LEO POLITI CENTENNIAL ART EXHIBIT
( 1908 – 2008)
The exhibit includes artwork dating back to the 1930’s when Leo Politi had a small studio on Olvera Street. On display will be never before seen paintings, carvings and Olvera Street inspired and related illustrations for books and magazines including sketches from Politi’s children books “Pedro the Angel of Olvera Street” and “Juanita,” which were set in and around Olvera Street. Both books were named Honor Books by the American Library Association. Throughout Leo Politi’s life he continued to visit Olvera Street every week with sketchbook in hand for artistic inspiration. The exhibit will include a video interview of Leo Politi reminiscing about his early days on the street he referred to as “Heaven.” Politi’s love affair with Olvera Street spanned over sixty years and remains alive today in his mural, “The Blessing of the Animals” at the Biscailuz Building, Olvera Street, El Pueblo de Los Angeles.
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