The Stars Turn Out For Art in LA Affair

Opening night gala draws over 500 to see some of the best artists in the world. The Offs Album Cover by Jean-Michel Basquiat was also on display at the event
By: AC Gallery
The Offs Album Cover  by Jean-Michele Basquiat at Art In LA Affair
The Offs Album Cover by Jean-Michele Basquiat at Art In LA Affair
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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Aug. 21, 2018 - PRLog -- Award-winners from film and television, number-one Billboard recording artists, famed producers, directors and art lovers all showed up on Friday night August 17 at the famed AC Gallery in the heart of Hollywood. According to  gallery owner Carlos Benitez the turn out was better than anticipated,"Considering this was our very first one of these, we really didn't know what to expect. The outpouring of support for the fine art community was extremely gratifying."
   The event ran all weekend, August 17-20 and more than fifty artists were in attendance. The art forms ranged from painting to multi-media, from photography to sculpture and masks. The artists themselves were as diverse as the artwork, ranging from first time exhibitor, eighteen-year-old Grace Hindle to art world vet and gallery owner Fred Tieken."We wanted to showcase a diverse group and as many styles and mediums as possible," said Benitez of the idea, and by all accounts the event was a huge success.
   Amidst all the wonderful original art, and glitz and glamour of Hollywood, right there in the middle of the gallery were 3 prints of Jean-Michel Basquiat's album cover for the 80's punk band The Offs. The famous work  by the late artist had the crowd buzzing all night long.
  The host for the evening was Fred Thomas Jr. Better known to most people as "The Whattzzzuppp guy," from the beer and burger commercials, Thomas, an award winning actor and director in his own right,  has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Temple University, and is a Basquiat scholar. Wearing a t-shirt with the artists image and a sport coat, Thomas' understated elegance set the tone for the evening. When asked about the event, Thomas stated simply,"An array of brilliance was on display this evening."
 Celebrities a-plenty graced the red carpet and actress and talk show host Kristin West had her hands full with interviews. Celebs ranging from Emmy nominated actress Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), to film producer Beau Szumillas, pop stars like Ricky Rebel and Harper Starling(Euphoria), reality star Emma Zermer,  just to name a few of the more than one hundred stars walking the carpet. West returned on Saturday and Sunday to do interviews with several of the artists as well. the world renowned artist Renta made a brief apperance on Sunday in support of mixed- media artist Justyna who had several pieces showing at the event.  It's no wonder that not only did call this a "Top Ten Event for August", but they chose to be a part of it as well.

Sponsors for the event included Buzzbox Cocktails, Esoteric Collection, Poutine Brothers Food Truck, and Viva Tequila.

Benitez says he can't wait to do this again; "I'm not sure how we are going to top this one, but next year we will be back, and hopefully even bigger and better." Next year's Art in LA Affair is scheduled for February 13-17 2019.

AC Gallery is located 1546 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA, 90028

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