Venice Art Crawl & Venice After Burn!!

Sept 15 & 16, Last Venice Art Crawl Of 2016 – Venice Beach#VeniceAfterburn!!

On the fourth and last Venice Art Crawl of the year, a special 2-day event (September 15th and 16th, 2016), will take place at the Windward Plaza in Venice Beach, right next to the Skate Park and between the Ocean Front Walk at Windward Avenue and the beach.
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The #VeniceAfterburn, is a fun post-playa experience open to all burners and non burners, blending the burner art with the vibrant Venice Beach artist community. The #VeniceAfterburn offers a place to decompress from the playa. For 2 days the Windward Plaza will transform into a surreal art environment mixed with the Venice Beach magic.Enjoy this 2 day post-burn gathering with art cars, large scale installations, sculptures, live painting and light shows; art, most of which is just getting back from Black Rock City. The Afterburn will also feature a full music schedule, with a lineup of hip DJs: Jason Bentley, Marques Wyatt, Jeremy Sole, divaDanielle, Loboman, Henry Pope, 2tight, massio, Erik Nelson, MC Everyman + Michael Vincze, Naira Hart, Ferdie Torres and more surprises and secret guests! Every participant is invited to wear the -still dusty – playa wear and to LEAVE NO TRACE (no trash left behind).No overnight camping and no alcohol allowed. The #VeniceAfterburn is FREE of charge, family friendly, and will take place Thursday September 15th 12pm-10pm and Friday September 15th 2pm-10pm.Then on September 15 only, The Gallery At Marco Place, 928 Marco Place, will feature artist Harold Cleworth known as the “Painter Laureate of the car.” The gallery will be unveiling Harold’s masterpiece, a large painting of Clifton’s Cafeteria, the iconic historic restaurant in downtown Los Angeles.  Poet extrodinaire James Berkowitz is featuring ARTravenous: celebration of life, art, poetry, music, comedy, and dance, at Danny’s Venice, 23 Windward Avenue. Other September 15 events: for those seeking a more intimate, quieter experience, just five minutes north from the Skate Park on Ocean Front Walk to the Venice Breeze Suites, 2 Breeze Ave, can experience the MicroTheater; a unique stage experience. Live short performances for small audiences in non conventional spaces. The Masseur by Jose Perez will be featured. The Venice Breeze Suites will host the first MicroTheater experience in Los Angeles FREE 6:30-10PM. MicroTheater is a new concept in theater that has been successfully presented in Miami, Mexico and Madrid.
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Venice Media District Mixer and Awards Mixer, will be presenting awards for founders of the Venice Media District and film winners from the Marina del Rey Film Festival on the roof of the Venice Beach Suites at 1305 Ocean Front Walk, 6:30-8PM. Winners of the film festival: Stanley Isaacs, Anne Spielberg and Kevin Maxwell. Featured Venice Art Crawl artists Kerma Boyum-Sarmiento and Sandie West. Artist Fred Ceballos is curating La Fiesta del Sol: Affordable art, live painting and live music at Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Avenue and at the Hama Sushi parking lot located at 1500 Main Street.The Bank of Venice is the official Uber pick up and drop off place, located at 80 Windward Ave.This VAC returns to its original mission statement of creating a safer Venice Beach night life, bringing fun and community back to what has sometimes become a challenging experience of safety. Find out about all Venice Art Crawl events at the info booth at Danny’s Venice located at 23 Windward Ave., on the Venice Boardwalk app, by texting VENICE to 444999 on the day of the event or online at www.veniceartcrawl.comThe next VAC Mixer is October 20 at The Lincoln, a vintage speed shop, garage and mid-century industrial-themed bar featuring one of the most innovative cocktail programs in the city, 2536 Lincoln Blvd. from 6-8PM. $5 donation and drink specials.  The Venice Art Crawl is a Venice Chamber of Commerce Event. #VeniceArtCrawl #VeniceAfterBurn #BeachBurn For addiional info visit http://www.VeniceArtCrawl.com

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Save the Date…Saturday, September 24, 2016, Downtown Culver City’s ‘Block Party of the Century’ Celebrates 100 Years!

Culver City is turning 100, and the city’s hip and historic downtown area is excited to kick off the year-long festivities. Downtown Culver City’s ‘Block Party of the Century’ will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. (immediately following the opening day ceremonies).

A neSat-Sept24-Flyer-CulverCity-BlockParty 100yearsighborhood-wide, interactive celebration of creativity, community and cuisine, the Block Party will feature free entertainment, with Culver City-based performing artists of all types — from A cappella singers to samba dancers, indie rock musicians to poets, comedians to gymnasts — filling the streets of downtown Culver City as they compete for the coveted people’s choice ‘Culver Cup’ and $1000 grand prize. A myriad of fun activities for kids and families will include face painting, chalk art, musical explorations and more. And a delicious mix of great food and drink will be available at the outdoor, ticketed ‘Taste of Culver City’ which will showcase Culver City as one of Southern California’s premier destinations for exceptional dining. Culver City culinary stars, including Akasha, City Tavern, the Culver Hotel, K-zo, Lucille’s Janga, Meet in Paris, Pieology, Rush Street, Wildcraft, Culver City newcomer Spinfish and more, will offer mouth-watering bites of yummy treats throughout the afternoon.

“I love this event because it exemplifies Culver City today: a vibrant hub bustling with artists, entrepreneurs, young families and longtime residents, all of whom are deeply committed to the community,” says Eric Sims, President of the Culver City Downtown Business Association and Director of Theater Operations for the Kirk Douglas Theatre. “By filling the streets with local talent, terrific food and family activities that engage and inspire, we’re celebrating this unique community built on 100 years of creativity and sharing its treasures with the world.

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Culver City’s downtown area is Southern California’s best kept secret, featuring a wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries and unique restaurants opening on to tree-lined streets. A year-round farmer’s market offers fresh fruits, vegetables and a selection of other fine foods, every Tuesday afternoon on Main Street. In the summer months, popular Third Wednesday neighborhood-wide “Happy Hours” offer Spiked Lemonade, Summer Tini and Spiked Tropical Punch tastings throughout Downtown.

Sat-Sept24-CulverCity-BlockParty 100yearsAdmission: Block Party: FREE;  Taste of Culver City: $20 with advance purchase, $25 on site;

Parking: Take advantage of Downtown’s universal valet parking system: drop your car off at any one of four convenient locations, then pick it up at another. Free parking is also available for up to one hour in any of Downtown’s three municipal parking structures. 

What: Downtown Culver City’s ‘Block Party of the Century’
Where: Downtown Culver City is located just south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Duquesne Ave
When: Saturday, Sept. 24 fro 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (immediately following the opening day parade and ceremonies)
Phone: (310) 202-6060
Website: http://www.downtownculvercity.com/

Save the Date…Saturday, September 24, 2016, Bam Fest Featured at 18th Street Arts! 

LSat-Sept24-2016-BAMFestos Angeles’ most artful craft beer event is back again on September 24, 2016! 18th Street Arts Center’s signature benefit event, BAM Fest (Beer Art & Music Festival) is better than ever with more of what you love.

The beloved Westside craft beer festival is prized for its trifecta of all things fun–a celebration of cutting-edge contemporary art, world-renowned musical acts, and California’s finest craft beers.

This one-of-a-kind event includes:
•    40+ craft breweries with over 100 different brews
•    3 bands including beloved L.A. punk acts Alice Bag and The Sex Stains
•    Contemporary art installations, open artist studios, and artist vendors
•    Wineries and gourmet food trucks

You get a BAM Fest tasting glass with unlimited sampling, 4 hours of live music, access to artist studios and galleries, and the delight of drinking some of the best craft beers around–all while supporting an important non-profit organization. It’s a party with a purpose!

Participating Breweries:
Angel City Brewing – 101 Cider House – Boochcraft Kombucha – Ballast Point Brewing – Boston Beer Company – Boomtown Brewery – Boulevard Brewing Company – Dr. Jekyll’s Craft Beer – Drake’s Brewing Company – Santa Monica Brew Works – Enegren Brewing Company – Dogfish Head Brewery – King Harbor Brewing Company – Guinness – Indie Brewing Company – Sixpoint – MacLeod Ale Brewing Company – El Segundo Brewing Company – Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – Golden Road Brewing – The Dude’s Brewing Company – Kinetic Brewing Company – Ladyface Ale Companie – Saint Archer Brewing Company – New Belgium Brewing Company – Transplants Brewing Company – Phantom Carriage Brewery – Three Weavers Brewing – Smog City Brewing Company – Stone Brewing – Strand Brewing Company – Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company

AWUBAMBEERll proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, Southern California’s leading residency program for prominent artists from around the world.

As always a diverse selection of six food trucks will provide a bounty of signature dishes that should keep your grumbling stomach at bay. With the marriage of beer, art and music, BAM Fest has brewed a one-of-a-kind fundraising event. This is one craft beer festival you don’t want to miss!

Admission ranges from $20 – $50 per person; To purchase Tickets, CLICK HERE! 

For more information about BAM Fest 2016 and 18th Street Arts Centern visit: http://18thstreet.org

What: Opening reception
Where: 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St. Santa Monica, 90404
When: 1:00pm – 5:00pm – Saturday, September 24, 2016
Phone: 310-828-1912
Website: http://18thstreet.org/bam/

Save the Date…September 25, 2016 – Upper West Hosts a Talk with Artist Eva Montealegre! 

On Sunday, September 25, 2016,EvaMontealegre spirithorse june26 550w Upper West Restaurant hosts an art talk for the Southern California Womens Caucus for Art featuring artist Eva Montealegre from 4:30-6pm. Doors open to the public at 5 pm. If you haven’t stopped in yet to enjoy Montealegre’s solo exhibition, “The Cosmic Experience” at Upper West, this is a great time…it’s a beautiful show.

Montealegre will talk about her work and her inspiration. She has invited five other artists to each bring a work of art as well and participate in the art talk. Food will be available for purchase during the event.

See image: by Eva Montealegre, Spirit Horse  36″ x 48″ mixed-media with oil on canvas

Montealegre says “I find that I’m often affected and seduced by the character and ambience of a location, room or a set and so, in my paintings I am examining the personas, the body, the heavens, dark and mysterious corners, the stopping places and launching pads of my own soul. The LA crime novel has affected me in that I am forever investigating my humanity, the mystery of my meaning, my own storyline. It is only because I dig deep that I discover themes that are universal, that others relate to, as we are all born of water, we are all in a waking dream of a mystifying reality living in an expanse of space. That is the undeniable and natural truth – I am fascinated by nature, animals, the characters of our bodies, of the mountains, the seas and the trees and my connection to all that is, including the outer reaches of the cosmos.”

FSun-June26-EvaMontealegre-ITSALRIGHTgiclee-UpperWest edited-1or those of you who do not know, Upper West serves exceptional cuisine. “The cuisine is chic comfort food, said Montealegre. “It’s amazing in that the dishes are familiar yet elegant so you can enjoy yourself and give your taste sensations a treat. You get a farm to table feeling about the whole meal experience.”

See image: by Eva Montealegre It’s Alright  44” x 70” oil on canvas by Eva Montealegre

Montealegre’s “The Cosmic Experience” is on view until: October 22, 2016

For more info on the artist visit her website at http://www.evamontealegre.com

What: Art Talk
Where: Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404
When: 4:30pm – 6:00pm – Saturday, September 25, 2016
Phone: 310 586-1111
Website: http://www.theupperwest.com  http://www.evamontealegre.com

Save the Date…Thursday, Nov 3, 2016, WEEZER Performance To Benefit RHONDA’S KISS!

RHONDA’S KISS–the organization which helps cancer patients in need–has partnered with the rock group WEEZER who will headline this year’s benefit concert on Thursday, November 3 at The El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd) in Los Angeles.  Mark McGrath–musician/vocalist Sugar Ray and TV host–will be on-hand to emcee the evening. Tickets are available starting today (here) and at: www.rhondaskiss.org.

WEEZER is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, CA in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals).  WEEZER has sold 9.2 million albums in the U.S. and over 17 million records worldwide.  Their catalogue has included such mega hits as “Buddy Holly,” “Undone (The Sweater Song),” “Say It Ain’t So,” “El Scorcho,” “Hash Pipe,” “Island In The Sun,” “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans,” and more.   Weezer has won GRAMMYS, MTV Video Music Awards, and more throughout their career.  In 2016, WEEZER released their tenth studio album, Weezer (The White Album), a self-proclaimed beach album that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Rock/Alternative chart, and Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.   The band then embarked on a massive, two-month summer tour playing to half a million people across the U.S.
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Proceeds from the concert event with WEEZER will benefit the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and further the mission of Rhonda’s Kiss, supporting programs to assist cancer patients in need, and helping those who receive a cancer diagnosis make ends meet during treatment. Rhonda’s Kiss is a 501 (c) (3). To date, the charity has donated more than $750,000 to hospitals to support cancer programs and patients. “Raising money for cancer is a reminder that every day, people are struggling with the disease and need the support to maintain their dignity and fight,” said Marc A. Stefanski, Chairman of Rhonda’s Kiss. “Donating to Cedars-Sinai and their team will help give these patients the support they need.”

“The Cedars-Sinai Department of Radiation Oncology is proud to collaborate with Rhonda’s Kiss to raise awareness about the fight against cancer,” explains Amin Mirhadi M.D., Cedars-Sinai. “As a long-standing member of the faculty, I’ve been fortunate to witness the development of a world-class infrastructure for laboratory research, patient clinical trials, and cutting edge technology. With the help of organizations like Rhonda’s Kiss, we are able to develop research projects and ideas that we know will make a difference.”

Rhonda’s Kiss is supported by The Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3). In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. While she lost her battle, one of the greatest gifts she left was to create Rhonda’s Kiss, an event to raise money to help those in the inner city who receive a cancer diagnosis, but may be unable to make ends meet for treatment and support. Through The Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation and in partnership with Cedars-Sinai, proceeds from Rhonda’s Kiss provide financial support to decrease late-stage cancer diagnosis in urban communities, and primarily for patients in financial need, by using a three-pronged approach, that integrates outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support). Funds are distributed by local hospitals in areas where money is raised.

General Admission: $60.00; VIP Mezzanine (open bar, VIP viewing area): $250.00; Balcony VIP (open bar, upstairs viewing area): $450.00; All donations and tickets purchased for the concert are tax deductible. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.rhondaskiss.org

What: Benefit Performance 
Where: El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 90036
When: 8:00pm – Thursday, November 3, 2016
Website: http://www.rhondaskiss.org   http://weezer.com/

On View Now: Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles Presents “Sleep Mode” Featuring the Art of Hao Ni!

Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition, “Sleep Mode,” presenting works by New York-based Taiwanese artist Hao Ni. This marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, featuring an eclectic series of mixed media installations, sculptures and video, from August 9 – September 23, 2016.

The tiSat-Aug12-Taiwan AcademyLA-Hao Ni-Flyertle of the exhibition – “Sleep Mode” – describes the power-saving mode of operation that most electronic devices today assume automatically when idle. While in this mode the device is capable of instantly resuming full function upon each awakening. It came to convey an enveloping sense of drifting between light and dark, day and night, as well as a feeling evoked in the dialogue between human and machine, the body and artificial environments.

“…The notion of an apparatus in a state of low-power readiness remakes the larger sense of sleep into simply a deferred or diminished condition of operationality and access. It supersedes an off/on logic, so that nothing is ever fundamentally ‘off’ and there is never an actual state of rest.” – Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the End of Sleep 

This notion of the dual state and its cyclical nature are reflected in Hao’s featured works. Having so seamlessly integrated into our lives, sleep mode is no longer just a system in the background, but has become a way of thinking and a lifestyle. This perpetual state of restlessness, a result from the perversion of our quickly accelerating modernity, has lead to phenomenons from which Hao forms his narratives. By deconstructing and reconfiguring familiar objects like rice and car headlights, Hao created works to reveal the speed and violence often hidden in modern life, as well as the impact of the accelerating world on how we see and feel.

The gallery is divided into two distinct areas, evocative of the duality of sleep mode. On the front side of the gallery, objects of familiarity fill the well-lit space. Sculptures surround the spectator, formed by everyday objects such as air filters, rice and cigarettes, portraying parts of the body that consumes and breathes. A sense of domesticity fills the air, and structures of distilled emotions lie on the gallery floor. Mounted on the center division wall is Window III, a portal where the domestic interior and the ‘external world’ collide. Peering through are fleeting moments observed through the windows of everyday life, repeating infinitely and autonomously.

See image: Hao Ni, Night II, 2014

ThSat-Aug12-Taiwan AcademyLA-Hao Nipix1e opposite side of the gallery is shrouded by darkness, anchored by the centerpiece of the gallery, Night II; a kinetic and dioramic sculpture that portrays a raining night in slow motion. Set within this imaginary landscape is a ghostly sculpture of a hand wearing a half-glove; lit under the car headlights, it alludes to a constant readiness for transgression and violence, casting a shadow of suspense and unease. Surrounding the landscape are other testaments to a similar sentiment, best marked by the memorial-like lightboxes of Residue, paying tribute to the sublime of anthropogenic disaster suffered by dead insects, forced by their own phototactic instincts and perished under the violence of the changing physical landscape shaped by technology.

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On view August 9 – September 23, 2016

What: Openning reception
Where: Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, 1137 Westwood Blvd, LA, 90024 
Website: http://www.taiwanacademy.tw/

On View Now: LarkGallery Presents “Creative Edge” and “Finding Me”

LarkGallery presents two exhibitions – a group exhibit, entitled “Creative Edge,” and a solo exhibition entitled “Finding Me,” featuring the paintings of Young Yun Summers.
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Curated by Pashyo Sarkin, “Creative Edge” features the art of Michael Baroff, Jean Brantley, Irina Chelyapov, Preston Craig, Donna Angers, Huss Hardan, Libbet Loughnan, Lina Kogan, Galina Kovshilovsky, Faina Kumpan, Lark Pilinsky, Peggy Lee, Barbara Mastej, Vincent Mattina, John Ransom, Marilyn St-Pierre, and Gloria Vitto.See image: When the Light is Awaken by Lark, Acrylic on board 8 x 8″Lark Larisa Pilinsky said she is looking forward to participating in the group exhibition. The piece she will be showing is titled “When the Light is Awaken.” She explained that her artwork was inspired by the morning light and how it affects its surroundings.LARK-MichaelBaroff-Apex-3-14X18Artist Michael Baroff will be exhibiting two of his Metascapes. For the past forty years, he has been creating art…working in all types of media. “I am currently doing series of emotional portraits, expressive nudes, and dancing gestures. About 7 years ago I began using video to record unscripted visual scenes, ambient sounds and overheard talk that can be viewed from a range of stylistic perspectives including abstract, scenic, narrative, meditative, or social commentary.”See image: Michael Baroff, Metascape Apex 3, (2016) Oil on Canvas 14’x18″Baroff has been painting Metascapes since the early1980’s. “Metascapes explore the transitional space between realism and abstraction where a dream-like inner meditative quality can emerge. Metascapes are certainly, on one level, seascapes, and yet again they are not, for the images are created without reference to any actually viewed scene, the horizon line can be perceived to be the illusory boundary for what may be above and below the surface of our awareness.”Photographer Huss Hardan will be exhibiting work in the group show. One titles “The Concentric Dance,” part of his Liquid Gold series was shot last year. Hardan revealed that he wanted to celebrate water in the time of drought. “I used 35mm film and processed it in such a way to stylize the water, giving it a painterly impressionistic look. http://metascapeart.com/See image: Photo by Huss HardanSat-Aug27-2016-LARK-HussHardan-LiquidGold-TheConcentricDanceHardan has been taking photos his entire life, but has moved to a professional level in recent years. “Film facilitates that as it gives the image an organic look, deliberately lacking the hyper realism that digital imagery can impart.”Like most artists, Hardan works in series…”When I choose a series, I brainstorm to think of a new creative direction. I try not to repeat my past work as I want the audience to see something fresh. These ideas usually come to me when I am engaging in some kind of solo physical activity whether exercising, riding a bike or skateboarding. I find that when the body becomes invigorated, the mind follows.” For more information about the photography of Huss Hardan, visit his website at http://husshardan.com/LARK-Aug27-LIbbetLoughnan-Sydneys-BondiBeachLIbbet Loughnan will also be participating in “Creative Edge.”  Loughnan’s work “Sydney’s Bondi Beach” is set to be part of the group show. She said it was inspired by a very long lazy afternoon with friends at Bondi Beach. “This place, the ‘Icebergs’ pool on Sydney’s bondi, is a great place where the Pacific Ocean crashes into a public pool. It literally is a creative edge, with sea water churning over the side, slopping down and then calming in turquoise equilibrium. And it can be a breathtakingly beautiful and fun place in which to spend a summer’s afternoon.”See Image: LIbbet Loughnan, “Sydney’s Bondi Beach” Acrylic on wood, 11X13 inches, 2015

Loughnan said she art is an important part of her life. “Art can easily open up new space, stop things being too locked down. Like comedy. And like kids. Like life. Helps me take things less seriously, while getting at the beauty of things.” http://www.libbetloughnan.com/

Barbara Mastej will have a artwork titled “Alchemy” in the show.

See image: Barbara Mastej, Alchemy: 20LARK-Sat-Aug27-2016-BarbaraMastej Alchemy“x24” Mixed media on canvas, 2010

She explains, “The term ‘alchemy’ refers to the medieval process of turning base metals into gold. When a friend of mine gave me a mass-produced painting on canvas destined for the trash, I repurposed it to create my own piece. I cannot say where my influence or inspiration came from. Instead I see it as a direct emanation from some Universal flow of energy and knowledge. Much of my work is more up-front. This one conjures up mystical formulas.”

John Ransom also contributes works to “Creative Edge.” Ranson offers the story behind his piece. “Build the City Not of Sand” is a social comment on the general short sited decisions made in our society, due to unchecked motives and compulsive self-gratifying behavior. Please let us think before we act, lest we come to unwise concluLARK-Sat-Aug27-2016-Ransom BuildTheCityNotOfSandsions. Other than that, it’s a pretty picture…as characteristically painted for the masses. http://www.johnransomla.com/

See image: Build the City Not of Sand: 48″x48″ Acrylic on canvas, 2012

Also on view, is a solo exhibition entitled “Finding Me,” a solo exhibition featuring the art of Young Yun Summers.

The opening on August 27th was fantastic with live music performed by Pashyo Sarkin and some of her bandmates from SangomaBeat. http://sangomabeat.com

On view: August 27 – September 24 2016

What: Opening reception 
Where: LarkGallery Hawthorne, 12609 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne
Website: http://larkgallery.com/

On View Now: huZ Galleries Presents “Musicians” Featuring the Photography of Peter Figen!

huZ Galleries presents “Musicians” – photography by Peter Figen August6-2016-lowreshuZGalleries-FLYER-WillieDixon-1986-by-PeterFigenand featuring two never before seen photographs of Elvis Presley taken by Anthony Bernard. The official opening takes place on Saturday August 6th, at 7pm at t huZ Galleries. Pop by for a sneak peak viewing is available on Thursday August 4th, during the San Pedro Art Walk.

See image: by Peter Figen, Willie Dixon, 1986, Glendale, Ca

Peter got his start in the late 1970’s photographing a Hot Rize concert in Santa Cruz, CA. FRETS magazine saw his work and that was the beginning of his commercial career.

Since then Peter has used his skill as a photographer and printer to immortalize the likes of Doc Watson, Willie Dixon, George Harrison, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Scott Weiland and countless others. Peter’s passion for the music, the performance and the artist is reflected in his imagery.

Recently huZ Galleries was approached by Tony Bernard, whose father Anthony had taken a few images of a young Elvis Presley, backed up by Scotty Moore, performing in Lubbock, Texas in 1955. These images have never before been printed, published or seen by anyone apart from the photographer and his sister Crystal Bernard.  Anthony – a photographer for the Air Force – had taken these shots just before Elvis became a house hold name. He showed them to Crystal who didn’t know who Elvis was and so threw them away! Thankfully the negatives were saved, and made their way to Anthony’s son Tony. Tony approached huZ Galleries with the negatives, and we knew just the person who could do them justice…Peter Figen. Peter restored the negatives and printed them in all their glory with a stunning depth and tonal range.

August6-2016-lowres-huZGalleries-BonnieRaitt A 640See image: by Peter Figen, Bonnie Raitt 1987 Los Angeles, Ca

This has been a bitter sweet story, as Scotty passed on June 28, 2016. But thanks to Peter Figen and Tony Bernard we can celebrate the lives of Elvis, Scotty, Doc, Willie and all the other featured musicians.

The official opening takes place on Saturday August 6th, at 7pm at t huZ Galleries. Enjoy a sneak peak viewing is available on Thursday August 4th.

huZ Galleries is located in the San Pedro Arts District at 341 W. 7th Street. Feel free to stop by. Business hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00pm – 7pm.

Be sure to check out the huZ Galleries Facebook Page.

What: Opening reception
Where: huZ Galleries, 341 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, 90731
When: Saturday, Augusst 6, 2016 – 7-10pm
Phone: 310 428-0275
Website: http://www.huzgalleries.com

On View Now: Upper West Celebrates the Art of Eva Montealegre!

Upper West Restaurant is excited to present the art of Eva Montealegre. The artist reception took place on June 26 for her solo exhibition, “The Cosmic Experience,” which will remail on view through October 23.

Montealegre is aSun-June26-UpperWest-EvaMontealegre big fan of the restaurant. “The cuisine is chic comfort food. It’s amazing in that the dishes are familiar yet elegant so you can enjoy yourself and give your taste sensations a treat. You get a farm to table feeling about the whole meal experience.” She went on to say the restaurant is a wonderful place to show art. “The walls are huge with a beautiful old world feeling in a stylish setting.”

Montealegre paints on a daily basis and often integrates many types of media into her oil paintings. “I want to honor a vision of my life experience, my love and passion for life. That’s what I’m about. That’s who I am. If I am truthful, it is simple, clear and undeniable. I can’t resist the pull, I can’t resist the rhythm, the beat of my own heart. The charm of the Universe. I am its dutiful servant.”

Montealegre studied with artist Robert Kingston and admitted he was one of her biggest influences. In turn here is a quote from Robert Kingston about Montealegre’s art.

“Eva Montealegre’s works appear to swirl out towards us from the mist of a dream. With the haunting and elusive quality of a deja vu the work is yet startlingly immediate and energetically in the moment. Montealegre’s impasto paint handling and vibrant use of color have the emotional and physical intensity of expressionistic painting yet her interest lies more in the centered and serene images and concerns of the mythological, the magical and the mystical. The half seen, half remembered visions which speak from the subconscious and subterranean parts of our being are the narrative for her work. The open, broad and rhythmic strokes of color from her brush are the flickering light that illuminates her vision. When she paints animals Montealegre taps into the vibrant spiritual attributes of the cave paintings of Lascaux and Altamira. The animals are rendered simply yet essentially and are alive with the robust and magic energy of nature. Similarly her figures are always spiritual beings, ghosts or angels bent on some divine but unascertainable quest. They seem to quietly glow — many of them have wings. Montealegre’s landscapes are always actually the terrain of dreams, indistinct and atmospheric, they are no place or everyplace. The open, shifting cloudscape of a reverie — a spiritual plane where Montealegre would have us play out our meditations and reflections.” – Robert Kingston

See image: It’s Alright  4Sun-June26-EvaMontealegre-ITSALRIGHTgiclee-UpperWest edited-14” x 70” oil on canvas by Eva Montealegre

Catch the art of Eva Montealegre in “The Cosmic Experience” on view now through October 23, at Upper West Restaurant.

Where: Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404
Phone: 310 586-1111

Website: http://www.theupperwest.com   http://www.evamontealegre.com