Saturday, February 16, 2013

YA Inspired Art

So last month I blogged about an art show that I'd heard about on Twitter that was inspired completely by children's and young adult literature.

I did a little research and found out that Gallery 1988, located in Los Angeles, was running an art show for most of February. I wanted to go but I really didn't want to have to deal with driving to Los Angeles. For those of you who have driven there before, you know that it's a beast. Crowded lanes, crazy traffic, and driving through neighborhoods that are less than desirable.

After a little prodding from my roommate and my fiance volunteering to drive, there was no way I'd say no! The gallery was located on a small street corner next to a comic shop. From the outside, it almost looked closed because of the small space and the lack of anyone inside.

Boy am I glad we opened that door! Imagine my delight when pretty much all of the art was inspired by my favorite books as a child/tween/teen. We're talking about a myriad of Sweet Valley High paintings, Goosebumps, Nancy Drew, Harriet the Spy, etc. I was in art and reading heaven. Here's the flyer.

Unlike other art shows, this one has free parking and free entry. So how can you support it? Buy a print! I left yesterday with two. One Nancy Drew print and another inspired by R.L. Stine, who is basically my childhood hero.

Check them out:

Inspired by R.L. Stine's Stay Out of the Basement

Inspired by Carolyn Keene's The Double Horror of Fenley Place

Here are a few other pictures from the trip!

Inspired by the Sweet Valley High series

Inspired by Nancy Drew

Inspired by R.L. Stine's Say Cheese and Die

Inspired by the Babysitter's Club series

A wall of art inside Gallery 1988

If you're interested, there's still time to see the exhibit all the way up to the 23rd. It's worth the drive (especially if someone else drives, he he). For more info on the Gallery check put their website and Tumblr.

What do you guys think? What's your favorite piece of art?
 Is there one you'd like to see? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. Wow this is awesome! I really like the piece inspired by the Sweet Valley High series. Wish I could go, but LA is a little bit of a drive from Indiana. Thanks for sharing your photo essay though!

    1. Hi Jamie! Glad you liked it! I'll say that's a bit of a drive for you. Hehe. I was definitely drooling over the Sweet Valley High art. Hopefully something fun like this will come your way soon! <3 Jolene

  2. I'm planning to go this week. Thankfully the L.A. traffic isn't much of a deterrent for me... Kind of used to it. Ha ha.