Miracle Mile Art Walk, March 3rd, 2012.

THE MIRACLE MILE “ART WALK” GALLERY AND STUDIO TOUR, RETURNS TO MID CITY LOS ANGELES,  SATURDAY, MARCH 3RD FROM 2:00-10:00PM FEATURING NEW SPONSORS AND KENT TWITCHELL’S RETURN TO THE BERLIN WALL MONUMENT AT 5900 WILSHIRE BLVD.

February 29, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA)–The Miracle Mile “Art Walk” Gallery and Studio Tour (MMAW) is a FREE, self-guided exhibition tour including approximately 50 galleries, studios, museums and public art installations located in the Mid City West community of Los Angeles. Pre-scheduled artist conversations and gallerist lead tours and talks, opening/closing receptions, book signings, and live painting exhibitions are planned in advance in conjunction with the art walk, followed by an after party hosted by La Brea, located at 173 South La Brea. A few exhibitions include, solos shows by Claire Falkenstein ‘An Expansive Universe’ & Ruth Weisberg ‘Now & Then’ at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts; From NOthing to SOMEthing in Pacific Standard Time: Assemblage, Collage, Sculpture, at Tobey C. Moss Gallery; Antonio Pelayo ‘Mi Familia’ at LAUNCH LA and “The Difference of A Single Day” at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. In celebration of the Miracle Mile Art Walk, new beverage sponsor Jarritos soda will be available at all participating galleries.

Area Museums and community partners, LACMA and CAFAM are offering free admission 2pm until one hour before closing to select exhibitions to those who mention Miracle Mile Art Walk at the ticket desks. Returning to the Miracle Mile Art Walk is internationally renowned Master Muralist and Grand Scale Artist, Kent Twitchell, who will be adding detail to his portrait of President John F. Kennedy, located at the Berlin Wall Monument, 5900 Wilshire Blvd, and sponsored by Ratkovich Company.  Mr. Twitchell is also Co-Founder of The Mural Conservancy Los Angeleshttp://muralconservancy.org and will be joined by Executive Director, Isabel Rojas-Williams, who was recently featured in ABC 7’S “Eye on L.A.: ‘Classic L.A.’ from A to Z.’

Joining Mr. Twitchell and Isabel for the day are, The Do ArT Foundation; The DoArT Foundation’s mission is to engage the public to DO ART and will be joined by live painter, Christina Angelina. DJ Chase Turner, of BC Entertainment, a full service live music performance company based in Los Angeles, CA, is also an internationally published poet, author, and supporter of the arts and will be providing the soundtrack for the day between 2:00 and 5:00pm. Jarritos will be on the lawn serving their fresh beverages too. Be sure to stop by or stay for the day, 2:00pm until 6:00pm, The Berlin Wall Monument is located directly across the street from LACMA at, 5900 Wilshire Blvd.

This is the first time the Miracle Mile Art Walk is being produced independently. In December of 2011, a decision was made to operate independent of the Community Councils due to funding and donation restriction bylaws, governed by Los Angeles City Council. A new program partnership has begun with Piercy Charitable Foundation, a local 501c3 non-profit organization, dedicated to literacy and the arts in Southern California. The producer of the Miracle Mile Art Walk is now allowed to raise funds which leading to more programming, and the opportunity to increase and build upon the success of this community based art walk within the largest Arts District, west of the Mississippi.

In keeping with the true spirit of community, the MMAW and area Community Councils are now considered community partners in the support of the Miracle Mile Art Walk and all forms of art throughout the Mid City Council Districts. In addition to new programming are two new flyers by designer and contemporary artist Adam “Codak” Smith. As always, banners will mark the galleries participating in the Miracle Mile Art Walk.

The team behind the Miracle Mile Art Walk (MMAW) is excited to announce their newest sponsor La Brea; La Brea, an 84,000 square foot building located between 1st and 2nd Street on South La Brea Avenue is owned and operated by Madison Marquette, a leading investor, developer, and operator of retail and mixed use real estate throughout the United States.

In celebration of this new partnership they are working together to create the “Miracle Mile Art Walk Community Marketplace”, during the Saturday, March 3rd Miracle Mile Art Walk. The space provided by Madison Marquette will be utilized and turned into a one-day pop-up “Community Marketplace” in their newly renovated and very stylish development.

Booth spaces are going quickly. This is the perfect opportunity for cottage industry creative business owners who produce and sell handmade goods; honoring practices that promote sustainability, regional legacies or offer “locally grown” ideas to sell their creations in a new and very hip location. La Brea General Manager, Brandt Leitze shares, “Bringing local and regional brands in a co-op atmosphere will not only help raise capital for the Miracle Mile Art Walk, but will also drive awareness to “District La Brea” the newest shopping destination in Los Angeles. Vendors that fit into the La Brea vision and the art walk will be considered.

A percentage of proceeds will go to helping the Miracle Mile Art Walk expand programming and offset operational costs.” In addition to this new partnership, is all day parking for $1.00 in La Brea’s landmark parking structure painted by Los Angeles based muralist and street artist, Shepard Fairey.

Following the Marketplace is the MMAW after-party, co-sponsored by LaBrea, Jarritos and featuring DJ Pelau, from 8:00-10:00pm.  “DJ Pelau AKA Mr. Marlon is a music writer/blogger/columnist who also specializes in ‘music design’ for lots of atmospheres, spaces n places!”   Food trucks will be in the neighborhood, along with the Jarritos Truck, serving their “mini-jars” full of colorful colors and flavorful flavors, and a few more details to be confirmed. RSVP is recommended. MMAWMidCityLA@gmail.com.

Also look for us at The Site Unscene (dot) com, our new media partner, featuring only the finest, dedicated and recognizable contemporary and street artists in Los Angeles. Their mission is to help artists reach their goals; Ed Fuentes, Founder of View From a Loft (dot) com, a 2006 established blog, about downtown L.A. and the emerging art scene. Ed is now a contributor at KCET.org, which includes coverage on murals and mural policy with the City of Los Angeles and is a new Community Partner of the MMAW, Jarritos, also known as Mexico’s first National Soft Drink and favorite beverage of many art walks. In addition to a new to the MMAW media sponsor, LA Canvas (dot), a free lifestyle publication connecting readers to the latest and most exciting offerings to emerge from LA’s current and future visionaries.

The Miracle Mile “Art Walk” Studio and Gallery Tour is very thankful for our sponsors and community partners: Piercy Charitable Foundation, Mid City West Community Council, La Brea / Madison Marquette, 5900 Wilshire / Ratkovich Company, The Mural Conservancy Los Angeles, The Site Unscene, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Craft And Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), The Do ArT Foundation, Farmers Market Self Storage, View From A Loft, Jarritos, & LA Canvas Magazine in addition to the many independently owned and operated galleries, studios and museums  – Together we are the Miracle Mile Art Walk.  For more information, to be considered as a vendor, or to sponsor and/or volunteer, please e-mail the MMAW Director at: mmawmidcityla@gmail.com For a complete list of gallery addresses, business hours and exhibition details, please visit http://miraclemileartwalkgallerytour.blogspot.com.

About Madison Marquette

Madison Marquette is a Washington, D.C.-based investor, developer and operator of retail and retail mixed-use real estate throughout the United States. The company specializes in creating unique retail destinations that respond best to consumer preferences. With regional offices in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Charlotte, San Francisco, Boca Raton, Seattle and San Diego, Madison Marquette seeks investment opportunities in growing markets. The company maintains a sophisticated in-house operating capability and oversees 18 million square feet of retail real estate. This diverse national portfolio includes many properties that Madison Marquette manages and leases on behalf of third-party owners. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.madisonmarquette.com. Also “like” District LaBrea on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DistrictLaBrea

MMAW MEDIA AND SPONSOR CONTACT:
Miracle Mile Art Walk Director
Shawni D. (213) 255-0059
MMAWMidCityLA@gmail.com

MADISON MARQUETTE/LA BREA CONTACT:
Marketing Coordinator
Scarlet Garcia (323) 602-5313
Sgarcia@mmrs.com