November 1, 2018 – Celebrating 21 years

San Pedro Photographers Association– Opening Exhibition will be at Dekor Gallery 445 W 6th St.
View a Collaboration of 7 talented San Pedro photographers. Bobby Fabro, Janine King, Larry Hodgson, Lena Milos, Lisa Greget, Mark Radmilovich and Vince Pirozzi.DeKor GalleryListen to the beautiful jazz sounds of guitarist Markus Carlton, Spirits & hors d’oeuvre will be served.

“In November, San Pedro’s FirstThursday ArtWalk will be 21 years old – legal drinking age in most states! The free ArtWalk Tour visits 3 galleries/studios and is a one hour introduction to the diverse art scene in San Pedro. Angels Gate Cultural Center is teaming up once again with the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce to present an installation of a studio artist, Leah Shane Dixon. Their digital paintings will be showcased in the Chamber of Commerce’s board room gallery to be open to visitors for three First Thursdays: November 1st, December 6th, and January 3, 2019. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
These handmade digital paintings are one-of-a-kind and were assembled by hand in studio; the larger pigment prints on canvas were fabricated for Dixon, but most have additional customization to establish their authenticity. They are all signed and will be available for purchase. Leah Shane Dixon, an artist based in Southern California, has been a studio artist at Angels Gate Cultural Center since 2016. A second-generation computer geek, Leah Shane fuses the practices of digital- and video-based art making with the foundation art practices of drawing, painting, installation, and photography.
This month’s tour will focus on the Loft, a unique art treasure in San Pedro. There are three new shows opening, and one continuing. In addition, the resident artists studios will be open.
South Bay Contemporary is proud to present “walking upstream”, a group exhibition at The Loft Gallery that showcases six artists who defy traditional approaches to creating art. Loft 1stThursdayUnlike the grooves in a record that repeat the same refrain, these artists bump the needle to disrupt and surprise, walking upstream and pushing the boundaries of their media with rigorous innovation: they cut, mark, layer, repurpose, wire, redact and string together their creations through exhaustive and often playful transformation.
Michael Stearns Studio @ the Loft presents Size Matters – an overview of Craig Antrim’s large format oil on canvas works. Antrim explores techniques and color, integrating his love of symbols and shapes in abstract combinations. Much of his work is influenced by his understanding of philosophy, Jungian psychology, Joseph Campbell and art history.
Angelica Sotiriou’s 2nd Floor Gallery features “Pathways” watercolor and Gouache by artist Toby Tannenbaum. Toby’s current work, undertaken in the past few years, is in watercolor and gouache. Landscape images provide opportunities for exploration in limited color palettes and with pattern and texture. Pathways refer to actual paths or trails, but also, more broadly, to the varied definitions of the word: routes, ways, lines of communication, determined courses, and courses of action.
The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art ViCA/ Pedro opened with “William Turtle: An Undiscovered Legacy” at it’s new annex space, during the last San Pedro 1st Thursday’s Art Walk, which continues until November 30. This comprehensive exhibition of an important – yet completely undiscovered – artist is part of ViCA’s plan to challenge perspectives on what art should and can be – a future-forward thinking, yet historical perspective. Turtle, who “geometric assemblage” in metal and wood, collage and found object derived works – ranging from strongly cause-based to abstract. “Billy” – as he’s known to his friends – rarely participated in shows. After over 50 years of making art, he’s been rediscovered.” Pat Carroll

Visit the San Pedro Art Association at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lobby entrance on 6th St.
Come get your early holiday shopping on with SPAA. We will have 10 excellent artists and crafters with amazing work to show and sell! Make sure to check out our fine jewelers, painters, photographers, pencil artists and much more.
While there check out the awesome happy hour deals inside the lounge at Blu. 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Crafted at the Port of LA: The first Thursday of each month is open studio night in San Pedro – when many of the Downtown galleries, studios, and shops open their doors into the evening for receptions and special events, complemented by live music, food trucks and our fantastic array of restaurants.
Macramé/Leather Bracelet Class tonight $45
Learn a simple macramé stitch, and create this fun bracelet. Macramé can open a whole new world of jewelry making for you. There will be different beads and leather for you to choose from. I will have a special waxed cord available to use, which has some cool tricks that I will show you. You will leave my class with directions on how to macramé, in case you need reminding. Please remember to bring glasses, if you need them. I will provide a little munchie. All supplies are included; however, you are welcome to bring your own tools if you’d like.
You can leave your car here and ride the FREE red trolley to and around Downtown to make sure you see all the sites. The trolley runs approximately every 15 minutes from 4 to 10 p.m. You can pick up your car until 10 p.m. or the next day. Every First Thursday is a new and fun experience, so come down and join us!