1st Thursday ArtWalk - San Pedro - May 5, 2016

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Art Galleries & Studios dot the old Downtown San Pedro area. Attend an artist opening reception or watch artists at work.

Restaurants: You're in for a real treat visiting San Pedro's restaurants. The cuisine ranges from English Pub to Mexican Cantina, Mediterranean to Italian, Japanese to California Cuisine, Hungarian, Thai, Organic Raw Vegan Cuisine and others.

Live Music:

Movies, Theater and More:

Shops: Take a walk down memory lane visiting art galleries and shops along 6th and 7th Streets. The "Tivoli Lights" criss crossing the streets makes it feel like you're going to a special party and set the mood for a fun evening.

First Thursday Food Trucks Gourmet Food Trucks. This 1st Thursday, Mobile Food Vendors greet you through out the Downtown. The Food Trucks are located on 6th, 7th and Mesa Streets! New Trucks will be Downtown along with some of your favorites from previous 1st Thursdays.

The free one hour First Thursday Artwalk Tour features a different itinerary each month, highlighting the diverse talents of local and visiting artists in open studios, and galleries in the Arts District of Downtown San Pedro. It provides an opportunity to hear from and talk to the artists and curators about the shows, and each month follows a different itinerary.

The tour begins at 6:30 in the Chamber of Commerce Board Room Gallery. "Letting it Out" features the abstract acrylic & mixed media artwork of San Pedro artist Nancy Towne-Schultz and Long Beach artist Christine Ngyuen.

Michael Stearns Studio 347 presents artist John Hillis Sanders in an exhibition titled Surface Tension. Sanders' career as an artist spans over five decades. His original works reflect his movement within mediums spawned by necessity and concept. The work continues to grow and alter using space as inspiration.

Sanders' recent work is about using paint to develop a surface of color, tension, and texture on steel. Marcel DuChamp, Joesph Beuys, and Donald Judd are some of the artists that have influenced his direction in the way he approaches the making of art. His works reflect a post-modern conceptual ethos. Working in an expansive warehouse studio, Sanders' spontaneous application of paint to the surface of each piece creates a visual language of shape, form, and color. The resulting effort is a complex and lyrical abstraction.

The Loft offers a wide variety of art each month. Resident artists are in their studios showing and creating their works. Several galleries offer visiting shows. This month in the Main Gallery see "Sky Line", a group sculpture exhibition curated by Ben Zask. About 36 artists are included.

"Sky Line" is an installation of three-dimensional artwork by artists who have made sculpture to fit along the perimeter of the main gallery of the LOFT on a 7" deep shelf. The curator, Ben Zask, is looking for the emerging patterns and silhouettes in the collection of objects as the line of sculpture wraps around the entire gallery space at eye level. His interest is in creating an installation where the whole gallery becomes unified as a Skyline. Zask is focused on sustainable practice in sculpture, thus the majority of sculpture will be constructed of found materials and mixed media. At the South Bay Contemporary Studio, Tracey Weiss's art uses PET plastic (plastic water and soda bottles) that she has found or collected, saving them from the landfill or obligatory "recycling". She not only uses these found materials as a conscious effort to be environmentally responsible, but also as a commentary on the plastic itself. While our consumer production has moved more and more towards plastic over the last few decades, we are finding ourselves surrounded by a plastic environment of our own creation.

Join us for the art walk in the common area of The Historic Arcade Building. Stop by and see what our artists have to offer. From paintings to fine jewelry to hand crafted items. Everything is one of a kind and amazing too.

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