Inglewood hosts arts tour
Inglewood's burgeoning artistic community is opening its doors this weekend for public tours.
On Saturday and Sunday 16 artists with studios in Inglewood are hosting tours replete with a narrated trolley ride and a closing reception inside a former fire station built in the Art Deco style.
The city has provided the trolley and three buses to ferry around visitors. Three park-and-ride stops will be available for art enthusiasts, as well as maps showing each artist's studio.
Renée A. Fox, a painter and an organizer of the event, hopes the tour will promote the city's arts scene, which is developing away from more-established, higher-cost areas nearby such as Venice, Santa Monica and Culver City.
"I love living here; there is not this pretension, which is nice," Fox said. "When you live in a neighborhood that is not expecting you to be a certain way it allows you to be free, to think freely."
Dustin Shuler, a featured artist, is a Pittsburgh native and has created bold, out-sized pieces of public art that meld industrial and organic themes. His works include "End of an Era," in which Shuler ran a 20-foot nail through a 1959 Cadillac and propped it on its side on a quad at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Another one of his works, "The Spindle," became a landmark in the suburban Illinois town of Berwyn after it was built in the late 1980s.
The tour will also include the more-than-4,000 square foot space of Joan Robey, an assemblage artist who scours Southern California's junkyards to create her sculptures.
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Photo: Kenneth Ober and Renee Fox are the husband/wife organizers of the art walk. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times