Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Larry and Brit @Gingergrass

On Saturday night we met up with hipstress-Brit at Gingergrass, a fusion Vietnamese restaurant in Silver Lake, for dinner. I've always liked this place, but rarely have the chance to go there, since it's out of our 'hood. We were on our way to the Frogtown Artwalk and thought this would be a perfect place to meet.

Dinner was yummy. Brit had the Papaya Salad, Larry had thinly sliced Pork Chops and I had a Rice Bowl with Shrimp and bits of Venison...yum!

Papaya Salad
Rice Bowl w/Vegies, Venison and Shrimp

We carpooled up to Frogtown, an area also known as Elysian Valley. This is an area cut off from the City by numerous freeways, along the L.A. River. Before the L.A. River was concrete, frogs and wetlands survived here.
Anyway, this industrial area houses many architectural firms, metal working shops, little houses and artists' studios. Along Blake Avenue is where the Artwalk takes place. There's live music, food trucks and a general party atmosphere along with art exhibitions and sales. We saw tons of friends in Frogtown on Saturday night, along with some fantastic carved furniture, paintings, pottery and more.

"If Hello Kitty Has a Mouth"
Our first stop was to see Mary-Austin Klein's work. Her paintings are small, but definitely draw you into the scene. Mary-Austin's work was displayed in an architectural office....great location!

Paintings by Mary-Austin Klein

After traipsing through a few other studios and metal shops we came upon Bill Lagatutta's studio. Yes, this is the same Bill Lagatutta who was an L.A. anchorman, news correspondent and journalist for decades.

Artist, Bill Lagatutta

His artwork blew me away! I love his collages of metal signs, paintings and sculpture. He was very welcoming and seemed thrilled to be part of this artwalk. Bill writes a great blog about Frogtown artists, Made in Frogtown.

Lagatutta's Metal Sign Collage
Lagatutta's Paintings

We will definitely be returning for the next Frogtown Artwalk!
Tonight at sundown begins the Jewish High Holidays. Tomorrow we celebrate the New Year, Rosh Hashonah. L'Shana Tovah, Happy New Year to all of my friends!

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At 10:07 AM PDT, Anonymous Jo Anne said...

L'Shana Tovah to you and your family.

The art walk looks like it was really a nice one. I need to get out more :)

At 2:27 PM PDT, Blogger Randi M. Cohn said...

Hi Ellen,

Nice blog. :) I went to the Frogtown artwalk for the first time this year. Pretty neat!

I was wondering, do you happen to recall the artist/company that made that cool looking wooden clock? I've been trying to track them down to no avail.

So far you have the only photo I can find of that clock, but I can't read the little title card in the bottom right corner! :)

Anyhoo, happy blogging!


At 2:33 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Randi,
Thanks for the blog compliments. The clock was shown at a wood workers place called Case and Grain:

At 2:36 PM PDT, Blogger Randi M. Cohn said...

Thanks for the quick reply, Ellen! And regarding another post you made, indeed, that doll-sized marshmallow couch is pretty frickin' rad.




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