By Deb Flomberg
It’s a truly beautiful story. It’s the story of a run-down neighborhood in the mid 1960s, known for being extremely visually deteriorated. When Roderick and Rozzell Sykes (nephew and uncle,) two successful artists, moved in to the neighborhood, they began to work and present their art in their new environment, creating a visual art space known as St. Elmo Village. Today, this eclectic and diverse village is no longer the run-down and dilapidated neighborhood it once was. It is a thriving and supportive artists’ community, that simply must be supported and appreciated.
For more than 32 years, the neighborhood of St. Elmo Village has survived as a thriving artists’ community due to the efforts and positive messages that the community claims. Their message is, “Do your best, no matter who or where you are. Eliminate ‘I can’t’ and discover the rewards of ‘I can’!” And this beautiful village is open to the public with weekly art showings and plenty of great ways to support the artists. While you are there, be sure to check out the cactus gardens, started in 1969, when actor Jeff Bridges donated the first two plants. It’s now a stunning metaphor for the neighborhood, as the cactus is able to keep its beauty and quiet grace while withstanding harsh conditions.
Support this important community by heading out there on a Sunday afternoon. Every week it turns into an indoor/outdoor art gallery featuring a wealth of different artists displaying the many paintings, photos, sculptures, jewelry and more. The Village courtyard becomes a lively and colorful area with lots to see and many artists to meet. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, strolling the art, meeting the creative people behind it, and even picking a piece or two for your collection.
This fantastic weekend destination is made even more perfect when you set out in your 2013 SLK-Class Roadster from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You can put the top down and enjoy a luxurious and comfortable ride to St. Elmo Village, while you relax with the wind in you hair and sun on your arms. You’ll have a truly elegant way to arrive as you stop to appreciate these tremendous artists.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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