This weekend one of the most atmospheric locations in all of the City of Angels opens up to the public: The Brewery. Okay, giant "Twin Peaks"-like smokestack aside, The Brewery, which is located in the hub of industrial downtown, isn't all that scary, especially considering that hundreds of artists call it home all year long. It is, in fact, highly photographable, deeply beautiful and an important part of our city's early character.
And twice each year the gates are thrown wide on this historic gem of a property for one weekend so that the art-loving general public might be able to stroll and see paintings, sculpture, clothing, prints and jewelry for themselves. Besides the many amazing pieces of art found tucked here and there throughout this rambling campus (come prepared to purchase, as much of it is for sale), we enjoy the convivial spirit of the weekend. Artists hang out on stoops and chat with admirers, there's always something sizzling on the centrally located barbecue, kids are dashing around, and cats purr contentedly among the plants that dot so many of the artists' apartments.
Speaking of the artists' apartments, we love seeing where creative people live as well as work. Standing in an artist's kitchen, glancing at the grocery list on the fridge, gives us a bit of a small, voyeuristic thrill in fact.
Brewery Art Walk
The Brewery, 2100 N. Main Street, Los Angeles