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Obscura Society LA & Cartwheel Art Tours: Gabba Art District

Join us as we explore a labyrinth of vibrant murals in the alleyways of Historic Filipinotown

The Los Angeles Obscura Society is thrilled to partner with Cartwheel Art Tours for an immersive, urban art exploration lead by founder, Cindy Schwarzstein.

Over eighty murals canvas the alleyways, stairways, dumpsters, gated fences, and garage doors of Historic Filipinotown. Known as the Gabba Art District, this dynamic neighborhood has attracted emerging and well-known street artists from across Los Angeles and around the world. During our tour, we'll explore the alleyways, discuss the murals, and meet the artists, some of whom will be painting live for our group and will share their perspective on painting murals in LA and the global street art movement. 

Ending at The Gabba Gallery, we'll meet curator and director Jason Ostro to learn about the history of the mural project and how it's transformed the community. Inside we'll experience the work of many of the same artists and more, in the highly anticipated cash-and-carry Wishlist 3 exhibition of over sixty contemporary artists. In this exhibition, artists and collectors are able to purchase work at affordable prices, created for holiday shopping. A unique component of the exhibition is that it brings a dynamic visual voyage as sold works are removed and replaced by new pieces. “The gallery was re-curated nine times within just a few hours during the opening” wrote Deborah Vankin of Wishlist 1 in the LA Times

Artists who have painted murals in the Gabba Art District include Dourone, Jason Botkin, Katie Green, Raphael Grischa, Phobik, Moncho1929, Andrea LaHue aka Random Act, Jason Ostro, Jennifer Korsen, Bandit, LOUDLABS, Peter Greco, MD MN, Clinton Bopp, Annie Preece, Matt Gondek, Gianni Arone, The Bleep Bloop, SpaceGoth, Johnny Brushstrokes, Wrdsmith, Thrashbird, Sketchy, Teachr, Septerhed, ThanksOne, Jules Muck, KrossD, Save the Panduhs, Mar, Blandy, Dour One, LeBA, ZLA, Afrika_47 aka Ralph Zimon, and Pastey Whyte.

Notes for this adventure:

- This is a two mile walking tour. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

- Ages 12 and up. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

- Street parking is available, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.

- A portion of the proceeds will go to Cartwheel Art and the artists.  

- Photography is encouraged! Tag #atlasobscura #cartwheelarttours #alleyproject #gabbaartdistrict

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