1st Thursday ArtWalk - San Pedro - September 4, 2014

Kimiko Miyoshi, What Remains What is Lost I (detail), Lithograph, hand-worked, 30 x 22 inches, 2013Art 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 to Mexican, Mediterranean to Italian, Japanese to California Cuisine, Hungarian, Thai, Organic Raw Vegan Cuisine and others.

Live Entertainment For September:

August Review: We enjoyed visiting with some young female Marines, spending their Navy Days Liberty night at 1st Thursday. They came in on the USS Anchorage and remarked how friendly the residents were and how San Pedro reminded them of their own hometowns in the Midwest.

The evening was a great success. Gallery curators, Restaurant and Shop owners raved about the amoung of people visiting. There was an eclectic variety of food trucks, some new ones and some old favorites.

Shops: This month promises more suprises to come in the unique downtown stores and shops. Downtown San Pedro is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts for family and friends. Take a walk down memory lane visiting 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 TrucksSPECIAL FEATURE! 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.

In honor of the "Tall Ships" Findings Art Center (470 W 6th Street) will host a reception by the Los Angeles Maritime Institute exhibiting "Art Inspired by Sailors, Shipwrights and Riggers". Origional paintings, photography, knot work, and sculptures from the wood cut offs when the twin brigantines Exy Johnson, and Irving Johnson were built. Featuring ink drawings by Scott Kennedy.

Michael Stearns Studio 347 (347 7th Street) will be hosting some of the never seen works of the late Richard A. Lopez featuring his Yosemite years..

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. The tour begins at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room Gallery (6:30 pm) and visits 2 or 3 galleries/studios each month. It provides an opportunity to hear from and talk to the artists and curators about the shows. This month, be sure and wear your walking shoes as we make out bi-annual stroll down Paciific Avenue.

The first stop is Gallery 741. Visiting artist Steve Lenchner will introduce his beautiful collection of original fused glass art and tableware. Works of San Pedro artists include Candice Gwane and Pat Woolley.

Only twice a year does the tour visit the wonderful gallery of the National Watercolor Society. The NWS presents the best of water media painting, representing a wide range of directions and techniques, from experimental to traditional, and encourages support for watercolor as a vital, enduring and expressive medium. Artwork in this annual Member Exhibition includes paintings by Signature, Life and Associate Members.

Remember you can always park free after 6:00 downtown, and always free at Ports O' Call near the San Pedro Art Association (open First Thursday), Berth 77, just north of the Ports O'Call Restaurant. The Red Car Trolley will pick you up there, and take you to (and from) downtown San Pedro. It runs from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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