Monday, October 08, 2012

CicLAvia 2012

Had a great time at Ciclavia this year! I had planned to stop at quite a few events until the few that I went to were to fun to leave. First stop was the DTLA HISTORIC SOCIALCROSS event. I had never seen bike racing in person and was just mesmerized I could have stayed there all day. The people were so kind and open, it was just such a chill day in the park.

While there I met Miles of Small Batch Embrocation. It's an Organic locally brewed jell that when applied to your body keeps you warm all day. I didn't know but this is something that bikers do when riding in cold weather. Miles said you can use it for muscle aches as well. It smelled yummy too!

Well I finally tore myself away from the races and joined in CicLavia for a bit I was so happy to not encounter as much bike traffic as the past
year. It could also be due to the late start.

I then made my way over to Senior Fish for Treats & Beats where I sat with a great group of girls as I listened and watched Mikey Wally get the crowd dancin! What a fun party and again really nice people.

I then just stopped a a few local NELA favorite spots to visit friends and decompress before my big climb up the hill. Oh and just as I was starting the climb my bike was between gears and I biffed. Geez
I hope everyone had as good a time as I did this year at CicLavia!

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Monday, October 01, 2012

I am super honored to be a part of "20/20 Vision" this year ! More updates to come.

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents the:
“20/20 Vision” – a Northeast Los Angeles spectacle celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour

What: “20/20 Vision” – a self-guided auto tour featuring more than 100 artists in homes and studios in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Mount Washington, and neighboring areas
When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Tour begins at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Ave. 43, Highland Park, 90031
Cost: Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 on the day of the tour. Purchase advance tickets online at or at Galco’s Old World Grocery, 5702 York Blvd., Highland Park, 90042.
Information: Go to or call (323) 902-7875.

Creative vision: whether you see the world through rose-colored glasses or progressive lenses, on the Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour you will have an unusual chance to feast your eyes on art that expands your perspective and satisfies your desire to explore the sometimes invisible culture of Northeast LA. The Arroyo Arts Collective’s Discovery Tour — in its twentieth year this year — is one of the oldest and most eclectic art tours in Los Angeles. Featuring a range of fine art and craft by both emerging and established artists, the Tour gives attendees the opportunity to discover and purchase amazing pieces of art and get a glimpse inside studios and homes that are just as unique as the individuals who live and work in them. With offerings ranging from remarkable paintings to intricate metal works to hand-hewn musical instruments to one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, the Discovery Tour will surprise and delight participants with its artists’ unique range of vision.

This self-guided auto tour focuses on Highland Park, Mount Washington, Eagle Rock, Montecito Heights, and Glassell Park. For those who don’t wish to drive, shuttle buses will be available with stops at select locations.

Northeast Los Angeles — or NELA, as the locals call it — truly is one of the city’s magnet neighborhoods for artistic talent. With a steady influx of galleries, restaurants and boutiques, NELA attracts creative energy from across the city. In fact, NELA has a rich artistic history that dates back to the late 19th century when poets, writers and artists would gather to socialize at El Alisal, Charles Lummis’ home on Avenue 43. Around the same time and just a few miles north, landscape painter William Lee Judson established the College of Fine Arts of the University of Southern California.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover — or rediscover — this unique neighborhood and the artists who call it home. Purchase Tour tickets in advance for $10 or the day of the Tour for $15. The Tour begins at the Lummis Home, where participants will receive a map and tour badge. Maps will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m., and studios will open at 10 a.m. A preview party and exhibition featuring Tour artists’ work will be held Nov. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Future Studio, 5558 N. Figueroa, Highland Park. The preview party is free.

Editor’s Note: Images from artists and previous Discovery Tours are available upon request.

Contact: Heather Hoggan

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