From Our Editors
Kevin Flint led his first behind-the-scenes art tour in 2007. He began by assembling a small group of interested visitors at his own loft in the Brewery Arts Complex: a 13-building haven for creative individuals that is home to more than 500 artists. Kevin decided to give the group a new experience by leading them into the studio spaces where his close friends worked on their pieces—a plan that allowed visitors to interact and engage with the artists, and to exploring areas that would normally be overlooked by more traditional art walks.
Kevin's learned a lot since then—for instance, he now lets his friends know ahead of time that he's bringing a group of strangers into their studios—but his goal is still to provide small groups with the opportunity to see some lesser-known sides of the southern California art community. Today, he and the other guides at LA Art Tours continue to lead excursions through a handful of the Brewery Arts Complex's 330 studio spaces, but also chart course to other artistic locations around town. Tours might take visitors on a treasure hunt through the Downtown Arts District, offering some insight into the massive murals and graffiti masterpieces that often spring up overnight, only to be painted or wallpapered over in a matter of days. Or, they might cover the famous Santa Fe Art Colony where guests may get a chance to view artists at work and glance at pieces before they make their way into the gallery.