In the past few years, the City if Inglewood has been on a tear when it comes to its celebration of, support of, proliferation of arts in the city. From Inglewood Art Day, to the IGAP celebrations earlier in the year, to the Inglewood Open Studio’s 9th Annual art exhibition, Inglewood is becoming more and more an artist-friendly community.
It makes sense in the larger scheme of things, most progressive and rapidly developing cities around the country and around the world understand the importance of not just public art, but the celebration of artists and art in general.
Some of the top cities in the countries for artists are: Providence Rhode Island, Portland Oregon, Wilmington North Carolina, Memphis Tennessee, New Orleans Louisiana, Santa Fe New Mexico, Las Vegas Nevada, and I feel soon we’re going to be throwing Inglewood’s name into that mixture as well.
This weekend’s Inglewood Open Studios marks the 9th year of the event’s existence, founded in 2006 by Renee Fox and Kenneth Ober. When speaking with Ober, he mentioned, “The Inglewood Open Studios grew out of some collaborative exhibitions happening between several artists on East Hyde Park Blvd. First we were using our studios as galleries to exhibit the work of other artists and having an opening event. Local artists heard, participated, and attended the event. So many artists were interested in participating in another one that it made sense to have the event in multiple studios. Participation has grown rapidly as other artists in the area heard about and attended the event.”
The Inglewood Open Studios features a variety of different artists from a variety of artistic disciplines. Inglewood native Michael Massenberg will be exhibiting from his collection this year as well. When speaking with Massenberg he noted, “A lot of the work I’ll be exhibiting this year will be focused on community, family, and social issues, so the work will be a reflection of those ideas, and they all tell a story of people in general. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, every year it’s always a surprise with the people we meet, and that’s the great thing about being in the public, is you just never know…”
Inglewood’s Anne La Rose will also be exhibiting this year, making a switch from her traditional work in textiles to photography, La Rose mentioned, “I have been part of IOS since 2009. I opened my studio in 2010 to show textiles, and though I am a textile artist, I am exploring photography this year. Through the support of Inglewood Police and Councilman Alex Padilla, the District 2 Police Community Center is an Open Studios location featuring myself and five other artists. I'm pleased that three of the artists in this space are new to Open Studios and Inglewood. Our Art Colony is growing and this increases the vibrancy of our city.”
Kenneth Ober also spoke about the work he’ll be exhibiting this weekend. “I will be exhibiting recent Grassland and Seascape Paintings for Inglewood Open Studios 2015.”
When asked what folks can expect from Inglewood Open Studios, Ober told us, “Every studio is a unique experience where attendees can experience behind the scenes of an artist's creative process. This opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about how and why they create can be very educational and inspiring.”
I anticipate another great showcase of art in the community this weekend. Make it a date with friends and family to stop by the Inglewood Open Studios tour this Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. For more information visit www.inglewoodtoday.com, or www.inglewoodopenstudios2015.com