Art tours have sprouted up around the city, but the Arroyo Arts Collective’s Discovery Tour is one of the oldest—and most eclectic. 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. From the quirky paintings by Miss Mindy to the intricate metal works by Heather McLarty; from the hand-hewn musical instruments by David Abernethy to the jewelry by Liz Smith, the Discovery Tour will delight and entice participants with its breadth of treasure.
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 hot destinations 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 at Charles Lummis’ “El Alisal” 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, University of Southern California.
Don’t miss the opportunity to discover—or rediscover—this unique corner of the city 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 featuring Tour artists’ work will be held Nov. 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Future Studio, 5558 N. Figueroa, Highland Park. The preview party event is free.