While the historic and architecturally impressive residences of Historic West Adams are quite well known, fewer people are aware that inside, creativity abounds. Dozens of established and emerging artists work and/or live in West Adams. On Saturday, March 26, the public will be able to experience not only the homes but also artists who create artworks within their walls, when West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) presents the second annual Art in Historic Places Tour, “Celebrate the Arts – Artists of West Adams.”
The March 26 tour will showcase works by some of West Adams’ most talented artists, working in media and subject matter from classic to cutting-edge contemporary. The tour will open the doors of a variety of turn-of-the-century and post-World War I residences, including Craftsman bungalows and Spanish villas.
Last year’s Art in Historic Places tour was so successful that WAHA and the artists in West Adams have decided to make it an annual happening, with new participating artists as well as returnees presenting new bodies of work, all in the artists’ own homes and studios. This year’s artists and venues include (partial list):
• Linda Frost – photo-based media; 1913 Craftsman bungalow in Arlington Heights www.lindafrost.com
• Donald Ferguson – non-objective geometric abstractions; 1905 North University Park landmark
• Jenny Hager – recent abstract paintings; Arlington Heights Arts & Crafts home and studio www.jennyhager.com
• Joan Tucker – painterly abstractions; Spanish Revival home and studio in Wellington Square www.joantucker.com
• Tolanna (Georgia Toliver) — new paintings and intaglio prints; Wellington Square 1920s Spanish Revival villa.
• Paul Papanek – photography www.paulpapanek.com
• Sue Ann Jewers
• Tad Beck – photography
Tickets and information:
Tickets are $25 in advance (deadline, postmarked by March 15) and $30 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, send check, made out to “WAHA,” to WAHA Tour, 2209 Virginia Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. (Please be sure to include your name, phone, address, and email contact.) Visit www.westadamsheritage.org to purchase tickets online. Prepaid tickets will be held at check-in, 1824 S. 4th Avenue (at Washington Blvd., the c.1934 Majestic Pharmacy, a restored commercial-mixed use building). The last day-of-tour tickets will be sold at 1 p.m., and most tour properties will close promptly at 4 p.m. Call (323) 732-4223 or write [email protected] for more information.
This is a self-guided drive-yourself (or bike-yourself) tour, with a brochure and map that will guide visitors to these historic venues, toured in any order and at their own pace. Visitors are encouraged to set aside several hours to enjoy the tour.
The Art in Historic Places tour is presented yearly on the last Saturday in March.
The tour will raise funds for the West Adams Heritage Association, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to support preservation of the community’s architectural and cultural heritage. WAHA has grown from a small resident support group to a recognized preservation voice with hundreds of members who live in the many neighborhoods of the Historic West Adams District.