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The Coasters Show 2018 Arrives at Gallery 30 South

Ally Burke

Six years after he started what’s now become a trend of coaster shows in his role at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Matt Kennedy now offers his latest rendition at Gallery 30 South with “The Coaster Show 2018.” The annual event offers more than 1,000 pieces from hundreds of artists. Approaches include acrylics, watercolors, printmaking, pen, oils, sculpture, ink, and much more.More

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Sasha Ignatiadou’s Vibrant, Vivid Illustrations
The acrylic paintings of illustrator Sasha Ignatiadou carry a vibrancy and visceral detail. The artist’s work tends to leave viewers on guessing on the origins of his creation, which outside of her acrylic work, moves between watercolor and digital approaches.More

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Roq La Rue Returns With ‘Lush Life 6’

Kai Carpenter

After a hiatus, Roq La Rue opens its doors again with “Lush Life 6.” The Seattle gallery re-opens on Oct. 11, continuing a string of group shows under the “Lush Life” banner that have taken place throughout its two-decade history. Owner Kirsten Anderson was busy during the two-year hiatus, founding Creatura House and a conservation/educational group.More

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Chet Zar Looks at Classic ‘Villains’ in New Show
In a new show at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, Chet Zar revisits the classic baddies of pop culture with the show "Villains." Just as he does in his art, the artist is able to tether his fascination with the dark and dystopic to art history. “I am interested in the villain archetype as a subject matter,” Zar tells us. “I always have been fascinated by them and I thought it would be fun to do my own take on some. Every great story has a great villain. They are just as important as the heroes. In fact, they create the opportunity for heroes. But more to the point, I just think villains are more interesting and fun to think about. I mean, which part of the Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ triptych do people talk about? ‘The Garden of Eden’ or ‘The Last Judgement’? I think it’s at the core of what Dark Art is all about- dark imagery is just more fun and interesting to explore.”More

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Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom Preview Pt.1

Mark Ryden (Mixed media on paper, 13.5” x 10.75”)

Even outside of its varieties and many uses, the mushroom is a complicated, little fungus. Depicted by the artists of “Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom,” coming to The Compound Gallery this month, it’s a prism of perspectives: fantastical or recreational, sexual or familial. The gallery describes this show as "an exploration into artists’ interpretations of the friendly, deadly, tasty, hallucinogenic, phallic, alien, and legendary mushroom." Here are just a few of the pieces featured in the show, with a roster of 50-plus artists.More

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