Tenth Annual Frogtown Artwalk
August 13, 2016
· L.A.’s annual free art celebration returns with 33 venues featuring community involvement, art installations, gallery tours, music, family fun, entertainment.
· Frogtown Artwalk celebrates Lewis MacAdams of FoLAR – now in its 30th year of a 40 year art project to bring the L.A. River “back to life.”
· Event is co-sponsored by CD13 and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.
LOS ANGELES -- The artists, artisans, and architects of Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown) welcome art lovers of all ages to tour for free their galleries, studios and surrounding streets of their neighborhood along the L.A. River from 4-10 p.m. on August 13, 2016.
The Tenth Annual Frogtown Artwalk celebrates its eclectic community that is home to a flourishing art scene. Stroll the streets to discover the 33 venues that will host art exhibitions, offer food selections, and stage musical/spoken word performances. Complete list of artists, performers and entertainers are updated regularly at www.FrogtownArts.com.
Frogtown Artwalk stretches from Bowtie Parcel (2800 Casitas Ave) all the way to Klub Gymnastics (1683 Blake Ave). Visitors can travel between sites by walking, biking, catching free pedi-cabs along the river or climbing aboard shuttle busses provided by CD13.
This year, Frogtown Artwalk is dedicated to the vision of Lewis MacAdams of the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), now in its 30th year of protecting and restoring the natural and historic heritage of the LA River. At the Artwalk hub, the Frogspot, an award ceremony at 6pm will honor Lewis for his work; CD13 councilman Mitch O’Farrell will also be thanked for his involvement in the Artwalk.
“We are on a 40-year art project to bring the river back to life,” says MacAdam about the ongoing community involvement and artistic inspiration to reclaim the waterway as a viable and necessary part of the urban landscape.
Aspects of Frogtown Artwalk on August 13 include:
· Many Frogtown artists (including newcomer, The Erin Hansen Gallery(www.erinhanson.com), along with renowned sculptor and painter Michael Todd, drummaker Pat Bylard and sculptor Steve Graziani) will open their studios for tours; art galleries will also welcome visitors. Be on the lookout for pop-up galleries and impromptu art installations.
· The Artwalk is participating in the Current:LA public art biennial, directing visitors to a site-specific commissioned art piece at the Bowtie Parcel. Fuentes/sonic scapes features a performative installation by Carmina Escobar using voice and electronics blending sounds of the area at four sites on the 18-aces post-industrial lot along the LA River. Details at www.currentLA.org/fuentes-sonic-scapes
· The Elysian Valley Arts Collective commissioned a series of illuminated events/installations along the river that will encourage visitors to explore river pathways. Participating artists include Cynthia Minet (www.cynthiaminet.com), Elaine Rene-Weissman and Tim Durfee, David Howe of Light Riders (www.lightridersproductions.com), and Projected Visions (www.changerpg.com/projected-visions).
· Frogtown-based urban design firm LA-Mas provides the marker and wayfinding concepts for Artwalk visitors. These Olympic-inspired super-graphics will incorporate plexi-glass and el wire with images of cacti and succulents.
· The photography of Elysian Valley youth will be displayed in an exhibit “Inside Out I Outside In” which documents life in the Frogtown community. The exhibit will be featured alongside photos of India by professional photographer Merrick Morton (http://fototeka.com/mm/index.html).
· Grant Davis will present his KaLEDoscope interactive projection that will use mirrors, LED tape and a camera to project images into an empty warehouse along the river. https://vimeo.com/vjculture/videos/page:1/sort:date
Los Angeles River:
· Artwalk will honor Lewis MacAdams, founder of Friends of the LA River at a 6pm ceremony at the Frogspot. CD 14 Mitch O’Farrell will also be on hand and recognized for his involvement.
· FoLAR’s Los Angeles River Rover, a super-sized rolling interpretive center, offers hands-on activities and a vision of the future L.A. River.
· Pedi-cabs will ferry people alongside the river for free; many sites along the river will be illuminated with art installations.
· The Elysian Valley Gateway Park will display delightful trailers from local manufacturer Happier Camper (www.happiercamper.com) which was recently showcased on Sunset Magazine’s cover.
· Music on two official stages; one stage will present bands curated by Echo Park’s famed Spaceland including Jeremiah and the Red Eyes and the High Life Cajun Band. Jessica Fichot will return to play at RACDB, and local resident Dr. Bill Kopelman will be at the stage in the Elysian Valley Community Garden. FoLAR is programming an entire night of music at the Frogspot; check Frogtown Artwalk website for all performers, times and locations.
· A new documentary short film about Elysian Valley by Mimi Phan will be projected on an inflatable outdoor screen. The film presents the experience of residents who have grown up along the Los Angeles River, how they have used, played and interacted with it as well as how their impressions of the river have changed over time.
· Students at Elysian Valley United will present three films with the theme “The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.” They will also stream a live broadcast on internet radio KEVU (www.evucsc.com) as they interview participants, attendees, local personalities, etc.
· A hula hooping contest and a Chalk Walk for artistic expression.
“Keeping it Local” Food Options:
· Artwalk visitors will enjoy home-grown and local food options from community vendors, neighborhood restaurants and cafes. Salazar (described as “the best neighborhood backyard barbecue party” by The LA Times) will offer Mexican barbecue. Popular restaurants elysian and Wax Paper will also be offering food selections. There will be shave ice from local vendor Mario Ochoa, and snacks/libations at the Spoke Bicycle Café.
Check the website www.FrogtownArts.com for updates on artists, performers, entertainers and special events that will take place at Frogtown Artwalk 2016.
As always, Frogtown Artwalk is free! Tips: Bring cash for food trucks and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Frogtown Artwalk, 4-10 p.m. on August 13, 2016 takes place in Elysian Valley (near downtown Los Angeles/Dodger Stadium) along Blake Avenue, CA 90039. Parking, schedules and more information at www.FrogtownArts.com. Follow Frogtown Arwalk on Facebook (Frogtownarts), Twitter (@FrogtownArts) and Instagram (Frogtownarts).