Live mural paintings were just some of the great experiences to be had at Artopia. (Daizy Neri/Living Out Loud LA)
Los Angeles is known for always having something going on at multiple venues every night; events that are able to appeal to all types of people.
This past Thursday, at the historic Grand Central Market, Angelenos from all over came to take part in LA Weekly’s Artopia. An occasion that is described as, “a place where art is everything and everything is art,” this year’s Artopia focused on Los Angeles’ vibrant arts and cultural scene and celebrated the publication’s Best of LA People Issue.
This issue featured the most intriguing people that have impacted Los Angeles and made a name for themselves. For example, individuals who switched industries and made a success in another completely different field or up-and-coming gems yet to be known by the mainstream. It was an issue to read if you felt that you hit a slump and needed some inspiration from some local movers and shakers to push you past your fears and create something more for yourself.
Artopia featured all forms of art, from paintings, fashion and architecture to film, music and food. It was the kind of event for anyone and everyone to attend, and by the look of it that night, everyone was trying to get in; there was a line around the block.
This year’s event, which was curated by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot, featured live mural paintings by artists HUEMAN and Jim Mahfood, as well as sculptural installations by Ramiro Gomez. Artopia also offered live music, with melodies from the Peach Kings, the Record Company and multiple DJ stations provided by creative collective DUBLAB. A special, high-fashion peep shows were also featured from the Bohemian Society, with special guests Alexey Steele, Mika Mae Jones, Tyson Lee Smyer, Cielo Garcia, Kaylani Lei and Annie Cruz. The night also included complimentary drinks from sponsoring vendors, free samples from Pop Candy and a photo booth by Taxi Magic for all attendees.
With so many great vendors showing off their wares, including jewelry by Diana Ho Designs and eco candles by EJH Brand, there was something for everyone. A must-see from that night was the interactive art by Debi Cable’s 3D Art Gallery. Cable featured hand-painted fluorescent 2D murals that were enhanced by her signature black light 3D glasses, which really exploded the masterpiece into a visual 3D carnival for your eyes, soul and imagination.
Although it was after hours for the Grand Central Market some of the vendors that were open and offering food for sale included Belcampo Meat Co., DTLA Cheese, G&B Coffee, Lupita’s Seafood, Olio GCM, Sticky Rice and Jose’s Ice Cream Corner.
LA Weekly’s Artopia was an event for all the senses and definitely produced an experience of after-hours culture in a historic location for the Angelenos who make downtown Los Angeles a haven.