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

February 15, 2017
Fahey/Klein Gallery presents “YOUNG BLOOD,” featuring the art of Brendan Pattengale, Chad Pitman, Cope-Arnold, Torkil Gudnason. The color of blood is influenced by the amount of oxygen it possesses.  The closer to the arteries, the brighter the red. The further it gets from those arteries, the darker the red.  Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present "Young Blood" a group show featuring four young artists working within the tradition of color photography.  These photographers are embracing traditional dark room techniques while pushing the boundaries of the digital color print.  Each artist is using the medium to investigate the new directions of color photography with the vigor and the dedication of a scientist looking for a cure.  Fahey/Klein Gallery is looking forward to the opportunity to invigorate these artists with the oxygen they need to help their color work shine brightly. February 16 – April 8, 2017; On view: 7-9pm;


February 15, 2017
Beyond the Lines Gallery hosts a closing reception for its "Love." show The exhibition opened on the 4th of February and features a variety of media. "The love emotion is my most powerful inspiration," said gallerist and artist Brittany Davis, who continues to sculpt despite an incredible hectic schedule.
Artists include: Arturo Martinez, Sali Swalla, Alex Diffin, Barbara Kosoff, Alissa Gabrielle, Marianne R. Klein, Julia Alexander-Bates, Ron Klotchman, Lyle rushing, Christine Sawicky, Belinda Davis, Brittany Davis, Pascaline-Doucin-Dahlke, Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Haleh Davoucli, Alexandra Pastorino, Huss Hardan, Glen Waggner, Amanda Douglas. Reception: 6:30-8:30pm; Beyond the Lines Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, (G8), 2525 Michigan Avenue, SM, 90404; http://www.beyondthelinesartshow.com/


February 17 - 18, 2017:
Head downtown to the Chocolate and Art Show. Indulge yourself in some of LA's finest up-and-coming fine, contemporary and street artists, photographers and artisans! There is something for everybody including live body painting, live music, face-painting, culinary cuisine, artisan vendors and free chocolate! To find out more about this art party, visit the Upcoming Event Feature.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets - $15. The event will benefit Artists for Trauma. Chocolate and Art Show, The Vortex, 2341 E Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90022, February 17th- 18th, Friday 17th, Opening Night 7 PM-2 AM and Saturday 19th, Reception to meet the Artists 7pm-2am; http://chocolateandartshow.com/


February 17 - 19, 2017:
The Music Center continues its 2016-2017 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center with performances by Jessica Lang Dance (February 17-19, 2017) at The Music Center's Ahmanson Theatre, including the West Coast premiere of Tesseracts of Time, created in collaboration with world renowned architect Steven Holl. The three-day engagement also includes Thousand Yard Stare, a new work created by choreographer Jessica Lang in 2015, the full performance of i.n.k, and Lang's iconic gem, The Calling. For additional info about this event, visit the Upcoming Event Feature HERETicket prices start at $31 Tickets will be available at The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre box office an hour and a half prior to each performance. The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Friday, February 17, 7:30pm and Saturday, February 18, 7:30pm; Sunday, February 19, 2:00pm; https://www.musiccenter.org/jessica


February 18 - 19, 2017:
The 12th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show, the Los Angeles area metro market’s only consumer travel show, will be creating a weekend travel adventure of its own as it is the first stop travelers need to make on their next trip. Visitors will be part of an exciting travel and cultural marketplace, sharing taste of international and local travel and cuisine, authentic cultural entertainment, educational content as well as thousands of dollars in show-only travel deals at the Los Angeles Convention Center, February 18 and 19. Visit the Upcoming Event Feature for additional info.

The 2017 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show will take place Saturday, February 18 from 10am – 5pmand Sunday, February 19 from 10am – 5pm at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California. Tickets are now available online for $11 for one day or $18 for two days.  Children 16 and under are free.  At the door, tickets will be available, cash only, for $15 for one day, and $22 for two days. For tickets and information, please visit https://travelshows.com/shows/los-angeles/


February 18 - 19, 2017:

LA CookieCon and Sweets Show is returning for its third year. The West Coast’s largest baking and pastry expo will take place February 18 & 19,2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Due to increased demand, the show is quadrupling its space over last year’s event to make room for even more attendees and vendors.
With nearly 50,000 guests expected throughout the weekend, sweets enthusiasts can enjoy free samples from over 275 local shops and national brands, meet their favorite foodie TV stars, watch baking demonstrations, and participate in hands-on workshops. To find out more about this art party, see the Upcoming Event Feature.

Cost: $25/adult and $12/child for a one-day pass OR $45/adult and $22/child for a 2-day pass. Guests can purchase their tickets at http://www.lacookiecon.com
VIP Passes also available for purchase, which allows early entry (before general admission), an official tote bag and access to 2 VIP Rooms with an exclusive selection of bites, sips, spirits and more. LA Cookie Con and Sweet Show, Los Angeles Convention Center – 1201 S. Figueroa St. LA,  February 18 & 19 (10am - 5pm both days) VIP ticket holders get early entry at 9am.  http://www.lacookiecon.com


February 18, 2017:
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to present two exhibitions "MASOOD KAMANDY: The Effect of Lightning on a Rainbow,' the artist's second solo exhibition and "Powdered Toast," an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles artist Britton Tolliver. On view: February 18 – March 25, 2017; 6-8pm; Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 S La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034; http://LUISDEJESUS.COM


February 18, 2017:

bG Gallery Project Space presents "Sea of Art," sculptural installation. Also on view is a group installation titled "Water and Sky." Artists include: Stephanie Bauer, Maria Bouquet, Ken Clark, Joelle Cooperrider, Pascaline Doucin-Dahlke, Bianca Dudeck-Mandity, David Dumo, Paige Emery, Lien Fong-Chi, Cindy Friedlander, Kaori Fukuyama, D.Keith Furon, Larry Graeber, Serge Hamad, Karen Hansen, Mimi Herrera-Pease, Seth Isakson, Kirk Kain, Campbell Laird, Jacobson Linda, Yvette Lodge, Donna Lomangino, Jessica Manelis, Marston Marie, Marie Massey, Cameron Mclntyre, Suzanne Merritt, Patty Neal, Linda O'Neil, Carol Paquet, Kathryn Pitt, Shrodrick S, Stephen Schiff, Renée Silva, Abby Sin, Olga Skorokhod, Paige Smith-Wyatt, Bryce Speed, Stephanie Sydney, Katharine Weber, Marion Wood, Madeleine Wories, Mara Zaslove and more. On view through mid March; Artist reception: 6-8pm; bG Gallery Bergamot Station - Space G8A, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404; http://www.bGartGalleries.com


February 18, 2017:
New Image Art celebrates a solo exhibition by Los Angeles - New York based photographer and film maker Patrick Hoelck. “Atop The Mountain Ignoring The View" features an eclectic curation of young subjects (capitalizing on their glamor and insecurities) palms, beaches, streets and buildings. The rich subject matter creates a dialog of form and reality of California as Hoelck sees it. On view: 2/18/17 - 3/11/17; 7-10pm; New Image Art, 7920 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046; http//www.newimageartgallery.com


February 18, 2017:
Gabba Gallery presents four Solo Shows featuring the art of Jeffrey Sklan, Spacegoth, Christopher James, 8333 F.
See image: Courtesy of Gabba Gallery

Reception 7-11 pm; Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd., LA; http://www.gabbagallery.com/


February 18, 2017:
The Good Luck Gallery is proud to present the art of Jacques Flechemuller
. Not many art works are capable of provoking laughter, but the ribald, irreverent and charmingly inappropriate paintings of Jacques Flechemuller are often laugh-out-loud funny. Having worked as a chef, magician and gag-writer while honing his craft as an artist, Flechemuller’s vitality spills onto his canvases, producing art that is as rich and varied as the life he has led. On view: February 18 – April 2, 2017; Reception 7:00pm - 10:00pm; The Good Luck Gallery, 945 Chung King Road, LA 90012; http://www.thegoodluckgallery.com/


February 18, 2017:
Launch LA Chinatown throws an art party for "Short Days, Dark Nights," featuring the art of Kim Kimbro
, Michael A. Rosenfeld, 
Theodore Svenningsen
, and William Wray. Reception: 7 - 10pm; Launch LA , Chinatown, 936 Mei Ling Way, LA, CA 90012; http://www.launchla.org


February 18, 2017:
Coagula Curatorial is pleased to present "Comply," an exhibition of installation art, paintings, drawings and interdisciplinary hybrids by artist April Bey. Comply includes a body of work that explores the actual resilience of women as they navigate through high-impact experiences of the body, psyche and demands of womanhood. Works pick up the subtle hypocrisy in the expectations of women and in the artist's case- black women -to be robust while at the same time inept and emotionally weak when a leadership role is sought. On view: february18 - April 2, 2017; Reception 7-11pm; Coagula Curatorial, 974 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012; http://coagulacuratorial.com/


February 19, 2017:
Santa Monica Playhouse proudly presents a world premiere new comedy, A DeLUSIONAL Affair, by Albert James Kallis, directed by Chris DeCarlo. Just when you thought your life was finally under control, Fate steps in, turns everything on its heels, and you're off on the wild ride of your life. Funny, touching, and just a little bit racy, Albert James Kallis's A DeLUSIONAL Affair will make you question everything you ever thought you knew about love, marriage, fantasy and reality and come away with a new perspective on it all. A DeLUSIONAL Affair opens on February 4, and wil continue Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3:30pm through April 30th, 2017.
Feb2017-SantaMonicaPayhouse-ADeLUSIONALAffairADMISSION: General admission is $35. Discounts are available for students, teachers, seniors, members of the military and groups of 8 or more.  Tickets for the special preview performances February 4 to 19 are $25 with no further discounts. Reservations are necessary. Call the Playhouse Box Office at 1-310-394-9779 ext 1 or reserve online. Performances take place Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:30 PM, February 4 through April 30, 2017Santa Monica Playhouse The Main Stage, 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), Santa Monica, 90401, http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com/a-delusional-affair.html


February 20, 2017:
Head to REDCAT to see new work by Peggy Ahwesh. Renowned for her savvy, sometimes ambiguous use of heterogeneous representational strategies to engage with complex cultural issues, Peggy Ahwesh has sustained one of the most profound voices in experimental media.

Her latest works emerge from her time living in Palestinian communities in the West Bank: The visual essays Alluvium (2015) and Kissing Point (2014) portray parallel worlds existing within a single geography, while Lessons of War (2015) and The Blackest Sea (2016) repurpose animated news reports into darkly poetic visions of calamity. The Alpert Award winner’s oeuvre includes celebrated feminist works such as Martina’s Playhouse (1989), Strange Weather (1993) and She Puppet (2001). Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Performance: 8:30 Admission is GA $11; member/students $8; Cal Arts students $6; To purchase tickets - Click Here! REDCAT, 631 W 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012MON 2/20 - 8:30 pm; https://www.redcat.org/


February 23, 2017:
El Camino College Art Gallery is pleased to present "PERSONAL MATTERS," featuring the work of thirteen Southern California artists. Emerging from a rich art historical tradition of works representing private experience - Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh and Max Beckmann to name a few- the artists in this exhibit depict their own experiences.  In a time of emphasis on merchandising and mass media it seems particularly important to recognize individual lives, struggles, love, courage, humor and cultural differences as lived and portrayed on the personal level. This exhibition explores the realm of the intimate in a broad variety of media, creating an opportunity for the viewer to glimpse the individual artist's circumstance and psyche. Artists include: Said Abdelsayed, Garrett M. Brown, Carol Es, Satoe Fukushima, Zeal Harris, Brenda Henriques, Sandra Low, Gina M., Gloria Plascencia, Gretchen Potts, Christine Saldana, Cory Sewelson, and Susan Sironi. On view: February 13 - March 9, 2017; February 23, 7-9pm;nEL CAMINO COLLEGE ART GALLERY, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90506; http://www.elcamino.edu/artgallery/


February 24 - 26, 2017:
Printed Matter's the LA Book Fair takes place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. LA Book Fair, 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012; http://laartbookfair.net/ http://www.moca.org


February 25, 2017:
Join the City of Santa Monica for a special celebration. Parks Day, Come Play! is a community event offering family-friendly activities, refreshments, and entertainment planned at four park locations throughout Santa Monica. The official event ceremony unveiling Ishihara Park will begin promptly at 10:00am and will continue until 1pm at various other partks. Activities and entertainment will vary by park location. Free and open to everyone. Ishihara Park, 2909 Exposition Boulevard, Santa Monica, 90404; For event details on additional locations, visit the FB Page.


February 25, 2017:
18th Street Arts Center presents "Kentrifica Is: Re-Imagining Collective Geographies" featuring the work of Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle in its main gallery. Los Angeles- and Oakland-based artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle brings her ongoing investigation into auto-ethnography, anthropology, museum studies, and remixing history to the Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center from January 17 though April 7, 2017. Hinkle will weave together performance, installation, and collaborative, participatory workshops within a new, site-specific installation.
The project connects 18th Street Arts Center and our surrounding Pico Neighborhood with other Los Angeles institutions and community histories to develop a living and breathing archive that thrives off of collaborations with various individuals who come from multiple social, cultural, geographical, and artistic perspectives. On view: thru April 7, 2017; There will be an artist reception & panel titled Kentrifica Is or Kentrifica Ain't; 6-8pm; RSVP HERE. 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica, 90404; https://18thstreet.org

February 25, 2017:
Enjoy a pop up exhibition at GIBSON BRANDS SUNSET. "Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion" features the works of Billy Morrison & Plastic Jesus. Since it closed in 2006, the Tower Records storefront on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip has sat dormant, only being restored to a shade of its former glory last year by Gibson Brands Inc. Now, the iconic guitar brand has teamed up with punk rocker turned artist Billy Morrison and installation master Plastic Jesus for a show-stopping, one-weekend only art exhibit at the legendary storefront. 'Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion" will run for one weekend only (February 24 - February 25, 2017) Open to the public Saturday, February 25 from Noon to 9pm. GIBSON BRANDS SUNSET (FORMERLY TOWER RECORDS), 8801 Sunset Blvd, LA;


February 25, 2017:

Downtown Los Angeles' Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) presents "Antisocial Network," featuring the work of artist Alex Gross. Also opening... New Zealand-based figurative painter Meredith Marsone in her U.S. debut exhibition, titled "Arbitrary Dreams." On view in CHG's Gallery 3, Marsone's exhibition will feature an exquisite new series of oil on aluminum portraits. COREY HELFORD GALLERY, 571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St), LA 90033; http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com/


February 25, 2017:
TAG Gallery celebrates new artists Sunae Aum, Fielden Harper, 
and Ernie Marjoram. TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, D-3, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM;


February 25, 2017:
It's time for the closing art party for the group show "All Women Are Dangerous." Presented by Building Bridges Art Exchange & Fabrik Magazine, the exhibition is curated by Marisa Caichiolo & Chris Davies and co-curated by Daniel Alfonso.  

"All Women Are Dangerous" is an exhibition featuring the work by seventeen women photographers and explores and highlights the rise of female contemporary artists. Through stunning imagery, each work sheds light on some of the most pressing issues facing each artist in hopes of starting a dialog around the question: are all women dangerous?

Image by Susan Swihart

Artists include: Bootsy Holler, Lisa McCord, Eleonora Ronconi, Tami Bahat, Sandra Klein, JK Lavin, Aline Smithson, Susan Swihart, Sarah Hadley, Marian Crostic, Paula Riff, Brandy Trigueros, Pauline Gola, Marjorie Salvaterra, Samantha Geballe, Jane Szabo, Jessie Chaney;

This is a fundraiser and all proceeds will go towards scholarships for female photographers at Venice Arts and the Los Angeles Center of Photography. $20 suggested donation for the closing reception.
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Art Party: 5pm - 8pm; Bergamot Station Arts Center 2525 Michigan Ave. Unit F2 Santa Monica CA 90404; 310.770.1961; http://www.buildingbridgesartexchange.org/


February 26, 2017

Enjoy an art talk at Keystone Art Space, in conjunction with its current exhibition, "First Response" curated by Nurit Avesar. On view through February 28, 2017. Artist talk: 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Keystone Art Space, 338 S. Ave 16. LA 90031; http://www.keystoneartspace.com


February 28, 2017:

Annenberg Beach House Gallery hosst an opening reception for group exhibition. "Personal Narrative' is an exploration of materials that promote a sensory experience and narrative. It is a group show of contemporary artists whose works are experimental, provisional, gestural and instinctive. Each artist possesses an individual approach to his or her artistic methods, working and reworking in a range of technique and materials. Curated by Diane Williams and Sheli Silverio; 

Artists include: 
Mardi De Veuve Alexis
, Susan Amorde
, Terry Arena
, Chenhung Chen
, Rick Dallago, 
Bibi Davidson
, Dwora Fried
, JJ L’heureux, 
Tom Lasley, 
Erika Lizee
, Randi Matushevitz
, Malka Nedivi
, Robert Nelson
, Linda Sue Price, 
Kristine Schomaker, 
Sheli Silverio, 
Robert Soffian, 
Diane Williams; On view: February 18 - June 4, 2017l; Reception 6pm - 8pm - RSVP HERE!  Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402;  Save the date...May 6, 2017 Artist Talk: 1:30pm - 3pm; http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture