It's Coaster Show Time! Unique Art Exhibit Features Bar Coaster Art From Around the Globe

Published : Friday, October 4, 2019 | 4:51 AM

Today Gallery 30 South opens its seventh annual Coaster Show featuring all kinds of bar coaster art from almost every continent.

The show is curated by Matt Kennedy, who devised the concept of original art done on bar coasters in 2013 and made it into an exhibit, said they’ve received more submissions this year than in the first and sixth years combined.

The 2019 jury also accepted fewer pieces than ever, he said, making this year’s roster the strongest ever.

The Coaster Show has become an annual art show tradition and includes work from challenged and disadvantaged artists alongside some of the biggest names in the world of pop surrealism and post-pop art. The show opens 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday and continues on to October 27, Tuesday through Sunday, from noon up to 6 p.m.

As the 2019 Coaster Show opens, other art events at Gallery 30 South include (In)Somnia, by Adnohia, a fine art, in-house jewelry atelier. Ai Kennedy, aka Adnohia, is a sushi chef with a Master’s degree from Sci-Arc, and her jewelry creations embody elements of both, with a rich understanding of architecture, biology, and spatial theory that bestow a practical elegance upon those who wear them.

ART in the HALLWAY is a selection of artworks from the Gallery 30 South Collection Privée showcasing the Gallery’s eclecticism – from true Blue Chip pieces from Banksy and Robert Williams to José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’ Disney Remix paintings – and museum exhibited works and never-before seen pieces from Frances Bean Cobain, Lindsey Way and the Panik Collective. It’s a veritable best-in-show presentation of the Next Wave from their international staple of emerging and established artists.

The Gallery continues its partnership with Artsy, which includes virtual exhibitions and exclusive online-only artworks from Panik Collective, Dame Darcy, and from the collections of Gallery 30 South collectors. There are affordable illustrations from past shows for as little as $50, and museum-collection pieces in the affordable investment range.

Upcoming exhibitions include Tzadik designer Heung Heung Chin’s first-ever west coast exhibition, “Pika and the Wolf,” and the long awaited Pool and Marianela exhibition, “Plastic Religion,” featuring Barbie iconography that have landed the artists in the Louvre as well as in the Pope’s personal art collection.

Coaster art is also now on sale, and anyone can start checking the inventory online through If you want to mix and match pieces from any artists’ sets, you’ll have to wait until the show opens on Friday at 6 p.m.

Gallery 30 South is located at 30 South Wilson Avenue in Pasadena.

For more information, visit or call (323) 547-3227.

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