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Krofft Super Art  Show
August 26 – September 25
Reception for the Artists, August 26 at 7 PM – 11 PM

La-La Land Gallery
6450 Santa Monica Blvd,
Los Angeles, California 90038
www.lalalandgallery.com

Sponsored by Greenbar Distillery & TheLitJungle
Facebook event invite at this link

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Sid & Marty Krofft were the creative imprinting for a whole generation. The colors and the concepts were one of a kind. The amazing stuff they did you couldn’t get away with today. It was like Willy Wonka every Saturday morning. Sid’s career stemming back to The Barnum and Bailey Circus till now is such an amazing untold story that artist and La La Land Gallery curator Kii Arens felt it was time to pay tribute, with this fabulous Krofft Super Art Show !

Tiki Oasis 17 Symposium List by Day

Tiki Oasis 2017 – International Intrigue
Thursday, August 10 – Sunday, August 13, 2017
Bali Hai
Crowne Plaza
San Diego, CA.
www.tikioasis.com

TIKI OASIS WEEKEND TICKETS SOLD OUT IN MINUTES –
Sunday Night Showcase tickets still available
Marketplace, Art Show, and Car Show are all open to the public!

TIKI OASIS 17 SYMPOSIUM LIST

Friday

Tiki Oasis Morning Vinyasa Yoga w/Valentina
This vinyasa yoga class will create a beautiful flowing sequence setting you up for a wonderful day! Pairing breath to movement will give you a feeling of unification in your mind, body and spirit. This class strives to help you become in-tune with your body through stretching, opening, strengthening and aligning it.

Spy Bop Royale: Music for the Sophisticated Secret Agent
An exploration into the mysterious realm of exotica from the world of International Espionage. From the musical origins of the globe trotting International Detectives to the Euro-Spy explosion of the 60’s. David Broussal from Spy Bop Royale will delve into the influences, composers, films, T.V. shows, and most of all the tunes!

Make Your Own Foam Board Tiki w/ Eric October
Tiki Artist Eric October will instruct you in the steps to cut and paint an 8×10 foam board Tiki. The first 40 attendees will be provided with all the tools and materials needed to create a ready-to-hang piece or art!
Please note: This class requires the use of sharp cutting tools.

Motel Tiki w/ cultural historian Heather David
Postwar economic prosperity drew people to the roads in record numbers—for business as well as for pleasure. In response to the sharp increase in American mobility, independently owned roadside motels rapidly materialized along the nation’s thoroughfares. In an effort to attract business in a highly competitive market, many motel owners embraced exotic themes. The Polynesian-themed motel was a natural extension of the mainland’s fascination with the South Pacific. With names like Kon Tiki, Kona Kai, and Waikiki, tropical motels once dotted the country. Get your sun hat on and Kodak camera ready… because we are taking a mid-century road trip to paradise. It’s time for MOTEL TIKI.

Hula & Tahitian Dance 101 w/ Honey Hula-la
Honey Hula-la is a professional Polynesian dancer, competitor, and instructor for 17 years. Join Honey Hula-la in a beginner Hula & Tahitian Dance class! Wear clothes you can easily move in.

The Secret World of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” w/ Robert Short
James Bond creator, Ian Fleming’s other spy Napoleon Solo and his co-agent for the U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) Illya Kuryakin stepped out of shadows in Sept. 22 1964 to become television’s first network spy series. In its four year run, it became a worldwide cultural phenomenon that would eventually influence everything from fashion, comic books, movies and television shows such as “Mission Impossible”, “Get Smart” and even “Hullaballoo”. Join long time U.N.C.L.E. fan, Robert Short, who appeared on the original series, served as the UNCLE technical adviser (yes, there is such a thing) on “The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.” TV movie and worked on the recent Warner Bros. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” feature film, as he takes you behind-the-scenes and into the incredible secret world of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

Snake Dance w/ Violetta Beretta
Distract your foes with the charm of the snake dance. In this dance class you will learn unique dance choreography that is sexy, slithering and sizzlin’ from Hawaii’s Burlesque Sweetheart Violetta Beretta! Wear comfortable clothing. No live snakes will be part of this symposium.

Mystery at the Mai-Kai w/ “Swanky” Tim Glazner
A multimedia presentation about the history of the Mai-Kai through an in -depth look at one of its most iconic creations, the Mystery Drink. You’ll see rare video, hear interviews with those involved, and travel back to the high days of the mid-century in this documentary style seminar featuring celebrity customers, like Johnny Carson and the New York Yankees, beautiful and legendary servers like Bettie Page, and a wide ranging supporting cast like Bunny Yeager.

The Spy Who Came In From The Pool
NYC cocktail enthusiasts and bloggers Karen McBurnie and Vicky Sweat bring you….Mission Intoxible: Good afternoon, agents. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to report for a briefing on the swinging spies and supervillains from the screen and page, and their suave or sinister beverages. Prepare to stop the diabolical bad-taste-niks of S.W.I.L.L. and obliterate a cocktail or two from our liquid arsenal.

Tiki Oasis Storytelling: “My First”
Do you remember your first time at Tiki Oasis? Your first Mr. Bali Hai? The first time you met your Tiki best friend/ partner/spouse/ohana? Come share your story! In Hawaii, the ancient art of storytelling is called mo’olelo, and like those customs of old and new storytelling series like The Moth, we’re inviting people to get up and share their stories of their Tiki Oasis firsts — hilarious or sad or kooky or fun, it’s all part of the shared experience and oral history of our beloved weekender. And if you don’t want to perform*, come and listen and be a part.

Mastering the Bump & Grind w/ Dirty Martini
Join classically trained dancer Miss Dirty Martini as she breaks down the basics of burlesque dance for dancers of all levels. Perfect for those students who have not experienced a movement class before, Miss Martini introduces the classical dance class structure in a friendly and positive atmosphere. Class starts with a warm up emphasizing movement based in jazz, ballet and Middle Eastern dance techniques that strengthen the abdominal core and help to promote an economy of movement within the body. Proper alignment and coordination is the focus while students learn how to shake what they’ve got and carry it with pride. The class progresses with exercises developed to enhance proper deportment and stage presence enhancing each person’s individuality. The building blocks of burlesque choreography are emphasized while students learn a short routine to Miss Martini’s striptease music favorites.

Tiki 101 – The Rise, The Fall, The Resurrection, The Redemption w/ Brother Cleve
A “history in a mug” that follows the evolution of tropical drinks, the folks who made them, and the places that served them, beginning with its roots in the 1920’s, filled with photos, music, movies, all told from Brother Cleve’s unique perspective as a tiki lover since the 1960’s, and a participant in its 90’s revival.

Hacking Nature to produce a modern Rum w/ Bryan Davis
According to GQ, Bryan Davis is “One of the most raved about young distillers in the US”. His work, studying the science of distillation and maturation, spans two decades. Over the years he has been obsessed with gaining creative control over the spirit and has managed to successfully hack the barrel creating many award-winning rums that have the chemical signature profile of 20-year-old rum. Join Bryan Davis on a journey through flavor – enjoying sips of dense rich rum along the way.

Saturday

Hangover Stretch it out Class with El Vez
Hangover be gone! Get your body moving in this early morning stretch class. El Vez will lead you through a gentle warm-up that will wake you up and get your body, mind and SOUL ready to take on the rest of the Tiki Oasis weekender! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…. let’s go!!

Forbidden Art of the Theremin – Espionage & Fantasy w/ Robert Silverman
Learn about the double-life of Leon Theremin as a brilliant electronic inventor and Soviet Spy! This lecture includes video clips from famous movies featuring the Theremin, a live demonstration of the Theremin AND a chance to play the Theremin!

Waltah Clarke: Mission Exotica w/ Mike Skinner
Beachboy, playboy, entrepreneur…Waltah Clarke embodied the allure of the tropics. From his Beachboy days during the Golden Age of Waikiki, becoming Don the Beachcomber’s right hand man, helping build the International Market Place in Honolulu to owning the largest chain of South Seas Resort Wear stores with shops in Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Honolulu and even Disneyland…he led a Hawaiian Way of Life. An unsung hero of Polynesian Pop Culture, Waltah was the Merchant of Hawaiian Romance!

Bond Girl – Make-Up Tutorial w/ Nikki Napalm
You can achieve a classic smokey cat eye, the perfect nude lip, and vicious cheekbones in this Live Make-up Tutorial with pin-up expert Nikki Napalm! You will learn all the tips and tricks to achieve that sultry 60’s Bond Girl look! Ka Pow! This symposium is an informative look-and-learn demonstration where you will be watching, taking notes, video, audio and asking questions.

The Devil-Ettes Spy Dance Party Au Go Go
Learn all the spy-au-go-go dance moves to keep you go-goin’ no matter where you roam! San Francisco’s sweethearts The Devil-Ettes will teach you how to Frug in Fiji, Swim in Sweden, Hully Gully in Hungary, Boogaloo in Barbados and Twist at Tiki Oasis! Bring a water bottle. Go Go Boots are optional!

The Art of Tiki – A Preview w/ Sven Kirsten & Otto von Stroheim
“The Art of Tiki” is the title for the upcoming 21st Anniversary TIKI ART SHOW at La Luz gallery and for Sven Kirsten’s NEW BOOK of the same name to be published in conjunction with the exhibition. This book allows Sven to focus on what got him into Tiki in the first place: Tiki ART! The exhibition and book will show both rare vintage Tiki art, and modern revival Tiki art. Less academic and more irreverent pure visceral Polynesian Pop imagery will be released to the Tiki-hungry public. You will get to see a preview of this eye candy and hear Sven’s and Otto’s humorous recollections of the early Tiki archeology and art scene.

Ultimate Cool: The Great 60s Spy Craze! w/ Danny Beiderman
Come spy with us as Danny Biederman—author of “The Incredible World of Spy-Fi” and writer/producer of Discovery Channel’s “Hollywood Spytek”—revisits the pop culture SPY CRAZE that shook the world in the 1960s. Flashing back through stories and film clips, you’ll learn—or reminisce—about the coolest movies and TV series ever—James Bond and beyond. It was an era when every TV network and neighborhood theater featured tales of heroic secret agents defeating evil masterminds with a mix of exotic weapons, clever gadgets, expert karate, witty repartee and oodles of charm … and never a doubt that the kiss of a beautiful woman signaled either imminent danger or reward for mission accomplished! Don your trench coats and shades and slink on over for this flashback to the coolest of times!

The Suffering Bastard: Joe Scialom, International Barman of Mystery w/ Jeff “Beachbum” Berry
Cairo, Havana, London, Paris, Rome, Istanbul, New York, San Juan — from the 1930s through the 1960s, legendary mixologist “Joe The Bartender” was everywhere and nowhere, always one step ahead of governments who suspected him of espionage because he served so many heads of state, generals, and journalists. This seminar reveals the untold story of the trained chemist who spoke eight languages and survived two revolutions, imprisonment, and exile to create such infamous exotic drinks as the Suffering Bastard and the Tropical Itch. Presented by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, who spent two years tracking down his elusive subject.

Tiki Oasis Book Club Presents: GOLDFINGER by Ian Fleming
Tiki Oasis is pleased to present the undisputed master of international espionage: Bond… James Bond. Written in 1959, “Goldfinger” is the 7th of the Bond novels by Ian Fleming, featuring the debonair 007 and the deliciously dastardly villain, Auric Goldfinger –the man with the Midas touch. Corrupt canasta, a killer bowler hat, Pussy Galore and her Flying Circus — this is one of the best and most iconic of all the Bond novels (and films). Will Bond save the world economy from a madman who wants to take down Fort Knox? Will the world be smashed by SMERSH? Come to Tiki Oasis Book Club and find out! Though Bond preferred shaken martinis to mixed mai-tais, it will be an Operation Grand Slam! Book club is hosted once again by Karen Finlay!

Pin-Up Hairstyling with Lola Demure
From sleek espionage chic to under-the-radar cool, which famous spy is your style icon? Lola Demure will guide you thru a step-by-step process to create your own vintage hair style masterpiece! Most demonstration will be look-and-learn, but bring a comb, brush and some clips should you you get inspired to play along with your own lovely locks! All attendees will receive a goodie bag of sample products.

Jason Lee hosts “Unplugged at Tiki Oasis”
Time to get unplugged with Jason Lee! Bring your guitar and learn some spy-tastic guitar licks from the master himself! With an extensive background in recording for television networks and performing live with his band, the R.I.P.tides, this is surely a class not to miss. All skill levels welcome! Jason will have on hand a few extra guitars and might even sneak in an amp or two. Look forward to sharing the love of guitar and learning new techniques!

The Quadrumvirate: Smuggler’s Cove, Hale Pele, Lost Lake, and False Idol LIVE!
To commemorate Martin Cate’s 10th Annual Tiki Oasis Cocktail Symposium, he has brought together for the first time each of his four unique tiki concepts for a celebration of what makes the tiki bar an enduring and vital part of American cocktail culture. Featuring a journey through the evolution of both décor and exotic cocktails and peppered with interviews and drink demonstrations, you’ll learn and taste your way through tiki’s golden era and modern revival. Learn from the owners and bartenders what shapes their ideas on cocktails, service, and sharing tiki culture with their communities. Representing three states, more than 300 cocktails, and over 1600 rums, experience how the most awarded tiki bars of the modern era spread a message of aloha and escapism.

Tiki Tasting – SPECIAL EVENT!
This special event is NOT part of any other Tiki Oasis Ticket package. Enjoy samplings from over 8 Tiki Makers of amazing products!

Sunday

Tiki Tot Tour w/ King Kukulele
Create lasting memories for your kids with the annual Tiki Tour of the Crowne Plaza (formerly the Hanalei Hotel). The kids will have a blast as they tour the hotel grounds with King Kukulele meeting up close and personal many ‘tiki’ friends. Every year this event features many (secret-to-the-tots) Tiki celebrities!

Charles Phoenix
Be prepared for your national pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age style, landmark attractions, festive fashions, outrageous architecture, theme parks, and much, much more. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles presents a crazy kaleidoscope of his “found” vintage Kodachrome slides, hi-octane road trip discoveries, eye-popping test kitchen creations and “best of guide” to local attractions, past and present. Don’t miss this fun-filled, action packed, extravaganza of great American pop culture all in glorious COLOR !!!

Suzanne Long and the Modern Tropical Cocktail
Come learn how to mix some of Suzanne Long’s most famous modern tropical classics in this brand new class for Tiki Oasis 2017! Together we will make the Black Orchid and Gunpowder Swizzle, plus a special all new cocktail never before released to the public. We’ll taste each ingredient, talk about the importance of choosing rums for each cocktail, and have a hands on technique lesson.

Tyree, Black Velvet and South Pacific Artist w/ CJ Cook
Ralph Burke Tyree was an American artist of the mid-twentieth century who had a prolific career painting scenes from the South Pacific. His love of the islands was sparked as a WWII Marine posted to Samoa where he became the resident marine-base artist. After the war, he split his years between California and the Pacific, capturing the quiet exoticism of island people and landscapes in oil on board and black velvet. He was one of the premier artists of the Tiki culture movement that swept the United States in the 1960s and which is having a rebirth today.

Uke Jam
Join us for the annual Tiki Oasis Uke Jam! King Kukulele will be hosting this session, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Atrium. There is no fee to join in, and don’t worry about being experienced in your playing, just bring a ukulele. You never know who will stop by!

Tiki Oasis San Diego Bartenders Battle
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Celebrity Death Match, the Thunderdome: none of these contests of grit and skill included cocktails. Shame on them. The Tiki Oasis Bartenders Battle will pit some of the best bartenders in San Diego against each other in a no-holds-barred, head- to-head cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative Tiki cocktails in San Diego while you cheer on your bartending champion. They all may battle but only one can win!

Tiki Oasis 17 Marketplace, Open to the Public! 8/12-13 San Diego



Tiki Oasis 2017 – International Intrigue

Thursday, August 10 – Sunday, August 13, 2017
Bali Hai
Crowne Plaza

TIKI OASIS WEEKEND TICKETS SOLD WITHIN MINUTES OF RELEASE!
However – the Marketplace, Art Show, and Car Show are all Open to the Public!

TIKI OASIS 17 MARKETPLACE
Tiki Oasis is the crossroads of the Tiki world. Craftsmen, artists, tinkerers, and traders haul their wares to Tiki Oasis creating an Exotica emporium unmatched throughout the world. Many vendors create limited edition items specifically for the Tiki Oasis weekend shoppers. The marketplace also features DJs and live music! Marketplace vendor listing below.

Saturday, August 12: 
Indoor Marketplace: 10am – 5pm
Outdoor Marketplace: 10am- 4pm

Sunday, August 13:
Indoor Marketplace 10am – 5pm
Outdoor Marketplace 10am – 5pm

TIKI OASIS 8TH ANNUAL ART SHOW
Join us for our 8th annual art show at Tiki Oasis featuring all original artwork. Curated by Tiki Oasis co-producer Baby Doe Stroheim, this art show will be open to the public all weekend long!
ARTIST LIST AND PREVIEWS COMING SOON!
Friday, August 11, 10am – 9pm
Saturday, August 12, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, August 13 10am-5pm
Grand Hanalei Ballroom Foyer, Crowne Plaza
Artist Reception: TBA – stay tuned!

TIKI OASIS 9TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW
Enjoy the curated car show, shop the Tiki Marketplace,
listen to DJs and live music!
ENTERTAINMENT AND AUTO LIST COMING SOON!
Saturday, August 12th – Sunday, August 13
Hours: 9am – 5pm

TIKI OASIS 17 MARKETPLACE VENDOR LIST

 

 

 

 

 

A Classic Paradise by SHOPVDM
Wide range of apparel for women and men inspired by travel and fashion.

A Pin Ups Closet
Pin-up, Rockabilly and Vintage inspired clothing, purses and housewares

Ains & Elke
handmade, vintage and creative goods

All The Shiny Things
Vintage costume, jewelry and accessories

Amber Ray Accoutrements
Handmade Sparkly Hair Flowers

Bachelor Pad Magazine
The New Digest of Atomic Age Culture

Badland Beads
Handcrafted jewelry using reclaimed vintage and vintage inspired materials

Bali Mantra
handmade jewelry and clothing

B. G. Reynold’s Syrups
Made in Small Batches

Big Toe Art
Tiki and Kuston Kulture inspired original art, prints, mugs and much more

Bosko
Custom Tikis and mugs

Bowana
Original artwork, mugs and pendants.

Boy Drinks World
Small batch bitters and cocktail extracts made by hand in San Diego 

Buzz Rhino
Tiki Lamps

Clee Sobieski
Original Art, Paintings and Prints

Clever Vintage Clothing
vintage clothing

Christine Benjamin
Paintings, Tiki Art, Dolls and More!

Coral Reef Islands Hawaiian Furniture

Cronos Style

Culture Cove Gallery
Retro surf, Tiki, Hawaiian and mid century modern themed art
Official Tiki Oasis vendor for Tiki Oasis T-shirts and Posters!

Devon Devereaux
Artist out of Portland

Dionysus Records & Featured Entertainment
An assortment of rockabilly, exotica, surf, instrumentals and garage on vinyl and CD. Throughout the weekend you can also find numerous Tiki Oasis performers selling their releases directly to their fans in the Dionysus booth.

Donnaland Vintage Variety
Wheelin’ and dealin’ vintage clothing, costume jewelry and vintage treasures from Missouri!

Eric October
Original Tiki Art

Fancy Fruits

Frog Island Tikis
Crazy cool carvings from the Pacific NW

Gecko’z South Sea Arts
Tiki Mugs and Polynesian art

Grider
Handmade Metal Pendants, Belt Buckles, Mugs and Much More!

Hawaiian Lei Bath and Body
Bath and Body Works

Heidiline
Aprons, Bags, Accessories

Iconic Atomic
Vintage Clothing

Johnnie Velour Ceramics
Unique handmade ceramic designs that will enhance your tiki lounge and art collection.

Laurel Canyon 1969
Vintage clothing

Little Lost Tiki
Paintings and drawings by Ken Ruzic.

Loco Lindo

Mahalo Tiki
Handmade and unique Tiki mugs and collectables

Match Accessories
Vintage inspired wooden and plastic costume jewelry

Mele Tiki Guys
Handcrafted ornaments, décor, stocking stuffers and original art

mFrankm

Mr. Smiley

Ms. Formaldehyde
Horns, Hair flowers, Jewelry, Hair fascinators and Hats

MTKAHUNA Vintage
Polynesia Vintage Hawaiiana, Tiki, surf and beach.

Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice Cart
Italian Ice

Norm Daniels
Tikis, hula girls and old Kombis in oil paint

The Oblong Box Shop
Original Novelty Prints by Denialle Von Fitch. Novelty print apparel for Mid Century Modern connoisseurs.

Organic Jewelry by Allie
Handcrafted jewels made of natural media

Orgeat Works Ltd.
Orgeat Syrup

Pin Up Clothing
The best in vintage designed clothing and accessories

Pop Culture Explosion!
Cool vintage audio, video, and vinyl of lounge, exotica, bachelor pad, surf, hot rod, garage, rockabilly, hot guitar and more!

Popular Naughty
Trashtastic t-shirts

Poster Pop
Stickers, T-shirts, posters, prints and original paintings by our artists Shag, Aaron Marshall, Von Franco, and more!

Raw Formed Jewelry
Handmade nautical, island inspired jewelry and accessories

Retro Ruthie
Custom made in the USA – Tiki attire for men and woman.

Redhead Sadie Vintage
vintage clothing, accessories, jewelry and more

Shawn Dickinson

Shell in the Pacific
Vintage Tiki Polynesian Pop items collected since 1998 from thrift stores, flea markets and Tiki artists

Shima Ceramics

Smokin’ Tikis
Hand-carved coconut palm Tikis, masks, torches and more!

Sweet Siren Designs
Handmade vintage inspired jewelry and clothing

Switched on Designs
Vintage jewelry and clothing

Swoonful
Unique specialty flavors

The Art of Doug Horne
Original art and limited edition prints and tiki mugs.

Thor Stor
The artwork of Tom Thordarson

Tiki Bongos
South Seas Treasures, Apparel and Vintage Kicks

Tiki Diablo
Hand carved tikis, ceramics, and more

Tiki King
Neat handmade Tiki and Ukulele stuff since 1994

Tiki Lounge Clay and Ceramic Designs

Tiki Oasis Merchandise
Special swag made just for Tiki Oasis

Tiki Rob
Maui Made Tiki Mugs and Ceramic Pendants

Tiki Tommy
Vintage Aloha wear including a huge selection of vintage Aloha shirts!

Tiki tOny
Whimsical exotic isle paintings, limited edition Tiki Mugs, hanging driftwood tiki birds, carved Tiki signs, and handmade mugs as well as $5 ceramic Tiki necklaces!

Tikiland
Nautical and Tiki décor items

Tiki Paws
Accessories for your fur babies

Très Noir Optics
Hand Made Eyewear for Men and Women

intage Gal Boutique
Reproduction Hawaiian Tiki dresses brilliantly colored with tropical & floral patterns.

Vintage Surf Natural Bamboo Frames
Vintage Surf and Hawaiian Art Prints and Frames

Volcano Designs

Woody Miller Art
paintings, ceramics, wood carvings and more

Zac’s Attic
Vintage Clothing

 

 

7/7: La Luz de Jesus Summer Soiree Six Show – Six Artists!


La Luz de Jesus Summer Soiree Six!
a Six Artist Show featuring
Matt Adrian, Dos Diablos, Tracy Lewis, Sean Stepanoff, Annie Terrazzo, Vakseen

July 7 – July 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7th, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Matt Adrian
Matt Adrian splits his time between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree.

The mood that inspired these paintings came about as a direct, visceral response to the current American political disaster that is currently unfolding. They’re also very much of a place: Los Angeles. While the constant blue skies of Southern California can be enjoyable at first, for me the relentless march of day after day of blue skies occasionally take on an unsettling quality that’s hard to put a finger on. – Matt Adrian


Jorge Dos Diablos
Jorge is self-taught and works predominantly as a painter though also Jorge illustrates festival posters, album covers, and illustrates for print editorials. Jorge lives and works between Guadalajara and Los Angeles and has exhibited in Mexico, the United States, and France.

For some people, it is usual to take off the thorns, but others decide to leave them and watch them grow. I celebrate the hidden human emotions through the paint, I dig from the deepest, from the brain to the guts, from the heart to the stomach or the throat contained. This portraits from the inside of hell, they’re the discomfort nobody wants to see, and every day, they live with them. – Jorge Dos Diablos

Tracy Lewis
Tracy works primarily in transparent watercolor, layering luminous glazes of pure hue to give everything a candy coating of Easter-like color. Inspired by a collection of curiosities, along with a love of fairy tales, Art Nouveau and Old Hollywood Glamour, Tracy creates portraits of ephemeral beauty, often in a contradiction of disquiet and harmony; the compassionate femme fatale.

I am fascinated with the interconnectedness of all things, the strength, and fragility of our world, the duality of nature. The metamorphosis of life and death, the beauty of it all captures my imagination. By listening to nature’s incantations, I hope to portray in my work some of these delicate and unseen forces that surround us. – Tracy Lewis

Sean Stepanoff
In his second featured show at La Luz de Jesus, Sean Stepanoff takes his focus off of hipsters and hip-hop and focuses on the movies they love. Reinterpreting the aesthetic of Ghanaian Barbershop sign painting, he pays homage some of his favorite cult movies.

Annie Terrazzo
Annie Terrazzo surrounded herself with dreams. Her childhood was unorthodox and chaotic, having been raised by a mother who was a schizophrenic adult entertainer and a father who was a formula one race car driver. This chaos was countered by a large family who, through silversmithing and plein air painting, taught her the value of and method to making beauty in the world. After graduating from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA, Terrazzo began her career in trash portraiture, focusing on using found objects, newspapers, and magazines. Annie strives to create work that allows the viewer to recognize image and text based language that instantly draws in the viewer and it stands out among other contemporary art due to its familiarity, but also its originality and undeniable intention and masterful craftsmanship.

Back in January 2017, Annie Terrazzo was interviewed by the BBC about the looming Trump Presidency and what it would mean for her and her work. She said, “I’ve always desired to depict strong bad-ass women who would push through the system and overcome the hardships at hand. And now I think I’m just going to be stronger and more bad-ass about how I do that.” During the few months leading up to the La Luz Summer showcase, Annie broadened her scope to include more of these figures, such as women who are struggling to be viewed as more than sexual objects, to enduring bullying on the Internet, to defiant icons of our time. The pieces on display for the La Luz De Jesus summer group show are meant to elevate the viewer to find humor and strength in continuing to persevere in Trump’s world.


Vakseen LLC
While working on hit records has played a driving force in his career, it’s Vakseen’s (born Otha Davis III) passion for the arts that has served as his key to sanity in the entertainment business. The self-taught, Floridian has developed a distinct collage-influenced painting style (Vanity Pop) that fuses elements of cubism, photorealism, fashion design and pop surrealism into vibrantly alluring, abstract portraits. While most viewers assume they’re viewing collage or mixed media art, each creation is in fact meticulously hand painted directly on canvas. Drawing distinct inspiration from our fascination with popular culture, his gallant paintings are a celebration of women, beauty, duality, insecurity, and self-preservation. Currently based in Los Angeles, his paintings have been featured by Adidas, Complex, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, Vibe, Bombay Sapphire Gin, and Tupac Shakur’s estate, amongst others.

 

6/2: Nathan Anderson at La Luz de Jesus Gallery


Nathan Anderson
showing with Christopher Bales, Howard Hallis, & Gea*
June 2 – July 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2nd, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Nathan Anderson is an artist and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Nathan is a graduate of The Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has his BFA in Filmmaking and has been exhibited in galleries all over the US and Canada.

His recent projects include the web series Northbound and following feature film Northstar and contributing designs for the trading card series based on Cartoon Network’s popular Adventure Time. His mural to LA Writer Charles Bukowski in the Los Feliz neighborhood of California is a go-to public art destination in a city renown for its murals.

Nathan regularly exhibits at Gallery 1988, Hero Complex Gallery, Creature Features Gallery, Gabba Gallery, and La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

4/21: Rule-Breaker Babes & Rock Scribes Book Bash at La Luz de Jesus!

Rule-Breaker Babes & Rock Scribes Book Bash
book release, signing, and performance
Friday, April 21, 7-10 PM

Join LA’s rocking-est ladies for this book signing party featuring readings, stories & fun!
READING:
Vicky Hamilton
Lina Lecaro
Heidi Richman (FutureContentLLC)
Michele Raphael (Angels Flight • literary west)
LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC SETS by Beck Black and Ruby Friedman!!!
Signature “Rule-Breaker” cocktails by Sino Tequila.

Lina Lecaro signs Never Mind The Rules
Vicky Hamilton signs Appetite For Dysfunction

Never Mind the Rules is your alternative to the barrage of cookie-cutter self-help relationship books geared towards a set of rules that are intended to work for ‘everyone.’ This is a frank, honest, sexy and racy dating guide that helps you write YOUR own rules by getting REAL with yourself. It is written with a unique rock n’ roll angle that music fans can enjoy.

While doing the research for Never Mind the Rules, we interviewed reputable therapists, rock star chicks, housewives, journalists, polyamorous couples, swingers, and best-selling author Neil Straus (who wrote the controversial book The Game) who turned out to be a huge inspiration; and lastly even men we dated (gay & straight)!

We reveal personal dating horror stories, successful dating stories, wild and romantic anecdotes, and the world of sexual fetishes. We hope you will laugh and cry with us like we do when we watch Sex & The City, Girls, or Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.

Never Mind the Rules: How to Rock at Love is a portmanteau that combines the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks and Nirvana’s Nevermind with The Rules: (a 1995 self-help publication that effectively set back feminism 40 years by promoting game-playing to land a husband). Unlike The Rules, this book and its namesake get-together are all about encouraging women to be themselves, without worrying about how to snag a dude” – LA Weekly

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Susan Hyatt is currently enrolled in post-graduate studies in psychology for Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy licensing, and is devoted to empowering women. She is an American singer/songwriter, former UK talk show host, and an NASM certified fitness trainer (Susan Hyatt’s Rockstar Workout – an Amazon bestseller). Susan has written and recorded over 150 love songs and published 6 albums for her bands Pillbox, Stimulator, and most recently Sirens of Soho.

Lina Lecaro is a published author, journalist, photographer, and web radio personality based in Los Angeles, California. She has been likened to an LA version of both the Candace Bushnell Sex and the City writer/character Carrie Bradshaw and The Village Voice’s sassy scribe Michael Musto. Lina has interviewed an impressive array of rockstars and celebs such as Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Courtney Love, Gene Simmons, Adam Lambert, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Rotten, Siouxsie Sioux, Shirley Manson and many more. While her work on Never Mind the Rules marked a new, more personal direction for her subject matter-wise, music and its significance to her life and all our lives will always be front and center.

Never Mind the Rules
by Susan Hyatt & Lena Lecaro
Published by Generation X Media
ISBN # 978-0692867716
6 x 9 x .6 in. | Soft Cover. Pages: 244
Shipping weight: 12.8 oz.
Self Help | Relationships
Price: $9.99

Appetite For Dysfunction is the self-exploratory journey of a small town girl who risks everything by dropping out of art school, leaving behind the safety of loved ones and small town values, and making her way to Hollywood. When Vicky Hamilton arrived, she landed a job as a mere record store clerk, to then miraculously find herself deep in the trenches of an unscrupulous, male dominated, music entertainment business, and blossomed into Hollywood’s most controversial A&R woman and band manager. Vicky followed her dream and achieved it. She became the top female record company executive and personal band manager. Only to reach her aspirations while working with Guns N’ Roses, to then take on the most coveted A&R position to date at Geffen Records, under David Geffen himself. It was common knowledge, that while David Geffen was relaxing at his Malibu beach house, Hamilton was busy scouring dark clubs for talent. Doing the kind of legwork many larger record labels had gotten away from.

Appetite For Dysfunction is the first time Vicky candidly speaks out about the life she lived on the front lines, deep in the heartless world of the music business. Hamilton brings to this book her unbiased observations and shrewd glimpses about who these rock stars and executives are at the core of their beings, and about herself, as well. She expresses her gratitude for her historic past and her accomplishments, as well as her own shortcomings along the way. She shares her victories, her mistakes, the horror stories, and her dark comedic approach to “making it” in the entertainment business. Even while getting her heart broken on many occasions, leading to some cataclysmic breakdowns, Vicky battles to hang on to her integrity. Painfully taking the highroad, as she loses her job at Capitol Records, while facing eviction and a phone that suddenly stopped ringing, Vicky holds her head high, humbly reinvents herself, and literally, goes on with the show.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vicky Hamilton is a long time Grammy Award-Winning music industry executive and personal manager, frequently featured on VH-1, Biography Channel and BBC. 

She is considered one of the most successful female music executives in the industry. Pull down the safety bar, Appetite For Dysfunction is a wild and exhilarating ride.

Appetite for Dysfunction
by Vicky Hamilton
Published by the author
ISBN # 978-0996966221
6 x 9 x .8 in. | Soft Cover. Pages: 360
Shipping weight: 1.2 lbs.
Biographies | Memoirs | Music
Price: $25

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3/25: For Goodness Sake Group Show at La La Land Gallery


For Goodness Sake Group Show

March 25, 2017 – April 21, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, March 25, 7-10 PM
La La Land Gallery

 

For Goodness Sake Group Show features Mark Mothersbaugh, Shepard Fairy, Peter Blake, Oliver Hibert, Luke Chueh, Gary Taxali, Matthew Bone, Kii Arens, Anthony Ausgang, and many more! Part of the proceeds will go to Syrian Refugees Relief.

La La Land Gallery
6450 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90038
www.lalalandgallery.com


For Goodness Sake Group Show

As this new “cuckoo pants” year begins, I would like to invite you to take a well needed mental vacation with this new joy-filled For Goodness Sake group art show. The idea is clear and simple. Each artist is being asked to create a brand new piece that elicits nothing but Pure Joy.

With all that’s been going on around the world lately, this will be a refreshing change of pace and a positive new look for the future. We’re excited to tell you we have partnered with Oxfam America (oxfamamerica.org) for this show to donate to Syrian Refugees Relief.  – Kii Arens, La La Land Gallery

Featuring: Mark Mothersbaugh, Shepard Fairey, Peter Blake, Dalek, Gary Baseman, Oliver Hibert, Luke Chueh, Gary Taxali, Matthew Bone, Kii Arens, Anthony Ausgang, Rosie Lea Brind, The Art of Chase, Janee Meadows, Steve Ellis, Warmoraw, Rudy Fritsch, Mark Rogers, Anthony Ausgang, Donnie Molls, Danielle Garza, Sung Hyun, Hey Pogo, Ekaterina Oloy, Travis Lampe, Erin Goedtel, Shoko Yanagisawa, Teri Harriet, Mike Sandoval, Smiley Stevens, Amelie Laurice, and Susan Anderson. More information and preview images coming soon, stay tuned!

Image:  Gary Taxali  “Real And Friends” of 5  ink on wood panels, 45” x 28”

Pool & Marinela Barbie, the Plastic Religion at La Luz de Jesus


Pool & Marinela
Barbie the Plastic Religion

December 2 – 31, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2nd 8 – 11pm

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Pool & Marinela Barbie, the Plastic Religion

In 2014, two Argentine artists, Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, turned 33 models of Barbie and Ken into religious icons for an exhibition called Barbie, the Plastic Religion which was displayed at Popa Galeria in Buenas Aris. The show featured Barbie as the Virgin Mary and Ken as Jesus Christ, and included religious figures from Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism with versions of Barbie as Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene and the Virgin of Lourdes. The show provoked widespread controversy in several languages from Argentina to France.In 2016, the artists were invited by Mattel and Les Art Decoratifs (Palais du Louvre, Paris) to display four of their pieces in the museum of decorative arts in the Palais du Louvre, Paris, and were also received in the Vatican by Pope Francisco who accepted a gift of their Barbie, “Our Lady of Lujan”.

During the month of December, Pool and Marianela will be presenting their Barbie, the Plastic Religion in Los Angeles at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Among the numerous pieces in the exhibition, the artists will be displaying two new paintings created in the style of Byzantine icon (gold leaf), portraits of Barbie (“Our Lady of Mattel”) and Ken (“Sacred Heart of Mattel”); 12 Via Crucis altarpieces; an eight-piece nativity scene; 13 small good leaf paitnings; and a Barbie Porsche 911 with Ken as Krishna, Buddah and Jesus.

Preview the entire collection at this link

11/19: Krampus Book Party signing, reading, music at La Luz de Jesus

Krampus Book Party


Krampus Book Party
book signing, reading, and musical performance

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7-10PM
La Luz de Jesus
in the Soap Plant / Wacko building
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Last appearing at La Luz de Jesus at the 2012 publication party for Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society, a national group of guerilla artists and pranksters in which he played a leading role, author Al Ridenour returns tonight as Krampus researcher par excellence with his new book The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas

In this new incarnation, Ridenour has obsessively translated his way through countless 19th-century compendiums of folk tales and superstitions, medieval witchcraft documents, and rhymed folk plays, networked with contemporary Krampus groups and mask-carvers, corresponded with Austrian anthropologists and museums, and traveled to the Alps to be properly smacked by whips and tossed into snowbanks by rampaging devils. He’s even sweated inside his own handcrafted suit as part of LA’s annual Krampus festival, which he helped found in 2013 and now directs. With the publication of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas, Ridenour offers a summation of these explorations in one entertainingly written lavishly illustrated volume examining not only the Krampus but related folklore of Alpine witches, ghosts, spectral armies, diabolical hunstmen, and murderous saints.

Tonight he’ll serve up some history, folklore, and fact on the topic, much of it in direct contradiction to what Americans have come to know of the Krampus through our pop-culture (mis)representations. Along with stories, slides, and video clips, expect some costumed appearances, an audience-participation Krampus Kwiz with prizes (and punishments), and perhaps a musical guest or two. Ridenour will not only be discussing and signing copies of his book, but also demonstrating a form of fortune-telling using molten lead associated with the haunted nights (“Rauhnächte”) that form the background to the Krampus mythology.

A native of Pasadena, California, Al Ridenour holds BA’s in German and English literature, has worked as an author, journalist, animator, and artist, and has been a fixture in the West Coast underground art community since the mid-1990s.

His Krampus research has taken him to the Austrian Alps and Munich, and brought him in contact with cultural anthropologists working in Salzburg and Vienna as well as dozens of members of contemporary European Krampus groups. In 2013, Ridenour co-founded Krampus Los Angeles, an organization that’s made the city ground zero for American Krampusmania.

Ridenour has translated and produced the only English-language version of 19th-century Krampus play, written articles, and lectured on the topic at the international Goethe-Institut and elsewhere, and exhibited his Krampus suits at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Museum

The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas:
Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil
by Al Ridenour
Published by Feral House
ISBN: 1627310347
7 x 0.6 x 10 in | Pages: 248
Shipping Weight: 2 Lbs.
Non-Fiction | History | Folklore | New Age | Occult | Holidays | Mythology
Price: $25

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Sonny King opens at Silver’s Circus at La Luz de Jesus Oct 7

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Sonny King – Silver’s Circus
Showing with Jim Blanchard
October 7 – 30, 2016
Opening Reception, Friday October 7, 8-11 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Sonny King – Silver’s Circus
Inspired by a childhood that was split between a strict Australian boarding school and the colorful environment of the circus where his father worked, Sonny King creates vibrant renditions of big-top life that take viewers back in time. His work captures beautifully the bustling activity and energy of the circus, offering perspectives from both inside and outside the tent in scenes that are dramatic, dynamic, and carefully arranged. Delightfully animated figures–aerialists, clowns, and enthusiastic show-goers–inhabit his three-dimensional creations and paintings. Each scene reflects King’s eye for specifics, as he lavishly embellishes every section of a work. A love of bold colors and experimental lighting are distinctive of his style.

Other subjects, including small-town life, have inspired Sonny to create lively, folksy dioramas. On his thoughtfully rendered presentations, telling moments come together in ways that are touching yet never overly sweet. His work pays tribute to the past without hovering in sentimentality. Several of the pieces in this exhibition were part of a mini-retrospective at the California Folk Art Museum, and his animatronic Ferris Wheel is sure to satisfy Carny fans of all ages.

 

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