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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.

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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Make Your Mutt Famous with "Danger Dogs"

REDODangerDogI'm excited to tell you about a wonderful company called "Danger Dogs." Your pet can be immortalized in a personalized painting. Founder Michelle Page heads to Kathmandu three to four times a year and hires three Nepali artists to paint portraits of your beloved pet. Then you get to choose which painting you love the best. The artists are grateful for the work and in return, she brings a one of a kind portrait to a happy pet owner from across the world.

See image: by Palden LhasaApso Indra

It's a perfect gift for an animal lover. It's also easy to surprise a loved one, since all you need to do is send a photo of his or her favorite pet. Then you or your loved one will have the chance to choose the favorite. Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint. These can be hung indoors or out. Portraits for all types of animals can be created!

BlackBunnyRabbit byMeghRajSee image: Black Bunny Rabbit by Megh Raj

I have ordered two for myself of my kitties and just love them. Michelle is a friend and a wonderful woman, so I can personally vouch for her integrity.

Here is some more info about Michelle Page from her site "Danger Dogs."

"DANGER DOGS – Folk Art from the Himalayas" is the creation of Michelle Page of Santa Monica, who became intrigued by hand-painted metal "Beware of Dog" signs adorning gates in Nepal. She decided to promote a fair trade art project featuring these charming paintings and save a dying art form.

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After 25 years in the film business as an assistant film editor on such movies as Sam Ramie's Spider-Man trilogy and Bob Altman's 'The Player,' Michelle opened her business in 2007 after noticing inexpensive digitized computer-generated graphics were beginning to replace hand-painted signs. She feared the art and expertise the artists employ would soon be lost to modern technology.

Through her efforts, Michelle is effectively saving their livelihoods, one "Danger Dog" at a time to the delight of pet-lovers everywhere.

The signs are also available for purchase in art galleries in Los Angeles, the Craft and Folk Art Museum shop in Los Angeles, and at the Santa Monica Museum of Art at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. They are also available at shops in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Texas, Cambridge and Manhattan. See the Dogs Live!

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This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world. I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living. Everybody is happy. Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!  http://nepaldog.com/

Contact Michelle for more info at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Message from Artist Ellwood Risk

This is an incredibly important cause...I wanted you to hear it verbatim from artist Ellwood Risk.

WoodyRiskStudio2013You may have heard from me this time last year about a fund raising event I was participating in for Wounded Wear. (see http://www.woundedwear.org)

By chance, I got connected with retired SEAL Dave Hall by my brother. Dave was working on a project to honor his fallen team mates by firing on a target at 911 yards, with one shot for each of the 79 SEAL Team folks who had lost their lives on the job since 9/11. Having seen my work Dave asked me if I'd be interested in making a piece of art using the target he was going to fire on that would then be auctioned off to raise funds benefiting Wounded Wear which had been started by another SEAL and friend of Daves, Jay Redmond.

Below here....A shot of Dave on the range last year with the target.

WoodyRisksBrother-DaveHall-UIH-project3And so, the three of us began to collaborate on this project. In the end we became fast friends and I had the most intense art making experience of my career. Working day in and day out with the names of these young men who had given everything affected me profoundly.

I was unable to attend the fund raising event but my folks went and met with Dave and Jay. My Mom spent a lot of the evening standing by the work and speaking with the family members of the men whose names appeared in the body of the art. She said it was the most emotionally charged experience of her life, and I could understand, and was grateful that she had been the one standing there, speaking with the Mothers of those fallen men.

We had a great deal of positive feed back from those family members and they went out of their way to let my folks know how much they appreciated the gesture of tribute made by Dave and myself. Wounded Wear continues to offer prints of the finished work in several size and price ranges with all proceeds going to the foundation.

Todd and Stephanie Grubbs made the winning bid on the artwork that evening and have been working on a docu-pic about the making of the piece and the affect it has on those who have struggled with the loss of friends and loved ones since 9/11. The link to their Indiegogo page is below along with part of a letter Todd had sent out shortly after hanging the piece in his home.

Any help you can give by way of donations and or, sharing this with your mailing list,
and other forms of social media would be greatly appreciated.

Hope this finds you all doing well in the early part of the new year. Best as always, Woody

Below here, some still shots from my studio footage of the process once Dave had
sent me his tribute target.

WoodyRisk-ProcessPlate-UIHDocBelow here, Todds Indie announcement and an excerpt from last years letter

Dear Friends, I wanted to let you know that I'm working on a Docupic about the making of Until It Hurts and the people it has affected since it was auctioned off at Wounded Wears Toast to the Heroes last Feb.

If you could help by pledging a donation at the Indiegogo link below that would be great. Either way, I'd be most grateful if you could pass this letter along to friends and family and help spread the word.

http://igg.me/at/untilithurtsfilm/x/5586394

Attached is a picture of the finger prints of the family members that couldn't help but touch their loved ones bullet hole or name on UIH while it was on view during the Wounded Wear fund raiser. When I uncrated the piece it had not yet been cleaned from that night. I left the prints until Sunday when I hung the art. I can not put into words what has occurred in me since I bought Until it Hurts.

WoodyRisk-UIH-project3I recently received a message from a guy named Pasquale Sementelli. He lost two friends in 9/11 Joe and John Vigiano, one was a police officer and the other a fireman. Pasquale at the age of 35 quit his job and joined the police force. He served for eight years before he was injured and had to leave the force. His message simply put. I am still angry. Your facebook page of UNTIL it HURTS and your kind words have deeply helped me, thank you.

Thanks for any help you can give in getting this project off the ground, Todd

Jules Muck

Jules Muck moved from New York City to Venice where she has been making a name for herself.

Her style is highly recognizable and her work is become consistently sought after. She started showing her work at the Venice Art Crawl. Jules is the artist who painted the old gas pumps (across from the Erwin) at the Venice Art Crawl, Gas Station Event. Now you can catch her work all over Venice and Los Angeles.

Jules Muck started as a graffiti artist in the subways of New York City.

Street art has become the new rage. Look what happened to Shepard Fairey!!

Don’t miss out on an up and coming artist. Remember, Art is an investment and it’s doing a heck of a lot better than the stock market is these days.


See image: LA, is 30x40 spray paint and oil paint on canvas

Feel free to contact me, Kathy Leonardo to find out how to get the best deal on your very own Jules Muck....email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Venice Lights - Dianne Neuman


Another fabulous piece of art for sale is Venice Lights, which was painted by Dianne Neuman. Not only is Dianne Neuman an internationally acclaimed artist, she also owned and curated a gallery in Venice called VOCA Art Gallery. She helped so many artists and offered them a place to show. Dianne was incredibly inspired by Sponto, a local Venice Hero. By the time Dianne became a part of the Venice community, Sponto had already passed away. There was a gaping hole left from our loss of Sponto and the artistic haven he provided for many local Venice artists and performers. Dianne told me, that she was really inspired by the stories she had heard about Sponto. She also revealed to me that when she was painting Venice Lights, it was as if Sponto was leading her while she painted this work of art. The painting, Venice Lights never did get sold and has been stored and shown in local Venice establishments such as Figtree's Cafe. Venice Lights is soon leaving Venice. She is 5 1/2 feet by 6 1/2 feet. Dianne's asking price is $5000.00.

As Dianne has always said ..." I would love to sell her to a Venice person. That's where she belongs." Dianne also owns and operates a gallery in Mexico and spends most of her time there as well as in Northern CA, continuing to paint and teach classes. Feel free to contact me, Kathy Leonardo to discuss. This is negotiable, if you know of anyone interested, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.