If you feel you are overdue an afternoon of food, wine and musical therapy then you’re in for a crushingly good time. On May 19th, The 18th Street Arts Center in partnership with Edible Westside Magazine present CRUSH. A celebration of the arts and the taste-buds, Crush is an artisanal win, art and food tasting event that will feature exquisite delicacies from some of LA’s top restaurants and chefs.
The event benefits the 18th Street Arts Center, a “hub for contemporary art through two program areas that reflect its mission: 1) A three-tiered Residency Program that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue and 2) A Public Events and Exhibition Program that focuses on engaging the public and revealing the art-making process through exhibitions, events, talks, publications and other opportunities”. This means that in LA there is a small but wondrous community of artists from all different backgrounds and experiences living together and collaborating to create wonderful art and inspire each other while getting the mentoring they need to further their careers. This diverse assemblage of prodigies is inspiring, you’ll want to be apart of it.
The event will include exclusive tours of artists studios and a preview of the collaborative exhibition Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest by Alexandra Grant. Set to perform is Orlando Napier of NBC’s The Voice as well as DJ tracks by Fresh + Sunny, and Jazz by the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble. I plan to attend and to get more of an inside story on this group of creators and will return with my findings.
The event is Sunday May 19th at the 18th Street Arts Center at 1639 18th Street in Santa Monica
General admission is $45 from 2-5 pm and VIP is $55 from 1-5 pm. For tickets or more info go to www.18thstreet.org