July 10, 2014 about 400 people turned out to walk the red carpet for the opening reception of the Evolve art show at Art Share LA in Downtown Los Angeles featuring over 25 photographers, ceramists and artists.
“It was far more than what I could have imagine it would be” said Kengi, local activist and show creator and curator. “From the time I taped down the red carpet before our 6pm opening, it was as if that somehow singled it was time to start. People just kept arriving all night long” he said.
The show featured artists from every ethnic background, economic background as well as people living with HIV, a homeless person, gay, lesbian, transgender and straight. From corporate executives, to entrepreneurs to single mothers, fathers and full families, Evolve was truly a real representation of what Los Angeles looks like and just how alive, well and richly cultured and unique the art scene is here in Los Angeles.
The event was a celebration of the community work created by Kengi over 7 years ago while homeless here in Los Angeles. Project KengiKat | Do Something Saturday started as homeless outreach but now it reaches low income families, seniors, children and people living with HIV and AIDS. Through support from Kengi’s friends Do Something Saturday events have taken place in several different countries as well as several different states and cities throughout California.
Photographer Don Heffern II said “I can't begin to express how much I enjoyed Evolve” he went on to say “Some stunning work on display and I enjoyed it all! Every person I met was as kind and friendly as they were talented.”
Artists Allegra Newman was the first artist to have one of her pieces purchased “I love coming to an art show and finding out that one of my pieces already sold. I will always be part of Kengi’s shows.”
Artists Denny Howard, Lyle Everett Rushing and Nicole Palmquist (Booleep) all completed new pieces for the Evolve show alongside Lego mosaics pieces created especially for the show by Andy Bauch who also created a tribute piece of Ricky the Pirate.
“This show has reminded us of our charter” said Terry Ellsworth and Executive Director of Art Share LA, Cheyanne Sauter said “this show represents what Art Share LA is.”
If you missed the red carpet opening reception, don’t worry because a portion of the Evolve has been held over until Saturday July 26th. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 1-6pm. All pieces are for sale and support local talent. Pop in to see the gallery, meet the curator, make a purchase and see what Art Share LA has to offer.