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


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


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

“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 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, 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


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


“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 or visit

“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

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.

The Bigger Picture. a big ART group show

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA) presents:

August 18th – September 18th

August 18 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Bigger Picture. a big ART group show

curated by Shana Nys Dambrot
Opening reception August 18th from 6-9pm.

102 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA

featuring very large site-specific work including painting, sculpture, video, photography, and performance by:

Kim Abeles
Britt Ehringer
Terrell Moore
Benjamin Pezzillo
Max Presneill
Rick Robinson
Jen Wolf
Roman Bluem/Ubyk

Betty Brown hosts Art Conversations #5 (Panel Discussion) is scheduled for Saturday, September 11 from 3pm-6pm at the gallery, followed by a closing reception.

Join us, stop thinking small….bigger is (almost always) better. The silver lining in the marketplace free-fall is the freedom to make enormous, inconvenient work. Let’s do this thing.

Coloring Between The Lines; A Solo Art Exhibition By Serge Armando @ EVFA

Coloring Between The Lines; A Solo Art Exhibition By Serge Armando

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA)
102 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA


EVFA presents
(Color) Between The Lines
A solo exhibition by Serge Armando
Edgar Varela Fine Arts
102 West 5th Street, LA CA 90013

July 7th, 2010 – August 12th, 2010

Artist Reception
Wednesday, July 7th, 2010, 6pm-9pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

Serge Armando

Born in Nice during a period of Existentialist post-war France, Serge Armando, from his earliest days, was steeped in a backdrop of the blue skies of la Côte d’Azur. From proximity, his way was ushered into first hand experience with Flux and Les Nouveaux Realists.

In 1971 Serge moved to the United States. Like many pure abstract artists of the late twentieth century, Armando regards the non-objective as a visual language–still in its infancy–whose potential equals that of representation.” In this way, Armando’s works are invitations for viewers to impose upon them their own visual idiolects, complete with their own experiential lexicons which have arisen from the viewers’ own distinct inventories of “heres” and “nows”. Armando’s latest works are, as always, iconic and kinetic. The works document his lifelong immersion in competitive systems of organization. Each work of the series propagates squarely steadfast abstract geometric immediacy.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts is dedicated to bringing new and exiting emerging artist to the spotlight. EVFA has a gallery located on 5th and Street in the heart of Gallery Row in Downtown Los Angeles. 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 or visit

June 19th from 4-6pm, Artist reception/talk for “Coquettish Modernisms” with Ashley Gibbons @ EVFA

June 19th from 4-6pm, Artist reception/talk for “Coquettish Modernisms”                           with Ashley Gibbons @ 102 w. 5th Street, LA 90013

Venue_writeup_open_quotes In photographs, and even in person at a slight distance, certain of Ashley Gibbons’ images might be mistaken for painting — and not just any painting, but the masculine non-representation of 20th-century modernism, from abstract expressionism to constructivism. And in truth, the deliberate, sophisticated, and patient way in which she composes her colors, patterns, and textures is quite lively and gestural; but there’s no paint. Only panties. Stretched, layered, and sometimes lacy, these works want for nothing in terms of the movement, wit, or the imposing beauty Pollock chased. When Gibbons continues her radicalization of traditional (aka female) crafts and takes up embroidery, it has to do with forceful sexual narratives and dreamy surrealism. While that might put you in mind of New York’s Orly Cogan (who is also showing in LA right now), the truth is they only share the needle; where Cogan deconstructs an aesthetic of sweetness and virtue, Gibbons’ stitched work is raw and lascivious. Venue_writeup_close_quotes

Shana Nys Dambrot, Managing Editor of Flavorpill and Art critic

Edgar Varela Fine Arts

102. W. 5th street (5th & Main), Los Angeles 90013

Wednesday-Saturday from 12pm to 6pm (213) 604-3634

Ashley Gibbons solo exhibition will be up until June 26th

$1,600 – Panties, screws, nails on wood, 48” x 48”, 2009

$1,600 – Panties, screws, nails on wood, 48” x 48”, 2009

$4,000 – Panties, screws, nails on wood, 48” x 96”, 2009

$2,000 – Mixed media on fabric and lights, 48” x 48”, 2010

$4,000 – Quilt; hand embroidery, silk, linen, 54” x 75”, 2010

$600 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 18” x 24”, 2010

$600 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 18” x 24”, 2010

$600 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 18” x 24”, 2010

$800 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 34” x 20”, 2010

$800 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 34” x 20”, 2010

$700 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 24” x 24”, 2010

$4,000 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 30” x 96”, 2010

$1,000 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 10” x 8”, 2010

$1,000 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 10” x 8”, 2010

Ashley Gibbons solo exhibition will be up until June 26th – for all inquiries.

VOTE! Arts, Cultural, and Education Interests Director (Resident)

Hello my friends and supporters,

I am running for the Arts, Cultural, and Education Interests Director (Resident) in the next election cycle of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. I want to have a greater impact on what goes on in Downtown LA with art, art education, fashion, music and the performing arts. If you know me then you know that I am passionate about these issues in the neighborhood and that I am fully committed to making a difference.

If you are a local stake holder over the age of 16, come out and vote…show the city you care and you want local representation.

A “Stakeholders” is defined as those who live, work, or own property in the neighborhood or to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm the factual basis for it.

Tell them you come to the artwalk and buy art, you make art for the artwalk, you are supporter of the arts, education and culture of Downtown LA.


So come out and vote, voters may cast their ballots on the following date, time and location:

Friday, June 25, 2010 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Exchange: Main Room
114 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, 90013
(Two doors down from my new gallery)

After you vote, check back here, check my website ( ) or come by the gallery for the location of a small victory celebration.

♥ Edgar Varela

Also, please support these other three candidates for the same position as the interest directors.

“Coquettish Modernisms” Art show opens Wednesday May 12th

“Coquettish Modernisms”

The Grand Opening is planned for Wednesday May 12, 2010. Solo show for

Ashley Gibbons.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts will be located at 102 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (5th and Main in DOWNTOWN LA)

The opening will take place from 5pm-9pm

Ashley Gibbons
Coquettish Modernisms

Utilizing quilting, lingerie and garment remnants to create images of women and the female form, I build a soft space with fabric to provoke hard dialogue. Contrasting delicate heirlooms with graphic images highlight and personify the dichotomy of a woman’s role.

Embroidery is the traditionally feminine act of recording and creating and the finished works are cherished by family members as heirlooms of blood ties. I use this delicate, personal technique to explore issues of sex, intimacy, female form, function, style, and gender roles: subjects not often discussed or recorded inside families. I hand embroider explicit, erotic tales – pathos of flesh and form. A dissonance between two kinds of women’s work?  Combining quilting, embroidery and adornment, I braid the stories of individuals into a larger framework of a collective.

I stretch lingerie across a canvas covered with screws and nails, covering the metal protrusions with the stressed delicate layers of panties and stockings. These intimate garments that lie beneath the exterior façade of the day’s fashion, convey mood, priority and function to the individual woman. The act of stretching them into contortions of their purpose reveals an intimate landscape of personal story and choice. The finished canvas tells a tale of color, fabric, preference, availability, challenging the viewers’ notions of references, preferences, and history with the contorted subjects.

I question how recording, collecting of private roles and choices transform the woman into public artifact. I question how the female form is consumed. I question how personal history intersects with mass produced items of supposed intimacy. I question the medium of dialogue within a family and to a greater audience. I seek to interpret one moment, one action into a new story, a new memory and a new framework.


Special thank you to Lee Boek who will be pouring for our amazing generous wine sponsors and . Sulfate Free, Organic and Biodynamic wines from Mendocino County.

“MIKE ROMAN IS NOT DEAD” Solo Art Exhibit for Mike Roman Curated by Edgar Varela (EVFA)


Solo Art Exhibit for Mike Roman

Curated by Edgar Varela (EVFA)

Urban Sanctuary LA @ 2026 E. 1st Street, LA 90033

Opening Reception; Sat. January 30th 2010, 7-11pm.

Using various printing methods on textile, wood, terracotta, and paper, Michael Roman displays his imaginative mixture of both nostalgic symbols from his cultural upbringing with images inspired by his present day. This is solo exhibition will showcase past and present work from the artist.

Born and raised in greater Los Angeles, Michael Roman moved to New York’s lower east side in the mid-70’s. Working as an aspiring artist / bike messenger, Michael frequently delivered packages and hung out at Andy Warhol’s labs in Manhattan. There, he received a great deal of inspiration to what would become his life work of stencil / screen art, combining Warhol techniques with old-Mexico methods and ancient images, which has become known as “Latinissmo”.

Michael’s textile art, known for its all over coverage and hand made appearance brings life to stencils and images. Avoiding the sterilized look, which is so common, the hand wrought artwork appears as unique and imperfect as life itself.

Michael’s clients have included celebrities such as Carlos Santana, Madonna, and Keith Richards. His artwork has been chosen to adorn album covers, Hotel VIP rooms, movie sets, night clubs, and dozens of restaurants.

In the mid-90’s, Michael was discovered by Carlos Santana, and he moved to San Francisco where he has been making personal artwork, clothing, and furniture for the superstar. Michael participates in several international events and has a permanent display at the Oaxaca Heritage Museum in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Michael currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, where also teaches classes to aspiring and students in the Mission district.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts is dedicated to bringing new and exiting emerging artist to the spotlight. EVFA has a showroom space located on Alameda Street between 5th Street and 6th Street at the corner with Palmetto Street. Parking is located in front of the building and on the surrounding street. The gallery space is open by appointment only other than the day of the opening. For more information visit

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December . Tommy Mose Abbott, Open Studio Tours, Benefit Music Shows, Cadillac Art Experience & Christmas with Bessie Smith.

“being bad makes me happy”

New works by Tommy Mose Abbott @ EVFA

(Sat. Dec. 5th from 5-10pm) 542 S. Alameda, 2nd Fl. LA, 90013

Here is a little update on all the art and music happenings that I am involved in.

Dec.-March New Works by Gai Bracco @ Colori (Yummy)

Dec. 5th (Art Opening) from 5-10pm (FREE) Tommy Mose Abbott

Dec. 5th Arts District Studio Tour – ALL DAY w/ Free Shuttle & After-Party at e3rd Longe  or

Dec. 8th. LA MODA launches as a Happy Hour Lounge with new hours, DJ,s and drink specials @ e3rd Lounge (Every Tuesday)

Dec. 10th Cadillac Art Experience (Main Street/5th) during the Downtown LA Artwalk from 5pm-10pm

Dec. 10th (The Garden Party) 10-2am w/

Dec. 18th Benefit Band Event for Homeless Health Organization 8-1pm (Great bands being confirmed) Price TBA

Dec. 19th. Blues (Christmas with Bessie Smith) 8-midnight

Thur. Nov. 12th, 6-9pm >FLAVORPILL presents a closing reception for CHRISTINA M. FELICE



Christina M. Felice

Patterned Spaces

September 19 – November 13, 2009

Closing Reception November 12, 6 – 9pm

Semi-Acoustic performance by ROBOTANISTS

Sponsored by Flavorpill and Black Box Wines

Edgar Varela Fine Art

542 S. Alameda, 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Edgar Varela Fine Arts in proud to present “Patterned Spaces”, the new body of work by artist Christina M. Felice. Felice’s latest collage series, “Patterned Spaces”, combines vintage illustrations and sewing patterns collaged with cutouts of the human form, blur the lines between irony, kitsch and subtext. This union evokes the most delicate suggestion of memory, hints of fleeting experiences from our past and the people there who continue to haunt us.

Felice’s work explores literal, fabricated, imagined and nostalgic applications of sexuality, treating mortality as more of a social expression rather than a biological existence or destiny. “My observations are a documentation of my process of discovery, my childhood, and modern ideas of femininity and feminism,” says the artist, making Patterned Spaces both a personal and political expression brought together in the present tense.

Felice was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia. She will begin her MFA studies in the fall of 2010. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Italy. Felice lives and works in Los Angeles.


Jen Heaslip
Jen Heaslip

Edgar Varela Fine Arts presents the work of:



@ Edgar Varela Fine Arts

Closing Reception on Thursday  September 10th 2009 from 6 – 9 pm

Exhibition: August 22nd to September 10th, 2009.

EVFA @ 542 S. Alameda St., 2nd Flr., Los Angeles, CA 90013

(between 5th & 6th Street)

for more information please visit

Edgar Varela Fine Arts is pleased to present new works by Jen Heaslip. Live music by Doug Cox.

Jen Heaslip

“I have no idea why I paint.  I have no idea why I paint what I do.  I’ve been painting the same thing, the same set of ideas and by the same means for over twenty years (you’d think after that amount of time I’d be a little better at it): “Naked guys standing there doing nothing.”   (  When I have Chaz Bono’s money maybe I won’t need to work it out on canvas anymore, and choosing art as a means to achieve the financial aspect of that goal is really bad decision making, one that assures continued paintings of Naked Guys Standing There Doing Nothing.  See how nicely it works out?  That aspect of it aside…I still have no idea why the ‘Nothing,’ but I assure you, there’s a lot going on in Nothing.”

Backstory; The EV in EVFA

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.

Please visit back often and see what we are up to, especially since we do it all for you.

Thank you for your support,

Edgar Varela



New Shows…Art, Music & Fashion

As August comes rushing in, its time to take a breath and get ready for it. I have a couple art shows that are in the works, the dates have shifted as the time seems to just fly by.

In August we will feature the work of Jen Heaslip in Downtown. In the new Miracle mile location we will be having our official Grand Opening after a successful soft opening with the “Fly with the Cage” Iranian inspired art show.

Music wise is great this month. The Garden Party has one of our best line ups to date. An finaly I am working on the production of a Fashion Trends video, which is a side project I do a few times a year, its alwys very interesting to try and predict next seasons trends.

August will be hectic, but it will be a breeze compared to September. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.

THE GARDEN PARTY – “Nurturing Talent from the Ground Up”

A monthly collaboration between EVFA (edgar Varela Fine Arts), ISGOODMUSIC.COM and Dita Dimone of SWEET HEAT PR.  The emphasis is to bring you a special location to showcase breakout talent in the visual and audio arts in Los Angeles.

The showcase event has been taking place since March of 2007, however until late 2008 it adopted the “Garden Party” name.  The showcase event currently takes place the second Thursday of every month at Edgar Varela’s downtown gallery event space.