Friday, October 7, 2011

L.A.'s Biggest Exhibit

Art and Adventures in Los Angeles
by @lindsayleboyer, guest blogger Lindsay LeBoyer

This October, a myriad of museums and galleries in Los Angeles will team up for a celebration of post-war art. All kinds of art forms like photography and music will be exhibited, so this is an event you won't want to miss. But when you're taking a break from all the art, there's much more to see in LA than just palm trees and paparazzi. The golden state has lots to offer for tourists and locals alike. Now that the east coast is cooling off for fall, there's no better time to plan your LA getaway. Here are the must-see exhibits, best restaurants, and coolest attractions to see while you're there.

Post-War Art Exploration 
Standard Station by Ed Ruscha will be featured
in an exhibit at Getty Museum during the post-war
exploration this fall
Starting October 1st, over 60 museums and 70 art galleries will take part in a massive exploration of post-war art. The event will run for 6 months all over the Los Angeles area. Highlights include a show on mid-century modern design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and exhibit of African-American photography at California State University Northridge, an exploration of music from 1945 to 1975 at the Grammy Museum and a centerpiece show of LA. painting and sculpture at the Getty Museum. For more information visit

Wasteland Vintage
Many celebrities shop at Wasteland, so
keep your eyes peeled!
LA is known for its amazing vintage shops. One of the best is Wasteland, located on Melrose Ave. You'll find designer vintage pieces like a YSL blazer, or Moschino blouse, for a price you won't believe.

Where to Eat

watercolor landscape painting Bob's Donuts

If you're searching for a delicious restaurant that offers healthy food in a stylish setting, look no further than True Food Kitchen. Co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, this unique restaurant serves only organic, locally grown food that's just as tasty as it is healthy. Popular dishes include Grilled Steelhead Salmon and Edamame Dumplings with white truffle oil. LA visitors should check out True Food's
location in Santa Monica place.

For less healthy treats stop at Bob's Donuts in the Fairway Farmer's Market! Bob's donuts is a staple of the Los Angeles donut community for over 50 years and a must see tourist stop!

Griffith Park
Left: The Hollywood Sign, Right: LA skyline. Photos by Lindsay LeBoyer
Griffith Park is one of the best tourist attractions LA has to offer. Take a scenic hike up to the Griffith Observatory and gaze at the famous Hollywood sign. You'll find stunning views of the LA skyline too; perfect inspiration for your next painting!

Stay in Santa Monica

California painting depicts the iconic Santa Monica Pier
The Double Tree Hotel in Santa Monica is the perfect place to stay. When you need a break from the city, you can relax and soak up some California sun on the rooftop pool. The Double Tree is also conveniently located near the Santa Monica Pier, and it's walking distance from 3rd street promenade. 

What is your favorite thing to do in LA?

Lindsay at the Farmer's Market on Fairfax
during her trip to LA in August '11
Lindsay LeBoyer is an intern at Schulman Art. She writes a fashion blog called The Style Child.

Mentioned in this article: @GettyMuseum, @shopwasteland, @TrueFoodKitchen, @DrWeil, @LACMA, @csunorthridge, @TheGRAMMYMuseum, @SantaMonicaPier, @FarmersMarketLA