The beautiful curiously-warm-for-winter Sunday was the perfect setting for a day trip to the 2018 LA Art Show at the beautiful LA Convention Center.
My gal pal, Marie P. graciously offered to pick me up and take us to the NoHo depot and for $7.00 each, we rode the Metrolink Redline to the 7th Street Metro Station where we boarded the Blueline to the Pico exit. From there we strolled across to the convention center entrance, passing a $20 parking lot along the way. So thankful for public transportation.
This year, the LA Art Show was condensed into one theme: Modern + Contemporary. Sadly, galleries that represent traditional artists such as Regina Lubovnaya, were locked out of the show! As a result, this will be the final LA Art Show visit and blog that Pastimes for a Lifetime will be doing.
We were delighted/relieved to find four of our top favorite art galleries at the show. Please enjoy beautiful close-ups of a variety of their artists’ works on display.
Upon entering the show, we were greeted by a collection of stacked stone installations by Woods Davy.
To the left was the information booth where we snagged a directory. First stop, Arcadia Contemporary’s booth!
We caught up with owner, Steve Diamant who looked tired but happy. He’s a saint for all he does to keep the calibre of art high not just for the LA Art Show, but our culture in general. Here are close-ups of their works on display that I had not seen before. The complete catalog can be viewed online anytime.
MAXELL ALEXANDER GALLERY
For my birthday last year, my hubby drove us to Maxell Alexander Gallery for the Jeremy Mann exhibit. It was worth the drive. So happy to meet the artist, purchase his book and have him autograph it. The staff were friendly and wished me a Happy Birthday. So nice to see their booth at the LA Art Show.
This gallery knows their art history. I always learn something new when I visit their booth. Nice, helpful staff, too. It was a treat to see what they had on display this year.
Last and least, as promised, I am posting the winner of the “Most Disappointing” piece at the LA Art Show. There were sadly, many to choose from. This one was chosen as it was kinda clever. What do you think?
As an art teacher, I have attended the LA Art Show since it was first hosted at Barker Hanger, Santa Monica in the early 2000s. It was exhilarating meeting local artists and galleries, discussing their works and obtaining catalogs for the studio, over the years. Going forward, I will be visiting individual galleries of interest to my students and me, in lieu of the LA Art Show.
I hope you enjoyed viewing the close-ups of the paintings that inspired me at this year’s show and will consider learning more about these fine galleries and the artists they represent.
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