Downtown LA Art Walk

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.

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Vision LA Fest – How “ART MAKES CHANGE” !

In conjunction with the UN Climate Conference / COP21 of Nov. 30-Dec.11, 2015, a group of concerned environmentally -minded professionals got together to create a city-wide multi-disciplinary art festival to promote climate action and awareness. It was part aggregating events,  part creating content, and part generating press and awareness of the climate crisis. As a member of the early-on executive committee, I helped form a calendar of events, reviewed submissions,  worked on marketing, PR and social media. I also co-curated the centerpiece and signature event, a 75 artist, 300 piece art exhibit called ART MAKES CHANGE, which was held at Bergamot Station in the former Santa Monica Museum of Art location. It was the largest, most important event I have ever produced. The fine art included contemporary abstract paintings, large figurative works, mixed -media encaustic, wood and bronze sculpture, and photography, all addressing the issues of Earth, Water, Awareness, and Recycling.  It also got a TON of press ! Here are some images from the first ART MAKES CHANGE, 2015.

 

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” The Narrative Behind Abstract Art” – Panel Discussion Moderated by Dale Youngman

During the August 2013 exhibit at the Terrell Moore Gallery entitled  ” A Sumer Fantasy”,  I decided to host and moderate a panel discussion on “The Narrative Behind Abstract Art.”  I wanted to hear from some emerging and established abstract painters how they convey messages, stories, moods through their non-figurative work. The panel included Terrell Moore, Scott Forrest, Clara Berta, and Suzan Woodruff.   Please take a look at this short video created by Eric Minh Swenson.

 

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“A Summer Fantasy”

( As seen in FABRIK MAGAZINE on-line)

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August, 2013  The Terrell Moore Gallery and Dale Youngman Projects are pleased to present A Summer Fantasy, the first major exhibition by LA artist Scott Forrest, accompanied by new works from renowned metal sculptor Leon Leigh.

Following several successful group shows, Scott Forrest has completed some exciting new large-scale work, which is best described as “exuberant” in color, depth, and emotion. It is joyful and luscious, in bold cheery colors, often touched with metallics, in carefully built-up layers with a textural depth inherent in each piece. Sweeping brush strokes and a deftly-worked palette knife are utilized to create a sense of movement, a purpose, or perhaps, a tranquil meditation of monochromatic color. It’s the kind of work that simply makes you smile.

Influenced by his extensive travel as a talk-show host and correspondent, Scott’s work exudes a sense of tropical splendor. Exploring exotic and remote locations, he has experienced many diverse cultures, which is evident in his color combinations, sensual textures, and materials.

British sculptor Leon Leigh’s contemporary steel sculptures are waif-like whimsical creatures, elongated forms that are at once delicate and substantial. Creating each piece individually, no two are exactly alike, as he forges each piece by hand, utilizing only a naked flame and no foundry. The figures are composed of solid steel rods of different diameters, creating the bare skeletal forms. Molten steel balls are then liquefied, fused and molded to each piece, as Leon completes his creations with wayward hair, oversize hats, and perfect shoes. From the fire of his imagination, the figures appear to dance, swirl, flirt and beckon, with energy, personality, and a surreal existence.

This Summer Fantasy will be presented at special events and by appointment throughout the month of August in Terrell Moore’s new location at 1601 South Hope Street, Downtown LA, with free parking available in the adjacent lot.

Join us on SUNDAY AUGUST 18TH, 4 – 6PM for a panel discussion on Abstract Art, “The Narrative Behind the Image. ” Moderated by Curator Dale Youngman, with four contemporary abstract artists,  including Scott Forrest, Terrell Moore, Clara Berta, and Suzan Woodruff.PRimagesConversation will center on the narrative and meaning behind contemporary abstract art, as painters discuss storytelling through art, and how an artist conveys messages and the meaning of their work using abstraction in the absence of imagery.

Call Dale Youngman at 213-458-3735 or daleyoungman@me.com for more information or to make an appointment. Press inquiries welcome.

When Poetry Takes Form- The Art of Ines Alonso Ares

Here’s an article I wrote about a lovely Argentinian artist whose closing is this Saturday Feb 2, 2013, at Art Meets Architecture – a private art salon in DTLA.  If you are interested in her work and want to meet her, read the article and RSVP as required.

From the January 2013 issue of FABRIK Magazine

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When Poetry Takes Form: The Art of Inés Alonso Ares

JANUARY 9, 2013 by DALE YOUNGMAN in ART with 0 COMMENTS
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Inés Alonso Ares is a sculptor, photographer, poet, performer, and teacher from Argentina. Her work brings together all of these elements in a unique and transfixing way to transport you to her serene world of nature, harmony and beauty. A multi-media artist, her poetry, photography, and sculpture combine in inspired presentations that offer the viewer a glimpse into her native land.

The works of this sensitive and intuitive woman begin in various ways, sometimes with the touch of a piece of wood, or the flash of a feeling she gets while communing with nature. Often, she says, words are forced to spring forth “as if from an inner fountain.” Ares writes her thoughts, not as a story, but like that flash – a photograph of a momentary inspiration. The resultant poetry attests to her affinity for capturing the essence of her subject matter.

Who are you? Inés Alonso Ares. Courtesy the artist & Art meets Architecture

WHO ARE YOU? INÉS ALONSO ARES. COURTESY THE ARTIST & ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE

Her time in nature, which expands her process, is often portrayed though a poetry reading and performance, sometimes alongside a photograph she has taken. This interweaving of emotion and language may later culminate in a wood, bronze, or stone sculpture, organic in shape and feeling. The emotive quality of her multi-media work has been exemplified through performances by the contemporary dancers of the Maria Fux Atelier, one of the most recognized in her country.

Her intense love of nature began as a child, when she played in the large backyard garden of her grandparent’s home. Playing alone, she began making small sculptures from apples, finding her calling and joy in the creative process. This is part of what she teaches, filling her young students with the same love and respect for Mother Earth.

Having found her muse, her greatest pleasure now as she travels throughout Europe, Mexico, Peru, and the USA is walking in the woods. Drawn to old trees, she finds inspiration amongst the forests of Amazonia, the Patagonian Forest in Argentina, Chile, and Yosemite, and will often transport wood back to her studio for future projects.

Tree-Custodian II, from “Amazonia” series. Inés Alonso Ares. Courtesy the artist & Art meets Architecture

TREE-CUSTODIAN II, FROM “AMAZONIA” SERIES. INÉS ALONSO ARES. COURTESY THE ARTIST & ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE

Working in all scales, from small (to travel abroad in a suitcase!) to very large pieces destined for public parks, Ares has been teaching and creating art in Argentina for many years. Solo shows in Lyon, France, Argentina, San Francisco, and now Los Angeles have brought her unique multi-media work critical acclaim.

Some recent examples of her profound and moving work can be seen in January and February 2013 at the private art salon Art meets Architecture, directed by Lisa Ames in downtown Los Angeles.

For an invitation to meet the artist at the opening of her local show in January and hear about her extraordinary process, please contact her local agent Lisa Ames (lisa@artmeetsarchitecture.com).

Tree-Custodian VII, from “Amazonia” series. Inés Alonso Ares. Courtesy the artist & Art meets Architecture

TREE-CUSTODIAN VII, FROM “AMAZONIA” SERIES. INÉS ALONSO ARES. COURTESY THE ARTIST & ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE

 

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