Miracle Mile Art Walk: 50 Galleries & Museums to Check Out on March 3

Twitchell's portraits of President Kennedy and Reagan on a segment of the Berlin Wall I Photo: The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

On March 3rd, The Miracle Mile "Art Walk" Gallery and Studio Tour will offer gallery-goers a way to spend Saturday touring coordinated clusters of prominent Mid-City venues.

Many of the galleries, museums, studios and public art installations are offering special programming, talks and artist receptions. Plus, by mentioning Miracle Mile Art Walk at the ticket counter of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or Craft and Folk Art Museum, admission is free from 2 p.m. until one hour before closing on select exhibitions, according to MMAW organizers.

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While gallery owners prefer to pull in the art crowd, there will be some focus on crafts. District La Brea is helping by co-creating the "Miracle Mile Art Walk Community Marketplace," a one-day pop-up craft fair featuring local, "licensed cottage industry creative business owners who produce and sell handmade goods."

Just as important, the parking lot for 173 South La Brea Avenue, made visible thanks to a Shepard Fairey mural, will host $1 all-day parking. In the evening, the location is the site for the official entertainment and food truck filled after-party being held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

The ambitious art walk is led by Shawn Dracoules, who began working as a volunteer in the neighborhood after a visit to to chase her memories of exploring the Tar Pits/George C. Page Museum as a child with her grandmother. After getting involved with the local neighborhood council, she was elected to its art committee, and now, three years later, she finds herself reinventing the art walk as its director.

"I still love doing this art walk and look forward to bringing it to the next level," said Dracoules, who hopes two to three thousand attendees will scout the fifty galleries and museums, all within an approximately ten-mile radius.

You read that right. Ten-mile radius, mostly north of Wilshire Boulevard. That makes the term "art walk" a questionable description. "Yes, Art Walk is a broad term indeed," admits Dracoules, who goes by Shawni.D. "That is why Gallery and Studio Tour is included in the title. You can walk the entire area, but it would take a while."

A map is recommended, and it breaks out the galleries in clusters: Beverly Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard, La Brea, La Brea South and West 3rd Street. To make it easier, the listed galleries made recommendations for nearby parking.

The Miracle Mile Art Walk Studio and Gallery Tour will be from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 3. Updated information will also be posted at Facebook, or you can track the tweets.

Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Muralist Kent Twitchell will be working live, adding details to his portrait of President John F. Kennedy, located at the Berlin Wall Monument, at 5900 Wilshire Blvd (across from LACMA) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Ace Gallery (The Wilshire Tower) will have their Art Walk hours from 2 to 6 p.m, and are featuring Mary Corse "Exhibition of Current Paintings;" Carl Andre "Installation of Rise"; and Ed Moses - Phase I "Garden of Forking Tongues."

  • Antonio Pelayo 'Mi Familia' at LAUNCH LA (5900 Wilshire Blvd).

  • Claire Falkenstein 'An Expansive Universe' & Ruth Weisberg 'Now & Then' are in exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Art (357 North La Brea).

  • From NOthing to SOMEthing in Pacific Standard Time: Assemblage, Collage, Sculpture, at Tobey C. Moss Gallery (7321 Beverly Blvd).

  • Ann330Gallery host "Saudade A Group Photography Show" featuring works from Joey Lehman Morris, April Friges and others. (170 S. La Brea).

  • "The Difference of A Single Day" at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. (100 The Grove Drive).

  • Gallery Brown will have an opening reception for Photography by Chris Otcasek (140 South Orlando Avenue).

About the Author

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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