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2014 Brewery Art Walk

Brewery Art Complex is an artist colony in the middle of Downtown L.A. industrial area, the last place on the planet you would expect to find anything related to art.  We all know that Los Angeles has a rather vibrant artist community.  Many of its members live and work here. 

Art by itself is fascinating, but how artists live their lives is just as intriguing. From one small loft to the next, we will see creativity at work not only from the exhibits, but also from how artists decorate their living and work spaces.

How artists express his/her passion and emotion is what we are here to experience. On this special Saturday, we hope to fill our soul with passion for art.

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Organizer: Mike Cheng

Location: Downtown L.A., CA

Where to meet: We will meet next to the UPS parking lot entrance at the end of Moulton Ave.

Difficulty: Level 1/10 (If you are not into arts, this walk could be extremely challenging, a level 10 at least.)

Distance: 2 miles 

Time: 3 hours 

Water: 2 bottles 

Guest: 2

Dog: no

Toilette: everywhere

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What to bring: hat, sunscreen, water, appreciation for art, your charm and personality. (Food and drink are available from Art Walk vendors.) 

What to wear: casual, sandals or sneakers

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Direction: 

From the West side: 
take the 10 (San Bernadino) freeway Wast, past downtown L.A., 
to the 5 (Golden State) freeway North 
to the Main Street Exit. 
turn right at the stop sign of the Main Street off ramp. 
turn right on Main Street 
turn left on Moulton Avenue (one half-block past Avenue 20)

From the San Fernando Valley: 
Take the 134 Freeway East 
to the 5 (Santa Ana) freeway South 
to the Main Street off ramp (this comes up quickly) 
turn right onto Main Street 
turn left on Moulton Avenue (located one half-block past Avenue 20)

Parking: UPS parking lot on Moulton Ave next to Brewery Art Complex

Carpool: Please sign up here.

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About Brewery Art Walk:

The creation of the Brewery Arts Complex began in 1982 at the site of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. With the passing of the Artist-In-Residence code, artists could rent live/work space in industrially zoned buildings. The Brewery Art Association rents only to artists and that remains its policy to this day.

In July 1997, the LA Weekly called the unique cultural landmark "the world's largest artist-in-residence community" and in a March 1999 Los Angeles Times article The Brewery was quoted as the "world's largest art complex." These are true lofts, not apartments, in industrial buildings that are a part of what has become a uniquely vibrant and creative community.

The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating resident artists, we will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists' studios.

The Art Walk takes place in the Spring and Fall, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Admission is free and so is parking. 

Link to Art Walk Photos 

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Our Policy:

Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:http://www.meetup.com/terms/

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  • Mike C.

    Thank you all for joining me for this art immersion experience at the Brewery art colony. Weather was perfect. It was sunny but cool. The kind of weather to visit an art show. .

    The spring exhibit is usually the more prominent one of the two, and artists in the colony did not disappoint. They showed us the best of what they have created. .

    It is normal for a group to get separated during the walk, but that is the nature of art appreciation. If you like a piece, you spent more time pondering about it. .

    It was very different from hitting the trail, but we had a great time enriching our soul.

    3 · April 27, 2014

  • Tam

    Thanks Mike for another fun experience. Special thanks to Jay, Lucy and Eddie for a great company.

    1 · April 26, 2014

    • eddie

      But the short bit of camaraderie was a pleasure. See you soon.

      April 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good question, Eddie. I know Lucy finally ditched us and Tam had a 'date' to get to ;)

      April 27, 2014

  • chris

    Fun seeing fellow hikers in the urban cosmopolitan environment. The PBR Brewery is alive and well, and that was a unique meet up. Thanks Mike

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • sboy

    Fun and different, I have lived here my whole life and didnt know this place existed.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Panit

    Most fun I've had without hiking shoes this year...Took way too many pictures & bought a few too many arty trinkets but definitely the best & largest artwalk I've ever been to in LA this year. Kogi BBQ was indeed super yummy so was the mother trucker burger (yes, I stayed so long I ate twice.)

    2 · April 26, 2014

    • Steve

      "Eat a lot while you can. When you are young, you are invincible. The first sign of aging is when you see food without ingesting, you still gain weight. The second sign is catching a cold from your sick friend over the phone. The last one is feeling physically tired when you just look at Mike Cheng's photos but you did not join that hike! Enjoy while you can, Panit!" a word of wisdom from an old man.

      2 · April 26, 2014

    • Mike C.

      That's very funny.

      April 26, 2014

  • Tam

    Very nice and friendly group.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a fun outing & such a nice day to be visiting the art studios! Thanks, Mike!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Chary

    Thanks Mike! Enjoyed the art, artists, their home/art studio and had fun hanging with my fellow hiking peeps-this time in non hiking gear :)

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • eddie

    Thank you Mike for another fun excursion,

    I ended up losing everybody, though I looked. But I do hope to meet up again for the Bridge to Nowere. Ciao

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Steve

    Fantastic as usual! Thanks Mike.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Ramsey

    Hey great time today! Thank you Mike for organizing this great event see you all next time!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting artworks. Exposure to new medium of art from classic painting to techno soundwave. Definitely a new experience for me. Mayra and I found the Kogi BBQ Taco truck.... yum! Ramsey- you missed out.

    2 · April 26, 2014

  • Mayra

    Had never done this, some very interesting studios and Boli and I found a food truck with amazing tacos as we were leaving, yummmm!!!! Thanks Mike!!!!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • willie

    walking around. where is everybody?

    April 26, 2014

    • willie

      found mike!!

      1 · April 26, 2014

  • John N.

    Becci and friend just arrived. We'll be about 15 mins late.

    April 26, 2014

    • John N.

      Sorry to miss this. Didn't make it.

      April 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      John! Come anyway. Park here and call to meet up!

      April 26, 2014

  • Panit

    I'm weaving on Main by 180the. And I may just walk with my photo meetup group if I can't catch up with you guys.

    April 26, 2014

  • Tam

    I will be running late too

    April 26, 2014

  • willie

    running a little late. i hope i can find everyone.

    April 26, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Hi Everyone, I will need one person who have been to this Art Walk before to assist me. Please reply here. Thanks.

    April 25, 2014

    • Steve

      I think this is very similar to the art galleries in Santa Monica and Granville Island in Vancouver, Canada

      April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      There's nothing like the Brewery or its size. Obtain a map from the attendants at the parking lot and decide which areas to roam. It's almost impossible to see the entire complex (and take time to appreciate) in one day. There are two main buildings with steep stairs to hike (joined by gangway) and a third in the SE corner that stands alone with a great climb and view. You can't all fit in some studios but could take turns as smaller groups and use the eating space (courtyard) as a meeting area. There is also the main office situated in the center building that offers a brochure of the attractions...another way to plan your attack.

      1 · April 26, 2014

  • Steve

    Highly recommend Bestia and Factory Kitchen if you want to eat in the area afterwards.

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Anthony S.

    Unable to make it at this time. Enjoy.

    April 25, 2014

  • Mike C.

    According to Accuweather, forecast for tomorrow is sunny with patchy cloud, high temperature of 68 degree and 7 mph breeze.

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Tejinder

    I just want to say that while you are all out doing art stuff I'm going to do a hike hike so I can get ready for the scary Bridge to no where hike :), see you all next weekend

    April 23, 2014

    • John N.

      My Hiking Club does a fun and fast hike on Tuesday evenings.

      April 23, 2014

    • Tejinder

      I just remembered I'll see you guys on Sunday

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • becky (ngoc bich) l.

    I would like to park there, are we going to walk to main street together with every one who like to park there? I am not good in direction. Phone # please.

    1 · April 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The official meetup at 10:45 am, what time should our walking group meet?

      April 17, 2014

    • John N.

      I suggest 10:00. 2.5 miles at 15 min per mile gets us there a few (7.5) minutes early.

      April 18, 2014

  • juliet

    Hi John...does the Dash run along that route? If so, I'm interested. Will check website for route. Thanks.

    1 · April 15, 2014

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