Recommended openings – December overview…

Tue, Dec. 2nd 7-10PM

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
“Illuminate” featuring new works from Mia Araujo, Robert Bellm and Angelique Houtkamp
(On view through Dec. 6th)

Fri, Dec. 5th 9PM-2AM
Blank Canvas Party
1506 Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice
You Make It Happen – blank canvas live public painting event with featured live painting from Michael Pukac, Phloe, Meex One, DroL and more + free door + free booze – come create and have a good time

Fri, Dec. 5th 7-11PM
C.A.V.E. Gallery
507 Rose Ave in Venice / 310.428.6387
“Trifecta” featuring new works from John Michael Gill, Jeremy Szuder and Michelle Dubin plus live painting from Michael Pukac
(On view through Jan. 2nd)

Fri, Dec. 5th 8-11PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
New works from Max Grundy and Alex De Leon
(On view through Dec. 28th)

Sat, Dec. 6th 4-6PM
Arcana: Books On The Arts
1229 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica / 310.458.1499
Book signing with Ed Templeton for his new book “Deformer”

Sat, Dec. 6th 7PM-2AM ($15 admission before 10PM / $20 afterwards)
613 Imperial Street in Los Angeles – The Premier Events Center
One-night only group show and performance featuring a huge grouping of artists, DJ’s, fashion designers, live painting action, video art and much, much more – see site for full lineup of the action

Sat, Dec. 6th 8PM-12:30AM ($8 admission)
Hive Gallery
729 S. Spring St in downtown Los Angeles
Monthly group show with featured artists Naomi Nowak, Carol Powell, Yuki Miyazaki, John Lytle Wilson and Emilio

Sat, Dec. 6th
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave in Los Angeles / 213.625.0414
“Dreams To Dreams” is a group show put together by the JANM in association with Docosta of Chocalate Soop and is the first custom vinyl show to take place in a museum setting – all artists will be customizing Chocalate Soop’s DCTO (Dream Come True Project), a futuristic vinyl version of a traditional Japanese New Year’s folk toy – participating artists include: Angry Woebots • Barry Stephenson • Brent Nolasco • Cameron Tiede • Camilla d’Errico • Charles Hui • Charuca • Christina Conway • Dacosta • Dan Goodsell • David & Kazumi Svenson • Donna Ikkanda • Gary van der Steur • Hiroshi Yoshii • Itokin Park • Jesse Hernandez • Jester • Joel Nakamura • Judson Beaumont • Julie West • kaNO kid • Kazuko Shinoka (Spicy Brown) • Keith Poon • Koji Takei • Leecifer • MadL • Marilyn Frandsen • Mark Atomos • Mark Nagata • Megan Majewski • Neal Yamamoto • NEMO • PESKIMO • Peter Taylor • PON • Qris Yamashita • Sachiho Hino (Spicy Brown) • Scott Wetterschneider • Shawn O’Conner • Steve Rolston • Steve Talkowski • Stuart Rapeport • Trevor McKay – check site for times and full details
(On view through Jan. 4th, 2009)

Sat, Dec. 6th 6-9PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
“From The Outside In” – special book signing event with Alexandra Gibson including a live photo shoot
(One-night only event)

Sat, Dec. 6th 8-11PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“Dreams of Eternity” featuring new works from Viktor Safonkin
(On view through Jan. 10th, 2009)

Sat, Dec. 6th 6-11PM
Salon Session Studios
112 S. De Lacey Ave in Pasadena / 626.795.8856
{EXIT} presents “Movers and Shakers Vol. 1” featuring a print release/signing with KMNDZ, Ekundayo, Steve Caballero and Lance Mountain + custom bikes on display + works on view from Craig Stecyk and many others + screenings of ‘Bomb It’ and Choppertown and much, much more – presented by Active, Circa, Base 9, Exit Concerts and Thinkspace

Sat, Dec. 6th and Sun, Dec. 7th
Vinyl Toy Network
300 East Green Street, located in the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena
Check out for full details and hours – tons of signings and special releases planned

Tue, Dec. 9th 6-9PM (Public Reception) / 9-11PM (VIP Reception)
Gallery 1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“Without You I’m Just Me” featuring new works and prints from Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) and Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) including collaborations with several ’88 regulars like Craola and others
(On view through Dec. 24th)

Thurs, Dec. 11th 12PM-9PM
The Downtown Art Walk
The 2nd Thursday of every month, the galleries, museums and studios of downtown LA open to the public for a free self-guided art walk. Thousands fill the streets and there’s always something new popping up, and it continues to grow… check out the website for full details

Thurs, Dec. 11th 7-11PM
Munky King
7308 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.938.0091
Koibito Signing and Release Party with Yoskay Yamamoto – the official release of the gold edition (500 pcs) and a MK Exclusive edition of 150 (color / details to be kept secret until day of release) – customs also available from Yoskay and more + live DJ action
(One-night only event)

Thurs, Dec. 11th 6-10PM
Safari Sam’s
448 S. Main Street @ The Regent in Los Angeles
Huge group show of over 60 artists with featured artist Michael Pukac – presented by United Cat

Fri, Dec. 12th 7-10PM
L’KEG Gallery
311 Glendale Blvd in Los Angeles
“Under The Cover Of Trees” featuring new works from Zoso, Allie Peck, Jane G. Pryor, Christine Monohan and Shannon Ingraham
(On view through Jan. 9th, 2009)

Fri, Dec. 12th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
“Mostly Memory” featuring new works and an installation from ELBOW-TOE and ARMSROCK (work shown above) + “Life Sentence” featuring new works from Jon Todd in our project room
(Both exhibits on view through Jan. 2nd, 2009)

Sat, Dec. 13th 7-10PM
01 Gallery
530 South Hewitt Street, Barker Block – Suite 141 in downtown Los Angeles / 213.689.0101
New works from Hans Haveron and John Park

Sat, Dec. 13th 8-11:30PM
Copro Nason Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space T-5 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.398.2643
“Good Samaritan’s Group Show” to benefit Dog & Pony Show + “Like Giving A Kid A Loaded Gun” featuring new works from Matthew Bone in gallery 2
(On view through Jan. 3rd, 2009)

Sat, Dec. 13th 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
“These Predicaments” featuring new works from David Stoupakis

Sat, Dec. 13th 6:30-10PM
2062 Sawtelle Blvd in Los Angeles / 310.445.9276
“Post-It Show 3” featuring works on Post-It notes from a vast array of artists including the likes of APAK!, Gary Baseman, Bigfoot, Tim Biskup, Buff Monster, Jen Corace, Evah Fan, Korin Faught, Matt Furie, Susie Ghahremani, David Horvath, Travis Lampe, LeMerde, Daniel Lim, Jacob McGraw, Brendan Monroe, Mark Murphy, Tom Neely, Martha Rich, Souther Salazar, Keith Shore, Bwana Spoons, Aiyana Udesen, Megan Whitmarsh and many more
(On view through Jan. 14th, 2009)

Sat, Dec. 13th 7-10PM
Han Cholo
1549 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles / 213.482.9180
“Also Known As…” featuring original works on bandanas from Gaia, Shepard Fairey, Ron English, and many more

Sat, Dec. 13th 7-11PM
New Image Art Gallery
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood / 323.654.2192
“The Cat House” featuring new works and an installation from The Date Farmers

Sat, Dec. 13th 7-9PM
Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Drive in Riverside / 951.684.7111
“Turning In Circles” featuring new works and an installation from Jeff Soto
(On view through Feb. 21st, 2009)

Sat, Dec. 13th 8-11PM
Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles
“Idealist Propaganda: Major Retrospective” featuring the works of Glen E. Friedman
(On view through Jan. 9th, 2009)

Please know this is by no means a complete listing of all the art happenings in LA, nor do we try to attempt to be that, as there are many great sources for that. We strive to direct you towards exhibits that we plan to check out ourselves. Most shows we suggest fall within the realm commonly referred to as lowbrow, pop surrealism, outsider, new contemporary, urban contemporary, graffiti, etc. Enjoy!

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