Frogtown Artwalk Returns!
Local Artists, Musicians Celebrate Elysian Valley on Sept. 28, 2013 with Free, Self-Guided Studio Tours, Live Music and Kids’ Activities
A memorable Saturday evening strolling among local art, architecture, music and poetry in a block-party setting? And it’s all free?!
The artists, artisans, and architects of Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown) welcome art-lovers of all ages to the
eighth annual Frogtown Artwalk, slated for 4-10pm on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
A celebration of the creativity and talent flourishing in the industrial buildings of this working class neighborhood along the LA River, the Frogtown Artwalk has drawn thousands of guests and each year keeps evolving.
Visitors can stroll the newly paved river bike/walking path from studio to studio as they wander into artists’ studios, manufacturing sites occupied by furniture and drum-makers, and through a series of impromptu galleries that temporarily transform local businesses into art venues.
Movie projections will illuminate trees on the river path as they point the way into the Frogtown Artwalk’s studios and events.
New to the Artwalk this year is a “River Pavilion” with information on on-going L.A. River revitalization efforts as well as a youth art show that depict interpretations on the theme of “River Ecology.”
Artist Leo Limon, creator of the iconic “L.A. River Cats,” will give a presentation on public art at the River Pavilion; his paintings will be displayed at the nearby RAC Design Building.
Musical performances will permeate the Frogtown Artwalk which will feature bands playing at three locations. Scheduled to perform are:
· The Lonely Wild
· Jessica Fichot
· Tommy Santee Claws
· The Black Watch
· The Furious Seasons
· The Vintage 45
· Joseph Sings a Song
· Don’t Forget Your Shoes
(Check website for exact performance times, lineup and stage location.)
Families will find plenty to do at the Frogtown Artwalk. Kids can sign up to be in a hula-hoop contest (6-8 p.m.), create their own masterpieces on the Chalk Walk, and enjoy a shadow puppet show from Lynn Jeffries.
This year, the Frogtown Artwalk will feature text and the written word. Bookshow LA, a new, used and vintage book store in the area, will host a spontaneous poetry event by “Typewriter Poetry” as well as displays of altered books created by local artisans.
Some of the returning artists to the Frogtown Artwork include artist/photographer Bill Lagattuta, painter Mary-Austin Klein, drum-maker Pat Bylard, wood-maker Emette Rivera and furniture-maker Donna Pungprechewacht of reMADE Studios.
Artist Jim Piatt will again be showcasing more of his provocative conceptual art pieces in his recently remodeled gallery/studio. Kohne Kenny will also be displaying her distinctive urban paintings on found objects.
Local vendors will offer food for purchase up and down the Frogtown Artwalk.
Getting to the Frogtown Artwalk
The Frogtown Artwalk is easy to get to and there is plenty of free street parking (check Artwalk map for exact locations. Arrive early for best parking spots). Bikers are encouraged to arrive to the Frogtown Artwalk via the L.A. River bike path; this year, free valet bike parking will be available to cyclists.
For more details, parking information and a map of the tour sites, visit the Frogtown Artwalk website at www.frogtownarts.com and like us on Facebook at Frogtown Artwalk.