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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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Actor, Martin Mull


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The Art of Leah Devora Currently on View at the Arclight Culver City!

The ArcLight Cinemas has been exhibiting the art of Leah Devora for the past ten years. This will be her first time showing at Culver City since the theater opened a year ago. The name of the exhibition is "Disappearing Los Angeles" and the work is hung in the hallway of the theater in the inner portion of the complex.
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Image: MotherGoose Pantry by Leah Devora

Devora's new body of work looks at what is no longer here in Los Angeles and the disappearing culture of what was once was of this transient and dynamic town. These one of a kind digital, 3d mixed media paintings on acrylic resin, will be on display in the hallways of the the theater. The images will be of iconic Programmatic Architecture of turn of the 20th century Los Angeles such as The Brown Derby and The Drive Through Donut, and The Tail of the Pup collaged with true LA Kitsch and slanderous advertising of the early 20th century. "I always work in series and this is the first time I've done this series which is based on La Nostalgia and things that are no longer here," said Devora. "This series were is based on programmatic architecture and Los Angeles iconic architecture and slanderous advertising of the early to mid-twentieth Century especially towards women and I layered it into the imagery. All the work is done on acrylic resin pieces and done and a holographic style."

Devora went on to explain that "Disappearing Los Angeles" was inspired by the fact that so much of this city is being destroyed minute by minute. "Things are here today gone tomorrow over the last 30 years things have just just been mowed down by developers and you don't remember what was here yesterday and it prompted me to design this and creates body of work because it makes me nostalgic for once what's here and no longer here and I don't even remember what was here and it's makes me nostalgic for the past. And I started researching things that were here and I started becoming fascinated by the past here in LA and I found fascinating. Los Angeles has a fascinating history even though it's a short one. So many things have come along in the past and have disappeared and vanished at the buried underground to just the redline cars and other things that have just disappeared almost like ghosts I called them ghosts of Los Angeles. I've been doing different incarnations of this body of work and different series over the last 12 years."
Image: In and Out by Leah Devora

The ArcLight Cinema Culver City is located on Jefferson and Irving. She added, "I always work in series and I've been working on this concept for many many years but this is the first time I've worked on a nostalgic series based on the LA history."

On view through March 30th, 2017

What: Art Exhibition
Where: Arclight Culver City, 9500 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: (310) 559-2416

Website: http://www.leahdevora.com

Artist Call: The Beverly Hills artSHOW, Deadline is Feb 14, 2017!

The Beverly Hills artSHOW announces a call to artists to be part of its fun, festive, and prominent fair held on May 20 and 21, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along four fabled garden blocks in the center of Beverly Hills. Artists are recruited nationally and encouraged to apply for a juried spot immediately. The application deadline is February 14, 2017; a late deadline for an additional fee is February 21. ArtFairSourceBook.com ranked BH artSHOW as a Top 25 event for sales of fine art in 2016 among 1000 art fairs around the nation. The BH artSHOW is listed on the Elite 25 Fine Art Fairs for 2017.
BevHillsARTshow-fairimageLocal and regional patrons, along with hotel visitors from around the world, shop at the Beverly Hills artSHOW and the event draws nearly 40,000 visitors throughout the weekend. The most recent Beverly Hills artSHOW, held on October 15 and 16, brought art lovers from the affluent west side of Los Angeles, along with visitors from all corners of the globe, who enjoyed the work of 250 artists in the categories of Painting, Sculpture, Drawing and Printmaking, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, and more.

For the May show, staff is also seeking artists for a special feature tentatively titled: Vexed yet Vital, which will highlight art addressing the topic of thriving in difficult times or circumstances, and the means that are used. Within this topic, visual art with a verbal component is also sought.

For general show information, visit www.beverlyhills.org/artSHOW.

For a link to application information, see www.beverlyhills.org/artSHOWapp or call (310) 285-6836.

For a list of award winners from the October 2016 art show, see www.beverlyhills.org/artSHOWawardsOCT2016

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.

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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.
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On View Now: Skidmore Contemporary Art Presents David Ashwells!!

Skidmore Contemporary Art celebrates the art of David Ashwells. "A Different Point of View" & "Yesterday's Children" are two concurrent shows featuring two different bodies of work by the acclaimed Los Angeles artist.
See image: Tall Palms, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 42” x 49”

"A Different Point of View" highlights Ashwell’s most recent depictions of the local scene.  The paintings record familiar and unfamiliar parts of Los Angeles, as seen through his poetic eye. Yesterday’s Children presents a special project where Ashwell painted portraits of prominent people from all walks of life based on their childhood photographs.e who have influenced popular culture). The paintings are based on photos of them as children.

Ashwell’s landscapes reveal his unique way of seeing the world. As a successful director of television commercials, he learned how to frame a shot perfectly. This special talent gave him the ability to capture familiar scenes at their best moment, creating timeless iconic images.  He also has the singular skill of finding beauty in places we often overlook. Whether he is painting Zuma Beach or East L.A., his canvases capture the distinctive aura of Los Angeles in a way that is riveting and unforgettable.

On view: January 21 - February 25

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404

Phone: 310-828-5070

On View Now: Celebrate the Art of Zadikian, Kaloust Guedel, and KuBO!

During the first full weekend of the New Year, the Zadik Zadikian Project Studio will open with a special reception on Sunday, January 8 from 3:30 – 6:00PM. New work by Zadikian, Kaloust Guedel, and KuBO will be introduced. There will be remarks from art critic Peter Frank at 4:30PM. Organic light bites and festive drinks will be served. 
ProjectStudio1See image: from, left to right: “The Coronation of the Vagina” by Kaloust Guedel; “Foreigners” by Zadik Zadikian; “Once upon a time in the West” by KuBO

The Project Studio is located at 1318 E 7th. Street, L.A, CA 90021. Guests should enter through the main 7th Street gate at Market Court, accessible on 7th between S. Central Ave. and Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles. There is ample free parking – drive back toward the 8th street end of the lot; the studio will be to your right (with a gold circle on the door).

With large windows lining its 60-foot long east and west walls, the atmospheric Project Studio distills the light-filled openness and vastness that Zadikian feels are the essence of Los Angeles as a place.  Transformed by the artists’ installations, the environment itself becomes the work of art, gracefully perched above the sprawling 7th Street Produce Market (closed on Sundays) and the city beyond.  The space will evolve continually as new layers, pieces, and artists make their marks.
See image: Zadik Zadikian Project Studio – “Foreigners” installation and copper leaf patina-ed east wall, both by Zadik Zadikian

Zadikian’s series “Foreigners” is installed on a free-standing wall at the south end of the studio.  He calls the gilded pieces “subconscious sculptures” that emerge from a deep, primal place, and reveal themselves as faces, individuals.  On the east wall overlooking the market, he has created an ethereal veil of patina-ed copper leaf that changes with the light and flutters as air circulates.

Guedel’s installation “The Coronation of Vagina” covers the north entry wall.  As if “painting” with vinyl against a bright blue ground, he layers translucence, reflection, and vivid color in a work that changes from every point it is viewed.  KuBO’sgreen wall, titled “Once upon a time in the West,”claims the western perimeter of the space, creating a dreamy, textured, and subtle counterpoint to the other artists’ work.

What: Opening reception
Where: The Project Studio is located at 1318 E 7th. Street, L.A, CA 90021
When: Sunday, January 8 from 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Website: http://www.zadikzadikian.com

On View: The G2 Gallery Presents "The Gottlieb Native Garden" and "National Parks of Alaska and Hawaii

On January 14, The G2 Gallery will unveil two new exhibits, "The Gottlieb Native Garden" and "National Parks of Alaska and Hawaii."
"The Gottlieb Native Garden" celebrates the backyard garden of G2 Gallery owners Susan and Dan Gottlieb, and Susan's new book: The Gottlieb Native Garden: A California Love Story. The photography exhibit underscores the need to incorporate California native plants to conserve water and to garden for wildlife, while the book documents the evolution of Susan's garden, from an ivy-covered hillside to an environmental laboratory.

Coming on the heels of the highly successful "100 Years of National Parks" series, "National Parks of Alaska and Hawaii" explores the national treasures of our country's furthest states with photographs of burning volcanoes, majestic moose, tranquil beaches and dense glaciers. The country's geographic range is showcased in the works of 20 artists.

Featured Artists in "National Parks of Alaska and Hawaii": Carl Battreall, Kevin Ebi, Warren Fintz, Nicki Geigert, Félix Gil de la Casa, Javier Gil Vieco, Rick Kattelmann, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Matt Kuhns, Jean-René Leblanc, Tin Man Lee, Adhika Lei, Michael Miner, Andrew Peacock, Carl Richards, Cheyne Walls, Buddy Weiss, Art Wolfe, Shin Yau, Mark Zborowski
Admission charge (includes wine, soft drinks and appetizers): $10 to be donated to our nonprofit partners California Native Plant Society and Theodore Payne Foundation

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   Parking Options: Complementary valet in front of the gallery

On view: January 14 – March 18, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Phone: 310-452-2842
Website: www.theg2gallery.com

On View Now: Michael Flechtner and Linda Sue Price at Art + Science + Craft III

The Fine Arts Building is pleased to announce the exhibit of neon artists Michael Flechtner and Linda Sue Price. An opening reception was held on on February 9, 2017. In a culture that is over run with superficiality, there is an appeal in something made by hand by an artist using a highly developed skill that requires years of practice; using what is seen as a commercial media—to create art work that is personal and intimate.Feb9-2017-Price-Flechtner-fabart-front
The work of the artists Michael Flechtner and Linda Sue Price, who both do all their own neon bending, demonstrates the use of neon tubes as an expressive artistic medium, and their different approaches to neon show two compelling and original viewpoints.

Using familiar imagery, symbols and words, Michael Flechtner creates art that serves as a framework for the viewer to see a new way to codify the world around us. Linda Sue Price uses abstract shapes, texture and specialty transformers to create work that is joyful, playful and vibrant.

Feb9-2017-Price-Flechtner-FABsignThe landmark Fine Arts Building is located at 811 West 7th Street in Los Angeles. The 13-story building was originally built in 1926 as studios and galleries for downtown artists. The Fine Arts Building is a Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The original plans called for the building face to be constructed in stone, but terracotta was ultimately chosen as it would allow for more intricate ornamentation. The building features an elaborate two-story lobby of molded terracotta and colored tile with a fountain surrounded by sculptured figures and seventeen bronze showcases. The interior figures were done by the Batchelder Tile Company. Ernest Batchelder was a renowned Pasadena artist and tile innovator.

Refreshments/wine will be served.

On view: February 9, 2017 – March 5, 2017

What: Art + Science + Craft III
Where: Fine Arts Building, 811 West 7th Street in Los Angeles
Phone: 562-440-3391
Website: www.flektro.com; www.lindasueprice.com

On View Now: Ibid Gallery Opens New Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles

Ibid Gallery (London & Los Angeles) will open a new gallery in Downtown Los Angeles on September 25, 2016 at 670 S Anderson Street. To inaugurate the new space—13,000 square feet (1,200 sq. m.) of connected warehouses converted into three exhibition galleries—Ibid Gallery will present two solo presentations from Devin Farrand and David Adamo, in addition to a group exhibition curated by Paolo Colombo.
The largest exhibition space, Gallery One, will be inaugurated with a group show, Sleep, curated by Paolo Colombo. The title of this show touches on a mood, rather than on an abstract concept of sleep: the presentation includes a number of works that illustrate the dimension of dreaming, of surrender, and of submission to states of trance and slumber. A rare group of modern and contemporary artists will be exhibited together to include key works by Ed Ruscha, Rosemarie Trockel, Robert Gober, Jorge Macchi, Paul Thek, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Jānis Avotiņš. Sleep is the first of a series of exhibitions hosted by guest curators that Ibid Gallery will present in its space.
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Ed Ruscha, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Industrial Strength Sleep, 2007; Merino wool, cotton, and Trevira CS tapestry, 109 1⁄2 x 276 in. Edition of 4; Photo credit: Will Brown; Courtesy of The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Gallery Two, dedicated to works of significant provenance, will feature a re-staging of David Adamo’s installation Untitled (Music for Strings), 2010, exhibited for the first time since its debut at the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Part of an untitled ongoing series, this installation is comprised of conventionally masculine tools and utilitarian implements. An ax, arrow, knife, and a pair of scissors—lodged into the wall as if forcibly thrown in an act of violence—loom amongst canes hacked and whittled into fragile, useless spindles. Such emasculated objects are paired with a deconstructed violin case and reconfigured wire hangers to create a spare, repetitive arrangement that speaks to both the aggression and simplicity of the objects. To offset the repetition, Adamo carefully adds pools of wood shavings around the objects as a nod to his aesthetic process.

Gallery Three focuses on emerging artists either based in Los Angeles or showing for the first time in the city. Here, the Los Angeles-based artist Devin Farrand will present a new body of work for his first Los Angeles solo show. Farrand’s sculptures are drawn from his cross-generational family tradition of building small airplanes, boats, cars and furniture. Using his connection to labor, industrial materials, and manufacturing processes, he abstracts and transforms shop equipment into streamlined minimal objects.

Founded by Magnus Edensvard in 2004, Ibid Gallery, London expanded to Los Angeles with a yearlong project space in September 2014. Joined by partner Gina Edensvard, the new downtown location was designed by Kulapat Yantrasast and his team at internationally renowned firm wHY. Ibid Gallery in Los Angeles marks the beginning of Ibid’s permanent and expanded gallery footprint in the city. In addition to these three internal galleries, Ibid Gallery has a separate 3,375 sq. ft. (350 sq. m.) annex to host international galleries, agencies, and curators seeking an exhibition space in Los Angeles. United Talent Agency’s (UTA) Fine Art Division will occupy the space for the first year.

The gallery is located at 670 S Anderson Steet in Downtown Los Angeles. The gallery is open by appointment; (323) 395 8914; http://ibidgallery.com/