Most people come to the Brewery Artwalk expecting to shop for items that could upgrade their walls. What many people do not expect is that their wardrobe can get an update as well.
The free-to-attend event featured designs both visual and wearable with scenes of handloom panchos beside avant-garde paintings and sculptures. A dazzling cultural intersection of connoisseurs and general art-appreciators—with attendance numbers estimated by Artwalk Director of Communications Carl Smith to have been between 5,000 and 8,000—occupied the Downtown Los Angeles complex over the weekend of October 3rd.
Designer Joana Perez of fashion brand Black and Greige, whose post featured dozens of trendy sample sale items priced at $20 each, expressed her excitement about being one of the only clothing vendors in the group of artists. “It’s a very creative crowd which is perfect for us,” she said. “It helps with people kind of checking out what we have.”
Besides Perez’s offerings, the creative crowd was free to explore the various facets the North Main Street location had to offer. Over 100 resident multimedia artists spanned several former warehouses to display and sell their work on what a 1999 Los Angeles Times article describes as the “world’s largest art complex.”
LA resident and Artwalk attendee Karl Braunz found the experience to be enriching but under-promoted. “I definitely think it should be more publicized,” he said.
He also expressed that the Brewery Artwalk is one of many reasons for why he loves LA. “A place like this—it’s pretty cool for artists to come and get collective and share everything,” he said.
But the attendees were not the only ones feeling the love for LA. Eye-catching canvases by graphic designer Patrick Haemmerlein featured repurposed photographs of city landscapes with collages of sheet music of big-band era songs from the 40s and 50s. “I always look for love songs. And people ask me if it’s love for a girl, or anything like that,” he said, “but it’s moreso love for the city of Los Angeles.”
Not only were attending Angelenos feeling visually satisfied, but on-site restaurant Barbara’s and several wine-and-beer bars worked to keep the people buzzing with contentment.
The event aptly gets its title as the complex lies on what used to be the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery.
“It’s a nice space, a lot of neat people, everyone’s friendly,” said LA resident and Artwalk attendee Kat Allan, “Just very casual, and not chaotic or anything.”
While Saturday’s attendees might have been seeking shade against the strong sun and mid-80s temperatures, Sunday was a cool relief with its cloudy skies, intermittent light rain showers, and temperatures in the mid-70s.
The not-for-profit Brewery Arts Association puts on the event twice a year—every fall and spring—and hopes “to create an alternative venue for art exposure,” as stated on their website.