The following is a guide of the must-see attractions for this free public event:
Shuttle Service- For the first time, event-goers may take advantage of a free shuttle service that will connect venues along Ventura Avenue and Main Street.
Daytime Mission Park Activities–The Aerial Studio will be teaching free aerial, yoga and AIReal yoga™ classes in Mission Park during the day on Saturday from 12 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.. These 45-minute classes will allow attendees try out the equipment and participate. There will also be 15-minute performances between classes to demonstrate the various techniques and let students, young and old, show what they can do.
Evening Mission Park Performances- The captivating event will treat event-goers to an exciting night of entertainment. Starting at 7 p.m., noted harpist,Xocoyotzin Moraza, who plays a 36-string Arpa Jarocha, will join an ensemble of family members who will perform traditional sones jarochos, a musical style that blends Spanish and African-influenced rhythms at 7 p.m. Moraza and family will be followed by an aerial circus show by The Aerial Studio’s troupe of professional acrobats who will perform from Mission Park'sMoreton Bay Fig Tree while depicting famous historical art pieces through stunning choreography at8 p.m. The evening will be capped with a concert by popular hometown band, Rey Fresco, at 9 p.m.
Paul Lindhard Exhibition – Paul Lindhard, a renowned sculptor for more than 40 years, has been honored as ArtWalk Ventura’s 2014 Artist of Distinction. His art exhibition will be on display at Art City Studios.
PODS® Mini Galleries – Donated by Steve Yapp, owner of PODS®of Tri-Counties, 15 PODS® containers will be on display as pop-up PODS Galleries featuring over 20 local artists and their gallery spaces. The PODS containers will be placed throughout Downtown and Ventura’s West End, connecting the mini galleries with more than two dozen traditional galleries.
Bowl Hop – ArtWalk attendees may purchase a $25 beautifully hand-crafted artistic bowl. In return, patrons will receive a punch card to “hop” around to fine restaurants in Ventura and sample delicious cuisine. All proceeds from Bowl Hop will benefit Project Understanding, a 501(c)(3) charity that provides hope by developing and directing resources for the purpose of transforming lives and community through justice, mercy and compassion.
Bell Arts Factory Acoustic Garden– The host of this year’s ArtWalk Ventura's street festival, the Bell Arts Factory will host live music, a food court, and Beer & Wine garden.
Stoneworks Studio & Gallery- Ventura’s most prominent and longstanding art establishments, Stoneworks Studio & Gallery, will unveil its annual community project, which is titled “Lucky Strike.” The art display will showcase one-of-a-kind art pieces made with recycled bowling balls. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura.
Working Artists Ventura (WĀV)- Working Artists Ventura (WĀV) will feature a grand-scale art installation that fills the entire block, fully utilizing the unique spaces including bridges, rooftops, gardens, and featuring our 35,000 cubic foot gallery.WAV will also feature The Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) Mobile Screen Print Cart in the main courtyard where visitors can learn how to screen print for free.
For more information about ArtWalk Ventura, visit http://artwalkventura.org//
About ArtWalk Ventura
ArtWalk Ventura is a free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios and pop-up venues in Ventura's historic Downtown and Westside Cultural District that features the work of the finest regional artists, drawingcultural tourists from all over. The event is now run by an all-volunteer group which has added new life to the event. For more information about ArtWalk Ventura, visit http://artwalkventura.org/