The Los Angeles Brewery Art Colony is the largest live/work art colony in the world. The 16-acre complex was converted from an old Pabst brewing factory back in early 1980. It houses hundreds of artists of all disciplines (the waiting list is years long) who work and live in the same space.
Twice a year, the colony has an Art Walk where many artists how an open house for the public where they share their living space and work. Many of the artists offer their works for sale as well.
I spent a wonderful Sunday attending the Spring Brewery Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles where I visited over two dozen artist spaces and came away with several art pieces that I will be hanging in my own study.
It's quite interesting to visit an artists studio as their living space often reflected the style and content of the work they were sharing. Plus, the artist is right there so you could talk to them about their work. Without exception, each artist was approachable and willing to chat. This isn't an easy thing to do, open your space/work to the general public, and I was impressed with their attitude. And, as the Art Walk is a well-attended event, some studios were filled with people taking in the work.
I was surprised to see so many painters and traditional arts on display, but that may be because I spend so much time with digital art. There were wonderful examples of oil painting, sketching, linocut and print-work on display. I found myself wanting to buy many more pieces that I could afford, but managed to restrain myself and came away with 4 different works all of them at very fair prices.
Please take a moment to view the gallery above for examples of the various studios I visited. I really enjoyed the Art Walk and came away inspired and confident that the arts are flourishing in Los Angeles. Something that isn't often realized by people who don't live here.
Main Los Angeles Brewery Art Colony website: http://labrewery.com/brewery/
A nice video of The Brewery Art Colony is available at: https://youtu.be/N0P65hhZIPU