The Second Saturday of every month, Northeast Los Angeles art galleries stay open late for NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night. The event is a celebration of the thriving NELA contemporary arts community and of NELA’s history as L.A.’s original arts community. Visit nelaart.com to download a gallery map.
Where to see art Saturday, January 8
NELAart’s Second Saturday Galleries
Stores and Coffee Houses showing local artists
And other once-in-a-lifetime opportunities
(7 to 10 p.m. unless otherwise indicated)
3706 North Figueroa
The Spoke(n) Art bicycle ride to several local galleries leaves at 7. Return about 10 for an after party. You’ll get to take home stenciled shirts and prints, depending on what you bring
5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard
"A Murder of Crows and Other Avian Stories.” Cactus Gallery’s 4th annual bird themed show featuring artists Nicole Bruckman, Christopher Umana, Matt Adrian and Walt Hall. Plus: over 20 artists have also created new works for this show. Come celebrate the beauty of our feathered friends!
Cafe de Leche
5000 York Boulevard
A coffee shop with monthly exhibits by local artists. Robey Clark's "A Glut of Butterflies."
2113 N. San Fernando Road
Curve Line Space
1577 Colorado Boulevard
“Out of the Woods” by Los Angeles-based artist Kate Savage. "In these drawings, I used dolls as models to explore the wilderness of childhood. In some, I extended the picaresque tale of Pinocchio, an iconic character in search of authenticity. In other works, Flora (a character of my own invention) is a survivor who joins forces with her power animals. Drawing media include graphite, ink wash, acrylic and charcoal on paper. Paper and wood are my preferred surfaces, whether drawing or painting, as they feel closely connected to nature. Formally, the theatrical 'stage' upon which the players act is often very simple: a horizon line, an ambiguous abstracted nature."
A Flash Gallery
York Boulevard and Avenue 50
There is a Flash Gallery happening on the corner of York and Ave 50 this Saturday Night!Bring a piece of work and hang it on the fence that surrounds the vacant lot. Leave it up from 7pm-10pm.Work should be available for sale or trade.(Be sure to remove it at the end of the evening.)
5558 North Figueroa
Jeff Boynton, Mona Jean Cedar, and Andy Ben combine forces/talents in their latest endeavor--visual art installation with sporadic mini performances throughout the night. Jeff Boynton’s circuit bending is legendary. Always pushing the black art into ingeniously innovative inventions, he will be premiering three new circuit bent instruments: The Saw Choir –- yes, a choir of small recordable dolls from the “Saw” movies; The Perplexi-Feeli -- really the Touchie- Feelie on steroids (you’ll see); The Giant Pink Wheel of Torture -- think pink with a capital P, and spinning. Mona Jean Cedar will be presenting a new prose piece: The TEN-der Commandments conceived specifically for The Saw Choir and inspired by Rob Brezsny’s book Pronoia. Andy Ben brings his multi-media artistry into the fray by performing on his own old timey housed bent toys in solo sets and with Jeff and with Walter Gross. Mr. Ben’s DIY bent instruments will be for sale. Virginia Dan and will also be showing some of their disturbingly cute artwork. Chicken Boy Shop will be open.
The Glass Studio
5052 York Boulevard
Art glass, beads and tiles. Demos, classes and supplies.
3800 Homer Street
Heritage Square and the Arroyo Arts Collective invite you to their first "Stitch Group" hosted at the historic Perry House. Meet fellow fiber artists, bring work to share (and show off) and learn about their next Yarn Bombing event. All levels of experience welcome. 4-6 p.m.
José Vera Fine Art & Antiques
2012 Colorado Boulevard
The Photography of Ricardo Barrera. Ricardo Barrera was born in 1953 in Mexico City. He is the son of Mexican Muralist Armando Campero. He began painting seriously at the age of 14. Barrera traveled to Mexico City to work on the "March of Humanity" mural of David Alfaro Siqueiros when he was 15. At 18, he traveled to Europe and visited Salvador Dali and Henry Moore at their respective homes. During this trip he began shooting with his first camera, a Minolta 35mm. He returned to Mexico three years later to study for a year with muralist Jorge Gonzalez Camarena. He spent his evenings in classes at the Academy of San Carlos. In 1979, he began experimenting with computers. This would lead to him working in Computer Graphics for several game companies in Los Angeles. He then became obsessed with programming, and moved between programming, computer art, and, his first love, painting. In 2005, he took a class at Los Angeles Valley College in Photography. He became hooked, taking every available class. He was forced to expand his studies to Santa Monica College, where an epiphany occurred - the camera was a brush that painted with light. 6-9 p.m.
6019 Echo Street
An exhibition of skateboard and street art inspired paintings and sculpture, exploring atmosphere in design through relationships between objects, materiality, ornament and form.
Kristi Engle Gallery
5002 York Boulevard
TBA: A Group Video Exhibition in 7 Parts. Part 3 features works by Jay Lizo and McLean Fahnestock. Lizo’s “Dancing Is Political, Stupid” is inspired from Barbara Ehrenreich’s book “ Dancing In The Streets: A History of Collective Joy”. Found internet images from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to Rembrandt’s the “Nightwatchers” paintings create a scenario where two factions of “dance parties” do a dance-off at Bastille square. Two types of ideologies come together to form a kind of mutated form where the groups fuse through a explosion and then reunite as particles that drift in the air together. Fahnestock’s “St. Clare of Burbank” (2010) is a projected video installation that incorporates footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing shown on a 1950’s RCA television, mimicking the way that it could have been seen in the homes of those lucky enough to be watching on Earth at the time. The title alludes to St. Clare of Assisi who, because of her claim that the she could see St. Francis speak through a space that opened in the wall of her cell when she was too ill to attend mass, has been named the patron Saint of television. The work itself is skeptical. And is questioning its faith in the achievements of science and in the truth telling of television.
Leanna Lin’s Wonderland
5024 Eagle Rock Boulevard
Axel Honey's TigerBunny show will be featuring artworks of Melissa Contreras & Friends! Celebrate the new year with this show themed off the Chinese zodiac signs ~ transitioning of Tiger to Rabbit! Along with Axel Honey's paintings + cooshees, Melissa Contreras will be doing limited edition collaborations with Crowded Teeth (paper toys), Cermae (scoodies), Nadfly (creations of what bunny & tigers dream of), Lady Gee (mini duffle accessory pouch w/wooden charm) + Sweet Siren Designs (beautiful jewelry with Axel Honey's art). DJ EV-1 + Face painting by Yuuta. Come dressed in theme (if you dare). 6-10 p.m.
4501 Eagle Rock Boulevard
“Crowns + Veils.” Javiera Estrada presents a unique mixed media exploration of traditional photography, digital texturing, sanding, wood and resin, a photographic journey of the struggle between the ego and true nature. [Art Lounge: January 22, 7-11 p.m.]
4959 York Boulevard
“Egg Tree Egg” is Jason Hadley's first solo show in Los Angeles in two years and his first showing at MorYork Gallery, the perfect space for Hadley's strange sculptural brand of storytelling. Wax light bulbs, cement life casts and noisy mechanical contraptions will combine to create a surreal home where trees built of rubber and nails grow inside a tangled nest of repurposed musical instruments.
2808 Elm Street
A benefit in honor of the late artist Gil One.
New Stone Age Mosaics
4532 1/2 Eagle Rock Boulevard
The mosaic studio of Mary Clark-Camargo (who just did four pieces for the TV show “Parks and Recreation).
An Orange Door
3188 Verdugo Road
Outpost for Contemporary Art
1268 North Avenue 50
T-shirt Revival Night is a silk-screening event that features a new artist every month. Bring a favorite old T-Shirt that needs a little sprucing up or any other item you'd like to have the artist print on. Each print is only $6, or buy two for $10. This month: Jena Lee creates socially-based projects that invite viewers to collaborate in her process. For "T-shirt Revival Night," Lee draws inspiration from the Do-It-Yourself cultural phenomenon and utilizes the visual language of pattern making and garment construction to reinterpret the form... of the basic t-shirt. Each of Lee's images present a set of instructions for transforming the t-shirt into a new object or article of clothing, suggesting the screen print is no longer the final step in the process of product and creation.
Window Dressing for Outpost by Olivia Booth. A project for Outpost’s window residency series, on view now at Outpost HQ. “It’s not a given that windows -- simply by making outside and inside visible at once -- open up and relate interior and exterior spaces; most of the time windows need to be attended to in order to get them to do so. I’ve been working directly with window glass in order to deal with this problem.”
5917 North Figueroa
“Collection,” a sampling of photographic art by Nicole Fournier. Fournier is an accomplished production artist, photo editor and photographer with 13 years experience in the publishing industry--specializing in books, magazines and newspapers. Her process begins with photography. She then prints the image onto canvas. After stretching the canvas, she embellishes the surface using an encaustic wax process.
5006½ York Boulevard
A vintage clothing store with works by local artists on the walls. Armed with an adapted spin-art machine and hundreds of discs rescued from the depths of a landfill, Kristen DeWitt rocks a canvas with an assortment of painted CDs that explode with color.
Verbre Studio and Gallery
4540 Eagle Rock Boulevard
The art studio of D. Paul Verbre.
1st Defense, Mind Body Studio
5577 North Figueroa
Henia Flynn and Rebeca Guerrero. Henia Flynn: “Art ...to me is an expression of a journey; it grows and develops as we grow and develop--spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically--with our experiences, lessons, successes and failures. I believe that we are all artists, creating and manifesting our realities in our daily lives. One of the ways I choose to manifest is through painting. It is the physical expression of my soul, it is me turned inside out...The lessons you are meant to learn are in your work. To see them, you need only look at the work clearly—without judgement, without need or fear, without wishes or hopes. Without emotional expectations. Ask your work what it needs, not what you need. Then set aside your fears and listen,..." Rebeca Guerrero: “My work consists of a variety of media. My preferred media are pastels, acrylics, oils and silk screens. Filled with bright vibrant colors, my works are both, dramatic and poetic. Traveling, literature, my garden and life are the sources of my inspiration. Loyalty to my subjects is imperative to my work. My art seems to be pleasing and inviting to the beholder. At first sight it seems to be just what you see, but once captured by it, one finds hidden messages that might be faces, poetic symbolism and literary references. I create art because I breathe.”
1215 Cypress Avenue
Jordan Steinberg: Paintings. 7 p.m.-midnight.