Cartwheel Art Tour, founder Cindy Schwarzstein, will enthusiastically guide participants, while offering her “insider” knowledge through, the art and history of what was once a gritty section filled with disused warehouses, train tracks and manufacturing plants by the L.A. River, to what is now rapidly becoming the hippest and most vibrant and dynamic art-centric part of Los Angeles, the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, where Cartwheel Art is based.
Cindy will be joined by Steve Grody, Author of Graffiti LA, and NUKE, artist and member of the UTI Crew, as this weeks speakers who, are deeply connected to the art and history of the DTLA Los Angeles Arts District.
In addition, Keith Ely of Angel City Brewery, will be providing a behind the scenes tour of the original Roebling’s Sons Company of California Building – where ‘wire rope’ and other steel products were manufactured for prodcuts that ranged from the Suspension cables of the Brooklyn Bridge to the Steel for the Slinky Toy – that now houses ACB, and their beer is brewed. Keith will also be offering a tasting of three of their flagship beers as our tour sponsor.
Proceeds from the tour price benefit Art Share L.A., the non-profit art group in the DTLA Art District that is the beneficiary for these tours created wth Angel City Brewery as our sponsor.
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More about this tour:
DISCOVER: The street and graffiti art of the Arts District – where over 100 murals have been painted by internationally well-known artists, emerging artists and graffiti crews from Los Angeles and now with the passing of the Los Angeles City Mural Ordinance in 2013, the stage has been set for more murals, as public art, to be created in order for LA to reclaim its title as “the mural capital of the world”.
– the murals of Al’s Bar parking lot by local Los Angeles artsits NUKE, Black Light King, Petal and other collaborators from the UTI Crew that have painted on the exterior walls of the American Hotel and partking lot. It is here that artist NUKE, will present the history of the work in the UTI Crew’s Hall of Fame yard and introduce us to the Earth Mural around the corner, a historical mural sponsored and commissioned by SPARC in 1982.
– more murlas including the work of Dabs & Myla and How & Nosm with their Cream of the Crop mural painted during the MOCA’s 2011 “Art in the Streets” exhibition; JR’s Wrinkle for the Cities murals created at the same time; along with murals by Kid Zoom, Vyal One, RISK, Tristan Eaton, Damon Martin, and Kim West. Peace Goddess by Shepard Fairey will also be on the tour.
– additional walls with murals by graffiti artists Mister Cartoon, Dcypher, Eise, Defer, the CBS/UTI/LOD/OFA Crews and that of BB Bastidas that decorate the walls of what will become the citu’s largest gallery complex – Hauser, Wirth and Schimmel – will also be seen.
EXPLORE: the area’s unique industrial, avant garde-historical cultural history; how the mazes of warehouses were converted to legal live/work loft spaces in the 1980’s, when the City of Los Angeles recognized that artists had moved into abandoned spaces and converted them into lofts; and about the futue project developments.
– Art Share L.A. and view the current show of emerging artists in their gallery while also learning about the history of the building with it’s live/work loft spaces and learn more about their mission as a non-profit here in the Arts District.
– and hear about the history of community activist Joel Bloom and why the Arts District triangle is named after him and learn about the American Hotel, built in 1905 and home once to notorious punk club Al’s Bar (Beck got his start there and bands like Whote Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Black Flag also played the tiny stage).
– art galleries along the route as we wlak by District Gallery – a demonstration project gallery that opened in anticpation of LADADSpace gallery/exhibition space, theater and screening room soon to open at One Santa Fe, a new development further south in the Arts District; The Box Gallery, operated by Mara MCCarthy, the daughter of artist Paul McCarthy; Lili Lakich Neon Art Studio; and the Cornerstone Theater.
EXPERIENCE: significant historical points of interest along with artsian and creative busiensses that make up the new manufacturing and industry of the Arts District.
– the 69,000 square foot original 101 year old John A. Roebling’s Sons Company buiding that now houses Angel City Brewery, where ‘wire rope’ and other steel products were manufactured for prodcuts that ranged from the Suspension cables of the Brooklyn Bridge to the Steel for the Slinky Toy. Tile work in the lobby area by Ernest Batchelder, one of the foremost tile artists of the Craftsman Period in Los Angeles and Roebling’s cable in a banister of a small staircase wil be viewed. It is here that Keith Ely of Angel City Brewery will greet us and provide a behind the scenes tour of the building and the brewmasters process, ending the tour with a sampling of three of there flagship beers where, he will discuss what style of beer each is as wll as how their spin on each said style makes it unique.
-along the route seeing the following food and beverage artisan busiensses : The Pie Hole, BlackTop Coffee, Eat Drink Ameriano, Umami Burger, Wurstkuche, Eighty Two Barcade, Zipe Sushi Izakaya, and the Arts District General Store (the location of the original lobby for the American Hotel before it became most well-known as Joel Bloom General Store); and boutiques: Alchemy Works, Apolis, Guerilla Atelier, Poketo, Matteo and Love Woo
Special notes for the tour:
* Ticket price is $30 with a portion of the price to benefit Art Share L.A. and includes beer sampling and a souvenir map.
* We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance through eventbrite here as space, is limited for this tour.
* If space is still available on the day of the event, tickets will be available for purchase before the tour at 3:00pm However, we suggest sending Cartwheel Art an RSVP email here so we can put you on the list.
* The tour runs two hours from 3:00pm to 5:30 pm with the last half hour devoted to Angel City Brewery.
* This is a walking tour. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
* The tour will begin outside of Angel City Brewery, by the entrance, in the parking lot at 3:00pm.
* The tour will end at Angel City Brewery for our last stop that includes a tour of the Brewery and beer sampling, sponsored by Angel City Brewery.
* The portion at the end of the tour at Angel City Brewery for the sampling will require guests to be 21 years old otherwise, the portion of the tour outside of Angel City Brewery is open to guests of all ages.
For additional information or questions, please contact Cindy@CartwheelArt.com