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Friday, November 17, 2006

Frogtown Artwalk - Los Angeles

Rosanne, Joseph and I went on a little adventure this evening, heading out to Frogtown, a small neighborhood bordered by the 2, the 110 and the LA River. It is a great little neighborhood, filled with quite a variety of artists. A complete list of participants can be found on their web site at http://frogtownarts.com/

More photos are available in the Frogtown Artwalk Gallery.

We arrived around 7:30 pm, after a quick dinner over on San Fernando Blvd. Their map was great and easy to follow so we ended up parking right in the middle of the action. Many of the artists were offering the typical wine and snacks, but a couple were serving everything from tamales to BBQ. Quite a difference from the usual art opening fare. I wish I would have known. I wouldn't have had dinner first. (SMILE).

Tracy A. Stone, Architect was the organizer of this first Frogtown Artwalk and I was told by one artist that the idea only really came together about 3 weeks ago. I guess this explains why I only heard about it one day before. I made sure to leave my business card so that the group can inform me when they plan another artwalk. I look forward to it.

The Blake Avenue Lofts, at 1939 Blake, held a great contingent of artists working in a variety of styles and mediums. One cool example were these distressed and patched jeans created by Ether Cult. (ethercult@hotmail.com).

The highlight of our evening was a fire demonstration by Brand Name Label design and fabrication. Inside their space wa also some cool custom woodwork by Jeremy Watson. As we left a workspace next door, we heard this almighty WHOMP and saw a flash of light. Of course, we had to investigate. In the outdoor storage yard of their site we found an organ with 20 foot 12 foot tall pipes, with jets burning like torches. The owner demonstrated how music and fire go together with a short tune at the keyboard.

Next, her ignited a fireball maker that sent a fireball 30 feet into the sky. This was the device responsible for the huge WHOMP we had heard earlier. Video of both of these devices is available by clicking on the thumbnail below. Enjoy!

We had a great time walking the dark streets with all the other folks who somehow found out about the event and would certainly do it again. Just like the larger Brewery Artwalk downtown, visiting these artists is a great way to spark your own thoughts and help you get your own creative juices flowing.

Click to view video!

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