We had the good fortune of connecting with Renée Fox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Renée, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Inglewood Open Studios (IOS) began in 2006 as a grass roots art studio tour as a way to share resources among a small group of artists. Today, IOS still supports local artists and art activities by building a diverse, inclusive and resilient community. IOS is a private nonprofit arts organization founded and led by artists to support Inglewood artists and communities through its annual art walk, artist studio visits and demonstrations, artist lectures and artists’ professional development. IOS is home to the only art walk in the City of Inglewood, providing exposure for artists and access to art for the community. This year’s art walk will also include family friendly art activities and exhibitions for youth at several locations.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love making detailed drawings in pencil. My paintings are also drawings, small or mural sized. Myths, fables, and fairytales I first read or heard as a child shape the narratives in my work. These stories resonate with my own experience as a woman and an artist.
I am a self made Artist. I have had to rely on my persistence, wit and support of my community to get to where I am today professionally. One lesson I’ve learned is to ask for help.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When friends visit me here in LA, I want them to have a taste of what my life is like here. A day could start out with good locally roasted coffee from Groundworks brewed in a french press at home served with eggs, fresh baked bread and California produce from the Mar Vista farmers market after a brisk early morning bicycle ride exploring the hills of Palos Verdes. It could continue with a walk at Ladera Park with the dog, and a visit to the art studio at the local 1019 West complex, with introductions to artists and friends there. I may share my love for downtown Culver City with dinner at Piccalilli and ice cream dessert at Salt & Straw and finish the day with a walk on the big open beach in Playa del Rey. Time would certainly be spent hanging out on my Passion flower vine shaded patio because the weather is almost always perfect in LA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Inglewood Open Studios Board of Directors deserves a huge shoutout!: Vice President/ Artist Holly Tempo, Treasurer/ Architect/ Artist Chris Mercier, Secretary/ Educator/ Artist Joyce Dallal, Kali Nikitas, Wendy Chouteau, Artist Minna Philips and Artist Adwin Brown.