By attending ArtShare L.A.’s second annual gala fundraiser, “Above the Streets,” May 14, patrons of the arts will have an opportunity to have a hand in providing a creative environment in which burgeoning artists can develop, perform, exhibit and even obtain affordable residence to continue their dreams.
Cheyanne Sauter, executive director of ArtShare L.A. said the organization owns the 2-story, 28,000 sq. ft. building in the heart of downtown where the gala will take place.
“The downstairs has a gallery, theater, some studio space for artists to rent out and classroom space,” Sauter says. “Upstairs we have 30 low income micro-lofts. The whole goal is to make sure artists can continue to live in L.A., work in L.A. and not have the overwhelming concern about where they’re going to be next.”
Above the Streets will feature muralist Kent Twitchell who has been long associated with Los Angeles with such iconic large-scale murals throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s such as Steve McQueen, the Hollywood Freeway lady, L.A. Chambre Orchestra and the L.A. Marathon Runner. On April 20, to herald the gala event, images of eight of Twitchell’s murals were installed on several billboards throughout the city, provided by Clear Channel Outdoor.
“And the idea behind honoring Kent Twitchell goes beyond his notoriety. We wanted to honor someone who was at the beginning phases of murals and public art in Los Angeles and to allow the public to access these beautiful works without having to pay museum prices to see them,” Sauter says, adding that she also hopes to make the younger generation more aware of Twitchell. “He’s a backdrop to all of our childhood’s in our lives.”
At the event, high level donors will receive a signed framed print of either the L.A. Chamber Orchestra or L.A. Marathon and there will be prints on display and for sale. Twitchell will be available to sign purchased work as well as any pieces guests may bring to the event.
Traxx Restaurant is catering the gala which Sauter describes as “casual” with piano entertainment in the theater and a deejay in the loading dock area.
Sauter hopes with the fundraising to be able to double their assistance from their current 150 artists.
“We want to activate our hallway with the hang system,” Sauter says. “It’s a huge hallway and the white walls go all the way to the ceiling. With that system we could be hanging between 20 and 30 first time hangers and emerging artists every month.”
The event is at their center — 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles 90013 from 6 p.m. -10 p.m.
Tickets start at $50
For more info: www.artsharela.org/abovethestreets
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