Frogtown Artwalk: Elysian Valley prepares for arts takeover along the L.A. River

2018 Frogtown Artwalk will be held on Sept. 22 

The 2018 Frogtown Artwalk will be held on Sept. 22 | Courtesy Frogtown Artwalk


Elysian Valley — The Frogtown Artwalk returns this Saturday, Sept. 22, to this booming neighborhood along the L.A. River.

Visitors can explore pop-up galleries, view light and art installations and listen to musical and spoken-word performances and much more.

The arrival of a pack of corgis (yes, they are adorable) for a 20-minute stroll through the main event area will signal the start of the artwalk. From then on, the public will be able to enjoy an art-and-music  takeover of the neighborhood that  will be spread over numerous sites between  Fletcher Drive to Glover Place.

Among some of the artists and events:

  • Open Studios: Renowned artist Michael Todd, known for his sculpture abstraction, will open his studio for tours and viewing. Artists Tate Ellington, Chris Kasperkovitz, Arturo  Mallmann, Sona Gevorkyan and Clare Hebert will also display their work at different venues.
  • Music: Singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd (Michael Todd’s daughter) will  performing on the  North Stage, along with other bands like Money Mark, The Entrance Band and DivineBrick.
  • Art Along The River: The LightRiders – who specialize in creating light installations and  visual experiences – will create a site-specific, interactive light installation along  the river path.  Meanwhile, on the underside of  a 2 Freeway on-ramp, artist Ryan Griffin will be projecting images on the structure where it crosses over the river.
  • River Catz: Local artist Leo Limón, known for his “River Catz” painted on the storm drain covers along the river channel, will display four River Catz lanterns, which the public can program to change color, pulsate and move.
  • Wait, There’s More: The Artwalk will also have dance performances, kid-friendly events,  food trucks and other “Keeping it Local,” food options, such as Mexican barbecue from the popular Frogtown restaurant Salazar.

Guests are urged to arrive by rideshare, bicycle or public transit as there will not be a lot of parking available. There will be three rideshare drop-off stations along Riverside Drive.

For more information visit FrogtownArts.com.

MIa Todd will perform at the 2018 Frogtown Artwalk

Mia Todd | Photo by Azul Amarale/Courtesy Frogtown Artwalk

Leo Limón and his Art Katz will be at the 2018 Frogtown Artwalk

Leo Limón with one of its Art Katz | Courtesy Frogtown Artwalk

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