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We?ve seen Abbot Kinney, DTLA and Highland Park turn from gritty creative enclaves to retail meccas. Where?s a culture lover to go to hobnob with real working artists?

In a word: Frogtown. The neighborhood, also known as Elysian Valley, sits along a stretch of the L.A. River that was cut off from the rest of the city when the 5 Freeway was built in the 1950s. This Saturday, it?s ready for its comeback at the Frogtown Artwalk, with a newly paved riverside walkway that leads from one studio to the next.

We?re looking forward to being welcomed into more than a dozen artists? work spaces, like Bill Lagattuta?s river-view studio, where he makes steel mosaics; reMade Studios, a loft shared by a woodworker and a painter; and the first couple of Frogtown, Artwalk organizer and architect Tracy Stone and her surfboard-shaping partner, Allen Anderson.

Work will be for sale at most of the spaces including Book Show, an arty new bookshop-gallery. Interactive events are peppered throughout the 4 to 10 p.m. schedule, including sidewalk chalk-drawing contests and performance art. And you'll be able to buy agua frescas and other food made by locals.

Since it?s only a matter of time until gentrification makes this area the next Arts District, don?t miss this look at homegrown creativity.

Frogtown Artwalk, Blake and Eads sts.; 323-664-0202 or

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