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Eighth Annual Santa Monica Airport Art Walk Saturday

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By Daniel Larios
Lookout Staff

March 12, 2014 -- Culture, creativity and art will be on display during the 8th annual Artwalk at Santa Monica Airport Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

This free cultural celebration will include art and ceramic demonstrations, art and theater workshops, live music and food trucks in the airport's converted airplane hangars. 

“The airport is an arts incubator and is home to more than 60 artists and creative venues,” City officials said.

During the event, artists will open up their studios to showcase their latest paintings, sculptures, ceramics and mixed media works, which will be for sale. Refreshments will also be served.

There will be a number of activities and programs open to the public.

Arena 1 Gallery will host an exhibit celebrating the work of 14 contemporary photographers called Alternate Realitie, which gallery officials say is “a testament to the imagination and myriad ways of seeing.”

“Through its explorations of reality and fiction, dreams and memory and personal narratives the exhibition celebrates new contemporary photography and the endless possibilities of its visual language,“ according to Arena 1 Gallery.

As part of the ArtWalk, Santa Monica College's Art Mentor Program will showcase works from a select group of SMC Art Department Students, while the college's Ceramic Arts will present throwing as well as Raku firing demonstrations throughout the day.

There also will be live theater, with the Ruskin Group Theatre performing highlights of its popular monthly offering L.A. Café Plays, as well as theater and art workshops for children.

Other hands-on activities for all ages include creating eco-friendly art using recycled latex house paint, making a self-watering terrarium out of recycled glass bottles and jars, and the favorite ArtWalk Stamp Hunt, which encourages exploration of the ArtWalk and airport with a prize for those who complete it.

Music will be provided courtesy of The Carmen Pérez Memorial Marching Band, a 10-piece brass band “performing a lively and eclectic repertoire of sounds and styles inspired by music from around the world.”

Local restaurant Spitfire Grill will be providing food, along with Los Lobos, Inida Jones Chow, Sprinklesmobile and Kings Road Coffee food trucks.

The Museum of Flying will be open to the public during the art walk.  The museum “features displays and interpretive exhibits on the history of flight and the development and growth of the aviation and aerospace industry in Southern California.”

Exhibits include a collection of original artifacts related to the Douglas Aircraft Company, once Santa Monica’s largest employer; aviation art, and an array of aircraft from a replica of the Wright Flyer  to aircraft of the jet age.

The Airport’s Demonstration Gardens will offer tours of three different sustainable garden designs.  These include eco-friendly lawn alternatives, vegetable gardens, private sanctuaries and an outdoor room. The tours will also include green gardening tips.

For more information on parking, food trucks, live entertainment, and a line up of the day’s events, visit www.smgov.net/airportartwalk or Become a fan on Facebook.

The ArtWalk is presented and produced by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and Airport Divisions.

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