San Pedro was bustling last Thursday, all in the name of labor and art. It all started with five individuals – one gallery owner and four volunteers (a mix of casuals and Longshoremen) who wanted to inspire and celebrate labor-friendly artists.
The San Pedro Labor Fest was born.
ILWU Credit Union attended the event. The grand kick-off took place at the Grand Annex and was filled with speakers and musical guests. After the kick-off we were off to the various art galleries to view one-of-a-kind art pieces from Longshoremen (active and retired) and casuals. Together they represented Locals 13, 56, 63 and 94 – just to name a few.
In total, five labor galleries emerged and displayed artwork ranging from paintings, photographs and digital prints. ILWU Local 56 Union Hall was transformed into a historical exhibit. A visual timeline filled with old newspaper reprints, photographs, images and text meshed together to form the Longshoremen and labor timeline. A quick shout-out to ILWU Local 56 staff for their great energy and hospitality!
On the outside of the galleries, the San Pedro community enjoyed the artwalk and festivities. Food trucks lined along 6th and 7th street and the music jammed as the band, Quintana covered ‘Roxanne’ from the Grand Annex. Thursday became the new Friday.
If you missed the event, don’t worry. The labor-dedicated artwork will be on display for an entire month. Stop by Gallery NeuARTig, Lazy Dog Studio and the Tree House Gallery & Artcade to view your brother and sister’s love for labor and art.
So what will future San Pedro Labor Fests bring? The organizing committee wants to grow their team of volunteers in order to begin strategizing for next year. If you’re interested, make sure you contact them via the San Pedro Labor Fest Facebook Page.
For San Pedro in general, the future may bring an official Labor Museum along with a Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library inside the USS Iowa. Again, all future ideas that may develop with the appropriate resources.
What other attractions/events would you like to bring to San Pedro or the South Bay? Voice your thoughts in a comment below.
For additional photos of the San Pedro Labor Fest, check out the ILWU Credit Union Facebook Page.