Check out FREE events this weekend at Hughes Estate Sales, Arts District Dog Park, Arts District Co-Op, Black Milk Clothing, and Artists & Fleas in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles … MEET ME THERE!

SAT 2/21 & SUN 2/22 @ 10 AM to 4 PM :: HUGHES ESTATE SALES MONTHLY EVENT @ 458 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90013 Starting on the third Friday of every month, this three-day sale offers a curated selection of items gleaned from about a dozen or more estates. Return often for the best deals. Free admission. => DETAILS • RSVP on FB

SAT 2/21 @ 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM :: HAPPY HEALTHY DOG DAY at Arts District Dog Park @ 1004 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013 An afternoon of dog health and behavior with special guest Councilmember Jose Huizar, his family, and his best friend Beau the Frenchie! Microchipping $15! Free Rabies Vacs! Dog Massages! Dog Licensing! Pupsicles! Goodie Bags! Raffles! => RSVP on FB

SAT 2/21 @ 10 AM to 3 PM :: SELL YOUR Sh#t DTLA at Arts District Co-Op @ 453 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013 This community sale is for those who live in DTLA and do not have a garage! Come and see what fellow residents are selling, or bring your own items (to sell, please email Free admission. => RSVP on FB

SAT 2/21 @ 10 AM to 5 PM :: OPENING OF BLACK MILK CLOTHING CONCEPT STORE @ 2020 E. 7th St, Los Angeles 90021 Meet the designer, enjoy exclusive discounts, watch an in-store photoshoot, get garment alterations, and more.  Free admission. => RSVP on FB

SAT 2/21 & SUN 2/22 @ 11 AM to 5 PM :: ARTISTS & FLEAS MONTHLY MARKET @ 647 Mateo St., Los Angeles 90021 Every 3rd weekend, enjoy this free open-air market across from Urban Radish. This month’s market features colorful yarn-wrapped horseshoe wall decor by our friends at Marley and AlfieFree admission. => RSVP on FB

CONTACT ME! Got something to share about the Arts District? Send me an email at Also, ask about integrated marketing opportunities for your business through my blog. And hey, BUY MY MUSE-ings BOOK by clicking HERE. Follow @DowntownMuse on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, too!

Hughes Estate Sales Opens Arts District Showroom with Monthly Shopping Events

Love vintage and designer furnishings and collectibles? Shop at Hughes Estate Sales for wholesale prices — alongside L.A.’s hippest stylists, interior designers, and antique dealers — of timeless classics, one-of-a-kind treasures, and unexpected funky finds at their monthly shopping events.

The Arts District is home to Hughes’ latest location (its first is in Altadena). The 8,000-sq.-ft. showroom at 458 S. Alameda in Downtown Los Angeles opens to the public on the 3rd Friday of the month for three days only when shoppers can buy from multiple estate sales under one roof. (The next event takes place on February 20-22, 2015 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.) Styled in unique room settings, the Hughes team displays a curated selection of items gleaned from about a dozen or more estates.

Come early for the best selection, and return often for the best deals through Sunday (if what you want is still there!). Remember, every month has NEW items as nothing is carried over from previous sales as inventory sells out by the end of each three-day sale. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the three-day event. Cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) are accepted.

BE SURE TO SIGN UP for the PRE-SALE “HUGHES INSIDER” newsletter, which goes out on Tuesday and Thursday during the week before the sale with an EXCLUSIVE sneak-peek photo gallery of items to be included the upcoming sale => CLICK HERE!

Here’s just a few of the items featured in the Feb. 20-22 sale:

Hughes’ new Arts District showroom in a converted industrial warehouse gives thousands of loft dwellers, artists, creatives, and urban professionals who call Downtown home one-stop shopping of multiple estate sales, saving the hassle of having to navigate the Valley and other unchartered hinterlands for bargains. Located at 458 S. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, the Arts District Showroom is a great weekend destination as it is walking distance of Urth Caffe, Zinc Cafe, Blue Bottle Coffee, The Pie Hole, and other cool Arts District eateries as well as amazing street art murals (just down the street from The Container Yard!) and shopping (one street over from the Arts District Co-Op). Situated at 5th and Alameda just southeast of Little Tokyo and in the heart of the Arts District, the new Hughes showroom in DTLA is also close to major freeways such as the 10 and the 101.

In addition to furnishings, Hughes’ monthly events feature thousands of items for sale on consignment from the best estates in Los Angeles, including fine art, high-quality contemporary and vintage furniture, décor, lighting, costume and fine jewelry, vehicles, and other valuable items. Often, Hughes also anonymously hosts the estates of celebrities who don’t want to host sales in their private homes.

Hughes has provided estate sales in Los Angeles since 1978. Their estate sales services include the sales of consignment furniture, vintage car sales, and estate liquidation of entire household or partial estates. In addition to the Arts District on 3rd Fridays, Hughes hosts monthly sales at its Altadena, CA showroom on 1st Fridays.

(626) 791-9600

Arts District Showroom
458 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
3-Day Showroom Sale starts on 3rd Friday of Every Month

Altadena Showroom
711 W. Woodbury Rd., Bldg. A
Altadena, CA 91001
3-Day Showroom Sale starts on 1st Friday of Every Month

ANNOUNCING: First Illustrated Contemporary Arts District Map Released as Limited-Edition Serigraph

Allan Finamore of Epilogue (here with Melissa Richardson Banks) purchased one of the first prints.

Allan Finamore of Arts District-based Epilogue (here at Hammer and Spear with Melissa Richardson Banks) purchased one of the first prints.

At last … my long-awaited map of my neighborhood is complete — the very FIRST illustrated contemporary Arts District map to be released as a limited-edition serigraph is available today and promises to be instantly collectible.

Artist Ohara Hale (who lived in the Arts District during 2005-2007 and is also a musician with a new album!) was commissioned by me to hand-illustrate my design using her distinctive style. Arts District-based artist and Big Squeeze Press master printer Patricia R. Mitchell hand-printed the five-color 22″x15″ serigraphs using hand-mixed, water-based inks on Stonehenge 100% cotton, acid-free paper made in America. The black ink used on each print was infused with metallic ink to give the illustration added depth and richness.

This inaugural edition features only 50 signed and numbered serigraphs; each accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. TONIGHT! Get a sneak peak of the map and snag one of the first of only 10 to be available for sale EXCLUSIVELY at Hammer and Spear during their 1 Year Anniversary Party on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 7 PM to 10 PM (RSVP required by clicking HERE).

INQUIRIES: (213) 537-4483 or email

Arts District Map redone by Patricia for WebDowntown Muse Arts District Illustrated Map
by Melissa Richardson Banks in collaboration with Ohara Hale and Patricia R. Mitchell of Big Squeeze Press 
hand-pulled serigraph, signed and numbered, edition of 50
22 x 15 inches, 100% cotton Stonehenge fine art paper
$250 unframed (22 x 15 inches); $450 (float mounted in a black frame sized 26 x 19 inches)

ART SHOW: Arts District in Bloom at Artisanal LA

I’m proud to announce that I am the featured artist of Artisanal LA‘s 2014 Spring Show! Check out my new large-scale works on view in the lobby.

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Artisanal LA 2014 Spring Show
Sat-Sun April 26-27 • 11am to 6pm
L.A. Mart • 1933 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Tickets $12 advance/$15 door

Most downtown areas might be described as gray, colorless, and devoid of greenery. My new series of photography is intended to defy that notion of Downtown Los Angeles by showing colorful images of blooms in the Arts District that I discover daily; many surrounded by brightly painted walls adorned by street art. Also on view will be new selections from my book MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles.

ART SHOW & SALE: Printemps Soiree on Friday, May 2 @ 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Join me and my mother, artist Patti Lou Richardson, on Friday, May 2 @ 6:00 PM to  9:30 PM for Printemps Soiree, an invitation-only art show and sale featuring paintings, photography, prints, and sculpture by 13 artists: Steven Barger, Marcel Bastiaans, Don Crocker, L.D. Eller, Martha Greiner, Jack Jasper, Bonnie Lambert, Rita Lee, Shahla Reynolds, Melissa Richardson Banks, Patti Lou Richardson, and Richard Stanley. View artwork for sale during this one-night-only event by clicking HERE.


Jonathan Club*
545 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

INFO: (405) 642-5307
Valet parking is $12 and nearby lots charge $10-$15 for self-parking. Cash bar. The event is curated by Shahla Reynolds and produced by Rotarian Wren Reynolds. Proceeds support college and technical-training scholarships for inner-city high school students through the Rotary Club of Los Angeles Foundation. Artwork by high school students who won the 2014 LA5 annual art contest will also be on view.


*NOTE: This is a private event held at the Jonathan Club, a members-only venue. While the Printemps Soiree is NOT an official Jonathan Club event, attendees MUST adhere to the club’s official dress code. Men must wear closed-toe leather dress shoes with business suits and neckties. Women must wear dress shoes with dresses, business suits, or blouses with skirts or tailored slacks.

SAT 4/12: BINGO at Maryknoll Karate Club

Maryknoll KaratePlay bingo and support Maryknoll Karate Club, a community organization for youth and adults that has been based in the Arts District since 1963. Walk in, sit down, and play a game for only ONE DOLLAR! Door prizes, awesome cash pots, and FREE onsite parking. Enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks. Buy dinner (roast beef sandwiches or broiled fish and rice). Proceeds from the games and food sales benefit the club, which is affiliated with Shotokan Karate of America, a national nonprofit organization.

Maryknoll Karate Club
St. Francis Xavier Chapel
Japanese Catholic Center
222 S. Hewitt St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
INFO: James Uyeda (213) 709-1597
Frank Lee (626) 757-1714


THU 4/10: Farmers Market and Art Openings in the Arts District

There is LOTS to do in the Arts District this Thursday, April 10 – art, food, and music! Click on event links below to RSVP on Facebook! Grab dinner and drinks in the Arts District at Angel City BreweryEat.Drink.AmericanoBourbon Supper ClubNovel CafeThe Pie HoleUmami BurgerWurstkuche, and Zip Fusion Izakaya.

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Traction Triangle • 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Featuring organic and farm-fresh produce, baked goods, handcrafted edibles, and more, this weekly farmers market happens on Thursday evenings. Proceeds from sales (10%) supports the work of the neighborhood’s nonprofit community betterment organization, LARABA (Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association). NEW THIS WEEK: Check out the CSA boxes on sale from South Central Farmers Co-op and produce from Local Harvest. Get nut milks from Almond Milk L.A. Participating farms include Hillside Family Farm, New Era Farm, Skyline Flowers, Underground Farm, and Yang Farms. NOTE: Starting next week, the times of this weekly market will change to 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

District Gallery • 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Celebrate the art of Emmeric Konrad, the quintessential L.A. artist whose dynamic, intense, often pornographic and in-your-face work is the visual equivalent of a stream-of-consciousness love letter to life itself. Signed limited-edition (50) prints of the artist’s popular “Rubber Chicken” giclees only $120.

Angel City Brewery • 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Food by the Reuben Truck • Live Music by local bands Young Creatures and Naked Walrus

Welcoming a new day and the promise of one yet to come is evident in the twenty 20″x20″ prints that I selected to display with the support of cinematographer Jason Wawro who follows my Downtown Muse work online. For the first time, I printed large-scale images of my otherwise small iPhone photographs. Also on view are two dozen new and favorite selections from my book.

Art Share L.A.• 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Dance,music, poetry and other performances by Eddie Reed, Autumn Renee Riley, The Fontaines, Sarah Gail Armstrong, Tawny Ellis, Archway Studio/Theatre, Miles Jackson, Tiger Moon, Tom Minkler, Matt Aston, Tate Simms, Richard McDowell, and Fanny Mayfield. Live painting by Quinn Salazar.

VOTE: Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council Elections Tonight!

CAST YOUR VOTE! Tonight’s election for the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC) takes place from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Little Tokyo Towers (455 E. 3rd St., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA 90013). Be sure to bring the required documentation to prove your stakeholder status to ensure your vote is counted.

RSVP on Facebook

According to HCNC Bylaws, a stakeholder is defined as follows:”The Historic & Cultural Neighborhood Council shall be diverse, inclusive and open to all community stakeholders. A community stakeholder is defined as any individual who lives, works, or owns property or a business within the Council’s boundaries. In addition, community stakeholder status may be identified by participation in non-profit groups, schools, associations and organizations located within the boundaries of the Council.”

For polling information and a list of candidates for HCNC, which is in Region 6, visit the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s website.

Click HERE to download acceptable forms of documentation.

NOW OPEN: Weekly Farmers Market Returns to Arts District

Food Stand imageCHECK OUT THE LIST OF AMAZING VENDORS! The Arts District Farmers Market returns to the neighborhood after 10 years with a soft opening on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Traction Triangle, located at the corner of 3rd and Traction Ave. in Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring organic and farm-fresh produce, baked goods, handcrafted edibles, and more, the market will take place weekly on Thursday nights, 4-8 p.m. Keep posted for the announcement of the official Grand Opening expected in mid-May.

A small-business incubator for local farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood providers, cheesemakers and specialty food producers, the market carefully screens every vendor with a commitment to creating a diverse marketplace with the highest quality locally produced products available. Proceeds from sales (10%) supports the work of the neighborhood’s nonprofit community betterment organization, LARABA (Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association).

Here’s a list of some of tonight’s vendors:

Be sure to stay and enjoy dinner at one of the Arts District’s nearby eating establishments, too: Angel City Brewery, Eat.Drink.Americano, NOLA’s Taste of New OrleansNovel Cafe, The Pie Hole, Umami Burger, Wurstkuche, and Zip Fusion Izakaya.

LIVE MUSIC at Angel City Brewery: Tonight, listen to The Crazy Brave and Send Medicine!

GO: Downtown Muse Exhibits in April

SAVE THE DATES: Sunrise/Sunset exhibit opens 4/10; aMUSEd exhibit opens 4/4 (reception later in April); and Arts District in Bloom exhibit opens 4/26.

Since December 2013, my previously private pursuit of documenting the Arts District has become very public, changing my life in many ways. Starting with a limited, now national, release of my new book MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles, I’ve been privileged to participate in six gallery shows to date, including one that I also curated at Art Share L.A., which featured paintings by artists who reinterpreted my photographs. Happily, with over 1,000 guests, the show broke attendance records for the nonprofit gallery. This month, my work is featured in three public shows. Attendance is free, unless otherwise noted, so please come, and if you can, share the news below with your friends, too!

P.S. If you haven’t purchased my book yet, for a limited time, you can buy SIGNED copies that include a complimentary 8″ photographic print ($25 value) EXCLUSIVELY at participating Downtown retailers! Support local businesses and buy your copy today at The Pie Hole, Woo Souvenir Shop, and Raw Materials Art Supplies.

Sunrise/Sunset: Photographs of the Arts District by Downtown Muse
Angel City Gallery at Angel City Brewery • Downtown Los Angeles
Thursday, April 10 through Monday, May 5, 2014

Welcoming a new day and the promise of one yet to come is the theme of my latest exhibition. Twenty 20″x20″ prints were chosen with the support of cinematographer Jason Wawro who follows my Downtown Muse work online. For the first time, I’ve printed large-scale images of my otherwise small iPhone photographs; the latter of which most of you know that I publish on the fly immediately after taking them. Also on view are two dozen new and favorite selections from my book.

OPENING PARTY: Thursday, April 10 @ 6-10 PM — RSVP on Facebook
Features food trucks and live music by local bands Young Creatures and Naked Walrus.

CLOSING RECEPTION: Monday, May 5 @ 6-10 PM

Angel City Brewery & Public House
216 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012



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Art Squared Gallery in Pershing Square • Downtown Los Angeles
Tuesday, April 8 through Monday, May 5, 2014 • 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

I’ve curated this outdoor exhibition showcasing the work of six local artists who created paintings as re-interpretations of my photographs. Featured artists and paintings are “Purple Tree on 2nd Street” by Kikki Eder, “Yellow Table in the Alley” by Christian Hernandez, “Sansho’s Lament” by Miriam Jackson, “5th Street Dawn” by Bonnie Lambert, “Downtown Muse I” by Sandy Rodriguez, and “Zone” by Roderick Smith. For this show, artworks have been printed as 8.5′ x 8.5′ large-scale digital images and are displayed near an information panel with companion photographs by me. This exhibit is supported by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and is also viewable from the corner of 6th & Hill (southeast corner of the park). To learn more about Art Squared Gallery, visit their website.

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on view during Artisanal LA 2014 Spring Show
Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$12 in advance | $15 at the door

Most downtown areas might be described as gray, colorless, and devoid of greenery. My new series of photography defies that notion with colorful images of blooms in the Arts District surrounded by brightly painted walls adorned by street art. I’ll also have a booth during the show where I’ll be selling other prints and signing copies of my book. To learn more and to buy tickets in advance, visit Artisanal LA’s website.

RSVP on Facebook