By BRENDA REES
ELYSIAN VALLEY — After a one-year hiatus, the 10th Annual Frogtown Artwalk returns this Saturday, August 13, when the streets, sidewalks and L.A. River path will be transformed into a bustling party/art scene.
This year, more than 33 venues will host art exhibitions, food selections, stage musical/spoken word performances and more. Custom designed venue numbers will guide visitors to more than 50 artists who will showcase their works that range from small hand-size crafts to large projected images on freeway bridges.
Here’s what visitors can expect on Saturday:
- Hours: 4 pm – 10 pm
- Location: Frogtown Artwalk stretches for about a mile, from Fletcher Drive on the north to Forney Street on the south (here’s a map of the venues). There is also a venue on the other side of the river at Bowtie Parcel.
- How Does This Work? Visitors can get around between sites by walking, biking, catching free pedi-cabs along the river or climbing aboard shuttle busses provided by CD13.
- Parking and Traffic: With very limited parking, visitors are encouraged to bike, carpool or take Uber or Lyft. From the parking lot at Bowtie Parcel at 2800 Casitas Avenue, visitors can take free shuttles to Artwalk. Additionally, parking can also be found at a series of parking lots at the south end of the event, also connected by free shuttles.
- Street Closures: Knox and Newell streets will be entirely closed to traffic between the river and Blake Ave starting at 3:15pm. Blake will be one-way heading south from Coolidge to Blimp starting also at 3:15pm.
- Food: Local is the word this year at Artwalk with food selections from right in the hood: Salazar, Elysian, Spoke Bicycle Café, Wax Paper, Tacos Kevin and the Frog Spot. Other local vendors will sell sno-cones, popcorn, baked goods, tacos and tamales up and down the Artwalk.
- The Theme: This year’s festival is dedicated to the vision of Lewis MacAdams of the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), now in its 30th year, who will be honored for his work at an 6 pm awards ceremony at the Frog Spot.
- What’s New This Year: Elysian Valley United will be live streaming interviews with local residents and Artwalk attendees for broadcast on their radio station: KEVU. www.evucsc.com.
- Studios & Galleries: Many Frogtown artists (including newcomers, Erin Hanson, Coarse Life and La Fabrica) will open their studios/galleries for tours. Local businesses will again host artists in their offices, warehouses and work spaces. Find out where the artists will be showing their work.
- Art on the River & Under The Freeway: The LA River path will be illuminated with six art installations from participating artists; “Projected Visions” will be displayed under the 2 Freeway Overpass with soundscapes by artist Vera Amaya. Another interactive projection to check out will be Grant Davis’ KaLEDoscope that uses mirrors, LED tape and a camera to project images into an empty warehouse also along the river.
- Bowtie Parcel: Jump on a free shuttle to Bowtie Parcel and see artist Mel Chin’s “The TIE That BINDS, the MIRROR of the FUTURE” about creating mirror garden parcels all over the city. Also at Bowtie will be a site-specific commissioned art piece Fuentes/This Nature of Ours, which features Carmina Escobar using voice and electronics to blend sounds of the area at four sites on the 18-aces post-industrial lot. (Note: There will be flashing lights.)
- Kids and Family: Hula Hooping Contest at 6:30 pm at the FSY campus at 2902 Knox Ave. Also, a large chalk wall will be set up at 1839 Blake Ave. so kids can creatively make their mark. Check out a photography exhibition by “Inside Out I Outside In” by local students at Tracy A. Stone Architect’s office.
- Let There Be Music: There will be three stages of melodies; Marsh Park, the Community Garden stageand FoLAR’s Frog Spot. Check the festival website for complete up-to-date listings and line up.
- Movie Time: Catch free screenings of three movies in the “Golden Age of Mexican Cinema” at Elysian Valley United. Down the road, the Elysian Valley Arts Collective will also have outdoor screenings of two short documentary films on Elysian Valley.
- Don’t Miss: The Elysian Valley Gateway Park will display delightful retro-ey trailers from local manufacturer Happier Camper; a bazaar in the parking lot at 3051 N. Coolidge will feature longtime Elysian Valley resident Leticia Lopez who will be making and selling “Frogtown Love” accessories; tarot reader Lady Aquamarine; and mosaics by Piece by Piece. Munch on baked goods by culinary artist Sweet Beginnings.
- Community Booths: Newell Street is where community organizations will be meeting and greeting the public.
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