1st Thursday ArtWalk - San Pedro - June 2, 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.
Movies, Theater and More:
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.
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.
Start your First Thursday off at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles – Brouwerij West and the market both open at 4 p.m. This June 2, you can catch a sneak peek of the San Pedro Art Association's Harbor Wide Student Art Competition as we install it live!
You can leave your car here and ride the FREE Red Trolley to and around Downtown to make sure you see all the sites. The trolley will run about every 15 minutes from 4 to 10 p.m. You can pick up your car until 10 p.m. or the next day. Every First Thursday is a new and fun experience, so come down and join us!
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 First Thursday Artwalk is different every month - new artists in town, galleries with rotating exhibits, and artists that have been part of the Arts District for years. Each month, a one hour tour visits different artists and galleries, providing an overview and introduction to the event.
Visitors enjoy interacting with the artists and curators, learning about the artists' techniques and inspiration.
The tour begins at 6:30 in the Boardroom Gallery at the Chamber of Commerce, where the exhibit by Michael Stearns will present a series of his work titled Shades of Red, consisting of some of his favorite pieces in his favorite color.
This month Huz Galleries is featuring artist Olympio. The show is called "Everything and Nothing." Olympio grew up in the city of Lome in Togo, Africa. His style is quite unique and claims there is no illusive story or hidden meaning to his work. To him, his art creations are just pieces that come from his heart, it is everything and it is nothing. His art is as simple as a heart-beat and as complex as a hurricane. Olympioart.comOlympioart.com
The tour continues to Gallery Gallery 478 and TransVagrant @ Warschaw presenting NEIL NAGY: AN INTROSPECTIVE. The two-venue exhibition opens Thursday, June 2, from 6 - 9 PM, with an Artist's Reception on Saturday, June 4, from 4 - 7 PM.
Neil Nagy's nearly five-decade career has its roots in the Bay Area Figurative Movement known for fusing Abstract Expressionism and figuration in psychologically charged canvases that explored human isolation and alienation. Although these painters started out painting in what was called an objective style, deploying abstract shapes in large space, they soon migrated to using the physical world and representative subjects to experiment with shape, color, and texture in their painting. The influences of David Park, Manuel Neri, and Nathan Oliveira, to name but an essential few, are traceable in his work. Nagy doesn't stray far from these shared concerns and remains committed to painting and drawing landscapes, human and animal images, rendered with informed calligraphic brushstrokes or built up with thick layers of scuffed and scratched paint. Whether working directly from life, or reconstructing memories where the figure appears only partially realized, his concern is with presence in the face of absence.
Nagy's paintings, drawings, and sculpture have been exhibited internationally and are included in various corporate and private collections. Galleries in Palm Desert, Carmel, Orange County, San Diego, Chicago and Vermont represent him. He lives and works in San Pedro, California.
After the tour, you have plenty of time to enjoy a meal or glass of wine with entertainment at one of the many of the popular independent restaurants in San Pedro, and explore other art venues on your own.
Each month the Artwalk tour starts at 6:30, meeting at the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, 390 W. 7th Street. Contact FirstthursdaySPtour@gmail.com to receive monthly Artwalk Tour information by email.