In our book we spend a lot of time encouraging you to enjoy the Arts–whether you have a big budget, a small budget, or no budget at all. We’re in SoCal for book events and went to an art gallery opening with the friends who are putting up with us (nothing worse than a friend who arrives and stays plugged into Facebook and their own blog while visiting—sooo rude). We’re sharing this story today because while we extol so many of the  fringe benefits of getting cultured in Bitches on a Budget, we want to add yet another one to the list: you get to rub elbows with the stars. Yup, Saturday night we were perusing the pics elbow to elbow with Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Kurt Russell.  In fact, we are now lusting after a sculpture done by Meryl’s spouse Don Gummer.  Good thing it was already sold before we saw it (not that we were buying, but talk about an oversplurge to end all oversplurges). His work is FABULOUS.

So, for all of you who have never done this, wake up and start looking for galleries to visit on opening night. Not only do you get to see new works (the good and the bad), but they invite you in and serve wine and cheese and crackers for free (think about it: what else in life is pleasurable and free and doesn’t require an overnight stay). Besides, you never know who you’re going to run into.  Does Johnny Depp do art?

From rainy southern California–