Save the Date: Frogtown Art Walk

By Becky Koppenhaver

Elysian Valley – a.k.a. Frogtown – will host its 6th annual Frogtown Artwalk this Saturday, September 24, from 4 p.m. to 11 pm. The vibrant community that sits on the edge of the L.A. River is home to an eclectic mix of artisans and craftsmen.  This weekend, visitors will have a chance to explore the neighborhood and wander along the pedestrian and bike path that runs along the river in a self guided tour of over thirty artists studios and lofts. From Frogtown Artwalk organizers, here is more of what to expect:

In past years, Frogtown Arttwalk has taken on the air of a street party, with music food and special events. This year a local factory owner commissioned a mural covering three walls of his building. Its christening will feature a display by the Elysian Valley lowriders, a car collecting group. NOMAD studios, an art collective will feature demonstrations of silk screening and printing. Conceptual artist Jim Piatt will unveil an installation designed to produce drinking water from the L.A. River. Bands will perform, a hula hoop contest and a juried art show will be held. Local food trucks, as well as Frogtown’s own “Taco’s by Kevin” will be serving refreshments.

For further details, including a map of the tour sites,  visit FrogtownArts.com.

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  • Former TV anchorman turns camera on Frogtown artist. The Eastsider

Photos by Bill Lagattuta


  1. Is there really an apostrophe in “Tacos by Kevin”?

  2. I like how they stole the Frogtown’s gangs name for their artwalk. It sounds way better than Toonerville Art Walk.

    • If the varrio believed that their decades-long moniker had been “stolen”, this artwalk wouldn’t be allowed to continue. People have killed and died for this affiliation and have it tattooed across every body part imaginable. Fortunately, they are flattered not offended by the artwalk. Let’s keep it that way by avoiding any inflammatory language that could incite a negative reaction.

  3. The name Frogtown comes from the stories of how frogs would come up from the river and hop all over everyone’s garden. We have frogs in our garden occasionally, even now. The gang then took this nickname for their own.

  4. @Matthew: the apostrophe is really there (at least in this post), but it shouldn’t be. My old-school heart weeps.

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