Now in its sixth edition, the annual “Diverted Destruction” group show at the Loft at Liz's has become a highlight of the summer season. The upper floor (i.e., the loft space) of the Liz's Antique Hardware building on La Brea has been converted into a proper art gallery, regularly staging solo and group exhibitions featuring some of L.A.'s most popular artists in an array of thematic shows exploring beauty, pattern, surface and color. The shows are terrific, but given the downstairs business' focus on reclaiming treasures from the dustbins of architectural and design eras past, there's something about the Diverted Destruction series that is especially suited to the space. The shows feature accomplished artists rehabilitating nearly discarded objects into works of art greater than the sum of their dusted-off parts. The exhibition, which this year was co-curated with the California African American Museum, has been up since the end of June, and this weekend it culminates with an afternoon artist-led workshop in which all are welcome to participate using objects of their own and/or those donated by Liz from the antique inventory and rescued by her minions from parts unknown. Even if you just cruise by to catch the show before it closes, you'll never look at random boxes of stuff in the same way again. The Loft at Liz's, 453 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-Wilshire; Sat., Sept. 14, 2-4 p.m.; free. (323) 939-4403,

Sat., Sept. 14, 2-4 p.m., 2013

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