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The Echo Park Craft Fair is just around the corner! Taking place both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the event is put on by an Artist Collective including over 25 location artists including Beatrice Valenzuela, Kathryn Bently, Anne Costello Brown, Rachel Craven, jewelry designer Kathleen Whitaker and artist Brit Browne.

Echo Park’s Juice Maids will be serving up their delicious cold-pressed juices alongside “blue corn quesodillas.”

Echo Park Craft Fair
May 12 & 13, 2012 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
1461 Carroll Ave.
email raqstars@mac.com for more info

Sandwiched between a bargain store and, well, I believe, another bargain store (formerly a you-know-what kind of coop) on Sunset Boulevard is an Echo Park art gallery space. Formerly Bandit Gallery, it now holds the name Sancho Gallery, and – for a week – it’s the place of the Echo Park Community Art Project (EPCAP).

EPCAP is a nonprofit event aimed at provided youth in Echo Park and the area with basic art supplies like pens, pencils, and paper. They are curating art that has been donated by young, local artists from high school students, non-professional artists, and even some bigger local names. 100% of the money raised with the sale of these art pieces fund these “Art Survival Kits” – hand-printed tote bags filled with bi-lingual educational materials that “equip individuals with tools for making and exploring art.”

This weekend, they’ll have an opening celebration and a weekend full of free workshops, from photography to creative writing to animation, and are open to all ages.

EPCAP is curated by nonprofit team the Negative Space Curation, led by art-lovers Meredith “Mere” Rosenbluthand Angela Gonzalez Hall. Mere is a Los Angeles native as well as a curator, educator, writer, photographer and printmaker. Angela is also a curator, educator, writer, and gallery enthusiast, and she’s completely in love with LACMA.

In a press release, the curators told us about why they created this event:

“The idea for this project came from a shared love of art, a deep belief in the importance of art education, anda frustration with some of the systems that the art worldis hinged upon—namely, that of commerce, of the gallery, of an elite space that only few can truly access and that reaches out to a very select public.”

Yesterday, we checked out EPCAP and are excited about their project, even bought some Peter Shire ceramics (score!). It’s for a good cause, and all the neighbor kids should go check it out (we hear all they have to do is talk about their favorite piece of art to snag a bag).

Check it out:

Echo Park Community Arts Project
Sancho, 1549 Sunset Blvd.
May 9-15, 2011 from 12-7:00 pm
Opening celebration: Friday, May 13, 2011 from 7-10:00 pm
Workshops: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15

Please visit the EPCAP website for details about the free workshops going on this weekend!

Here are some photos from our recent visit:

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PS the are also participating in this weekend’s Echo Park PDA/Art Walk (which we’ll dedicate another article to).

Ballard’s Artwork Framing and Gallery is hosting an art opening for artist Leland Bankowski titled “1/2 a Christ, 1/2 a V Meyerhold and 1/2 a Stray Dog.” I’m sure you can expect some libations, snacks, and awesome art. And what a great way to check out Ballard’s – because it is really awesome.

When: Saturday, February 12 from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Where: Ballard’s Artwork Framing at 1568 W Sunset Blvd.

Photo courtesy of California Science Center

Echo Park artist Maja has created a special Dia de los Muertos art installation at the Mummies of the World Exhibition at the California Science Center. The installation celebrates the November holiday with a mix of traditional and modern art using natural and recycled products, as well as skulls, candy, and food. According to the press release, “visitors also had the opportunity to decorate the art installation with photos of departed loved-ones and leave heart-felt messages in the Libro de Recuerdos (Book of Memories).”

The exhibit will continue through November 28, during which visitors an still add to the altar.

Today, at the end of my street, I noticed something I’ve never seen before: artists at work painting one of those giant telephone boxes in broad daylight. I stopped to take some pictures and talk to the artist, Carlos.

Carlos is part of a small group of people that have been hired by the city and AT&T to beautify those great gray behemoths, and to prevent them from being covered in graffiti. After the painting is done, the entire box is covered with an anti-graffiti coating. Carlos and his crew have painted boxes in several Los Angeles neighborhoods. The one pictured above is part of a series of about four or five that will feature Southern California’s wildlife.

Fix Coffee is holding a free Local Artisans Bazaar the last Sunday of every month, starting this Sunday (June 27)!

Local artisans will be selling their wares, sidewalk chalk artists will be coloring up the area, and band African Cowboy will be playing starting at 4:00 pm. Bring your families, friends, and even doggies are welcome. They will provide chalk for the kids to join in.

The Bazaar goes from 2:00 – 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in playing or vending at the venue, please email Veronica Hunt at screamingchica@mac.com

Fix Coffee is located at 2100 Echo Park Ave (at Baxter)

Greetings From Echo Park by Dale Dreiling. 18 x 24 Screen print on paper.
Signed & numbered edition of 55. Printed by 2 Rabbits Studios. Sold at Echo Country Outpost. $35.

Elysian Park No. 2 by AmandaEFriedman. 9″ x 12″ photo print. $40.

A Shady Retreat in Echo Park. All Posters. Giclee print. Various sizes, $34.99 – $64.99.

Pampas and palms. All Posters. 18″ x 12″ art print. $19.99.

Echo Park in mid winter. All Posters. 18″ x 12″ art print. $19.99.

Sunset in Echo Park. All Posters. Giclee print. Various sizes, $34.99 – $64.99.

Aaron Williams & Zach Taylor // Pretty Rad: New Collaborations
Closing Reception April 10 // 7pm (Valet parking available)

Pretty Rad is an eye candied Pop Art painting and cleverly industrial Textual sculpture collaboration between Aaron Williams and Zach Taylor.

The entire show is a result of total collaboration in which not one piece is a solo work, each one requiring up to 3-4 months of work to complete. The artists took turn adding to and/or taking away from the previous artist’s contribution, the last of which was finished as the show was being hung.

The duo, both MFA graduates from The Chicago Art Institute, shows the range of their formal technical skills, ability to break free from said abilities when needed as well as their strength as a creative team. The two have been friends and collaborators for almost 3 years. The gallery represents both artists.

After Pretty Rad’s closing reception, the show is headed to Art Chicago, The International Fair of Contemporary and Modern Art at The Merchandise Mart, April 30-May 3 2010.

The show also marks DIY’s move from their former space at 1218 Temple St to the new Sunset Blvd location, a space previously occupied by Bandit Gallery.

DIY Gallery 1549 Sunset Blvd, LA 90026 (213) 977-9602
Gallery Hours 12-6,  Tuesday – Saturday

*** Bloggers Note: We have expanded our Guest Blog week through Monday because we had some technical issues this weekend and these posts didn’t make it out in time. We apologize if the blog slows down for a couple of days while we work things out. Echo Park Now would like to thank the wonderful and talented Dale Dreiling for pitching in last week. Go see his work at Chango and at The Echo Country Outpost during the art walk!

Echo Curio wants your art for it’s April show. This time there is no theme so you can bring whatever your imagination can whip up! Bring your pieces to Echo Curio on Tuesday, April 6th between 7 and 10 pm for inclusion in the show. Don’t worry; if your piece doesn’t sell you do get it back. Echo Curio is located at 1519 Sunset Blvd.

Here is what the folks at Echo Curio have to say: “Ok, ok… tired of all that thinking, all that cramming your round ideas into our oval holes.  Well, this show is for you. Bring what you want, bring what you got, hell, make something new.  We don’t care.  We won’t ask what it is. We just have to be able to hang it or put it on a shelf, and we’re good to go.  Free and easy.”

As seen while walking up Douglas Street, with a view of the US Bank tower in the background.

Readers, you will be proud to know that I ingested one too many caffeine and guarana infused vodka drinks on Friday night all in the name of bringing you in the inside scoop on the Echo Park Independent Co-op. You’re welcome. Of course, I didn’t do it alone. Kelly and Faith and I all put on our Friday night best and headed down to the swanky affair that was their grand opening.

The Echo Park Independent Co-op (E.P.I.C.) is the creation of Tristen Scott and Rhianon Jones. It’s located in a big beautiful space on Sunset within the confines of the Jensen Recreational Center Building. The interior design of the store is stunning. Very grand and elegant but simple enough in it’s decoration to let the artwork and the clothing really stand out. Admittedly, it is their goal to present everything in the store in “a gallery-like setting.”

Half of the store is dedicated to one-of-a-kind clothing pieces created by L.A.-based designers. I’m not going to lie about the prices. They range from $60 to $1,000 and on average are somewhere between $100 and $300.  When I asked Tristen about this, he admitted that this was not affordable to most people. His goal is not to provide cheap, ready-to-wear fashion to everyone but to support local artists many of whom have no other venue in which to display their work. They also eventually plan on “taking artists and designers under their wing to create in-store products that are unique to the market place.”

The other half of the store is to be used as a gallery space. On Friday there was Post-It Note art on display created by a variety of artists and friends. Each display was priced at $10 and all of the proceeds went to Million Trees L.A. In addition, 10% of all the proceeds from Friday night’s sales went to the same organization.

The Echo Park Independent Co-op is located at 1712 Sunset. Their website (http://www.shopepicla.com/) is not fully-functional yet, but we’ll be sure to let you guys know when it is.

Chango is currently hosting the art of Dale Dreiling (from March 4- April 4).

Tomorrow (Sunday, March 14) at 5:30 pm, the cafe will be featuring a special musical guest, Jack Wilson Jr.

Chango is located at 1559 Echo Park Avenue

Artillery & Ammo present: HOME The works of Sophia Allison and Cheryl Groff.

OPENING RECEPTION February 13th at 7 o’clock till … ?

HOME is a new show curated by Deryke cardenaz.

About the show …
HOME is the works of two southern California artists, Sophia Allison and Cheryl Groff. HOME is a word that means different things to all of us. For some its the place they were born, and for others it is the place they are at, but for all of us it means a place of belonging as well as a place we carry with us. Each artist’s work is a unique expression / exploration of this concept. The works invite the viewer in to each of their respective worlds.

Artillery & Ammo is proud to have this show on its walls. The show runs from FEB 13 to MAR 7th.

Gallery Hours Noon – Midnight … Mon – Sat

Artillery & Ammo Gallery
1162 Glendale Blvd.
Echo Park, Ca. 90026

It’s a bit of a hike up Echo Park Avenue to get to Echo Country Outpost, but it’s certainly worth the trip. The interior design and the wares they’ve got for sale set it apart from the other boutiques and thrift stores in the neighborhood. While browsing their selection of moccasins, zarapes and giant pinecones, I felt less like I was in a second-hand shop in Los Angeles and more like I was visiting a roadside gift shop off of the 395.

The store has been open since November 2009 and is owned by Erica, Brendan and Chris. According to Erica, the store is a kind of extension of their home. Many of the goods for sale are antiques and handmade objects that they collected while traveling through the desert: antique wool point blankets, all-natural fir and cedar incense, vintage literature and a really fun assortment of goods that evoke the spirit of the American southwest.

As well as a store, they also strive to be “a new neighborhood gathering place.” They’ve already started hosting events including poker every Friday night (open to everyone)! So strap on yer chaps, git on yer mount and ride on over to 1930 Echo Park Ave. They’re open from noon to 8, Tuesday through Sunday.

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