Every second Thursday of the month, the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a treat for art enthusiasts, food truck aficionados, local urbanites, and visitors to the DT area. Predominantly located between 4th and 8th streets on Spring and Main, the free self-guided tour includes nearly 30 galleries that stay open late this one night per month, many with special opening receptions and visiting artists. You will also enjoy the many public sculptures, over twenty murals, and an abundance of sidewalk pop-up vendors selling all manners of art, crafts, and jewelry. This month the Downtown LA Art Walk will be brimming with holiday special events at multiple galleries, featuring distinctive exhibits, holiday pricing, handmade artisanal gifts, live music, Christmas caroling, and the KRAMPUS Run. Pick up your map at the Art Walk Lounge, newly relocated this month to Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, at 727 S. Spring or at one of the participating galleries. Most galleries open until 8 PM, some until 10 PM. You won’t want to miss the Art Walk this month! General info here
Specific holiday events and exhibits include:
LA Krampus Run “Krampuslauf 2017” On Winston St. between Main & Los Angeles. 8-9 pm
This event celebrates an authentic European style Krampuslauf (Krampus Run) as part of the December Holiday Art Walk. Part costumed chaos, part historic cultural tradition, this now-annual event features dozens of Krampuses pursuing those naughty enough to deserve the switch. While misbehaving hipsters can expect playful yet much-deserved swattings, children and more timid grown-ups will be protected by the benevolent St. Nicholas, overseeing festivities from a 19th-century-style steam car, built and transported every year to LA by artist-engineer Kimric Smythe of BEAST BAY KRAMPUS.
Check out past coverage from Cartwheel Art here.
For information on how to participate and details on the after-party, please go here.
“Made in China – The Second Shipment” at Strada Eateria & Coffee, 119 East 5th St. Artist reception 6-9 pm
“Made in China – The Second Shipment ” is an art installation by local mixed media artist, sculptor and poet Richard McDowell. The installation is comprised of several small paintings that capture the era of the cargo ship, addressing the shipping industry and the impact of globalization. The show also includes a 1/264th scale replica of a container ship created from cardboard, with fifty containers, each holding an art object available for individual purchase. (Cargo ship, fully loaded, is also available for sale.)
Special note: Cartwheel Art Tours was at the Made in China – First Shipment opening with a tour group and met the artist Richard McDowell. See our photo album here.
Exhibition: Made in China runs from Dec. 01st- Jan 08th
Opening Reception: Thursday Dec. 14th, 6-9 PM
Address: 119 East 5th St, LA
More info here.
Gallery 417 and Art Share LA Present PalomareBLVD, 417 South Hill Street, 6:30-9 PM
A little off the Art Walk route, but worth the extra steps… Gallery 417 in conjunction with Art Share LA will host an opening reception for Francisco Palomares on Thursday from 6-8 PM for the opening of this solo exhibit. Palomares, born in East LA, received his MFA from Cal State University, and subsequently traveled to Florence, Italy and Guangzhou, China, studying art and learning new techniques along the way. He returned home, opened his studio back in East LA, and paints the streets and boulevards of his hometown, as seen now through seasoned eyes. He invites visitors to take a walk in his shoes, and see what it’s like to work, live and play in the City of LA.
Exhibition: PalomareBLVD, Dec. 14th- Jan. 9th
Opening Reception: Thursday Dec. 14th, 6:30 -9 PM
Address: 417 South Hill Street, LA, 90013
More info here.