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.

And What Were They Filming?

For anyone who wondered just what was being filmed last week on the corner of Avenue 56 and North Figueroa

It was a new TV series for TNT ....

More here

The Figueroa Street Business District could become a "Living Backlot" ®   Read Robert Mendel's proposal.  Mendel proposes that creating a an organized, film-friendly corridor along North Figueroa would stimulate tourism to the area, create business for the local shop owners, and begin generating funds necessary to restore the building facades along the corridor.

Northeast Los Angeles: A Living Backlot®

A long time resident of NELA (Northeast LA) and a highly regarded Location Manager, Robert Mendel once called the streets of Northeast Los Angeles a "living backlot®".  Here's a link to Robert's original "Living Backlot®" proposal.

(In the lingo of the film industry, a backlot is an area behind or adjoining a movie studio with space to build or with permanent exterior sets for outdoor scenes in motion picture and/or television productions.)

Northeast Los Angeles is located only minutes from the media centers of Hollywood, Burbank and Downtown Los Angeles; its wealth of historic architecture, its terrain of hillsides, valleys and sycamore groves, and its eclectic and diverse atmosphere make it a go-to location for film shoots.

The old Security Trust and Savings Bank building on the corner of North Figueroa and Avenue 56 in Highland Park, declared as Los Angeles Historic - Cultural Monument #575 in 1993,  is a popular filming location.

This week, Leverage Productions is hard at work:

The required neighborhood notifications for the current project state:

Leverage Prod


5601 N. Figueroa St

FILM DATES & HOURS: 7/14/08 - 7/16/08 & 7/21/08 - 7/22/08, 5:00 A.M.
- 10:00 P.M.; 7/17/08 - 7/18/08, 5:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M.


COMMUNITY SURVEY*** Occasional traffic and pedestrian control.
Atmospheric smoke effects. Brandishing weapons. Driving scenes.
Equipment on sidewalk and in curb lane across the street. Interior
and exterior dialogue. Wetting of the streets. Hostage scene. 1
condor, 1 crane, & 1 generator.

*7/14 - 7/18 & 7/21- 7/22, No Parking Anytime Both sides of Ave 56
from Figueroa St - Marmion WY. Crew parking at City Lots 635 - 636 on
7/12 - 7/13 & 635 on 7/14 - 7/18. Trucks parked over night.

*7/14 - 7/18 & 7/21 - 7/22, 6:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. Full closure of
Ave 56 from Figueroa St - Marmion Wy.

Matt Cassel
Location Manager
office 323- 928-7000
mobile 310- 702- 6441

Although the street closures can be an inconvenience, the locals love to come out and watch the Hollywood mavens at work.

Some of our clients occasionally make their properties available for filming.  If you are scouting for film locations in the Northeast Los Angeles area, please don't hesitate give us a call!