Mark your calendars for a visit to the semi-annual Brewery ArtWalk in the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles. Coming up on April 17 and 18, 2010, this is a delightful way to spend a beautiful weekend day visiting local and resident artists at work in their studios. More than 100 artists live and work in the old and new buildings that make up or surround the old Pabst Brewery Company, hence the name of this active neighborhood. On the Brewery ArtWalk weekends, the studios of the artists are open to the public to visit, view artists at work, as well as offering the opportunity to purchase their works. Many different genre of art are on display and are for sale – paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography and more. In addition to studio visits, take a break at the on-site restaurant and amble in the Bookfinger bookshop.
The site itself was once a flood plain of the Los Angeles River which became farm land to support the growing population of early Los Angeles. By 1888, the area developed into one of the industrial sections of the city. The current Brewery grounds are made up of approximately 14 different buildings located on 23 acres of varying architectural designs and from many different decades. The oldest on the property is the “Edison Building”, built in 1902. Originally named the Edison Electric Steam Power Plant, it was later Electric Power Station #3 for Southern California Edison. This early Los Angeles building has been registered as a Historic Cultural Los Angeles City Landmark (#388) and was designed by the architectural firm of John Parkinson and Associates- a firm associated with many major early buildings in downtown Los Angeles.
After World War II, 16 of the acres were sold to Pabst Blue Ribbon which was in business until 1977. In the early 1980’s, new owners established the Brewery as a home for creativity- shortly after a Los Angeles ordinance was approved for artists to legally live and work in industrial structures. Over the years since its inception, newer buildings have been added as well as surrounding ones in existence and were absorbed into the complex. The Brewery houses over 300 studios ranging from 600 to 6,000 square feet and designed to accommodate a wide variety of uses.
Enjoy a spring day seeing artists at work and open your horizons to new visual concepts. You may also recognize some buildings used in movie and television show locations such as Mouse Hunt, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and CSI: Miami!
Brewery Arts Complex
2100 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm
Admission and Parking are free.
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