On Saturday, March 14th, the public is invited to explore the more than 60 artist studios and multiple creative venues that occupy the airport’s converted airplane hangars during the 9th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk. Featuring open studios, art and ceramic demonstrations, theater and art workshops, live music and food trucks, the ArtWalk offers a fun-filled day of artistic exploration.
The studios boast a variety of mediums and styles including painting, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media. ARENA 1 Gallery presents the exhibit ges•ture, featuring artists who use movement and explore gesture in their artwork. Santa Monica College Ceramic Arts demonstrates wheel throwing and Raku firing throughout the day and hosts a sale of student work. At The Museum of Flying, Aviation artist Mike Machat talks about the Museum’s new mural in progress and gives visitors the opportunity to play Stump the Artist – name any type of plane and Mike will draw it from memory creating a one-of-a-kind art piece.
Hands-on and interactive activities for all ages include: highlights of The Ruskin Group Theatre’s popular monthly offering L.A. Café Plays; a participatory chalk mural led by Airport artist Laraine Mestman; a monotype workshop with Airport artist Jackie Nach; a communal art piece made of recycled bottle caps with the City’s Resource, Recovery & Recycling Division; the popular ArtWalk Stamp Hunt, a self-guided exploration of the ArtWalk and airport with a prize for those who complete it, and tours of the three sustainable designsof The Airport’s Demonstration Gardens. The 5-piece band, Brasilidade, bring the warmth and energy of Brazil playing their samba and pagode rhythms throughout the airport.
There are also special activities for children including a communal ceramic art piece with Santa Monica College Ceramic Arts, a jewelry making workshop with Airport artist Paula Rosen and theater improvisation workshops in the Ruskin Group Theatre.
Local restaurant Spitfire Grill, filled with WWII military and Douglas Aircraft photography, serves traditional American food. Three different food trucks serve a variety of savory and sweet including: Border Grill Truck with gourmet tacos, quesadillas, ceviche and more; Son-of-a-Bun with burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches, and the Pudding Truck dishing out decadent old-school- stove-top pudding and handmade toppings along with coffee.
WHAT: The ArtWalk offers a fun-filled day of artistic exploration among the more than 60 artist studios and multiple creative venues that occupy the airport’s converted airplane hangars including open studios, art and ceramic demonstrations, theater and art workshops, live music and food trucks.
WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2015
12 – 5pm
WHERE: Santa Monica Airport, along Airport Avenue between Bundy Drive and 23rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
COST: The Airport ArtWalk is free of charge, and open to all. Parking and bike valet are also free.
INFO: For more information visit smgov.net/airportartwalk. Follow the ArtWalk on Facebook and Twitter.
The ArtWalk is presented and produced by the City of Santa Monica Airport and Cultural Affairs Division.
ABOUT THE AIRPORT
The Santa Monica Airport is the oldest operating airport in LA County. The airport played a key role in the nation’s aviation revolution – as the lift off point of some of the first round-the–world flights, workplace of Rosie the Riveter during WWII and innovation incubator for the DC-3 which led to the birth of modern-day air travel. smgov.net/departments/airport
ABOUT THE CULTURAL AFFAIRS DIVISION
The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division brings the City’s art scene to life for residents and visitors each year by supporting engaging and accessible cultural events for all ages throughout the year. Cultural Affairs nurtures local arts organizations, promotes artist involvement in the community, manages the landmark Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and presents and produces innovative programs citywide at the Annenberg Community Beach House, the historic Miles Playhouse, 1450 Ocean and in the city’s parks, enriching Santa Monica’s reputation as an international cultural destination. smgov.net/arts