Who doesn’t want to find Edgar Varela and wrap their arms around him for his continuous support of the arts in Downtown Los Angeles? Five years ago, Varela was one of the main gallery locations (EVFA), on 7th and Spring during the Downtown Art Walk, and at the same time heavily involved with Downtown art events including Arts District’s BloomFest, Art Week LA, MOPLA MONTH and numerous mega concerts in conjunction with Exchange LA. Today, you can find him stirring the pot of even higher profile art events such as the recently held Picnic DTLA at Grand Park, LA Weekly’s Artopia at Grand Central Market Place and Paris Photo, held last month at Paramount Studios.  For the Downtown Art Walk, he once brought style and class with notable exhibitions such as Ansel Adams and many others. But then he left, (although still living in DTLA), taking a grand piece of the Downtown Artwalk and its many artists with him.

But who is Edgar Varela and what does he stand for? In his own words he writes… “Many moons ago as a teenager I began producing small music events in the city of Los Angeles. These events involved navigating a nightlife scene in Los Angeles that now looking back on was a little dangerous for a 15-year old. Warehouses, lots, clubs, pop-up art shows is where it all happened, where my love of artistic creators began to flourish.” “It is all about being creative, expressing your passion, to me all these industries are all the same, we all want to make a living doing what we love, I try to make a living helping people do what they love, pushing them to the front of the stage and showing off there talents like a proud parent, regardless of financial success. I believe art and culture to be a necessity of life and I am here to help you get your share of it.” This month in support of the arts he curates two events at LA LiVE beginning on March 15th with LA LIVE DARK NIGHTS and followed by the second PopUp Marketplace on May 20th.


“POPUP Marketplace is back at L.A. LIVE on May 20 from 5 – 10PM for an evening of shopping all things local and handmade. The district will transform into a night time craft fair showcasing over 60 of LA’s best and brightest indie makers, crafters and artists. DJs will be spinning tunes while you hop from booth to booth and participating L.A. LIVE restaurants will offer food and drink specials so you can relax and unwind with all of your new wares. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect excuse to get some early shopping done whilst sneaking in a treat (or two) for yourself! ” LA LIVE, thanks to the help Edgar Varela and partnership with Downtown Muse, in addition to their regular concerts, expositions, movie theater, and tremendous dining choices now throws two independent artists events, Dark Night at LA LIVE and the PopUp Market Place both featuring live art, installations, independent vendors, live music, and $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants. Always looking to showcase new art and talent interested parties are asked to complete please this form => http://bit.ly/1Rh4MDK NOTE: Only independent vendors who sell handcrafted and/or personally designed artisan goods can be invited to participate.  POPUP Marketplace at L.A. LIVE is curated by Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela aka We ARE DTLA.