As a special part of November 8th’s Bloomfest LA 2014 programming, Council District 14 is supporting four free Cartwheel Art Tours through the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. These guided tours — created, produced, and led by Cartwheel Art founder and Arts District resident Cindy Schwarzstein–provide participants the opportunity to intimately discover, explore, and experience local artists studios, galleries, murals, and other creative-use spaces throughout the day. Joining Cindy along the way will be other Arts District insiders who will offer additional details and perspectives on this vibrant and vital neighborhood.
Cindy, a Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA) and All City Mural Endeavor (ACME) board member, designs tours that offer opportunities for visitors and locals to immerse themselves and engage in the culture and history of the Arts District. Based in the Arts District, Cartwheel Art is deeply connected to the history art, food, and new developments occurring in the neighborhood.
The Bloomfest LA tours include an updated and and newly designed, larger formatted Arts District map and guide created by Cartwheel Art that supports the artists and creative businesses in the Arts District, many of which are our neighbors and partners with Cartwheel Art Tours. We will be updating this map quarterly in order to offer,the opportunity for visitors and locals to be informed of the changes rapidly occurring in this unique, dynamic and art-centric part of Los Angeles: the Arts District, where we live and work!
These are walking tours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Sunglasses, sunblock, sunglasses and hats are recommended, and it’s a good idea to have a bottle of water. Because the temperature can drop after 4pm, a light sweater, jacket or shawl might be wise for the last tour.
Following are the different itinerary route and time options designed for the day during Bloomfest LA by Cartwheel Art.
Please Reserve space through the Eventbrite link listed below, next to each tour route. If the tour you desire is at capacity, please check in at the information booth where a waiting list will be available.
Tour 1: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (Capacity 15). Reserve here on this Eventbrite link.
Meet artists Damon Martin and Valerie Mitchell in their studios located at the Toy Warehouse, originally built as the Craig Grocery Building in 1907.
– Damon Martin has painted two murals in the Los Angeles Arts District that can be seen on 3rd Street. His work has been shown in Miami at SCOPE Art Fair with Citizen X and at several other major fairs. Damon has worked with JR covering Times Square with the “Inside Out” project and is currently working on a new endangered series species campaign with several e Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated models. He is also beginning work painting a whole city block in the center of Miami’s Arts Districti next to Wynwood Walls.
– Valerie Mitchell, created the “Arts District Medallions”, a public commission mounted on 54 light poles thoughout the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. She has just completed an exhibition and awards the Best Jeweler at the Smithsonian Invitational for “Craft2Wear” in Washington DC. Valerie’s work was recently featured in a two-person exhibition “30 Years West” at Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA and Art Jewelry Forum. Nationally known, her sculptural, modern organic art jewelry is in several museum collections, published and toured in Craft In America as well as other books and art magazines.
View murals by Dabs & Myla, How & Nosm, Lucy McLauchian, Damon Martin, Tristan Eaton, Shepard Fairey, JR, and Kim West along with others located on the exterior of the new Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel building including Mister Cartoon, BB Bastidas, Eise/Relax/Swaze, Revel, and D*Face. We will also see works by the crews CBS/LOD and UTI with Dcypher, Dytch, HASTE, Hex LOD, Natoe, Plek, SRAM, Thanks, Tyer and Vyal One; and the OFA Crew with Crise, Kalm and Keve.
In addition, learn more about the many artisan businesses along the route.
Tour 2: 1:00pm – 2:15 pm (Capacity 15). Reserve here on this Eventbrite link.
Meet artists A.S. Ashley and David Hollen in their studios in The Richards-Neustadt Construction Company Building that, housed the Southern California Supply Company, specializing in baking and confectioner’s supplies.
– Ashley’s work covers the spectrum of techniques and mediums from large paintings to installations. From Ashley:
My work is a set of ideas in search of the proper vehicle. The process needs to be as variable and malleable as the subject, moving and changing throughout it’s journey from mind to frution.
– David Hollen has been creating sculpture for ten years in his studio. His work is featured in several private collections throughout Southern California. David works primarily in stainless steel cable, cast porcelain, steel, wood rope, and other durable materials suitable for his exploration of the underlying lyricism of organic forms.
Meet artist Kim Abeles in her studio and learn more about the alternative video venue, TRACTIONARTS, curated by Ken Marchionno, where they share a space.
– Kim Abeles, received the 2013 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her work is in public collections including the LACMA; Berkeley Art Museum; Sandwell Community History and Archives, UK; and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Abeles’ journals, artists books and process documents are archived at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art. Kim’s art and community projects cross disciplines and media to explore biography, geography and environment.
– Ken Marchionno‘s photography, digital works, and videos have been featured in exhibitions and festivals throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Since 2006, Ken has directed the Future Generations Teen Photojournalism Project, a public-practice project offering self-representation to youth from American Indian Reservations in South Dakota. He also works closely with tribal members to gather images and oral histories, chronicling a nearly three hundred-mile ride in memory of Sitting Bull and those who lost their lives at the Wounded Knee Massacre.
– J.W.Pippen, a former architect, has been creating art all his life and turned it into a career over four years ago. He has become known for his contemporary translations of Japanese Edo Period ink-on-silk paintings and his abstractions of Kanji. His most recent work pulls from childhood memory and rural American settings; maintaining the compositional sensibilities of the Edo Period paintings.
View murals by Dabs & Myla, How & Nosm, Lucy McLauchian, Damon Martin, Tristan Eaton, Shepard Fairey, JR, and Kim West along with others located on the exterior of the new Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel building including Mister Cartoon, BB Bastidas, Eise/Relax/Swaze, Revel, D*Face. We will also see works by the crews CBS/LOD and UTI with Dcypher, Dytch, HASTE, Hex LOD, Natoe, Plek, SRAM, Thanks, Tyer and Vyal One; and the OFA Crew with Crise, Kalm and Keve.
In addition, learn more about the many artisan businesses along the route in addition to The Box Gallery (which is closed saturday due to installation for their next show) and Lili Lakich Neon Art Studio (who is offering an open studio all day).
Tour 3: 3:00pm – 4:15pm (capacity 25). Reserve here on this Eventbrite link.
Meet legendary artists Nuke and other UTI Crew members. UTI has many meanings–Using The Imagination, Under The Influence, Urbanarea Tag Infection, United To Inspire, Unite Then Ignite, Use To It–their thier work has spanned four decades of painting in Los Angeles, including in their own UTI Crew Graffiti Hall of Fame Yard. This tour will feature a pop-up art exhibition in Al’s Bar, curated by Nuke, with work by the UTI Crew members and residents of the American Hotel where AL’s Bar is located . There will be an opportunity for a meet and greet with the artists. Nuke will provide a presentation about the history of the UTI Crew work, and discussing the inspiration for their new mural production along with recounting his involvement with the Earth Crew Mural here on the tour.
Visit the notorious inside of Al’s Bar to see a trailer of Tales of the American and meet the filmmaker Stephen Seemayer. Tales of the American is scheduled for release in 2015.
View murals by Dabs & Myla, How & Nosm, Lucy McLauchian, Damon Martin, Tristan Eaton, Kim West, Aise Born; and the UTI Crew including Aise, Black Light King, Dove, Fear, Nuke, Ofier, Piek, and Trister; plus Tetris of WAI Crew.
Learn about Art Share L.A., the 28,000 sq.-ft warehouse with subsidized live/work lofts, gallery space, and programming offering classes, exhibitions, and events, in addition, to more about the many artisan businesses along the route.
Cartwheel Art provides public tours on first and third Sundays, supported by Angel City Brewery, with proceeds benefiting Art Share L.A. For details about these tours, go to the event page here on CartwheelArt.com, or to have a tour designed specifically for your group, please contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour 4: 5:00pm – 6:15 pm (Capacity 25). Reserve here on this Eventbrite link.
Meet artists Gianni Arone, Septerhed (who also painted the mural in the Arts District Dog Park), Phobik, and MDMN, who are exhibiting work in the “Let it Fly Project” at Angel City Brewery and learn more about the project curated by JimmyRay Flyn. More here. These artists also have murals at The Container Yard which are also part of the route. In addition most of these artists have painted utility boxes supported by CD14 in DTLA.
At Angel City Brewery in their Public House, J.W. Pippen (whose work is being exhibited at District Gallery) has curated “The Usual Suspects” featuring new works by Matt Aston, Jaime Colindres and Emmeric Konrad.
– Matt Aston is a DTLA artist known for his gritty and multi-layered portraiture works which takes another direction in new still life paintings created for BloomFest.
– Jaime Colindres will be showing new works of oil paint on chipboard; he believes in bringing life back into the shredded discarded trees.
– Emmeric Konrad, A DTLA staple, will be challenging our comfortability levels with his new work on canvas.
View murals by Dabs & Myla, Damon Martin, JR, Kid Zoom, How & Nosm, Lucy McLauchian, Risk/Vyal One, Angelina Christina/Ease One/MAR/SEK, James Haunt, The Love Crew, Uglar Collective with Ser@LA, Mikolaj Wyszynski, Drew Merritt, Vyal One, Felipe Pantone, Boogie, Yanoe, Desire Obtain Cherish, Zes MSK, Brek/Tanks, Skeam BWS and many more at The Container Yard.
Meet Artist Vyal One, and other guests, at The Container Yard, the District’s newest marketplace and creative space, housing over 65 new murals, the VNTGPOP pop-up shop container, The Container Yard Farm, The Container Yard Print Shop, and Churn2.
Bloomfest is the day to honor Joel Bloom, a pioneering urbanist, advocate and the area’s unofficial mayor in the mid-90’s who died in 2007. It was Joel Bloom who successfully petitioned the city to designate the area the “Arts District,”,anchoring the neighborhood as a creative hub for downtown Los Angeles. From improving city services and nurturing the artists’ focus and direction, Joel worked tirelessly from the helm of his eclectic general store in the American Hotel on Traction and Hewitt Street. In his honor, the city designated the area around Third, Traction and Rose as Joel Bloom Triangle, which is why we have chosen the triangle as the core location for Bloomfest. For more information, see the Save the Date post here on CartwheelArt.com.