More than 60 local artists and performers will have their private studios and works on view at the fifth annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk, scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19.
In addition to the open studios, demonstrations and workshops, the ArtWalk will feature live music and food trucks.
Presented by the Santa Monica Airport and the city Cultural Affairs Divisions, the ArtWalk, which allows the public to meet the resident artists of the airport arts community, will be held along Airport Avenue, between Bundy Drive and 23rd Street in Santa Monica.
One of Los Angeles County’s oldest operating airfields, Santa Monica Airport has a rich background as the former home of the Douglas Aircraft Company and the birthplace of the DC-3. The airport has developed over time into an arts incubator, and is home to a number of creative venues housed in converted airplane hangars, according to the Cultural Affairs Division.
Among the venues and organizations participating in the event are Santa Monica Art Studios and ARENA 1 Gallery, Santa Monica College Art Mentor Program and Ceramic Arts, Ruskin Group Theatre, and Santa Monica Airport Artist Studios. Artworks will include paintings, sculptures, ceramics and mixed media, and many artists will be selling work from their studios as well as offering refreshments.
Throughout the day there will be firing demonstrations of Raku Japanese pottery, highlights from the Ruskin Group Theatre’s popular monthly offering L.A. Café Plays and theater and art workshops for kids. The Mad Alsacians, an accordion-driven ensemble, will also perform traditional 1930s-60s French music.
Food will be offered from local restaurants Typhoon and Spitfire Grill as well as the Border Grill Food Truck and the Sweets Truck.
One of the featured exhibits is Evolution Revolution: The Interconnectedness of All Beings at ARENA 1 Gallery, a collaborative art exhibit and forum between Buddha Cat Press, 10 renowned visual artists, Santa Monica Studios and SociArts Productions. The socially conscious exhibition, curated by Karen Fiorito, focuses on animal welfare and the environment, a gallery spokesperson said.
The airport’s Museum of Flying will have a sneak preview of its collections, exhibits, aircraft, and educational programs that will be offered when it re-opens in the late summer.
Admission to the ArtWalk is free. Free parking, as well as free bike valet services are available.
Information, (310) 458-8350.