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An Artistic Renaissance

Discovering LA's latest, most distinct, arts district

By Rosamaria Marquez
Published on LatinoLA: April 25, 2002


An Artistic Renaissance


Northeast Los Angeles is undergoing its latest artistic renaissance?a rebirth the area hasn?t seen since the turn of the 20th century, when luminaries like Charles Lummis, William Lees Judson, and Marion and Elmer Wachtel reigned as purveyors of culture over all of Los Angeles.

With a cluster of art galleries, a noted museum, a growing number of unique cultural destinations, and a strong community of artists in residence, the North Figueroa corridor is quickly becoming Los Angeles? latest?and most distinct?arts district.

We invite you to take a free self-guided tour -- the Paseo Figueroa Art Trek -- to discover our funky brand of arts and culture. You?ll get acquainted with the unique Pets With Fez; the distinct galleries including Gallery Figueroa, Avenue 50 Studio, Rock Rose Art Gallery, Galeria Mundo, and Random Gallery; the one-of-kind individuality of Sangeet School of World Music; our happening hair salon, Le Last Touch, our ?drive by? art gallery, Oranges and Sardines; our community resource at Flor y Canto; the tattoo artists to the rock stars at Vintage Tattoo Art Parlour; and that ultimate hip hangout, Mr. T?s. Each location will feature events and exhibits that showcase our diverse talents.

Saturday, May 4, from noon to 11 p.m.*

*Hours at some venues may differ, and events are subject to change. Please call the venue or see below for special schedules.

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N. Ave. 50
(323) 258-1435
Exhibit: ?Earth Alchemy,? featuring artists and videos from the Arroyo Arts Collective
Events: Mixer ? meet the Arroyo Arts Collective artists, noon to 5 p.m. Cinco de Mayo celebration, an evening of live music and refreshments, 7 ? 11 p.m.

Flor y Canto
3706 N. Figueroa Ave.
(323) 297-8350
Flor y Canto is a not-for-profit community space intended to promote positive social change.

Galeria Mundo
4022 N. Figueroa St.
(323) 225-4400
Exhibit: ?2 Generations,? featuring work by Frank Romero, Margaret Garcia, Susana Orquisa, David Flury, Shizu Saldamando, H. Luna, and Pat Lazalde

Gallery Figueroa
6122 N. Figueroa St.
(323) 258-5939
Exhibit: ?Landescape,? paintings by Michael Gullberg
Events: chalk art and live painting from noon to 5:30 p.m. Reception for ?Landescape? from 7 ? 11 p.m. featuring interactive percussionists GLANK

Le Last Touch Hair Salon
1268 N. Ave. 50
(323) 258-7241
Exhibit: three-person show of paintings and sculpture
(open until 6 p.m.)

Mr. T?s Bowl
5621 N. Figueroa St.
(323) 478-1969
A laboratory for new music!

Oranges and Sardines Window Gallery
5400 Monte Vista St.
An art drive by!

Pets with Fez
5123 York Blvd.
(323) 258-1424
The last weaving studio of its kind!
Exhibit: paintings by Nannette Kingslan
Events: Weaving demonstrations and live Persian music

Random Gallery
6040 N. Figueroa St.
(323) 550-8000
Exhibit: Portrait studio and custom picture framing
Event: ?God Bless Americana,? Part II. The hysterical, historical retro slideshow tour of Southern California by ?your personal tour guide,? Charles Phoenix. Previous LA. Weekly ?Pick of the Week.?
Time: 7:30 p.m. Reservations suggested. Tickets are $15

Rock Rose Art Gallery
4108 N. Figueroa St.
(323) 222-4740
Exhibit: Environmental arts, featuring sculptors Joyce Kohl and Ellard Alfred
Events: Environmental arts class for all ages, noon ? 4p.m.;
Opening reception for featured exhibit, 4-6 p.m.;
Live music featuring local bands, 6? 8 p.m.; comedy hour, 8-9 p.m.;
live music by Eclectic Latin, 9 ? 11 p.m.

Sangeet School of World Music
5241 York Blvd.
(323) 258-1424
Events: World drumming, 12 ? 1 p.m.; Brazilian ensemble, 3 ? 5 p.m.; African dance, 6 ? 7 p.m.; sitar music, 8 ? 9 p.m.

Vintage Tattoo Art Parlour
5115 York Blvd.
(323) 254-6733
Exhibit: work by Parlour artists (and not just on skin!)
Event: live DJ music all day and into the night.

Highland Park Art Trek thanks Councilman Nick Pacheco for his support, Pearl Beach for her illustration, Cidne Hart for her design, Paper Graphics Ink for the printing, and the tireless volunteers who made this possible.


About Rosamaria Marquez:
Rosamaria Marquez runs the Rock Rose Art Gallery




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