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Never Too Hot for Art: Second Saturday Returns

New exhibits at Avenue 50, Future Studio and Matters of Space offer motivation to Arroyo residents to leave their air-conditioned homes.

, no doubt, but art still rules at least once a month in Highland Park.

Galleries, studios and design shops alike will be open from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday to show new exhibitions and provide Arroyo art lovers a space to mix and mingle.

If you've been holed up in your air-conditioned home all week, Second Saturday offers some excellent motivation to step back outside.

will hold the artist reception for Consortium, a collaborative exhibit featuring the works of Nico Avena, Pat Boyd, Lynda Brothers, Raoul De la Sota, Frank Gutierrez, Ann Le, Pola Lopez, Dave Lovejoym Hanh Nguyen, Duane Paul and Charla Puryear.

"My paintings reflect the partnership between myself and the Earth.  They are my way of cooperating with nature, honoring its feminine essence, and sharing it with others," Puryear said in her artist statement.

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The Avenue 50 Studio Annex will present I'm Home, an installation by Yu Cotton-Well. According to the artists statement provided by Avenue 50, Cotton-Well uses "fiber and ordinary objects [to find] the significance that is hidden underneath the domestic environments."

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hosts Mr. Twister's Twister Art Show. Through painstaking effort, NELA Artist Brian Tolley constructs intricate art using only twist ties and markers. No glue, just hours upon hours of twisting.

There will be twist-ties available for patrons to try their hand at some twisted art.

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The designers at Matters of Space will be displaying some of their own work on Saturday evening. Hang in There, presents "new works in fiber and lighting" by Matters of Space.  

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Jon Rajkovich's The Sun Below the Ceiling is still on display at THIS Los Angeles. "Rajkovich’s abstract sculptures explore material’s ability to conceal, reveal, and disguise," THIS tells us. "Each work suggests its own character through posture and surface appearance. Together they interact, with some works seeming exposed and sincere, and others dressed up and adorned."

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For something completely different, head to Monte Vista Projects to see Mirror Machines, the video installation of London-based artist Patrick Staff. 

"Through the invocation of video technology as the mirroring machine of its title, the exhibition explores the use of collaboratively produced video projects within counter culture, community building and the communication of collective culture," Monte Vista Projects tells us. "The works presented shift through participatory research, performance and theatre, to experimental and documentary video and forms of collectivity in naturist counter culture, theatre troupes, an island co-operative and woodland intentional communities"

 


Ricardo August 11, 2012 at 03:42 PM
You never mention events at places that are non-galleries, but showcase art. These are stepping stones for the careers of future great artists. Cafe de Leche and The Highland Cafe are having some great exhibitions for the Art Walk. Please do not be so elitist. Hope you will be more complete in your reporting next time. Thanks.
Anthea Raymond August 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Awesome shot of Chicken Boy.
Kim Axelrod Ohanneson August 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Ricardo, glad to hear that Cafe de Leche and The Highland Cafe are having exhibitions for NELA 2nd Saturday Gallery Night -- I haven't seen any mention of them ANYWHERE.. There wasn't any mention of the exhibits on the NELA 2nd Saturday Gallery Night website or its Facebook page (where anyone can post news.) There were no notices on the nelalist emails or the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council emails; both publish neighborhood news. I haven't seen notices on the Facebook pages of Cafe de Leche and Highland Park Cafe. I haven't seen any mention of the non-gallery showcases on The Events section of Patch, which is a site for the public to post exactly this kind of event. So, while I'm happy to hear about the events, I'm puzzled as to why you think Patch is being "elitist" and incomplete by not mentioning them.

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