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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.

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TOP TEN ART PARTIES IN March 2017

Time for the Top Ten Art Parties taking place in March! Don't miss any more great art parties. Be aware we update our Aditional Events Page each month between the 12-15 of each month. If you have some suggestions for our event selection, be sure to email us by the 2nd week of the prior month. 
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1. March 2, 2017: ArtWorks for Healing Art Auction - For info, Click Here
2. March 4, 2017: Noysky Projects - For info, Click Here
3. March 10, 2017: David Kordansky Gallery - For info, Click Here
4. March 11, 2017: Couturier Gallery - For info, Click Here
5. March 12, 2017: Upper West, Thomas Mercer Hartman - For info, Click Here
6. March 18, 2017: Lois Lambert Gallery - For info, Click Here
7. March 18, 2017; Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk - For info, Click Here
8. March 18, 2017: Garboushian Gallery - Click Here
9. March 25, 2017: The G2 Gallery Celebrates Two Exhibitions! Click Here
10. March 30, 2017: "Cheech" Marin Live - For info, Click Here

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Additional Art Parties/Events in March 2017

Ok kids, here is a list of additional art and entertainment events for MARCH 2017. Remember, to check our update on the 15th of each month, as we add more events for the latter half of the month. - Hope to see you at the art parties!

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In San Pedro...it's time for the art walk...stop by Croatian Cultural Center to enjoy the art of Lark Pilinsky.
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Celebrate art with Lark's Enchanted World, Larisa Pilinsky's new collection of painting and poetry. The public is invited to see the art and hear musical performances by brilliant young cellist Evgeny Tonkha, the Parisian troubadour Gary Younes, and poetry readings in the form of a dialogue read by Lee Boek, director of the Public Work Improvisation Theatre, and talented actress from London - Inessa Bonet.

Pilinsky will be showing work from her art collections - Enchanted Forest, Zen Garden, Illusion and the Dolphin Waters Series - and signing copies of her new book. In addition to exhibiting work from the Enchanted Forest, Zen Garden, Illusion and Dolphin Waters Series, Lark will be in attendance to sign her newly published book.

Reception: 6-9pm; Croatian Cultural Center, 510 7th street, San Pedro, Ca 90731;

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March 3, 2017:

Enjoy some theater - Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny at the Greenway Court Theatre. See details below (March 16, 2017).

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March 3, 2017:
La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents their annual juried group exhibition Laluzapalooza. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. On view: April 2, 2017; Art Party: 8-11pm; La Luz De Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, LA, 90027; http://www.laluzdejesus.com

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March 4, 2017:
Beyond the Lines Gallery hosts an opening reception for its ”Abstract” show The exhibition opened on the 4th of March and features a variety of media.
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5:00-8:30pm; Beyond the Lines Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, (G8), 2525 Michigan Avenue, SM, 90404; http://www.beyondthelinesartshow.com/

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March 4, 2017:
Lora Schlesinger is pleased to announce Michael Beck's  third solo exhibition with the gallery. The Art of Memory is a continued exploration of the multidimensionality of still life, the virtuosity of realism, and the power of nostalgia. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 4, 2017 and is on view through April 15, 2017. The opening reception is Saturday, March 4th from 5 - 7pm. Lora Schlesinger Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave B5b, Santa Monica, CA 90404; http://www.loraschlesinger.com

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March 4, 2017:
Thinkspace is pleased to present its second solo exhibition of new works by Italian artist Marco Mazzoni in Dear Collapse. Mazzoni's phenomenal drawings have the dense opacity and immersive depth of paintings. He achieves this quality of detail and rich tonality, more commonly associated with wet media, through dry, converting traditional old masters' painting techniques to pencil. On view: March 25, 2017; 6-9pm; Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; http://www.thinkspacegallery.com

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March 4, 2017:
AC Gallery throws an art party for "SMOKE + MIRRORS." Stefan Pinto uses intimate portraits of differently bodied LGBT and LGBT-friendly people to produce a brilliant new vision of community. His photography is filled with smoke and mirrors, flashing-hot strobe lights, and fashion focused poses that twist into sublime humanist statements of the sweetest intimacy. Bodies of all shapes and sizes are his canvas. On view through March 25; RSVP:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 7-10pm; 1546 Highland Avenue, LA, 90028; http://www.artistscorner.us/

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March 4, 2017:
Brainworks Gallery celebrates the work of Doraelia Ruiz with an opening art party. Doraelia's first solo exhibition in the gallery. Brainworks Gallery, 5364 W Pico Blvd., LA, 90019; http://www.brainworksgallery.com/

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March 4, 2017:
Wallspace is proud to present ‘Domestic Recipes’ and Other Stories, a solo show by artist Trevor Norris.
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On view: March 4 - March 13, 2017; wallspace, 607 Nth La Brea Ave., LA, Ca 90036; http://www.wallspacela.com


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March 4, 2017:
Ararat Gallery would like to invite you for a wine reception for a group exhibition featuring work from Eastern European contemporary artists. On view: March 4 - 25, 2017; Ararat Gallery 1731 West Glenoaks Blvd. Suite 200 Glendale, CA 91201; RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  http://www.araratgallery.com/

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March 8 - 12, 2017:
The Music Center welcomes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on March 8 – 12, 2017 as part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center 2016-2017 season at The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The company will perform three different programs during the five-day engagement. This engagement will include the West Coast premieres of Untitled America, r-Evolution, Dream., and Deep. All programs will also include Ailey's must-see American masterpiece Revelations. Many of the works connect directly with the African American experience, a founding tenet of the company. March 8 – 12, 2017; ticket prices start at $34; The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012; http://www.musiccenter.org/ailey

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March 9, 2017:
The Lady Art Collective celebrates women with "Queen Calafia." Sponsored by Califia Farms, the Best in Show Winner will receive a one year supply of Califia Farms product. The mythology of Queen Calafia created by Garci Rodriguez de montalvo of 15th century Spain. The backdrop takes place on the mythological island of California ruled by Queen Calafia a beautiful black empress adorned with gold. Upon her duties she rules a fleet of black warrior women the island of gold and pet griffons. Art Party: 5-10pm; Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda St.
, LA, 90012; http://angelcitybrewery.com/

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March 10, 2017:
Jill Joy Gallery hosts a fundraising event for the David Lynch Foundation (DLF). Founded by film maker and contemporary artist, David Lynch, DLF teaches Transcendental Meditation to populations suffering from trauma and PSTD, including veterans, at-risk students, women & girls who have suffered abuse, prison inmates and the homeless. Suggested $20 donation  RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 6:30-9:00pm; 
Jill Joy Gallery, 456 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 747-235-6408; http://www.jilljoy.com

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March 11, 2017:
The American Youth Symphony performs with composer and electric guitar icon Steve Vai, as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Sounds About Town series. Carlos Izcaray, conductor
; Steve Vai, electric guitar

; SALONEN: Gambit
; VAI: Original Compositions for Electric Guitar and Orchestra
; STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring;
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Tickets range from $15 - $46; Click Here to purchase tickets; 2pm; Walt Disney Concert Hall

, 111 South Grand Avenue, LA, 90012; https://aysymphony.org/

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March 11, 2017:

bG Gallery hosts an artist reception for “Outside The Box.” The group exhibition brings together a group of artists who employ unexpected and compelling approaches to both traditional and contemporary media. Themes range from formal to conceptual and imagery from realistic to surreal. Artworks on display utilize a wide variety of materials including: sound-light-wood-glass-movement-foam-bones-found objects-metal-food-paint-thread-participation-toys-scrap materials-books-repurposed objects-tableaux-fabric-porcelain-etc.

Artists include: Stephen Anderson, Dave Brokaw, Debra Broz, Philip Campbell, YaYa Chou, Jeffrey Frisch, Jeff Gilette, Laurie Hassold, Melanie Kehoss, Michelle Kingdom, Daniel Lam, Dan Levin, Joella March, Gary Raymond, Steve Roberts, Fred Rose, Susan Sironi, Bethany Taylor. Art Party: 6-8pm; BLEICHER/GORMAN (bG) Gallery Bergamot Station – Space G8A, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404; http://www.bGartGalleries.com

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March 11, 2017:
Honor Fraser Gallery is pleased to announce its fifth exhibition with Kenny Scharf. An opening reception will be held at the gallery. In his paintings, sculptures, videos, public artworks, and installations, Kenny Scharf unites political ideas with a pop aesthetic, critiquing mainstream media and rampant commercialism through his art. For his new exhibition, Scharf has produced three distinct but related bodies of work. Monumental in scale, the BLOCKHEADZ paintings feature square and rectangular cartoon faces in loose grid patterns. Art Party: 6 - 8pm; Honor Fraser, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034; http://www.honorfraser.com

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March 11, 2017:
Edward Cella Art & Architecture presents "KENDELL CARTER: MARVEL,' an exhibition of cast paintings, sculpture, installation, and guided meditation by Kendell Carter. Carter's sustained commitment to observing and exploring race, gender, history, and consumer culture manifests in a studio practice that pushes beyond that of a black artist making art about politics, and towards one that acknowledges the rapidly integrating nature of today's visual culture. Reception: 6-8pm; Edward Cella Art & Architecture, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034; http://edwardcella.com/

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March 11, 2017:
TAJ • ART presents "JOSHUA ABARBANEL: It’s Only Natural" curated by Erika Hirugami, MAAB. A selection of wall-mounted sculptures inspired by seeds and spores. Abarbanel capitalizes on the intimacy of this venue to explore how objects and ideas can be simultaneously small and mighty, miniscule and infinite. These new works in wood continue the artist’s examination of creation and impermanence, and are informed in part by a recent visit to the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard during his expeditionary residency in the Arctic Circle. March 11, 2017 - April 15, 2017; 6-9pm; TAJ • ART, 1492 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, CA 90041;

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March 16, 2017:
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble in association with Greenway Arts Alliance, present a movement adaptation of John Milton’s eloquent epic poem, Paradise Lost. The innovative vision adapted by NMA co-artistic director Jones (Welsh) Talmadge and co-directed with NMA co-artistic director Laura Covelli, blends dance, acrobatics, dynamic partnering and Not Man Apart’s unique brand of physical storytelling in an original version of this iconic tale of Adam and Eve’s Temptation and the War in Heaven.

Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny opens at the Greenway Court Theatre opened on March 3, 2017 (five-week run). Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.through April 2. Tickets on Fridays and Saturdays are $30 General Admission; $20 seniors with ID; and $15 Military and Students with ID. On Sundays, tickets are $20 General Admission and seniors with ID, $15 Military and Students with ID. The Greenway Court Theatre is located at 544 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Free parking in the lot adjacent to the theatre. CLICK HERE for reservations and information, or call (323) 673-0544. http://www.greenwaycourttheatre.org

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March 18, 2017:
Join Venice Arts at the Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice's original Prohibition Era Speakeasy (beneath Townhouse) for an unforgettable party benefiting Venice Arts' transformative programs for low-income youth! The evening will feature complimentary whiskey tasting along with delicious appetizers & desserts from Larry's, Simmzy's, Venice Whaler, Whole Foods Market, and other Venice restaurants. The auction/raffle will feature photos by Venice Arts' students, as well as goods and services from local businesses including Fork in the Road, Pitfire Pizza, ProSup Shop, Spa Sophia, Superba, Turning Point Pilates, Wallflower, and more
March18-2017-VeniceArtsSee the Upcoming Event Featue for additional info.  Tickets: $30 in advance | $40 at the door;  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; 6:30pm - 9:30pm; Townhouse Venice, 52 Windward Boulevard, Venice 90291 http://www.venicearts.org/ http://www.townhousevenice.com/


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March 22, 2017:
Head downtown to REDCAT for some theater. The Wooster Group THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR delves into the revolutionary fervor of feminist thinking and art 'happenings' of 1970s New York. The piece is based on the Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker film Town Bloody Hall, a documentary of a 1971 panel that featured feminist thinkers and activists— including Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, and Diana Trilling — with Norman Mailer serving as an immoderate moderator. Performances run from Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to Saturday, April 1, 2017. Admission ranges from $40-$45. Click Here to purchase tickets. Check website for dates and times: https://www.redcat.org

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March 25, 2017:

Gabba Gallery hosts an opening reception to celebrate artists Essi Zimm, Ten Hundred, and Konecki. Art Party: 7-11 pm; Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd., LA; http://www.gabbagallery.com/

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March 2, 2017: ArtWorks for Healing Art Auction

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Inspired by the power of art, a diverse group of artists and curators have joined together for ArtWorks for Healing, a unique art auction and exhibition to raise funds for A Window Between Worlds' arts programs. The cocktail reception will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7-10pm at Arena 1 Gallery (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, 90405). This exhibition will be on display starting Friday, February 24; online bidding will also begin February 24 and end the night of the reception.

Participating artists include longtime AWBW advocates Kim Abeles, Margaret Lazzari, Fabian Debora, Lili Bernard, and The Art of Chase. Additional artists include Lita Albuquerque, Laddie John Dill, Jim McHugh, David Buckingham, Galia Linn, Danny First, Greg Auerbach, Angelonce, BDB, ChorBoogie, Devin Liston and America Martin.

Guest curators include Sunny Bak (Venice Art Crawl), Jacquie Israel (artHouseLA), MaryLinda Moss (Source Art) and Sandra Mueller. A complete list of exhibiting artists and curators is available at awbw.org/artworks.

A Window Between Worlds is dedicated to cultivating a network of transformative arts programs to empower those impacted by violence and trauma. Since 1991 AWBW's art workshops have offered over 200,000 people the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings, without fear of judgment, by creating art in a safe environment.

These workshops are facilitated by trained Windows Leaders at human service agencies nationwide. AWBW's programs allow partnering agencies to expand their offerings to best serve those who are coping with the consequences of a variety of violent and traumatic experiences.
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Image: Basquiat by Greg Auerbach

Proceeds from ArtWorks for Healing will directly benefit the nonprofit's network of transformative arts programs through funding scholarships, art supplies, training of Window Leaders, curriculum development and new programs. Each art piece purchased at the event will provide even more people the opportunity to find hope, healing and empowerment through creating their own art.

Event partners include Santa Monica Art Studios, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Morandell Imports and Bites & Bashes. Tickets for the cocktail reception ($75) and sponsorship opportunities are available at http://awbw.org/artworks

What: Arena 1 Gallery
Where: Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave. SM 90405 (along Airport Ave. between Bundy Drive & 23rd St.)
When: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Website:
http://arena1gallery.com/  http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com  http://awbw.org/

March 4, 2017: Noysky Projects

Noysky Projects is pleased to present, "Hexon/Hexoff," a multidisciplinary exhibition that draws parallels between art and magic. The works from Hexon/Hexoff channel a specific outcome while creating portals that reveal the most instinctual layers of the human condition. The works include ritualistic talismans, amulets, altars, and iconography, using ancient and modern techniques ranging from traditional sculpture to animated gifs.

Curated by Sean Noyce, the group exhibition features the art of Ilona Berger and Jamson Silgnena, Nick Brown, Ciriza, Don Edler, Theo Eliezer, Rachel Lauren Kaster, Aline Mare, and Vabianna Santos
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Image: Nick Brown Night like Water, oil on canvas, 96” X 78” X 20”, 2014

Magic has historically been central to art-making, often with definitive results: the assurance of a good hunt, a fertile mate, or a place in the afterlife. The production of these magical works likely induced states of trance, often with prophetic tendencies. Many artists describe this transcendence as being in “the zone.” Although the modern interpretations have changed, their basic applications have not. Our aspirations for the best job, the most attractive mate, and our eternal mark on the world are unwavering.

The objectives of these works vary wildly, including protesting an unjust directive; channeling the voices of the underrepresented; harnessing the power of nature; deriving empathy through vicarious states of being; and healing through ritualistic processes. As diverse as they may seem, the works in Hexon/Hexoff share a common goal: empowering those who have been marginalized by society.

Although much of the work in "Hexon/Hexoff" may not have direct associations with the occult, both the process and the product are seen as a physical manifestations of meditation, contemplation, and ritual, which are central to sorcery. Through the use of alchemy, these artists combine fragments of their past, present, and future, while illuminating a higher level of consciousness. Participating artists: Ilona Berger/Jamson Silgnena, Nick Brown, Ciriza, Don Edler, Theo Eliezer, Rachel Kaster Foster, Aline Mare, and Vabianna Santos.

On view: March 4 - April 1, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Noysky Projects, 6727 7⁄8 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
When: March 4, 2017, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Website: http://noyskyprojects.com/

March 10, 2017: David Kordansky Gallery

David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce "like the land loves the sea," an exhibition of new work by Mary Weatherford. The show, which will take place across three of the gallery's exhibition spaces, will open on March 10 and remain on view through May 6, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 10 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Mary Weatherford has become increasingly recognized as one of the leading painters of her generation, as well as one of the most astute and daring practitioners taking on the legacies of American abstraction. As she explores and expands the medium's possibilities, she honors its history by seizing opportunities to break with tradition at every turn. Her notable incorporation of sculptural elements--including the neon tubes that have been a constant presence in her work over the last five years--as well as her fearless and physically embodied approach to painterly gesture, have allowed her to envision abstraction as a both a formal language and a poetic, highly personal mode of engagement with the world outside the studio.
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Image: Mary Weatherford, Sand Fire, 2017, (detail) Flashe and neon on linen, 117 x 104 inches (297.2 x 264.2 cm)

This exhibition features some of Weatherford's largest paintings to date, including three mural-sized canvases installed together in one of the gallery's two main spaces. In the other, she will present a series of large-scale vertical paintings, each of which is generally defined by a single dominant hue. Both typologies contain gestures, color combinations, paint handling, and compositional moves that constitute advances in the artist's practice and distinguish the paintings from previous bodies of work.

While the scale of the paintings alone connotes a broadened sense of scope, Weatherford's brushstrokes have also increased in size, so that they imply the presence of the entire body rather than just that of the hand. The forms that result therefore take on a new monumentality, occupying and defining the space of the paintings as if they were bodies themselves. This is in keeping with Weatherford's approach to mark-making; gestures bristling with speed and immediacy are the final articulations of a process that begins with the negotiation of psychological moods, pointed art historical reflection, and even meditation on current world events. As such, they are entrusted with carrying the fullest possible array of sensory and intellectual experiences.

For these reasons, the notion of scale in the new works refers not only to the quantitative space in which marks are inscribed, but to a qualitative sense of movement. Gestures become vehicles for the application of expansive swaths of color. Weatherford also experiments with arrangements and ordering of hues, employing lighter colors to sculpt darker ones. While this is a common strategy when using oil paints, Weatherford uses the vinyl-based Flashe medium; since its weight and viscosity can be altered with water, darker tones are usually applied after lighter ones. But here this structure is often reversed, with pale, transparent colors sitting on top of solid dark ones, and aura-like washes creating an uncanny sense of depth through the layering of luminosity. These effects are enhanced by Weatherford's recent use of metallic paints, which reflect light in unpredictable ways, and further communicate movement and the shifting nature of ambient conditions.

What: Opening reception
Where: David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl., LA, 90019
Where: March 10, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Phone: 323.935.3030
Website:
http://davidkordanskygallery.com/

March 11, 2017: Couturier Gallery

Couturier Gallery is pleased to present DAVID GILHOOLY On Paper, featuring twentyfour works drawings and monoprints on paper. Gilhooly, more known for multifaceted works in ceramic, also produced drawings and monoprints that are fanciful in their use of animal imagery including frogs, cats, dogs, and dinosaurs. The works on view were produced in the late 1980's. Gilhooly's more experimental monoprints and drawings highlight the likeness of animals as surrogates or portraits of pets from heroic twentieth century artists, such as Jackson Pollock, Clifford Still and Sam Francis. Employing a number of methods in rolling, or suspending inks in water, many of the images utilize radiant, even psychedelic color palettes, reminiscent of the various colors found in Gilhooly's well-known ceramic work of caricaturelike amphibians and food products, anthropomorphized as historic figures and royalty. The animals in this exhibition take on certain chromatic and material characteristics that connect directly to their sources, or their 'masters.' Regardless of the submissive role the critters have with their given master, the resulting images and their apparent likeness refuse any form of stillness.
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Image: Jackson Pollock's Dog, 1987 My Dog Spot Loves Big Macs, 1988 Marbleized Cat With Color,

David Gilhooly (1943-2013) was born in Auburn, California, near Sacramento, and graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a BA in 1965, and an MA in 1967. While studying and producing work, Gilhooly, worked alongside of Robert Arneson at the TB-9 ceramics studio in Davis and, along with the likes of Roy De Forest, Clayton Bailey, Viola Frey, helped establish the Bay Area Funk Art movement. Funk Art, which had a significant impact on Northern California art production, was a response to the dominance of American Abstract Expressionism and its exploration of spirituality and the sublime. Funk, in contrast, resuscitated and embraced figurative elements and popular imagery, albeit with an acrimonious sensibility, whimsicality, and irreverence toward high modernism and high culture throughout the ages.

The work of David Gilhooly has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States, and has work in the collections at: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Arizona State University Art Collection, the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, B.C.), the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco, and the Oakland Museum of Art.

On view: March 11 – April 15, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Couturier Gallery, 166 N. La Brea Ave, LA, 90036
When: March 11, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Website: http://www.couturiergallery.com

March 12, 2017: Upper West, Thomas Mercer Hartman

Upper West Restaurant celebrates the art of Thomas Mercer Hartman with an opening reception on Sunday, March 12, 2017. The solo exhibition titled "Explorations" will feature fourteen recent works by the artist.

If you have attended an artist reception at Upper West, you'll remember, Upper West knows how to throw a fantastic art party. Hartman will be in attendance. A successful designer, Hartman runs his own design consultant business (IQ Magic) in Santa Monica. He has also been painting since he was in college. "Explorations" will include paintings from various series created over the past several years.
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Image: Moss Pond, 2015, Acrylic and lacquer on panel, 32” x 80”

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 had 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."

To find out more about the artist, Thomas Hartman, or his design business, check out his websites http://www.mercerprojects.com  http://www.IQMAGIC.net

What Opening reception
Where: Upper West, 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404
When: March 12, 2017, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Phone: 310 586-1111
Website: http://www.theupperwest.com

March 18, 2017: Lois Lambert Gallery

Lois Lambert Gallery presents "Current Work." Allen Harrison continues his practice of juxtaposing Tibetan Thangka.
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Image: "Blue Composition" Oil on wood panel, 36" x 36"  imagery with his paintings of landscapes.

Harrison starts his process cutting and adhering different parts of Thangka paintings on to a wooden panel. Tibetan Thangka paintings are made on cotton or silk usually depicting a mandala, a Buddhist scene or deity. Following his visual instincts, Harrison collages the Thangka imagery keeping the rhythm of the composition by using a fine pencil to draw in contoured lines into blank spaces. The result is a complex drawing of patterns and designs. Harrison then takes a photograph from his collection of sunsets or other natural imagery and refers to it to paint the landscape over the original drawing. The drawing does not get lost under the paint but rather dictates the stroke of the brush. The result is a painting that at first glance looks like an abstract version of a landscape from the Romantic era. The colors vibrate together and the shapes capture movement over the surface of the painting, yet when looked at very closely and carefully you see the patterns from the Thangka paintings emerge through the brushstrokes.

Also opening on March 18....“Stories from Reality,” from sculptor David Furman. Inspired by common objects, David invites the viewer to bring their own history to items prized for their utility.David’s work is realistically executed with meticulous craftsmanship. David views these “ersatz” objects as a record of human history. With artistic and anthropological elements, the objects can be viewed in historical, cultural and artful contexts. Furman explains, “I use clay, this amorphous mass of primordial material that [can] become anything. I cut, squash, and articulate forms until I arrive at my destination. I want it to have beauty and clarity.”
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Image: David Furman, The Opening Reception

On view: March 18 - May 21, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, E-3, 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 829-6990
Website: http://www.loislambertgallery.com