January 18 – February 8
A popular L.A. neighborhood is revealed and celebrated through a new exhibit called “MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles” featuring artworks by artists inspired by photographs of Melissa Richardson Banks, selections of which are also on view and drawn from a new book with the same title.
Captured and shared daily through her “Downtown Muse” blog and social networks, the photographs by Richardson Banks reveal an insider’s view of the Arts District. Her images chronicle this extraordinary community in a way that is more like someone admiring a loved one instead of documenting a neighborhood, evoking the sense of a place more pastoral or exotic than what one expects to find in the center of the nation’s second largest metropolis.
Using one or more of her photographs as inspiration, the artists created their own interpretation and incorporated their artistic license to create unique works of art. The exhibit features narrative and representational art utilizing a variety of styles including impressionism, surrealism, abstract and outsider. The work represents a wide range of media including paintings using oil, spray paint, watercolor and/or acrylic, mixed-media prints and drawings, as well as sculptural installations, neon, and more.
In addition to Richardson Banks, participating artists include Jari “Werc” Alvarez, A.S. Ashley, Qathryn Brehm, Jesse Burgos, Gary Callahan, Diego Cardoso, Susie Chang, Jaime Colindres, Kikki Eder, Margaret Garcia, Clemente Garcia Lassaulx, Tom Garner, Kristopher Gee, Yolanda Gonzalez, Jacinto Guevara, Christian Hernandez, Javi Herrera, Miriam Jackson, Jeremy Thomas Kunkel, George Labrada, Bonnie Lambert, Lauren Langford, Leba, Lili Lakich, Tod Lychkoff, Ted Meyer, Colette Miller, Patricia R. Mitchell, Alberto Miyares, J.W. Pippen, Wenceslao Quiroz, Patti Lou Richardson, Rick Robinson, Sandy Rodriguez, Alex Schaefer, SEK, ShadowMonsterBear, Roderick Smith, Anna Stump, Bob Ujszaszi, and Jaime “Germs” Zacarias.
Book Launch & Exhibit Opening: Saturday, January 18 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Closing Reception & Book Signing: Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.