More than 60 local artists and performers will showcase their works and private studios during the fourth annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk Saturday, March 20th.

Hosted by the City of Santa Monica Airport Division and Cultural Affairs Division, the free art event is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. at various studios and galleries on Airport Avenue, between 23rd Street and Bundy Drive in Santa Monica. Parking is free.

Private studios and art programs featured include Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica College (SMC) Art Mentor Program and Ceramic Arts, and the Ruskin Group Theatre. Painting, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media will be represented.

Galleries participating in the program’s converted airplane hangars are ARENA 1 and the Sherry Frumkin Gallery.

Free children’s activities and special discounts at airport restaurants, The Spitfire Grill and Typhoon, are new features of this year’s event. Other activities throughout the day include firing demonstrations of Raku Japanese pottery, highlights from the Ruskin Group Theatre’s popular monthly offering L.A. Café Plays, theater and art workshops and talks about the airport’s Donald Douglas sculpture, the reopening of the Museum of Flying and current exhibits.

Some resident artists will sell work from their studios at discounted rates and many will offer free refreshments.

The public is invited to meet the resident artists of the arts community at Santa Monica Airport, one of Los Angeles County’s oldest operating air fields. The municipal airport has a rich history as the former home of the Douglas Aircraft Company and the birthplace of the DC-3 plane.

The airport has developed over time into an arts incubator and is home to a number of creative venues.

Information, (310) 458-8350.

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