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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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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.

Review: "L.A. NOIR: A City Reimagined" at Couturier Gallery

"L.A. NOIR: A City Reimagined," featuring the photography of Kenneth Locker, opened at Couturier Gallery on August 5, 2017. Offering a magniloquent overview of Hollywood and its environs, the solo exhibition focuses on the architecture of this modern city which often goes unnoticed in today's world. Millennials, glued to their iPhones, are transfixed to social media deities such as the Kardashians, completely unaware of the history around them.
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Kenneth Locker, Los Angeles Theater Broadway

Locker relishes the mystery of our everyday cityscape. He pays tribute to another era, celebrating the grandeur of Hollywood with its bombastic designed buildings and attractions. These Los Angeles sites become stars in their own right. While the architecture plays a central role in the exhibition, Locker's photography adds an elusive, yet sensual dimension...offering multiple layers of an ominous and foreboding essence. Locker is a skilled photographer, and his choice to expose the underbelly of a city while spotlighting its unrequited magnificence at the same time, is stirring.

I had the chance to speak with both the gallery director Darrel Couturier and the photographer Ken Locker. This is Locker's first exhibition with the gallery. The photographer commented that Couturier Gallery is a great space to exhibit. "It is intimate, but doesn't feel small or cramped. I love the very high ceilings...it feels like a New York City loft."Aug2017-Review-Couturier-KenLocker-w-work
Kenneth Locker with work at Couturier Gallery; Photo by Kathy Leonardo

Couturier was impressed with the work. "I very much liked what I saw and thought it a fascinating interpretation of L.A. landmarks merged with the idea of film noir," said the gallerist. "I thought it was visually fascinating, emotional, and timeless in the sense that though the photos were taken recently, Ken's editing and printing process placed these images in another time."

Locker added that Couturier is easy to work with. "He respects artists and has great insights in how to present and promote the work." Having a father that loved photography (with an in-house darkroom) inspired the artist to start taking photos at very young age. "I was probably seven or eight when I took my first 'serious' photograph that I developed and printed myself (under my father's supervision, of course)." Locker explained that he always loved architecture. "In college, I was debating whether to pursue architecture or photography. Photography won out." He was also a fan of Noir literature and cited authors such as Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, and Dashiell Hammet. that have made an impact on him.
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I asked Couturier what he looks for in the work of an artist. His response was, "Work that has brilliant craft, challenges the mind and eye, and has an aesthetic independent of its conceptual content." He went on to say that Locker's exhibition challenges the mind and evokes thought. "People who see the work always seem to have an emotional reaction as well as many questions as to where and when."

As a viewer, I can say for sure it had an extraordinary effect on me. I highly recommend this exhibition....so be sure to stop in soon to Couturier Gallery. "L.A. NOIR: A City Reimagined" will remain on view through August 19, 2017.  http://www.couturiergallery.com/