[west adams correspondent] 2nd Annual Art in Historic Places Tour Set for March 26th

By Chalon Washington, Mid-City Press Correspondent

On March 26th, the public will be able to experience not only historical architecture but also cutting-edge works and more traditional contemporary art alike, from portraits to landscapes, to sculpture, to abstract paintings, ceramics and photography, at the second annual Art in Historic Places Tour, “Celebrate the Arts – Artists of West Adams.”

Visitors are encouraged to set aside several hours to enjoy the tour in which they may bike or drive, with a brochure in hand that will guide visitors to these historic venues.

West Adams has become a hotbed for creativity and because last year’s “Art in Historic Places” tour was so successful, the West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) and the artists in West Adams have made it an annual event.

Abstractionist, Joan Tucker, who exhibited at the WAHA gallery last year, will again, open the doors to her own historic Spanish Revival home and studio in Wellington Square for the tour.

Tucker, who has been painted for about 15 years and has lived in West Adams for 21, will be exhibiting her paintings, both on canvas and paper.

“We like the diversity and location,” of West Adams, she said. “It is a quiet, friendly neighborhood, where most people are interested in socializing with their neighbors.”

Tucker has also found inspiration in West Adams.

“Within moments I can be in Korean, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, African or Indian neighborhoods,” she said.

Tucker said she has literally picked up all kinds of “materials” in the streets that she uses on her canvases. Recently, she said, she completed a piece, titled “Washington Boulevard” made up entirely of papers she found on the street while walking her dog.

“With my eyes and brain wide open, I am influenced by everything that I come across in the neighborhood, in the world and in my imagination,” she said.

Artist-activist Linda Frost has been painting since childhood and works in several mediums, primarily, watercolor controlled to create a photorealist effect. She also is a photographer who manipulates her images with a computer to create digital compositions.  She will also be exhibiting during the event.

“I thoroughly enjoy the sense of neighborhood and community that West Adams offers. Everyone is proud of their homes and their neighborhoods and wants to do what is in the best interest of the community.”

This year’s artists and venues include but are not limited to abstract painter Jenny Hager, who is a professor at Santa Monica College who will be displaying her art in Arlington Heights.. Donald Ferguson will be exhibiting his non-objective geometric abstractions at the North University Park landmark and “Tolanna” (Georgia Toliver) will showcase new paintings and intaglio prints at her Wellington Square 1920s Spanish Revival villa.

Information: westadamsheritage.com

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