Los Angeles Art Openings Make For An Inexpensive Way To Enjoy Saturday Nights

by Libby Lancaster


Looking for a fun free night out?  Head out to some local art openings taking place all over LA. April 27th is a busy day in LA.  Openings are happening in Downtown LA, Culver City, Santa Monica and more.


In the Miracle Mile area, Wallspace is celebrating its one-year anniversary in its new gallery space on La Brea.



Contemporary artist Sona Mirzaei is one of the featured artists in the group exhibition. She is looking forward to the big anniversary event. She muses, “Art, creativity, evolves like every other creation or specimen on this planet. I have been in between my traditional abstract expressionism but focused on figurative, pop art culture; mixed media in 3-Dimensional formats and incorporating what’s currently happening in our society into my practice.”



The Gallery features art in a salon style on 14′ high walls, literally floor-to-ceiling art. Mirzaei continues, “Lately I’ve been working in pop art with a street art presence, figurative, and collage with 3-Dimensional effects. Mixed media has always been featured medium in most of my works as well as making it dimensional which is a large part of why I love creating art.”


The anniversary show also includes artists Gary Palmer, Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Stephanie Visser and many more. The event will be held at Wallspace located at 607 North La Brea. LA, 90036 on Saturday, from 7-10pm. For more information see website at http://www.wallspacela.com/ For more information about Sona Mirzaei see website http://www.sonamirzaei.com/


Also opening tonight in Santa Monica is “Canvas Streets” which features several emerging artists. The exhibition includes a broad section of artists…street, graffiti as well as abstract artists.




Contemporary artist Brooke Harker is set to be featured in the group exhibition. “I think in America we get caught up analyzing ‘What is art,’” says Harker. “The significance of street art in my mind, regardless of whether I connect to the subject matter is that it is made by people who not only feel the need to express themselves, but who do so no matter what, regardless of the supplies or whether they are welcomed into a main stream art world with open arms. I can connect to that. Street art is mainstream in it’s own way since there are galleries that specialize in that style, it’s not a new concept in the way it once was.”



As a cityscape expressionist she focuses on urban scenes around Los Angeles and abroad. She traveled to paint in China last fall and currently is preparing for a show in Beijing later this summer. http://www.brookeharker.com/


Up and coming Street artist, Dillon is also participating in “Canvas Streets.” You can catch street sightings of this innovative artist’s work all over Los Angeles.


Dillon finds inspiration from galleries as well. He recently visited Merry Karnowsky Gallery. It was incredible, said Dillon. “Hard to describe in words…it was just very visceral. Also I saw House of Meggs at Thinkspace earlier this month. It was also an amazing show.”


The art party runs from 6-10pm and will offer a cash bar and Music by Sheldon.  Destroy Rebuild Repeat Gallery is located at 1515 4th St., Santa Monica, 90401 (enter in alley between 4th and 5th.  http://destroyrebuildrepeat.com/


This weekend, there are several art openings at Bergamot Station and in Culver City. See www.laartparty.com for more info. The Brewery Art Walk also takes place on April 27th and April 28th 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is free (Lot donated by UPS, closes at 6pm). For a full list of participating artists, see website. http://www.breweryartwalk.com


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