The NoHo Arts District dot Com team goes every year, twice a year to the Beverly Hills artSHOW and many of our local artists exhibit their work. We supported artist and NoHo’s art blogger Andrea Monroe when she showed her “Harlots” at the May show.
The City of Beverly Hills will hold its fall BH artSHOW on Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Beverly Gardens Park, along four blocks of Santa Monica Boulevard, from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive. The Beverly Hills artSHOW, now in its 44th year, is a free event and brings art enthusiasts together from all over Southern California and beyond. Artists come from Los Angeles, the Southwest, and the rest of the United States to showcase and sell their work in the heart of Beverly Hills.
David Tanych - Space -
A special show feature will highlight artists whose work illustrates the subject of Construction. Painters, printmakers, and other featured renderers include notable artists, many new to the show. David Tanych is a sculptor who was selected for the Mayor’s Purchase Award. His large bronze ball and jacks set, The Big Game, greets visitors at the entrance to Beverly Hills newest park. Jean-Christoph Dick is a photographer and pilot who takes aerial photos of vast, idealized urban landscapes. Steven Larson creates mysterious paintings of towns affected by apocalyptic events. Gail Rodgers creates massive silkscreen pieces of colorful, crowded, pop Los Angeles locales. Fortune Sitole, through work with different textures, creates shanty towns of makeshift construction in South Africa. The unflagging photographer, Zale Richard Rubins has recently trekked through nearly all of urban L.A., documenting construction and destruction of cityscapes both beautiful and unsightly. Classically-trained veteran painter Donald Archer has long painted the transformation of coastal Southern California via construction projects, while newcomer mixed-media artist Ryan Graeff rejoices but provokes with his densely-packed images of already established urban centers, from Venice to El Segundo to Inglewood. Ryan taps into “the collective unconscious of Los Angeles” according to KCET.
Sitole and Rubins make “Construction” Art
Fortune Sitole depicts the South African conditions in which he grew up, “South Africans create makeshift shelters by optimizing outside space and leftover materials - metal, tires, stones, etc., whatever they can find to build their homes,” says artist Fortune Sitole.
Mr. Sitole grew up making sculpture using materials not dissimilar to the ones used by those making homes – wood, sand, aluminum, sticks, bottle caps, wire as well as conventional materials like clay and paint. He said that as a child, he did not know this was making art.
“Fashioning my work as homage to my ancestors, family and community, these pieces are a reminder of the day-to-day life in black South African townships. But shanties exist throughout the world and my art actually tells a story of the universality of poverty.”
“I primarily sell my work at art festivals around the country including cities in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Florida, New York and Massachusetts. People from all over the world collect my art.”
On another side of the globe, veteran photographer and Beverly Hills resident Zale Richard Rubins has relentlessly trekked through all of downtown Los Angeles and nearby outposts during the past several months, in order to capture the changing face of this ultimate urban center - as rapid growth and constant construction collide with architecture and scenery dating back as far as 1900. Enticing and alarming images form his record of a feverish time and place.
Mr. Rubins has worked as a commercial photographer for decades, focusing on jewelry, small objects, and reflective objects. His fine art photography evolved from an exuberant appreciation for Southern California architecture and cityscapes.
In addition to great art, guests can enjoy live entertainment, children and family art projects, popular food fare and food trucks, a wine and dine garden, and a beer and brat garden at this free, fun event. Convenient, inexpensive parking is located directly across from the show grounds.
The 2016 artSHOW sponsors and media partners include: David Frank Design, Engel & Volkers, Longshot Espresso, Bolthouse 1910, the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Art Association, Fabrik Magazine, LA Art Party, Yelp, Whole Foods Market, Paley Center for Media, and the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitor’s Bureau. Food and Beverage support come from Whole Foods Market, Premiere Events, Stella Artois, and Hint Water. The show’s charitable partner is Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and its sister organization, Healing Art with Kids.
For general information about the October 2016 Beverly Hills artSHOW, visit www.beverlyhills.org/artshow or call (310) 285-6830.
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