Thursday, June 19, 2008

From Dreary to Groovy

T.K. and Jack, above
Joan and Brooke, below
Last night we were sitting around the Original Farmers Market with our usual Wednesday night group, Larry, Amy, Stuart, Robbie, Joan, T.K., Jack and Brooke. It was hot, crowded, we were all kinda' cranky and running out of conversation, as you can see by the photos, above. Suddenly, Larry stood up and ran out the exit. He came back soon and said he'd forgotten that there was an art opening just across the walkway at the Jack Gallery!

The exhibit is called "The Art That Defined A Generation: The Family Dog 1966 - 1970." You can read about the exhibit here. The place was buzzing with photographers and aging artists (like us), including two of the original Family Dog group, Stanley Mouse and Victor Moscoso. The other artist from this group expected to attend was Alton Kelley. Sadly, he passed away a few weeks ago. Our friend, photographer Bob Seidemann was there. He photographed many of the artists during their hey-day, as well as record album covers of the day. Needless to say, it was another stellar L.A. happening that we just stumbled upon, proving that if you hang out constantly at the Farmers Market, events will find you.

Many of the pieces in the Jack Gallery were reproductions of posters from the late 1960's, early 1970's, San Francisco, featuring bands like The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and more from the psychedelic era.

The gallery is quite large. We walked around a bit to see some of the other artwork. Most of it was rock 'n roll themed. Next time you're at the Market or The Grove, do check it out.

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At 1:38 PM PDT, Anonymous MX said...

What a find! I love Farmer's Market and it thrills to read that you do too. Thanks!

At 9:20 PM PDT, Blogger Viva Scrapper! said...

Aw Rad!
Man...You always know where to go. I have to say when I saw you at that Robert Willaims show I felt just a bit hipper, cause you're rad like that.

At 11:32 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hey Emily/Viva Scrapper!

Thanks for thinking we're so hip. We're really just lucky to be in interesting places at the right times, that's for sure!

At 10:13 AM PDT, Blogger Sally said...

I was amazed by the photos today. I had Victor Moscoso as a teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1971. He was on the crest of his wave at that time, handsome, impossible, drove a 1930s Cord, liked cocaine, didn't teach much.

At 11:07 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hey Sally!
I was amazed too, when I saw Bob Seidemann's '67 photo of Moscoso. He was realllllly handsome back then. He's still an imposing and impressive person...very artsy. Sigh. I looked better in 1967 too! At least we still have a youthful spirit!


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