On Sunday, November the 13th, I was invited by Ginger Van Hook, an instructor of mine at Otis College of Art & Design, to volunteer for the annual event she participates in, Inglewood Open Studios.
Inglewood Open Studios is a self-driving tour (with maps and free shuttle buses made available) where dozens of artists within the neighborhood open their studio doors to the public, showcasing art in all different forms: drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, installation, performance, and etc.
Myself and a fellow volunteer, Gabby decided to tandem it up (she interviews; I shoot) and had the pleasure of meeting a number of artists, each of them inspiring in a crisp, unique way. Some have been creating for years, while others discovered their true passion of art later in life.
Every one these marvelously inventive spirits were happy to speak about their work, answer questions in depth, and willingly share knowledge – whether it be in regards to their personal background or what they would propose to aspiring artists to do, see, experience; anything benificial, to take the leap.
Overall, it was a truly eye-opening experience that I was delighted to be a part of; given the opportunity to meet wonderful, talented people; and document their fascinating, distinctive spaces.
It reminded me what is always true: Art is everywhere. Look around you, take a walk and see the colors - and it will be there, even where you least expect it - like the gritty, misinterpreted neighborhood of Inglewood, California.