Saturday, July 3, 2010

Folk Art Walk(s): Explore LA on foot!

That's right--WALKING in LA.

If you're anything like me, too often you find yourself asking, "why haven't I been there yet?" about various LA neighborhoods. As a native Angeleno this is a bit embarrassing to admit. Well, if you've ever been curious about the art scenes in Leimert Park or Boyle Heights, now's your chance!

The Leimert Park tour starts at the sculpture-like home of artist Timothy Washington (see left--this is just the tip of the iceberg). Then we'll move on to visit 3 amazing sites in downtown Leimert Park that currently host art work in Folk Art Everywhere.

The Boyle Heights tour starts at La Casa del Mariachi, across from iconic Mariachi Plaza. Artist and urban planner James Rojas will lead us on an exploration of the neighborhood's myriad urban textures--from murals and architecture to creatively embellished porches and fences.

All Folk Art Everywhere Happenings are FREE. See details below.

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11am - 2pm (approx)

Folk Art Walk: Leimert Park

With stops at:

Home and studio of artist Timothy Washington
Lucy Florence Cultural Center
Eso Won Books
Adassa's Island Cafe

At the last 3 stops, you'll meet the shop owners, who will briefly talk about their spaces. Then you'll see the art work on view as part of Folk Art Everywhere.

At the conclusion of the tour everyone is welcome to stay at Adassa's for a savory Jamaican meal, or explore other shops on your own in charming downtown Leimert Park.

Directions to the meeting spot will be provided when you RSVP.
Please RSVP by July 8 to (323) 937-4230 x50 or

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11:30am - 1pm (approx)

Folk Art Walk: Boyle Heights

Tour starts at:

La Casa del Mariachi
1831 E. 1st St. Los Angeles CA 90033

At the first stop, you'll meet the shop owner, who will briefly talk about the art of making mariachi garments and accessories, with many gorgeous examples on display. You'll also see the art work on view as part of Folk Art Everywhere.

Then, we'll move on to explore the neighborhood, led by James Rojas.

Tour will involve walking 1 mile roundtrip. Wear comfortable shoes.

La Casa del Mariachi is easily accessible by Gold Line (plan your trip here), and via the 101, 5 or 10 freeways. Limited parking is available on 1st St. and surrounding streets.

No RSVP necessary. For questions about the tour, contact or 310.415.9451.

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