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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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Mayor Garcetti

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Former Mayor Villaraigosa, Levitated Mass LACMA

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Food Critic, Jonathan Gold

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Bernie Taupin

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Actor, Martin Mull

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Herb Alpert

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Graham Nash

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Larry Bell

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John Van Hamersveld

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Andy Moses

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David Trulli

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Stuart Kusher

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Brooke Harker

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Sona Mirzaei

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LA Art Show



On site with LA Art Party's Video team

First Fridays on AK

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”Magic Circles” at MOCA

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Fill Your Home With Beauty - Designs by Plantscape artist Todd Lyons!

Create a peaceful zen home with specialty plant designs by plantscape artist Todd Lyons.
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Lyons has been doing plant scape design for over thirty years. Specializng in the delicate maintenance and design of interior plants, he custom curates each client's plantscape. Depending on each client's needs and specific design preferences, he chooses robust cacti, delicate orchards, or fresh cut flowers.

Lyons caters to both longtime and specialty clients in need of holiday arrangements/greenery or stylized accents. Some longtime clients require monthly design transitions. These are discussed and approved prior to new installations.
 
If you are interested in meeting with Todd or just talking on the phone, give him a call at 323 376-2137.

Fahmina Boutique Now Open in Downtown LA

Fahmina-1There's a new kid on the block.... Downtown art & fashion block to be exact. Fahmina has a new shop, consisting of an array wearable art made with selvage leather gold & gems & minerals), up-cycled from 100% factory cuttings.

Giving green fashion a new direction... a new life. Her highly sought after fanny Clutch, that can be worn four ways & more, her simple slit cuff & elegant  earrings & knockout necklaces & bold belts ... you gotta experience it. Come get accessorized.

From Topanga back in dtla is quite a contrast & the contrast is what she's been inspired by... cherishing the contrast that makes you appreciate life & come alive... is a very moving part of our lives... Fahmina mentioned in regards to her thoughts behind the new location..."We just freshly oppened, & haven't done our grand opening party yet...will keep you posted."

NeFahmina-2stled right in the junction of fashion district & jewelry district, the Fahmina boutique is the store front of oddville Gallery, a multifaceted gallery offering many medium of art performance music etc. Stephen Paynie & Ezra & Julie Croft are the mastermind behind oddville gallery.

Be sure to LIKE Fahmina's FB Page and/or follow on instagram 

What: Art Party
Where: Fahmina shop, 734 S. Main St., LA 90014 (storefront of oddville Gallery)
Website: http://www.fahmina.com  http://www.oddvillestudios.com

Artisan LA - One of a Kind Designs

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Order Now - Gifts from Local Artists!

There is nothing like giving the gift of original designs created from local artists. I happen to own several pieces of each of the below artist's jewelry. And I get so many great comments whenever I wear them. Its great to support local artists!!

ThTheLooksye Looksy bracelet has come along way...since it was first created in 2010. Now there is an eclectic assortment of colors. Created by Lee Lucas, a Venice California artist/designer, it's been in high demand since its inception.

In addition to black, white and dark brown, it comes in new metallic colors...pink, red and blue, and two tone colors (purple with a red lining) as well.

Price 19.95
Genuine Leather,
Handcrafted
Made in USA.

The Looksy bracelet is available at Peter Marco Extraordinary Jewels (252 North Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210).

Stop by The Historic Downtown Farmer's market every Sunday from 9-2 Downtown Los Angeles at 5th Street and Broadway. Its the perfect time to buy a Looksy bracelet...its a great stocking stuffer. For more information or to order your very own Looksy bracelet, see http://thelooksybracelet.com

Another Venice artist Jennifer Verge created this urban jewelry line from recycled bottle caps.

IJenniferVergeJewelrymplementing an innovative technique, she creates the appearance of coins. She also incorporates second hand charms and reclaimed keys as part of her jewelry line.

You may recognize Verge's name as an up and coming artist...Working with wood, she creates pop art mixed media pieces that are quickly becoming collectibles.

Verge utilizes found objects in both her mixed media works and her jewelry.

See image of the VB necklace in Rust...

"This necklace is one of my favorites,  its great conversation piece with rusted out local bottle caps."

For more info about Jennifer's art see www.jenniferverge.com or her one of a kind jewelry visit her FB Page.

Head to Eyes on Main in Santa Monica for that Perfect Pair of Shades

Owning a great pair of shades is a must-have whEyesonMan-AnneetValentinen living in L.A. and fashion and function go hand in hand. That special pair of sunglasses can add some Hollywood flair, or be the perfect accent to any outfit.

Located on one of the hippest streets in Santa Monica, there is no way Eyes on Main could have lasted 28 years if it didn't keep up with all the latest styles.

Unlike most chain optical shops, Eyes on Main prides themselves on offering each costumer personal attention..."We like to spend individual time with each of our customers to help them find the best frame that is right for them and best for their prescription needs," said owner Susan Sykes.

Offering handmade frames from France, London, Denmark, Italy and more, designers include Lindberg, Anne et Valentin, Caroline Abram, Cutler and Gross and Vuarnet. In addition to featuring unique sunglasses, custom tinting is available for any frame including prescriptions.

EYESonMain-sunglassesSykes has been in the optical business most of her life and is constantly on the lookout for cutting edge designs. "We absolutely LOVE 'Anne et Valentin' and 'Cutler and Gross.' Both brands have a wide variety of unique styles and colors. They both have frames for sunglasses and clear prescription and each frame is very special and different from what you would normally see at your everyday optical shop. But everything we carry is very well made and the best of the best."

Eyes on Main is located at 3101 Main Street, Santa Monica, 90405; (310) 399-3302; http://www.eyesonmain.net

Designer Gigi Clark...Creating Couture Designs for Today's Modern Woman

-300LUroborus-corset-1Fashion is an art all its own. For designer Gigi Clark, fashion has always been a part of her life. A creative person from the start...Clark was making her own tiny fashions for her dolls when she was just twelve years old.

A true entrepreneur, she started sharing her doll clothes and designs with her other young friends, via barter and eventually selling them.

See image: Design by Gigi Clark, French lace, lipstick red, boustier.

An exceptional designer, Gigi Clark creates original couture designs for today's modern woman. Like most creative people, inspiration comes in many ways. "I design with my emotions and transform this into function," said Clark. "It could come from a wave in the ocean or a trip to the museum."

Clark has been asked to create made to order fashions. Hollywood celebrities such as Martin Scorsese's daughter, Dominica Scorsese, and her mother Julia Cameron (Author of the Artist's Way) are both clients.

T-300LUroborus-stretch-lace-dress-nude-silklining-Design- DominicaScorsesewo years ago, Clark designed a black lace stretch dress with a nude silk lining for the well-known director's daughter to wear at the Golden Globe event.

Her second love, next to fashion design...is window dressing. In fact, her shop Uroborus-Mode has won the first prize for "Best" window at the Main Street Holiday Event three times.

She started designing windows when she was around nineteen years old to make some extra money. From there it took off...she started getting calls to design windows for local businesses.

For more info about Gigi Clark and her designs, see FB Page.

Micaso.NYC, Homegrown Beauty makes an Elegant Appearance


It is l
ate one evening, in an Upper Westside New York city apartment. Two enthusiastic and determined mothers sit at the kitchen table, which is strewn with precious and semi- precious beads, gold and sterling clasps, wire everywhere. They are filling last minute orders, from a successful recent Trunk show. They sold almost every piece they brought. The kids are asleep…whew! They discuss the excitement of their customers´ reactions to their latest creations as one chides the other…."See, I told you they’d love the pink sapphire." They sip a glass of Cabernet and breathe a sigh of accomplishment. 
 
Micaso.NYC, the innovative, cutting-edge jewelry company was created by Piper Kupersmith and Patty Tedesco. Two friends and mothers who wanted to do something creative with their children. Cassidy, Piper´s daughter (then age 9) and Sonny and Michael, Patty´s sons (then ages 9 & 7) were all good friends and quite happy to have constant play dates with each other. Yes, they enjoyed helping with the jewelry, but would soon retreat to their bedroom to play with Lego. The parents, Kupersmith and Tedesco, soon learned how much they truly loved creating the jewelry. It established an artistic outlet, but also a sense of purpose, which so many mothers tend to lose when continuously putting their family’s needs first.

Piper Kupersmith and Patty Tedesco were indeed the first to wear Micaso.NYC. Soon to be noticed by friends and family, who also wanted the chance to wear this delicate and tasteful jewelry, they started to create more and more pieces. Having an issue with taking money from their friends, they began by giving their creations as gifts. But their friends insisted on more. They were willing to pay for this authentic elegance and kept hounding Kupersmith and Tedesco. In addition, the friends of friends were excited about the opportunity to purchase these wearable works of art. After quite a bit of encouragement from close friends and family, Piper and Patty created Micaso.NYC, which stands for Mi(Michael) Ca (Cassidy) and So (Sonny). Yes, the children who inspired this jewelry line.

Created out of love, family and friendship, Micaso.NYC is like no other jewelry around. Classically inspired, its unfettered originality stands on its own. Piper Kupersmith and Patty Tedesco keep their homegrown designs on the cutting edge by continuously searching for new materials and precious stones. Their love for what they do shines through these intricate, shimmering works of art.

Micaso.NYC, a mesmerizing, understated elegance that will make an impression on this ever-changing modern world. Classic Beauty inspired by an artistic, trend-setting grace that will stand the test of time. Micaso.NYC.
 
For More info, or to make an appointment to view or order an exclusive Micaso.NYC, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WhiteHot Magazine Features Event Review About The TRASHion Show, Downtown LA!


A friend invited me to a fashion event entitled The TRASHion Show in downtown LA. The event was produced by Christine Spehar and Jessie Anderson from the non-profit organization RuckusRoots, with Michal Menert of Pretty Lights Music. Proceeds from the benefit will go to supporting sustainable arts education programs for under-served teens in East LA.

WhiteHot Magazine, an international art magazine is featuring the article....hope you enjoy it.  Click here or on the article itself.

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