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Art Walk Preview for August, 2009

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, at 02:59PM
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July summer night at Downtown Art Walk.

The August Downtown Art Walk is already here, and Thursdays weather is expected to be a high of 83 degrees, a low of 64, with a scattered shower of poets and performance art. Here's a peek at this months street experience known as Art Walk.

Gary Leonard's Take My Picture gallery (860 S. Broadway) has a cross night of Real Estate and Advertising poetry alongside "The Billboard Show: Selling the So-Cal Lifestyle. Photographic Landscapes of the 1950s and 1960s."

Joining Ed Rosenthal, the Poetbroker of Downtown Los Angeles, is Jack Skelley, Senior VP of Roddan Paolucci Roddan. Providing music are members of The French Semester, who just returned from Europe and a gig at Joel Bloom Square.

FIDM MUSEUM AND GALLERIES hosts its 4th Annual "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition, as covered here by Cat Brosius and Michelle Smith. (Hopefully, when you read "on Friday we made the long trek across the street in our high heels to preview the show" you didn't think it was Eric and me.)

Productions include "Gossip Girl" (designer Eric Daman), "Coco Chanel" (Pierre-Yves Gayraud and Stephano DeNardis) and "Grey Gardens" (Catherine Marie Thomas). Of course, it's a chance for FIDM to feature designs by "Project Runway, Season 5" winner Leanne Marshall, a FIDM graduate (919 S. Grand).

CREWEST presents "Love and Guts," an exhibition of artwork created by pro skaters. Crewest and Heel Bruise presents the innovators of street culture until August 29th (110 Winston).

DEBORAH MARTIN GALLERY shows French artist Valerie Daval's new series "Les Grandes Vacances." Inspired by fond childhood memories of her childhood, Daval's paintings are an invitation to her realistic and intimate world (209 W. 5th).

MORONO KIANG GALLERY will open "Traces of Being: Iran in the Passage of Memories" next month and is closed for this art walk. Still, worth noting is that Sonia Mak, Gallery Director for Morono Kiang Gallery, is moving on to a new position at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Shervin Shahbazi is the new gallery director. (218 W. 3rd, Bradbury Building)

BERT GREEN FINE ART continues exhibitions of works by Linda LaBella, Barron Storey and Robin Gaynes-Bachman. Note that BGFA closes at 6pm on Art Walk night.

MOCA GRAND AVE is a participating venue, and offers free museum admission from 5 to 8pm, courtesy of Wells Fargo. On tap is "Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions," which focuses on works obtained in the last five years (250 S. Grand).

compact/space offers a music performance curated by Tristan Shone featuring Author & Punisher, Deathroes (R. Jencks, Gerrit Wittmer), Braden Diotte, Clew of Theseus (Ben Brucato) and Martin de Pedro. It will be followed with art installation works by Shone and Gretchen Mercedes, curated by Glenna Jennings (105 E. 6th).

JULIE RICO GALLERY will exhibit abstraction paintings by Downtown artist Natalie Hile Cross. Rico's Weeneez hosts Allan J. Barnes' contemporary photographs using vintage tintype technique (Gallery at 118 W. 5th and Weeneez at 500 S. Spring).

Downtown Film Festival-Los Angeles and LACDA are working together with 
International New Media Expo on a show that runs from August 13th through 20th. Downtown Art Walk offerings include LACDA artist Tiffany Trenda, performing works recently seen at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Art Walk night performances are 6 to 7pm, 8 to 9pm, then 10:15pm to 11pm at the Rowan Building (5th and Spring).


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