Riverside, Ca


 

Our Vision Statement:

Locals Ownly is a grassroots and self-sustaining collaborative dedicated to promoting the creative community by uniting the many elements of our artistic passions. We promote creative freedom by building cohesive cultural identity through networking, exposure, and the material support of locals. 

Part of our efforts include an Artist Scholarship Program for which we accept donations with the intent of assisting local artists financially, specifically in the pursuit of their creative endeavors. This scholarship money will be given out based on application submissions, where artists can make a case for their project and discuss how financial assistance could help make their ideas become a reality. The goal of this scholarship program is to help alleviate some of the obstacles that can stand in the way of the creation of art in our community. We also put on many events that open new spaces for creative expressions, often including a mix of artistic mediums ranging from material art to music and from screen-printing to poetry, in the hopes of growing the community around the Inland Empire art scene. Funds from this donation box will go toward continuing to bring these eclectic events to our area. So we ask, if you are willing and able, to donate what you can to help us in our mission of building a vibrant and expressive art community in the Inland Empire, where all can come and feel welcome to create together and support each other in some of the most beautiful ways humans connect.

To Apply:

Simply direct yourself to the tab titled 'scholarship', and you can submit a short paragraph explaining to us why you need funding for your artistic endeavors. There is no right or wrong answer. We would love to help you out. We will try to respond to you as soon as we can.


 

Gaika

"At the Pub"

Hollywood, Ca

By: Mik Elson

On March 5, 2017,

 

LOWCO member Mik Elson collaborated with KUCR & Bricolage Media in an impromptu interview with London recording artist Gaika after a stellar concert by Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa at The Roxy in Hollywood, Ca. We all went to the same concert and ended up heading to the same bar to follow. With no prior knowledge of one another, we began to hang out and talked about the amazing artistry we just witnessed. Gaika then brought up that he was an artist and that he's friends with Mykki Blanco. Within minutes we're talking about how Mykki Blanco hit him up and wanted to do a record with him. Soon after, Mykki flew to London where they recording a song. After a kind gentlemen bought us all drinks (who also happened to be an Englishman), the pub was getting close to last call, so we asked if Gaika would be interested in doing an impromptu interview. 

Gaika is a driven artist who is forward thinking. I feel nothing but gratitude to have been able to converse with him and talk about how to always take the next step to being an artist. I wish nothing but the best for his future, which happens to be very bright. Be sure to support his music.

http://gaika.co
https://warp.net/artists/gaika/
https://soundcloud.com/gaikasays
https://twitter.com/GAIKASAYS
https://www.instagram.com/gaikasees

 

Blog


By : Mik Elson

By : Mik Elson

Whats Happenin'?

3/1/17 - Live Art and Music at mtl

This is all apart of a Live Art Music Show (L.A.M.S.) supporting local artists at Mission Tobacco Lounge.

By : Thorn in R’side

By : Thorn in R’side

LIVE SOUND

9/3/16 - HELLO PENELOPE

This group blew the night away, captivating everyone within an earshot to enjoy their drinks and move along with the band...

By: Sarah McMenamy

By: Sarah McMenamy

Sustainability

Riverside Free Tree Program

...Will provide shade and ideally lower the cost of cooling in the long run..

 

By: Mik Elson

By: Mik Elson

Live wax:

SHeer Mag

When punk makes you dance...if it was your first time hearing them, it most certainly wasn't going to be your last.

 

By : Thorn in R’side

By : Thorn in R’side

LIVE SOUND

9/2/16 - EASY LOVE

...MTL was full of people, and everyone came right up to the stage for this set to stage for this set to move and bob along,,,,

 

By : Thorn in R’side

By : Thorn in R’side

LIVE SOUND

7/15/16 - FAMILY OF LIGHT 

The whole group was super tight and together and at the same time they always carry a definite jam band feel....

By: Thorn in R'side

By: Thorn in R'side

LIVE SOUND

6/26/16 - BEDROOM TALK 

This four piece band brought a slew of heavy hitting songs and a lot of energy. Having a good time and bringing smiles to those in the crowd.

By : Thorn in R’side

By : Thorn in R’side

LIVE SOUND

8/6/16 - HUNTER LAVENDER

The room full of people, which got more and more crowded as the set went on, were closing their eyes and bobbing their heads along...      

By : Thorn in R’side

By : Thorn in R’side

LIVE SOUND

7/3/16 - SHINOBI GHOST

Shinobi Ghost Kept the party going, bringing old and young to the dance floor...

By: Brandon Jeffries

By: Brandon Jeffries

Interview

Social Reflections through printmaking: Pavel Acevedo

So he made a conscious decision to focus on his art. "..there's no friends around, no more teachers, it's just like...DO IT!!!".

By : Thorn in R’side

By : Thorn in R’side

LIVE SOUND

7/24/16 - HEAVY DOOR

For Pixels and Shadowplay Sundays this three piece band kicked out rock and rock mixed with an 80's sound...   

 

By: Yucatansuckaman

By: Yucatansuckaman

Tape Review

signals for starships: Abbatage 1: Étranglemet

A ears wide open, eyes wide shut observation on Riverside's experimental nongenre group latest release.  


 

Team Lowco

 
 

MIKAELA ELSON (Mik)

Photo by: Sara McMemany at Urge Pallette in Riverside, Ca.

Photo by: Sara McMemany at Urge Pallette in Riverside, Ca.

Mikaela Elson is one of the founders of The Locals Ownly Collaborative (The Lowco). The Locals Ownly Collaborative was formed within the community of Downtown Riverside, Ca, where she and the other founding members actively participate creatively. Riverside has an artist community that has angst, and is always thriving to do more. She recognizes that Riverside often gets compared to Los Angeles, due to it's close proximity, which is a stigma she hopes to break. 'We are Riverside, not Los Angeles'. There are beyond talented and generally amazing people that are found in this underbelly of a community that we represent loud and proud. Her purpose is to remind the community and other communities to take pride in what's already in front of you and create! Encourage! Collaborate!  Demonstrate!

However, her main goal is to bridge gaps between creative communities to unite artists. Eliminate exclusivity, and raise money for The Fund the Artist Scholarship; in hopes of being able to assist in creative projects that can not be funded solely by the artist due to financial instability (which is completely understandable).


Thom Stansell

"While the talent he possesses stems from years of difficult training, he maintains a carefree aura that exemplifies the spirit that has served as an almost mythological beacon to this art form" ~Press Enterprise.
Photo by: Sarah McMenamy at Lowkey Local

Photo by: Sarah McMenamy at Lowkey Local

Growing up in San Diego as a member of a non-profit local circus arts program, Thom has spent nearly his entire life surrounded by artists from all kinds of media, and has consistently worked in tight-knit and community-minded artist collaboratives. Spending the majority of his time training his skills in juggling, he would perform in different juggling and circus conferences. During his time in the circus program he became interested in getting involved in as many ways as he could to help build up cross-media art projects and performances. Since 2008 when began attending UC Riverside, he has become a growing part of the Downtown Riverside community arts scene: hanging his own art and curating art shows throughout the area, playing live music in various groups in almost every venue possible in Downtown, assisting as an organizer for the Saturation Festival for several years, working as an arts teacher for the Riverside Arts Council and the Riverside Arts Museum, starting improvisational theater and music groups, hosting open mics as well as special performances, DJ'ing (who doesn't), and now as a founding member of the Locals Ownly Collaborative. As an advocate for the arts being healthy for human minds and communities, Thom has spent much of his time working towards being a positive force for the expansion and vibrancy of the Inland Empire scene, and will certainly not be stopping any time soon.

 


Sarah Mcmenamy

Photo By: Thom Stansell at Urge Pallette in Riverside,Ca

Photo By: Thom Stansell at Urge Pallette in Riverside,Ca

Sarah McMenamy was born in Wisconsin, and after being adopted, her family quickly settled in South Dakota. The art scene there was stagnant if not non existent. She found as many opportunities for artistic expression as she could as it felt like the only way to express honestly. Just before starting high school at the age of fourteen she had an opportunity to move to Los Angeles to study and engage in the film industry there. So with the Southern California sun on her mind she drove straight for the beach. California was completely saturated with art everywhere you looked, and as much as people were consistently trying to be who they weren't, there was some sort of truth in the air. Some sort of freedom. Through film, she fell in love with the idea of people coming together, bringing to the table what they had, and creating something real and moving. After four years of L.A. Sarah was ready for the next step in life and moved to Riverside to attend UCR. Staying on the outskirts of the downtown scene and focusing on studies it took almost three years for her to realize there was something new in the air. There were hidden pockets of creativity all around Riverside and the feeling of some new movement coming. Painting and film had been her mediums of choice but upon picking up and analog camera she fell in love with the creativity it offered while simultaneously giving her an ability to try an capture someone else's honesty rather than just her own. She is currently an active photographer while still attempting to give each medium its time. Now creating more than ever she knew she had to do something to make the movement in Riverside really move and so she became a founding member of an artist collective called Locals Ownly (but by now you know that). Her hope as part of the collective is to inspire everyone to live artfully. To find themselves and to find their medium even if it's just the way you stack dishes after washing them. She wants to fuel honest expression in any form and unite the community of Riverside to experience together and to love together one of the most beautiful aspects of human-kind, creativity.

 


Braxton Boyd

Photo By: Sarah McMenamy at Back to the Grind

Photo By: Sarah McMenamy at Back to the Grind

Braxton Boyd is a photographer and visual artist in fertile downtown Riverside.  He likes coffee and cigarettes and sometimes other things; namely, the discovery of sameness between things that are different. With Lowco as the primary vessel in that continuous search, and community cohesion as the method, the basic art of being creative is the primary source of his fulfillment. He probably loves you, especially when your art is showing.

 

 


Ramal Cole

Photo By: Braxton Boyd at Back to the Grind

Photo By: Braxton Boyd at Back to the Grind

 

Ramal Cole born in Fayetteville nc, found himself in Riverside ca. Searching out outlets for people of the creative kind fortunately came across downtown riverside. Witnessing a scene he never saw before, artist of kinds. He began branching out and coming apart of things in that area. Now being a member in Locals Ownly, he hopes to help others coming from the same beginnings, find a place; an outlet to express themselves.


Between The Tables


Thank You Grindly (9/10/16)


Jazz On The Streets (Riverside Arts Walk) (7/7/16)


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If you would like to inquire about our collaborative, please feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.