Coaster Art: The Exhibit

Small canvases, the kind usually seen on bartops, are the stars at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

When it comes to the creation of art, there's no strict rule about A) the size of a canvas or B) where the canvas originated or C) what might or might not be employed in the making of a memorable visual piece.

So while we might long to swing by a store and get the whole top-to-bottom make-some-art dealie, easel and ergonomic chair included, we can get started with the coasters we pocketed at the last tavern we visited.

It's this inventive and slightly cheeky spirit that rules the yearly The Coaster Show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Feliz. The premise is as clear as an unfilled pint glass: Coasters star as wee canvases, welcoming all of the whimsy and/or strangeness and/or beauty that can fit within a four-inch space.

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Also known as the space typically reserved for the wet ring created by the bottom of a bottle.

The 4th annual show features the work of artists like Frank Forte, Jay E. Moyes, and Daisuke Okamoto. The topics? Look for birds, Frankenstein, multimedia coasters, movie tributes ("Raiders of the Lost Ark" and such), abstract paintings, and more.

What might you create within the space a coaster affords? And would you prefer a round drink holder or one that is square to work with? True, square coasters are a bit rarer, but still would make a fine canvas for a lean-in-closer piece.

The gallery is located inside the Soap Plant/Wacko and the show? That's on through Sunday, Oct. 2. Be sure to visit the handsome and hue-free Mark Todd comicbook covers, too, which are also on display with the dozens of coaster artworks.

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