GO! “Bedlam Reunion” Benefit Art Auction at Art Share LA

SAT 8/15 @ 7:30-11:00pm
FREE Admission • FREE Parking during event only on Rooftop of Hewitt St. Garage
Art Share L.A. @ 801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013
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For one night, immerse yourself in living Arts District history by attending and BUYING ART at the “Bedlam Reunion” benefit art auction on Saturday, August 15. Over 50 artists in Los Angeles and beyond donated more than 65 works for sale during this event, plus donation-based performances by local musicians, drawing sessions by the infamous Gallery Girls, tarot card readings, and more will take place. Proceeds from art auction sales, along with donations, will support financial needs of gallerist and art advocate Jim Fittipaldi who recently underwent costly heart surgery and requires additional medical attention. Bring cash to buy art, tip performers, and purchase libations … come prepared to donate to the cause!

Jim Fittipaldi

Jim Fittipaldi

Friends of Jim Fittipaldi and fans of BEDLAM — a “hidden in plain sight” speakeasy, art salon, performance space, and magazine of former days — are invited, along with anyone interested in supporting the nonprofit Art Share L.A. and local artists plus learning about the fascinating past of those days when visual artists were more plentiful in the Arts District.

7:30pm–Doors open. Donate $10 or more to take a photo by award-winning photographer Rick Mendoza in front of artist Colette Miller‘s famed Angel Wings. Enjoy live music by swing musician Eddie Reed. Get a tarot reading by Alex Koiv. Hang out in the theater lounge with old and new friends. Check out and bid on or buy the art for sale in the galleries. Bring your sketchpad to draw live models from the Gallery Girls in the front gallery (donations accepted).
9:30pm–The art auction closes. Musician Desi Ramone starts his performance. A second drawing session featuring live models from the Gallery Girls begins in the theatre.
10:00pm–Music with gypsy jazz band Vignes Rooftop Revival begins.
11:00pm–Event and all activities end. Art Share and parking lot closes (it all gets locked up for the night, so move your car!).

Generously hosted by Art Share L.A. under the leadership by Cheyanne Sauter, this event is organized and curated by designer Peri Shefik supported by Terry Ellsworth who handled the art exhibit installation and through the generosity of Rick Robinson.

Paul Arnold – Barry Boen – Qathryn Brehm – Lisa Ann Davis – Shepard Fairey – Heather Flores – Tom Fowlks – Simone Gad – Jennifer Faist Hill – Richard Godfrey – Jett Jackson – George Joaquim – Emmeric Konrad – Tod George Lychkoff – Vince Mattina – Rick Mendoza – Joel Ojeda – Elizabeth Perikli – Robert Reynolds – Melissa Richardson BanksRick Robinson – Tatiana Von Der Schulenburg – David Stone – Annie Wharton – Jerico Woggon – PLUS MANY MORE!!

ABOUT BEDLAMBEDLAM existed in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles and beyond as the creative enterprise of Jim Fittipaldi and friends. Fittipaldi first opened BEDLAM in a warehouse loft that is now part of the Molino Street Lofts around 1994. It housed gallery shows, speakeasies, benefits, holiday parties, drawing salons, and more. For a short time, it moved to the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles during 2000 before returning to the Arts District, making its home at 1275 E. 6th Street (in a warehouse owned by the infamous “Potato King” Maurice Zuckerman and what is now The Unique Space). It closed in 2006, then reopened for a brief time during 2008 in the former Al’s Bar.

bed·lam [bedluhm]
1. a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion.

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