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Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk: Creating a Community and Sparking Conversation

Artist Clara Berta with Downtown Los Angele Art Walk tour group

Artist Clara Berta’s Downtown Studio Gallery

Creating art can be a very lonely experience. You are in your studio by yourself for hours painting, trying new techniques, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. And then reworking your art because you are second guessing your creation. However, it isn’t until you show your art to the world that the process of creation is complete. That’s why I truly enjoy being a part of the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk every month. When tours come to my studio I can see people connect with my paintings. Do they feel joy? Are they challenged by what they see? It’s so exciting to see how they react. The feedback my works receive get me excited and stimulated to create more. The art community brings with it a sense of family and support. The feeling of belonging is one of the essential human emotional needs and the art walk provides that feeling to me and every other artist involved in my community.

Downtown Art Walk - 4th Street | Photo courtesy of Downtown LA Art Walk
Downtown Art Walk – 4th Street | Photo courtesy of Downtown LA Art Walk

What is the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk?

The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour that happens on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month along Spring St. and Main St. between 3rd St. and 9th St. The art walk includes over 30 galleries and art spaces along with other cultural institutions, street art, and pop-up installations throughout the Historic Core in Downtown LA. Guided tours are also available via the Dot Red Art Tours, which brings you to select locations and introduces you to artists for a more in-depth exploration of the wide variety of art Downtown LA has to offer.

Interactive ArtWalk Map

Founded in 2004, the Downtown Art Walk started with just a handful of galleries located in Gallery Row as a way to encourage people from all over the city to visit Downtown LA. Since then, the art walk has become the most prominent event in the local community and widely known as one of the most visible ongoing cultural events on the West Coast. Each month the area is filled with people eager to discover art and explore the wide variety of spaces throughout Downtown LA’s arts district.

Artist Clara Berta with Downtown Los Angele Art Walk tour group
Clara with Downtown Los Angele Art Walk tour group

Connecting With the Community

My studio, BertaArt Studio Gallery, is located on 8th Street and Los Angeles in Downtown Los Angeles. It is a regular stop on the Dot Red Art Tours during the monthly Downtown LA Art Walk. When these tours come, I have a chance to talk one-on-one with people from all different areas of the city, many of whom have little to no experience with art or artists. I have been told by many people that they have felt self-conscious or uncomfortable when visiting other art galleries, but they love visiting my space. That makes me feel really good because my goal is to make people feel welcome. I offer refreshments, happily answer all questions, and tell funny stories about my process or inspiration. Making people laugh is a great way to help people relax and makes them more open to having a conversation. I also get to see how people react to my paintings. Sometimes the response is surprising and sometimes it was exactly what I wanted people to feel when they look at my art. Either way, seeing their reaction helps me grow as an artist and better understand my own work.

Making Art Accessible to Everyone

Once people realize that my studio is a safe and open environment to learn about art, it leads to some great discussions. These tours help break down barriers between different communities and make people feel comfortable enough to have some lively and engaging conversations about art. They realize that they don’t need an art degree or previous experience in order to appreciate and talk about art. My goal and the goal of the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is to help people understand that art is accessible to everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds come to the Downtown LA Art Walk and leave feeling less intimidated by the art world.

Clara with a young art lover at the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk
Clara with a young art lover at the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

 

Expanding the Downtown Los Angeles Art Community

These tours have not only helped people feel more comfortable talking and interacting with art, it has also inspired some to become artists themselves. Many of those Downtown LA Art Walk visitors have become my students and I have taught them the techniques I use to create my paintings. Now they make their own art and perhaps someday they will have their own studio in Downtown LA and become a stop on the Art Walk too. As someone who both lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles, I feel like an ambassador for this area. I take advantage of every opportunity to speak about all of the amazing art in the city, not just my own, and encourage others to explore their own creative side more fully so we have an even more vibrant community of artists.

Clara connects with a visitor during the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk 2018
Clara connects with a visitor during the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk 2018

 

I would love to see you at the next Downtown LA Art Walk. Please come to enjoy some refreshments and engaging conversation. If you are interested in taking a private lesson, please send me an email at ClaraBerta@BertaArt.com and we can set something up.

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About Clara Berta

Artist Clara Berta at BertaArt Studio Gallery with her Minimalism series
Artist Clara Berta at BertaArt Studio Gallery with her Minimalism series

“Abstract painting is a mysterious journey. From the initial inspiration to the final work, I can never predict the steps in the process or the final image.”

Clara Berta is a passionate, award-winning abstract artist of Hungarian heritage. Her dynamic, highly textural abstract paintings have been exhibited in the US and collected worldwide. A sensibility of simplicity permeates her paintings with areas of bright color juxtaposed with large fields of negative space. This balance, between the focal point and the white space surrounding it, is a delicate equilibrium.

She believes in the philosophy of the renowned German architect, Mies van der Rohe, who created an influential twentieth-century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. He is often associated with his quotation of the aphorism, “less is more.”

Learn more at BertaArt.com

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