The City of Glendale is home to dozens of commercial and residential art studios, museums, galleries and creative spaces. October 15th & 16th, 2016 presented a special opportunity for the public to get a behind the scenes look at the city’s rich culture, diversity and creativity; GO-2016, The Glendale Open Studio Tour was a free 2-day self-guided event highlighting several creative hubs within the city’s boundaries.
Over the free two-day experience, tour-goers were invited into the mind and space of local artists and gained special access to current exhibits, creative co-working spaces and performing arts studios. Tour maps were provided by event producers, 11:11 A Creative Collective at Pacific Park Library.
GO-2016 was supported by the City of Glendale and the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission, with funding from the Urban Art Program and produced by San Fernando Valley non-profit organization 11:11 A Creative Collective.
GO-2016 was a unique and insightful experience for all art lovers and visitors to meet a wide variety of artists and craftspeople in their studios, some of which were only open to the general public during this event. Stops included commercial and residential studios as well as public art throughout the city, including thirteen utility boxes which were part of the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission’s program, “Beyond the Box - Utility Box Murals”.
Over a dozen artists displayed their work in an open air art market in the main courtyard at Pacific Park Library.
Visitors indulged their senses in the beautiful grounds of the Brand Library & Art Center and were able to visit “Brand 44: The 44th Brand Annual National Juried Exhibition." In its forty-four years, the Annual Juried Exhibition has been one of the preeminent stages upon which thousands of artists from around the country have exhibited their work. The winner of the 2016 juried exhibition,Alex Babajanyan also opened his studio to GO-2016 for a closer look into his process and masterful artwork.
Participating commercial studios included: Cope Studios (926 Western Avenue), a 13,000 SF facility that houses thirty-eight diverse artists in all mediums and housing all scopes of creativity ranging from painting, sculpting, and drawing to animation and illustration as well as puppeteers, prop makers, writers, and costumers.
Community Woodshop and Molten Metal Works (located at 3617 San Fernando Road) provided tour goers with the opportunity to learn about workshops where they create their own furniture and artwork. Michael Egede-Nissen (431 East Mountain Street); a precisionist painter who explores the iconography of the industrial aesthetic also opened up his residential studio.
Additional stops in the tour included the Museum of Neon Art, Creative Lounge, GEO Gallery, Tufenkian Fine Arts, Armenian Arts, Roslin Art Gallery, and The Hummingbird Conservatory for the Arts.
About 11:11 A San Fernando Valley Arts Collective
The event coordinators, 11:11 A Creative Collective, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2009 have been the force behind San Fernando Valley’s growing presence in the Los Angeles art community, spearheading other art-centered events in the San Fernando Valley and spreading word throughout the city that “The Valley” is an artistic force to be recognized. 11:11 A Creative Collective’s mission is to provide a collaborative and educational multidisciplinary environment for artists and the public.