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Brewery Art Walk on April Fool's

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Every time I go to Alhambra, I would always pass by the Brewery on the freeway. I'd think, "Oh yeah, I should go there sometime." The Brewery Art Walk is the perfect time to do it. A bi-annual event, the art walk opens up about 100 artist lofts to curious busybodies like me.

The Brewery was a huge complex. I loved its looming brick facade and the huge chute that proudly proclaims "Brewery" in no uncertain terms. Once you park you car and get through the gates, the Brewery stretches out into more industrial, slightly unkempt buildings with its unprepossessing charm. The whole complex is a little maze with hidden treasures. One has to be a dedicated seeker to see it all.

In a place like this, it's hard not to run into some engaging works of art. 

Goldfish cart.
Bruce Gray's Raindrops 4, is a wild bold geometric swirl.
Nicole Fournier made these wax paintings using laser print, which she then transferred onto candle wax on wood. She was a lovely person who patiently explained the process to me.
James Hill's metal sculptures were strong statements in brushed metal. Though you can't really see it, I loved the texture of his metal work. It might just be the sanding/buffing process, but it adds to the whole piece.

Guillermo Bert's lasercut works intrigued me with his bright colors and reference to modern technology.
Andrew Covell presented a world through shattered panes of glasses. Strange but beautiful.
Holly V. Hood, creative director at Gallery 618E, produced my favorite find, an assemblage pastel rendition of Griffith Park. Notice how she kept the horizon throughout, but managed to paint the many sides of Los Angeles life, from its glitz to its coyote-filled parks.
For all of you still caught in between the great East-West coast rivalry, this chess set is for you. Hollywood versus New York at Gallery 618E.


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