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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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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/

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

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.
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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 ....................................................

The Broad, the New Contemporary Art Museum Now Open, Downtown LA!

The Broad, the new contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles officially opened to the public on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Built by philanthropists and longtime art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad, The Broad will welcome visitors from near and far with free general admission to an inaugural installation drawn from two collections of more than 2,000 works of contemporary art.

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Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), The Broad makes its home in the city's burgeoning Grand Avenue arts corridor, across the street from architectural icons including Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

"Edye and I are delighted to announce an opening date, and we are already looking forward to welcoming the public to our museum," said Eli Broad. "It is our privilege to give this museum, the works in our art collections and a sizeable endowment and free admission as a gift to the people of Los Angeles. When we open our doors on September 20, we will be greatly advancing Eli and Edye's vision of sharing contemporary art with the broadest possible audience," said Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad. "The combination of innovative architecture and provocative art will make visiting The Broad an experience to remember."

The new museum's opening installation will be a predominantly chronological selection of masterworks from the Broads' extraordinary personal art collection as well as that of The Broad Art Foundation. The installation will begin with works by major artists who came to prominence in the 1950s, including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly. The Pop art of the 1960s—an area of great depth in the collections—will be represented through works by Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol, among others. Moving into the 1980s—the decade when The Broad Art Foundation was established—the installation will present a rich concentration of works by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger and Jeff Koons. The installation will continue up through the present, with works including a monumental, immersive, nine-screen video piece, The Visitors, by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, which was only recently acquired for the collections, among many other new acquisitions.

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Artist BJ Nilsen's sound installation DTLA, draws on the nataural environment of Los Angeles. Just as The Broad's porous architectural "veil" subtly interweaves natural light and glimpses of the urban streetscape of Grand Avenue into its galleries, Nilsen will bring the soundscape of downtown Los Angeles into The Broad. Stillness, the second installation featured as part of Sky-lit, will be activated after dark, and is a sound and light work by Los Angeles multidisciplinary artist Yann Novak. Stillness creates an immersive environment for reflection, inviting visitors to contemplate the effect of climate and light on their physical and emotional states.

The Broad is located at 221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.  Today's hours are - 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Be sure to check website and to RESERVE FREE TICKETS. To find out more about the collection and upcoming events and exhibitions visit www.thebroad.org