Laluzapalooza 2016


March 4 – 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4th, 8-11 PM


Donna Abbate, Eric Almanza, Nathan Anderson, Davidd Batalon, Roberto Benavidez, Megan Bennett, Michelle Bickford, BigToe, Andrea Bogdan, Alea Bone, Steven Bradshaw, Katherine Brannock, Hazel Castillo, Adrian Cherry, Christine Cheung, Mary Clark-Camargo, Carol Connett, Tom Connor, Matthew Cooper, Dave Dexter, Randi Drozd, Bruce Eichelberger, Frank Forte, Harold Fox, Don Fritz, Richard Frost, Christine Fulton, Wendy Lee Gadzuk, Josh Gardner, Diana Georgie, Arthur E Giron, Mark Gleason, Trevor Grabowski, Amy Guidry, Conrad Haberland, Walt Hall, Howard Hallis, Derek Harrison, Annette Hassell, Jack Howe, Karen Hydendahl, Hyun Jung Ji, Jinx, Nagisa Kamae, Kate Kelton, Mariam Keurjikian, Jeffrey R. Kibbe, Randy Kono, Michael Kortez, Craig LaRotonda, Mavis Leahy, Dave Lebow, Gretchen Lewis, Justine Lin, Bob Lizarraga, Sergio A. Lobato, Lizz Lopez, Carl Lozada, Alexiz Lopez, Dion Macellari, Edwin Marin, D. W. Marino, Horacio Martinez, Jason Blue Lake Hawk Martinez, Mary Ancilla Martinez, Aya Masuda, Vincent Mattina, Patrick McGrath, Mark Melchior, Genie Melisande, Zachary Mendoza, Gram Moore, Melissa Parra Morrow, Click Mort, Pamela Mower-Conner, Michael Murphy, Ron Norman, Daisuke Okamoto, Billy Pacak, Cristina Paulos, Plasticgod, Peca, Olga Ponomarenko, Bunnie Reiss, Lena Rushing, Ken Ruzic, Corey Sandelius, Leonardo Santamaria, Van Saro, Lena Sayadian, Kim Scott, Rusty Sherrill, Dale Sizer, Preston Smith (PMS), Andy Steel, Sean Stepanoff, Adam Strange, Joey Stupor, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, David Russell Talbott, Tenderloin Television, Annie Terrazzo, Pol Turgeon, Vakseen, VegA, Edith Waddell, Shawn Waco, Nicole Waszak, Lauren Wilde, Marc Willey, Jasmine Worth, and Natalie Zigal.

La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents our annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Again we sorted through tens of thousands of submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists.  How many will we show this year? There are more than 270 pieces, making this the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works in Post-Pop. There are some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work this year will come from a brand new batch of previously undiscovered, emerging talent. Will you be a patron of the next great generation?


Please enjoy this video from one of our past Laluzapalooza opening night receptions:

The opening night gala will feature libations and other surprises.


Previously our annual group show was called “Everything but the Kitschen Sync,” but it began life in October 1986 as the “Día de los Muertos” show which was entirely focused on the folk art, sculptures and imagery of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebration. By 1995, gallery owner and curator Billy Shire felt the show had run its course and presented other themed group exhibitions such as the 1996 “21st Century Tiki Show.” In 1998 Shire decided to present a non-themed show dedicated to illustrative and narrative artwork. As many local artists work in commercial graphic art fields such as illustration, cartooning, animation, etc., the show was named “Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists.” In 2004, Shire changed the show title to the more encompassing and less-cumbersome “Everything But the Kitschen Synch.” Several spelling and name variations later, here we are…

“Everyone looks at this show for new and interesting artists” states Shire – “and indeed, not only does La Luz de Jesus pick artists from the group show for smaller group and solo shows down the line–numerous curators and owners of other galleries also keep their eyes on the yearly show for potential artists to add to their rosters.”

“This is the one show annually that most patrons look forward to seeing, as it’s a chance to discover new artists in the venue that has launched so many careers,” notes gallery director Matt Kennedy. “Every year we manage to discover a new conglomeration of fresh talent, and among them a class of breakout successes. That’s really a credit to the accessible talent pool. The quality and availability of instruction (both in schools and through independent study) coupled with the the culture that this city attracts, fosters a welcoming environment for people with the ability to create –often in reaction to their individual situations.”

Join La Luz de Jesus Gallery as we continue to support the latest and most original efforts from the world’s alternative art scene.



Contact Gallery Director Matthew Gardocki for purchase info:  (323)666-7667