‘Tis the season for art expositions in Santa Monica. Two weeks of winter art fairs are scheduled to take place in the city, with organizers seeking to build the Los Angeles region an image of an art world “hot spot” on par with that of New York.

LOS ANGELES ART SHOW — A yearly art event displaying classical works of art from five different centuries and also contemporary fine art works, is coming to the Santa Monica Airport.

The Los Angeles Art Show, presented yearly by the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 26th to 29th, at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Show admission, which includes a printed color catalog of the art works, is $18.

The show will feature art on display and for sale that spans five centuries. Fifty international galleries will display Old Master, 19th century and contemporary works of art.

Fine Art Dealers Association sponsors the vetting (checking of authenticity) of all works in the show.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Museum of Latin American Art, the San Diego Museum of Art and The Autrey National Center will organize exhibitions at the Los Angeles Art Show.

A lecture series will feature distinctive voices from the art world, speaking on a variety of topics relevant to art collecting. Lectures are at 2 p.m. each day of the show and admission is included with the show ticket.

Friday’s lecture will feature Gregorio Luke, director of the Museum of Latin American Art, speaking about the life and works of artist David Alfaro Siqueiros.

The Pacific Design Center will participate in the show with a series of vignettes created by interior designers to showcase works of art within designed interior settings.

Information, (310) 822-9145.

PHOTO L.A. — Photo L.A. is an annual art exposition focused solely on the photographic arts, which features displays by about 70 galleries and private dealers representing international and U.S. artists. The expo also hosts lectures and on-site collecting seminars.

Photo L.A. is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 22nd, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica.

Tickets are $20 for a one-day pass (including a catalog). Lectures are $10 per speaking engagement and on-site collecting seminars are $80 (which includes fair admission).

Renowned contemporary photographic artists whose works will be featured in the expo include Robert Polidori, Larry Fink, Joel Peter-Witkin, Robert Eggleston, Tseng Kwong Chi, Nick Brandt, Loretta Lux, Chris Jordan and Mona Kuhn.

There will also be vintage classics by Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Edmund Teske, Berenice Abbott, Weegee, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harry Callahan and Frederick Sommer.

An opening reception gala to benefit the Photographic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, that will be hosted by actress and “art collector about town” Diane Keaton, is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, January 19th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Tickets to the opening are $50.

The aim of Photo L.A. is to exhibit works by both established and emerging artists and to contribute to establishing Los Angeles as a premier art city, according to organizers.

The event is organized by Stephen Cohen, a Los Angeles gallery owner who also produces the Art L.A., Photo San Francisco and Photo New York expositions.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a lecture and seminar series will take place. Guest lecturers include Jeff Brouws, David Hilliard, Lucien Clergue, Martin Parr, Paul Messier and Eikoh Hosoe.

Stephen Perloff, founder and editor of The Photo Review and editor of Photograph Collector and Rick Wester, World Wide Head of Photographs for Phillip de Pury & Company will address seminar audiences.

A collecting panel entitled “Collecting Photographs in the New Art Market” moderated by Philippe Garner, International Head of Christie’s Photographs, also will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 22nd.

Information, (323) 937-5525.

ART L.A. — A follow-up to the Photo L.A. expo, Art L.A. puts its emphasis on contemporary artists and modern art, especially the avant-garde.

Aside from traditional media, the contemporary art fair features works of mixed media, video and digital art by established artists and cutting edge newcomers, organizers say.

Art L.A. is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 27th to 29th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $15 for a one-day pass (including a catalog). Lectures are $10 per speaking engagement and on-site collecting seminars are $80.

An opening reception and preview gala, set to benefit the MOCA Contemporaries support group, is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, January 26th. Tickets to the preview are $50.

The focus of the participating galleries will be to present provocative new art and media, and to introduce a new generation of artists to the public, according to the Stephen Cohen Gallery.

About 65 galleries are expected to exhibit works, including ACE Gallery, Richard Heller Gallery, China Art Objects, Daniel Hug Gallery, Western Project and Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art of Los Angeles; Franklin Parrasch Gallery, Lyons Wier Gallery and Morgan Lehman Gallery of New York; Catharine Clark Gallery and Jack Hanley Gallery of San Francisco; and international galleries including GalerÌa H&H (Mexico); Galerie Deborah Zafman (Paris, France) and Wetterling Gallery (Stockholm, Sweden).

Highlights of the exhibition will include installations, special events and performances by multimedia, digital and conceptual artists, including Eric Doeringer and Marc Horowitz.

A series of ten project booths at the fair will feature installations, video and conceptual projects. These booths will be a way for galleries to exhibit the works of one or two of their main artists. Galleries from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London are scheduled to participate.

A lecture and seminar series will also take place throughout the exposition with contemporary art work speakers including Shepard Fairey (famous for his “Obey Giant” street art campaign) and the Clayton Brothers. Also, a collecting seminar with Deborah McLeod, former senior vice-president of Christie’s, Los Angeles and current director of the Gagosian Gallery, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 28th. Information, (323) 937-5525.