ART NOTEBOOK : Sating Santa Monica’s Appetite for Art

Hors d’oeuvres and white wine, those culinary staples of budget-conscious gallery openings, will be nowhere in evidence Monday night, when the third annual “Eat for Art” benefit gets under way at the carrousel on the Santa Monica Pier.

As in previous years, “Eat for Art” is a benefit for the Santa Monica Arts Council, and will feature gourmet food donated by critically acclaimed Westside restaurateurs. This year’s participants include Bill Hufferd and Rebecca Marder of Rebecca’s; Elka Gilmore of Tumbleweed; Piero Selvaggio of Valentino; Morgan and John Mason of Mason’s; and Marsha Sands of Camelions.

Michael McCarty, chairman of the Santa Monica Arts Foundation, also will be providing food from his restaurant, Michael’s.

In past years, according to McCarty, “Eat for Art” has raised money for public art projects in Santa Monica, including the forthcoming gateway over Wilshire Boulevard, “The Big Wave,” which will be erected by artist Tony Delap. The Arts Foundation is now sponsoring another artwork that will be installed on the city’s new Third Street Promenade.


Tickets, which cost $100, entitle guests to cocktails and dinner. For information, call Henry Korn at (213) 458-8350.

SEVENTYSOMETHING: The ‘70s are back, if you haven’t heard. “Shaft” and “Klute” fashions are popping up on Melrose. The latest thing in private clubs are Disco Nights. And the Museum of Modern Mythology in San Francisco has scored with an exhibit of polyester shirt designs.

On this theme, the Manny Silverman Gallery is presenting an exhibit titled “Art of the ‘70s,” opening Saturday and continuing through Nov. 19.

Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella and Richard Diebenkorn are among the 18 artists who will be represented. A reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Manny Silverman Gallery, 800 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 659-8256. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Los Angeles artists Mari Andrews, Linsley Lambert, Jeanne Lamosse, Francesco Siqueiros and Michael Wood will be featured in “Works on Paper,” a show sponsored by L.A.'s Cultural Affairs Department and the Cultural Foundation.

The exhibition begins Monday, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 Tuesday night. It will run through Nov. 12. For information, call (213) 237-1373.

Art Space Gallery, 21800 Oxnard St., Suite 110, Woodland Hills. (818) 716-2786. Open noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.