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Art Walk Preview for December, 2010

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, December 08, 2010, at 08:19PM
'Abstraction' by Liz Brizzi' Liz Brizzi

"Abstraction" by Liz Brizzi, the French native who grew up in Los Angeles. First inspired by the streets and alleys of Downtown, her series of urban landscapes will be seen at dialect Gallery for Art Walk.

You could say it is the last Art Walk of the decade, if you're a believer that 2010 marks the end of a consecutive sequence for calendar time. Or you could claim it is the last month of what many consider a year-long party disguised as an Art Walk. Regardless, there is no denying that the last year has been eventful for Downtown's monthly event.

While we wait to see how Art Walk develops in the coming months, there are a few things that are certain for this Thursday night: the Art Walk Lounge returns, CB1 Gallery will pull in new Art Walk goers, many galleries will have works priced to sell for gifts, Saint Nick will make a visit, and somebody will most certainly get a jay-walking ticket.

CMENOW: The Downtown Art Walk board revives the Art Walk Lounge and houses it in The Medallion at 4th and Main. Curator Dale Youngman will bring in CMENOW (pronounced as simi’nau, not see-me-now), an intriguing project of collective live painting created by Alexandr Goretskiy. Selected artists paint a subject live, and then when "finished," the canvas is passed on to the next artist in the collective.

Dialect: This month's featured artist is Liz Brizzi with a mixed media collection of original photography manipulated and pieced in collage form onto an acrylic painted canvas [pictured above]. The goal is to find “beauty in raw urban industrial aspects of [Downtown] city life... [capturing] some of the disappearing traces of History and the authenticity of a neighborhood now in full bloom.” Plus holiday sales with jewelry, prints, toys, furniture and clocks. Dec 8 Preview and Reception night / Open for Art Walk from 5 to 11pm / Show runs through Jan 8th / Dialect Gallery / 215 W. 6th

Broadway Theatre District Walking Tour: The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation will hold a free walking tour of the Broadway Theatre District during this month's Art Walk. Those interested are instructed to gather on the 2nd floor of Clifton’s Cafeteria (Broadway at 7th) between 6pm to 7:45pm. The 45-minute tour begins at 7pm and again at 7:30pm and will include a look at the 1913 Morosco/Globe/Club 740 and a walk-by of movie palaces north of 7th. For more information call (213) 999-5067. No reservations required.

The Sharpie Show II: Crewest holds its second outing of The Sharpie Show, an exhibit of works by street artists created with the well known permanent markers. Aside from curating the exhibit, Man-One will have his own work in the show. The exhibitionc runs through Sunday, January 2. The featured artist is Travis Moore. Open during Art Walk from 6 to 9pm / 110 Winston

CB1 Gallery: Besides screening "A Fire in My Belly", the art video recently censored by the Smithsonian, CB1 offers “Mira Schor: Paintings From The Nineties To Now continues,” the first major survey of Schor’s work. 207 W. 5th

A Felis Navida not only features work for sale from local artists, it doubles as the Holiday Art and Music Benefit for Families. Bring a toy, canned food, or a donation and it will be sent to Para Los Niños. Music will be provided by La Santa Ceclia, Sounds of Asteroth, and Uli and The Gringos. And in what I believe is a first for a December Art Walk, you will be able to take a photo with Santa. The Spring Arcade Building / 541 S. Spring

'To Assume Bodily Form': Through painting and sculpture, artists Raffi Musakhanyan and Argishti Musakhanyan explore “which has no form, the invisible entity at the source of emotion, intuition, and dreams.” The exhibition, which made its debut in San Francisco, is a follow up of their two-man Los Angeles exhibition “the known unknown." The press release also states: “Blurring the line between real and surreal, Raffi and Argishti present an evident understanding of invisible forces and abstract ideas in a body of work that can be experienced by the viewer.”
Artists Reception during Downtown Art Walk from 7 to 9pm / Eastern Columbia Building / 855 S Broadway

Cotrutza Gallery: The ongoing "Memories From Communism" exhibitions is joined by "Icons by Cotrutza," a show divided in two parts: “Icons of the Messiah with His Followers” and “Icons of the Holy Cross.” Open noon to 10:30pm during Art Walk / 446 S. Main

Convergence: A Group Exhibition: DAC's merging of the emerging brings a cross section of genres and themes by new L.A. based artists. The opening night reception on December 10 will include a performance by Artist Amelia Vella. Art Walk reception will be held from 6pm to 9pm / Downtown Art Center Gallery / 828 S. Main

Unnatural Selection: Photographer Nick Gaetano contradicts the old saying that "a picture says a thousand words." You can read the long exhibition description here, or go see the show at LACDA. There will be reception for the artist from 7 to 9pm. Los Angeles Center of Digital Arts / 107 W. 5th

The Hive Group Show: The Hive is featuring Sylvia Lizarraga, Crystal Sylver, Daisuke Okamoto, and others. Most of the artists will be selling art under $250. 729 S. Spring

Museum of Neon Art: MONA's Electric Hour (8 to 9pm) features music by DJ Neon Hunter and a glass-bending demonstration by neon artist Michael Flechtner. From noon to 9, there is reduced $5 admission for gallery shows including "Recycled, Reclaimed, and Reinvented: the Neon Art of Bill Concannon", the "F.O.B" (Friends of Bill) group show, and a site-specific installation by Jerico Woggon. "Surf's Up!" group show is in the MONA lobby. 136 W. 4th

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