12 Gallery Shows to See at the March 2013 Downtown L.A. Art Walk

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This Thursday is the monthly Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, and now, with daylight saving time in effect, it not only means extra sunlight for gallery-goers' enjoyment, but also more time to capture themselves as Angels by posing with Collette Miller's painted wings on Main Street between 5th and Winston. To help plan your self-guided experience, the below guide will help you find some of the best art this week, and don't forget to check the Art Walk website, which will be updated more throughout the week.

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"Won't Stay Down" is a group show taking on the theme of not fitting in, inspired by the new novel "The Freak Table" by Gavin Hignight. The author will be in the lounge signing his book. Artists will be there sharing the recall of rebellion. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Art Walk Lounge I 634 S. Spring St

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City Bridge Gallery is a little known space inside the pedestrian walkway that spans across Main Street, connecting City Hall and City Hall East. It's the new venue for The Press Photographers Assn. of Greater Los Angeles' 75th Anniversary Photo Exhibit, previously hosted on the Queen Mary in Long Beach for a year. Photo fan and Councilman Tom LaBonge contacted PPAGLA Board Chairman Bob Riha Jr. about the exhibition, said Rhia, and within four hours it found a new venue. The photographs are from 75 years of work by PPAGLA members. Hours during Art Walk are the weekday hours of City Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you go, get there early enough so you have time to visit the observatory deck at the top of City Hall. And bring a camera. Through March 31.

City Hall Bridge Gallery I 200 N. Spring St. (Enter Main Street Entrance)

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Chris Oatey I CB1

"Chris Oatey: Performing Methods" is the artist's second exhibition with CB1 Gallery and keeps with his use of simple materials of paper, rope, and paint. "Aside from the piece on the back wall which was made with a piece of string dipped in paint, I would let it fall on the paper over and over and over to create this pattern," said Oatley to Los Angeles, I'm Yours. "It is the one anomaly in the show and I think it's important that it was made before the sculptural work -- these pieces all originate from the same process." CB1 will keep their regular hours and close at 6 p.m. The show runs through March 31.

CB1 Gallery I 207 W. Fifth St.

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Edan Curtis is a self-taught artist who themes her work as paintings of angels and other divine females showing the "fruits of the spirit and the soft shade of the feminine soul." Just as divine is the L.A. Fine Arts building, where the show will be held. Gallery 1927 presents EDAN CURTIS opens during Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gallery 1927 I 811 W. 7th St.

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"Washed & Dried" are new "smoky color and contemplative abstractions" by photographer Carol Cirillo Stanley's Fashion District-based gallery. It will be open for Art Walk from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Carol Cirillo Stanley Studio Gallery I 112 W. 9th St. Suite 507

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"Blackstone Begin!" is a spirited contemporary art exhibition with works from Steven Higgins, Timothy Lynch, and Chyrum Lambert. During Art Walk, live music will be provided by The Truffles. Exhibition runs through March 28.

Blackstone Gallery I 901 S. Broadway

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"Mithila Painters: Beyond the Walls" explores the ancient art form of interior ritual wall paintings evolving to "self expression in contemporary fine arts." Continues until March 30.

Norbertellen Gallery I 215 W. Sixth St.

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"As the City Grew: Historical Maps of Los Angeles" is a free exhibition of 34 historical maps from the Los Angeles Public Library's 100-year-old collection, one of the largest map holdings owned by a public library in the U.S. You may recall it got bigger in November when a million maps were retrieved from a Mount Washington home. LAPL will have regular Thursday hours on the day of Art Walk.; 12:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Central Library I First Floor Galleries I 630 W. Fifth St.

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"Blood and Oil: Man vs. Machine" is a machine-themed show curated by White Matter. Through March 30.

The Hive Gallery & Studios I 729 S. Spring St

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GDCA

"Elements" is another round of hefty contemporary art from GDCA. A reception for the artists will be held during Art Walk. Pictured is Robert Toll's "Killing the messenger" with other works by Joungjin Han, Marlene Capell, and Cyntha Ann Swan.

Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts I 215 W. 6th St. Suite 115 (Entrance off Spring St).

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Genesis is a group exhibition that opens during Art Walk at Exchange L.A.'s first floor gallery. Proceeds benefit Free Arts For Abused Children. 7 p.m. - midnight.

Exchange L.A. I 618 S. Spring I 21+ venue

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Kessler I District Gallery

Richard Kessler is a longstanding contributor to Arts District lore, including being one of the original event organizers of the defunct Spanish Kitchen on Third Street. His work is featured at District Gallery, an exhibition of 14 paintings that come from the traditions of Marcel Duchamp. It's a commentary that contemporary art is a fraud. The show title is also a commentary. It's Kessler's response to the public activity that is "synonymous with downtown living." There will be an artist reception for "This is not a Urinal" on the night of Art Walk.
District Gallery I 740 E 3rd St.

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Ed Fuentes is an arts journalist, photographer, graphic designer, and digital muralist who covers a variety of topics and geographies in Southern California for KCET.
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