Los Angeles Art Association, a nationally recognized non-profit art orization, will hold its Annual Benefit Auction on July 30, 2011


Los Angeles Art Association, a nationally recognized non-profit art orization, will hold its Annual Benefit Auction on July 30, 2011. The auction, widely embraced by the art community and leading collectors as a showcase of art trends, will feature more than 100 works by emerging and mid-career artists, as well as celebrated luminaries including Lita Albuquerque,James Rosenquist and Shepard Fairey.  

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All proceeds benefit LAAA and Los Angeles' emerging artist community.

What: LAAA's Annual Benefit Auction, a fundraising event benefitting the Los Angeles Art Association.

When: Saturday, July 30, 2011; 7-9pm, VIP Preview 6-7pm. Live auction begins at 7:15.

Tickets: VIP Preview - 6 to 7pm $100 ($120 at door). Includes champagne, food by Nobu and treats by Friandise Pastries, Inc. and a signed print by artist Susan Bolles. Music by DJ Frees.

General Admission - 7 to 9 pm $25. Includes desserts and hosted bars.  

Where: Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069


Space is limited - call 310.652.8272 to RSVP today or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.


Hundreds of LA's most influential movers and shakers will attend the exclusive champagne VIP preview featuring food by NOBU, and the first 100 VIP ticket purchases will receive a signed print by celebrated artist Susan Bolles. Ovation CEO Charles Segars will serve as the 2011 Honorary Benefit Chairperson for this important event. Segars asserts; "I am delighted to be involved with the L.A. Art Association's Benefit Auction. The L.A. Art Association is a dynamic force in nurturing Los Angeles' incredible pool of talented artists and is helping to bring them to the world stage.  As providing access to the arts is a primary objective of Ovation, our goals complement each other perfectly.   Working together, we can garner significant attention for all of Los Angeles' artists."   

The live auction, to be presented by Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills, will begin promptly at 7:15pm and the silent auction closes at 8:30pm. LAAA Executive Director Peter Mays states: "We are considered by Los Angeles' leading art galleries to be a major feeder to the gallery scene, so our auction is a great place to discover emerging talents while they are still very affordable to a broad base of collectors. Our Annual Benefit Auction also serves as a singularly important survey exhibition and auction opportunity featuring one of the most compelling pools of emerging talent in the world."

Many of the artists contributing work to the auction are either current or former artists of LAAA, and view the fundraiser as an opportunity to give back to an organization that has played a critical role in their own professional growth. Artist and recent Durfee awardee Elizabeth Tobias, whose celebrated Let Them Eat Cupcakes public performance and art installation was a highlight of LAAA's 2010 programming, considers the organization to be instrumental in her success. Tobias proudly asserts, "The LA Art Association is the ultimate incubator for emerging artists. With the support of the organization, my practice has blossomed on every level. I joined as a local artist and now, through continuous collaborations with distinguished cultural luminaries, I am exhibiting in the international arena and have expanded my repertoire to include installation and solo performance work." Tobias is now preparing to show and perform Let Them Eat Cupcakes at Harvard's Carpenter Center in November 2011.


Participating artists include:

Lillian Abel, Robin Adsit, Lita Albuquerque, Jason Shawn Alexander, Carolyn Applegate, Susan Arena, Vera Arutyunyan, Josh Aster, Kireilyn Barber, Fegie Barkan, Nancy Baron, Denice Bartels, Vahe Bedrosian, Wayne Martin Belger, Karl Benjamin, Stan Benson, Kelly Berg, Blek le Rat, J.T. Burke , Kristin Calabrese, Ellen Cantor, Joanne Chase-Mattillo, Ching Ching Cheng, Richard S. Chow, Curran Clark, Therese Conte, Joe Davidson, Toby Davis, George Evans, Ned Evans, Michael Fairclough, Shepard Fairey, Hadiya Finley, Steven Fujimoto, John Gauld, Allen Ginsberg, Shizuko Greenblatt, Bradley Hankey, David Hendren, Brad Howe, Brandon Jacob Hudson, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Jow, Flora Kao, Robbie Kaye, Warren Keating, Kim Kimbro, Dennis Koch, Barbara Kolo, Alan Kornfeld, Nicholas Krushenick,  Kerry Kugelman, Jonas Kulikauskas, Elana Kundell, Ilan Laks, Melissa Ann Lambert, James Lane, Murray Lebowitz, Joshua Levine, Carolyn Liesy, Leslie Ann Lloyd, Jason Lockyer, Midge Lynn, Jim Mahfood, Brian Mallman, Shelle Mannion, R. Matt, Shaun McCracken, Penny McElroy, Robert Minervini, Dan Monteavaro, Andy Moses, Johnny Naked, Hung Viet Nguyen, Felicity Nove, Peta Orbach, Miguel Osuna, Meeson Pae Yang, Barbara Parmet, Christopher Pate, Jeanne Pattersen, Allie Pohl, Olga Ponomarenko, Bret Price, Sybille Prou, Stephanie Pryor, Mei Xian Qiu, Meghan Quinn, Mel Ramos, James Rosenquist, Karrie Ross, A.M. Rousseau, Mara Safransky, Gwen Samuels, Kristine Schomaker, Philipp Schumacher, Steve Seleska, Sam Senack, Cory Sewelson, Sharron Shayne, Peter Shire, Karen Sikie, Judy Stabile, Robert Standish, Schuyler Standish, William Stroum, Alan Sutovsky, Amelia Symes, Adele Sypesteyn, Phil Tarley, Haikuhie Tataryan, Elizabeth Tobias, Kent Twitchell, Larry Villarin, Nicola Vruwink, Audra Weaser, Art Weeks, Cathy Weiss, Joyce Wisdom, Judy Wold, Karen Frimkess Wolff, Suzan Woodruff, Elyse Wyman, Meeson Pae Yang, Patricia Yossen, Mara Zaslove and Zelda Zinn.

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2011 Honorary Benefit Chairman: Charles Segars

2011 Benefit Committee: Robert Brander, Judy Chang, Stephen Cohen, Erin Culley, Alexandra Darraby, Claudia Deutsch, J. Dallas Dishman, Elizabeth East, Robert Galstian, Catalina Guirado-Cheadle, Linda Johannesen, Heidi Johnson, Lonnie Lardner, Nancy Meyer, Klaus Moeller, Cheryl Perkey, Michelle Pobar, Melissa Pugash, Cathy Seward, Emily Sills, Cambra Sklarz, Thaddeus Hunter Smith, Louis Stern, Simmy Swinder, Sonia Tower and Brent Turner.

Top images by: Philipp Schumacher, David Hendren, Susan Bolles, Ching Ching Cheng, Mei Xian Qiu, James Rosenquist, Shepard Fairey, Lita Albuquerque, Meeson Pae Yang, Ned Evans and Mel Ramos.

About: Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities, resources, services and exhibition venues for emerging Los Angeles artists of all media. LAAA began as a civic art institution in the 1920s, connecting elite art interests to Hollywood collectors, emerging after World War II as the center of Los Angeles modernism and finally becoming the city's nexus for emerging artists of all media. LAAA serves as a dynamic force for contemporary ideas, outreach, and community. Gallery 825 and Los Angeles Art Association are located in the heart of La Cienega Boulevard's Restaurant Row at 825 North La Cienega Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90069. Gallery hours are 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday or by appointment. Please call 310.652.8272 or visit www.laaa.org

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