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Art Walk Starts off 2011 With a Bang

By Lauren Mattia
Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 04:38PM

Art Walk goers dance off some steam on Spring between 5th and 6th on Thursday.

Like most Art Walk nights, the streets were alive with activity on Thursday night. Since the launch of Downtown's largest art appreciation event, Art Walk has endured its fair share of obstacles. Despite rumors of the events cancellation, last night proved that Art Walk is still going strong.

The Art Walk became one of Downtown's most talked about stories in September, after former Executive Director Jay Lopez announced that the event would be shut down for the rest of 2010. That statement was denied by the board of the Downtown L.A. Art Walk non-profit two days later.

Lopez was replaced by Joe Moller in December, has big plans for the Art Walk's future. "I think it's our obligation as an organization to help achieve the greatest positive impact to the greater Downtown area that we can through Art Walk," he told blogdowntown last month.

Highlights from last night's Art Walk included:

Blue Canvas Group Show: This collective formed through a partnership between Scion, Blue Canvas and the Art Center College of Design featured works from emerging artists, as well as a live painting and music.

Boogying on Spring: On Spring, between 5th and 6th streets seemed to be the center of Art Walk activity, where hundreds danced to some freshly spun tunes outside the Robey Theater.

Modern Fossils: This exhibit at the Zzyzx Gallery was an interesting take on archaeology, showcasing "fossilized" technology of the days of old.

Steven Thomas Higgins, Marco Rached, and DTLA Bicycles: There was an interesting mix of art, clothing, and bicycles at a temporary space on 6th and Main. Rached showcased his affordable prints, and Higgins exhibited an impressive quantity of drawings and paintings. DTLA Bicycles showed off some of their bikes as art for sale.

Tune in to blogdowntown for previews for February 10th's Art Walk.


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