Presented by the Slow Down Gallery in conjunction with Random Custom Framing and the Arroyo Arts Collective

Michael Arata and Douglas Johnston socializing at a distance in front of the Slow Down Gallery

On view through June 30th
Slow Down Gallery / Random Custom, 200 N. Avenue 64 in Highland Park, 90042

Local artists from the Eastside of Los Angeles have created one-of-a-kind medical style face masks showcasing their exceptional talent and clever wit. “A Novel Defense: Face Masks as Art,” will be displayed exclusively at The Slow Down Gallery in Highland Park through June 30th. This unique drive and walk-by show provides a welcome diversion during the COVID-19 pandemic, while benefiting artists, the Arroyo Arts Collective and

Jaime Scholnick, Mask #7

Artists of all disciplines are creating medical style face masks in an effort to create a shared experience for the community and provide artists with a creative outlet. Masks have become an essential part of our daily routine, and these artists are transforming the face coverings into works of art. The results are imaginative and inspiring.

The Gallery consists of a 12’ x 12’ storefront window of Random Custom Framing located at 200 N. Avenue 64 in Highland Park, 90042. In creating the idea of a one wall art gallery, viewable only as you are driving or walking by, the hope is that people Slow Down and take a look at what’s in the window.

Billy Kheel, Joshua Tree

In addition to going  by The Slow Down Gallery, the masks can be seen here and are now available for purchase: and on Instagram @TheSlowDownGallery.


Julie Williams, Tic Tac Oh No

Artists Include:Abel Alejande, Michael Arata, Val Echavarria, Samantha Harrison, Heather Hoggan, Billy Kheel, Mia Kheel, Michelle Ohm, Jaime Scholnick, and Julie Williams.

New works will be rotating in throughout the exhibit, so please keep checking in.

For additional information, please contact The Slow Down Gallery at (323-550-8000 )


Random Custom Framing is a small, design oriented shop with over twenty-five years of experience working with artists, galleries and collectors. Open by appointment only, customers get a one-on-one personal experience. They pay attention to detail, employ the latest framing techniques, and use the finest, museum-quality materials to not only enhance design but to protect and preserve artwork.

LA COVID-19 Mask Makers is a group for makers, including AAC members, who are helping the hospital system in Los Angeles combat COVID-19. #SewSisters, #onestackoneday.