This Friday in San Diego, Kelly Vivanco returns after her highly successful solo outing at Thinkspace in Los Angeles. Subtext welcomes Kelly along with the up and coming Jason Limon. The botanical aspects in both artists’ work seems to be one of the main unifying themes in the show and their works play off each other nicely. Definitely a show to catch if you’re in the San Diego area this weekend. Subtext rocked things with their recent Comic-Con weekend only show and this is a great follow up to that. Look for some great shows from Subtext in the year ahead.

Take a look at all the recommended openings after the jump…

Fri, July 31st 6-10PM
2479 Kettner Blvd., San Diego / 619.546.8800 “Under the Cover of Darkness” dual solo show featuring new work by Kelly Vivanco and Jason Limon.
(On view through August 28th)

LOS ANGELES, CA (home to the movement):
Thu, July 30th 8-11:30PM
Club Social Hollywood
6525 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood
“Holiday 2009 Runway Event – Gold VS. Petker” featuring designs from Joshua Petker and designer Jared Gold – fundraiser for the American Artisan Foundation – this is a rare moment to see the collection in an intimate environment as Gold’s runway events now have attendance upwards of two thousand spectators

Fri, July 31st 7-10PM
Reform School
3902 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.906.8660
“Charming Cobras” featuring new works from Savanna Snow

Fri, July 31st 7-10PM (special screening at 9PM)
Synchronicity Space
4306 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles
“Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite” group show  & video screening featuring works from Souther Salazar + Karla Carnewal, Ben Bigelow, Paper Rad, Chris Cornwell, Suzie Silver +Hillary Harp, Mike Pisano, Jesse Hulcher, Gregory Witt, Michael Mallis, Ola Vaslijeva, Lilli Carre, Santiago Vernetti, Hazel Hill and many more

Sat, August 1st 7-10PM
110 E. Winston Street @ Main St in Los Angeles / 213.627.8272
“Love and Guts” featuring works from some of the most important pro-skaters and innovators including Steve Olson, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Bryce Kanights, Sasha Steinhorst, Chris Pastras, Chris Ortiz, C.R. Stecyk III, Jay Adams, Dave Hackett, Chris Miller, and many more
(On view through August 29th)

Sat, August 1st 6-7PM VIP Preview ($100) / 7-10PM ($25 admission)
Gallery 825 / LAAA
825 N. La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles
‘Annual Benefit Auction’ featuring more than 100 works of art from emerging and mid-career artists as well as celebrated luminaries including the likes of Kehinde Wiley, Richard Artschwager, Ed Moses, Andy Moses, Salomon Huerta, Greg Miller, Lia Halloran and many more
[email protected] to RSVP asap / space is limited

Sat, August 1st 8PM-12:30AM ($8 at the door)
Hive Gallery
729 S. Spring St in downtown Los Angeles
Monthly group show & performance with featured artists Dustin Myers, Pamela Mower Connor, Steve Katz, Yumiko Awae, Nick Wildermuth and Mike Street plus a huge group show of over 50 international artists, live performances, DJs, cash bar, over a dozen artist’s studios and much more – always a good time
(On view through Aug. 27th)

Sat, August 1st 7-9PM
Indie Collective Gallery
6039A Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.837.7714
“Upgrade” featuring new works from Jiong Li
(On view through Sept. 11th)

Coming up next weekend:
Sat, August 8th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375

NYC action:
Wed, August 5th 6-8PM
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 W. 20th St., 9th Floor, New York / 212.243.3822 “Beach Blanket Bingo – A Summer Mixer” group exhibition featuring work from over 30 of today’s hottest emerging and established talents including: Ana Bagayan, Ray Caesar, Richard Coleman, Dave Cooper, Xiaoqing Ding, Meredith Dittmar, Elbowtoe, David Ellis, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, AJ Fosik, Andrew Foster, Rick Froberg, Matt Haber, Logan Hicks, Seonna Hong, Alex Hornest, Rich Jacobs, Anthony Lister, Jack Long, Cleon Peterson, Scott Radke, Ron English, Erik Mark Sandberg, Skinner, Turf One, Nicola Verlato, Adam Wallcavage, Martin Wittfooth and Dan Witz.
(On view through August 22nd)

Thu, July 30th 7-11PM
The De L’Autonomy Mission
169 Bowery, New York City / 646.961.7536 “The Party Part II” – after the success of last week’s “Ocular Echoism: The Autonomy of Ellis Gallagher” solo show from chalk-artist extrodinaire Ellis G., the gallery presents nine new works from him as well as pieces and an installation from Claw Money and Kenneth E. Parris III.

Sat, August 1st 7-10PM
Karpeles Manuscript Museum (North Hall)
220 North Street in Buffalo, NY
New works from Jason D’Aquino
(On view through Sept. 30th)

Sat, August 1st 7-11PM
Last Rites Gallery
511 W. 33rd St., 3rd Floor, New York / 212.529.0666 Group show featuring 10 artists who have never before exhibited at the gallery, David R. Choquette, Shay Davis, Mickey M Edtinger, Paul Gerrard, Charlie Immer, Sara Antoinette Martin, Richard Meyer, Reuben Negrn, Chris Peters and Kurt Wiscombe.
(On view through August 30th)

Thu, July 30th 9-11PM
The Ambassador
673 Geary St., San Francisco / 415.738.4963
Live painting by Reuben Rude

Fri, July 31st 6PM
Alphonse Berber Gallery
2546 Bancroft Way, Berkeley / 510.649.9492
“Not as a God, but as a God Might Be” featuring the work of seven artists whose concerns, as diverse as their origins, include religion, the environment, racism, pop culture, television, and personal mythology. Not as a God, but as a God Might Be, like the Wallace Stevens poem from which the title is taken, boldly announces itself as a vigorous departure from previous ways of looking at the world in this case, from that which is easily recognizable as “museum art”, and from art that is conscientiously “anti-establishment” but is nonetheless embraced by the establishment because of that very fact.  Each artist substitutes his or her own obsession in the place where religious themes had been found in the Old Master paintings. Featuring the work of Don Porcella, Christina Pierson, Tamara Staser-Meltzer, Christina Empedocles, Michael Mersereau, Chromium Dumb Belle, Alexander Demaria and Andrew Nizinskyj.
(On view through August 29th)

Sat, August 1st 7-11PM
Push Studio
864 Folsom Street in San Francisco
Collabo Arts presents ‘Passive-Aggressive’ featuring David Choong Lee, David Flores, Duser, JW Miller, Zoso, Chris Brett, and Marcus Murray + DJ action from David Choong Lee and others
(On view through Aug. 31st)

Sat, August 1st 7PM
Sacred Rose Tattoo / SR2 Gallery
1728 University Ave in Berkeley
‘The Cryptomnesia of Mark Mothersbaugh: Beautiful Mutants in Einfalland Shadow’ with musical score for the eve from Mothersbaugh himself

Greater US action:
Thu, July 30th 6-10PM
Together Gallery
2916 NE Alberta, Suite A in Portland, OR
‘Wood’ featuring wood inspired art by Apak, Amy Ruppel, J. Shea, Seth Neefus, Mark Warren Jacques, Timothy Karpisnki, Justin ‘Scrappers’ Morrison, Ryan Bubnis, Molly Purnell, Erik Otto, Blaine Fontana and many more

Sat, August 1st 7-11PM
Instinct Gallery
1408 Locust Street in Des Moines, IA
‘Animal Nature’ featuring works from Jeremiah Ketner, Rudy Fig, John Stuart Berger, Jen Lobo, Netherland, Paul Chatem, Jamie Fales, Kettle and others
(On view through August 29th)

EUROPE action:
Sat, August 1st 6-10PM
Galerie Mekanik
St.-Jacobsmarkt 73, Antwerp, Belgium / 032.495.487450 “Art Trek #6” group exhibition featuring the work of 14 international artists. Participating artists include Brecht Vandenbroucke (BE), Brent Wadden (CA), Ephameron (BE), Escif (ES), Esther Pearl Watson (US), Gemma Correll (UK), Julien Kedryna (FR), Louis Reith (NL), Marcus Oakley (UK), Mark Todd (US), Pacolli (BR), Raymond Biesinger (CA), Sammy Stein (FR) and Ward Zwart (BE).
(On view through September 12th)

CANADA action:
Wed, July 29th
Galerie d’art Yves Laroche
4 St-Paul E, Montréal,QC H2Y1G1 / 514.393.1999
“Gardens of Misfortune” featuring the work of Jonathan Bergeron and Chris Ryniak.
(On view through August 9th)