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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.

See Contact Page to find out how to become a VIP subscriber so you don't miss any more great ART Parties!! See Contact/Rates Page to find out how submit and promote your own events!


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Pulitzer Prize Winning Food Critic, Jonathan Gold


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Actor, Martin Mull


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Thomas Mercer Hartman - Beyond the Canvas

Thomas Mercer Hartman has been immersed in art for most of his life. For the past four decades, he worked on museums in exhibition design and special projects. His artistic talents extend beyond the canvas. "Designing exhibitions was an excuse to design space - which was my passion," explained Hartman.
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Image: by Thomas Mercer Hartman Blue Falls, 2014, Acrylic, lacquer, enamel and caulking on canvas, 60" x 120"

Early on in his career, Hartman realized there was a niche market for his talents. He was proficient at designing graphic-intensive and object oriented exhibits (requiring custom cases) and architectural interiors. He developed architectural program documents for museums - to determine the building envelope, space allotment, collections storage requirements, construction cost, and interpretive approach. This included working with museums' boards of directors to determine the vision, operations, and exhibitions forecast."Developing interpretive environments," continued Hartman, "to translate the story and house the objects, films and content was the challenge. The content provided rules of engagement for the design." He went on to explain that working closely with the artists while organizing their works allowed for the revelation of the artist's story within the context of the spatial requirements of the exhibition.

Hartman started painting decades ago as an undergraduate. However, conceptual installations soon became his focus when his design work with museums became a full-time livelihood. His two creative outlets inspire and inform each other. "Over the past decade, the visual arts side of my work has dramatically increased. It has been a private dialogue to allow a visual language to come forward."
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Image: Ferus, 2014-15, Acrylic, cement, caulking and lacquer on panel 48” x 76”

Hartman paints every day. "I like working early in the morning and returning to it in the afternoons. Juggling time on projects is stimulating. As I paint, I solve some of the architectural problems or content questions in my practice. As I design, I glance around the studio, and it is easy to define the next steps in the art process. There is an efficiency to being productive with ongoing projects. It is an iterative process."

Hartman reflected about his process, "For me, there is a difference between the creative effort in design and art. Design has a creative search as part of its process with a focus on solving a problem - e.g. physical requirements, budget, time constraints, etc."

He added that his art practice is more open-ended. "It starts from dreaming about what may be possible." One of his works titled Moss Pond brings to mind the paintings of the legendary artist Monet. Hartman explained his inspiration, "It has an ethereal sense of place. While exploring with surface qualities and color, this piece began to resemble a pond. Once the concept was exposed, the work was to determine how to enhance the piece without painting a pond. Color juxtaposition, nuanced values, and a 'dance' of hue changes provide a visual choreography that represents a watery habitat."
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Image: by Thomas Mercer Hartman, Moss Pond, 2015, Acrylic and lacquer on panel, 32" x 80"

This will be the first time for Hartman to exhibit his works at a restaurant. Upper West is an upscale Santa Monica eatery that he has frequented. "I like that the setting of the restaurant as a conversation with the work can occur without the imprint of the gallery world."

A solo exhibition of the artist's paintings will open this Sunday March 12th, at Upper West Restaurant (3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA) from 4-7 pm. "Explorations" features paintings created by Hartman within the past several years at his Santa Monica studio. For more info about Thomas Mercer Hartman, visit http://www.mercerprojects.com http://www.iqmagic.net/ http://www.theupperwest.com/

On View Now: AC Gallery Presents “MAJESTIC”

On Saturday, April 1st, AC Gallery presents “MAJESTIC” featuring the art of artist Aida Novosel Savic. The opening reception will take place from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

A talented artist, Aida creates on a daily basis. She is also a fashion designer and has created costumes in various productions of popular shows such as Don Quixote, Poor little hamsters, and Roots…just to name a few.

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Gallery Director and Curator Carlos Benitez opened AC Gallery in 2012 and has consistently presented high quality art exhibitions. “Aida is a truth seeker on a quest to make everybody beautiful and happy, said Benitez. “Her paintings are honest with (delete "a" character) classical charcoal shades that translatesthe same energy in her Haute Couture dresses. Her passion for horses can be seen in her characters with the sensuality of her paintings.”

Spokesperson, model and actress Anna Kulinova will be wearing Aida’s fashions at the opening event. The pair met at AC Gallery and have become good friends planning to partner to launch a new Haute Couture collection for men and women.

Aida said she felt she had to share her art and creative works with people. When she came to California, she fell in love with it, and knew she had to stay. “I did not dream that I would come to live in such an inspiring country as America.” She grew up in Europe surrounded by the history of ancient civilizations. She studied art and started to draw every chance she had. Aida continued, “Every trip, going for a walk, reading a book, everything gives me inspiration.”
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Aida Novosel Savic, Ardor, mixed media, 25in x 30in, 2017

The AC Gallery is located on Highland Avenue between the famed Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards. The gallery has garnered much attention for its new location situated right in the “Heart of Hollywood” and within walking distance to popular attractions such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood & Highland Center and the Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre).

Don’t miss the opening reception and art party for “MAJESTIC” On view through April 22nd, 2017. RSVP to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What: Art Party - “MAJESTIC”
Where: AC Gallery, 1546 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles CA., 90028
When: Saturday, April 1st, 2017 from 7:00pm -10:00pm
Website: http://www.acgallery.us/

On View Now: A.G. Geiger, Grand Opening

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) has partnered with A.G. Geiger Fine Art BooksApril8-2017-HollywoodFineflyer to open a new Gallery to present Hollywood & Fine, a presentation of contemporary and historical fine art focused on Hollywood in all it's ramifications.

The Grand Opening took place on April 8, 2017 from 6-10 PM at A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books. located at 502 Chung King Road. Los Angeles, CA 90012. A panel discussion, screening and Closing Party is scheduled for May 14 with artists from the show, and other special guests, moderated by Juri Koll.

As curator Juri Koll says, "This show intends to place Hollywood in the spotlight as an important way of seeing the world - from the glitz, to the glamour, to the gutter, from the personalities to the pipe dreams, from stardom to stardust. We are presenting artists in the pantheon of well known artists such as Edmund Teske and Andy Warhol's legacy through his screens printed by Louie Waldon." We're proud to be able to bring the show to the new space we've built at A.G. Geiger, in partnership with Michael Delgado and to present a catalog for the show, and with Special Guest to be announced.

The show presents the following artists: Matt Aston, Jodi Bonassi, Carolyn M. Campbell, Chelsea Cody, Michael Delgado, Lisa Derrick, Corey Deshon, Sam Erenberg, Simone Gad, Tanner Goldbeck, Eva Hassmann, Juri Koll, Ofer, Mei Xian Qiu, Phil Santos, Elena Mary Siff, Sandy Shimooka, Mike Street, Stephanie Sydney, Edmund Teske, Louie Waldon/Andy Warhol, and other special guests to be announced.

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Meryl Lebowitz has been creating unique visual art for more than 40 years.  A self-taught oil painter, Lebowitz has experimented with painting not only on canvas and paper, but also on a variety of unlikely surfaces, from violins to scrap metal. She moves with ease from landscapes to portraits, from realism to abstraction, always searching for new ways to express herself in paint.  Her subjects are familiar: local faces and landscapes, the interior of her studio or favorite restaurants, friends and family...but their appeal is universal. 

Save the Date: May 14, 2017 for a panel discussion and clsoing party.

On view: April 8 - May 14, 2017

Where: A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books, 502 Chung King Road. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Website: www.veniceica.org www.aggeiger.com

Attn Artists: Large Figurative Paintings Needed for Upcoming Exhibition!

You may already know that LAArtParty.com reps artists and curates exhibitions. We actually guarantee bookings (with a one on one Artwork-stockphotorepping package, which also comes with FULL guaranteded promotion via one of our PR partners (placement in local newspapers and on other popular websites). We also work with partner galleries all over Los Angeles who have agreed to book our LAArtParty artists. We receive calls for specific types of work and occasionally we do go out of our artist network to help our partner galleries find exactly what they need. We also collaborate with other curators, reps and Pr companies.

Right now we are looking for large works (figurative is preferred). We need over 20 works (5' x 4') ALL From ONE artist, but they CANNOT all be from the same series. We are looking for a variety of styles (some abstract may work) - just paintings (at this time). Stay tuned, we were just approached by a new collector ....looking for photography. If we cannot fill this via our artist ads, we'll be sure to put it out for an open call. We are looking to visit studios to see work this coming week and through October 15. 

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL our EVENT submission EMAIL. If you would like your artwork to be considered for this next exhibition. PLEASE SEND TO CHRIS CARR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   ONLY!!!  PLease SEND LOW RES IMAGES ONLY!
We do NOT ask for submissions fees like many juried exhibitions. Instead we guarantee unlimited FULL listings (300 words + 2 images, posted one month early) all year long with a year ad and your work will automatically be viewed by galleries for selection of upcoming shows. Why chase exhibitions and pay additional fees, when you can focus on your art and let LAArtParty.com do the booking for you? See below for ALL the benefits. Once you have an artist ad, you are then included in our pool of artists for gallery consideration. If you are interested in finding out how you can get booked in upcoming exhibitions, be sure to check our Contact Page/Year Ads. 

For just $600 for the ENTIRE YEAR, you'll receive unlimited listings an ad on LAArtParty.com plus a FREE ad on KTRPRomo.com. Both will link to your website or FB page.

LA Art Party does NOT believe in exclusivity....and in this day and age, if you find a rep that does...RUN!!! Times have changed and we all have to help each other, which is why LA Art Party has formed so many alliances. We want to help artists sell their art and help galleries and curators and other reps book great art. The more help the artist can get, the better.

HERE's What YOU Receive when you have an AD on LAArtParty.com. Your event will receive early coverage (as early as you send it)...300 word listings provided by you. This package also offers placement of two images posted on the Upcoming Events Page. Once the exhibition opens, the 300 word event feature will then be moved to the Artists & Exhibitions Page for the duration of the run. In addition, your event will be featured in a social media campaign....with special mentions on FB, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, & Linked-In. And finally your event info will be included in our E-Blast to over 12,000 people in the LA Area. - LETs not forget THE ADDED Bonus of your artwork being booked into exhibitions in galleries.
Come to LAArtParty.com, an active art platform to meet and mingle...Sell your art or promote an upcoming event NOW!

Just go to Paypal, sign in and send money to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to purchase a year ad package for just $600 and receive an ENTIRE YEAR of Media Exposure on LA Art Party.

Remember many popular websites link to LA Art Party, such as the Huffington Post, LA Weekly, and more.

fabrik's On the Street Photography Competition!

Gain Worldwide Exposure. Enter Fabrik Magazine's Street Photography Competition, ON THE STREET and exhibit at PHOTO INDEPENDENT 2017

Thirty (30) photographers will be exhibited at Fabrik Magazine's gallery booth at Photo Independent LA 2017, where thousands of fairgoers and collectors can buy your photography, and where international press and curators can see your work.
Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 9.30.09 PMHave your photography published on a full page of your own in our exhibition catalog. Be considered for a solo show by leading photography curators, then, have your work move into the Fathom Gallery in the Los Angeles' Downtown Arts District (DTLA) for a prestigious exhibition devoted exclusively to the winners of Fabrik's inaugural street photography competition, ON THE STREET. DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2017

First, second and third place winners will have their work featured in Fabrik Magazine. Judges Include: Paul Bridgewater, Khodr Cherri, Francis Coiro, Bert Green, Sarah Lee, and Phil Tarley.

This Call for Entries is open to all photographers of all backgrounds — professional, non-professional/amateur, student, and mobile photography who shoot street photography. Click here to enter your photos to the competition.

CLICK HERE to enter your photos to the competition.

April 18-23, 2017: The Los Angeles Festival of Photography!

April 18-23, 2017 marks the launch of The Los Angeles Festival of Photography in tandem with Photo Independent — The International Exposition of Contemporary Photography at The Reef in Los Angeles.
LA-Photo-Festival-Logo-Horizontal copyParticipate in the LA Festival of Photography, the festival for photographers of all levels. Come participate, learn and take your photography to the next level through Workshops, Lectures, Panel Discussions, and Keynote lectures by Roger Ballen and Charlotte Cotton.


ROGER BALLEN: On Fine Art Photography
CHARLOTTE COTTON: Photography Is Magic – Reframing Photographic Practices
This Keynote lecture draws together current ideas about the use of photography as an invaluable medium in the contemporary art world. From Michele Abeles and Walead Beshty to Daniel Gordon and Matthew Lipps, Cotton will show how artists are consciously reframing photographic practices using mixed media, appropriation and a recalibration of analog processes.

ROGER BALLEN: Fine Art Photography Workshop
In this workshop, you will study with Roger Ballen, one of the most important photographers of the 21st century. This will be a hands on Master Class with shooting sessions, individual assignments, daily group discussion, critiques and editing sessions. 

RALPH GIBSON: Photographing the Nude Workshop
Ralph Gibson is one of the most iconic photographers of our time. His unique graphic style is as unmistakable as it is influential. Expand your visual horizons under the guidance of one of the great masters in contemporary photography. Ralph’s high-contrast pictures – usually focusing on one geometric element (the corner of a room) or a single human gesture (the curve of a hand) – form a kind of dream-narrative when gathered together. 

KARIN APOLLONIA MÜLLER: Urban and Landscape Photography Workshop

Karin Apollonia Müller is a photographic artist dealing with the notion of “space,” specifically the relationship of the human being to his environment. This workshop will focus on idea and perception. It will present the notion of “space” and “scape” and the tool of photography to document the world surrounding us.
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SUSAN BURNSTINE: Defining the Personal Narrative
This two-day workshop focuses on exploring and realizing individual narratives through the power of the still image. Using symbolism, metaphor, and personal stories participants will learn to articulate and refine their vision in any genre of photography, from portraits, still life, nature, landscapes, abstract, as well as photojournalism, self-portrait or documentary.

JULIA DEAN: Downtown LA Street Photography Walk & Workshop
This four hour workshop provides you an intimate hands-on experience for learning the skills and practice of producing great street photography. Julia Dean will show and demonstrate her personal approach for seeing, composing and capturing images of the theater of the street. Julia Dean is a photographer, educator, and executive director/founder of the Los Angeles Center of Photography. 

Mobile Photography Workshops
The Festival will also be conducting several Mobile Photography Workshops, which include: David Ingraham: The iPhone Darkroom; Bob Weil: Creating Conceptual Art on Mobile Devices; and Nicki Fitz-Gerald: Life in Layers – Creative iPhone Artistry. 

More workshops, seminars, lectures and exhibitions are being added weekly. For registration or to stay up-to-date, visit http://www.laphotofestival.com/

What: The Los Angeles Festival of Photography
Where: The Reef, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
When: April 18-23, 2017
Website: http://laphotofestival.com/

April 21-23, 2017: Photo Independent!

Los Angeles has one of the most dynamic photography communities in the world and attracts photographers, gallery and museum directors, and collectors from around the world. This year (April 21-23, 2017) marks the 4th edition of Photo Independent — The International Exposition of Contemporary Photography — an exquisite art fair that enables artists to display, promote and sell their own contemporary fine art photography. 
Established in 2014, Photo Independent is the first of its kind, photographers-only art fair. Photo Independent allows artists to directly discuss, present, showcase and sell their work to curators, collectors, galleries, and an enthusiastic buying public within a professional art environment. Each photographer will have their own booth to display images, as in other art fairs, such as Art Basel and Paris Photo.

Paul Martineau, Associate Curator at The Getty Museum, will be reviewing every photographer and their booth at this year's Photo Independent, and will be awarding the "Best of Show". The chosen artist will be awarded a solo exhibition in the 2018 fair.

Roger Ballen, world-renowned fine art photographer will be exhibiting at this year's Photo Independent. So you're in good company.

Not only do artists gain important relationships with the audience that attends the fair, they also keep 100% of all sales at the fair. The Press has given Photo Independent major accolades, and has called it the most exciting venue in exhibiting the best of contemporary work ever assembled, LA TIMES.
Artists themselves will be promoted to the media through a network of marketing provided by Fabrik Media, a multifaceted creative and marketing agency that supports artists and their mediums. This juried exhibition is for the very best established, emerging, and undiscovered, top level, contemporary artists.

Artists are able to select from different packages starting at $975. For more information about Photo Independent, and how to apply please visit www.photoindependent.com.

What: Photo Independent
Where: The Reef, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
When: April 21-23, 2017
Website: http://photoindependent.com/

Kline Academy - Art Classes!

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3264 Motor Avenue, (Near National), Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 927-2436; (310) 837-7194; http://www.klineacademy.com


Beginning Drawing Foundations | Instructor: Julio Labra | Time: Sat. 10am - 1pm | 4 Wks: $240 ...............................................

Beginning Painting Foundations | Instructor: Julio Labra | Time: Sat. 10am - 1pm | 4 Wks: $240 ...............................................

Renaissance Drawing | Instructor: Terry Kelly | Time: Sat. 10am - 1pm or 2 - 5pm | 4 Wks: $240 ..............................................

Beginning Classical Painting | Instructor: Cheryl Kline | Time: Wed. 6:30 - 9:30pm or Thur. 10am - 1pm | 4 Wks: $240 .........

Classical Painting Workshop | Instructor: Cheryl Kline | Time: Wed. 6:30 - 9:30pm or Thur. 10am - 1pm | 4 Wks: $240 .........

KlineAcademy-Foundations-1Beginning Figure Drawing | Instructor: Terry Kelly | Time: Sat. 10am - 1pm or 2 - 5pm | 4 Wks: $260 .......................................

Beginning Figure Painting | Instructor: Terry Kelly | Time: Sat. 10am - 1pm or 2 - 5pm | 4 Wks: $260 .......................................

Figure Drawing & Painting Workshop | Instructor: Terry Kelly | Time: Sat. 10am - 1pm or 2 - 5pm | 4 Wks: $260 ...................

Tonal Figure Drawing | Instructor: Ira Korman | Time: Tue. 6:30 - 9:30pm | 6 Wks: $390 ............................................................

Classical & Contemporary Portrait Painting | Instructor: Cheryl Kline | Time: Wed. 2 - 5pm | 4 Wks: $280 ................................

Michelangelo: Controposto e Anatomia | Instructor: Thomas Garner | Time: Wed.10am - 1pm | 6 Wks: $420 ..........................


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Beginning Abstract Painting | Instructor: Scott Yeskel | Time: Mon. 7 - 10pm or Tue. 10am - 1pm| 4 Wks: $240 .....................

Abstract Painting Workshop | Instructor: Scott Yeskel | Time: Mon. 7 - 10pm or Tue. 10am - 1pm| 4 Wks: $240 .....................

Contemporary Painting Workshop | Instructor: Cheryl Kline| Time: Thur. 7 - 10pm | 4 Wks: $240 ..............................................

Outdoor Landscape Painting | Instructor: Sharon Weaver| Time: Fri. 10am - 1pm | 4 Wks: $240 ...............................................

Relief Scuplture | Instructor: Gavin Gardner | Time: Tue. 6:30 -9:30pm | 6 Wks: $399 .................................................................

Painting Environments | Instructor: Kenny Harris | Time: Mon. 9:30am - 12:30pm | Coming Soon .............................................


KlineAcadeby-2Finding the Essence of the Figure with Juliette Aristides | 3 Days, Fri. - Sun., Mar. 11 -13, 10am - 5pm | Price: $695 .............

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Zorn Palette Color Workshop with Brianna Lee | 2 Days, Sat. - Sun., Apr. 23 -14, 10am - 5pm | Price: $395 ............................

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Gold Foil and Oil Painting with Pam Hawkes | 5 Days, Mon. - Fri., June 6 - 10, 10am - 5pm | Price: $1249 ...............................

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The Classical Figure, A Modern Approach with Robert Liberace | 3 Days, Fri. - Sun., Aug. 26 -28, 10am - 5pm |

Cloud Painting Workshop with Cheryl Kline | 1 Day, Call for Date, 10am - 4:30pm |Price: $225 ....................................................