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Inglewood hosts arts tour

November 14, 2009 | 11:31 am

OrganizersInglewood'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.

-- Alejandro Lazo

Photo: Kenneth Ober and Renee Fox are the husband/wife organizers of the art walk. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times