Affair for the Arts is an arts-and crafts market in support of social change

Haylee McFarland’s intricate illustrations of the animal kingdom visit Affair of the Arts

Culver City has long been a hub for the cinematic arts, but this weekend the fine arts come into focus.

Affair of the Arts brings 50 artists and artisans from a diverse array of disciplines to show and sell their works and wares outside the Culver Hotel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“I would say it’s like a cross between the Beverly Hills Art Show and the Mar Vista Art Walk,” says organizer Lisa Schultz of Whole 9 Gallery in Culver City. “We have painters, jewelers, photographers, leather artists, ceramics, glass and wood. We have handmade toys and fiber art. We try to have a selection of everything.”

The festival also plays host to live music, face painting, kids’ activities and workshops on topics such as flower arrangement, performing magic and making the perfect Mother’s Day card.

A portion of the proceeds benefit Whole 9 Gallery’s Peace Project, a nonprofit that helps humanitarian aid efforts around the world, such as building a community center for peace in Sierra Leone or rebuilding villages after typhoons in the Philippines.

“People say, ‘What does art have to do with peace?’ The answer is when you’re creating something, you’re not destroying something,” says Shultz. “Everything we do with the gallery and the festival, it’s really with the intention to give life to our humanitarian projects. It’s not necessarily to sell art. It’s really about developing a vibrant community to come together to create social change in the world.”


— Christina Campodonico

Affair of the Arts happens from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (May 4, 5 and 6) at 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Free admission. Visit for more info.