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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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Time for the Top Ten Art Parties taking place in April! Don't forget, we update our Additional Events Page each month between the 12-15. If you have some suggestions for our event selection, be sure to email us by the 2nd week of the prior month.Final-TopTen-Art-Parties
1. April 1, 2017: AC Gallery - For info, Click Here 
2. April 1, 2017: Bosana Foundation Benefit - For info, Click Here 
3. April 6, 2017: Beyond the Lines - For info, Click Here
4. April 8, 2017: A.G. Geiger, Grand Opening - For info, Click Here

5. April 14-23, 2017: M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL - For info, Click Here
6. April 15, 2017: IAA USA Celebrates World Art Day - For info, Click Here
7. April 18-23, 2017: Fabrik's Spring Art Week LA - For info, Click Here
8. April 22, 2017: Spring Fling at Bergamot Station Arts Center - Click Here
9. April 27, 2017: Produce Haus, Grand Opening - Click Here
10.April 29, 2017: Gabba Gallery - For info, Click Here

Click Here for some additional art parties in the month of April 2017....or just scroll down to see more details on these art parties below - in date order!

Additional Art Parties/Events - Last Half of April 2017!

We've got some new art parties for you. Each month, we add more events for the latter half of the month. - Hope to see you out there. For you theater lovers, one of our staff writers reviewed the play Elevator - which is currently running through April 30, 2017. See the bottom of this post and the Upcoming Event Feature for more info. Go to our Review Page to read our review. 


April 14, 2017
Art Critic Peter Frank hosts an art talk at the Loft at LIz's in conjunction with its current exhibition "TEXT MESSAGE." The group show features the work of Fred Feldmesser, Michael Flechtner, Stuart Kusher, Theodore Svenningsen, Senon Williams. Art talk: 
7-9pm;  Click Here to RSVP; The Loft at Liz's, 453 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036;  http://www.theloftatlizs.com/


April 14-16, 2017: 
Hope you've already got your tix to Coachella...cause its sold out kids. My fav - Lady Gaga is headlining along with other acts such as Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and lots more performing at the weekend festival. https://www.coachella.com/


April 15: 2017: 
Beyond the Lines Gallery presents a two person show titled "Matter and Texture."
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Two artists…Helen Berger and Andrée B Carter are back together again…they had previously collaborated on a work of art for a group show for Gallery 825. Now they have been paired in a two person exhibit titled “Matter and Texture.” The artists had remained good friends after their collaboration and were chosen to exhibit in a group abstract show at Beyond the Lines Gallery. 

Read my article 
Living the Dream on THRIVE Global about the exhibition. On view: April 30, 2017; Beyond the Lines Gallery G#8, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, SM 90404;  http://beyondthelinesgallery.com/


April 15: 2017: 
Shulamit Nazarian offers an opening reception for "The Powder Room," the gallery's second solo exhibition with Los Angeles-based artist Genevieve Gaignard. Navigating the intersections of race, gender, age, and religion, "The Powder Room" builds upon Gaignard's practice of character-driven self-portraiture in photography as she introduces a new cast of women, each played by her. On view: May 20, 2017; Reception 6-9pm; Shulamit Nazarian, 616 N. La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036;  http://www.shulamitnazarian.com/


April 15: 2017: 
FAB Gallery celebrates the opening of "Personal Baggage," a solo exhibition of new sculptures and works on paper by Los Angeles-based artist Mark x Farina. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with FAB and introduces thesis work for Mark's graduate degree in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. At its core this is a Pop Art collection of mixed media paintings and sculptures made out of re purposed consumer materials that explores the realms of the environmental impacts of everyday choices like, paper or plastic. 
"Personal Baggage" will feature various concepts that revolve around the value of art, recycling, forgery, fake objects and ultimately class. Free opening, refreshments will be served. On view: April 15th - May 2, 2017; Art Party: 6-9pm; FAB Gallery, 2001 Main street Santa Monica CA, 90405; http://fab-gallery.com/


April 15: 2017:
In Hollywood....Various Small Fires throw an art party to celebrate “Andrea Longacre-White: New Sculptures 2016-17.” On view: April 15 - June 3; 5-7pm; Various Small Fires, 812 North Highland Avenue, LA, 90038; http://www.vsf.la/


April 15: 2017: 
Down the street...Gavlak Gallery offers an opening reception for “Michael Manning: Cheap Vacation.” The works in the exhibition will be comprised of video installations and two different kinds of paintings: archival inkjet print and acrylic on canvas or 3D print on linen. This new body of work explores the liminal moment between experience, memory and the perpetual flux between. April 15 - May 27, 2017; 6-8pm; Gavlak Gallery, 1034 N. Highland Avenue, LA, 90038;  http://www.gavlakgallery.com/


April 15, & 16, 2017: 

PAM presemts resident artists Thinh Nguyen and Skip Snow in "D-centering Whiteness" in an improvisationally scored conversation to dismantle whiteness as an ideological oppression. Performances on two nights only, Saturday April 15th and Sunday April 16th starting, 8:30 PM at 5810 ½ North Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042; http://thinhstudio.com/


April 19, 2017: 
The Hollywood Property Owners Alliance and Suaya Properties are happy to announce Old Hollywood Locals Night. This event will feature pop-up galleries, art demonstrations, live music, a community fair, and food tasting at participating restaurants.
The event location spans Hollywood Boulevard between Las Palmas and Cahuenga. Art parties take place at several locations...LACE Gallery (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), will be open from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. WUHO Gallery (Woodbury University school of Architecture), will be open for viewing with it’s current exhibit, “BREACH: Ersela Kripa + Stephen Mueller | AGENCY Architecture LLC.” HPOA Storefront Office, 6562 Hollywood Blvd. – “Hollywood Daydream” pop-up art show featuring Hollywood-inspired works by Thaddeus Hunter Smith. Additional pop-up art galleries are being confirmed and will be included in the official program.

Art Parties: 5-8pm; Click here to pre-register, which will include your passbook. There is no charge for this event and all ages are welcome! RSVP on the Facebook Event PageLACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), 6522 Hollywood Blvd., WUHO Gallery (Woodbury University school of Architecture), 6518 Hollywood Blvd; AGENCY Architecture LLC., HPOA Storefront Office, 6562 Hollywood Blvd.


April 20, 2017: 
Enjoy an artist presentation in conjunction with "In Focus: Jane and Louise Wilson’s Sealander," at the Getty Center's Museum Lecture Hall. Jane and Louise Wilson create powerful, compelling photographs, videos, and installations that explore historical events and architectural spaces. Their Sealander series, on view in the exhibition, presents images of abandoned World War II bunkers along the Normandy coastline. The monumental scale and monochromatic palette of the photographs merge past and present, man-made and natural environment, land and sea. In this presentation, the Wilsons reflects on their current and past projects. Admission is free, but you must register HEREArt talk: 7:00pm; Museum Lecture Hall, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, 1200 Getty Center Drive,


April 20, 2017: 
Santa Monica Playhouse presents the latest devised play to develop from its Actors' Workshop Short Burst® Theatre project, IN SEARCH OF INTIMACY: Make Love, Not Walls. 
Dancing the eternal dance of lies and truths, hiding behind walls of our own making, battling the ever-present prejudice that threatens to shut down our sensuality and our search for intimacy, how do we find our place, our position, our passion, in a city as vast as Los Angeles? IN SEARCH OF INTIMACY will play for two performances only, Thursday April 20 at 8pm and 9:30pm. Santa Monica Playhouse,1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401;  http://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com/


April 22, 2017: 

Head to Bergamot Station today for its annual Spring Fling (one of our Top Ten Picks. The events runs from 10am - 4pm. Beyond the Lines Gallery will be open...stop in to see "Matter and Texture," a two person show featuring the art of Helen Berger and Andrée B. Carter. Read my article Living the Dream on THRIVE Global about the exhibition.

Later in the afternoon, several galleries will be hosting opening receptions. bG Gallery (G8a) celebrates "Day Dreamers," a group show featuring modern and contemporary surrealist works from 5:00-8:00pm. bG Gallery, G-8 2525 Michigan Ave. Suite B1, Santa Monica, 90404; http://www.santamonica.bgartdealings.com


April 22, 2017: This exhibition will also be open during Spring Fling. The opening takes place at the end of the event. 
Leslie Sacks Gallery offers a reception for an exhibition of two new bodies of work by accomplished Los Angeles artist Alex Weinstein. Known for his immersive and entrancing paintings, Weinstein combines several past experiments with new explorations in methodology and themes resulting in a series of exciting new works. The Burst abstractions explore mark making and revisit a near-death experience the artist had while surfing. The Double Negative nocturnes combine previous compositional aspects of the diptych, but utilize a distinctly new color palette, stretching the horizon into infinite dusk. On view: June 10; 5-7pm; Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-6, Santa Monica, 90404; http://www.lesliesacks.com


April 22, 2017: This exhibition will also be open during Spring Fling. The opening takes place at the end of the event. 
Skidmore Contemporary Art presents two new exhibitions..."Pools" featuring the paintings of 
Melissa Chandon and "Mirrored Imagination" by Isabel Emrich. An opening reception will be held on April 22, 2017 from 5-7pm. For additional info about this event, see our Upcoming Event Feature.

Melissa Chandon is an incredibel artist. See my review on the Huffington Post about a past exhibition at Skidmore Contemporary Art. Chandon memorializes classic American imagery with a vibrant palette and an exquisite sense of composition. Her paintings of water, sky and the American landscape call to mind Hockney's pools and Diebenkorn's strong lines and shapes. Simple geometric forms cast shadows and conjure mystery; portraits of iconic cars pull on an emotional register of days gone by; mid-century architecture is memorialized with lush color and rich surface treatment. Hers is a roadside vernacular of images that are fading from public view. 

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Isabel Emrich works in an Expressionistic style that straddles both abstraction and figuration. Her brushwork is both strong and fluid—qualities that echo the nature of water, itself. With zeal, Emrich captures the 'special effects' water presents to the eye: chaotic refractions in multi-planar space, sparkling light effects, distorted shadows, rippled reflections, etc.—much of it in thick impasto paint, contrasted by passages of smooth vitality. Enjoy the works of Bradley Hankey as well. On view: May 13, 2017; Opening reception 5-7pm; Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525, Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404; 310-828-5070;  http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/


April 22, 2017:
Check our Top Ten list of events for additional info on the Spring Fling Event. I will be performing jazz with my keyboard player (from Kat & the Jazz Birds).There will be lots more music going on at the arts center as well...so come join the fun. Craig Krull Gallery, Building Bridges Art Exchange and additional galleries will all be hosting events. 


April 22, 2017: 
Nearby in Venice, artist Rohitash Rao celebrates the underbelly with an art party at his studio. Art for sale! Art Party: 6-9pm;1637A Electric Avenue, Venice 90291; http://rohitash-rao.squarespace.com/


April 22, 2017:
Downtown...GDCA Gallery hosts a reception for two art exhibitions. "Quadrivial" is a group show featuring the mediums of painting, photography, and sculpture. Hollie Heller’s Solo Exhibit “Imprints” profiles her layered dyed textile mixed media works on wood and paper, as well as her delicate 'Dimensional Chroma' wall sculpture series. Artists include: Javier Benitez, Arnor Bieltvedt, Paul Brewster, Elizabeth Brinton, Mark Brosmer, Michele Castagnetti, Maureen Haldeman, RK Kaloger, Crystal Michaelson, Michael Moon, Christopher Naylor, Bill Sherwood, Sali Swalla, Tanya Ragir, Christina Ilene Thomas, Robert Toll & Hollie Heller. On view thru April 30, 2017; Art Party: 6-10pm; GDCA Gallery / 727 South Spring Street / Los Angeles, CA 90014, (between 7th & 8th Streets); http://www.GDCAgallery.com

Aprill 22, 2017:
In the Miracle Mile area...Couturier
 Gallery offers an opening for a solo exhibition titled "Corey Stein: Laundry at 10 degrees." On view: April 22 - June 3, 2017; 6-8pm; Couturier Gallery, 166 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036; www.couturiergallery.com


April 26, 2017: 
In Venice...L.A. Louver is pleased to present "Frederick Hammersley: Paintings and Works on Paper," the gallery's most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s works to date. Featuring nearly 100 works produced by Hammersley, on view are paintings, works on paper, computer drawings, prints and photographs. Also enjoy new ceramic and porcelain sculptures by Matt Wedel. With an emphasis on smaller-scaled works, the exhibition brings an intimate focus to Wedel’s command of form and color. On view: April 26 - June 24, 2017: Reception 6-8pm; L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291; http://lalouver.com/


April 27 - Sept 10, 2017:
The Skirball Cultural Center presents "Paul Simon: Words & Music," a traveling exhibition curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and making its only West Coast stop at the Skirball. Developed based on exclusive interviews with the artist, the show will walk visitors through Simon's life and music and illuminate his creative process. On view will be instruments, records, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, and stage maquettes, as well as listening stations and performance footage spanning Simon's six-decade career. Exclusively for the Los Angeles presentation, "Paul Simon: Words & Music" will include additional artifacts from Simon's private archive and a newly created music lab developed by the Skirball in cooperation with Roland Corporation. 

The exhibition opens on April 27, 2017. For additional info, visit the Upcoming Event Feature. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday 12:00-5:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. Admission to exhibitions: $12 General; $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $7 Children 2-12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays. 
[Paul Simon by Edie Baskin CM#1784] Paul Simon, New York, 1975. Photograph by Edie Baskin 

Save the date....May 12,
 enjoy a rare opportunity to see the exhibition "Paul Simon: Words & Music" at night for FREE! Stop by anytime between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. to celebrate the artist’s enduring legacy. At 7:00 p.m., take a tour of the exhibition led by Museum Director Robert Kirschner. On view: April 27 - September 3, 2017; The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049; (310) 440-4500; skirball.org


April 29, 2017:
In the Miracle Mile area...The Loft at Liz's presents a special comedy event hosted by stand up comedian & eminent latino Ramon Rivas II in conjunction with its featured exhibition titled "TEXT MESSAGE." ART SANDWICH CONFIDENTIAL features comedians telling jokes then ending their set with a story or anecdote connected to the current visual art installation at THE LOFT AT LIZ'S. Our comedy nights are BYOB / Potluck affairs so join the fun and bring a favorite food, drink or dessert to share with old and new friends. 7-11pm; Click Here to RSVP; The Loft at Liz's, 453 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036;  http://www.theloftatlizs.com/


April 29, 2017: 
In Santa Monica...18th Street Arts Center presents a family-friendly festival that celebrates the cultural treasures of its Pico Neighborhood. Live music, food trucks, open studios, art-making workshops, cultural dance performance, lowriders, and more! 1-5 PM - Click Here to register now for this free event. 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404  http://culturemapping90404.org/


April 29, 2017: 
In Culver City...Thinkspace presents "Pretty Deep Shit," featuring new paintings by artist Seth Armstrong. Concurrently on view in Thinkspace's project room are new works by Brian Mashburn in Axiom. On view: April 29 - May 20, 2017; Art Party: 6-9pm; Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; http://thinkspacegallery.com


April 29, 30, 2017: 
Downtown...The Brewery ArtWalk annual open studio takes place this weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating residentartists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists' studios. Admission and parking are free. Saturday, Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Brewery, 2100 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031; http://breweryartwalk.com/

Performances run through April 30, 2017:

In Hollywood...The hit play ELEVATOR, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, returns to Los Angeles for a special limited engagement at The Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood. The cast features Devon Werkheiser (Nickelodeon's "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide") William Stanford Davis (Showtime's "Ray Donovan"), Deborah Vancelette (FX's "Terriers"), David Abed (Blue Man Group), Karsen Rigby, Erica Katzin and Kristina St. Peter.

The creative team includes scenic and lighting designer David Goldstein (Off Broadway's Soul Doctor, Stalking the Bogeyman, Ghostlight) and original music and sound designer Mario Marchetti (who has collaborated with such artists as Demi Lovato, JoJo, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, among many others). ELEVATOR runs through Sunday, April 30, 2017. 

Performances take place from Sat, Mar 25 – Sun, Apr 30, 2017 ( 8pm; Sat 8pm; Sun 3pm); Single tickets are now available for $40. 
Click Here to purchase tickets, or call (323) 960-7787. Ticket prices subject to change. No late seating will be accommodated. Coast Playhouse 8325 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA, 90069; http://www.coastplayhouse.org


April 30, 2017:
If you love jazz, and you know Mama does....head to Leimert Park. KJAZ, The City of Los Angeles, The California Jazz and Blues Museum and the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center present APRIL 30th International Jazz Day Festival....A Free Concert celebrating Ella Fitzgerald. Vocalists include: Barbara Morrison, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Daryn Dean, and percussionists Victor Orlando & Derf Reklaw. The festival will be held in the VISION Parking Lot across the street from the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park. BMPAC is located at 4305 Degnan Blvd., L.A. 90008; 310-462-1439; http://www.barbaramorrison.com


April 14 -23, 2017: M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL!

The inaugural M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL (Music & Arts ReSound) will take place Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 23, 2017 in Downtown Los Angeles at Angel City Brewery and Art Share L.A. Tickets are on sale now at festivalmars.com, with many events being available for free (details below).
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Festival headliners include the Los Angeles-based Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (makingtheir Los Angeles-debut and only local appearance of the year), composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse, and the newly-formed M.A.R.S. Collective (a fluid ensemble consisting of local contemporary musicians showcasing a style of new music specific to Los Angeles and the festival). Full list of artists confirmed below.

This new 10-day festival will expand audience's imaginations via never-before-seen pairings of music, art, fashion and dance. The festival's programming features performances from over 35 local and internationally established contemporary musicians (ensembles, composers, and experimental bands) and artists (performance and visual).
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The line-up for M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL 2017 here: Ensembles: Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, M.A.R.S. Collective, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse

Composers: Jorge Sánchez Chiong, Katharina Rosenberger, Saad Haddad, Charles Peck, Alyssa Weinberg, Clemens Gadenstätter, Chaya Czernowin, Salvatore SciarrinoAshley Fure, Stefan Prins, Alexander Schubert, Natacha Diels, David Broome, Andrew Greenwald, Jessie Marino, Wen Liu

Performance/Visual Artists
Tiffany Trenda, Victor Wilde Jay Mark Johnson, Amy Kaps, Daniel Leighton, Dosshaus, Jennifer, Vanderpool, Jesse Gilbert, Joe Rubinstein, Kio Griffith, Kristine Schomaker, Ned&Shiva Productions, Osceola Refetoff, Pearl C. Hsiung, Bryan Jacobs, Thomas Sturm

Experimental Bands: Thumpasaurus, Korduroy

M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL 2017 will offer eight-days of free events -- titled M.A.R.S. Test Site Salons -- curated by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot featuring multimedia experiences, performance art, as well as artists using new technologies to create festival-specific sculptural installations. These artists, combined with experimental musical guests, will invite and activate these spaces in a nightly series of salon-style cross-platform events throughout the week.
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Individual show passes with complimentary parking are available for $30 per person ($10 for students). In addition, a variety of ticketing and VIP packages are available -- ranging from $50-$250 per person -- that include perks, such as access to artist rehearsals, participation in exclusive artist gatherings and after parties, VIP Meet & Greets, and personalized gifts from the M.A.R.S. team and artists. For tickets and more info, visit http://www.festivalmars.com/ 

What: M.A.R.S. 
Where:  Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Art Share L.A., 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013;   
When: Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 23, 2017, see website  
Website: http://www.festivalmars.com/

April 18 - 23, 2017: Fabrik's Spring Art Week LA

Fabrik Media announces the launch of Spring Art Week Los Angeles. The week of April 18-23, 2017, art enthusiasts will have reason to head to downtown Los Angeles as three major art shows intersect at The Reef: Photo Independent Fair, The Los Angeles Festival of Photography, and EXPO Contemporary Fair. There will be an Opening Night event for all three on Friday, April 21, 6-10pm.
"To have these major art shows intersect over the same week in Los Angeles is extremely exciting," said Chris Davies, Director of Fabrik Media. "With so many options, there will be a show for every type of art patron."

Returning with its fourth edition, Photo Independent is becoming one of the most significant annual international photographic events in the United States. The three-day event, April 21-23, is produced by Fabrik Media with the mission of establishing a respected platform for high caliber independent, under-represented photographic artists who do not have an opportunity to participate in gallery-based art fairs or present their works to a global audience.

A highlight of this year's Photo Independent is a solo exhibition by internationally-renowned, South Africa-based photographer Roger Ballen, one of the most important photographers of the 21st century. It will feature works from throughout his four decades long career as well as from his new series, The Theatre of Apparitions. J. Paul Getty Museum Associate Curator Paul Martineau will review all photographers and their booths at Photo Independent, and honor one artist as Best of Show 2017. The winner will be awarded a solo exhibition in the 2018 fair.
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The Los Angeles Festival of Photography is a week-long festival beginning April 18, that aims to encourage and celebrate the photographic image and those who devote their work to creating and advancing the medium. Through lectures, workshops, exhibitions, gallery tours, and networking events, the international festival will gather leading figures in the industry to discuss the current and future state of photography.

Featured events this year include Keynotes from curator and writer Charlotte Cotton, and Roger Ballen – who will also lead a three-day workshop on Fine Art Photography. Other workshops include ones with award-winning photographers Susan Burnstine, Karin Apollonia Müller, and Julia Dean. The Festival will also be conducting several Mobile Photography Workshops including David Ingraham: The iPhone Darkroom; Bob Weil: Creating Conceptual Art on Mobile Devices; and Nicki Fitz-Gerald: Life in Layers – Creative iPhone Artistry.

As the sister show to Photo Independent, EXPO Contemporary is an annual exhibition established to expand the art fair experience and expose audiences to a wider range of artists, media, and practices that represent the cultural, esthetic, and, conceptual diversity of contemporary art and design in the 21st century, and to function as a medium of exchange.
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EXPO Contemporary welcomes a broad range of traditional and non-traditional media and materials showcasing transformative projects from painters, printmakers, book and graphic artists, sculptors, assemblage and mixed media artists, muralists, installation artists, and high concept designers. The fair will also explore alternative contexts including public art, experimental architecture, and environmental, social, and collaborative projects.

All events will take place at The Reef (http://www.the-reef.com/) in DTLA, located at 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90007.

About the Fairs:
More information on each fair can and links to purchase weekend and day passes and Opening Night tickets can be found at its respective website:

About Fabrik Media
The Fabrik Media platform is a multi-faceted enterprise presenting an insightful perspective on the international contemporary art scene from a Los Angeles point of view. Among our array of publications is Fabrik, the quarterly print magazine, as well as a select catalogue of distinctive limited edition art books. Fabrik also produces an array of high profile curated independent art fairs – cutting edge showcases for the visual arts.

What: Fabrik Media's Spring Art Week LA
Where: The Reef, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 9000
When: April 18-23, 2017, see websites; Opening party April 21, 6-10pm
Website: http://thisisfabrik.com/  http://www.photoindependent.com  http://www.laphotofestival.com  http://www.fabrikexpo.com  http://www.the-reef.com

April 20 - 30, 2017: Dance Camera West Presents its 16th Annual Dance Media Festival

April2017-DanceCamera-logoCommitted to fostering and promoting the vibrant art of dance and dance on film from around the globe, Dance Camera West presents the 16th Annual Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance. This year's Festival marks Dance Camera West's continued passion for bringing together diverse communities to experience dance through the intimate medium of film taking place at UCLA's Fowler Museum, Glorya Kaufman Hall UCLA, andRoyce Hall from April 20-23, 2017 and at the Santa Monica Pier on April 29-30. This year's Festival highlights include International Shorts, Documentaries, Live Performances, and a Family Film Day comprised of Animation films and an art installation.

This multi-disciplinary media film festival promises to offer something for everyone and showcases many forms of dance including modern, post modern, world, tap, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value. Dance Camera West's Dance Film Festival is funded in part by Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Sponsors include CAP UCLA, Fowler Museum, and CalArts.
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Dance Camera West (DCW) aspires to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming presenting the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.

Festival trailer: https://vimeo.com/208774984

Thursday, April 20 - Sunday, April 23, and Friday-Saturday, April 29-30, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 8 p.m.: Opening Night: International Shorts; Royce Hall; $12
Friday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.: A Celebration of UCLA Dance; Allegra Fuller Snyder Film Screening and Q&A; Fowler Museum; FREE
Friday, April 21, 8:00 p.m.: A Celebration of UCLA Dance: 1962-2017; Honoring the Legacy of UCLA Dance Founders; Glorya Kaufman Hall UCLA; $15
Saturday, April 22, 12-noon: Featured Documentary Films: Fowler Museum, $12
Saturday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.: West Coast Premiere In the Steps of Trisha Brown; Fowler Museum and CalArts Emerging Artists Awards, $12
Sunday, April 23, 1:00 p.m.: Family Day: Humorous and Animated Films and Workshop, Fowler Museum, $12
Sunday, April 23, 3:00 p.m.: Mr. Gaga Special Screening, Fowler Museum, $12
Saturday/Sunday, April 29-30, Sunset – To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier with Jacob Jonas The Company, 7 Fingers, Seaweed Sisters and Film Screening, FREE
April2017-DanceCamera-Grey-Photo-JacobJonas-heCompanyGrey, Photo courtesy of Jacob Jonas The Company

Screenings take place at these venues.
- Fowler Museum, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood 90095
- Glorya Kaufman Hall UCLA, 120 Westwood Plaza, Westwood 90095
- Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood 90095
- Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401

Tickets range from $12 - $15

For additional film descriptions, schedule, tickets and more information, visit http://www.dancecamerawest.org

April 22, 2017: Spring Fling at Bergamot Station Arts Center!

Join Bergamot Station Arts Center for their annual Spring Fling event, Saturday, April 22nd from 11 am- 4 pm. This is an unparalleled arts and community celebration in Santa Monica! Bergamot Station is an internationally renowned creative arts complex, boasting over 40 galleries and creative businesses. The Spring Fling highlights gallery exhibitions and brings together live music, local vendors and special events. Come enjoy a thriving arts community gathering! This is a FREE family friendly event! There are no tickets necessary to gain admission. It is highly encouraged that attendees will carpool or ride share to get to the event. There is limited parking at Bergamot Station. Take the Metro! The Expo stop is onsite at the exit 26th Street/Bergamot.
Aprill22-2017-Bergamot-Spring-Fling1SPECIAL EVENT TIMES
10:00 AM Bender: Silent Disco Yoga by YogaWorks instructor Patti Quintero; MUST buy tickets in advance
11:00 AM Artist Talk at Craig Krull Gallery (B3)
11:00-4:00 PM Music by Erica Entrop and Chris Duque at Lois Lambert Gallery+Gallery of Functional Art (E3)
12:00-2:00 PM Live Music at Beyond The Lines Gallery (G8)
1:00 PM Live music and acro-yoga performance by Kinney
1:00-3:00 PM Interactive Art Project Booth at dnj Gallery (J1)
2:00 PM Special matinee performance of Adam & Evie at City Garage Theatre (T1) (doors at 1:00 PM); 2-for-1 pricing!
2:00 PM Hourly Surrealist games at bG Gallery (G8a)
2:00-4:00 PM Live Painting Demonstration by Amber Goldhammer Studio (G3)
4:00 PM Artist Talk and Walk Through at ROSEGALLERY (G5)

Craig Krull Gallery (B3) Book sale
Peter Fetterman Gallery (A1) Book sale
William Turner Gallery (E1) Book/Catalogue sale + Sjo Jewelry pop-up sale
Latin American Masters (E2) Book sale
Lora Schlesinger Gallery (B5b) Works on paper sale
Richard Heller Gallery (B5a) Book sale
ROSEGALLERY (G5) Book sale
Revolver Gallery (D4) Now's your chance! Get in a "stand by line" for SOLD OUT Warhol show
Beyond The Lines Gallery (G8) Matter and Texture: Andree Carter and Helen Berger Vendors selling handmade goods
Building Bridges Art Exchange (F2) Opening Reception Melanie Pullen solo show and performance
Amber Goldhammer (G3) Sale on books, pillows, cards, and small artworks
dnj Gallery (J1) 20% off photographs on display
Duncan Miller Gallery (A7) Select photographs for sale from YourDailyPhotograph.com
Santa Monica Auctions (B7) All Day Auction Preview
April22-2017-Spring Fling April 22 2017FOOD/BEVERAGE
Bergamot Café: SAUSAGE AND BEER FEST! Beer on tap from Santa Monica Brew Works
India Jones Chow Truck Indian street food
Shake Ramen LA Japanese ramen noodles
Mandoline Grill Vietnamese nachos, tacos and bahn mi
Pizza & Co Neapolitan Pizzas
TREATS Frozen Yogurt and Dessert Bar
FREE: GT's Kombucha Kombucha on tap
FREE: Misfit and Ingo's Tasty Diner French sea salt chocolate chips and $25 discount cards

fyi - I'll be performing  jazz standard with my pianist (from Kat & the Jazz Birds) from 2-4:30pm at the People's park (fenced in small grassy area in the middle of the parking lot).

5:00-7:00pm:  Leslie Sacks Gallery (B6) Alex Weinstein: Bursts and Double Negatives
Lora Schlesinger Gallery (B5b) Lynn Hanson
Skidmore Contemporary Art (B4) Melissa Chandon: Six Pools and Isabel Emrich: Mirrored Imagination
5:00-8:00pm: bG Gallery (G8a) Day Dreamers (Modern and Contemporary Surrealist Works)

See Facebook Event Page.

What: Spring Fling
Where: Bergamot Station
When: April 22, 2017, 11:am - 4pm
Phone: 310 264 0640
Website: www.bergamotstation.com  

April 22, 2017: Skidmore Contemporary Art!

Skidmore Contemporary Art presents two new exhibitions..."Pools" featuring the paintings of Melissa Chandon and "Mirrored Imagination" by Isabel Emrich. An opening reception will be held on April 22, 2017 from 5-7pm.

Melissa Chandon memorializes classic American imagery with a vibrant palette and an exquisite sense of composition. Her paintings of water, sky and the American landscape call to mind Hockney's pools and Diebenkorn's strong lines and shapes. Simple geometric forms cast shadows and conjure mystery; portraits of iconic cars pull on an emotional register of days gone by; mid-century architecture is memorialized with lush color and rich surface treatment. Hers is a roadside vernacular of images that are fading from public view.
Aprill22-2017-Skidmore-MChandon-PostModern-Poolwith-DivingBoardSee image: Post Modern Pool with Diving Board, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 61" x 85"

A classically trained artist, Chandon lives and works in Northern California. She teaches at the prestigious university UC Davis. Her exhibitions include the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento and the Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, among many others, with her work included in collections such as the de Young Museum, San Francisco and the Shields Library at the University of California, Davis' Shields Library and Davis Medical Center. Her work has been exhibited with Edward Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud and Andy Warhol.

Melissa Chandon has an MFA from the Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge. This is her 27th one-person exhibition, and her second with Skidmore Contemporary Art.

Isabel Emrich works in an Expressionistic style that straddles both abstraction and figuration. Her brushwork is both strong and fluid—qualities that echo the nature of water, itself. With zeal, Emrich captures the 'special effects' water presents to the eye: chaotic refractions in multi-planar space, sparkling light effects, distorted shadows, rippled reflections, etc.—much of it in thick impasto paint, contrasted by passages of smooth vitality.

The artist forged her connection to the water growing up in Southern California. She loved the feeling of the cold salty ocean, and being under its big waves. Isabel offers a special debt of gratitude to her grandmother, who often took her up on the cliffs overlooking the water to plein-air paint. "Just paint what you see," her grandmother would tell her, taking after the French Impressionists of yore. In 2013, Emrich moved to San Francisco, fulfilling her dreams of studying at The Academy of Art University and receiving a BFA Painting and Drawing in 2016.
April22-2017-Skidmore-IEmrich-Floatingon-the-Horizon edited-1See image: Isabel Emrich, Floating on the Horizon, 2017, Oil on canvas, 40" x 60"

Emrich explores the sensations of peace and calm one feels submerged in water, the dynamism of moving through water, and of the body luxuriantly enveloped in it. A subject's body may float freely in a pose of complete relief, but the subject's face and limbs blur with the airy world above, as they break the surface. Isabel explores the dynamics of this boundary with tension and interplay at work—where air and water and light and body converge. Light plays on the surface, reflecting, dancing in endlessly fascinating patterns. But it also passes through the water, illuminating what is beneath, bringing out the color and life of the body. Different colors 'pop' through the light with the changing visuals implied in a moment's time. Indeed, being in water is one of most explicit examples one can imagine of 'being in the moment.' Time stands still, and once and for all the past and future disappears. Zen-like, one is in the here and now.

Isabel Emrich received her BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2016. 
This is her first one-person exhibition.

On view: April 15 – May 13, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404 

When: April 22, 2017, 5:00pm - 7:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-5070

April 27, 2017: Produce Haus, Grand Opening

Produce Haus, formerly the Zadik Zadikian Product Studio, will have its grand opening on Thursday, April 27 with the group exhibition "WALLS: A Quest For Immersive Space." There will be an artists' reception open to the public from 7-10PM. Featured in Produce Haus's main room – with a gold-leafed floor, 16' high ceilings and 60-foot-long east and west walls offering panoramic views of downtown L.A. – are works by Zadik Zadikian, Kaloust Guedel, and KuBO. In the two-story-high sky-lit entry stairwell, works by Rouzanna Berberian, Gary Brewer, Clayton Campbell, and Yvette Gellis will be installed. Filmmaker Corey Burns is documenting the project. Announcements will be made soon regarding additional artists for the April 27 opening.
Produce Haus at night, featuring, L-R, works by Kaloust Guedel, KuBO, and Zadik Zadikian; the floor that you see will be completely gilded for the grand opening

Blending evanescence and endurance, each of the artists' works coalesce around the architecture of a living piece of Los Angeles history – a 100-year-old building inside the colossal produce market that runs the full block from 7th Street to 8th Street in between Central and Alameda in the DTLA Arts District. The building went up in 1918, the same year that Warner Bros. Studios, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Otis College of Art and Design got started. A century later, as L.A. is in the throes of a new wave of artistic proliferation, Zadikian's vision has transformed the space into a vector for creative collaboration. Adorned with gold and copper patina, rich colors, and natural light, Produce Haus distills the illuminated openness that Zadikian feels is the essence of Los Angeles as a place. As artists intervene with large scale installations, the ever-changing environment itself becomes the work of art.

Art critic Peter Frank has said, "The...artists treat the wall as a site not for composing a mural, but for composing an expanded physical and aesthetic experience. The space is raw; the outside light and atmosphere penetrate it; but the work maintains its self-possession precisely by responding to the vagaries of space, light, and material."
Image: Copper/leaf patina-ed wall, windows overlooking market; Zadikian’s “Foreigners” series of sculptures

About Zadik Zadikian: Zadikian was born in Erevan, Soviet Armenia. At age 19 – already an accomplished artist – he escaped by swimming across the Arax River in mid-winter. Of the five friends he was with, only he and one other made it to freedom. He first got to the U.S. in 1969, landing in San Francisco, where he became an assistant to sculptor Benjamino Bufano, a friend of Brancusi. He moved to New York City in 1974, and worked assisting Richard Serra – and developing own work. From his bio: "In 1976 he covered his entire home and studio, 10,000 square feet of walls, floor and ceiling with industrial gold, by pounding and gilding so as to uniformly transform it into a singularly radiant vision. A predilection for the magic and majesty of gold leaf led to the 1978 project of '1000 Bricks Gilded in 24 Karat Gold Leaf.'"

In Los Angeles for almost a decade, Zadik continues his passion for creating with gold with the new sculpture series "Foreigners," and the gilding of Produce Haus, eventually to include the ceiling as well as the entirety of the floor. Integral to the purpose and spirit of Produce Haus is a dedication to the friends of Zadikian's who did not escape. That can be felt in the generosity of the free-flowing artistic collaboration, and in the atmospheric beauty and presence of the timeless space being created in a landmark L.A. building about to have its centennial.

Produce Haus is located at 1318 E. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90021; Directions/Map Click here. Directions: Enter into the Market space at Market Court, on 7th in between Alameda and Central; you will see a vintage "CAFÉ" sign where at entryway. If there is an attendant, say you are there for Zadik's studio. Once inside, drive to the far end of the very large parking lot. The studio door will be to the right – there will be signage indicating the entryway.
Check out the Huffington Post article by Shana Nys Dambrot. 

Details from works by: Zadik Zadikian, KuBO, Kaloust Guedel, Rouzanna Berberian, Gary Brewer, Clayton Campbell, Yvette Gellis and Gary Paller.

What: Grand Opening
Where: Produce Haus, 1318 E. 7th Street, LA, 90021
When: April 27, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Website: http://www.produce.haus/