Long Beach’s Biennial MidCity Studio Tour (and Femmebit in DTLA)

Long Beach, California — A Celebration of Painters and Sculptors

This city was a very important contributor to the poetry renaissance that took place in Los Angeles County between 1970 and 1985. One of the ways, in fact, that Northern California and Southern California mirrored each other’s poetry scenes is that both the Bay Area (San Francisco; Berkeley; Oakland; Bolinas) and Los Angeles (Venice; Ocean Park; East Hollywood; West Los Angeles; Hermosa Beach; Long Beach) had their “local” communities. In southern Los Angeles County, the Chelsea Bookstore was one of the places that any serious non-academic poet had to read it at some point.

Despite the best efforts of Gatsby Bookstore to make an equivalent contribution, the poetry scene in Long Beach is on a decidedly quiet scale this century. However, visual artists have begun edging out into local prominence in the past couple years, and anyone in this area who is curious has an exceptional chance to do a comprehensive survey this coming weekend.

Long Beach’s MID-CITY STUDIO TOUR (MCST), a biennial event, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and June 2. See the following link for addresses of all the studios.
https://www.midcitystudiotour.com
Artists include: Slater Barron, Sue Ann Robinson, Katie Stubblefield, Marka Burns, Sarah Soward, Michael Stearns, Connie DK Lane, Craig Cree Stone, Linda Fry, Ho Chan, Carol Roemer, Juan Gomez, Cynthia Evans, and many more (in addition to Mohr).

POST-SCRIPT:

For those in Los Angeles County for whom Long Beach is too far to drive, I would recommend another celebration of artists this weekend: FEMMEBIT, in DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles).

https://femmebit.art/event

When: Friday, May 31, 6pm–2am; Saturday, June 1, 11:30 am–2am; Sunday, June 2, 11:30am–8pm
Where: Civic Center Studios (207 S. Broadway, Suite 1, Downtown, Los Angeles)

Curated by Sharsten Plenge, Dahn Gim, and Kate Parsons, this exhibition includes the work of over 50 women working in sound and light art, as well as various kinds of projective media. The absence of Audri Phillips from this weekend’s exhibit is a serious omission.

A Festival of Innovative Tech Art from 75-Plus Women Artists in Los Angeles