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Obscura Society LA Explores the DTLA Arts District with Cartwheel Art Tours

November 15, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm




Join Cartwheel Art Tours and Obscura Society LA on Sunday November 15th, for a unique perspective and immersive urban experience in art, food/beverage and history.  The exciting new tour itinerary provides an opportunity for guests to meet artists and makers along with learning about the new developments occurring in one of Los Angeles’s most unique, dynamic, art-centric and rapidly changing neighborhoods–the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

This will occur through Cartwheel Art Tours eclectic team of knowledgeable and passionate district insiders, who are deeply connected to the neighborhood including Cindy Schwarzstein, Cartwheel Art online-magazine’s founder and Cartwheel Art Tours director, who lives and works in this area of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Cindy is involved with a diverse number of mural and community groups as well as serving on he board of the Los Angeles Artists and River Business Association (LARABA).

Here are some of highlights for this tour:

DISCOVER: murals by international artists and Los Angeles Graffiti Crews while learning about the historical background and details of graffiti lettering/styles with Steve Grody, historian and author of Graffiti LA, featured photographer in the MOCA “Art in the Streets” exhibition and co-curator for the “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from concrete to Canvas” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

EXPLORE: significant developments with art galleries, museums and centers, in addition to historical points of interest. See film locations along the LA River and unique industrial warehouses that are being re-purposed and developed as new creative spaces in the district.

EXPERIENCE: the first-hand perspectives of artists, developers, historians and creative entrepreneurs while visiting them in their homes, studios, businesses and on the streets as they discuss the Arts District. Learn about the waves of creatives who are moving into the neighborhood as fashion, food, art and filmmaking become the new manufacturing in the district. Enjoy tasting artisanal food and beverages.


The following are more specific highlights for this itinerary:

Food and Beverage: 

* A tasting at The Spirit Guild a farm-to-glass distillery, where they have created a line of spirits from local fruits and botanicals right in their Arts District space, which is not yet open to the public. Founded by Morgan McLachlan and Miller Duvall, The Spirit Guild, is an extremely unique business that we are excited to welcome to the neighborhood.

• An assortment of delicious breakfast breads/muffins and beverages including coffee, tea and juice, will be catered by Urban Radish Market and Eatery. Urban Radish is our local market who describe themselves as a “21st Century Mom and Pop community food store.” The owners and many of the staff live in the Arts District.

The Arts:

•View murals by contemporary artists such as Angelina Christina/Ease One, Cleon Peterson, Andrew Schulz, ROA, M-City, Ralph Ziman, Septerhed, Leba, as well as discovering murals by graffiti artists such as, Saber and Zes, members of MSK/AWR Crew, K2S Crew, UTI Crew, Mice of Millions, Retna, Dame Risk/Revok/Able, Codak/Remi Rough/Kofie, along with many others.

• Meet DTLA Los Angeles artist Heath Satow, who has been designing and fabricating public art for over twenty years in his studio. His sculpture Ripple won the 2012 Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Award for its “innovative and creative contribution in the field of public art”, and since then he’s been exploring the theme of “reflection” as both a literal and metaphorical subject matter. He builds everything in his studio, using direct fabrication techniques that minimize material waste.

•Meet DTLA Los Angeles artist Nicholas Bonamy, a native to Los Angeles, in his studio. Nicholas, who graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2003 with a BFA in Illustration and had a career in freelance illustration/graphic design, while most recently participating in several independent projects for film and internet release, where he was also creating set designs, scenic painting, carpentry, and set and prop fabrication, has taken a  break from the movie business to focus on his roots in painting. With that, on our tour, the group will see, Nicholas’s commitment to producing large and small scale, mixed media works, inspired by Los Angeles, and the people and places where he grew up. His work reflects a layered approach that seeks to show the textures of life, living and working in Los Angeles.

•Check out the location for a few of the art galleries in the area including Ibid Gallery, Harmony Murphy and Wilding Cran.

Film Production:

•Explore the 6th Street Bridge where most of the car chase scenes and many music videos have been filmed and where most recently Walking Dead was in production.


While the tour has a set itinerary,  because of Cindy’s connection to this very intimate community, there are sometimes spontaneous adventures that occur and an unplanned meeting of artists or creatives along the way with her neighbors so always expect surprises along the way!


•We will meet at Urban Radish, located at 661 Imperial Street., Los Angeles, CA 90021

•Street Parking is usually found along Imperial and Jesse Streets. Plan accordingly with your timing especially if your looking to eat in advance of the tour at their omlette bar.

•This is a walking tour that will be approximately 2 miles, which includes older sidewalks, cobble stones and other rough surfaces surfaces. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.

* For the tasting at The Spirit Guild, guests must be 21+ to participate.


We will be meeting at Urban Radish where we will see the towering gardens in the patio and tasting some food.


The Spirit Guild will be one of the highlights of the tour.


We will be meeting artist Nicholas Bonamy in his studio.


A mural by artist Ralph Ziman will be viewed.


We will be meeting artist Heath Satow in his studio.


This mural by Shrine will be seen on the tour, which is hidden in an alley.


This mural by Andrew Schulz will be seen on the tour.