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Buy art from last month’s Monster Drawing Rally

Among the art available for $50 from the Monster Drawing Rally includes Maxfield Hegedus' 12 x 9" ink and watercolor piece. Image courtesy of Outpost for Contemporary Art.

About a month ago, Highland Park-based Outpost for Contemporary Art held a drawing rally to fundraise for their non-profit organization.  Now, some of the art made at the event is available for $50 (originally $75!)

Art is available for local pick-up, and shipping is also available.

Visit Outpost’s website to see what else is up for sale and help support the local art community…You know your walls need it!

Support local artists at the Monster Drawing Rally tomorrow


Artist Howie Cherman is watched by a curious kid at last year's Monster Drawing Rally. Photo courtesy of Anita K. Marto / Outpost for Contemporary Art

If you’ve ever wanted to see the creative process behind art, tomorrow’s your chance to see local artists exhibit their talents live at the Monster Drawing Rally at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 8.

From the article I wrote for LAist.com:

When the idea was first unveiled in L.A. by the non-profit Outpost for Contemporary Art (it was originally conceived by SF-based Southern Exposure) in 2004, organization director Julie Deamer wasn’t sure how the SoCal crowd would respond. A Ventura native who lived in San Fran for 12 years before returning to the City of Angels, she quickly became disillusioned with the over-competitive, career-driven side of L.A.’s gallery scene. “Here I am thinking art could change the world,” Deamer said in an interview. “In San Francisco, you don’t have the strong market forces…People are making art just because they want to.” For her and the rest of the Outpost members, the event was all about “filling a gap in Los Angeles.”

For only a $10 donation ($5 for students and free for seniors, 12 & under or Outpost members), watch as over a hundred artists draw side-by-side, enjoy food from Oinkster, beer from the New Belgium Brewing Company (the folks that brought you Fat Tire) and coffee & tea from Cafe De Leche. But wait, there’s more…future little artists can enjoy the Kid’s Drawing Corner and DJ Dave Muller, Artichoke and Dude Dogg will also perform at the event.

It’s all happening from 2 to 7 p.m. at 2225 Colorado Blvd., L.A., 90041.

Hi De Ho Comics draws in fans on Free Comic Book Day

Gordo, an employee at Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, makes sure complimentary comic books are well stocked for Free Comic Book Day.

Gordo, an employee at Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, ensures complimentary comic books are well-stocked for Free Comic Book Day.

“You want a free ‘Watchmen’ poster?” asks Gordo as he sits in front a glass display case with about 15 stacks of different comic books at Hi De Ho Comics & Books with Pictures on Santa Monica Boulevard, a couple blocks away from 3rd Street Promenade.  “Wanna free holiday issue?” he later asks a teenage boy eyeing the free comics.

The store participated in the international Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 2, and Hi De Ho Comics co-owner Bob Hennessy says there’s been a noticeable number of people coming in for the event.  At the time of this blogger’s visit, there was a steady flow of 30 to 40 customers at any given time in the 2,300-square-foot store.

“Comic books are a subgenre of literature,” says the 60-year-old Hennessy, who co-owns the Santa Monica store with his 59-year-old brother, Mark.  “There are some things that the medium does that other media can’t,” says Bob, sitting in the store’s back office.  “It’s enchanting.”

Now more than ever, he says, great comic book writers and artists are emerging.  More recently, there have been some great non-fiction graphic novels. “It really is good story-telling,” he says, adding that many of the best writers who earn a living elsewhere and stray from comics eventually return to the art form, “not because of the money,” but because they truly love the genre, says Hennessy.

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License to celebrate President Obama

1/20/09 Aaron Foster Art Show/Inauguration Party

Artist and Bob Dylan fanatic Aaron Foster stands by his license plate piece of the musician. Foster hosted an inauguration party at his gallery on Melrose Avenue Tuesday night.

On election night, Aaron Foster stayed inside for the evening.

“I was at home by myself watching the news,” said Foster of that historic day in November 2008.  The artist  – who still hesitates to label himself as such – later thought, “What was I doing at home?”

The 36-year-old San Francisco Bay area native, who said he was “totally obsessed with the elections,” decided come Jan. 20, he wanted to celebrate the occasion with others.  He held an inauguration party at his Melrose gallery through political action group, MoveOn.org.  (Click on the jump for more, including photos)

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