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Arts & Museums
Comprised of more than 30 artists, this collective gallery is devoted to exposing the work of its members and providing an educational art experience to the community. Artists, a couple of which join the group from a pool of applicants each year, include Beverly Grossman, Michael Knight, Valerie Mendez, Tanya Ragir, Jilda Schwartz and Ellen Star. Given the number of artists, the styles and mediums on display here are quite diverse, and are available at low prices since the gallery takes only a small commission.
This museum collects, documents, and preserves historical information on the art, culture, and history of Santa Monica and Westside communities, with collections including photographs, documents, maps, and artifacts.
Spend a day surrounded by contemporary art on your visit to the Robert Berman Gallery. Owned and managed by Robert Berman, this gallery is a stage for the artists to exhibit their art for people. This gallery showcases art by various mid-career artists throughout the year. Established in 1979, Robert Berman has been among the firsts to exhibit artists like Raymond Pettibon and Keith Haring. This gallery has also showcased works of veteran artists like William Burroughs and Man Ray. Check their website to know more about the current art exhibitions and information.
This is one of the few galleries around that focuses on works on paper. Thus, it is yet another worthwhile stop at the Bergamot Station Arts Complex. Exhibits here are compellingly designed, often including biographical information, just as you would find in a museum. Most of the works here are contemporary, and artists include many legends of the late 20th century, including Sam Francis, David Hockney, Jasper Johns and Robert Motherwell.
This venue is devoted to the works of Peter Fetterman and a small group of other contemporary artists, as well as the occasional 19th century work. After a long career as an independent film producer, Fetterman took up fine art photography full time and established the Peter Fetterman Gallery in 1990. Specializing in black and white photography, the gallery has presented some impressive exhibitions, most recently 'Audrey Style: Images of Audrey Hepburn'. Admission is free.
This small art museum is located inside the large Bergamot Station arts complex in Santa Monica. Despite the size, the permanent collection here ranges from contemporary painting and sculpture to regular presentations of performance art, dance, film and music. In addition, the museum features a host of special events as well as educational outreach programs dedicated to bringing art into the classroom. Call or email them for a current schedule of events. Admission is free but suggested donations are given.
Step into the world of art at the Track 16 Gallery & Smart Art Press, in Santa Monica. Here, you will find the wild and the whacky. Track 16 Gallery is a 11,000 feet gallery filled with art. You will stumble across vintage neon signs, a 23 feet art deco bar and a patio for star-gazers. The largest room is 55 feet by 65 feet with a stage. Apart from encouraging innovative artistic endeavors, the gallery has played host to movie premieres, corporate, charity, and wrap events. Entry by appointment.
The Gallery of Functional Art exhibits traditional and innovative creations, which can be used for some sort of household purpose. "Art furniture," including lamps, tables, chairs and picture frames, has been constructed from materials ranging from wood to bottle caps. The prices here go from next to nothing up into the thousands. The more expensive prices are attached to amazing pieces like the anatomical drawers of Joseph Somers and the "Last Supper" seat by Jon Bok. You won't find a collection of art like this anywhere else in the area, so don't miss it.
This combination frame shop and art gallery is a great place for any artist or art lover. Providing one of the best framing services in the entire city, it specializes in acrylics but also offers wood and metal designs. In addition to framing, it carries an extensive selection of art including oil paintings of the young Brad Noble, an artist who favors dark imagery, while employing light reminiscent of Caravaggio. Other items here include prints of French advertising and circus posters, as well as a great selection of art books.
Mixing up the bill with new and established talent, this gallery offers contemporary photography in a large exhibition space. Photographers featured here include Jeff Brouws, Jo Ann Callis, James Fee, Karen Hirshan, Edward Teske and many other notables. Owner Craig Krull has been part of the L.A. art scene for most of the past decade, first at a location on Melrose and now at this Bergamot Station gallery.
Started in 1993 by a group of UCLA art professors, this Bergamot Station collective was created to avoid the problems commonly encountered by artists dealing with commercial galleries. Today the gallery has more than two dozen members, many of which are still art professors at UCLA and other local universities. The artists and members support the group with their time, money and, most of all, their art. A recent group show entitled "Open Space/Intimate Place" explored the many styles and mediums used to portray landscapes. Appointments are recommended.
This gallery's self-stated emphasis is "on process and pushing the inherent demands of a chosen medium to the limit." Amazingly, this lofty goal has often been successfully realized here. Patricia Correia has set some demanding standards for her art space, as evidenced in her gallery statement and in the works themselves. Coming from a family background of glass artists, Correia expanded the scope of her business to incorporate artists working in any medium. She has chosen to devote the gallery to Southern California artists, whom she feels are underrated and overlooked by the art world in general.