West Adams’ Creative Canvas Tour – This Saturday



One of the houses in the tour is our very own Georgia Toliver’s home on Virginia Rd. – her lovely house and her art will be featured.


A Collection of Historic Venues Will Showcase Local Artists on Annual Tour

West Adams Heritage Association Presents Its Annual Spring Historic Homes
& Architecture Tour with A Twist: Art!

Saturday, June 5, 2010
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 1 p.m.)

LOS ANGELES, CA – Historic West Adams is a new hotbed for fine art, with a growing number of established and emerging artists who live and/or work in the community. Now, the public is invited to visit a collection of West Adams’ most interesting historic places, showcasing works by some of West Adams’ most talented contemporary artists.

Art in Historic Places: West Adams’ Creative Canvas tour opens the doors to more than a dozen architecturally diverse historic venues throughout West Adams, presented by West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA). Visit Victorian, Craftsman, and Spanish homes and artists’ studios, a 1920s French Norman Revival apartment, an Adams Boulevard mansion, and the Union Theater, a WWI-era movie theater now home to the Velaslavasay Panorama.

A Collection of Historic Venues Will Showcase Local Artists on Annual Tour

West Adams Heritage Association Presents Its Annual Spring Historic Homes

The art on tour will be equally eclectic, pairing historical architecture with bold, cutting-edge works and more traditional contemporary art alike, from landscapes to portraits, to abstract paintings, to sculpture, photography and ceramics.

Among the participating artists are Aaron Morse, whose work has been exhibited at the Hammer Museum and noted local gallery Acme; Marina Moevs, whose paintings have been on view at the Autry; internationally famed ceramicist Mas Ojima; artist-curator-gallery director Steve Irvin; Max Miceli, who has exhibited at such galleries as Klasky Csupo and La Luz De Jesus Gallery and is currently represented at Milo Gallery; abstract painter Jenny Hager, whose work is included in the Riverside Museum of Art Permanent Collection; and photographer-sculptor Taidgh O’Neill, who recently launched the NTBA alternative artist space in West Adams.

Buy your ticket here online now, $30.

Click here if you want to mail in a check.

The self-guided Art in Historic Places tour begins at Gramercy Housing Group (former Majestic Pharmacy, 1824 South 4th Avenue), a classic 1920s commercial building that will be converted into an art gallery space for this event.

Tour visitors will canvas a collection of neighborhoods in the Historic West Adams District. In Arlington Heights, visitors will tour artist-owned Craftsman homes and studios. In Wellington Square they will visit a 1932 Spanish Colonial Revival, also artist-owned. The Briggs Mansion on Adams Boulevard will open its doors on a curated showcase for several West Adams artists. In Lafayette Square, visitors will discover a 1923 home once owned by a famous singer, now home to another West Adams artist. Western Heights will showcase three homes: a Craftsman Bungalow, a Victorian-era residence and an English Revival manse, all exhibiting neighborhood artists. And, in University Park, the doors swing open on a landmark Victorian (home to two artists) that is a Contributor in a National Register Historic District.

Tickets for Art in Historic Places: West Adams’ Creative Canvas are $30 general admission, paid at the door on day of tour. Advance tickets (paid no later than May 31) are $25.

This is a self-guided, driving tour. For additional information, call 323-732-4223, or write tours@westadamsheritage.org . Tour visitors will receive tickets, brochure and map at Check-in/Will Call (Gramercy Housing Group, 1824 S. 4th Avenue, located on the northeast corner of Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles 90019). The last ticket will be sold at 1 p.m., and tour properties will close promptly at 4 p.m. Visitors tour at their own pace, but should set aside several hours to enjoy the Art in Historic Places tour.

The tour will raise funds for the West Adams Heritage Association, a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1983 to support preservation of the community’s architectural and cultural heritage. WAHA has grown from a small resident support group to a recognized preservation voice with hundreds of members who live in the many neighborhoods of the Historic West Adams District.


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