*Santa Monica Airport Artists Open Their Studios to the Community*
See Artists at Work in One of Santa Monica’s Hidden Treasures
Los Angeles County’s oldest operating airstrip, the Santa Monica Airport, is embedded with a rich historical background as the former home of Douglas Aircraft and birthplace of the DC3. But in addition to its aeronautical roots, it has also developed over time into an art incubator and is now an alluring destination occupied by a number of creative venues. To showcase this cultural hub and all its assets, the City’s Cultural Affairs Division and the Santa Monica Airport will sponsor the first Santa Monica Airport Art Walk. This exciting event will take place on March 10th, 2007 from 1:00 – 5:00pm.
Located on Airport Avenue between Bundy Drive and Walgrove Avenue (23rd Street if you are coming from Santa Monica), south of Ocean Park Boulevard, the airport is home to numerous private artist studios, the Santa Monica Art Studios complex, the Sherry Frumkin and Arena One galleries, the Santa Monica College Ceramic Studios, and the Ruskin Group Theatre. These spaces will all be open to visitors during the Art Walk providing a unique opportunity to view the current work of local artists and explore the spaces where their magic comes to fruition.
With the recent relocation of the Santa Monica College Ceramic Studios to the Airport, guests will also be afforded a close look at the creation of ceramic art. Students will be on-site demonstrating the creative process from molding and wheeling the clay through baking and glazing the finished designs. Additionally, there will be a special sale of student ceramic and glass works. These beautifully crafted artworks make excellent gifts for any occasion and collectors can take joy in the fact that they are also supporting young artists by buying their work.
Santa Monica Art Studios is a highly creative adaptive re-uses of a former aviation hangar. After an extensive remodeling effort in 2004 the hangar is now home base to numerous artists of Santa Monica Art Studios and two of the area’s most innovative galleries, The Sherry Frumkin Gallery and Arena One.
Tucked away into other nooks and crannies of the Airport and along the side of Barker Hangar (originally built by Bill Lear of Lear Jet fame), visitors will find numerous individual artist studios. These artists include some of the most stimulating established artists of today such as Meg Cranston, and Rachel Lachowicz as well as dozens of emerging artists whose works will be seen in the museums and galleries of tomorrow. And while the walk is not an art sale, many of the artists participating will have works for sale.
Amidst the artist studios and light industry of the Airport, the Ruskin Group Theater seems an almost unlikely tenant. However, this talented young company manages to present daring new theatre on a regular basis, despite the occasional overhead drone of landings and take-offs. During the day of the walk, the theatre will perform highlights from its popular trademark monthly offering L.A. Café Plays at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Café Plays, which have won praise from audiences and the press alike, are unusual because the short pieces of theater go from conception to execution in just 10 1/2 hours.
From this place where the founders of modern aviation, the Howard Hughes, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart once leapt into the air, artists now leap into new worlds with new ideas. In tiny offices where engineers once constructed models and blueprints artists conceive new visions. And in vast hangars where schematics were hammered into great flying machines of steel and aluminum artists fabricate works which carry no passengers or freight, but take flight with our imaginations and dreams.
The City’s Cultural Affairs Division and the Santa Monica Airport, as well as all the venues participating, invite you to discover this hidden cultural resource and its unique creative atmosphere. For additional information on this event, please call the Cultural Affairs Division at 310/458.8350.