DOWNTOWN ARTWALK’S UNSUNG HEROES

Hidden amongst Downtown’s Art Walk’s gambit of popular galleries, bars, and street vendors are some of the most interesting works of art in DTLA. Although, they may not appear regularly on any official fanfare, you won’t walk a block before being exposed to their works.  Here are some of the few unsung heroes who help make the Artwalk even more enjoyable.

COLETTE MILLER

Collete Miller’s Global Angel Wings Project paintings have truly taken on a global effect. Found from coast to coast and around the world, like Kenya and Paris, her works in this series consist simply of a pair of marvelously painted set of empty angel wings, upon which anyone can fill. Miller’s wings seem to have an immediate cleansing effect on those who find it hard to resist posing in front of them for a memorable snapshot. The perfect backdrop, some of Downtown’s most pristine inhabitants have taken on the task including the Mayor himself. During the Art Walk, Miller’s wings on Main just south of Winston have spread plenty of creative joy, inspiring hope and bringing out the inner angel in us all.

JENNIFER KORSEN

Jennifer Korsen is one of Downtown’s art power heart boxes with a heart of gold and a swift tongue for anyone who may challenge the worth of an artist and other creatives like herself. She is most noted for her “heart art”, a serious of cardiac creations you’ll find in galleries, inner city walls and on power boxes exposing you to her passions throughout the city. She is a Downtown Patriot, meaning her time spent here has been well managed advocating for the arts and being absolutely fearless, creating street art, and helping to spread awareness through social media, panel talks, and charity events. During Art Walk you can purchase her works at the Hive Gallery and Studios just south of 7th on Spring. Walk a half of a block south and you’ll witness one of her “power heart boxes” on the corner of 8th and Spring.

EMMERICK KONRAD

Before the stylish nightclubs, chic boutiques and exotic eateries of the Historic Core Downtown Art Walk was a dark, scary, enter at your own risk Historic Core with a certain magnetic quality that drew you in and wouldn’t let go without a fight.

One such Downtown Patriot came in the form of an artist by the name of Emmerick Konrad who moved to DTLA in 1989 finding it a perfect place to indulge in creativity.   With a devious smile, frosty white hair and painted black fingernails today Emmerick embodies the art scene of Downtown’s past. Emmerick’s works are recognizable mostly by an incorporated third eye he adds to most

of his painted figures. Although the majority of his works sell in major galleries worldwide and are not found in Historic Core galleries, there is no doubt they will find their way into the Main Street Museum when it opens. For now, you can catch a glimpse of his talents on the utility box located on 4th and Spring. Freshly painted, his new third-eyed public work. Also for a bit of trivia, Konrad painted the distorted doggie on the signs posted on every corner of the Core and by the parks asking dog walkers to watch where they poop and scoop. Doggies don’t have his signature 3rd however, we are left to wonder why?

STEPHEN ROWE

There is are three galleries on Main Street, one belonging to Australian-born artist Stephen Rowe. Rowe is an accomplished artist who specializes in producing large, colorful abstract paintings. Rowe’s works are best noted for his ability to combine pointillism with abstract backgrounds, using media such as acrylic paint on canvas and wood. Rowe’s section of the Art Walk is calm and serene, yet thanks to Rowe one can walk on Main past 6th and still catch a glimpse of creativity during the night’s festivity.

Rowe uses his space mainly as a studio that lies hidden behind one of his ever sought out works; a piece grand enough to fill the 15ft window and offer relief for those who may be traveling on Main still looking for Art Walk excitement inspiration.  640 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

MIKOLAJ

If you are strolling through Los Angeles’ Historic Core admiring the vast collection of Beaux Arts architectural buildings as part of Art Walk, it would be difficult to ignore the street art murals of Mikolaj Wyszynski’s (Mick-o-lie Whiz-in-ski) which adorn dozen of the district’s various windows and walls. The 37-year-old artist emigrated from Warsaw, Poland as a 15-year-old to join his mother here in America and has been creating his own unique cosmic-inspired art form ever since. All elements of his signature styles can be found on the murals on just east and west of 5th and Spring Streets.  Working mostly as a commissioned artist, Mikolaj, took part in the LA plain air festival for Air BnB at their downtown event held last year. More recent work by the artist is focused in the Fashion District having been commissioned by the Fashion District BID, over holidays and in 2016 Mikolaj designed a bunch for Michael Korchmar, the chef, and owner of Sonoratown taqueria. To commission Mikolaj…just ask Google where to find him.

GREG GOULD

Greg Gould, is an L.A. based pop surrealist and long-time resident of Hive Gallery, who learned that overcoming difficult, uncertain situations was a catalyst and motivator to make art his way.

Out of a personal interest for historically-based events, and to create awareness in the public’s consciousness of them he has created hundreds of works that are as dynamic as they are visually stunning provoking producing the grandest of thoughts with the simplest of notions. Gould earned fame when he created his first 3D mannequin series which included sculptures of  Mickey and Minnie Mouse with gas masks on them. Since he’s gone on to continue selling and lending his skills to charities like Global Inheritance.  G.I.’s goal is to teach about recycling to school kids – they give recycling bins to artists to paint into art pieces and Greg donates his works. Truly amazing, gifted and talented, Art Walk does well, in its existence by including Gould. Hive Gallery is located at 727 S Spring Street, LA, CA 90014.

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Yup, you guessed it. It’s me Keri Freeman, publisher and concept designer for Downtown Weekly. Living, working and playing in Downtown coming from an entertainment background…I discovered something about myself. I discovered I really liked sharing my knowledge of DTLA and its awesome hospitality movement. Also in doing so I have the great pleasure of working with incredible sponsors (who believe in the vision), extraordinary literary artists, photographers, event coordinators and many talented artists and musicians who inspire me every day to keep the DTLA Weekly going. Also, it would seem I’m the only woman of color to publish a newspaper here in over 100 years, so hopefully that inspires some future generations as well….Just remember if its fun…it can’t be work….Thank you, people of Gaia, for your continued support and thank you for reading!