NELA stands for North East L.A., is pronounced nee-lah and is demarcated by the 134 on the north, the 2 on the east, the 5 on the south and the 110 on the west. Founded almost a decade ago as part of NELAart's broader appreciation for the long history of Highland Park's creative community, this monthly Second Saturdays Gallery Night is really coming into its own. Maybe it's the art-friendly population of nearby downtown; maybe it's the bumper crop of new galleries and artist-run spaces (and the boutiques, bookstores and brasseries that come with them, particularly along York and Eagle Rock boulevards). Although truthfully — and this is the organizers' point — good indie shit is happening everywhere on the NELA map, the most recent edition of which listed 64 venues including Avenue 50 Studio, Slow Culture, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Monte Vista Projects, MorYork and the studios and gallery of the Keystone Art Space complex.
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