At last, art lovers in Los Angeles can again easily connect with each other, travel and discover, or rediscover, their city’s hidden gems. The inaugural Gallery Weekend Los Angeles, which runs from July 28 to August 1, is a new guide to start. The organized long weekend of events is an attempt to not only make art more accessible, but also to formalize LA’s growing arts community through its organizer, Gallery Platform LA, a coalition of more than 80 galleries who came together during the pandemic in a collaborative way to cross promote and support each other’s programs.
Growing up in LA, I grew accustomed to the specificity of every neighborhood nook and cranny—Melrose used to be the spot for all the cool vintage finds; Leimert Park and Inglewood were the places for all Black everything; Rodeo Drive was the home of luxe shopping, and La Cienega and the Culver City arts district were sites for gallery hopping. Now the city has shaken things up as a result of development, gentrification and the incredible expansion of a thriving arts community, which seemingly knows no bounds.
It’s clear, too, that Gallery Weekend Los Angeles understands the city it is supporting, just as an Angeleno would. Having taken into consideration the layout and traffic patterns of the city, gallery events are planned based on regions (North, South, Central and East) to avoid the ever-frustrating dilemma of attempting to visit a show in one neighborhood, then dashing across town to catch another before it closes. Instead, stay in the same part of town, keep that coveted parking space and support local shops, bars and restaurants in between art space and museum visits.
The north part of town, which includes Hollywood and its east and west branches, is home to a host of seasoned galleries and creative venues like LACE, Diane Rosenstein, Matthew Marks and Regen Projects in harmony alongside new kids on the block Shulamit Nazarian, Matthew Brown, Nino Meir and Nonaka-Hill. Here, too, Jeffrey Deitch never ceases to amaze and this weekend, once can view Nari Ward’s solo show and enjoy Tumblehood, an activation performance of the artist’s show by Jessica Emmanuel on July 31. If you like a side of greenery with your art, head over Various Small Fires on Saturday morning for a plant sale, coffee and donuts in the midst of Sean Raspet’s exhibition. The same venue hosted a kickoff dinner with Cultured and Diptyque on Thursday night.
On Los Angeles’s east side, head to Chinatown for both dim sum and cutting-edge gallery shows from diverse, emerging artists. Charlie James Gallery, Chateau Shatto, Nicodim, Wilding Cran Gallery, GAVLAK, and Hauser & Wirth are among my favorites in this part of town, and the three-artist exhibition “Nuestrxs Putas” at Human Resources LA is a must-see.
Storied heavy hitters like Gagosian and Roberts Projects and dynamic spots like 18th Street Arts Center, LA Louver and 5 Car Garage span the west side, but I’m partial to the central neighborhoods of LA, particularly my own home in Mid City, which offers a wonderful medley of art offerings from spaces new and old, including Band of Vices, The Landing, Ochi Projects and David Kordansky Gallery. The latter will host a conversation between artist Raul Guerrero and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, the new chief curator and deputy director of curatorial and collections at the forthcoming, and highly anticipated, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
If the abundance of new city-wide events may seem daunting, Gallery Weekend Los Angeles has a wonderful digital platform sponsored by Snap Inc., which makes it easy to see what’s happening, when and where. Its interactive traffic map takes the woe out of planning. Gallery hop to your heart’s desire.
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Art Beat: Prize-winning author pays Coast a virtual visit – Coast Reporter
The Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Reading Series presents author Gil Adamson on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Adamson will read from her recent novel, Ridgerunner, a finalist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and winner of the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Set in the Canadian and U.S. West in 1917, the book is a sequel to Adamson’s well-received first novel, Outlander. Publisher House of Anansi described Ridgerunner as “a vivid historical novel that draws from the epic tradition… a literary Western brimming with a cast of unforgettable characters touched with humour and loss, and steeped in the wild of the natural world.” The reading is a Zoom event and it’s free. Register in advance through eventbrite.ca.
A Beautiful Mess
FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park is holding an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 18 for its new exhibition, A Beautiful Mess: the joyful & random discovery of the artistic process. Creating something real out of the imagination can be a dishevelled and uncertain undertaking, usually carried out in private. Here, FibreWorks is turning that inside-out. “This show aims to create a sense of intimacy between the artist and the public.” The reception runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The show will run until Oct.31.
The Roberts Creek Legion has helped keep live music going on the Sunshine Coast through the warmer days over the past 18 months, thanks to its outdoor stage. Those setups have kept patrons in the fresh air and safely separated. Now the club is moving its visiting bands back to its indoor stage – and visitors onto its new dance floor – with a “Grande Re-Opening” on Friday, Sept. 17, featuring the Ween tribute band, Captain Fantasy. Doors at 7 p.m. The legion follows on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 11 p.m. with a string of acts, including The Locals, Eddy Edrick, Michelle Morand, and an open-stage jam. Proof of vaccination will be required for admission to all shows.
The Locals also play the outdoor venue at Tapworks in Gibsons on Saturday, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. That might depend on the weather, as (at press time) heavy rain was forecast for Saturday.
The Clubhouse Restaurant in Pender Harbour presents Karl Kirkaldy on Friday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 19, Half Cut and The Slackers rock the Clubhouse from 2 to 5 p.m.
Joe Stanton is scheduled to entertain on Saturday, Sept. 18 on the patio at the Backeddy Resort and Marina in Egmont. Again, that’s weather-dependent.
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Reconciliation through Indigenous art is the theme at a Calgary mall – CTV News Calgary
The exhibit features work from 17 Indigenous artists and is located in Southcentre Mall’s Art Corner on the second floor.
Tapisa Kilabuk is one of the event organizers with the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good that’s collaborating with Colouring it Forward Reconciliation Society for the six week long exhibit.
“Just having this kind of representation in Calgary is just so wonderful and so beautiful and so inclusive,” said Kilabuk. “When I was here the other day helping with the orange shirts and I was overwhelmed with emotion because I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
The federal government recently declared September 30th as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It’s a day for Canadians to spread awareness and reflect on the tragedies experienced by Indigenous people as a result of the country’s former residential school system.
Alexandra Velosa is the marketing manager at Southcentre Mall which is a big supporter of the arts community. The artwork for the exhibit is hung from the ceiling and on the back of each piece are recommendations about how everyone can take steps to help foster reconciliation.
“We all want to make a difference,” said Velosa. “We just sometimes don’t know how and this is what the art exhibit is giving us, it’s giving us the information we need to take little actions to be part of the reconciliation.”
The space has been open to the public since the start of September. Close to 11,000 people visit it daily.
“A big part of our role with Colour it Forward Reconciliation Society is reconciliation through the arts,” said Kilabuk. “That gives people the space to come together, to learn more, to appreciate one another, to admire one another and really create those fundamental relationships in our community that will create a better community in the future.”
WHITE BUFFALO MOON
Keevin Rider is one of the artists taking part in the exhibit. His piece is titled White Buffalo Moon. A buffalo on the left side of the painting represents the people, seven empty lodges represent death, loneliness, sorrow, mourning, grief, hurt, depression. A white buffalo on the right represents healing and looks towards the buffalo on the left letting him know that he is there to help heal the people.
Rider says he’s a product of his parents attending residential schools.
“My dad was Stoney Nakoda, my mom was Blackfoot, Blood,” said Rider. “They can speak their language fluently but they thought it would be better for us not to because of what residential (schools) taught them: it taught them not to speak their language, don’t use your culture.”
Now Rider is starting to learn his native languages at 57 years old. He says painting puts him in a good space and helps him heal. He’s proud to be included in the exhibit and is hopeful that visitors will learn from the stories of the art and appreciate the work of the Indigenous artists featured.
The mall is still finalizing details of how it will host the first observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th to follow provincial health measures. The exhibit will be open until mid-October.
Art show in Minto – Wellington Advertiser
HARRISTON – The Minto Arts Council is hosting its first show of the year at the Minto Art Gallery. Showcasing the Saugeen Artist Guild, the show is entitled Reflections from the Saugeen Artists Guild.
This show features multiple works from over 20 artists and includes a variety of styles and mediums, including oil paintings, watercolours, stained glass, mixed media, encaustic, jewelry, photography and works with polymer clay.
“This is truly a very diverse show and we are so proud to be able to bring this to our community,” gallery officials state.
The show officially opened Sept. 9 and runs until Oct. 2.
The gallery, located at 88 Mill Street on the third floor of the Harriston branch of the Wellington County Library, is open:
– Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8pm;
– Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 4pm; and
– Saturdays, 11am to 1pm.
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