Friday, December 18, 2009

Los Angeles Art Association Gallery 825 Open Show 2009 Exhibition

Luke Van Hook, Tmothy Gratkowski, R.Matt,
Shizuko Greenblatt and Michael Giancristiano are
some of the heavy hitters in Los Angeles art circles as the
LAAA exhibition reception drew an enormous crowd
for the 2009 Open Show, despite the rainy weather that Saturday!
Gallery 825/LAAA, Los Angeles, California December 12, 2009
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

On December 12, 2009, Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) presented the 2009 Open Show, LAAA's signature survey exhibition of emerging Southern California artists of all media. The 2009 Open Show is juried by Apsara
DiQuinzio, Assistant Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Distinct by design, LAAA's annual Open Show has developed into one of the most potent survey exhibitions on the West Coast. The opening reception was from 6-9pm on December 12, 2009 and runs through January 8, 2010 at LAAA's Gallery 825.

Featured artists include:
Lillian Abel, Ruben Acosta, Robin Adsit, Fegie Barkan, Lisa Bartleson, Catherine Bennaton, Jeff Berman, Steve Burtch, David Chappell, Ching Ching Cheng, Lisa Deutsch, Babak Emanuel, James Erwin, Melanie Florio, Steven Fujimoto, Alisa Gabrielle, Gina Galileo, Libby Gerber, Helen Geisler, Michael Giancristiano, Tm Gratkowski, Jenny Hager, Lydia Moon Hee Kim, Danny Heller, Liza Hennessey Botkin, Anne Hieronymus, Velda Ishizaki, Flora Kao, Kyung Ja Kim, Eva Kolosvary Stupler, Alan Kupchick, R. Dean Larson, R. Matt, Katherine  McNamara, Barbara Nathanson, Janice Nowinski, Saule Piktys, Bryan Schnelle, Cory Sewelson, Sharron Shayne, Susan Sironi, Patrick Slattery, Tree Stokes, Jamie Sweetman, Lacey Terrell, Luke Van Hook, Michael Verbenec, Bendow, Karl West and Marco Zamora.

Reception: 6-9pm, Saturday December 12, 2009
Admission: Free
Where: Gallery 825
825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069

The Open Show runs through January 8, 2010.

For information call 310.652.8272 or e-mail

Friday, September 11, 2009

Los Angeles, California
solo show
opens at Gallery 825 September 11, 2009
825 N. LaCienega Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Fine Art Trekkin through Los Angeles,
Ginger and Luke Van Hook met
Shizuko Greenblatt.
In an interview 9.8.09 Sizuko explained the meaning of her exhibit. She told that in Japan, the colors for celebration are Red and White. The white represents purity and all that is sacred whereas the red stands for the energy, the happiness and the passion of the people. The red and white fans represent a wish for a bright future, the tree in the center depicts the branches reaching for the sky and the logs with branches painted black represent the obstacles one must overcome to achieve this happiness. In an expression of IKEBANA, Shizuko explained that the word means the enhancement of nature or a flower. In this case, the exhibition is titled "Growth of Civilization" and she has created all three of the elements necessary to achieve success.
In three parts, her exhibit encompasses
I. Overcoming
II. Reaching for the Sky
III. Infiinte Growth
Having met and worked with Shizuko for about a year now, Luke and I wish her success in her endeavors to achieve artistic recognition for her inspiring work. Shizuko allowed me to photograph her installation process and in these photos you'll witness as she develops the scene as skillfully as a theatre manager staging a show. Shizuko embodies a very positive spirit of inspiration and uniqueness in her work, drawing upon her personal culture and her experiences as an interior designer and artist. The show opens tonight at 6:00pm! Put it on your 'A' list of shows to see this month as it runs through October 9th!