It’s okay people. We don’t have to keep our mouths shut anymore. We can finally just say it and get it over with. Fine art is really weird.
There. Doesn’t that feel better?
Ladies and gentlemen, I am a fine artist based here in this loosely nicknamed city of angels. I love all arts and artists — It’s just the way I am. That said, we can be some strange people. We’ll stretch a used condom around a tire iron and call it a statement on abortion. We’ll hammer a car hood to a flag pole to protest the wars overseas. We’ll do anything different just to be different – and it’s great that we do.
Los Angeles is a hub for some of the most daring and exciting artists in the world. They neither bend to convention nor do they make any sense; however, their artistic expressions are absolutely beautiful. Creative expression is such an integral part of this city, and if you’re not participating, you’re just not doing your part in keeping this city great.
I’m not saying you need to be the next [insert weirdo here]. Not everybody has the talent to be an artist. Those who do, don’t always necessarily have the tenacity or grit to stick with it. Some people have both and simply don’t care. Regardless of where you fall, Los Angeles fine art is a unique world which can and should be experienced by everyone at least once. With access to such a burgeoning community of imagery couples with sheer unadulterated expression, you don’t just owe it to the artists — you owe it to yourself.
It’s not difficult to break into the world of art, even if you’re afraid of anything more than baby steps. There is a plethora of art events available to you for free including open studios, art galleries, and art walks. Just a single Google search will supply you with more than enough information to get you started. (I’ve even done the work for you below!)
Some visitors will be instant fans, many will wonder in disbelief what could have possessed humans to create such work, but all will remember the experience. So, get out there, get weirded out, and hopefully, start creating something yourself! Below are a couple of popular art walks in LA. You can also check out discoverlosangeles.com for additional information on art walks in LA and the surrounding areas.
Art Walks in Los Angeles
Downtown Art Walk:
- Usually from noon until 9pm on the second Thursday of each month
- In and around the 42 galleries on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th
- Arriving earlier usually provides for a more relaxed atmosphere
Brewery Art Walk:
- Bi-annual, occurring next on October 1st and 2nd, 2011 from 11am-6pm
- Over 100 participating artist studios at S avenue 21 and N Main street
- Speak to and purchase from the artists directly!