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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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Kathy Leonardo 
Contact: 682 587-7766
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wanna be the person who knows where all the action is? With LA Art Party, you'll never miss a great event again. Each month we list fun free events all over the Los Angeles area.

Subscribe now to get in on the action! Sign up here for reminders each month.

We now offer a VIP option for only $150 per year! For less than $12.50 a month you will receive our vip newsletter ONE Week prior to our publlic listing and receive offers to attend exclusive events. As a VIP subscriber, in addition to early notifications of great art parties you will also find out about vip giveaways and automatically be entered into ALL raffles (estimated value runs from $60 - $500 per pair). You will also be invited to additional parties NOT on our post via a LAST MINUTE LAArtParty e-blast! You'll even receive a choice of events.

Join the LAArtParty club and keep informed - just go to the LAArtParty paypal page - Pay here.

Donna Lester, Cheviot Hills, resident says "I love being a VIP LAArtParty subscriber...I attended this amazing private art soiree in the Hollywood HIlls, as well a two ticketed events for free ($150 each) which offered the most amazing spread of food and drink. My husband prefers beer, while I love wine...Kathy was able to get us into a beer event and then a wine event for me. Two thumbs up!! It is well worth the price - It has paid for itself 3 times over....and the year is not even over yet." 

    LAArtParty also runs contests, where you can win tickets....

    Be sure to follow us on social media to find out how to win:

    "Like" LAArtParty.com on Facebook
    Twitter: @LAArtParty.com

     Instagram: @LAArtParty.com
     LinkedIn: @KathyLeonardoLAArtParty

Get Listed or Booked into Exhibitions!

LA Art Party carefully curates a monthly list of the most happening arts and entertainment events taking place in the Los Angeles area! Check out our listing options below to find out how to get a FREE event listing, or find out how to exhibit your work in our partner galleries. 

FREE & Paid Listing Options:
Make sure your event is on the list so that arts lovers don't miss your fabulous art party!

Each month the LAArtParty.com team chooses the best events to spotlight. Ten events are chosen as our TOP TEN of the month along with 20-25 other events posted to our Additional Art Parties / Events Page.

Events must be submitted by the 2nd week of the previous month to be considered for a FREE listing. Upcoming Event Features may be purchased at ANY time. Remember, we receive hundreds of event submissions each month. Our staff provides a carefully curated list of events for our subscribers each month. 

Event Listing: FREE -  Remember, the early bird catches the worm!
     -provided by you: 30 words describing event + 1 horizontal jpg (550 pixels wide)
      Click Here to submit!

1. Upcoming Event Feature: $50
     -provided by you: 250 words words describing event + 1 horizontal jpg (550 pixels wide)
     -we will post up to the last minute if needed
     -exposure for your event no later than 2 days of receiving it
     -additional listing (100 words plus + 1 horizontal jpg) on main page week of the show
      (Or your event may be chosen as one of our Top Ten Events)
     Click Here to be directed to a personalized Paypal page to pay

2. Upcoming Event Feature Plus: $150

     -includes: Eblast to 12,000 subscribers in Los Angeles plus
     -social media posts about event on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc...
     -provided by you: 300 words describing your event + 1 horizontal jpg (550 pixels wide)
     -We will post up to the last minute, if needed
     -exposure for your event within 2 days of receiving it
     -additional listing (100 words plus + 1 image) on the main page
      (Or your event may be chosen as one of our Top Ten Events)
     Click Here to be directed to a personalized Paypal page to pay

3. Join the LAArtParty Silver Club: $375 annually
    (available for Galleries, Artists, and other Businesses)
     -ramp up marketing for Galleries and Businesses
     -Mentions in 12 Upcoming Event Features annually (1 per month)
     -200 words  (provided by you) about your event + horizontal jpg (550 pixels-w)  
     -listed 2 months before your event
     -exposure for your event within 3 days (last minute posting available if needed)
     -additional listing (100 words plus + 1 image) on the main page 
      (Or your event may be chosen as one of our Top Ten Events)
     Click Here to be directed to a personalized Paypal page to pay

4. Join the LAArtParty Gold Club: $575 annually 
    (available for Galleries, Artists, and other Businesses)
-ramp up marketing for Galleries and Businesses
     -Mentions in unlimited Upcoming Event Features annually
     -artists gain visibility with our Partner Galleries - get booked in exhibitions 
     -includes: Eblast to 12,000 subscribers in Los Angeles
     -social media posts about event on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc...
     -300 words (provided by you) about your event + horizontal jpg (550 pixels wide) 
     -listed 2 months before your event
     -exposure for your event within 3 days
     -mention in additional listing (1 image) on the main page 
      (Or your event may be chosen as one of our Top Ten Events) 

     Click Here to be directed to a personalized Paypal page to pay

5. LAArtParty Platinum Elite: A Custom PR Plan - Guaranteed PR

    (available for Galleries, Artists, and other Businesses)
     -learn about the benefits of our Partner Gallery & Business Programs
     -guaranteed PR options with one of our PR partners 
     -a select number of artists qualify for pitch representation with LAArtParty     
     -contact us to create a custom package or inquire about pitch representation
     -Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

We want to hear from you! Let us know how you see us helping you. When paying on paypal, please email us and let us know which package you are paying for. We do take Visa/Master card and checks. Email us for address (if mailing a check) - Be aware there is a $25 charge for any returned checks. To reach one of our staff with any questions call 682 587-7766 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Want a Free Listing?

If you are thinking you don't want to invest in advertising now, we offer a small FREE option as well as paid options depending on how much you see wanting to promote your event now. Click here to return to paid posts. Many popular websites such as the Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Westside Today, etc., link to LAArtParty.com

How does my event get a FREE Listing on LAArtParty.com?
LAArtParty.com posts MONTHLY events - We look for the TOP TEN best art parties (and a 20-25 more) and post the last week of each month. If you think your event qualifies to be a top ten event - fill out the below info PLUS send us a press release.

Just cut and paste the below submission guidelines into your email including the Top 10 Tidbits Checklist (below), attach a jpg image and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line:

Submission Guidelines for a FREE MONTHLY listing:

1. Use the Subject line: "Submission: (add your event date)"

2. Send by our Deadlines: Events must be submitted no later than the second week of the previous month.

Got it? If you want to guarantee tht your event will be featured, you can contact us to purchase a feature for $50. Then send a full press release.

3. Submit a 30 word blurb in plain text describing the details of your event. Be sure to explain if this is an exhibition or performance or other type of event. We cannot retrieve the information from fliers, press releases or newsletters and these submissions won't be listed. As this is a free listing, it must be sent in our format to ensure getting listed. Please write in third person and list the names of participating artists and performers. Do not capitalize entire words. Submissions with entire words capitalized will not be accepted.

4. Top 10 Tidbits Checklist (fill this out exactly in this order & format in addition to the above blurb):

     Title of the Event:

     Date of Event:

     Hours of Event:

     Dates of the show:

     Admission charge:

     Will wine or refreshments be offered?:


     Parking Options:



5. Attach a jpg image. We LOVE images at LA Art Party! ALWAYS inlcude an image. Horizontal images are PREFERRED (send as a jpge 72dpi sized at 550 pixels wide). A flier in a jpg format may also be used as an image. We will not use a flier to import information to fill out your Top 10 list above, that must be filled out by you. We can use a flier as a photo posted with your event only.

Please help us help you by following the above guidelines. This will help ensure that your event will be listed and attract more people! If you would rather LAArtParty.com do the work for you, you can purchase an ad or a custom package. Click here to learn more how we can help you.

If you are having problems cutting and pasting this format go to the right top of our website (Pink - Want to be the Next Pick of the Week) and cliick on Add your event Today!

Kathy Leonardo
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(682) 587-7766

What is LAArtParty?

LAArtParty is an event listing website and a go-to guide for what’s happening in the Arts and Entertainment World in the LA area. This also includes the best deals in restaurants, special local promotions from retail stores, etc. Since its launch in 2010, readership has climbed at an unbelievable rate and has become a well known platform for helping art lovers connect to artists and galleries.  

At the helm of LAArtParty is writer and social butterfly, Kathy Leonardo, who has been writing about art and entertainment events for the past 15 years. For years, Kathy received calls from people throughout the city asking about which events she recommended for that weekend.  The website LAArtParty.com became a natural progression to keeping so many people posted on the pulse of the Los Angeles cultural scene. The Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Westside Today and many other publications (which Kathy writes for) all link to LAArtParty. Kathy also happens to be a blues/jazz/country singer/songwriter whose fans in that world overlap into the art world.

Meet the LAArtParty Family:

Kathy Leonardo: Publisher - Editor - Blues Mama
Kathy Leonardo has been published in the Huffington Post, LA Weekly, The Argonaut Newspaper, Artillery Magazine, Downtown News and many local and national publications (see below for the full list). She writes about art, music, theatre, restaurants and fashion. Leonardo has a column called Talk of the Town in the Santa Monica Mirror and another column called Art Hopping with Kathy Leonardo in Westside Today.

Chris Carr: Copy Editor - Staff writer
Steve DePena: Videographer - Staff Photographer 
Tina Lynch: Office Manager - Social Media Maven
Richard Bilow: staff Photographer

Additional Staff writers include: Anya Baroff, Michael Baroff, Ron Birnbach, Nancy Feinberg, Barbara Kosoff, Briana Gustafson, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Erin Juliana and more.

What does LAArtParty do?

Each month, Kathy and her team of staff writers carefully curate a list of the best arts and entertainment events taking place in LA that month. A Top Ten List of Art Parties / Events are choosen along with an Additional Art Parties/Events Page featuring 20-30 events (sometimes more). Each Top Ten event receives its own URL on the website (300 words and a photo) and is featured in our Top Ten list of events (on the home page).

Our team of writers also research and review events in arts, entertainment, restaurants, hotels, and LA Fairs or Festivals. See Event Review Page.   

LAArtParty offers FREE weekend listings for events that meet LAArtParty submission guidelines and are related to art, entertainment, food or fashion. They also have to be FUN!!! And that’s not all! If you are a gallery, artist or local business interested in working with LAArtParty more, we offer many services including opportunities in the Partner Gallery Program which also benefits artists.

Click here to learn more about getting listed with one of or FREE or paid options.
Click here to learn more about booking live music & talent for your events or a VIP art tour to galleries and artist studios in a limousine.

Want to be in the loop? Click here to subscribe to our updates.

Many of our staff writers have been published in several publications and online sites, including The Argonaut Newspaper, Artslant, Beverly Hills Courier, Campus Circle, California Chronicle, the Downtown News, the Examiner, LA Tourist, LA Weekly, Patch (Aol) websites, Santa Monica Daily Press, The Santa Monica Mirror, The SM Observer, Singular City Magazine, SoCal.com, Venice Beachhead, Visit California, The West Hollywood Independent, the WhiteHot Magazine, World Sentinel and others.

See Kathy's Writing Page to read some of Leonardo's recent articles in local LA publications: Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Argonaut Newspaper, Artillery Magazine,Downtown News, Santa Monica Mirror, THRIVE GLOBAL, as well as the international magazine WhitehotMagazine.

Want to be part of the LAArtParty Family?
Click here to see more about opportunities for Galleries, Artists and Businesses.
Click here if you’d like to hear more about Event Services offered by LAArtParty liven up your party.
Click here to Subscribe to our FREE Monthly Newsletter or find out how to become a VIP SUBSCRIBER and enjoy art parties and events with high ticket prices (FREE with VIP membership).

Pitch Repping for Visual Artists

About Pitch Repping for Visual Artists:
LAArtParty refers to “pitch repping”  as a service for a select group of artists we help to exhibit more in Los Angeles.  We are happy to call venues and partner galleries for you.  We pitch your art so you can focus on what you do best, making art!  LAArtParty has partnered with galleries all over LA who are excited about booking our artists.  If selected for this program, we guarantee artists 3 exhibitions per year.  We also work with high end restaurants, interior designers, local businesses and retail venues. When the work of our selected artists is included in a show, the event will receive full coverage on LAArtParty.com.  Many of our artists also work with one of our PR partners. We welcome partnerships with other reps, curators and PR companies.

Give Kathy Leonardo or Chris Carr a call at 682 587-7766 for more information and rates for any of the above services.

Write for LAArtParty!

LAArtParty.com is always open to working with new writers. If you are interested in writing for LAArtParty.com, send 3-4 links of your most recent work.
If you don't have any wrting experience...no worries, start as an intern and learn the ropes. 

Reviewers are needed to attend ticketed events (ticket prices range from $75 - $300 per person) - art galas, theater, music, dance, food and wine events too. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Event Services: Art Tours, Band Bookings and Talent for Your Events!

Customized Art Tours

VIP Limousine Art Tours: Sit back, sip champagne and we’ll set up gallery and studio visits just for you in Los Angeles.  Gallerists will be happy to explain current exhibitions and offer excellent investment opportunities, while artists reveal inspiration and techniques in the privacy of their own studios. Avoid lost time spent looking for parking or energy wasted paying attention to traffic.  Let us be your GPS and build a custom tour while you enjoy the moving party!  This is perfect option for art collectors visiting LA or those in town who would like to take their hands off the wheel and take in the art scene with ease. 

Event Planning:

Book Live Music & Talent of all Types: Bands including musical groups, duo or solo performers in all genres; belly dancers, stilt walkers, MC/comedians, live painters, red carpet photography, video services and more. Select artists and musical acts come with FREE publicity for your venue. LAArtParty also offers pro sound systems for rental with a sound crew.

Give Kathy Leonardo or Chris Carr a call at 682 587-7766 for more information and rates for any of the above services.