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DTLB Art Walk: Celebrate Downtown Edition

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm


On Saturday, April 13, Downtown Long Beach (DTLB) will be home to a fusion of creativity, community, and celebration. The Downtown Long Beach Alliance is proud to be a major partner for this quarterly art walk, and third in the series titled “DTLB Art Walk: Celebrate Downtown Edition.” Similar to previous DTLB art walks, the effort is a collaboration between the Downtown Long Beach Alliance, Arts Council for Long Beach, LBMA Downtown, Grey LB, Studio One Eleven, and the many businesses and artists of the Historic East Village Arts District.   

In this special edition, the Art Walk will serve as the canvas and Celebrate Downtown will be a major programmatic component. This unique combination is designed to elevate the visibility of the arts, the East Village, the Design District, and honor those who contribute to the flourishing Downtown area, creating a cohesive celebration that spotlights the rich tapestry of Downtown.  

📍 1st Street & Historic East Village Arts District Activation (Various activities from 1 to 9 PM) — The East Village is a historic gem and independent shopping district where you can experience the creative culture of Downtown Long Beach. Businesses throughout the East Village, with a high concentration on 1st Street, will be organized from 1 to 6 PM, pairing their unique and boutique offerings with artists from throughout the region. More can be found on the collectives’ program on Instagram here or on the East Village website here.

📍 Former Acres of Books of Building (4 to 9 PM) — This will serve as the central hub of “DTLB Art Walk: Celebrate Downtown Edition.”

The main program for Celebrate Downtown will take place between 6 and 7 PM at this main hub. This is where remarks will be made by elected officials, DTLB Alliance leadership and where the prestigious Spirit of Downtown Awards will take place. The venue will also showcase:

Eric Trine & Vern Moen — Is this a river? This is a river?

A multimedia exhibit “Is this a river? This is a river?” by local designer and commercial artist Eric Trine and documentary filmmaker Vern Moen of Long Beach Film Co. Part of Studio One Eleven’s “We Activate our Cities Initiative,” which launched during January’s DTLB Art Walk, this exhibition will display a diverse range of artwork, including photography, 3D installations, video, and more, to reconnect viewers to the San Gabriel River. For more info, click here.


Visitors can also expect music and entertainment by DJ Malcolm Alexander, funk soul outfit Anthony Cruz & Friends, and LB B-boy Squad and the announcement and celebration of DTLB Alliance’s annual Spirit of Downtown Awardees.

Reactivation of Iconic Acres of Books Building

The exhibition will take place in the former Acres of Books building, an iconic cultural space that will be reactivated for the second time since its closing in 2008. This historic location adds a layer of significance to “Is this a river? This is a river?” contributing to the immersive experience of exploring alternative perspectives within a space rich with cultural history. We extend a special thanks to Urbana Development for use of their space and Studio One Eleven for their community matchmaking skills.

Info on DTLB Design District

The overall location for the event is the DTLB Design District, an emerging hub in downtown Long Beach that champions design-centric small businesses, makers, art galleries, and more. The DTLB Design District aims to create a hub for design excellence and innovation in downtown Long Beach, fostering a community of designers and creatives who share a passion for design.


📍 RDC-Studio One Eleven (4 to 7 PM) — This location will launch its Creative-in-Residence program, featuring Kristen Marie Flores’ Muse Apothecary and the launch of Muse Lab, encompassing a retail pop-up installation with locally sourced plants from Flora Forage, and an exploration of the bridge between community care and workplace well-being. For more info, click here.

📍 Long Beach Museum of Art DTLB (4 to 9 PM) — This location will feature local artists and vendors showcasing their works.

📍 Hellada Gallery at 117 Linden Ave. (Noon to 9:30 PM) — The gallery will open at noon. From 4 to 6 PM the gallery will host a “Long Beach Masterpiece Contest,” where artists can submit their artworks, with a winner announced at 7 PM.

From 4 to 9:30 PM guest artists will be selling their work, with live music by Brown the Couscous” taking place from 5 to 7 PM. 

Additionally,  the gallery will host the opening of its annual community exhibit, “Sensuality in Art,” alongside new artworks by Karen Zilly’s “a sense of place” — a collection of coastal and Zen-inspired works. The opening reception will take place from 5 to 9 PM. More information on Zilly, Hellada Gallery and the upcoming exhibit can be found here.

📍Record Box at 324 Elm Ave. — Hosting a Record Sleeve Art Show, “COVERS” where artists pick a record to create a new, one-of-a-kind record sleeve cover. Check out works from the last show in September here.

Additional stops and activations in DTLB:

  • Art with a View: Exclusive Art Gallery at Lafayette Penthouse: Tapas and refreshments will be provided for guests attending. All art on display will be available for purchase through Kyle Finley | Fin@FinFineArt.com | www.FinFineArt.com. 5:30 to 7:30 PM
  • East Village Arts District Walking Tour: On the 2nd Saturday of each month, join Long Beach Heritage to explore the East Village Arts District. This docent-led tour will dive into the neighborhood’s unique history and changing architectural styles of the early 20th century, including Victorian cottages from as early as 1905.
  • Envy Beauty Studio at 314 Elm Ave. will display works by resident artist Ashley Vance.
  • blu Prints Gallery at 300 E. 4th St., Unit 104, will showcase the works of talented local and international artists, including photographers Alex Haig, Mike Overlin, Terry Fouche, as well as paintings by Jac’Qui Butler, woodcut pieces by Carlos Torres and Francisco Rodrigo, and digital works by Nick Batzdorf.
  • The soon-to-open Broken Spirits Distillery at 300 The Promenade N., will feature live music in their outdoor patio space.
  • Loiter Galleries at 425 The Promenade N. presents “Keeping It Local,” a group art show celebrating local artists, which opened March 30 and will run through May 4.
  • The Studio at Billie Jean King Main Library at 200 W. Broadway will present a 10-year Retrospective of Art and Maker Innovation, starting at 12 PM.

The Downtown Long Beach Art Walk is an initiative to build on the energy of the monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk in the East Village with a larger quarterly event that bridges and pulls together the entire Downtown and surrounding area.


April 13
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Downtown Long Beach Alliance


Former Acres of Books and the East Village
240 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802 United States
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