30 Open Doors, a free open house event at the Bergamot Station art complex in Santa Monica, will celebrate the site’s past, present and future as a centerpiece of West Coast art Friday, Dec. 16.
The event is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Bergamot complex, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica.
The celebration will feature works by nearly 100 artists on view at the more than 30 galleries, as well as spirits, food trucks and performances.
In the spirit of the holiday season, 30 Open Doors is also an official collection point for the ABC7 & SoCal Firefighters’ 19th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. Guests are encouraged to bring new unwrapped, kid-friendly art supplies and toys for donation to underserved children in Southern California communities.
All toy donations will be collected as guests enter Bergamot Station from Michigan Avenue. The donation collection and pick-up is being administered by the American Red Cross of Santa Monica.
The Bergamot Station site has a history dating back to 1875 when it was a former Red Line trolley stop. When Bergamot Station opened its doors as an arts complex in 1994, few expected it to grow into one of the pre-eminent art destinations on the West Coast, Bergamot officials said.
Now boasting more than 600,000 visitors annually, the pedestrian-friendly campus of more than 30 art galleries, along with a museum, caf/ and an assortment of specialized boutiques, has made a larger than life imprint on Los Angeles’ contemporary art scene, officials said.
In addition to the artworks on display, the open house will include jewelry pieces by Suzanne Felsen, handmade Japanese papers by Hiromi Paper, floral and holiday gifts by Lilla Bello Studio, and high design, jewelry and gift items at “Our Gallery Store” next to Lois Lambert Gallery/Gallery of Functional Art and the Santa Monica Museum of Art Gift Store.