This is my favorite event of the year and it starts tonight and runs through July 2nd. It is the 626 Night Market, the premiere event of the summer here in the 626. Food, Music, Shopping and FUN. Its an experience not to be missed.
Parking fills fast so arrive early or Uber/Lyft in from the Arcadia Metro Gold Line Station. If you must drive take the 210 to Arcadia, Exit Santa Anita and follow the signs to the Santa Anita Racetrack.
Pardon the play on words, but its fitting. A Holiday sale for all things Tiki, retro Tiki and stuff with a modern twist. Among the Artists there will be my favorite Tiki artists, L.A Area based artist noir-Rick Kess. A low quality watermarked example of Rick’s work is to the right for your reference.
As promised, its going on and its really one of the finest broad brush strokes of fine art in a small location that you will find. The artists are there to talk to you about their art. The music if lively and adds to the entertainment. The Children’s Chalk Experience is going on now for kids 5-12. The BEEER Garden has ample beer and perfect to slake your thirst with the creative brews from Pacific Plate Brewery.
Deets. Saturday 10/29 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10/30 10AM-4PM, Library Park 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 MAP HERE
This weekend is it. The 53rd Annual Celebrate the Arts presented by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. As always its held in Library Park in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. This year there are 50 fine artists showcasing their art as well as local non-profits sharing what they do in the community.
There will be live and DJ provided entertainment all weekend at Celebrate the Arts. There will also be Food Trucks. Saturday will feature Pie and Burger, and My Delight Cupcakery. Sunday will feature Austyn Premier Hamburgers and Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream.
New this year to add to the fun and excitement is a BEER GARDEN. All proceeds from the sale of fine craft beer from Pacific Plate Brewery goes to MAFA to help with various community art projects and events during the year.
If you have kids, bring them along as there will be ample for them to do. One of the sponsors, ChapCare is having a coloring contest. Another local business is sponsoring the Youth Chalk Art Competition on Saturday. Please note that this year because of anticipated rain and wet sidewalks Friday and Sunday the competitive Chalk Painting has been cancelled.
Additionally the Friends of the Library will be holding an Art and Collectibles Book Sale on Saturday during the show.
Deets. Saturday 10/29 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10/30 10AM-4PM, Library Park 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 MAP HERE
DTLA’s iconic Union Station unveils the Cabinet of Curiosities, an original installation of mysterious worlds viewed through peepholes, created by a group of Los Angeles-based artists. The exhibit will open to the public on August 6 and remain on display during station operating hours through August 31. A special reception with the artists, open to the public, will be held on Sunday, August 7 from 3 – 6pm.
Curated by Carl Berg, the exhibit showcases original works from artists Tanya Brodsky, David DiMichele, Ashley Hagen, Noel Korten, Keith Lord, Cecilia Miniucchi and Andre Yi.
Cabinet of Curiosities will feature a visual glimpse into the artists’ world not on a grand scale but rather on a more personal level. Only one person can view the artworks in the exhibition at a time, giving the viewer his or her own intimate experience. It requires active participation by the viewer something often lost in a world of digital billboards, video screens at gas stations, and smart devices on which you can watch movies.
“We’re delighted to bring this intriguing installation to our Grand Waiting Room,” said Ken Pratt, Metro’s Director of Union Station Property Management. “Our goal is to surprise and engage commuters, tourists and others traveling through the station with an unexpected and fanciful art experience.”
“Cabinet of Curiosities” refers to a European practice from the 16th Century, also known as Kunstkabinett, Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, and wonder-rooms, which were encyclopedic collections of objects and were regarded as microcosms or theaters of the world and were a precursor to the first museums.
These unique worlds formed from an assemblage of objects and in many ways functioned as a library of these objects, not unlike computers and the Internet, by creating relationships between things.
The exhibition however is inherently not digital and the artworks created for this exhibition were mostly handmade by the artists themselves. A throw-back to an era were mystery was created by crafting objects that used visual phenomenon to trick the viewer into seeing something that is really not what is seems to be.
Cabinet of Curiosities is part of Union Station’s first-ever summer entertainment series that spans unique events, thought provoking cultural programs and live music, free to the public throughout the summer season. For more information on Cabinet of Curiosities and summer programs at Union Station visit unionstationla.com.
About Union Station:
Built in 1939, Union Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the station’s signature Mission Moderne style makes it one of L.A.’s architectural gems. Today, the station has evolved into a vibrant transportation center serving 75,000 passengers daily. Union Station is currently in the first phase of a Master Plan that will enable it to better handle the growing number of transit riders, accommodate high-speed rail and serve as one of L.A.’s premier public spaces while protecting the historic core of the station. For more information, visit unionstationla.com. Connect with Union Station on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Monrovia Association of Fine Arts is hosting its annual Art Walk in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. There will be several local artists with various media well represented. Among those showcasing their work will be this fall’s Celebrate the Arts Featured Artist, Steve McCarthy. One to watch for is up and coming artist Elizabeth “Isa” Martinez from the Art Institute of Chicago who is a recent Monrovia High graduate.
As always there will be a variety of music in Old Town Monrovia with one of the bands, a jazz band, playing in the heart of the Art Walk.
Once there pop into one of the many new bars and restaurants for a quick cocktail and stroll the Art Walk. Have several and use public transportation to get to Old Town.
Parking can be tough to find in Old Town Monrovia on weekends. I HIGHLY recommend you take the Gold Line to the Monrovia Station, show your tap card or paid stub and you get a free ride into Old Town courtesy the city transit. It runs fairly frequently from Station Square to Library Park. From Library Park its a short 1 block walk to the Art Walk. IF you simply park at Station Square the shuttle costs a thin buck for the ride.
Deets: July 30, 7-10 PM. 400 and 500 block of South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016
This is going to be fun. A night of nurturing your inner 12 yo with art and limbered up with some right tasty craft brews by Pacific Plate Brewery. This event is supported by Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio and Gallery as well as Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.
This isn’t free, but the $45 fee includes all materials and your Craft Beer. IMHO its well worth the cost of admission for an evening of art with Ms Butterfield, the craft beer is the icing on the proverbial cake!
Deets:Saturday July 30, 2016 7PM-9PM 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 626-256-4848
This is going to be fun. Tiki art with a modern twist and vibe will be on show and sale this coming Sunday at the Tonga Tiki Hut Lounge in North Hollywood starting at 2PM.
One of the featured artists will be Rick Kess and his Design Krime Studio works. He will have originals available for sale as well as extremely affordable prints that are prefect for display and framing. Not to brag, but I do have a bias for Rick’s work and proudly have 3 pieces on display in my office and home. Really witty and well executed tiki, mid century mod themed pieces that I hope you will like as much as I do when you see them.
More details on the art and artists to be there on a FB page. While there pop into the Tonga Hut for a cold libation and enjoy the vintage dive bar atmosphere.
Deets: Sunday 7/17/2016 2PM until ?,Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge 12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91606 (818) 769-0708
Part of Monrovia Association of Fine Arts mission is to help artists develop their business. The second in a series of seminars is this Saturday June 18 at the Monrovia Community Center.
The seminar on how to build your Art Business will be taught by Margaret Danielak, is a well-known art consultant and I have her excellent book entitled “A Gallery without Walls” about this topic. http://www.danielakart.com/consulting.html The discounted member fee is only $20.00 and can pay for itself in increased sales. Non-members $30.00, students $10.00. You can reserve a seat and pay HERE. The price of admission includes your course handouts, Starbucks’ coffee, juice and snacks. Hurry as seats are limited.
Deets: Monrovia Community Center Iris Room, 119 W. Palm Ave, Monrovia, 10 a.m. to noon.
Every so often I get a press release that interests me a lot and I start asking questions and getting more detail for a post. In this case Nathanael Welch from the Hatchery Los Angeles reached out with info on an Art Walk featuring artists with disabilities he works with.
The Hatchery in short form is a theological school that is focused on building “common cause” community based churches. Fair enough, but the program Nathanael is working on is special. Its about giving artists with disabilities a way to showcase their art and share it in pop up galleries that pop up all over Los Angeles.
The event in Culver City will be the #CityWalk, where they take pictures and explore the area. Then they will have the pop-up gallery at a different location at the end of the month. They will meet downtown and then walk around the main street on June 12th. He said you can also have people contact him directly at his email address: [email protected] if you have questions. To follow Nathanael’s events you can sign up for Email Notices.
If you are a collector of vintage comic books, those going back 25-50 years this is the place to be this Sunday in the Valley. Oic your favorite super hero and or action figure comic character and find them in the stacks of goodies at this show.
There will be numerious vendors and exhibits as well as 8 comic book celebrities and/or Hollywood types gracing the show with their expertise in the minutiae of that business. Make not mistake about it, this is an art form and is celebrated at this convention.
They have a facebook page that the randomly update with information on the happenings that will take place Sunday at the convention. With nearly 2.5K followera this is shaping up to be a do not miss.
Deets: San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention. Sunday March 13, 10AM-4PM 11128 BALBOA BLVD, GRANADA HILLS, CA 91344 MAP HERE Admission: $5.00 Children 12 and under FREE!!!
If you love the California and American Fine Art movements this is an event not to be missed. John Moran Auctioneers formerly of Pasadena has moved its showroom and activities to Monrovia. The draw…lots of them and yes, pun intended, bringing them to my corner of the SGV.
They are previewing several paintings my California and American masters that will be in their formal auction on March 22. The preview show is a charity event, your admission is tax deductible with the proceeds to be split between the Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley and Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. The divided proceeds will be used by MAFA for its at-risk teen art workshop program and the Volunteer Center for its Make a Difference Day outreach. Included in your price of admission is food, wine and a catalog of the Fine Art offerings. To purchase your ticket you may do so HERE.
DEETS: March 16, 5-7PM John Moran Auctioneers, 145 E Walnut Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016 Admission:$50 (tax deductible)
Its that time of year for me. Sorting receipts, wondering what’s deductible or not and what new tax laws affect my art generated income. If you’re an artist looking for guidance to make sure you get all your deductions and not sure what changes this year took place that could affect you, have I got a seminar for us.
Monrovia Association of Fine Arts as the first installment of its Professional Development Series offers up for artists, members and non-members alike a seminar by Abe Carrow CPA “Tax and the Artist”. It will be a one day seminar held Saturday February 13 from 10-noon. The fee is $20 for members, $30 for non-members and $10 for students regardless of membership status and can be paid here.
Deets: Tax and the Artist. February 13, 10AM-Noon, Monrovia Community Center, 119 W Palm Ave, Monrovia 91016.
This weekend was a terrifc weekend, if you forget the blazing heat and attended the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts 52nd Annual Celebrate the Arts and first ever ChalkFest.
Celebrate the Arts incorporated several first as I outlined the other day. What makes these events fun isn’t so much the terrific art, but the ability to see artists working on their art, demonstrating their technique. There year there were several artists doing just that. Glass blower Joshua Smilth wowed folks with his tecnhique. Metal sculpturist Bill Hyatt continued working on his horse head sculpture a painstaking process of welding dot by dot to build up the face and texture of the horse.