Inglewood Open Studios (IOS) is back with their 14th Annual Fall Art Walk in November.
This year is proving to be a more diverse collection of artists than in years past. There are currently 70 artists signed up to participate in the art walk that will cover Inglewood with shows in 15 locations throughout the city. The art walk is an annual tour of artists’ private workspaces where the community is invited to experience an intimate showcase of local art works.
Visitors to the art walk will be treated to three days of art from November 10 through November 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The opening reception will be on Friday, November 10, 4-7 pm at Inglewood Project Space located at 310 E. Queen Street with participating artists in attendance.
The weekend will then be a self-guided walking tour for visitors to get the art experience they want from the event.
“When I was 15, I yearned for public art and a community of like-minded people in Inglewood. I couldn’t find that, and so graffiti took me to dark and dangerous places where I could express myself freely,” Jorge Gomez, Inglewood Open Studios board member expresses. “In my college years I engulfed myself within the design community and built a career within the commercial creative industry. In my mid 20s, I began combining my design expertise and love for graffiti. At age 33, I found IOS, a community of artists and creatives in my backyard. They welcomed and embraced me without hesitation. IOS gave a Mexican kid from Inglewood the opportunity he had been searching for his entire life. Now as a board member it’s my responsibility to offer those same opportunities to youth and young artists. All while engaging local Inglewood businesses to support and become part of our artistic community.”
The artists who have signed up to participate in the art walk are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). Additionally, more than half of the artists are women, bringing women and BIPOC artists to the forefront of the event.
“Inglewood Open Studios (IOS) was founded by artists to support art and artists in Inglewood,” Renée Fox, President of Inglewood Open Studios says. “Through programs such as exhibitions, professional development opportunities and grants, IOS, as a non-profit public charity, creates opportunities for local artists that also provide free art exhibitions and art education for the entire community. As an artist, founder, and longtime Inglewood resident, I am committed to working with our excellent board to build on the strong connections that support our vibrant, diverse community.”
The art will encompass an array of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, photography, printmaking, installation, video, social practice and performance. It is truly a moment when art will take over the city of Inglewood to highlight and uplift artists from all walks of life showing the world in their unique perspectives.
“As an Inglewood native, I always knew in my heart that Inglewood was a special gem,” Wendy Chouteau, IOS board member explains. “Inglewood Open Studios Art Walk is such an important event in this pivotal time where Inglewood is back on the map in a positive light. Having IOS Art Walk adds to the appreciation of Inglewood Rising. The art scene in Inglewood deserves to be shown and expressed due to the many talented residents and artists in the city who should be appreciated.”
Various locations will also host events such as workshops, talks, performances, and family friendly activities that even the kids will enjoy. All locations will be listed on printed flyers with a QR code to access a dedicated online art walk experience hosted at inglewoodopenstudios.org.
Visitors may also visit the 2023 Art Walk event page on the IOS website to preview artists and download the map. Flyers will be available at every tour location.
1019 West Artists Studios Complex, Inglewood Project Space, AERO Collective, The Miracle,
1061 S. La Brea Ave., Beacon Building, Edward Cella Art & Architecture @Himalaya Club, D2 Art, ECF, Nation’s Lab Training, 942 E. Brett St., Fer Studio, 1165 E. Hyde Park Blvd., ZEAL, 313 E. Beach Ave.
Oto Abasi-Attah, Deb Adams-Welles, Kiley Ames, Susan Amorde, Attic Portrait (Sea Zeda & Michelle Tift), Elizah Banks-Kizzee, Sharon Barnes, Kelly Barrie, Jessica Bellamy, Jonathan Bickart, Amy Bouse, Esaw Boyd, Adwin-David Brown, Rembert Browne, Darel Carey, Ericka Chapman, Luisa Cohrs, Fawlene Copeland, Michael Cormier, Joyce Dallal, Nina Damavandi, Louis Dennis, Valerie Diaz, Jeanne Dunn, Jenny Eisenpresser, Richelle Ellis, Fern Espinoza, Edward Ewell, Jesus Max Ferrandez, Renée A. Fox, Schessa Garbutt, Joey Gill, Andreina Giron, Jorge Gomez, Shelley Heffler, Andrew Huffman, Nancy Ivanhoe, Kyle Jordan, Kwanzaa, Helen Lessick, Eric Lopez, Josie Macias, Michael Massenburg, Christopher Mercier, Melody Mundy, Selena Najar, Eric Negrete, David Newcombe, Melanie Newcombe, Imani Nicole, Ornel Odaz, Alexandra Pastorino, Minna Philips, Toni Reinis, Peter Rice, Gay Summer Rick, Megan Riera, Jesse Rivas, Emil Rutenberg Shilla Shakoori, Karen Sikie, Karen Sochar, Ernie Steiner, Michael Stephens, Holly Tempo, Sidney Tuggerson Jr., Ginger Van Hook, Sahrenah Watkins, MonaLisa Whitaker, Naima White, and Victor Zuniga.
This event is supported by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan. Additional Support is provided by AERO Collective, the City of Inglewood, Cultural Treasures of South LA, Ed Cella Art & Architecture, Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Hollywood Park, Inglewood Project Space, Lovejoy Foundation, The Miracle Theater Foundation, WOW Media, and ZEAL.