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Arroyo Arts Collective

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents the:

“North by Northeast”: Cutting-edge art meets artistic heritage at the 18th Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour

  • What: A self-guided auto tour featuring more than 100 artists in homes and studios in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights and Mount Washington
  • When: Sunday, Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Where: Tour begins at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Ave. 43, Highland Park, 90031
  • How much: Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 on the day of the tour. Purchase advance tickets online at or at Galco’s Old World Grocery, 5702 York Blvd., Highland Park.
  • Information: Go to or call (323) 850-8566.

Austin, Texas has South by Southwest. Alfred Hitchcock had North by Northwest. And for 18 years, a quiet northeasterly corner of our city has had its own cultural odyssey: the Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour. This year’s tour — themed “North by Northeast” — will showcase more than 100 artists who work in an array of mediums, from the traditional to the exotic to the offbeat.

The self-guided auto tour features a unique glimpse into artists’ homes and studios in Highland Park, Mount Washington, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights and Eagle Rock. It also offers a great opportunity to pick up one-of-a-kind art works and artistic treasures at great prices.

For those who don’t wish to drive, shuttle buses will be available with stops at select locations.

Northeast Los Angeles — or NELA, as residents call it — has a rich creative history that dates back to the late 19th century, when poet and writer Charles Lummis built his home “El Alisal” at Avenue 43. The hand-hewn residence quickly became a gathering place for writers and other luminaries. At around the same time, landscape painter William Lee Judson founded the Los Angeles College of Fine Arts and Architecture a few miles north. The school became USC’s first School of Fine Arts in the 1920s.
Today, Northeast Los Angeles offers a vibrant art walk the second Saturday of each month that includes several neighborhood galleries and attracts hundreds of enthusiasts. While the focus is local, the growing attention NELA is getting is turning international: the New York Times and the Financial Times of London have taken note of the NELA scene, as have many other respected art critics and publications.

Find out what the buzz is about and support Los Angeles artists. Purchase tickets in advance for $10 or the day of the tour for $15. The tour begins at the Lummis Home, where participants will receive a map and tour badge. Maps will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m., and studios will open at 10 a.m.

A preview party featuring tour artists’ work will be held Nov. 13 in conjunction with the second Saturday art walk. The party, which is free, will be at Future Studio Gallery, 5558 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles.