Category: Arts & Events

SM Airport finds room for the arts; ribbon cutting and exhibition set

Preparing for the grand opening of the Santa Monica Art Studios on Saturday, October 9th, directors Yossi Govrin and Sherry Frumkin say they plan to bring much more than studio space to the community. The celebration, which is open to the public, will take place at 3026 Airport Ave. at the Santa Monica Airport from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening’s events include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7 p.m., with scheduled appearances by Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom and Jeff Mathieu, director of the Santa Monica Airport. Guests will view exhibitions by approximately 30 artists already at work in their studios. Govrin says visitors will see finished pieces as well as works-in-progress. After the ribbon cutting ceremony and reception, the artists’ studios will remain open from noon to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday, October 17th. Sculptor and painter Govrin approached the City of Santa Monica about creating a community for artists four years ago. Govrin and partner Frumkin, a Santa Monica gallery owner for the past 14 years, went through numerous negotiations before being awarded the project. Both Mayor Bloom and former Mayor Michael Feinstein were supportive of the idea of an artist community and were leading forces in approving it, according to Govrin. At the Santa Monica Art Studios, artists work in private studio spaces and can participate in classes, lectures and exhibitions, and can collaborate with...

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California Heritage Museum dinner honors names in art, film, education

The California Heritage Museum is bringing out high profile guests, both local and national names in art, film and education, for its Annual Heritage Awards Dinner, a fundraiser and awards ceremony, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, October 1st, at the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $300 per couple or $200 per individual. The California Heritage Museum’s board of directors and staff will honor actress/art collector Diane Keaton, Santa Monica College president Dr. Piedad F. Robertson and artist Milfred Zornes, the last living member of the 1930s California school of watercolor painters, according to the museum. The event will feature live jazz, a viewing of the museum’s current exhibition Everyday Life In California – Regional Watercolors, 1930-1960, and cuisine provided by The Victorian/Duck-Duck Mousse located adjacent to the museum. Artist honoree Milford Zornes is 96 years old and still continues to paint daily. He was a leading figure in the early California movement of watercolor painters. Zornes received much attention for using large sheets of paper, applying the transparent paints with broad, sweeping brush strokes and leaving planned areas where the white of the paper stand out in the piece. Although Keaton is best known for her roles in hit films like The Godfather, Annie Hall and Father of the Bride, she has become an avid art collector and appreciator over the years, and has...

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Exotic ritual items at the Asian & Tribal Arts Show

A three-day exhibition and sale of rare and ancient Asian and tribal artifacts and antiques, as well as contemporary art, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 1st to 3rd, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $10 per day. A preview night show, to benefit the Southern Asian Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 30th. Tickets to the benefit preview night are $50. About 65 dealers and representatives of galleries will gather at the exhibition to display and sell historic ethnic artworks, including African and Oceanic sculpture and masks; Central and South American figurines, pottery and folk art; Mexican paintings and ceramics; Spanish Colonial art; Chinese bronzes, pottery, costumes and ritual pieces; Japanese masks, dolls, chests, bronze work, basketry and incense burners; Native American pottery, blankets, beadwork and basketry; Middle Eastern jewelry; Himalayan textiles and jewelry; Indian jewelry and weaving; and Indonesian textiles, masks and sculpture. The show brings together Asian art with the artistry of tribal societies. Examples of items expected at the show are a Pre-Columbian silver necklace from the 9th century, a Chinese opium pipe from the 19th century, an 18th century Japanese warrior doll and woven blankets from a mountainous village in Laos....

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Art Heals funds Step Up on Second’s continuing care for the mentally ill

Step Up on Second in Santa Monica is celebrating 20 years of providing assistance to individuals suffering from mental illness with a charity art show and fundraising event. Art Heals, a show that features a group display of artwork created by Step Up on Second members, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 30th, at the Lowe Gallery, 2034 Broadway, Santa Monica. Tickets to the event are $100, which includes catering and an open bar. About 30 pieces of art will be on display, created by Step Up on Second clients through the “Art Heals” program at the Second Street facility. After the fundraising event, the exhibit will be moved to the Community Focus Gallery inside Santa Monica Place where it will remain on display through the end of October. A champagne reception for honored guests and event sponsors will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the catered event with dessert will begin at 7:15 p.m. Several of the participating artists plan to attend the event, and there will also be a wine bar and live jazz at the event. At the reception, Step Up on Second plans to honor its founder Susan Dempsey. Step Up on Second is a nonprofit corporation that assists individuals who have severe and persistent mental illness reintegrate into the community. The agency provides long-term support to people in recovery and their families, offering educational,...

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Abbot Kinney Boulevard Festival’s 20th year of music and revelry

The annual Abbot Kinney Boulevard Festival is back for its 20th year with a lineup of musical acts, food and community fun on Sunday, September 26th. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the stretch of Abbot Kinney Boulevard (best known for its craft boutiques and fashionable shops) between Venice Boulevard and Main Street in Venice will be closed to traffic and used as festival grounds. Admission to the street festival is free. The event will feature games, food, a petting zoo, rides, performances, prizes and an art show. The Abbot Kinney District Association, a merchants group, has organized the festival again this year. A special youth and family court for kids will be set up by Inside Out Community Arts and Venice Arts. The main feature of the festival is its stages of live music. This year, the lineup of bands includes SugarBitch, a sassy soul band, freak out funksters The Bonedaddys and Rhythm Child, a percussion ensemble led by Norm Jones that interacts with kids in the audience and lets them participate in making music. Other bands scheduled to perform at the festival include Nova Blue, Form Of, Gila Monsters, Free Kountry, In Bloom, Shaper Shifters, Firefly, Most Chill Slack Mob, Donald & Tichenor, Zoo People, Jimmy Reid, Jackie Lomax, Billy Preston, Ceremonial and Badaue. Performance stages will be set up where Abbot Kinney Boulevard...

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