The Brewery Art WalkApril 7, 2006
Even though I don’t attend every time, I’m a big fan of the Brewery Art Walk. Once every six months, over 100 artists in lofts carved out of an abandoned PBR brewery from the early part of the 20th century all turn their live/work studios out to the public, and a walking tour of the galleries runs all day Saturday & Sunday, then closes up shop for another half year. The art is a good mix of photography, mixed media, paint & sculpture, and the space is just stunning, with huge open areas between the many buildings that comprise the arts colony. The owner of the space lives in a walled off lot at one end of it all, in an uberloft that overlooks downtown L.A. and the rest of the colony space. His home, including the indoor/outdoor rooftop swimming pool and spiral staircase to a lookout tower, was featured on HGTV once, in a show about unconvential housing that I used to really love watching, always wondering who lived in these crazy houses (one show featured a guy living on a giant man-made raft north of the coast of Vancouver, drifting south when the weather got too cold, etc), and how did they make it all work. I suppose, like many things in life, it’s just a matter of what choices you make. The guy living on the giant man made raft (it was so large he had built a full cabin, with kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc and a guest house) probably wasn’t as constrained with concerns of how to pay for his retirement, or where he would get good Chicken Tikka Masala as I am.