GO! Ode to 6th Street Bridge Exhibit at Art Share L.A.

The 6th Street Bridge, officially titled the Sixth Street Viaduct, is the subject matter of a multi-media group art show opening at Art Share L.A. on Friday, September 11, 2015 @ 7-10pm. Ode to 6th Street Bridge is on view free of charge to the public during 1-6pm starting Wednesday, September 9 through Saturday, September 19, 2015. A closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ 7-10pm.  Co-curated by Dale Youngman and Tanner Blackman, the exhibition features over 70 renditions by more than 45 local artists of the iconic, historic architecture slated for demolition over the coming months (and to be later replaced by a reimagined new structure). Situated in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, Art Share L.A. is located at 801 E. 4th Pl., 90013. The Ode to the Bridge exhibition marks the 24th art show presented at Art Share L.A. under the leadership of Executive Director Cheyanne Sauter. Since January 2014, these two dozen shows have supported over 75 Los Angeles artists with the nonprofit’s art sales of more than 150 works.

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One of the most recognized and photographed structures in Los Angeles, the 6th Street Bridge has been the setting for dozens of commercials, TV and film shoots. Built in 1932, it is the longest viaduct crossing the Los Angeles River, connecting Boyle Heights to the city’s urban center. Although the landmark is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, an unfortunate error made during its construction became apparent after 20 years, when a type of cement-eating disease known as Alkali-Silica Reaction began causing cracks in the concrete, thus compromising the integrity of the structure.

“It is important that we memorialize the beauty and history of this iconic bridge,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar. “This exhibit allows us to recognize the history and importance of the 6th Street Bridge to the residents of Boyle Heights, the Arts District and all of L.A.  While we are sad to see this iconic structure go, we look forward to the design and function of the new Sixth Street Viaduct, which promises to create its own substantial legacy.”

“We hope that the Ode to the Bridge show offers a raucous dirge and a fitting send off for this beloved icon of the City of L.A.,” said exhibit co-curator Tanner Blackman. “Through paintings, photos, video installations, and more, the exhibition presents artists’ reflections on the 83-year-old bridge and its place in our shared experience of Downtown and Boyle Heights.”

Exhibit co-curator Dale Youngman added, “I am thrilled at the number of submissions we received, as it shows just how much it also means to the artists living in the shadow of the bridge. Some of the participating artists live and work in the Arts District, including Tom Garner, Jim Stern, Fred Hoerr, and Qathryn Brehm.”

GALLERY HOURS: WED 9/9 thru SAT 9/19 @ 1-6pm

Celebrating the future of the bridge, this panel discussion invites those working on the replacement viaduct to reflect on the new structure’s potential impact on these important, historic communities. Panelists include Tim Williams, Managing Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture; Victor J. Martinez, Vice President, HNTB; Glenn Kaino, conceptual artist designing art installations; and others. 

Art Share L.A.
801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 687-4278 • EMAIL

ABOUT ART SHARE L.A.:  The Arts District is the fastest growing area in Los Angeles with real estate prices increasing and new developments springing up every day. Founded in 1999, Art Share L.A.’s 16-year history allows the creative arts center to be in a position to engage the new community while connecting them to the history of this area. Its mission is to support artists by providing a creative environment to reside, develop, perform and exhibit their works. Further, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization inspires artists and provides connection to the community for shared benefit. To learn more, visit

SHOW INFO & IMAGES: Contact Dale Youngman via email or phone at (213) 458-3735.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Melissa Richardson BanksDiane Behrens – Daniel Bernstein – Kevin Break – Qathryn Brehm – Bruce Cockerill – Diane Pirie CockerillDavid P. Cooke – Toby CorbettJean Christophe Dick – Kessia Embry – Margery Epstein – Teresa Flowers – Dwora FriedFernando Galvez – Carole Garland – Tom Garner – Patrick Haemmerlein – Teale Hatheway – Fred Hoerr – Mark IndigTom LambTod LychkoffRick Mendoza – Ted Meyer – Andre Miripolsky – Suzi MoonHarry NickelsonDavid PalmerFrancisco Palomares – Svetlana PenroseOsceola Refetoff – Richard Reiner – Michelle Robinson – Rick Robinson – Alex Schaefer – Roderick SmithCarol Cirillo Stanley – Jim Stern – Lisa TalbotSean Sepehr Talebi – Maureen Van Leeuwen HaldemanRichard WillsonMichael Wisnieux – Jerico Woggon and others

Check out this article in Fabrik magazine, too!

A-MUSE-ing Video of Me by The Skinny Gorillas!

Happy to share this “a-MUSE-ing” video by The Skinny Gorillas of me talking about my photography.

This video was produced for my exhibition as the “February 2014 Featured Artist” for the Los Angeles Downtown Art WalkSpecial thanks to Qathryn Brehm and Jeremy Quant of the Los Angeles Downtown Art Walk plus my new friends from The Skinny Gorillas: Rashid Belt, Wiola Marek, Tom Colley and talk show host Ashley Iola!

EXHIBIT & BOOK: MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District

MUSEings-MRB-Colette-Miller-webCLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Celebrate the Arts District! Visit Art Share L.A. to see “MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District.” The exhibit features artworks by artists inspired by my photographs; selections from my new book are also on view. Reinterpreting my images, over 40 artists created new works of art: Jari “Werc” AlvarezA.S. AshleyQathryn BrehmJesse BurgosGary CallahanDiego Cardoso, Susie S. Chang, Jaime ColindresKikki EderRamiro FauveClemente Garcia LassaulxMargaret GarciaTom GarnerKristopher GeeYolanda GonzalezJacinto GuevaraChristian HernandezJavi HerreraMiriam JacksonJeremy Thomas KunkelGeorge LabradaLili LakichBonnie Lambert, Lauren A. Langford, LebaTod LychkoffTed MeyerColette MillerPatricia R. Mitchell, Valerie MitchellAlberto Miyares, Birgitte MoosJ.W. PippenWenceslao QuirozPatti Lou RichardsonRick RobinsonSandy RodriguezAlex SchaeferSEKShadowMonsterBearRoderick SmithAnna StumpBob Ujszaszi, Jerico Woggon, and Jaime “Germs” Zacarias.

Participating artists incorporated artistic license to create narrative and representational art based on my photographs utilizing a wide range of styles, including impressionism, surrealism, abstract and outsider. Their work represents a wide range of media including paintings using oil, spray paint, watercolor and/or acrylic, mixed-media prints and drawings, as well as sculptural installations, neon, and more. Because I am inspired daily by art and artists, it’s natural for me to involve people whose work I love and admire by sharing their creativity through this exhibit.

Together with 52 photographs from the book, the MUSE-ings exhibit features 51 original works of art. Proceeds from artwork and book sales during the exhibit’s run benefit Art Share L.A., a nonprofit community center, which is a sanctuary for the arts and their creators that provides 30 live/work units and 14,000 sq. ft of creative space in Downtown Los Angeles. To learn more, visit

Book Launch & Exhibit Opening: Saturday, January 18 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Closing Reception & Book Signing: Saturday, February 8 @ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District
January 18 through February 8, 2014
Warehouse Gallery at Art Share L.A.
801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles 90013

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BUY MY BOOK! MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles includes 92 full-color images. Designed by Christy Addis, the book is distributed nationally through and other retail outlets. Locally, signed copies are available for sale in the Arts District at The Pie Hole at 704 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013 and online through my website at The hard-cover publication retails for $25 plus tax and shipping (96 pages, 8.5” square in size).

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EVENTS: Booksignings and Print Sales for MUSE-ings!

Join me at these holiday events where I’ll be hawking prints and a limited number of MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles books (national distribution begins on January 15, 2014!).

Shop the Block 300x100SAT 12/7 @ 3 PM to 6 PM
The Pie Hole
714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles 90013

TODAY is #ShoptheBlock and I’ll be at The Pie Hole where you can BUY MY BOOK, get it signed, and GET A FREE PRINT (while supplies last – 8″ borderless print comes without a frame or a mat).

SAT 12/7 @ 7 PM to 12 midnight
Plaza de la Raza
3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles 90031

ROMERO STUDIO HOLIDAY ART SHOW: Look for me on Saturday at this 32nd annual event hosted by Sharon & Frank Romero and featuring artists Margaret GarciaDavid Flury, Carlos AlmarazPatssi ValdezYolanda Gonzalez, Rosie Getz, and photographer Oscar Castillo. Visa, Mastercard, checks and cash accepted.

MUSE-ings pp 10-11_1SUN 12/8 @ 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Duncan Miller Gallery in Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave., Unit A7, Santa Monica 90404

BOOK FAIR for PHOTOGRAPHERS and ARTISTS: Join me for an afternoon of mingling with photo collectors, art lovers, friends, and others where I’ll be showing my photographs and selling copies of my book, along with Sara Jane Boyers, Richard Chow, Steve Daly, Elena Dorfman, Judy Francesconi, Kevin Gray, Maureen Haldeman, Lorna Hart, Liz Huston, Mark Indig, Renee Jacobs, Tom Johnson, Robbie Kaye, Sandra Klein, Clay Lipsky, Claire Mallett, Rico Mandel, Lisa McCord, Linda Morrow, Lori Pond, Kristianne Koch Riddle, Yasmina Rossi, Douglas Stockdale, and Michael Wood. There will be wine, soft drinks, and food from the Border Grill Truck, too! The event is sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and

SAT 12/14 @ 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Art Share LA
801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013
(entrance on Hewitt St.)

ARTS DISTRICT WINTERFEST OPENING NIGHT: This holiday event promises lots of fun, along with great art by A.S. Ashley and other local artists from Downtown Los Angeles just in time for the gift-giving season. Check out Art Share’s Craft Bazaar with handcrafted items from local makers, too. I’ll be there signing books and selling prints, too!

Help Raise $$ for Art Share L.A.

View and buy paintings, sculptures, installation and other artworks submitted by local artists during this one-day pop-up art competition and fundraiser for Art Share LA. Held in the nonprofit community center’s Warehouse Gallery, the show takes place on Sunday, September 8 @ 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. In addition to buying great art, attendees can vote for their favorite piece and the artist whose artwork is selected will receive $500. Admission to the show is a suggested $2 donation at the door.


This event is generously sponsored by Arts District resident and business owner Vivian Um of Traction & Hewitt General Store.

BENEFIT ART AUCTION: Lance van Gils, 1990-2013

Lance van Gils (11/24/90 to 7/11/13)
Sunday, August 4
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

923 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013
INFO: (323) 715-1331

The little boy with the goofy grin who used to help me bake cookies in my loft is gone. Lance van Gils grew up to be an amazing young man, and tragically, his life ended short sometime on Thursday night, July 11, 2013. Coincidentally, I was on the 1st Street Bridge earlier that night taking sunset photos of Downtown Los Angeles. It was only after I was informed of his passing that I recalled I was there … I wonder if I had stayed just a while longer — could this tragic event have been prevented?

Lance, the son of Art Share LA workshop teacher and local designer Christina Borraez, was discovered the morning of July 12, 2013 in the Los Angeles River at the bottom of the 1st Street Bridge. His life tragically and unexpectedly ended sometime the night before as he was walking home after an evening that included working out at the gym and hanging with friends at local art galleries—a police investigation is underway.

Lance was a sweet and creative soul who spent most of his 22 years growing up in the Arts District with his mom and his sister Camille. If you knew Lance and/or his family, you can leave messages of support on their Facebook Group page. A memorial service is expected to take place sometime in August.

In lieu of flowers, donations for the family, including artwork for the benefit art auction, can be arranged by contacting Patricia Mitchell at (323) 715-1331. Donations may also be made online at Lance van Gils Memorial Fund.