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Art Walk Preview for February 2011

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, February 09, 2011, at 11:38PM
Walking Past Art Ed Fuentes

Neon ART during Downtown Art Walk. The Museum of Neon Art gallery will be closed for this month's Art Walk. They will reopen February 17 with MONA@30, a look at 30 years of celebrating neon art.

The February edition of the Downtown Art Walk is Thursday, and this month galleries sent out a flurry of last-minute notices for their shows. While this preview is always about the art, don't be afraid to indulge in a little of the event's craft scene in these last few days before Valentine's. You may find a gift or two.

THE ART WALK LOUNGE: For February 2011's Art Walk, the official visitors center will be housed in the Continental Gallery from 6 to 9pm. Besides being the place to grab a map, the Art Walk Lounge will debut “Oil and Guts,” mural works by Barbara Fritsche that capture “the blue collar world of oil roughnecks.” Art Walk Lounge / Continental Gallery / 408 S. Spring

FIDM: It is award season, so that means the always brilliantly curated “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition hits Downtown. If you are out early on Art Walk, the exhibition is open until 4pm. Free / Runs through April 30 / FIDM Museum & Galleries / 919 S. Grand

Altervision 3-D Blacklight Experience: Just for Art Walk, Downtown's Debi Cabi unleashes her “eye-popping experience” of hand-painted florescent murals, including the “The Enchanted Forest.” Admission is $2 per entrance or $5 all night (and you get to keep the 3D glasses). A portion of the proceeds will also be donated back to Art Walk. Downtown Art Park @ the Medallion / 4th and Main / 6pm till 11pm

"Aint’ We Got Fun” brings vaudeville back to Downtown with this program written and performed by Ben Hensley and Michael Montiel. The playlist of 15 turn-of-the-century comedic songs and skits are presented in collaboration with The Blankenship Ballet Company and continues a monthly engagement at The Alexandria. The 45-minute show, with no intermission, is choreographed and directed by Lindsay Martin. The Alexandria Hotel Mezzanine Level / 501 S. Spring / 9pm / Tickets are $5 at the door and the show is appropriate for all ages

Norbertellen Gallery hosts "Infini Couleur," a group exhibition stuffing 24 artists into a “classic parlor style exhibition of painting, illustration, photography, mixed media and sculpture.” Norbertellen Gallery / 215 W. 6th

Classy Music with Art: Alongside the exhibition “SUNRISE,” Alexanyan Misak leads musicians in a jazz jam session. You have the choice of jazz at Gallery at Eastern Columbia or classical cello at the Annex at Eastern Columbia. 855 S. Broadway and 847 S. Broadway / 7pm to 10pm

Cotrutza Gallery: Romanian-born Claudia French, continues “Icons.” As she writes, “this show will add more works of art especially for the Easter celebration. Thank you so much, and I hope lots of Romanians and Eastern European native will come to the Gallery to see the show." Cotrutza Gallery / 446 S. Main

Crewest continues "Things That Get Buffed," a look at art censorship, with live painting by Mear One and “Art Saves Lives”-produced guerilla street theater performances by the Phantom Street Artist. The exhibition runs through Sunday, February 7. Crewest / 110 Winston St

MORE ONGOING: CB1 Gallery (207 W. 5th) has “Unfoldings,” the solo gallery debut of Los Angeles artist Alexander Kroll. Edgar Varela Fine Arts (727 S. Spring) exposes “Naked Ambition." LACDA (107 W. 5th) continues "Wally Gilbert Geometric Series: Squares and Triangles." All will be open during Art Walk's evening hours.

Closing at 6pm is Bert Green Fine Art's (105 W. 5th) exhibition of paintings by Clive Barker, and by Sandra Yagi. Also, BGFA will have an Artist’s Talk with Yagi on Saturday, February 19 at 4pm.

MOCA: Supporting “Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space,” MOCA presents feature films or videos of Hélio Oiticica “The Invention of Color,” (1979); Neville D’Almeida’s “Verde Moreno” (2009); and Julio Le Parc’s Le Parc Lumiere. The evening will be introduced and hosted by exhibition curator Alma Ruiz. MOCA Grand Ave / 250 S. Grand

Morono Kiang presents "Edifice Cache" during the afternoon's regular gallery hours. This series of works are layers of art created through a collaboration between artists who sequentially add their components to a single installation. Curated by Shervin Shahbazi, the evolving installation includes Mike Russek, Augustine Kofie, John Carr, Favianna Rodriguez and Yuri Shimojo. Also, Morono Kiang Gallery will present a night of new readings by "Our Writers Group" on Saturday, February 9, at 5:30pm. Dubbed “Flash Drive”, the readings are inspired by the themes of Edifice Cache. Through Feb 19 / Morono Kiang Gallery / 218 W. 3rd

dialect: It’s the one-year anniversary for the boutique gallery founded by Mike Russek and Deborah Vogt, who opened during February's 2010 Art Walk. They title Thursday night’s group show as a Downtown Art Walk and Celebration (5 to 11pm). dialect / 215 W. 6th, Space 111

Los Angeles Theater Center: For Art Walk, LATC will host a Moda Graphik-inspired multisensory installation by Mark Lavin and David Rose that is accompanied by a classical piano composition from David Nelson Rose. LATC / 514 S. Spring

One Cog Gallery: New to Art Walk and Gallery Row, One Cog Gallery offers “The Lights of Los Angeles,” a showcase of works of Boston transplant Bradley Hankey and Italy’s Walter Mazzarella who are “inspired by the dramatic colors of Los Angeles.” “The Lights of Los Angeles” will be open during February’s Downtown Art Walk from 4pm to 10pm. One Cog Gallery / 211 W. 5th

Hold Up Art: The Little Tokyo-based street art gallery is also noting its one year anniversary, offering "UNO," a group show that runs through March 3. It features artists that have exhibited this past year, and offers a peek at artists who will be showcased through the rest of 2011. Hold Up Art / 358 E. 2nd

PYO Gallery L.A.: With Estrada Fine Art, PYO is holding an installment of its lecture series designed to help attendees develop skills to collect, or simply appreciate, fine art. The registration fee for two sessions of “Intro to Art” is $30. Thursday (6pm) and Saturday (12:30pm). In the gallery, Rusty Scruby’s "Between Two Worlds” explores the artist’s childhood memories of living on the Marshall Islands, cued by finding by family photos. PYO Gallery L.A. / 1100 S. Hope

Meta Men: At The Hive Gallery between 7:30 and 8:30pm, two "Meta Men" will be critiquing the current show "Lovers and Haters". "What artist is not a victim?" Asks the performer portraying one of the pretentious critics dressed in blue zentai suits. "There will be no mercy afforded to the assortment." The multimedia performance is supported by technology, sarcastic humor, "and crazy conversation" The Hive Gallery / 729 S Spring St


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