May 9 Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

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Art! People! Classic architecture! Restaurants! Bars! Musicians!  The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, held the second Thursday of every month is one of the liveliest events in Southern California, drawing  every type: Hare Krishsnas and hairy chinned hipsters to neo-beatniks and Bentley-driving uptightniks shared the sidewalks and elbowed for room on the sidewalks and in galleries.

At the Art  Walk Lounge, Can Love showcased their empty spray can art cart. Can Love’s graffiti recycling efforts can be seen in Speedy Graphito‘s mosiac Mona Lisa at the Fabien Castanier Gallery opening tomorrow. A DJ spun and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation signed people up for TAP cards, which can be loaded with money and used for Metro and DASH rides.

The DTLA Art Walk has a smart phone app to help navigate the Art Walk’s many galleries, but Cindy headed directly for The Hive with her friend, and while my friend and I took a different route. The Last Bookstore, with its numerous small galleries was a must-see for both of us, as the photos below show.

My first stop, Mignon Wine Bar on 6th Street next to Cole’s  (which may or may not be the home of the original french dip sandwich), is a low key  location for enjoying cheese and charcuterie. I had wanted to check out Mignon’s art culled from thrift shops, and it was a wise move, since a light rain briefly hit downtown. When we emerged at dusk, the sidewalks had the wet gleam of of noir novel.

The Hare Krishnas were dancing down the Spring St. as we paused to watch an artist do live charcoal drawings from a seated model. Kombucha Dog poured shots for a kombucha tasting, and local restaurants passed out fresh baked cookies, all very community-oriented. Stephen Rowe Art Studio featured a  smart window installation, and live painting was going  on inside the Stock Exchange building.  The Last Bookstore also had live painting, while upstairs, the Spring Arts Collective and other galleries drew large crowds. Elizabeth Huston was showing her photomontage giclées, and Mark Edward  was exhibiting at Fold Gallery (look for an interview with him on CARTWHEEL next week).

Along with admiring Edward’s and  David Lovejoy‘s aseemblages at Spring Arts Collective, Cindy explored The Hive, where artist collective Shaq Jizz was showing, along with Adam RothPaul Arden, Patrick Haemmerlein, Walt Hall,and textile artist Marcel DeJure, whose his short film Wig Rodeo is a cult favorite. The Hive’s energy was high, with visitors and artists participating in a group live art session as a DJ spun.

With summer coming and nights growing longer and warmer, the DTLA Art Walk will draw even more people to Downtown for this monthly celebration of the city and its creative forces.


A portion of Mignon’s thrift shop art collection.



Stephen Rowe Art Studio


Can Love art cart.


Shepard? Is that you? Art Walk Lounge was giving out canned Perrier. Perrier is releasing a series of Andy Warhol art bottles this summer.


To promote the Los Angeles’ art scene, the LADOT has created special art-themed, re-loadable TAP cards.


Hare Krishna or hipster?


If Donny Darko did the bunny hop with a Playboy centerfold….



Live Painting at the Stock Exchange Building


Live painting at The Last Bookstore


Chris Grun’s life-sized mammoth head watches over The Last Book Store.


Elizabeth Huston at Spring Arts Collective, above The Last Bookstore


This limited edition giclee by Huston sold.


Mark Edward, Houdini.


Edward is a professional stage magician and mentalist who incorporates the arcane and esoteric into his art.


David Lovejoy at Spring Arts Collective.


David Lovejoy at Spring Arts collective.


Books arranged by color are part of the upstairs labyrinth at The Last Bookstore.


Exit through the bookstore.


The Hive, with live DJ.


Adam Roth at the Hive.

Adam Roth


Paul Arden


Marcel DeJure, textile artist.


Walt Hall


Shaq Jizz art collective at The Hive.


Camille Bachand


Bachand demonstrates her interactive piece.


Succubus, another of Bachand’s interactive sculptures.


The Hive provided a space for live art.


Patrick Haemmerlein


Patrick Haemmerlein



Top and from David Lovejoy down, Cindy Schwarzstein/
All others: Lisa Derrick/

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