Press Release posted 7/30/13 – On Friday evening, August 2nd, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., downtown Sierra Madre will be bustling with creativity as local artists and musicians join with over twenty-five small businesses and restaurants to celebrate art and community during the Sierra Madre Art Walk (SMArt Walk). SMArt Walk has been formally launched by local businesses, artists and musicians. Through regular exhibitions in downtown Sierra Madre, the SMArt Walk’s mission is to increase community awareness and appreciation of the arts, and to encourage interaction between local artists and the public by providing artists with a supportive network that fosters the creative economy. SMArt Walk takes place four times in 2013, on the first Friday of the months of June, August, October and December.
In close collaboration with local businesses in downtown Sierra Madre, local artists and musicians will exhibit their work in studios, shops, and storefronts along Montecito Ave., Baldwin Ave., and Sierra Madre Blvd. Original works of art (including paintings, drawings, photographs, fine art prints, floral design and sculptures) will be available to view and purchase, along with many fine crafts including furniture, pottery, handmade cards, jewelry, woodcarvings, and textiles. Local musicians will add to the ambiance of the wonderful summer evening. And of course, local Sierra Madre restaurants will be serving up their usual terrific fare, many of which will feature a “SMArtWalk special” for the evening.
Participating artists and musicians include Lisa Agaran, Creative Arts Group Faculty, Andrew Kasiske, Judy Green, Ladislav Czernek, Daniel Taylor, Jennifer Hodis, Dale Rowse, Steve Johnstone, Tom Gammill, Kathy Bray, Laura Clauson, Jean Sudbury, Judith Brandley, Roxy Russell, Alana Meyers, Elysée Vielma, Nora Graham, Michael Hill, Susan Babson, John Wortham, Trish Kertes, Myra Epstein, Kay Henry, Hyuk Kang, Anthe Wosczyna, Kathleen Swaydan, Cathy Childs, Richard Bellikoff, and Susan Wallis; as well as student artists from Mission: Renaissance Fine Art Classes.
Participating businesses and restaurants include AKA Fotographix Studio, Gallery 39, Bean Town, Creative Framing, Creative Arts Group, The Center for Wellbeing, Sierra Fitness, The Shabby Dog , B.la , P.E. Deans, Ruiz’s Shoe Repair, Ixora Floral Studio, The Village of Eastwicke, Belle’s Nest, Savor the Flavor, Leonora Moss, Woodhill Designs, Mission: Renaissance Fine Art Classes, Sierra Juice Company, Les Champs-Élysées, Sierra Madre Independent Honda Service, John Wallis and Associates, Yellow Bus Gift Shop, Prudential California Realty, The Sierra Madre Playhouse, Zugos Café, Casa Del Rey, Sierra Briganti, and The Peppertree Restaurant.