Open Artist Studios, Workshops, Music, Food and More at the 10th Annual Airport Artwalk

March 8, 2016 10:43 AM

Santa Monica Airport celebrates its 10th Annual Airport ArtWalk this month. On Saturday, March 12th, from 12-5pm, the public is invited to explore more than 60 artist studios and multiple creative venues that occupy the airport’s converted airplane hangars. Featuring art and ceramic demonstrations, theater and art workshops, live music and food trucks, the ArtWalk offers a fun-filled day of artistic exploration and has become a beloved community event.

The artist studios showcase a variety of mediums and styles including painting, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media. ARENA 1 Gallery presents the exhibit New Walled Cities & Hinterlands, a group exhibition  presenting ideas for a future Los Angeles urban typology. 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, renowned Aviation artist Mike Machat 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.

The huge range of hands-on and interactive activities for all ages include: highlights of The Ruskin Group Theatre’s popular monthly offering L.A. Café Plays; an ArtWalk comic book workshop led by artist Laraine Mestman; a trash-to-treasure workshop with the City’s Resource, Recovery & Recycling Division; a workshop that will demystify the concept of abstraction through fun exercises with artist Stephanie Cate; a workshop exploring gestural or action-based art using ink and acrylics on paper with artist Claudia Concha; the popular ArtWalk Stamp Hunt, a self-guided exploration of the ArtWalk and airport with a prize for those who complete it;  tours of the four sustainable landscapes of The Airport’s Demonstration Gardens led by the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, which will also feature A Showers to Flowers demonstration, as well as information on how to participate in the Sustainable Landscape Rebate; art, live music and a collective collage with Studio 106LA; and the Django Reinhardt inspired, gypsy-jazz band, Hot Club of Los Angeles, will perform their infectious music throughout the day.  

Children’s activities include a communal ceramic art piece with Santa Monica College Ceramic Arts, and theater improvisation workshops in the Ruskin Group Theatre.

A variety of foods will be available on site, including a local restaurant and food trucks. Spitfire Grill, decorated with WWII military and Douglas Aircraft photography, serves traditional American food. The Gastrobus serves fresh, locally-sourced dishes created from available farmers’ markets fruits and vegetables; The Grilled Cheese Truck has toasty, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches; The Marcel Truck dishes out decadent Belgian waffles and The Chunk-n-Chip Truck serves craft ice cream sandwiches. Local restaurant Typhoon will have a special happy hour that kicks off at the end of the event at 5pm and runs until 7pm.  

There are several ways to get to Santa Monica Airport. Big Blue Bus Route 14 stops at Bundy at Airport Avenue. A free shuttle will run from 11:30am – 5:30pm on a continuous loop through the airport campus making a number of key stops. Ample free parking for bikes and cars will available, as well as Breeze Bike Share cycles that can be rented and rode throughout the campus.

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 art and ceramic demonstrations, theater and art workshops, live music and food trucks.

WHEN:          Saturday, March 12, 2016

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. Bike valet, shuttle and parking are free.

INFO:             For more information visit or follow the ArtWalk on Facebook.

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


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 the first round-the–world flights, the workplace of Rosie the Riveter during WWII and as an innovation incubator for the DC-3 which led to the birth of modern-day air travel.


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.



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Allison Ostrovsky
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