Highlighting a New Downtown Los Angeles Art Gallery
If you are an art or culture enthusiast, like trying new foods, fancy cocktails, or seeing local art, look no further than the Downtown LA Art Walk, which has all of that and more! With over 30 art galleries and artist studios open to the public every second Thursday of the month, there is always something exciting to discover. One of the newest locations on the Art Walk map is BertaArt Studio Gallery, located at 120 East 8th Street, on the second floor, Studio 202.
The Downtown LA Art Walk began in 2004, spearheaded by gallery owner Bert Green, who opened Bert Green Fine Art as an anchor to the developing Gallery Row District, designated in 2003 as the areas between 2nd and 9th on Main and Spring. At that time, there were only eight galleries. As Downtown became more gentrified, the artists and galleries took note that the incoming loft-dwellers needed art to fill their high-ceiling expansive loft homes. Reaching a high of 40 galleries in 2010, the area has grown from a few scattered galleries and very few eateries to an exciting hub of permanent and pop-up galleries, artists studios, fine dining, fancy cocktail bars, and high-end boutiques, with a couple of sports bars and mom-and-pop shops maintaining the old-school character.
The Second Thursday DTLA Art Walk art is a self-guided tour around the Historic Core District. Hours vary from gallery to gallery, but range between noon and 10 PM. Maps can be picked up at many of the galleries, or at the Art Walk Lounge, located at 634 South Spring Street. Among the many art receptions, live music performances, live painting demos, and unique installations, it can be hard to find a relatively quiet moment to actually focus on the art. With many thousands of people descending upon DTLA for what has been voted LA’s “Best Downtown Event” by LA Weekly, sometimes, the best art can be hard to find. One spot not overcrowded yet is the working art studio and gallery known as BertaArt Studio Gallery. It’s a destination spot, not a ground floor pop-in-for-a-second kind of location. There you will find the charming Clara Berta, (open 4-9 PM) anxious to tell you about her newest pieces, her inspirations, and her unusual painting techniques. Clara has embraced the Downtown Los Angeles community, offering art classes and workshops, donating her art to local charities, and now joining the DTLA Art Walk. With a large inventory of art on the walls of her studio and gallery, in sizes from small to oversize, you just might find the treasure you were Downtown Art Walking for! Visit BertaArt.com for more info.