Pop Art by Shark Toof at the LA Art Walk

On the first Thursday of every month, the LA Art Walk awakens the slumbering Art District of Downtown Los Angeles. Around sixty galleries open their doors to the masses and exhibit the growing culture and pop art world reemerging in LA. Centered in Gallery Row around the intersection of 6th and Spring, the LA Art Walk is a smorgasbord of live music, art, food trucks, local merchants, art enthusiasts and partiers. The Art walk started in 2004, and despite a few hiccups, continues to attract more and more people. Exhibiting everything from the graffiti pop art of Shark Toof and Arkind to the colorful music of local Jazz musicians, this event is worth checking out. If you’re looking to walk away with a unique find, much of the artwork is for sale. While some pieces are expensive, you can often times find something reasonably priced to adorn the walls of your apartment or place of residence while supporting local artists. Local merchants also sell vintage, handmade clothing and jewelry.

The Bang Gallery, at the corner of 4th and Spring was a hive of activity, with artists doing live paintings for onlookers while crowds danced to the vibrant music of Grapes and Nuts. The Bang Gallery was unique in its exhibition of live music and DJ’s, but DJ’s could be seen in the entrances of bookstores and most galleries throughout the Art Walk. Differing greatly from the tranquility of traditional museum galleries, the galleries at the Art Walk see the constant flux of throngs of people. Local bars and restaurants in the area become packed as well. The Art Walk is a great opportunity for  UCLA students to explore more of Los Angeles and start the weekend with a bang.