Arroyo Arts Collective "Re-Discovery Tour" Nov 23

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents the:

Re-Discovery Tour --


16th Annual Showcase of Artists’ Homes and Studios
a self-guided auto tour of artists’ homes and studios in Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Mount Washington


Sunday, November 23, 2008

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Starts at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43, Highland Park, CA 90031 (Tour-goers check in and receive a map to the day’s open studios; there are also exhibiting craftpersons at Lummis Home all day)

Tickets: $10 in advance at or $15 at the Lummis Home on the day of the Tour.


Special Preview Party, Saturday, November 8, 7 to 9 pm, Future Studio Gallery, 5558 North Figueroa Street, Highland Park 90042

Samples of Tour artists’ work will be on display (and tickets to tour will be available, preview party is free)

For Information: or by voice mail at 323-850-8566

Email contacts: Amy Inouye at or Laurie Arroyo at

Camelot! Brigadoon! Shangri-la! Northeast LA! Places loved once, lost sight of for a spell, then miraculously re-discovered! The first three are challenging, but on Sunday, November 23, the artists’ homes and studios of the mysterious Northeast, artist colony for over a century, will be revealed at the Arroyo Arts Collective’s “Re-Discovery Tour” – the 16th annual self-guided auto tour of artists’ homes and studios in Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Mount Washington. The Arroyo Arts Collective, a grassroots community arts organization in Northeast Los Angeles invites the world to discover the art in the heart of Northeast L.A. Sixteen years ago 50 artists opened their studios - this year the roster tops 140 - old favorites side by side with fresh finds, featuring painting, sculpture, ceramics, collage, computer graphics, photography, letterpress, printmaking, fiber arts and spray can art., something for everyone (in a good way). This is an opportunity to engage with the artists, and view their homes and studios firsthand! For the first time this year, several Franklin High School students, some of whose work was supported by previous Tour proceeds, will also appear on the Tour.

Tour tickets can be purchased in advance ($10) online at and at Galco’s Old World Grocery, 5702 York Boulevard, Highland Park. Tickets the day of the tour ($15) will be available at the Charles Lummis Home located at 200 E. Avenue 43 in Highland Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tour ticket holders will receive a comprehensive map of artists’ studios and homes; studios and homes will be open between 10 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

A preview party showcasing Tour artists and their work will be held in conjunction with NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night on Saturday, November 8 at Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa Street, Highland Park. Artist images and links will also be posted at prior to the Tour.

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer's Market Report

Well, I have been really remiss in getting my farmers market reports out in the past few weeks. I have a hundred excuses (the heat, work, out of town, etc. etc.), but I have really missed the market and can't wait to get back. I'm going tomorrow and am dying to get my hands on some delicious fresh cherries. I can eat them like candy all day long. Other treats I'm on the hunt for: apricots and nectarines (they perfume the air of the whole market!).

Of course, I need my healthy green veggies, too. I'll be looking for fresh asparagus, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, artichokes, eggplant, onions, herbs.... All the good stuff for tossing together in salads, topping pasta or filling an omelet on those days when it's too hot to cook, but you still want to eat well. I've read several articles lately extolling the virtues of organic product. They think it contains much higher levels of nutrients than non-organic produce..... Luckily for all of us, most of the produce at the Old L.A. Farmer's Market is certified organic.

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there,

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer's Market Report 4/29/08

One thing we tend to take for granted, those of us who live in Southern California, is the abundance of delicious, fresh and healthy produce that is available to us all year 'round. This was brought home to me when we had family in town from the midwest last week.

They had come here for a birthday celebration and were able to spend a couple of extra days hanging out in our fantastic weather. On one of the hottest days we've had so far this year in NE LA, we piled into the car and headed out to Malibu. But being at the beach makes me hungry, so I packed up some sandwiches and fresh fruit to take along with us.

You cannot imagine the impact a cucumber can have on someone! I had picked up some fresh cucumbers at the farmers market a few days earlier. Without giving it too much thought, I sliced them up and popped them on some bagels with a smear of cream cheese and some smoked salmon. Delish! But the cucumbers were the talk of the trip from that point on..... How fresh, how delicious, how sweet and crunchy... Nothing else our relatives ate on their entire trip inspired as much conversation or compliments. Of course, I basked in the attention and got all the credit for the making the most amazing sandwich (which really just boils down to having the good sense to buy a few cucumbers at the market - who would've thought?).

Now, I have to say that I myself do love these cukes. They are small, have few seeds and a thin skin that is NOT waxed, so they are yummy unpeeled. I find myself putting them on everything (they are especially good with egg salad).

The other big impression on our out-of-town family was made by juicy, ripe strawberries on homemade waffles for breakfast one morning. They add color and vitamins, as well as flavor and sweetness to an otherwise only marginally healthy breakfast. Fresh squeezed juice (from citrus from the market, of course) is the prefect compliment.

It is easy to overlook how lucky we are to have such a variety of fresh, healthy and delicious produce available to us at any time of the year. To see this bounty through the eyes of visitors really brings it home and makes me grateful to live in CA and also to have a great farmers market to shop at within just a few blocks of home.

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there. ML

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmers Market - April 3, 2008

Comparing apples and oranges..... Well, maybe you are not "supposed" to do this, but it sure tastes good if you do. Last week, the farmers market was bursting with apples of all kinds and citrus of all kinds, including oranges, kumquats, grapefruit and -- my personal favorite -- blood oranges. I brought home a bag of each to snack on through the week. The apples are sweet and crunchy. The citrus is tart an juicy. There's no need to choose between them -- you need some of each!

This time of year, I love to add chopped up apples to salads. In our cool but not cold, warm but not hot, Southern California spring climate, big, meal-sized salads are really satisfying for lunch or dinner. I love adding chopped fruit and nuts to them to make them even more substantial and filling. The apples that dominate at the farmers market right now are called Pink Ladies -- even the name is delicious! -- and they are crisp and sweet. These are perfect in a salad along with some walnuts, chopped celery and leafy greens -- all of these items can be found at the farmers market within just a few yards of each other.  You can whip up a complimentary dressing using walnut oil and cider vinegar to add layers of nutty fruitiness to the flavors.

The fabulous citrus available this time of year brightens the longer days with intense flavor and color. Blood oranges, with their ruby colored fruit and juice, look at wonderful as they taste. The juice is refreshing to drink when fresh squeezed or it can be reduced down to a light glaze on the stovetop to use as a sauce on poultry or even ice cream! Kumquats are my personal favorite. This time of year I carry around a small bag of kumquats wherever I go and pop them in my mouth whole for a juicy, zingy snack. The peels are so thin and have so much flavor, it's like eating candy with an edible wrapper. I can easily eat a dozen in a brief amount of time. Grapefruits are also abundant at this time of year and add another dimension to the fruit bowl. You can sprinkle some sugar on the cut side of a halved grapefruit and then stick it under the broiler for a minute or two until the sugar carmelizes into a sweet and cruchy crust on the fruit.

In addition to apples and citrus, the market is bursting with other produce, such as asparagus, broccoli, eggplant and green beans, as well as nuts, cheeses, oils and vinegars. There is a week's worth of groceries right at your fingertips on Tuesday evenings from 3 - 7 p.m. on Avenue 56, between Figueroa and Marmion Way, right next to the Gold Line station. Parking in the lot is FREE after 4 p.m., or save some gas money and take the train or a bus.

See you there!