Once again, we’re pushing the boundaries of San Gabriel Valley, but how can we not when this Saturday’s the 8th annual Frogtown Artwalk?
The three As (a rip off of the three Rs concept) are artists, artisans, and architects. These creators, inventors and explorers of Elysian Valley (a.k.a. Frogtown) inhabit the industrial buildings that run along the L.A. River, just east of the I5 and south of California State Route 2.
The newly paved bike/walking path allows visitors to stroll the riverbank and stop in at the studios of choice. There will be a kid’s juried art show, a hula hoop contest (adults welcome!), sidewalk chalk for kids, and a skateboard demo at the end of Knox Avenue. At the end of Newell Street, a bike valet will be available.
Stop by Bookshow L.A. to participate in a spontaneous poetry event by “Typewriter Poetry.”
Another favorite of ours—Cactus Gallery—will have a pop up show at Treeline Woodworks (3001 Coolidge Ave.), featuring wondrous, thought-provoking, and ingenious artists Patricia Krebs, Ulla Anobile, Maggie Turner, and Mavis Leahy.
Treeline Woodworks builds furniture, “creating a sensible supply chain, developing new processes for treating age old materials and building an elegant product that will stand the test of time.”
Artist Leo Limon, creator of the “storm drain cats,” will share his knowledge of the neighborhood.
Two stages along Blake Avenue (at RACDB at 3048 Coolidge Avenue and at the EVC Garden) will feature The Furious Seasons; the “epic and playful” Tommy Santee Klaws; Inland Empire’s family folk band Don’t Forget Your Shoes; The Vintage 45 playing classics like “Secret Agent Man”; and Jessica Fichot singing folk and gypsy jazz in French, Chinese or Spanish.
A series of movie projections onto the trees in the riverbed will guide visitors from studio to studio.
After feeding the soul with art, feed the breadbasket at Corn Heaven, Alma’s Juices, and Kevin’s Tacos at Newell and Blake, while Pedro’s Tamales will be available for purchase at Knox and Blake, and pupusas may be found at 1839 Blake Avenue.