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2/28: Exploration of SE Quarter in the DTLA Arts District

Exploration of the Southeast Quarter in the DTLA Arts District with Artists and Makers.
February 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm | $30.00

Join Cartwheel Art Tours on Saturday February 28 from 1:00pm – 4:30pm for a unique perspective and immersive urban experience in art, food/beverage and history.  This exciting new tour itinerary provides an opportunity for guests to meet artists and makers along with learning about the new developments occurring in one of Los Angeles’s most unique, dynamic, art-centric and rapidly changing neighborhoods–the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.


Our eclectic team of knowledgeable and passionate district insiders,who are deeply connected to the neighborhood create such a unique experiences on each Cartwheel Art Tour. These insiders are joined by Cindy Schwarzstein, Cartwheel Art online-magazine’s founder and Cartwheel Art Tours director, who lives and works in this area of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Cindy is involved with a diverse number of mural and community groups as well as serving on he board of the Los Angeles Artists and River Business Association (LARABA).

Here are some of highlights for this month’s tour:

DISCOVER: murals by international artists and Los Angeles Graffiti Crews while learning about the historical background and details of graffiti lettering/styles with Steve Grody, historian and author of Graffiti LA, featured photographer in the MOCA “Art in the Streets” exhibition and co-curator for the “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from concrete to Canvas” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

EXPLORE: significant developments with art galleries, museums and centers, in addition to historical points of interest. See film locations along the LA River and unique industrial warehouses that are being re-purposed and developed as new creative spaces in the district.

EXPERIENCE: the first-hand perspectives of artists, developers, historians and creative entrepreneurs while visiting them in their homes, studios, businesses and on the streets as they discuss the Arts District. Learn about the waves of creatives who are moving into the neighborhood as fashion, food, art and filmmaking become the new manufacturing in the district. Enjoy tasting artisanal food and beverages.

The following are more specific highlights for this itinerary:

Food and Beverage: 

•A “cupping” at Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Stumptown Coffee Roasters came to us from Portland and has become our favorite in this part of the neighborhood. Cindy’s favorite is the Almond Chai Tea that is completely handmade with an incredible mix of ingredients, although many residents and visitors are absolutely loyal to their cold brew coffee and other house blends. The Free Range Truck will be parked in front of Stumptown so there is an option to grab a bite from them too to fuel before the walking tour.

•Sampling of gourmet and artisanal foods catered to the group by Urban Radish Market and Eatery. Urban Radish is our local market. They describe themselves as a “21st Century Mom and Pop community food store.” The owners and many of the staff live in the Arts District

The Arts:

•Artist studio visit with Stone Larkin of Fused Metals who lives and works in the Arts District. Stone Larkin has most recently been known for his magnificent installations with the One Eyed Monster that was at Burning Man (Yes.. you will see it) and the Daisy for The Electric daisy Festival. Stone also creates really cool steampunk lamps and so much more! Be prepared to feel immersed with one of the most unique and diverse artists we have met in a long time!

•Meet street-artist Jennifer Korsen, who lives and works in the Arts District. Jennifer is well known for her street art with hearts and currently has a show at Stone Malone Gallery in West Hollywood. She has a mural in the Arts District that we will be viewing.

•See the 1930 era warehouse that was transformed into an immersive theatre set for the new highly acclaimed production from London, The Day Shall Receive It , opening the thursday before this tour. On the tour, will meet the co-directors Annie Saunders and Sophie Bortolussi who will explain more about the production to us. Very exciting and special opportunity!

•Check out a few of the art galleries in the area including Ibid Gallery, Harmony Murphy and Wilding Cran.Wilding Cran’s exhibition for Soda Gardner, with artist Jason Mclean, happens to be one of our favorite artist discoveries in a gallery setting in the last year. We really look forward to exploring the exhibition with the group where they will also meet galleries Anthony Cran.

The Makers: 

•Meet Yasmina Cruz and Amanda Real, co-founders of DTLA Face to Face (a community based website) andDowntown Design League, a design collective and atelier that is the go to source for one-of-a-kind and limited edition handcrafted leather shoes, bags, leather jackets, and custom motorcycle helmets.

Film Production:

•Check out Imperial Art Studios,  with its creative artist campus with nine warehouses including an old brothel from the 1930s, is the sight of several ongoing film and video productions.

•Explore the 6th Street Bridge where most of the car chase scenes and many music videos have been filmed and where most recently Walking Dead was in production.


While the tour has a set itinerary,  because of Cindy’s connection to this very intimate community, there are sometimes spontaneous adventures that occur and an unplanned meeting of artists or creatives along the way with her neighbors so always expect surprises along the way!


•We meet at Stumptown Coffee Roasters which is located at 806 S. Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, 90021

•Plan for time to park and for an arrival time of 10-15 minutes before 1pm as the “cupping” at Stumptown begins precisely at 1:00pm.

•Parking can be found along Santa Fe Avenue or on Imperial Street between Jesse and Seventh Street.

•This is a walking tour of 10-13 blocks, which includes older sidewalks, cobble stones and other rough surfaces surfaces. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.

•The tour price includes a souvenir map created by Cartwheel Art Tours of the murals, artists and businesses in the Arts District.

Allison “Hueman” Torreros mural that will be seen on the tour.

Mural by artist Ralph Ziman

Mural by Andrew Schoultz to be seen on the tour.




1/17: Cartwheel Art Tour Presented by LA Art Show

Cartwheel Art Tours Announces
Cartwheel Art Tour of the Downtown Los Angeles Art District
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 11:00am to 3pm

Presented by LA Art Show and Arts District Alliance,
a project of Arts District Community Council LA

Contact: Cindy Schwarzstein, 213-537-0687, cindy@cartwheelart.com


On Saturday, January 17, Cartwheel Art founder Cindy Schwarzstein leads a Cartwheel Art Tour of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. This immersive experience is designed especially for LA Art Show guests as a prelude to, and extension of, the Sunday LA Art Show panel, Dialogs LA The Arts District: The Development of an Art Scene and the Art of Development.

This walking tour of the most unique, art-centric, and rapidly changing part of Los Angeles is presented by LA Art Show and the Arts District Alliance, a project of Arts District Community Council LA (ADCCLA) and compliments the Arts District Alliance’s LA Art Show continuum. Cartwheel Art produced this tour of Los Angeles mural art and the vibrant Downtown Los Angeles Arts District to celebrate the LA Art Show’s 20th anniversary.

Saturday’s tour showcases the murals of internationally well-known artists, emerging artists and Los Angeles graffiti crews, along with significant points of interest, and includes interactions with artists, developers, historians and creative entrepreneurs.

This LA Art Show Cartwheel Art walking tour will include an eclectic team of knowledgeable and passionate insiders from the district who are deeply connected to the art, food, history and developments occurring in the neighborhood. Some of the guest speakers will be participating in the Dialogs LA Panel Discussions on Sunday. The tour will also view murals by artists who are featured in the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) exhibition and discuss their work, in anticipation of Saturday afternoon’s MCLA panel discussion, Public Art Land Grab: The Gold Rush Economy of LA’s Mural Renaissance as well seeing murals by artists featured in the El Segundo Museum of Art’s “Scratch” triptych at the LA Art Show. Graffiti historian/photographer/curator/author Steve Grody (Graffiti L.A.: Street Styles and Art) will join the tour to provide historical background and details.

Tour participants will also get to experience the neighborhood where four Chinese photographers from China Projects will be artists-in-residence as part of the LA Art Show continuum. These photographers will participate in an exchange program with Arts District photographers from Tuesday, January 20 through Sunday, January 25 in collaboration with the Arts District Alliance, Cartwheel Art and the LA Art Show.

Along with murals, participants will have a rare visit to high-end residential loft, carefully restored and renovated by Yuval Bar-Zemer, Principal of Linear City Development and one of the panelists on Sunday’s Dialogs LA “The Arts District: The Development of an Art Scene and the Art of Development.” The group will also visit brick-and-mortar early adopters and new service businesses, ranging from organic food shops and cafes like the Daily Dose to galleries and makers’ boutiques like Downtown Design League whose founder, Yasmina Cruz, is also a panelist on Sunday’s discussion. Participants will have an opportunity to see and discuss the pros and cons of development. Filmmaker Stephen Seemayer (Tales of the American and Young Turks), a performance artist who lived in the Arts District for over twenty-five years, will provide background and history.

The tour will also visit Angel City Brewery where guests who are over 21 can sample local brews and learn about beer making and the history of the brewery’s venerable building.

The tour meets at 11:00am on Saturday January 17 at the LA Art Show ticketing entrance. The tour begins with a bus ride to the Arts District where participants will take a 10-12 block walk before returning to the LA Art Show via bus at 3pm. Tickets are $47.50 and include transportation, a detailed map of the murals and features of Downtown Los Angeles Arts District along with a food sampling at the beginning of the tour from our sponsor Daily Dose Café and admission into the LA Art Show as part of the itinerary. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Cartwheel Art and Cartwheel Art Tours
Cartwheel Art publishes an online art magazine and provides a full range of promotional and editorial media services in addition to producing and offering tours, currently specializing in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, where they are based. Private and public group tours are offered currently in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Cartwheel Art Tours are designed to engage the community with an opportunity for individuals, groups, and organizations—whether local or visiting—to discover, explore, and experience the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District through the eyes and voices of special guest speakers from the neighborhood including artists, advocates, creative entrepreneur, and historians. Most tours include a map, created by Cartwheel Art, identifying the murals, artist studios, galleries, event spaces, restaurants, bars, cafes and other creative businesses in the vibrant Arts District. For more information, please visit CartwheelArt.com

For more information about the Cartwheel Art Tour and the itinerary, visit CartwheelArt.com/calendar or for questions, email Contact@CarwtheelArt.com

LA Art Show: Dialogs LA
Dialogs LA Panel “The Arts District: The Development of an Art Scene and the Art of Development” presented by Cartwheel Art and Arts District Alliance, a project of Arts District Community Council LA, will focus on how the Arts District’s past and present and the issues facing many cities as they develop older districts into attractive creative hubs for businesses and residents. For more information please visit the LA Art Show website.

Arts District Alliance
Arts District Alliance, a project of Arts District Community Council LA (ADCCLA), based in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, focuses on art exchange as an opportunity to create dialogue, collaboration and discovery between artists and community members in different cities around the globe. For more information about Arts District Alliance and the Continuum Exchange Program collaboration with Arts District Alliance, Cartwheel Art and the LA Art Show from Tuesday January 20, 2015 – Sunday January 25, 2015, please visit their website.

Presented by Arts District Alliance, a project of Arts District Community Council LA

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 11:00am to 3:00pm. Meet at LA Art Show ticket entrance.
Tickets $47.50


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