung in its place. This makes for an unusual and exciting viewing experience because the exhibition keeps evolving before your eyes! On view: December 16, 2017; DJ Jonathan Williams spinning. Bar sponsored by Fort Point Beer Company and Original New York Seltzer. Free parking at 3000 Beverly Blvd (enter off Reno) or street parking or Uber/Lyft; Art party:7-11pm; Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd. http://www.gabbagallery.com/wishlist-5


November 19, 2017:
After twenty five years, the ground breaking Arroyo Arts Collective Annual Discovery Tour is going out with a bang! The last Tour will be Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 9:30am-5:00pm; FREE this year. See the Website for details. http://arroyoartscollective.org


November 23, 2017: 
Thanksgiving is here again....can you believe it? We will be adding more dining options. Stay tuned.
Chef Thomas Keller will do all the work at this spectacular French Bistro, Bouchon Beverly Hills, while you and your family sit back and enjoy the holiday. The Thanksgiving three-course menu ($95) includes organically raised Diestel Family turkey (with stuffing), sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry relish and turkey gravy. You’ll have a choice of brownies, apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie for dessert. Bouchon Beverly Hills. 235 N. Canon Drive, 310.271.9910, Beverly Hills; https://www.thomaskeller.com/bouchonbeverlyhills


November 27, 2017:
Join Grand Park and The Music Center for the Los Angeles County annual tree lighting ceremony, featuring performances by local music artists and community groups. Grand Park's Performance Lawn (between Grand and Hill) 200 N Grand Ave., LA 90012; http://grandparkla.org/