Black Maria Gallery gets the lead out

Straddling Los Angeles this weekend will be Black Maria Gallery, with one event in Venice and the other on their home turf in Atwater Village.

Tonight, Under the Table, its artists’ and designers’ goods and products store located next door to its home base gallery in Atwater Village, will be participating in Venice’s First Fridays on Abbot Kinney, which kicks off tonight at 7 PM.

The Black Maria contingent will be set up at Predator Cycling, 1219½ Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, with paintings from the gallery’s fabled back room, along with limited edition prints and designers’ vinyl toys.

On Saturday night, an opening reception will be held at Black Maria Gallery in Atwater Village for Get the Lead Out, a group show curated by Ally Takeuchi featuring sketches, pen and ink drawings, watercolor and sculpture by 36 artists.

The exhibition aims to shed light on the artist’s process. Gallery goers will be privy to seeing how a finish painting, illustration or sculpture is born and develops.

According to Zara Zeitountsian, the gallery director,

“Seeing how a finished work comes together will give the viewer a greater appreciation of how an artist creates. Making art and the artistic process more accessible and tangible to the public is something that the gallery is deeply committed to.”

This is Takeuchi’s second exhibition at the gallery. As the curator, she has arranged for a portion of the proceeds to go to Lunch For Life, a charity that raises awareness and research dollars towards a cure for neuroblastoma pediatric cancer.

Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90039

Opening reception Saturday, Aug. 2nd, 7 – 10 PM

Image – Sam Saghatelian, “The Wounded Deer,” watercolor on paper, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ – 2008

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