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LA Art Show 2015 Premiere Party

 

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On January 15th I attended the 20th Anniversary of the LA Art Show Premiere party.  Located at the LA Convention Center, the show kicked off with a star-studded benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which is close to my heart. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. When treated here, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for medical, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. I had the opportunity to visit the hospital last April to see first hand what is provided for these children and it’s amazing!

Hosted by Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo, the opening night premiere party welcomed more than 5,000 celebrities, philanthropists, collectors, and art patrons.  There was so much beautiful, cool, unique, mesmerizing art to look at that you need the full 3-4 hours to go up and down every aisle to catch it all an absorb it!  Anything colorful caught my eye, along with things I had never seen before or things that look unreal.

Artist Eugina Song

Artist Eugina Song

One of my favorites was the acrylic paintings of Eugnia Song. Her mixes of color were spot on and they were very unique!

Staying true to my colorful self, I wore an ASOS watercolor paint dress that made me feel like a walking piece of art!  I kept an eye out for other stylish fashionistas, but it seemed many opted to wear black (where’s the fun in that?)

Other celebrities and tastemakers that attended include James Franco, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Melanie Griffith, Nixx Sixx, Seth Green, Olivia Holt, Yara Shahidi, Dania Ramirez, and Josh Bowman

The LA Art Show took place from January 15-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall. If you were able to attend, what were some of your favorite pieces? For additional information about the LA Art Show, please visit www.laartshow.com.

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LA Art Show Premiere Party Recap

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On Wednesday, January 23rd I attend the LA Art show opening premiere party. I must say after going to this last year, there are a lot of great artists out there that just blow me away with their creativity and concept. With it’s new location in South Hall at the LA Convention Center, I couldn’t tell of this was a bigger show or not. What I can say is that you need a full day to see all the pieces and go down every aisle to enjoy it all. All the pieces I took photos of are my favorites, so I give them all love for catching my eye and taking me on a journey.

Hosted by The Art of Elysium supporters Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur, 100% of ticket proceeds from this event will help The Art of Elysium to expand its program to bring arts to medically fragile children and increase the number of school children who visit the Getty through The J. Paul Getty Museum through its program for Title One School visits. James Franco was the guest of honor at the Patron reception, mingling among other celebs and art collectors alike.

Food and drinks were flowing throughout the evening from various eateries and a new addition this year was a beer garden serving drinks from Angel City Brewery. Art is always a great way to bring people together to admire the talents of gifted artists and perhaps buy some of it to put in your home. Looking forward to next year!

LA Art Show Opening Premiere Party

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The LA Art Show Modern & Contemporary and the LA Fine Art Show is the biggest art show on the west coast.  I had the honor of attending the Opening Premiere Party on January 13th where I was amazed by the work, intrigued with the artists and excited for the mega crowd!

Benefitting the Art of Elysium and J. Paul Getty Museum’s Department of Education, the bustling event had guests admiring more than 200,000 square feet of paintings, sculptures, installations from 120 galleries.  I have never seen so much variety of art in one place and I wish I could devote a wing of my home to it! More than $1.5 million worth of artwork was sold that evening and the artists couldn’t have been happier.

The opening ceremony was hosted by actor David Arquette and featured several exclusive performances including the unveiling ceremony for the 7,000 square foot China Pavilion, a Chinese puppet show and Three Weeks in January, a silent but moving performance piece about violence against women by Suzanne Lacy.

For the occasion, I opted for a colorful body-hugging blue and white zig-zagged dress by Arden B., accentuated by pearls and a pair of yellow heels to add a pop. My guest for the evening was The Man in the Hot Pink Suit who perfectly complemented me with his dazzling magenta three-piece by Moods of Norway. Standing out amongst so many in basic black, we were a walking, talking work of art unto ourselves. Touring the exhibits sipping on Barefoot bubbly and munching on gracious bites, we mingled and mixed it up with all kinds of friendly people, shooting group pictures and exchanging cards throughout the night. We even had artists requesting photos of us with their pieces or to stay and be a part of their entire installation! Artists and galleries that caught my eye included the iconic skulls of Damien Hirst at the Paul Stolper Gallery, the Brooke with Beachball, a lifelike sculpture of a female swimmer by Carole Feuerman and Infinite Space by Lori Hyland, a huge shimmering steel leaf creation on canvas. So many more impressed me with bold colors, visions and skills.

All together, it was a fabulous night of art and socializing in LA. We felt so much at home in this stimulating and creative scene that we didn’t want to leave when it was all over! Luckily the extravaganza ran throughout the weekend, giving us plenty of time to experience all the diverse, cutting-edge works in this year’s very successful show.

LA Art Show – Paul Stolper & Moods of Norway

Paul Stolper and the Moods of Norway Limo

Prior to the opening party of the LA Art Show, I headed over to Moods of Norway to meet London gallery owner Paul Stolper and get a sneak peek of some of the art pieces that would be at the LA Convention Center.

Damien Hirst's "Souls"

On display were Damien Hirst’s Souls, which showcased skulls and butterflies made on foil metallic block.  I love the variety of color used in the different butterflies which would fit any style maven’s décor.

Jamie Reid's "Free the Books"

Another artist, Jaime Reid who is well known for creating a ransom note type album cover for the Sex Pistols had signed prints of “Free the Books” for sale.  I learned that the Kendal Rise Library was being shut down in London and he designed the poster for the campaign of saving it.  The slogans “Free the Books” “Books are Free” and “Education is a Birthright” serve the cause.  Even though it eventually closed, a pop-up library was created which Paul currently volunteers at.

Paul Stolper & The Style Goddess

In true Moods style, a powder blue limo was parked in front of the store which also doubled as the mobile office where I got to chat with Paul.  He got into the art business by hanging out with artists, doing shows and eventually opening his own gallery.  With the goal of breaking down design and fashion in his gallery, Paul is all for providing visual culture.  He feels art, music and fashion are all a part of pop culture and he’s just showcasing that with the artists he selects for his gallery.

I can see why Paul and Moods of Norway teamed up in the name of art and fashion and his pieces are a perfect fit for the store.  Shall we see permanent installations at Moods of Norway?  If definitely can’t be ruled out.

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