Coming in June!
The second Saturday of every month, many local galleries and artist spaces keep their doors open late. Many schedule openings and other special events that evening. Among the June highlights:
• Avenue 50 Studio presents “Metal Urges” featuring weighty pieces by local artists Michael Amescua, Charles Dickson, Hacer, Heather McLarty, Daniel Quinonez, Jaime Sabate, Deborah Thomas and Nan Wollman
• In the Avenue 50 Studio Annex, it’s “The Stamp Project--Creating Cultural Currency,” created by local artist and activist Margaret Garcia, through which artists, poets, musicians and writers react to the Federal Government’s failure to recognize the cultural community in its stimulus package, by creating life and work-affirming stamp images
• Popular painter and mixed media artist Walt Hall will have a solo show of new paintings about life and death inside Cactus, and the CoolHaus ice cream sandwich truck will be parked outside
• In celebration of Gay Pride Month, drkrm/gallery will present an extraordinary, never-before-seen glimpse into pre-AIDS gay sexual culture with “The Fairoaks Project,” an exhibit of Polaroid photographs taken by Frank Melleno during the spring and summer of 1978 at The Fairoaks Hotel, a San Francisco bathhouse
• Kristi Engle will be in the midst of a solo show by a significant definer of the local art scene, artist/curator John O’Brien
• MorYork will be showing “Fruit Salad,” the works of photographer Peter Brenner
• New Puppy will be experiencing the energy of “CAPTURED: U, Me & Hip Hop,” a group photo exhibit of captured moments in Hip Hop culture
• Every Second Saturday is “T-Shirt Revival Night” at Outpost for Contemporary Art; every month, for just a small charge, a different artist will spiffy up your T-shirt or bag or…with unique silk-screen images
• The Land of Odd is having two shows—a “Photography Exhibition” featuring Vern Evans, Jolly de Guzman, Edith Ben-Horin, Bruce Kaplan, Joe B. Hall and Diane Harrelson plus (try not to be scared) “The Evil Bunny Show” with artwork by Jinx, Sheri DeBow, Missy Feigum and Carisa Swenson until midnight
• Jose Vera Fine Art & Antiques is exhibiting new works by multicultural contemporary artist, Toni Scott, reflecting the power and unique identity of African Americans who have significant Native American Ancestry, with a reverence for and celebration of the melding of, African American and Native American traditions (+ the NELA Sweets Truck parked in front)
• workspace will be showing "Potpourri," the works of Davida Nemeroff, proprietress of Night Gallery, exploring multivariate forms of femininity in photographs and objects.
• Future Studio is debuting BOOK BOOTH HIGHLAND PARK, a few doors up the street from Chicken Boy's roost, next to the entrance of La Arca de Noe restaurant, 5570 N. Figueroa Street; BOOK BOOTH is a free community art/literature project. (The books and magazines found at BOOK BOOTH are all donated by your neighbors and are looking for new homes, so if you see something that interests you, please take it. If you have family-friendly books and magazines that you would like to pass along—just leave them at BOOK BOOTH. Please help keep BOOK BOOTH neat and trash-free. Until the end of June, you can still catch Michael Gullberg's "The Air That I Breathe" by appointment call 323 254-4565.)
• Mike Kelley and Michael Smith's "A Voyage of Growth and Discovery" will be open at the Farley Building in Eagle Rock from 7-9 (See this blog's posting of 6/4/10)
• Studio Root66 has extended Cheryl Cambras' "Super Happy Cuteness (see photo posted 6/4) and mixed it up with Roderick Smith's "Stage Plays," a collection of small oils in tin frames inspired by the retablo crafts of Mexico
So mark June 12 on your calendar and visit www.nelaart.com for a longer list of local venues, addresses, maps.