Downtown Art Walk is Tonight!

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Paul Chatem at Dialect
Paul Chatem at Dialect (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

KCRW is the radio sponsor for the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, which happens the second Thursday (September 9) of every month and is free and open to the public.   Also, I asked Art Walk Executive Director Jay Lopez to recommend a few stops for tonight’s event.

Details and Recomendations below!

Recommendations from Jay Lopez:

Paul Chatem @ Dialect (see above)

Dialect is presenting Paul Chatem’s “River, Rock, Bones” exhibit and will be open from 5 to 11pm during the Art Walk.

Paul Chatem was born in 1974 in Bellevue, Washington, but grew up in La Crescenta on the outskirts of Los Angeles, CA. Growing up in an environment where nature, history, and the impoverished were constantly being pushed aside to make room for golf courses and mini-malls, Paul has developed a keen talent for representing the rift between rich and poor, the working man and the boss man, in his surreal, often nightmarish, narrative paintings.  Work by 10 other artists will also be on display, including Jim Darling, Yellena James and Crystal Sylver.


d i a l e c t
Open 5-11pm during Art Walk
215 W. 6th Street Suite 111
Downtown LA, CA 90014

Edgar Varela Fine Art
Edgar Varela Fine Art (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

The Bigger Picture @ Edgar Varela Fine Arts

Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA) presents: The Bigger Picture

A big ART group show curated by Shana Nys Dambrot featuring very large site-specific work including painting, sculpture, video, photography, and performance by:

Kim Abeles
Britt Ehringer
Terrell Moore
Benjamin Pezzillo
Max Presneill
Rick Robinson
Jen Wolf
Roman Bluem/Ubyk


Open noon to 6pm during Art Walk

Edgar Varela Fine Arts
102 West 5th Street
Downtown Los Angeles

PYO Gallery - Dal Jae Huh
PYO Gallery - Dal Jae Huh (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

Moving in the Calmness @ PYO Gallery

PYO GALLERY LA presents Moving in the Calmness, a solo exhibition featuring


1100 South Hope Street, Suite 105
Los Angeles, CA 90015

CB1 Gallery -- Daniel Aksten
CB1 Gallery -- Daniel Aksten (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

Material @ CB1 Gallery

CB1 Gallery presents Material, a solo show of the work of Los Angeles artist, Daniel Aksten. Material continues the artist’s ongoing series of highly finished grid paintings while adding an additional body of work focusing on vertical stripes. The exhibition will be on view starting tonight through October 10, 2010.

Scrutinizing optics and the painting itself, under Southern California’s patented sunshine, Daniel Aksten forges mathematical structure, chance, and an astonishing degree of craft to produce paintings that challenge the viewer to re-examine how much one thinks they can actually see.

Best known for his fastidious paintings of geometric solids composed by chance through a system involving the roll of a die, Aksten’s Material introduces an additional form to his visual vocabulary, extending the exploration of contrast, color and reflection.


Los Angeles, CA 90013Open noon to 6pm during Art Walk
CB1 Gallery
207 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Miguel Paredes
MIguel Paredes

Urban Impressionism @ Crewest Gallery

Celebrated Miami-based pop and multi-media artist, sculptor and urban impressionist, Miguel Paredes, latest exhibition “Urban Impressionism: A Miguel Paredes Retrospective” is up at the Crewest Gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public on Thursday, September 9th during Downtown LA’s monthly gallery walk featuring beats by DJ Phyz Ed and complimentary FIJI Water, Roaring Lion Energy Drinks, Jarritos soft drinks and KIND Healthy Snacks from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The artist will be in attendance.

Paredes was born in New York and is of a Latin American descent. He is an artist who combines the exhilarating sense of New York City’s graffiti art with the skill and perceptiveness of a true exceptional artist. Growing up 72nd Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Paredes exuded early signs of artistic ability and accepted an invitation to New York City’s prestigious Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music and Art – immortalized in the musical and movie Fame – in the early 1980s. His studies at Fiorello coincided with the explosion of street culture in the city. Paredes drew inspiration from notorious pop artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring and plunged into the world of graffiti and pop art taking the name “Mist” as his moniker.

Open 6 to 10pm during Art Walk
Crewest Gallery
110 Winston St.


DATE: Thursday, September 9 2010

WHAT: The Downtown Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of the many art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles – commercial art galleries, museums, and non-profit arts venues. It takes place on the 2nd Thursday of every month. As many as 25,000 people attend each month.

WHERE: Centered around Gallery Row on Main and Spring Streets in the historic core of Downtown LA

TIME: 12-9PM (there are also many activities after the official Art Walk festivities end at 9pm, like Drink and Draw at Casey’s Irish Pub)

** The LATC – located at 514 South Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 (South of 5th on the East side of Spring Street.) –serves as the official “Visitors Center of Art Walk,” the Lounge is where you can pick up a copy of the map, meet up with your friends, browse an information table to plan your evening, and browse the art.**