Cool Valley Nights – Melrose Trading Post at Taft. Music, Shopping, Food & Fun.

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NOW MONTHLY! Melrose Trading Post at Taft Charter High in Woodland Hills is a flea market in the Valley that takes place EVERY MONTH on the FIRST SATURDAY.

LATE NIGHTS on SEPT 6th & OCT 4th! Cool Valley Nights programming offers EXPANDED HOURS (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM), LIVE MUSIC, FOOD TRUCKS, and FREE ADMISSION. Visit our Holiday Markets on NOV 1st & Dec 6th during 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

APPLY ONLINE TO BE A VENDOR! Visit www.MelroseTradingPost.org/taft. Questions? Contact Kim Sharp at MTPatTAFT@gmail.com or (818) 406-2893.

FOOD TRUCKS
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Y2EggsOnTheRun Truck
www.y2eggsontherun.com

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
California Taco Bear Truck
www.californiatacobear.com

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Grilled Cheese Truck
www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com

LIVE MUSIC
produced by Jayk Gallagher of All Scene Eye

12:30 PM – HISTORIAN
Space Rock
www.facebook.com/historiantheband

1:30 PM – MECHANICAL BEAST
Intergalactic Doom Pop
www.facebook.com/mechanicalbeastband

5:30 PM – NACOSTA
Electronic Folk Rock
http://nacosta.bandcamp.com/

6:30 PM – STONEFEATHER
Alternative Hard Funk
http://stonefeather.bandcamp.com/releases

7:30 PM – KID CADAVER
California Indie Rock
http://kidcadaver.bandcamp.com/

MELROSE TRADING POST at TAFT CHARTER HIGH
Every 1st Saturday of the month
Cool Valley Nights @ 9 AM to 9 PM (September/October)
Holiday Markets @ 9 AM to 5 PM (November/December)
5461 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Corner of Winnetka Ave. and Ventura Blvd. Exit Winnetka Ave. off 101 Fwy and go one block south to Ventura Blvd. FREE PARKING on site and in the lot BEHIND Ralphs.

ANTIQUES • VINTAGE • ART • COLLECTIBLES • PRODUCE • HANDCRAFTED ARTISAN GOODS • FOOD TRUCKS • LIVE MUSIC • FUN FOR ALL AGES

DARK NIGHTS AT L.A. LIVE – IT’S GOOD TO BE DOWNTOWN | 5PM – LATE NIGHT

DARK NIGHTS AT L.A. LIVE – IT’S GOOD TO BE DOWNTOWN | 5PM – LA

DTLA Dark Nights

L.A. LIVE presents DARK NIGHTS bringing you the best nights in town, the “dark nights”. Dark Nights are historically “dark” for L.A. LIVE with no other major events happening at L.A. LIVE which means these are the BEST nights to hit up L.A. LIVE for a night out in DTLA. No traffic, inexpensive parking and simply a great time.

DARK NIGHTS is a celebration at L.A. LIVE representing the Downtown community, local beats and culture.

More Details:

$5 Parking All Night* (Free for Downtown Preferred members)

$5 Food & Drink Menus All Night at the following restaurants:

Free Bike Valet 

Live music and performances throughout L.A. LIVE

*Parking for Dark Nights is only in the West Garage, Gate B. Only cash accepted.

Yes, this is happening. See you there.

Artopia 2014 – May 15 2014 – Grand Central Market

ArtopiaGet tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1gMdLLF

L.A. Weekly is excited to confirm the artist lineup for this year’s Artopia! Taking place Thursday, May 15 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Grand Central Market, this year’s Artopia will focus on L.A.’s vibrant arts and culture scene, with a special focus on downtown, as well as celebrate the L.A. Weekly’s People Issue.

Curated by art critic (and L.A. Weekly contributor) Shana Nys Dambrot, this year’s Artopia features live mural painting by artists HUEMAN, Jim Mahfood and Jason Shawn Alexander, sculptural installations by Ramiro Gomez, a 3D Blacklight Experience from Debi Cable as well as a high-fashion peep show from the Bohemian Society featuring special guests Alexey Steele, Mika Mae Jones, Tyson Lee Smyer, Cielo Garcia, Kaylani Lei and Annie Cruz. Creative collective dublab will be curating a music installation including multiple DJ stations and performances. The Peach Kings and The Record Company will be performing live.

Curator Shana Nys Dambrot describes the vision of Artopia as experiential, saying: “We are entranced by the allure of experience. Art is a visual language, of course; but art, like life, is much more than pictures. Artopia is a place where art is everything and everything is art — painting, yes of course, and fashion (especially fashion), architecture, bustling crowds, film, food, open bars and dance music. Society is a fantastic spectacle of simultaneity, immersion, transgression, beauty, history, surprise, decadence, and most importantly, other people. And since we gather to celebrate the new People Issue, for Artopia we’ve assembled a family of performers, models, painters, designers, technicians, and deejays to weave a multi-sensory experience of after-hours culture in an historic location, with freehand mural-making, interactive projections, peep shows, body-printing, sculptural installations, and living dolls — all with a particular nod to the seduction of the handmade and the extravagances of the people who make downtown L.A. a haven for the urban avant-garde.”

General admission tickets are $30 and include entrance to the event as well as wine and beer. For more information and updates on Artopia and more information on the participating artists, check out laweekly.com/artopia

See you there!

Artisinal LA Spring Show 2014

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About Artisanal LA (buy Tickets Here > http://www.eventbrite.com/e/artisanal-la-spring-show-tickets-3934632592 <

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Taste, shop, sample and learn while supporting the local economy and local artisanal vendors at our seasonal shows and pop-up shops.Artisanal LA is a pop-up community event with weekend long seasonal shows and shops celebrating the city’s finest local, sustainable and handmade edibles.

Artisanal LA showcases the best artisanal food vendors around the country. Attendees shop a wide array of edible treats from butchers to chocolate makers, and enjoy programming like hands-on workshops, chef-led demos, expert panels and speakers educating guests on various food related topics as well as the opportunity to learn about non-profit organizations changing the local food scene in Los Angeles.

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Attendees have the rare chance to shop from nearly 100 hand-selected food and beverage artisans at our seasonal shows. Meet up-and-coming food and drink vendors who share a passion for healthy, local, and sustainable ingredients. Many of our artisans aren’t yet accessible through retail stores or even through farmers markets. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local, support LA’s economy, discover new favorites, get a jump on holiday shopping, and join in community while having a ball. 100% of our vendors’ products are made right here in Southern California with local and sustainable goods. Spend the weekend with the growing number of Angelenos who want to know where their food comes from and how to live a healthy and locally sustainable life!

ARTISANAL LA MAIN STAGE

Saturday, April 26th
12-1pm | Learn about Tea, Beyond the Brew | Socha Tea
1-2pm | Master Food Preservers present Bacon-Curing | Diane Trunk
2-3pm | Edible Weeds & Foraging Around LA | Emily Ho
3-4pm | Food Photography 101 | Ryan Tanaka

Sunday, April 27th
12-1pm | How to Make Soapy Pops | Naiad Soaps
1-2pm | Milling Around with Whole Grains | Grist & Toll
2-3pm | Bugs Today, Bugs Tomorrow | Chirp Farms
3-4pm | Craft Beer Panel | Los Angeles Craft Breweries

SOW SWELL POP-UP URBAN FARM

Saturday, April 26th
2-3pm | Growing Edible Flowers | Hank Jenkins, Plant Provocateur
3-4pm | Creating an Edible Landscape | Sian Seligman, Sow Swell

Sunday, April 27th
1-2pm |Building a Backyard Orchard | Maya Yaniv
2-3pm | Growing Edible Flowers | Hank Jenkins, Plant Provocateur
3-4pm | The Bee Friendly Garden | Christy Wilhelmi, Gardenerd
4-5pm | Urban Farming Tech & Innovation | Sian Seligman, Sow Swell

DEMO STAGE

Saturday, April 26th
12-1pm | Art of Cake Decorating | Chef Briana
1:30-2:30pm & 4:30-5:30pm | Fusion Cooking | Chef May Henneman
3-3:30pm | Cocktail Crafting with Greenbar  | Greenbar Distillery

Sunday, April 27th
12-1pm | Master Food Preservers
2-2:30pm | Cocktail Crafting with Greenbar | Greenbar Distillery
3-4pm | All About Sourdough Rye | Erik Knutzen
4:30-5:30pm | Cocktail Crafting with Greenbar | Greenbar Distillery

SKYLIGHT BOOKS
VISIT POP-UP BOOKSHOP FOR BOOK SIGNING SCHEDULE

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STOP BY BOOTH #816 TO MAKE YOUR OWN WISHING JAR

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Paris Photo 2014 – Los Angeles

parisphoto1Paris Photo was created in 1996 and is the most prestigious art fair dedicated  to historical and contemporary photography. This fair takes place annually at the Grand Palais in Paris mid-November and at theParamount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles at the end of April.

Paris Photo Los Angeles, the US edition of the world’s most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium, will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios April 25th-27th offering the ideal setting to explore how artists have been and are using photography and moving image in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Leading international galleries will present historical and contemporary bodies of works by renowned and emerging artists in the legendary Paramount Pictures’ soundstages. The New York Street Backlot, the one-of-a-kind replica of New York City’s streets, will be dedicated to the presentation of cutting-edge solo shows, Young Gallery exhibitions, and bookseller projects, each exhibiting within an exclusive movie set.

The public program is also an important component of the fair. Built around cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors, and cultural institutions, this year’s program will include special exhibitions and the Sound & Vision series of conversations and screenings.

Join us for this highly anticipated major event.

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Paramount Picture Studios

5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States

OPENING HOURS

April 25 and 26: noon – 7 pm

April 27 : noon – 6 pm

CAR PARKING

Open on Fri-Sat-Sun – $12

LEMON GROVE PARKING, 5675 Lemon Grove Avenue
VAN NESS PARKING, 783 N. Van Ness Street
GOWER PARKING, 801 N. Gower Street
HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY,6000 Santa Monica Blvd

Shuttles will be avalaible from the parking facilities to the Fair entrance

RATES

Purchase your ticket for Paris Photo Los Angeles 2014 on the online shop 

Full rate Entry : $28 
Student/ Senior (+65) Entry : $20 
12 and under : free admission 
Bundle (Entry with catalogue) : $40
Read more at http://www.parisphoto.com/losangeles/visitor-info#3ysWChXiRYt1pgmr.99parisphoto3

 

Exhibition and Book Launch, Jan.18th – “MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District”

“MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District”

Book Launch Event  – Jan. 18th – 7-11pm

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Photos & Artwork
Inspired by the Images

Jan. 18 – Feb. 8
 Art Share LA, 801 E. 4th Pl
Downtown LA, 90013

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One of Los Angeles’ most popular neighborhoods, the Downtown Arts District, is revealed and celebrated in a new book of photographs by Melissa Richardson Banks, “MUSE-ings:  Snapshots of the Arts District,” and in an exhibition featuring the photographs with artworks by over 40 artists inspired by the images.

A book launch event and exhibit opening will be held Saturday, January 18 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Warehouse Gallery of Art Share L.A., 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles. The exhibit will be on view through February 8. A closing reception and book signing will be held Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Proceeds from artwork and book sales benefit Art Share L.A., a nonprofit community center (www.artsharela.org).

Captured and shared daily through her “Downtown Muse” blog and social media postings, the photographs by Richardson Banks reveal an insider’s view of the Arts District, which was transformed in the 1980s by artists who created studios in former industrial warehouses and is now in the midst of yet another major renaissance.
As characterized by airbnb.com, “Color spills from every surface among one of the city’s favorite neighborhood canvases, Los Angeles’ Arts District. Insatiable creative energy and unstoppable trendiness emanate from the walls of its swiftly repurposing warehouse spaces and industrial-inspired artists’ lofts. Galleries, studios, and connoisseurs of coffee, cocktails, and challenging concepts crowd into this unmistakably painted bastion for incoming artists and fresh-faced visionaries.”
Richardson Banks’ point of view in her photos chronicling this extraordinary community is more like someone admiring a loved one, rather than documenting a neighborhood. Images include a pile of colorfully painted bricks covered in graffiti from a demolished industrial building, luscious blossoms against stark concrete, bold skies crisscrossed by power lines, serpentine wire caressing iron fences, and sunlight washing over historic bridges. These are among the many images that evoke the sense of a place more pastoral or exotic than what one expects to find in the center of the nation’s second largest metropolis.

“I’m not longing for the past as much as I am appreciating the present and hoping for the future,” says Richardson Banks. “Since rapid changes are in the making, I feel compelled to capture what moments I can so I don’t forget a thing.”

Together with 50 photographs from the book, the MUSE-ings exhibition features over 45 works of art inspired by Richardson Banks’ images and created by artists, many of who follow the photographer’s blog online. “I’m especially inspired by art and artists because of my surroundings,” she says, “so it was natural for me to involve people whose work I love and admire by sharing their creativity through this exhibition.”

Using one or more photographs as inspiration, the artists created their own interpretation and incorporated their artistic license to create unique works of art.  The exhibit features narrative and representational art utilizing a variety of styles including impressionism, surrealism, abstract and outsider.  The work represents a wide range of media including paintings using oil, spray paint, watercolor and/or acrylic, mixed-media prints and drawings, as well as sculptural installations, neon, and more.

Artists include Jari “Werc” Alvarez, A.S. Ashley, Qathryn Brehm, Jesse Burgos, Gary Callahan, Diego Cardoso, Susie Chang, Jaime Colindres, Kikki Eder, Margaret Garcia, Clemente Garcia Lassaulx, Tom Garner, Kristopher Gee, Yolanda Gonzalez, Jacinto Guevara, Christian Hernandez, Javi Herrera, Miriam Jackson, Jeremy Thomas Kunkel, George Labrada, Bonnie Lambert, Lauren Langford, Leba, Lili Lakich, Tod Lychkoff, Ted Meyer, Colette Miller, Patricia R. Mitchell, Alberto Miyares, J.W. Pippen, Wenceslao Quiroz, Patti Lou Richardson, Rick Robinson, Sandy Rodriguez, Alex Schaefer, SEK, ShadowMonsterBear, Roderick Smith, Anna Stump, Bob Ujszaszi, and Jaime “Germs” Zacarias.

For more information about “MUSE-ings,” visitwww.downtownmuse.com. Art Share L.A. is a community art center that is a sanctuary for the arts and their creators, providing 30 live/work units and 14,000 sq. ft of creative space in Downtown Los Angeles. Stay tuned on Facebook/ArtShareLA.  For questions, please email info@artsharela.org.

Richardson Banks, Melissa-Lavender tree and street art near Challenge Creamery

BOOK: Signed copies of “MUSE-ings” are locally available at The Pie Hole, 714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles. The book is also available nationally through Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/MUSE-ings-Snapshots-District-Downtown-Angeles/dp/0989114813. Signed copies of the book and photographic prints can also be purchased through the photographer’s website atwww.downtownmuse.com/book.

EXHIBIT: “MUSE-ings:  Snapshots of the Arts District,” featuring 50 photographs from the book, as well as work by 41 L.A. artists inspired by the images, is on view January 18 through February 8 at the Warehouse Gallery of Art Share L.A., 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles. Free. Info at www.artsharela.org.
Saturday, January 18 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Launch party for the book and opening reception for the exhibit. Free.
Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Closing reception and book signing. Free.

EVENTS: Thursday, February 13, Melissa Richardson Banks is the featured artist in the Downtown Art Walk’s Art Walk Lounge at 634 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles.  Books and prints will be available for sale.

Praise for “MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles” by Melissa Richardson Banks:

Melissa Richardson Banks is our secret eyes, finding the secret light that illuminates the secrets of an ever-changing neighborhood and bringing them out into plain sight so that they are secrets no more. ~ Cheech Marin, collector, art advocate and entertainer

Melissa Richardson Banks offers a poignant long-form photo-essay chronicling the changing contours of a singular place and time. Her taste for saturated color is met by the neighborhood’s organic proliferation of street art and industrial palimpsests. Her instinct for painterly detail appreciates the way rail tracks or light posts recede just so, the way the sun paints the sky and myriad reflections paint each other, and the peculiar architectural romance of the moribund manufacturing sector. In the tradition of classic street-photographers like Eugène Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson, her images capture a specific sense of place that looks like poetry, but does the job of documentary. Her unerring eye for the rhythms of her environment approaches the power of, if not nature exactly, then the thing that people like us chooses instead of nature. ~ Shana Nys Dambrot – art critic, Whitehot Magazine

Great artists have flocked to Tumblr to share their work for the digital world to see. Unfortunately, those creative minds usually forget about Tumblr within a few weeks after creating it. That’s why Melissa Richardson Banks’ online anthology of downtown Los Angeles’ Art District, Downtown Muse, is such a treat. Richardson Banks shares her “fly-on-the-wall” view of street scenes and local stories a couple times a day. Every day. And if you want to get the offline experience of her Tumblr, she offers free neighborhood tours weekly. ~ Judge, 2013 LA Weekly Web Award.

BOOK LAUNCH: Join Downtown Muse in celebrating the publication of MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District

MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles is a new book that features Downtown Muse’s signature “on-the-fly” narrative images depicting her fast-changing urban neighborhood. Slated for nationwide distribution in January 2014, a limited number of advance copies and prints are available for sale NOW just in time for the holidays.

Captured and shared daily, her photographs are intended to give an insider’s glimpse into the Arts District, which was transformed in the 1980s by artists who created studios in former industrial warehouses and is now in the midst of yet another major renaissance, complete with new restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, retail stores, condo lofts, and more.

It’s been said that her point of view seems more like someone admiring a loved one than a tourist taking photos on vacation. A pile of colorfully painted bricks covered in graffiti from a demolished industrial building, luscious blossoms against stark concrete, blinding rooftop sunsets, bold skies crisscrossed by power lines, serpentine wire twirled around iron fences, and the promise of a new day as the sun rises over historic bridges are among the many images that evoke the sense of a place more pastoral or even more exotic than what you’d expect to find in the center of the nation’s second largest metropolitan area.

MUSE-ings pp 10-11_1The book includes 92 full-color photographs and an introductory essay. It was designed by art director Christy Addis who began collecting low-res images for personal enjoyment months prior to knowing her. Shortly after she did, out of the blue, Addis emailed Richardson Banks a draft layout of images, suggesting that we collaborate on a book.

MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles is sold online through the Downtown Muse blog and distributed through Amazon.com and other retail outlets. The hardcover book retails for $25 plus tax and shipping. While the official release date for the book is Wednesday, January 15, 2014, a limited number of advance copies and prints are available for purchase in time for the holidays.


“BUY THE BOOK – GET A PRINT” HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Through December 31, 2013, purchase a book AND receive a FREE print(Restrictions apply. Book must be bought from Melissa Richardson Banks either in person or here online at http://www.downtownmuse.com for the full $25 retail price plus tax and shipping. Valued at $25, the unframed borderless 8″ print will be selected from the four images below by the photographer and accompanied by a gift envelope. Order by December 15, 2013 to ensure delivery by Christmas!)

To purchase books, click HERE. You can also buy online on Amazon (NOTE: Purchases made through Amazon are not eligible for my “Buy a Book – Get a Print” Holiday Special). Need assistance with a purchase or have questions about wholesale or bulk orders? Call me at (213) 537-4483 or email me by clicking HERE.

MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles

Specifications: 92 color images and an introductory essay
Hardcover: 96 pages
Retail Cost: $25
Publisher: CauseConnect LLC
Publication Date: January 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989114813
ISBN-13: 978-0989114813
Product Dimensions: 8.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 16 ounces


BOOKSIGNINGS & ART EVENTS: Want a signed book or print? Bookmark this page for updates and be sure to sign up for my mailing list HERE!

“THE INSTAGRAM SHOW: Celebrating the Art of the Camera Phone” at Melrose Lightspace: Two photographs from MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles are included in this juried exhibition, which features a diverse selection of more than 100 images selected from all over the world. Admission to the three-day event is free. Hours are Thursday, December 5 from 6 PM to 9 PM; Friday, December 6 from 12 noon to 11 PM (artist reception at 7-11 PM); and Saturday, December 7 from 12 noon to 11 PM. Melrose Lightspace is located at 7600 Melrose Ave. Ste. N, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Information online at www.instagramshowla.com and www.melroselightspace.net.

ROMERO STUDIO XMAS ART SHOW & SALE at Plaza de la Raza: Prints and a limited number of advance copies of MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles will be for sale on Saturday, December 7 from 7 PM to 12 midnight and Sunday, December 8 from 12 noon to 6 PM. This year’s show and sale will be held in Plaza’s Boathouse Gallery (3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031). Information online atwww.plazadelaraza.org and www.romerostudio.net.


BIOS

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER & AUTHOR: Melissa Richardson Banks refrains from calling herself as a photographer, but she plays one most every day in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. During her daily walks with her dogs Vatche and Foxy, she often takes unplanned photographs with an iPhone. A native of Texas, she’s an adopted Angeleno who was drawn to the Arts District 20 years ago since its industrial feel and close-knit creative community reminded her of where she grew up in Flour Bluff. To earn a living and inspiring other parts of her life, she runs a marketing firm called of CauseConnect, which helps businesses and nonprofits work well together to change the world. She also shares photos, stories, and information about the Arts District through her Downtown Muse website and social media (her Tumblr blog won a 2013 LA Weekly Web Award!). Her artistic side is satisfied by managing the Chicano art collection of Cheech Marin, producing museum exhibitions and publishing art books for others, and, of course, taking snapshots.

ABOUT THE BOOK DESIGNER & ART DIRECTOR: Christy Addis was leaving Los Angeles right about the time Melissa Richardson Banks was arriving. Nights of performing in the Arts District’s much-loved but now-closed Al’s Bar, and working in the set decorating departments of the film industry, were left behind to raise her kids in Virginia with her artist husband, Curtis Gutierrez. But eventually those kids grew up, and she has moved back to Los Angeles, this time with both an artist husband and an artist daughter, Isabel Gutierrez. She brought her degrees in graphic design and interior design together to establish her company, True Design, to develop products and provide design services reflecting her eye for color and balance, obsession with textiles, understanding of design history and appreciation of fine art. Her blog is called True Design Report.


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK AND THE PHOTOGRAPHY

Melissa Richardson Banks is our secret eyes, finding the secret light that illuminates the secrets of an ever-changing neighborhood and bringing them out into plain sight so that they are secrets no more. ~ Cheech Marin, collector, art advocate and entertainer

Melissa Richardson Banks offers a poignant long-form photo-essay chronicling the changing contours of a singular place and time. Her taste for saturated color is met by the neighborhood’s organic proliferation of street art and industrial palimpsests. Her instinct for painterly detail appreciates the way rail tracks or light posts recede just so, the way the sun paints the sky and myriad reflections paint each other, and the peculiar architectural romance of the moribund manufacturing sector. In the tradition of classic street-photographers like Atget and Cartier-Bresson, her images capture a specific sense of place that looks like poetry, but does the job of documentary. Her unerring eye for the rhythms of her environment approaches the power of, if not nature exactly, then the thing that people like us chooses instead of nature. ~ Shana Nys Dambrot – art critic, Whitehot Magazine

Great artists have flocked to Tumblr to share their work for the digital world to see. Unfortunately, those creative minds usually forget about Tumblr within a few weeks after creating it. That’s why Melissa Richardson Banks’ online anthology of downtown Los Angeles’ Art District, Downtown Muse, is such a treat. Richardson Banks shares her fly-on-the-wall view of street scenes and local stories a couple times a day. Every day. And if you want to get the offline experience of her Tumblr, she offers free neighborhood tours. ~ Judge, 2013 LA Weekly Web Awards

Ace Hotel opens in DTLA (January 2014)

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles opens early 2014 in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA. Built in 1927 for the maverick film studio, this ornate, storied and vibrant Los Angeles gem stands as a monument to a group of seminal American artists pushing out on their own, and anchors the Broadway Theater District’s modern renaissance. Mary Pickford’s love for the ornate detail and stone spires of Spanish castles and cathedrals is manifest at the theater — a true temple of the arts. (Ace Website http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles)

The mixture of reverent awe and irreverent independence is right up Ace’s alley — this is the kind of project that all of us in DTLA have been waiting for. This is a game changer.

Already by the look of the website that Ace has presented for Downtown LA they are getting to know the neighbors, they are exploring the cultures unique to Los Angeles and they are making efforts to make a contribution.

The corner of 9th and Broadway is already seeing the changes with retailers Aesop, A.P.C, Acne Studio, Tanner Goods, Oak NYC, Kinfolk, etc all grabbing up spaces around the new Ace Hotel. I love that they are on the right track, they are creating culture and not just using it for profit.

Reservations are being taken now for dates in January at http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles

 

New Gastropub in DTLA (Chinatown) with great drinks!

643 North is Downtown’s latest gastropub with an Italian twist. Like similar establishments, the focus is on featuring great drinks paired with sophisticated small and larger bites. In this case, the food is comforting (and reasonably priced!) while keeping somewhat of an edge to satisfy most L.A. diners. The challenge is its location: its building is off the beaten path in Chinatown on North Spring Street near Cesar Chavez Avenue.

Let’s get down to the important stuff … the well-stocked and carefully crafted drink menu! Many of the cocktails were designed by bartender Adam Acuff (Far Bar) and the full bar has 12 beers on tap, a menu for patrons to craft their own martinis and Manhattans, specialty cocktails, artisanal wine, aperitifs, digestifs, and alcoholic coffee drinks made with beans from Little Tokyo’s Demitasse Roasters.

Luckily, Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse joined me for my first visit to 643 North, which allowed us to sample a greater variety of drinks. We started off by sipping from the restaurant’s signature menu. Our first drink was the “Red Hot Cherry Pepper,” which is a spicy mix of Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and Cherry Heering liqueur accented with a sliced red bell pepper and chopped jalapeno pepper. It had a nice kick in the mouth with a balanced spicy, yet gentle flavor.

Our next drink was “Smokey the Pear,” a light mix of High West Whiskey Campfire®, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, spiced pear syrup, lemon juice, and Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters. This refreshing cocktail is just right and is not overpowered with sweetness.

“Go Figure Yourself” – perhaps 643 North’s most complex and best signature cocktail – offers a perfect mix of Avion Reposado tequila, Bénédictine liqueur, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, fig thyme syrup, lime juice and fig bitters topped with a splash of Pinot Noir. The drink evolves the longer it sits – the first sip gives you a nice wine flavor followed by a nice second layer of reposado with a fig finish. After 10 minutes, the flavors mature (wine breathing!) and the flavor solidifies into a complex rich flavor that pleases the palate and does not overpower … potent, rich and downright delicious.

Regarding beer, 643 North has done a great job in selecting seasonal craft beers. From the current menu, I love the Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co. and the Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout by Great Divide Brewing Company. There are also selections from Black Market Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing. You can get a flight of four for a reasonable $12.

Last, but not least, 643 North offers a hefty selection of aperitifs and digestifs.  After tasting several small bites and sampling pizza, we opted to share a flight of digestifs (four for $16). I recommend the Fernet Jelinek (Czech) if you like strong, explosive flavors and the Rhubarbo Zucca Amaro if you prefer velvety smooth complex flavors. Either one will pacify you into a well-earned food coma destined to come.

Be sure to ask bartender Adam Acuff for suggestions as he is well versed in his craft and can  help guide you in your adventure. Cheers to the newest – and most welcomed – addition to the DTLA culinary family!

For a full story on the space and food check out my friend Downtown Muse‘s story at http://downtownmuse.com/go-spring-over-to-chinatown/ All images below by Downtown Muse

"Smokey the Pear" photo by Downtown Muse

“Smokey the Pear” photo by Downtown Muse

"Red Hot Cherry Pepper" photo by Downtown Muse

“Red Hot Cherry Pepper” photo by Downtown Muse

"Go Figure Yourself" photo by Downtown Muse

“Go Figure Yourself” photo by Downtown Muse

This weekend at LA Mart, Artisanal L.A.

This weekend at LA Mart,  Artisanal L.A. brings together community shopping, tasting, programming and learning experiences, showcasing Los Angeles’ finest local, sustainable, handmade edibles and home goods. Along with a pop-up urban garden, lectures, workshops ranging from pickling, cocktails, and baking to butchering with Lindy and Grundy and the intricacies of the Home Food Act, there’s a pop-up book shop where Nancy Silverton of Mozza and other food-focused authors will be signing their books. And of course there’s art (curated by EVFA), gift items, and a cafe showcasing local foods and beverages. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local, support LA’s economy (100% of vendors’ products are made right here in Southern California with local and sustainable goods), discover new favorites, get a jump on holiday shopping, and join in community while having a ball.

Admission to Artisanal LA is $12 in advance, $15 at the door, children under 10 free with paying adult. The ticket is good for both Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. The LA Mart is accessible by public transportation, and there is metered parking, or you can park in the lot for $15

BENEFIT VIP Performance by Natasha & Cheech Marin. Night of Art & Music.

www.DowntownMuse.com

Join Natasha and Cheech Marin on Saturday, October 5, 2013 for a special evening of art and music under the stars. The couple is bringing their exclusive Marin Salon Seriesoutside of their home to support Plaza de la Raza, which has provided performing and visual arts programs and services to youth and families in East Los Angeles since 1970.


PRE-EVENT VIP PERFORMANCE
featuring CHEECH & NATASHA MARIN
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM • Margo Albert Theatre
$100 VIP Admission – advance purchase required

(space limited to 200 attendees)

BUY TICKETS HERE • RSVP on Facebook

Each VIP Admission admits one during 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM plus one Chicanitas art book ($40 value) signed by Cheech Marin plus an exclusive Marin Salon Series performance by classical pianist Natasha Marin with cellist Maksim Velichkin followed by an art talk by Cheech Marin.

VIP INQUIRIES ONLY:  Call Melissa Richardson Banks at (213) 537-4483 or email art@causeconnect.net.


PUBLIC EVENT
6:00 PM to 12 MIDNIGHT
$10 General Admission – for sale in advance and at the door

BUY TICKETS HERE • RSVP on Facebook

Each General Admission admits one only after 6:00 PM. Food, drinks, art and other items for sale are not included. This is a 21+ event only. Proper ID is required.

MUSIC
Quitapenas
Mariachi Mario Lopez
Thee Commons
Plaza de la Raza Salsa Band
Danza Teocalt
Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble

DJ SETS
Groove Radio featuring Emiliano Miranda

BENEFIT ART SALE featuring works by artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Retna, David Flury, Margaret Garcia, Patssi Valdez, Richard Duardo, Joe Bravo, Summer Bernal, Hector Silva, Cryptic, Wisk, Galo, Johny Quintanilla, Poala Lopez, Yolanda Gonzalez, Fernando Mercado, Jasper Santos, Ernie Angiano, Frank Romero, Leo Limon, Antonio Pelayo, Jose Alfaro, Alex, Fernando Barragan, Heriberto Luna, Raul Gamboa, Violeta Moreno, James Foster, Skylar Aud, Victor Cabrera, Baine, and Andre Miripolsky, Nick Diaz, Rafael I. Delgado Jr, Luis Fileto, Ruben Angel Zavala, SAPO King Ramos, Hugo Romo, Hector Silva, David Flores, iBelieve, Mario Lopez, Wenceslao Quiroz, Gabriel Flores

LIVE ART PERFORMANCE
Fernando Barragan

SPONSORS include:

Stella Rosa Wines
KGB Gallery
Jarritos LA
Alova
Brooklyn & Boyle
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
CauseConnect

Art, Music, Culture & Family!

 

In the next 3 weeks Plaza de La Raza features two new events, one for the whole family and one for the sophisticated art & music lover. Please join us for both and thank you for your support. Plaza de La Raza is a 501-c3 Non-Profit.

Plaza

Feria de La Familia

Sunday Sept. 22nd

Bring the entire family to enjoy and celebrate the sounds, sights, and traditions of Latino art and culture at Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts & Education in East Los Angeles. Highlights of the Target Feria de la Familia include: music and dance performances on Target Stage in Lincoln Park; art activities for youth in Plaza’s courtyard and patio; storytelling, puppets, and songs in the Margo Albert Theatre; and performances on the Willie Velasquez Outdoor Stage

FREE ADMISSION. Food, drinks, artisan crafts, and artwork for sale.
Sunday, September 22 • 12 noon to 6:00 PM  • www.plazadelaraza.org

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Noche de Arte y Musica
Saturday Oct. 5th

Join Cheech and Natasha Marin for this very special evening of art and music under the stars. The couple is bringing their exclusive Marin Salon Series outside of their home to support Plaza de la Raza, which has provided performing and visual arts programs and services to youth and families in East Los Angeles since 1970.

During their special VIP Pre-Event from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM only, classical pianist Natasha Marin will perform with cellist Maksim Velichkin followed by an art talk by Cheech Marin. Attendees will join afterwards for the Public Event that starts at 6:00 PM and ends at 12 midnight.

ALSO PERFORMING DURING THE EVENING
– Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble
– Danza Teocalt
– Plaza de la Raza Salsa Band
– Thee Commons
– Mariachi Mario Lopez
– Quitapenas
DJ – Emiliano Miranda

BENEFIT ART SALE featuring works by artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Retna, David Flury, Margaret Garcia, Patssi Valdez, Richard Duardo, Joe Bravo, Summer Bernal, Hector Silva, Cryptic, Wisk, Galo, Johny Quintanilla, Poala Lopez, Yolanda Gonzalez, Fernando Mercado, Jasper Santos, Ernie Angiano, Frank Romero, Leo Limon, Antonio Pelayo, Jose Alfaro, Alex, Fernando Barragan, Heriberto Luna, Raul Gamboa, Violeta Moreno, James Foster, Skylar Aud, Victor Cabrera, Baine, and Andre Miripolsky, Nick Diaz, Rafael I. Delgado Jr, Luis Fileto, Ruben Angel Zavala, SAPO King Ramos, Hugo Romo, Hector Silva, David Flores, iBelieve, Mario Lopez, Wenceslao Quiroz, Gabriel Flores

Live Art performance – Fernando Barragan

$10 GENERAL ADMISSION admits ONE GUEST ONLY from 6:00 PM until 12 Midnight. Food, drinks, art and other items for sale are not included in the cost for General Admission. NOTE: This is a 21+ event only. Proper ID required.

$100 VIP ADMISSION admits ONE GUEST ONLY DURING 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (limited to 200 attendees) for an exclusive Marin Salon Series performance by classical pianist Natasha Marin with cellist Maksim Velichkin and an art talk by Cheech in the Margo Albert Theatre plus one Chicanitas book SIGNED by Cheech ($50 value) plus access to a VIP-only exhibit walkthrough with Cheech in the Boathouse Gallery. VIP ADMISSION tickets must be purchased in advance. VIP INQUIRIES ONLY:(213) 537-4483 or art@causeconnect.net

 >> TICKETS <<

Please Support! 2013 Target Feria de la Familia

Plaza2013 Target Feria de la Familia

Sunday, September 22 @ 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Plaza de la Raza @ 3540 N. MIssion Rd., 90031
Enjoy free music, dance, art activities, storytelling, and more for the entire family at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights (East Los Angeles).
Check out the Target Stage featuring Latin jazz, rock en Español, indie rock, and mariachi. Visit the Margo Albert Theatre for children’s performances by Bob Baker Marionettes and We Tell Stories. Don’t miss folklórico dancing and traditional music from Mexico by Plaza’s award-winning youth and adult performers, too.
Premiering during the 2013 Target Feria de la Familia is the annual exhibition of Con Nuestras Manos | With Our Hands, which features artwork by Plaza students. On view in the Margo Albert Theater Lobby, the exhibition will be open to the public free of charge through Friday, December 6 during regular operating hours of Monday-Friday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
LOCATION: Plaza de la Raza, 3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031 (off the 5 Freeway one mile north of Downtown’s Brewery Arts Complex)
FREE ADMISSION. Parking available on surrounding streets and at nearby parking lots of DMV and LAC-USC Hospital. Accessible to Metro bus routes 78, 79 and 378.
PRESS INQUIRIES: (213) 537-4483

Free “Out of Office” music series at GRAND PARK for Summer curated by EVFA

Picnics on the lawn

FREE

EVFA is proud to have curated the Indie performances at Grand Park for the remainder of summer, please spread the word and Bring your friends and family.

“Out of Office” concert series at GRAND PARK 

Thursday is the new Friday in Grand Park. Chillax after a hard day’s work, meet new people and count down to the weekend with live music and full bar.

Preview  playlist >> Out of Office at GRAND PARK <<

THURSDAYS / August 1st -thru- Sept 5th

August 1: 

The Rebel Light / Holly Conlan / The Young Romans

August 15: 

Hobart W Fink / Blackfeet Braves / J E F F E R T I T T I ‘ s N I L E

August 29: 

Spirit Vine / Halfbluud / Infantree

Sept 5:

Bullet and Snowfox / Silver HandsMonster Paws

Prepared food picnics encouraged. Grilling and cooking prohibited. Visitors may not bring alcoholic beverages into the park. A cash bar will be at the park.

METRO RED & PURPLE LINES TO CIVIC CENTER / GRAND PARK STATION:

GO METRO and get a free pair of Grand Park sunglasses! Bring your TAP Card, Metro/LA County employee ID to the info table at this event. More info:http://www.metro.net/service/discounts/family-friendly/grand-park-sumer-2013/

FOR MORE INFO / PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN
grandparkla.org

George Takei & Friends at OPODZ Grand Opening Event

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Reserve a place at the event with our eventbrite page as space is limited http://www.opodz.eventbrite.com/

Opodz Launch Party!

Opodz opened on June 3rd, 2013 at its Little Tokyo location on 362 E. 2nd Street in Los Angeles, CA. The grand opening is Friday, June 21st featuring a panel of socially conscious business owners and organizational reps talking about “doing business by doing good”.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, June 21, 2013 and is by Invitation only from 6-9pm. The night will feature speakers; Internet Superstar George Takei, Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect, Drew Tewksbury of KCET’s Artbound, Shauna Nep of Goldhirsh Foundation / LA2050. These innovators will share a little about their respective company’s vision.

The night will begin and end with a cocktail mixer and tours of the new OPODZ facility. The night is organized by Edgar Varela of EVFA, a cultural production company in DTLA. There will be a small art exhibition featuring work by local artist Rachael Rendon.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 @ 6-9 PM

6:00 PM–Networking cocktail hour
7:00 PM–Welcome and introductions followed by guest speakers
7:45 PM–Surprise Speaker
8:15 PM–Q&A
8:30PM–Coffee

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Special Guest Speaker: GEORGE TAKEI

With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. Takei starred in three seasons of Star Trek and later reprised his iconic role in six movies.
Mashable.com says Takei is the #1 most-influential person on Facebook, with more than 4 million friends. Takei has nearly 650,000 followers on Twitter. Takei authored “Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet,” released in e-book and paperback earlier this year, and it ranked #10 on the New York Times E-book nonfiction list.
Takei currently lives in Los Angeles with his husband Brad Takei. They were married at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo on Sept. 14, 2008.

Melissa Richardson Banks (CauseConnect)

As President and Founder of the consulting firm CauseConnect, Melissa Richardson Banks specializes in helping companies reach their target markets and fulfill corporate social responsibility goals through signature community programs designed to engage employees, meaningfully connect with charities and causes, and uniquely incorporate the arts and the environment. In addition to major corporations such as Toyota Financial Services and Target, she advises small businesses on best practices when partnering with nonprofits. As an independent cultural producer, she manages Cheech Marin’s noted Chicano art collection and produces cultural events such as museum exhibitions, festivals, speaker events, concerts, and salons designed to engage audiences and foster community. An author, book editor, and art publisher, Richardson Banks is also a photographer who documents her changing Arts District neighborhood in Los Angeles through her Downtown Muse blog.

Drew Tewksbury (KCET Artbound)

Drew Tewksbury is Managing Editor and Producer of KCET public media’s cultural journalism project Artbound. He has come from a diverse media background, having worked as a producer for NPR, a regular music columnist for L.A. Weekly, and Senior Writer/ Contributing Editor for Flaunt Magazine. He curates Los Angeles Magazine’s Guide section and has produced bi-weekly, on-air music review pieces for KPCC’s Madeleine Brand Show. As a freelance arts and culture journalist/critic, he has written and produced pieces for NPR’s ‘All Things Considered,’ Los Angeles Times, Nylon Guys, BoxOffice Magazine, NME, Art News, Hollywood Reporter, Back Stage Magazine, Swindle Magazine, Style in Progress (Austria), People Magazine, and more.

Shauna Nep (Goldhirsh Foundation / LA2050)

Shauna Nep is a social innovation manager at the Goldhirsh Foundation. She has a background in program development, and in mobilizing online and offline engagement with various organizations in Los Angeles. She previously worked in programming at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College and as program director of the Woolly School Garden Program. She has a master’s degree in bioethics from New York University.

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Opodz is a new creative coworking space located at 362 E. 2nd Street in Los Angeles, CA 90012. Opodz provides comfortable shared desk space and high speed WiFi Internet access in a well-designed, creative office environment. Opodz also features an event space, conference room, kitchen, and above all, a friendly, collaborative, professional atmosphere among members. Opodz offers various levels of month-to-month membership, and a daily drop-in rate is also available. It is also available for events, seminars, and meet-ups.

Coworking provides the opportunity for small business owners, independent contractors, virtual employees, and other freelancers to build a collaborative community of professionals that inspires creativity, serendipity, and exploration. Coworking attracts a wide spectrum of users, including web developers, programmers, graphic designers, writers, editors, technology professionals, artists, Internet marketers, and other such creative professionals who often find themselves in coffee shops or libraries in an effort to increase their productivity and stimulate social interaction.

Opodz chose Downtown LA as its location because of its bustling street life and unique creative vibe, as well as its proximity to the neighboring creative neighborhoods The area is lined with many new, up-and-coming businesses, including restaurants, shops, galleries, artist studios, cafes, pubs, and salons, providing a cool and contemporary backdrop for professionals who choose to spend time working and interacting at Opodz.

To learn more about Opodz or to be invited to the inaugural event on June 21st please call John at 949.212.3561 or email info@opodz.com. For complete information, visit www.Opodz.com. Join the Opodz community and socialize online at www.Facebook.com/Opodz and Twitter atwww.Twitter.com/Opodz. Edgar Varela can be reached at Edgar@EdgarVarela.com

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Paris Photo Los Angeles

Paris Photo

Paris Photo was created in 1996 and is the most prestigious art fair dedicated  to historical and contemporary photography. This fair takes place annually at the Grand Palais in Paris mid-November and at theParamount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles at the end of April.

Over the past 16 years, Paris Photo has become a significant event for collectors of contemporary and modern art, photography professionals, artists,  as well as for an ever-growing audience of art appreciators. Each edition is unique and brings together a distinguished selection of exhibitors with diverse collections focused on the photographic medium. A public program is also an important component of the fairs which is built around cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors, and cultural institutions.

Enriched by the unique cultural environment of these two cities, Paris Photo  offers its visitors an unsurpassed experience in two historic locations which bring together all the different trends in photography.

Paramount Pictures Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States

FAIR MAP

Download fair map (pdf, 568 KB)

DATES AND TIME

Friday, April 26 – 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday April 27 – 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday April 28 – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

RATES

Full rate Entry: $28
Student Entry: $20
Catalog: $20
Bundle 1 entry + catalog: $40
Children under 12 = Free Admission with Adult.
BUY YOUR DAY PASS AND FAIR CATALOGUE

Lines – A Group Show (Sat. Feb. 2nd)

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  • ‘LINES’a group show.Matt Maust
    Cody Comrie
    Harley Cortez

    727 Spring St. Downtown LA

    OPENING RECEPTION
    2/2/13

    6.30pm-9:30pm

    MATT MAUST ( http://mistermausters.tumblr.com/ )

    Matt Maust has been making mixed media art since around 2000.  he combines illustration, photo and type.  he has been in a few group shows and even fewer solo shows since the last 10 years.  He has also been regularly playing bass in the band cold war kids since about 2004.

    CODY COMRIE (  http://www.codycomrie.com/ )

    Cody Comrie is an multimedia artist based in LA. He graduated from The Art Institute of Seattle majoring in Industrial Design. He has been a part of numerous group shows and has had one solo show at the R&R gallery. His recent design work has been featured on record covers as well as posters and adverts. He is co-founding a clothing line called The End. His favorite band is Joy Division.

    HARLEY CORTEZ ( http://harleycortez.tumblr.com/ )

    Harley Cortez is an artist/musician raised in Inglewood, CA & Queens, NYC. Currently based in Echo Park, he uses multimedia and classic materials to create portraits and images of the world he finds locally and in his travels (Japanese train workers, teachers, street vendors, homeless artists). He has been involved in numerous group shows in recent years. He has played music and toured (Red Cortez, Weather underground, Just Animal) for the last 8 years. His new musical moniker is called ‘halfbluud’.

Vote for Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council

 

Hello Fellow Downtowners, I am running for the At-Large Director seat on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC). Elections are being held on November 15th in DTLA. As a 10 year resident and a business owner in DTLA I feel that I know some of our needs and I want a chance to continue to make a difference. Spread the word, come out and Vote. It’s your neighborhood, participate, help mold its future!

http://empowerla.org/dlanc/downtown-la-nc-elections/

Vote! Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood

Council (DLANC)

Here are my recommendations:

At-Large Director: Edgar Varela

Arts & Culture Resident: Joe Moller

Arts & Culture Interest: Tati Simonian, Montana Graboyes, Nancy Lee & Anastasia Johnson

Area Wide Business Director: Hal Bastian

Area Wide Resident Director: J. Russell Brown

Public Sector Workforce: Gretchen Siemers

South Park Resident: Scott Bytof

I have served as Arts, Culture & Education Resident director for the past two years. This year I am running for the At-Large Director on the Neighborhood Council, which means you can all vote for me!

Election day is November 15th, so I will remind you as things get closer. I will also post my recommendations on candidates for the Arts, Culture and Education seats.

The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) will be holding its bi-annual elections on Thursday November 15th from 2-8 pm. I strongly suggest that all downtowners vote. Stakeholders in this election are not limited to local residents; anyone who does any kind of business in downtown or lives here is eligible to vote. That means that if you work here, own a business, are homeless and live on the streets of downtown, live in a SRO, a loft, or a hotel, you can vote. Stakeholdership is self-declared and no proof is required.

The polling location will be at The Exchange, at 114 West 5th St, between Spring and Main Streets. That is the community space on the ground floor of the Rosslyn Hotel, next door to my gallery.


Please come out and vote. DLANC is an advisory board which gives local citizens information and input into any and all public and community projects, as well as providing a small budget for the Board to initiate its own projects. The most useful aspect of DLANC’s activities is the role it plays in providing community voice to the decisions made at City Council. The two City Council members representing Downtown LA, Jan Perry and Jose Huizer, pay close attention to the advice they receive from DLANC. It is vital that our community participate and provide this advice to our elected leaders. It is possible for us to influence city policy this way; in fact DLANC has been the single most effective Neighborhood Council in the short history of the system, which was created at the beginning of the last decade.

 

“We Were In Sicily” (Revisited), Photographs by Rachel Roze


“We Were In Sicily” (Revisited)

Photographs by Rachel Roze

Opening Reception
Saturday Oct. 20th (7-10pm)
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October 20th – November 11th

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA)
727 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

EVFA is pleased to present a revisiting of Rachel Roze’s solo show, We Were In Sicily, a selection of work from Il Pesce Pazzo. Here are a couple statements about this collection of works.

+The collection of photographs taken in the summer of 2011 and shot entirely in film showcases her 40-day trip in Sicily, Italy. An enticing invitation to her Italian peregrination, her works offer stills flooded with sexuality, nationality, and the naked truth of seductive youth. Voluntarily, the viewer joins Roze in exploring the female body, men, and a culture of lust and the content. Playfully pushing the boundaries between personal and shared, Il Pesce Pazzo infiltrates the viewer into a sea of curiosity while the heat of the city, the men, and the markets, shower the voyeuristic onlooker. Layers of affection and admiration meet a hot and sticky meat-market, and with religion on every wall and the nude on every floor, Roze beautifully appropriates the rediscovery and documentation of the illicit. The onlooker can’t help but join Roze in her escapades into the grainy crevices of sex, and Sicily.
– Elena Parasco

+Photographer Rachel Roze’s “We Were in Sicily” is not subtle at first glance, but take a longer look, because you are going to want to, and you will find layers upon layers in a singular composition. The work was all done on film, not Instagram, and has a quality that feels vintage, although it was made during a 40-day trip to Sicily, Italy, in the summer of 2011. The work has sexually charged overtones, while the muted tones give an old-world romance quality. However, I urge you to not only focus on the obvious ones. Roze views the city and her perspective offers a sense of familiarity and complete immersion that is unlike anything a tourist could accomplish.
– Kathy M.Y. Pyon, LA Times

About Rachel Roze:
“I have a lot of chameleon qualities, I get very absorbed in my surroundings”
River Phoenix

I grew up in an untraditional family in a traditional suburb outside of New York City; a place where artists were not appreciated and the norm was. Craving change, I packed my bags at nineteen and decided to move myself to California; I wanted to live “over the rainbow,” something about California was calling me. I arrived in California for the first time and quickly realized I had accidentally rented a room in a trailer park, not in an apartment, in a strange area known as Ojai. Living in that trailer park for almost a year, before later moving to LA, flipped my whole world around. I needed to capture everything, the vividness, the chaos; I needed to capture my surroundings. This is where I picked up photography. It was my way of holding on to the newness of this strange place, like keeping a visual journal. I spent the following years in LA developing my hobby into a profession, working with a handful of well-known photographers and artists, who helped guide my craft, and along the way graduated from Brooks Institute Of Photography with a Bachelors degree in Visual Communication. My work is a look into my life, capturing moments, people, and myself on a daily basis; I capture my surroundings.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts is dedicated to exhibiting compelling work from exciting emerging and mid-career artists as well as providing a platform for interaction and conversation about the contemporary art world. EVFA also curates and produces relevant cultural happenings that impact the perception on traditional art roles in society. The gallery space is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. For more information call Edgar Varela at 213-604-3634, e-mail at edgar@edgarvarela.com or visit www.EdgarVarela.com.

“GROUP PORTRAIT” 2012 Yale University MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA) presents

“GROUP PORTRAIT”
2012 Yale University MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition

Gallery hours are Wed-Sat from Noon-6pm
Exhibition runs September 8th to October 14th

Peter Baker

Richard Choi

Felix R. Cid

Thomas Gardiner

Pao Houa Her

Katie Koti

Kate A.T. Merrill

Sarah Muehlbaur

Maayan Strauss

EVFA Gallery
727 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

SWAN LAKE, a contemporary rock rendition by the Silverlake Contemporary Ballet (EVFA)

EVFA is proud to be the Visual Art Presenter for SWAN LAKE

Following a sold-out debut season, Silverlake Contemporary Ballet presents Swan Lake, featuring live music by three acclaimed indie rock bands. In our present-day adaptation of the full-length ballet, we tell a classic story through contemporary movement and large-scale paintings, created by artists throughout the progression of the show. Silverlake Contemporary Ballet has set the three-act piece in present day Los Angeles to tell the story of a love that is tested by Hollywood morality.

Featuring the LIVE music of:

The Young Romans
Races
Holly Conlan

Music Presented by The Silver Lake Jubilee
Visual Art Presented by Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA)
Costumes provided by American Apparel

www.SilverlakeBallet.com

September 21-23
Fri Sep 21st @ 8:30pm
Sat Sep 22nd @ 4:30 and 8:30
Sun Sep 23nd @ 3:30 and 7:30

Tickets on sale now!

Show run time including intermissions: 90 minutes

Tickets start at $25 online
FREE PARKING

The Assistance League of Hollywood
1367 North St. Andrews Place
Los Angeles, CA 90028-8529

EVFA (The Backstory)

Many moons ago as a teenager I began producing small music events in the city of Los Angeles. These events involved navigating a nightlife scene in Los Angeles that now looking back on was a little dangerous for a 15-year old. Warehouses, lots, clubs, pop-up art shows is where it all happened, where my love of artistic creators began to flourish.

This continued for years until the day I decided that I might take a more serious stance in my life. I studied Business and Marketing, started working, built a career and 10 years after I started creating events I found myself deeply entrenched in the world of commercial banking and real estate, my role was as the commercial real estate analyst and appraiser for major developers and banks.  I was drawing a good salary and at the time, was happy with my direction in life. However slowly but surely my urge for more creativity began to emerge and was no longer satisfied with the occasional museum visit, concert or party. With my brother Rush going to Art Center College of Design, I felt the urge creeping back even more. As a side project I began to put together small networking events in order for my brother and his friends to have a great meeting spot and network with my other friends in the film, fashion, music and art fields.

This was the spark. At this point what was a hobby took a life of its own. Leaving the safety of the corporate world I started my EVFA art gallery out of my loft and began presenting monthly art shows, music shows, producing small films and facilitating in all aspects of fashion, it was a fantastic rush of creativity. Now, I wont give away all my secrets that have led to a successful transition from the corporate banking world to the world of Art and production, but I will say this; I started EVFA as a labor of love with a make or break attitude as far as financial success, I love what I do as I get to choose all the amazing people I work with and I am surrounded in amazing visual and audio art, so my passion for it is on everything you see my logo on. EVFA will always strive to provide you with a little extra no matter what we do.

Look for the Gallery Openings which mostly feature outstanding emerging artists from U.S., Music happenings which feature Breakout music talent from California with special touring guests, Film community networking events and small art film production (I will start posting some here) and larger scale community festivals. It is all about being creative, expressing your passion, to me all these industries are all the same, we all want to make a living doing what we love, I try to make a living helping people do what they love, pushing them to the front of the stage and showing off there talents like a proud parent, regardless of financial success. I believe art and culture to be a necessity of life and I am here to help you get your share of it.

Edgar Varela produces public and private cultural events throughout Los Angeles; he is based out of his Downtown Los Angeles art gallery where he maintains regular art openings. On his spare time he sits on the board of two arts non-profits and is the board director on the Neighborhood Council. You can find him working production, music and art at Bloomfest LA, Abbot Kinney Fest, Target Fiesta de la Familia and at his gallery @ 727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014.

EVFA Summer Group Show

Summer Group Show

On August 4th we will be hosting a summer group show that will showcase some new work by talented Painters, Illustrators and Photographers.

Cocktail reception generously sponsored by PAMA liquor & Friends.
All exhibitions are FREE and open to the Public.

Catherine Asanov
Dan Milnor
Brian Ramirez
Rachael Rendon
Rush Varela

Reception is 7-10pm on August 4th. Show Runs through August 25th.

The front room will have the Freestyle Photo Employee show, it is sure to be a great exhibition by DRKRM Gallery.

Flashback to Now: Eloy Torres and Juliane Backmann, A New Art Exhibition @ EVFA

Edgar Varela Fine Arts is proud to present :

Flashback to Now, A new exhibition featuring the paintings of Eloy Torrez and the photography of Juliane Backmann

Exhibition Opens Saturday June 23rd from 7-10pm

Exhibition runs June 23rd to July 21st.

EVFA @ 727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014
Spring Street between 7th and 8th Street

There’s something profoundly unsettled about Flashback to Now, a series of oil on canvas paintings by Los Angeles based Eloy Torrez and photographs by Juliane Backmann.

In Torrez’s “She Said He Said” A hollow-faced couple stares out of the canvas from a rumpled bed. A businessman levitates front and center above a desert floor while other working professionals recede with backs turned. A white-faced autobiographical character jumps into the foreground as an office building and a pair of car stereo speakers take to the air in “Somewhere between Los Angeles and Albuquerque”. What is the relationship between these subjects? Who are they now? Who were they before?

Juliane Backmann’s photographs of urban landscapes likewise asks more questions than it answers. Using a large format field camera with color negative film, Los Angeles based Backmann captures banks, lobbies, churches, courtyards, parking lots and other silent protagonists of the urban landscape, each one devoid of people. Her empty vignettes speak as much to what’s in the frame as what’s not. Where has everyone gone? What is the purpose of these spaces when empty?

In the case of both Torrez and Backmann, the work isn’t about what unfolds in front of the viewer. It’s about the cracks in between. It is work that tells of the passing of time–not of people and not of places. Generations unfold in Torrez’s surreal scenes–that which brings his subjects together is seemingly less powerful than the stories that divide them. In Backmann’s photographs, time of day is obscured and purpose of space is obscured too. Hers are still lives of a place caught off-guard and off-duty. Combined, the works of these two artists is a convergence of oblique narratives and stories partially told.

As one of Los Angeles’ most iconic muralists over the past three decades, Eloy Torrez has long been to uncovering such stories. Among his works are the Pope of Broadway mural on the Victor Clothing Company building in downtown Los Angeles, and Portrait of Hollywood, a John Ritter tribute mural at Hollywood High School. He is a 2009 C.O.L.A. grant recipient. A native of New Mexico, Torrez is a graduate of Otis Art Institute.

Juliane Backmann too has had turned her lens on the people and places of her adopted city. Originally from Muenster, Germany, Backmann has chronicled the Los Angeles art scene over the last fifteen years for a forthcoming book of portraits, featuring artists Carlee Fernandez, Eugenia Butler and more. She has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of a 2013 Emily Harvey Foundation artist residency in Venice, Italy. Backmann studied photography at the Academy of Photography in Munich.

Totaling five works by Torrez and six by Backmann, these two series will be exhibited as one, intermixed on the walls at Edgar Varela Fine Art (EVFA) in downtown Los Angeles. The exhibition is on view from June 23 – July 21, 2012.

Piano Duo in Concert: Natasha Marin + Gerald Robbins @ UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall on June 16th

PIANO DUO IN CONCERT
Pianists Natasha Marin and Gerald Robbins
Announce Classical Music Performances


West Coast Premiere on June 16 at UCLA Schoenberg Hall

LOS ANGELES – Pianists Natasha Marin and Gerald Robbins announce an exciting collaboration, which launches this summer with a concert at UCLA Schoenberg Hall on June 16 followed by a performance this fall at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York.

The West Coast premiere showcases works by 19th-century quintessential romantic composers. The hour-long program opens with Anton Arensky (Silhouetten, Suite op. 23) and Johannes Brahms (Variations on a theme by Haydn, op. 56b). After intermission, the performance continues with Sergei Rachmaninoff (Suite No2 op. 17) and Camille Saint-Saëns (Variations on a theme by Beethoven op. 35).

Natasha Marin & Gerald Robbins
Piano Duo in Concert
Saturday, June 16 @ 8:00 PM
UCLA Schoenberg Hall
445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS $15 general / $10 students & seniors • http://bit.ly/marin-robbins-piano
PARKING $11 in Lot 2 (enter at Hilgard & Westholme) • www.ucla.edu/maps-directions-parking
Doors open at 7:30 PM • INFO (213) 537-4483 • www.natashamarin.com

The East Coast premiere is at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York on Thursday, November 8. Program and ticket information will be released later this summer. Both concerts are produced by CauseConnect and EVFA. To receive notifications on this and other performances by Natasha Marin, sign up online to join her mailing list atwww.natashamarin.com.

GERALD ROBBINS – www.geraldrobbins.com
“A pianist of authority and imagination. Versatile, secure in every respect, a spectacular technique.”
~ Los Angeles Times

Gerald Robbins has distinguished himself internationally as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician of poetic sensitivity and virtuosic technique. Since capturing a major prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1969, he has performed regularly in the world’s major music centers throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. As a soloist accompanied by an orchestra, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and its affiliates, and Royal Liverpool Symphony under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Neville Marriner, Edouard van Remoortel, Okku Kamu, Jorge Mester, and Lawrence Foster. In addition, Robbins’ chamber music activities include collaborations with noted violinists Nathan Milstein, Pinchas Zukerman, Kyung-Wha Chung, Glenn Dicterow, and Ruggiero Ricci. Featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts, Robbins performed Rhapsody in Blue on the Emmy-award winning Gershwin TV special starring Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and was the featured pianist on the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning British film, A Shocking Accident. A champion of neglected romantic repertoire, Robbins’ artistry on the London-Decca, Orion and Genesis labels include world-premiere recordings of concerti by Litolff and Reinecke. He is co-founder of the Lyric Piano Quartet and is a member of the chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

NATASHA MARIN – www.natashamarin.com
“… balancing pianistic flair with musical intellingence, Marin’s playing of the cadenza was a dazzling showstopper”
~ Crescenta Valley Weekly

“Natasha Marin was impressive … Under her hands, she nearly pinned the audience to their seats with a fiery rendition of Chopin’s scherzo” ~ Boulevard Sentinel

Russian-born Natasha Marin began studying piano at age 6 and was later accepted into the Special Music School for Gifted Children at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She earned her B.A. in piano performance from the conservatory’s Rimsky-Korsakov Music College, graduating with honors, and later studied with Leonid Sintsev and Igor Lebedev. After moving to California, she attended UCLA where she studied piano with Vitaly Margulis and Professor Antoinette Perry, contemporary music with Grammy Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng, and worked with acclaimed scholar/media author Robert Winter.

Currently, she performs classical genres (and non-classical repertoire) as a soloist and with piano duos, vocalists, and chamber ensembles. In addition to radio and television appearances, she has recorded and performed live at St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall in Russia, Comerica Theater in Phoenix, Gable Theater Stage in Coral Gables, Florida, Leo Bing Theater, Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, and Thorne Hall in Los Angeles, and other U.S. and international venues.

Premiering June 2008 in Los Angeles, her piano duo “Double Sharp” with Maria Demina won the Grand Prize at a regional competition and appeared live and on the radio nationwide. The program features music of Russian romantic and 20th-century composers, incorporating an innovative presentation with custom costumes by designer Vera DeFehr. “Double Sharp” has performed also at charity events like Robert Shapiro’s Foundation and Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation.

Together with French soprano Nicol Mecerova, Marin created “Voyage a Paris,” program spanning 200 years of the French Art Song, which was presented in the US and Russia. She also performs with her husband actor/comedian Cheech Marin. The couple has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, Valley Performing Arts Center of the California State University, Northridge, and Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. She has also worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Asher, playing piano on “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” for the album “Siren” by vocal duo Sasha and Shawna (Manhattan Records, 2007).

John Klukas, Solo Exhibition “Phantom Queen” at EVFA 4/28

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Edgar Varela Fine Arts is proud to present:

A solo exhibition for John Klukas ( http://www.45houses.com/ )

“The Phantom Queen”

Opening reception is April 28th from 7-10pm
Exhibition runs to May 15th.

EVFA
727 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90014

Pages 24-42 of Fabrik
http://issuu.com/fabrik/docs/fabrik16

Artist Statement: ( http://www.45houses.com/ )

I like creating something that doesn’t really exist – a physical representation of a fantasy or dream. I begin an image usually with a vision or a sketch from a dream. From there I pull together my team, cast a model and build the environment in which the image is to take place. I often invent lighting schemes and camera techniques to support the realization of my images. These settings do not exist and so I cannot use traditional means to document them. I must go outside the normal boundaries of how a camera is used and instead use it’s unique characteristics to distort and blur reality in order to create my images.

I do my work because it is the only way I can communicate these beautiful visions. They are my representations of the beauty which I see in the world. When I create, I am reminded that the vision inside of me is larger than the sum of the individual parts that are invested in its creation. I view being able to create these images as a remarkable gift and the amount of trust and cooperation that it takes to create my images is reflected in the intimacy present within them.

Currently, I’m trying to refine the language I use to communicate my dreams. I want to increase the impact and potency of my images. I am exploring how far I can bring the camera into my dreams and how well I can document things that don’t exist and have never happened. I am exploring people’s reactions to these things and using their perceptions of the camera as an archival truth-teller to confuse and disorient the viewer into believing that these ephemeral apparitions exist in the material realm. When people see my work I would like them to use it to reflect upon their own attitudes about beauty and to see that these visions are an intimate part of me, which I am sharing with the world.

 

“Looking Glass” A New Photo Exhibition curated by Shana Nys Dambrot on April 20th at Analog Salon

An official MOPLA event (Month of Photography LA)
Image by Suzanne Adelman (Untitled, 2011)

EVFA & Digital Fusion Presents Analog Salon

“Looking Glass”, A Photography Exhibition curated by Shana Nys Dambrot

Opens Friday April 20th 2012, 6pm -9 pm with a reception for the artists. It is open to the public.

Sponsored by PAMA Liqueurs an Frey Organic Wines.

The exhibition will be open from April 20th, through June 1st at The Analog Salon at Samitaur Constructs, 3535 Hayden Avenue, Culver City, California. Gallery hours are 9am through 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Participating artists:

Viggo Mortenson

Gary Baseman

Lawren Alice

Sam Comen

Marjan Vayghan

Jody Zellen

Mark Schumacher & Scott Elgart

Sara Jane Boyers

Emily Bradley

Johnny White

Jennifer Vanderpool

Suzanne Adelman

“Looking Glass”

Everyone knows a painter, for example, starts with a blank canvas and piles of pigment and that whether they makes landscape, portrait, or abstract images based in whole, in part, or not at all on external phenomenon, that the thing they make is wholly created from “nothing” or, put another way “imagination” whereas photography by definition involves interacting with the external world not entirely of your making. For LOOKING GLASS I’ve assembled a dozen photographers whose work is in various ways made in a collaboration between the imagination and the world — to explore ways that the camera is an expressive, fantastical, imaginative and pliable medium as well as form of document that contains evidence of external reality.

-Shana Nys Dambrot, Guest Curator ( http://sndx.net/ )

The Analog Salon is a fine art photographic exhibition space housed at Samitaur Constructs, the noted architectural firm, in partnership with Digital Fusion, a premiere digital photographic rental and post-production facility and produced by Edgar Varela (EVFA). Located in Culver City, California, The Analog Salon highlights the exceptional talent of new, emerging and established photographers with an emphasis on Los Angeles based artists. Supporting the arts by providing not only a space but a full production and marketing effort to showcase talent and support artist projects, The Analog Salon will contribute to the art dialogue integrating its associated artists and partners as an important part of the cultural life of Los Angeles.

The Analog Salon at Samitaur Constructs, 3535 Hayden Avenue, Culver City, Californiahttp://www.analogsalon.com/ http://gallery-store.digitalfusion.net/The-Analog-Salon/

Ansel Adams Los Angeles (Circa1940)

Ansel Adams Los Angeles

February 18 -March 17, 2012
Opening Reception Saturday, February 18, 2012 6-10pm
727 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA) in association with drkrm are honored to present Ansel Adams Los Angeles, rarely seen photographs that reveal the lost landscape and lifestyle of a prewar Los Angeles. These nostalgic images from the archives of The Los Angeles Public Library Ansel Adams Collection, represent Ansel Adams as a photojournalist on assignment for Fortune Magazine in 1940. Ansel Adams Los Angeles will be on display from February 18 through March 17, 2012.

In 1940 Los Angeles had a population of 1.5 million. The cost of gas was 10 cents and a new car was $700. The U.S. began rearming for World War II and the prestigious Ansel Adams was commissioned by Fortune Magazine to photograph a series of images for an article covering the aviation industry in the Los Angeles area. For the project, Adams took over 200 black & white photographs showing everyday life, businesses, street scenes and a variety of other subjects. But when the article, City of the Angels, appeared in the March 1941 issue, only a few of the images were included.

In the early 1960s Adams rediscovered the photographs among papers at his home in Carmel and donated them to the Los Angeles Public Library. He wrote in a letter: “The weather was bad over a rather long period and none of the pictures were very good… I would imagine that they represent about $100.00 minimum value… At any event, I do not want them back.” But as many critics will agree, sometimes an artist is not always the best judge of their own work.

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) created some of the most influential photographs ever made; he was one of this century’s leading exponents of environmental values. It seems that every third family in America has an Adams’ poster on the wall, images that were difficult to make but easy to love. His images portray a romanticized and unspoiled Western American landscape, but Ansel Adams Los Angeles is a whole other body of work that is rarely discussed, let alone seen.

drkrm, in association with Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA), and with the cooperation of the The Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection and The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, will create and exhibit new silver-gelatin prints made from the original negatives. These dramatic black and white limited-edition photographs, on display to the public for the first time, will be offered for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the LAPL.

Ansel Adams Los Angeles is part of Pacific Standard Time. Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
All gallery events are free and open to the public.

“Ansel Adams, Looking South on Hill Street, LA c.1939″

Ansel Adams Los Angeles (Circa 1939) Feb.18 – Mar.17

“Ansel Adams, Looking South on Hill Street, LA c.1939″

Ansel Adams Los Angeles

Edgar Varela Fine Arts / DRKRM.gallery @ 727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014

February 18 -March 17, 2012

Opening Reception Saturday, February 18, 2012 7-10pm

In 1939, Ansel Adams was commissioned by Fortune Magazine to photograph a series of images for an article covering the aviation history of the Los Angeles area. For the project, Adams took over 200 black & white photographs showing everyday life, businesses, street scenes and a variety of other subjects, but when the article, City of the Angels, appeared in the March 1941 issue, only a few of the images were included.

In the early 1960s Adams rediscovered the photographs among papers at his home in Carmel and donated the photographs to the Los Angeles Public Library. He wrote in a letter: “The weather was bad over a rather long period and none of the pictures were very good… I would imagine that they represent about $100.00 minimum value… At any event, I do not want them back.”

drkrm, in association with EVFA (Edgar Varela Fine Arts), with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Public Library, present these rarely seen and some never before exhibited photographs that reveal the lost landscape and lifestyle of a prewar Los Angeles.

Photography exhibition by Stephanie Vovas

“Some Time with You” a photography exhibition by Stephanie Vovas

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA) presents

Some Time With You.
http://www.stephanievovas.com/

This solo exhibition will run November 5th to December 3rd
Special closing event to be announced.

Saturday November 5th, 2011 (7-10pm)
EVFA @ 727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014

Stephanie Vovas

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, based in Los Angeles, CA, Stephanie Vovas is a winner of a bronze PX3 2011, and a PDN Faces Contest Winner, 2011. She has been in numerous group shows in the past few years, including MOPLA/Smashbox, and is also in private collections.

She graduated from the University of Maine/Maine Photographic Workshops, in 1993. It is there she discovered her photo idols: Helmut Newton, Larry Sultan, Gary Winogrand, Stephen Shore, and learned to express herself through her photography. She was heavily drawn to experimenting with photo processes, rather than formal studio work. She has an extensive body of Polaroid work in addition to her recent digital work.

Stephanie makes photographs of people that tell stories, and show a side of the person no one has ever seen, be it real or made-up. Private moments, transformation, beauty, sensuality, and uncertainty are what she is interested in photographically. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend Tom.

Mesopotamia Art and Artists in Diaspora

Assyrian Aid Society

Presents

Mesopotamia Art and Artists in Diaspora

Artists reception will be on Oct 22 at 6.00 PM.
Exhibition Opens Thursday Oct.13 thru Oct. 31, 2011

Featuring work from Artists:

Paul Batou
Qais Al Sindy
Odette Tomik
John Hajjar
Ramsin Yefima

The Art show will feature Mesopotamian artists from Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey.

Mesopotamians are the remaining Christian minorities (also known as the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac) in the region. Through out the history, they were forced to leave their land and migrate to various regions around the world, due to horrors of Ethnic-cleansing massacres and wars, in search of democracy and freedom.

Mesopotamian artists representing their passion for freedom, peace, beauty of nature and different aspects from the region through a variety of cultural subjects and mediums, believe that the whole world is a mixture of colors that forms a harmony with love and peace which should be preserved for all humanity.

The event is sponsored by Assyrian Aid Society of America which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to helping people with their basic needs such as food, shelter, healthcare in the Ninveh region. This event is to promote Mesopotamian Art, culture and values. All proceeds are dedicated for building schools, promoting education

A Sunday Picnic & Discussion Panel (Sunday Oct.23rd)


A Sunday Picnic @ Analog Salon
October 23rd, Noon-2:30pm
3539 Hayden Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232

Please Join us this coming Sunday October 23rd from Noon-2:30pm for a Sunday picnic and discussion panel on the lawn of the Stealth building (across the street from Analog Salon)

We will provide great Organic wine from Frey Vinyards in Mendocino County, chairs and stimulating conversation.

We encourage you to go bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the unique architectural lawn of the Stealth Building, an amazing structure created by Architect Eric Owen Moss.

The panel will discuss Architecture and its relation with art, the new art fair season in Los Angeles and Pacific Standard Time.

Guest panelists include Craig Krull (Graig Krull Gallery), Shana Nys Dambrot (LA Canvas/LA Weekly/Whitehot) and Bill Bush (ArtWeek.LA)

Proudly sponsored Digital Fusion & Samitaur Contructs as part of the ongoing Analog Salon series of art exhibitions and discussions.

Tasya Van Ree photography exhibition at EVFA

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA) presents

New works by artists Tasya Van Ree
http://tasyavanree.com/photography

This solo exhibition will run September 17th to October 22nd

Saturday September 17th, 2011 (7-10pm)
EVFA @ 727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014

Special event also during Art Weekend LA (Sept. 30-Oct. 1st) in Conjunction with Art Platform & Pulse Art Fairs.

Tasya Van Ree

Tasya van Ree has always been intrigued by the everyday wonders of the visual world. The sense of expansive awareness that for van Ree is a prerequisite to photography enables her to capture the small everyday flashes of insight that come when we are open to them and often go before we can fully grasp or appreciate them. Her extraordinarily vivid images are also a testimony to her eye for form and composition. Her photographs are infused with romanticism, darkness, intimacy, and a certain lyrical quality. They also capture the essence of the people, the landscape, and the intricacies of both the animate and inanimate worlds, and are a sort of meditation in seeing the powerful testaments between the relationship of human presence and transitory nature.

Van Ree’s works are both formally vigorous and eternally evocative. Van Ree has consistently produced a highly compelling body of work on varied subjects. Her photographs have been exhibited widely (in solo exhibitions as well as along side David Lynch, Jessica Lange, Gus van Sant, and Amy Arbus), and are included in numerous private collections.

Analog Salon Opens This Saturday!

Redefining Hollywood:
An exhibition of selected works.

Thomas Alleman, J. Wesley Brown, Siri Kaur, Gordon Magnin, Gray Malin, Claire Mallett, Brend Reinhardt, April Rocha, Ryan Schude/Lauren Randolph, Emily Shur, Aline Smithson, Lacey Terrell

Saturday August 27th from 7pm-10pm
Sound provided by Dublab & KCRW’s Anthony Valadez, Suzanne Kraft & Take.

The Analog Salon (Grand Opening)
Samitaur Constructs Lobby Gallery
3535 Hayden Avenue, Culver City 90232
http://www.AnalogSalon.com/

Redefining Hollywood:

The idea of Hollywood has intrigued and inspired image-makers for the last century and it’s no different today. Photographers find themselves continually fascinated by not only the notion of Hollywood, but by the city and community of Hollywood. For some, it’s the feeling of noir and night, for others, it’s the reality of the streets and neighborhoods. Photographers are influenced by movie stars and the idea of celebrity, and by the movies themselves. There is a rich tapestry of photographic ideas and inspiration that emerge from the tangible and intangible idea of Hollywood, and with each unique photographic vision, these photographers are Redefining Hollywood.

About the Analog Salon

The Analog Salon is a project space donated by Samitaur. In a partnership with Digital Fusion, Analog Salon highlights exceptional talent in the world of fine art photography. By partnering with industry leaders, DF is helping showcase artists in a salon setting in Culver City by celebrating new, emerging and established photographers with an emphasis on Los Angeles based artists.

The new space represents a modern movement in supporting the arts by providing not only a space but a full production and marketing project to showcase talent and support artist efforts. The space will provide sponsored printing and framing, sponsored events based on the work and will include lectured, discussion panels and artist talks. All events will have a reception event and will be backed by local arts and entertainment media.

Along with Samitaur Constructs and under the guidance of architect Eric Owen Moss, Digital Fusion has provided a space to display and celebrate photography. Regular curated gallery exhibits will occur at the Culver City canvas setting. A dynamic partnership has been established with Contemporary Cultural led by cultural curator Edgar Varela as well as partnerships with local art world staples; Artweek LA, LA Canvas, Flavorpill LA, KCRW & Dublab..

The Analog Gallery will ad to the important dialogue taking place in the art world and will integrate the associated entities as an important part of the life of Los Angeles culture.

The Analog Salon (Grand Opening Aug. 27th in Culver City)

Saturday August 27th from 7pm-10pm

The Analog Salon (Grand Opening)
3535 Hayden Avenue, Culver City 90232
http://www.AnalogSalon.com​/

Redefining Hollywood:
An exhibition of selected works.

Thomas Alleman, J. Wesley Brown, Siri Kaur, Gordon Magnin, Gray Malin, Claire Mallett, Brend Reinhardt, April Rocha, Ryan Schude/Lauren Randolph, Emily Shur, Aline Smithson, Lacey Terrell

 
Redefining Hollywood:

The idea of Hollywood has intrigued and inspired image-makers for the last century and it’s no different today. Photographers find themselves continually fascinated by not only the notion of Hollywood, but by the city and community of Hollywood. For some, it’s the feeling of noir and night, for others, it’s the reality of the streets and neighborhoods. Photographers are influenced by movie stars and the idea of celebrity, and by the movies themselves. There is a rich tapestry of photographic ideas and inspiration that emerge from the tangible and intangible idea of Hollywood, and with each unique photographic vision, these photographers are Redefining Hollywood.

About the Analog Salon

The Analog Salon is a project by Digital Fusion that highlights exceptional talent in the world of fine art photography. By partnering with industry leaders, DF is showcasing artists in its salon setting in Culver City by celebrating new, emerging and established photographers with an emphasis on Los Angeles based artists.

The new space represents a modern movement in supporting the arts by providing not only a space but a full production and marketing project to showcase talent and support artist efforts. The space will provide sponsored printing and framing, sponsored events based on the work and will include lectured, discussion panels and artist talks. All events will have a reception event and will be backed by local arts and entertainment media.

Along with Samitaur Constructs and under the guidance of architect Eric Owen Moss, Digital Fusion has provided a space to display and celebrate photography. Regular curated gallery exhibits will occur at the Culver City canvas setting. A dynamic partnership has been established with Contemporary Cultural led by cultural curator Edgar Varela as well as partnerships with local art world staples; Artweek LA, LA Canvas, Flavorpill LA, KCRW & Dublab..

The Analog Gallery will ad to the important dialogue taking place in the art world and will integrate the associated entities as an important part of the life of Los Angeles culture.

Carl Ramsey, opening Sat. July 30th from 5-8pm @EVFA

Carl Ramsey @ EVFA (July 3oth from 5-8pm)  727 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90014

Carl Ramsey was an illustrator for many years. He has always considered himself fortunate to have spent his youth in the then still semi-rural environs of southern San Diego County. At nearby Southwestern College (1964-66) he came under the guidance of an excellent art
department faculty, including the conceptual artist John Baldessari, who suggested late nights at Barney’s Beanery and classes at Chouinard Art Institute as developmental next steps.

Four years later Ramsey began a career in illustration. Advertising agencies, Motor Trend
Magazine, album cover designers, and eventually motion picture studios supplied the
assignments and tight deadlines for the next two and a half decades.
One-sheet illustrations, including the final art for Quest for Fire, One Crazy Summer, Risky Business, Police Academy 4, Return of the Living Dead and Beetlejuice, among many others, along with innumerable drawings, sketches and other paintings were produced for film releases during the 1980s and early 1990s. Included within this time span is the creation of the original poster art for the long-running musical Dreamgirls.

Since then, oil paintings of a wide range of subjects, including landscapes and portraits, have been produced. Most recent work, spanning the last ten years, consists mainly of the
interpretation of the human and architectural elements in the Historic Core and Skid Row
areas of downtown Los Angeles, where the painter lived for several years. He now resides near MacArthur Park.

Screening of Film works by Michael Frost on Saturday June 18th from 7-10pm. We will also be screening rare Cockettes short films.

Screening of Film works by Michael Frost on Saturday June 18th from 7-10pm. We will also be screening rare Cockettes short films.

EVFA (Edgar Varela Fine Arts) presents:

“Cut Ups” an art exhibition by Michael Frost @ EVFA

Gallery Hours are Wed-Sat from 12pm-6pm
http://www.edgarvarela.com/
http://frostisdead.com/

These pieces evoke a time in my childhood when I lived in post-Franco Spain. In my hometown of Sevilla, the ancient walls would be covered with sheets of torn film posters. Rugged lead actors and glamorous women in suggestive poses peeked out from underneath years of layered announcements for neighborhood theaters like el cine Becquer, where I spent hours in the dark entranced by the same images displayed outside.

Here, using salvaged, vintage Italian movie posters of the 1960s and 70s, digital imagery, paints and inks, I’ve re-imagined that past and recast the characters in a violently brilliant narrative where the primal forces of femininity and masculinity clash and reassemble. The colors and textures of these pieces repeat the rich dynamic in kaleidoscopic illumination and tactile robustness.

The video work transforms that aesthetic into a more conventional, yet just as fractured narrative. Resurrecting familiar faces from the film and television screens of the 1960s and 70s, these cut-ups, much like the fine art pieces, are digitally manipulated and presented in a new context, where heroines become demons, men become anonymous, and children become scapegoats.

I hope to give the viewer the feeling that I get from creating these pieces, vibrant and exciting melodramas that played out as street art and in the movie palaces of my youth, yet imagined from the perspective of experience. For me, it is a total encounter of sight, sound, and memory.

Artist and filmmaker Michael Frost was born in Spain in 1971 and raised in Upstate New York. He took his BA in Cinema and Art History from Binghamton University and is the recipient of the 1997 Eastman Kodak Award for Film. He currently maintains a working studio in Los Angeles where he has resided since 1998.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts
727 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Cut Ups, Michael Frost solo exhibit opens Saturday June 4th from 7-10pm

CUT UPS:

Works by visual artist and filmmaker Michael Frost

Opens Saturday June 4th from 7-10pm
Exhibit runs June 4th to July 2nd
Gallery Hours are Wed-Sat from 12pm-6pm

Spanish Born artist Michael Frost resides in Los Angeles where he maintains a working studio and works with mixed media on large pieces on canvas. Michael is also a visual artist constantly creating film art and evolving as an artist and a filmaker. His filmmaking background can be noted in many of his works. His film company is http://www.helsinkiproductions.com/

Edgar Varela Fine Arts
727 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

(Show Extended, Reception May 21st from 6-9pm) NO FLIP FLOPS PLEASE: Artist Marc Valesella’s LEGS Series Exhibits at EVFA. Opens Friday April 29th from 6-10pm

(Show Extended, Reception May 21st from 6-9pm)

NO FLIP FLOPS PLEASE:

Artist Marc Valesella’s LEGS Series Exhibits At Edgar Varela Fine Arts

Spending most of his 20’s in the jet-setter, high-fashion circles of Paris while working for Guy Bourdin as a fashion photographer and designing custom shoes for the Parisian elite, it is no surprise artist Marc Valesella’s “LEGS” series has more to with shoes than legs.

His approach to the “LEGS” series is much like Yves Saint Laurent’s view of fashion – “Fashion fades, style endures.”

Valesella explains, “Elegance is the manifestation of inner beauty. This work is an expression of my belief that elegance must be cultivated as it cannot be bought like the current fashion trend.”

As a part of the Month of Photography in Los Angeles (MOPLA), Valesella exhibits the LEGS series in a solo show at the EDGAR VARELA FINE ARTS Gallery, April 29, 2011 – May 28, 2011.

ABOUT MARC VALESELLA:

Marc Valesella (www.marcvalesella.com). His photographic endeavors start with the visualization of a beautiful print, even when taken out of the context of the series. He began his photographic career in Paris by assisting Guy Bourdin in the 1970’s. He learned black and white printing under the guidance of Jeanloup Sieff. In 1986, after Moving to Los Angeles, he started to work with large format cameras. From 1995 to present, Valesella has made extensive research on high definition printing with small and medium format cameras, using highly customized enlarging systems. Valesella’s work has been exhibited in solo shows and featured in private collections internationally. Recent photography project – photographing ancient cave drawings for the Werner Herzog film, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”.

Marc Valesella
www.marcvalesella.com

EVFA (Edgar Varela Fine Arts) & MOPLA (Month of Photography LA)

“Legs” – a Photo Exhibition by Marc Valesella

RECEPTION Saturday May 21th from 6-9pm
Exhibit runs April 29th to May 28st
Gallery Hours are Wed-Sat from 12pm-6pm

Edgar Varela Fine Arts
727 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Edgar Varela Fine Arts is dedicated to exhibiting compelling work from exciting emerging and mid-career artists as well as  providing a platform  for interaction and conversation about the contemporary art world. EVFA also curates and produces relevant cultural happenings  that impact the perception on traditional art roles in society. For more info:  213-604-3634, e-mail at edgar@edgarvarela.com

Photography LA Calendar for the week of 4/25-4/29


MAKE SURE TO RSVP TO misrach@monthofphotography.com

Free and Open to the public.Presented by:
Art Weekend LA, MOPLA (Month of Photography LA), ArtBook & DLANCRichard Misrach: An artist talk and book signing
Begins at 7:00pmRichard Misrach is one of the most influential and prolific artists of his generation. In the 1970s, he helped pioneer the renaissance of color photography and large-scale presentation that are widespread practice today. Best known for his ongoing epic series, Desert Cantos, a multi-faceted approach to the study of place and man’s complex relationship to it, he has worked in the landscape for over 40 years.

Artist will be signing copies of “Destory This Memory” immediately following the talk

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MAKE SURE TO RSVP TO watson@monthofphotography.com

Free and Open to the public.Presented by:
Art Weekend LA, MOPLA (Month of Photography LA)
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood CouncilAlbert Watson: An Artist Talk and Book Signing
Begins at 7:00pmAlbert Watson (born 1942) is a Scottish photographer well known for his fashion, celebrity and art photography, and whose work is featured in galleries and museums worldwide. He has shot over 200 covers of Vogue around the world and 40 covers of Rolling Stone magazine since the mid-1970s. Photo District News named Watson one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time, along with Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, among others. Watson has won numerous honors, including a Lucie Award, a Grammy Award, the Hasselblad Masters Award, three ANDY Awards, and the Centenary Medal, a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Photographic Society.

Artist will be signing copies of “UFO” and “Strip Search” directly following the talk. Pre-purchase books at mopla.org

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“Legs” a Photography exibition by Marc Valesella @ EVFAOpens Friday April 29th from 6-10pm
.Exhibit runs April 29th to May 21stGallery Hours are Wed-Sat from 12pm-6pm
http://www.edgarvarela.com/
http://www.marcvalesella.com/MARC VALESELLA

Born in France -1955. Received a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the ‘Institut Universitaire de Technologie’ Paris, France(1977). An autodidact at photography. Started taking pictures in 1975 while working for Guy Bourdin in Paris. Learned black and white printing from 1977-1979 under the guidance of Jean Loup Sieff, also in Paris.

Moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and started to work with large format cameras. From 1995 to present, made extensive research on high definition printing with small and medium format cameras, using highly customized enlarging systems. Resides in Los Angeles. Working between Los Angeles and Paris.

Tonight! April 14th, Edition One Hundred Pop-Up Exhibition @EVFA, All Fine Art Prints $100

Please join Edition One Hundred next Wednesday night for our pop-up event hosted by Edgar Varela Fine Arts & Cultural Events. This event will go through to Thursday night during Downtown LA Art Walk. Edition One Hundred will show and sell all prints to date in a pop-up event at Edgar Varela Fine Arts from Wednesday, April 13th, 7pm to 10pm through Thursday, April 14th, 6pm – 11pm.

Edition One Hundred will preview and pre-sell the… forthcoming 5th series curated by Yesenia Cardona, entitled The Door is Round and Open, inspired by poet Jelaluddin Rumi featuring the art and photography of Doze Green, Yuri Shimojo, Jose Mertz, Daria Tuminas and Peter Bohler.

All Edition One Hundred series prints will be available for purchase for $100.00.

About Edition One Hundred

Designed to provide beautifully produced art and photography at prices within reach, Edition One Hundred is a gallery without walls; open twenty-four hours a day in any time zone around the globe. Each artist’s work is printed in an exclusive edition of 100. With rare exceptions, each print sells for $100. All prints are signed by the artist and come with a certificate of authenticity. Edition One Hundred will contribute 10% from the sale of every print to the charity or cause of each artist’s choosing.

Based online at www.editiononehundred.com, this gallery uses innovations in technology to produce and distribute high quality fine art prints to a new generation of collectors.

“Legs” a Photography exibition by Marc Valesella

EVFA (Edgar Varela Fine Arts) & MOPLA (Month of Photography LA)

“Legs” a Photography exibition by Marc Valesella @ EVFA

Opens Friday April 29th from 6-10pm
…Exhibit runs April 29th to May 21st

Gallery Hours are Wed-Sat from 12pm-6pm
http://www.edgarvarela.com/
http://www.marcvalesella.com/

MARC VALESELLA

Most of my photographic endeavors start with the excitement of the visualization of a beautiful print, even when taken out of the context of the series. By that I mean that the political or social content of a given body of work should not be used as a palliative for a beautiful image, no matter how interesting the subject is.

While all the serious talk about a photographer motive is important, a fine print has a life of its own and should be an object of itself. The emotions of the viewers when confronted to my work are always more important to me than any message I ultimately try to send.

In the medium of photography, the public seems to believe that the technical recipes are more important than of other mediums, and so they may be, however, it is not of great interest to be explained. My technical relationship with my work is very simple in that I am a practitioner of straight photography using available light and the least manipulation in the darkroom as possible.

Born in France -1955. Received a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the ‘Institut Universitaire de Technologie’ Paris, France(1977). An autodidact at photography. Started taking pictures in 1975 while working for Guy Bourdin in Paris. Learned black and white printing from 1977-1979 under the guidance of Jean Loup Sieff, also in Paris.

Moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and started to work with large format cameras. From 1995 to present, made extensive research on high definition printing with small and medium format cameras, using highly customized enlarging systems. Resides in Los Angeles. Working between Los Angeles and Paris.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts
727 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Closing Event, A solo exhibition by Erica Steiner @EVFA on April 9th from 5-8pm

Heaven is Not the Wide Blue Sky
A Solo Exhibition by Erica Steiner

“Heaven is not the wide blue sky, but the place where corporeality is
begotten in the House of the Creative.”  -Lu Yen

March  12th – April 9th (Artist Reception: March 12th from 6-9pm)

Erica Steiner’s newest series of oil and gold leaf paintings, Heaven is Not the Wide Blue Sky, explores a collective longing to touch and know realms beyond, to transcend both time and existential uncertainty in the face of rapid environmental degradation on a globally unprecedented scale.

The work dwells at the psychic intersection of imagined, archetypal
pasts and paradoxically playful yet apocalyptic futures, at once seeking to confront the gravity of our current human predicament and simultaneously seeking refuge in the pursuit of deeper patterns and rhythms that pulse beneath the surface of all life, imbuing the
material world with beauty and life force.

Incorporating elements of landscape, ornamentation and abstraction, the paintings employ a highly detailed visual language drawn from a wide range of influences, including traditional Indian, Tibetan Buddhist and Aboriginal painting, psychedelic art, contemporary graphic design, Japanese landscape painting, medieval Catholic illuminated manuscripts, mid-century modernism, Mexican folk art, and Victorian fashion. The work is rendered in oil and gold leaf on canvas, in series of fifteen to twenty paintings, painted in many layers, over time.

Michael Grecco exhibition “Naked Ambition”

EVFA presents

Michael Grecco exhibition “Naked Ambition”
an R rated look at an X rated industry

Images from the book and film

January 15th – February 25th

Reception: Saturday January 15th from 6-10pm

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA)
727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014
(NEW LOCATION)

MICHAEL GRECCO

“Naked Ambition ” An R rated look at an X rated industry, images from the book and film.

January 15th – February 25th
Reception: Saturday January 15th from 6-10pm

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA)
727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014

Naked Ambition “An R rated look at an X rated industry”

In 2008, Michael Grecco began his insightful and humorous portrait of the multi-billion dollar porn industry. His coffee-table book, Naked Ambition, was designed by Pentagram, and gave birth to a feature-length documentary, also directed by Michael. Naked Ambition has had numerous exhibitions of the photographs from the book, and garnered extraordinary positive reviews. In addition to the book and accompanying documentary, the project also includes the release of a CD of the original soundtrack music.

Michael Grecco

For over a quarter century, photographer Michael Grecco has been creating images and making impressions. From advertising to editorial, Grecco’s dynamic work is continually raising the photographic bar. Michael’s advertising clients have included NBC/Universal, GE, Pfizer, HBO, Kodak, ABC, IBM, and Yahoo! among others. His editorial client list is extensive as well as he regularly shoots for ESPN, Wired, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Premier and MAXIM.

Mr. Grecco has been featured in Communication Arts, American Photography, Photo District News, Photo Insider, PHOTOgraphic, Studio Photography and Design and American Photo. In addition, books by Raygun magazine, Esquire and the cover shot for California 24/7, from the prestigious Day In The Life series have showcased his unique images.

Michael is a frequent speaker on the Canon Explorers of Light and the Hasselblad Masters nationwide lecture programs. He has appeared on the television news show Extra and is the photography expert for the KNBC News. His short list of awards includes multiple International Photography awards, numerous Photo Design awards, The AR 100, New York and Los Angeles Art Directors Clubs, The Maggie Awards and Creativity kudos. He was also recently elected National Vice President of the Advertising Photographers of America.

Michael is also a noted author, and has created a critically acclaimed and best selling book titled, “Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography.” Additionally, he is the creator and photographer of the highly rated coffee table book and film “Naked Ambition.” Michael Grecco works with an unrivaled technical ability and a rare sensitivity. Michael couples this technical savvy with a personally engaging style that draws out his subjects and their potential. Grecco is a photographer’s photographer, always ready with hard-earned advice and willing praise for others. The image he has created for himself is authentic, composed and always striking.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts is dedicated to exhibiting compelling work from exciting emerging and mid-career artists as well as advancing the conversation of the contemporary art world. EVFA gallery located at 727 S. Spring Street in the Gallery Row district of Downtown Los Angeles. The gallery space is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. For more information call 213-604-3634, e-mail at edgar@edgarvarela.com or visit www.EdgarVarela.com

“Fashion Island” a solo exhibition by Samantha Magowan

“Fashion Island” a solo exhibition by Samantha Magowan

New paintings, photographs and Sculptures

November 10th – December 18th

Reception: Wednesday Nov. 10th from 6-8:30pm

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA)
102 West 5th Street, LA 90013

Samantha Magowan’s Uncommon Vision

Samantha Magowan paints, draws, sculpts, photographs, art directs, and sometimes appears in her own art — generally doing whatever is necessary to fully express her complex, obsessive, seductive, and unapologetically beautiful visions. The catch? Despite their delightful and enigmatic mix of borrowed glyphs and small detail, and the finely-finished, decorative-arts influenced optical frisson she achieves; amid the Rococo elegance of her compositions, these pictures are not really about beautiful things. Her hyperbolic cavalcades of abstract and symbolic imagery are constructed of floral motifs, constellations, patterns of nature, industry, urbanity, and pop culture — incorporating organic and artificial color and form into layered walls that both evoke, express, and subvert their own story-lines.

And about those story-lines. These confections are high-caloric intake, referencing the extreme end-game of this culture’s obsession with celebrity and material luxury. Magowan has been thinking about fashion (a result of her work in the industry); or, more precisely, she’s been thinking about it from a different, deeper, darker angle. These images are in no small part inspired by a profound curiosity about the circumstances of the 1994 murder of fashion-design icon Gianni Versace at the hands of Andrew Cunanan. Rather than the grisly details, Magowan is intrigued by the interweaving narratives of ambition, celebrity, desire, and style that motivated the killing spree — and the salient metaphorical implications for our broader culture. Knowing this does nothing to diminish the visceral impact of the work, which commits its own share of Art Historical transgression in embracing decorative arts, textile design, and balls-out prettiness in a fine-art context, as Magowan creates a Versace-esque love of visual intensity imprinted with her own unique style.

by Shana Nys Dambrot for http://lacanvas.com/

http://samanthamagowan.com/

Samantha Magowan was born in London, England. A graduate from Art Center’s MFA program, her most recent solo exhibition was “Now Showing” at The Waterfront City Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina in July 2010. Other recent exhibitions include “Lube” curated by Martin Durazo at Jaus, LA, Alexys Schwartz Projects, LA, Kim Light/ Lightbox Gallery, LA, Annarumma 404, Naples, Italy, Bonelli Contemporary, LA, Mark Moore, LA, and Jail Gallery, LA. Her work has been featured in Rojo Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, Nylon Magazine, and Toro Magazine. She was also recently included in the book, “One World, One Art,” which features 140 artists from around the world. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Ivan Limas, “FREE TO BEHAVE”, September 22nd. 6pm-8:30pm

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA) presents:

September 22nd – October 30th

“Free to Behave”

Ivan Limas, A solo art exhibition.

Opening reception Wednesday Sept. 22nd from 6-8:30pm.

There will also be an artist talk on Saturday October 30th at 4pm

New works including paintings, photographs, mixed media. Graduate of Claremont University (MFA), this is the first major solo exhibition for this artist.

Working through sculpture, painting, video, photography, and performance, Ivan redirects perspectives of subcultural and institutional identities. Ivan re-creates and represents everyday imagery and icons to propose a political dialogue in which viewers become active participants.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA) 102 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Today from 3-5pm! Contemporary Art Conversations #6

Saturday Sept. 11, 2010 from 3-5pm

Edgar Varela Fine Arts, 102 w. 5th street, LA 90012 (corner of 5th and Main)

The sixth in our fabulous series of critical conversations about contemporary art issues. This panel includes Jay Belloli, Peter Frank, Shana Nys Dambrot (who curated “The Bigger Picture” exhibition currently on view at EVFA) & moderator Betty Ann Brown. Panelists will discuss Eakins show at LACMA, Gerome at Getty, Hopper at MOCA & “The Bigger Picture.” They will also address various curatorial concepts & practices.
Free & open to the public.