The Magoski Arts Colony was the place to be during the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk on Friday, Feb. 2.
Located off of Santa Fe Avenue, it was by far one of the most attended venues of the night. The space is a large historic building that houses Violethour Studio & Gallery as well as the Hibbleton Gallery.
The Magoski Arts Colony was filled with people who could interact with some of the art on display. Each nook and cranny of the building was covered with artwork.
Michael and Candaz Magoski are the owners of Magoski Arts Colony and it was they, along with their friend Jesse La Tour, who started the art walk.
“We love it. I think it brings community, especially with the local venues,” Candaz Magoski said. Magoski was entertaining guests inside of the Violethour studio.
Lolo Boutique was another venue that opened its doors for the art walk. Displayed on the walls of the store were the paintings of Fullerton resident Carol Lisa Lozito.
Lozito started out as a fashion illustrator and worked on children’s books in New York before she began painting endangered wildlife.
“My title is the ‘Painter for the Endangered Species’,” Lozito said proudly.
A family of giraffes, elephants drinking from a watering hole, two white tigers lying together and a colorful toucan were among her paintings on display.
“I’ve been painting wildlife for about 25 years,” said Lozito.
She pointed to a piece of hers titled “Sunset Nuzzle” which depicts two silhouetted wild mustang horses nuzzled against one another. She noted that Bruce Springsteen, who she referred to as “one of her wild rocker friends”, owns a print of it.
“It’s important for people to get out and see the art,” Lozito continued.
Susan Upton, who has been the owner of Lolo Boutique for 12 years, has been participating in the art walk since its inception.
“I like being a participant in our community activities.” Upton said. “I think the art walk is good for the community because it’s a family oriented event.”
Fullerton Resident Kent Morris stopped by Lolo Boutique during the beginning of the night and has been attending the art walk since it started.
“It’s just a great way to get out and socialize,” Morris said.
“It gets people out of their homes first of all. It gets people down to the businesses, it gets people to the bars, it brings in money to the city of Fullerton, but it helps put Fullerton on the map as a center for art and culture,” Morris said about the art walk.
Candaz Magoski echoed this sentiment back at the Magoski Arts Colony.
“It just brings community. We’re trying to promote things other than the bars,” Magoski said. “We love it. We live here in Fullerton and it’s really nice to be able to have a gallery and mingle with the people who live here.”
For more information on the downtown Fullerton art walk, visit their website.