1st Thursday ArtWalk - San Pedro - February 4, 2016

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Tempest, Wilson Schlamme Acrylic-24 x 36Art 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:

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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 San Pedro Chamber Board Room Gallery. A new show this month "Cruising Pedro" features Angels Gate Art Center artists Elizabeth Casuga, Elyse Pignolet and Timothy Maxeiner. The exhibition combines aspects of San Pedro's car culture with abstract representations of motion. Pignolet will be showing ceramic car rims, which bridge the delicacy of the medium with stereotypical ideas of masculinity. Maxenier is an extensive photographer of Pedro life. His pictures of cars, against scenic Pedro backdrops, act as portraits of both the town and residents. Casuga's interest in the merging of science and art creates beautiful abstractions of complex systems.

Gallery 347 is shimmering with color and light. Michael Stearns Studio 347 new painting series, titled Primal Pond is now on display in the gallery. This work has culminated with a manifestation of symbols incorporating devotional convictions, blended with the forward-thinking concepts found in the world of cosmology. An inspiration for this work has been the famed scientist and writer Carl Sagan.

JJ Geary at Studio 343 presents a series of his large oil paintings on canvas. Abstract landscapes with a twist of color from Wolf Kahn's America and an ode to Mark Rothko.

Angels Gate Cultural Center has a Pop Up gallery featuring the work of four artists. Jesse Small, is an artist who explores function and decoration in his sculptural objects. Hyung Mo Lee writes that much of her work is about the act of making, with improvisations and the surprises that arise during the making of the work. Eventually, the work evolves and transforms into something unpredicted. Yoon Jin Kim is a Los Angeles based painter. She has a studio at AGCC and she can see Santa Catalina Island in its entirety. Realizing that she was Catalina because of her baptismal name, she began to paint the island. She has exhibited in over 105 solo and group shows in Seoul, Osaka and Los Angeles.

"Memories of Inhabited Spaces" explores the creative process of contemporary artist Bob Dilworth at the Klaus Center for the Arts. The traveling exhibition features large scale, mixed media paintings of human figures, sculptural dolls and abstraction on paper. The work is informed by conversational interviews with friends, stories collected from relatives and personal observartions.

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