Santa Monica Airport has a rich historical background as the former home of Douglas Aircraft and birthplace of the DC3, but in recent years it has developed into a place where artistic rather than aeronautical ideas come to fruition. Many of the unused hangars have been occupied by art studios and creative venues since 2004.

To showcase the work being created at this cultural hub, the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Santa Monica Airport are sponsoring a Santa Monica Airport Art Walk.

The art walk is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10th, along Airport Avenue, located on the south side of the airport, between Bundy Drive and Walgrove Avenue. Admission and parking are free.

The event will showcase works by established artists, including Meg Cranston and Rachel Lachowicz, along with emerging artists and students in Santa Monica College’s Art Mentor program and Santa Monica College ceramics students. Artist work spaces will be open to visitors along the tour.

At the event, ceramics students will demonstrate their creative process, from molding and wheeling the clay through baking and glazing the finished designs.

Venues on the Art Walk will be the Santa Monica Arts Studios complex, the Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Arena One Gallery and private artist studios.

Santa Monica College Ceramic Studios was recently relocated to Santa Monica Airport.

Despite the occasional overhead drone of landings and take-offs, the Ruskin Group Theater is able to operate at the airport. During the art walk, the theater will offer performances of highlights from its monthly offering of short plays, L.A. CafÈ Plays at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

“From this place where the founders of modern aviation, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes once leapt into the air, now artists lead into new worlds with new ideas,” says Hamp Simmons, supervisor of the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division. “In tiny offices where engineers once constructed models and blueprints, artists conceive new visions.

“And in vast hangars where schematics were hammered into great flying machines of steel and aluminum, artists fabricate works that carry no passengers or freight, but take flight with our imaginations and dreams,” Simmons says.

Information, (310) 458-8350.

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