Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead
Dec. 1: West Elm hosts an Etsy craft event from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of a nationwide event where customers can create their own Christmas ornaments for trees that will be donated to local charities. Five local Etsy vendors will be on hand to sell their crafts. The event dovetails with West Elm's celebration of the handmade, including the showcasing of Etsy vendors in its catalog and website. 8366 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 782-9672. 1433 4th St., Santa Monica, (310) 576-7270.
Dec. 2-4: More than 100 dealers offer wine, cheese, door prizes and discounts up to 50% off at the 24th annual Holiday Open House at the Sherman Oaks Antique Mall. Dec. 2 through 4. 14034 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. ( 818) 906-0338.
Dec. 3: The fourth annual Unique L.A. Holiday Show features more than 300 independent vendors selling handmade art, stationery, home accessories, jewelry, edibles and fashion. The event also includes free DIY workshops and crafts all weekend. 11a.m to 6 p.m. Dec. 3-4. The California Market Center 110 E 9th St., downtown Los Angeles. $10.
Dec. 3: More than 300 lots including film posters, a life-size limited edition Robby the Robot, vintage pinball machines, modern art and more is auctioned at noon. A.N. Abell, 2613 Yates Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 724-8102.
Dec. 3: West Adams Heritage Assn.’s annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour and Progressive Dinner is a wine-and-dine event in residences of Lafayette Square. The homes include Spanish, Craftsman, Beaux Arts and Midcentury Modern architecture, with a different course served in a different house. $30 to $85. Dinner tours depart at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Self-guided walking tours (no meal) begin at noon Dec. 4. (323) 735-9242.
Dec. 3: Horticulturist Barbara Eisenstein leads a class on how to transform the narrow strip between the sidewalk and street with native plants. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.
Dec. 3: “Winter Botanic Bling,” Descanso Gardens’ trunk show of botanic-themed jewelry and accessories, returns to the gardens’ Boddy House. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included in gardens admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949 4200.
Dec. 3: Jill Morganelli, horticultural curator at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, discusses winter crops, companion planting, weeds, insects, disease identification and prevention, irrigation, soil building, composting and more. $25 to $28. Noon to 4 p.m. Bamboo Room at the arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.
Dec. 4: The 44th annual holiday home tour in Redlands includes the Auerbacher Home, shown above, designed in the early 1950s by architect Richard Neutra. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $25 to $65. Call (909) 798-9622.
Dec. 4: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's winter holiday open house features unique gifts, free gift wrapping, live music, crafts and a visit with Santa in the garden. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, California. Free. (909) 625-8767.
Chinese mirrors: The exhibit “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors From the Lloyd Cotsen Collection” spans 3,000 years and highlights 80 highly decorative pieces. Ends May 14. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
Beatrice Wood: “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” a survey devoted to the noted ceramist. Ends March 3. $3 to $5. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. (310) 586-6488.
Ceramics: The American Museum of Ceramic Art reopens at a new location with “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975.” The survey of midcentury Southern California ceramics features more than 50 artists, including Elaine Katzer, Anthony Ivins, Otto and Vivika Heino and Betty Davenport. $4 to $5. Ends March 31. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.
Craft show: In conjunction with the regional arts campaign “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” Craft in America present “The Eighties,” an exhibition of California crafts. Participating artists include Steven Portigal, Tres Feltman and David Wulfeck from the UCLA Ceramics master of fine arts program; Kerry Feldman, who studied with glass artist Richard Marquis at UCLA; and Keiko Fukazawa, who studied with ceramic artist Ralph Baccera at Otis College of Art. Vintage work will be shown in the Craft in America Study Center through Dec. 31, 8415 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-0610.
California craft: Craft in America and the Craft and Folk Art Museum present the survey “Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985,” an exhibition of more than 70 pieces by 65 influential innovators. Ends June 3. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (323) 937-4230.
Maloof exhibition: “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” showcases about 30 pieces by the acclaimed woodworker with about 80 works by friends and colleagues. Maloof’s circle included painters Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Karl Benjamin; sculptors Albert Stewart, Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson; ceramists Harrison McIntosh and Otto and Gertrud Natzler; enamelists Jean and Arthur Ames; wood turner Bob Stocksdale; and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. Ends Jan. 30. Included in admission of $6 to $20. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
McCoy exhibit: “Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design” includes photographs, texts and videos covering the architectural historian’s work with R.M. Schindler, first as a draftswoman and later as a critic. Also covers her unsuccessful campaign to save Irving Gill's 1916 Dodge House in West Hollywood. $6 to $7. Ends Jan 8. MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510.
Midcentury design: “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” features more than 300 objects including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and graphic design. Ends June 3. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of L.A. County after 5 on some evenings. (323) 857-6010.
Woodworking: More than 30 bowls and other exemplary works by Sam Maloof, Ed Moulthrop and Bob Stocksdale, along with recently discovered correspondence and related documents, are on exhibit as a part of the Maloof historic residence tour. “In Words and Wood: Sam Maloof, Bob Stocksdale & Ed Moulthrop continues through Jan. 28. Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma.
— Lisa Boone
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