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April Means It's Time For ArtWalk

Visual and performing artists take to the streets in San Diego's arts fest


April Means It's Time For ArtWalk

Performances at ArtWalk

If your interest in art runs from paintings to sculpture to dance and beyond, there's no better event to satiate your love of art than San Diego's annual and largest urban arts festival, Mission Federal ArtWalk 2012 (April 28 & 29). In a lively springtime setting in Little Italy, ArtWalk let's you get a real sense of the creative energy that makes art come alive.

On April 28 and 29, between noon to 6 p.m. San Diego's historic Little Italy district will bloom with the white tents of ArtWalk. Hundreds local and national artists show and sell their creations in a variety of media including paint, sculpture, dance, photography, digital imagery, architecture and design - along 16 blocks throughout hip and historic Little Italy, mostly along Kettner Blvd. and India Street.

This free event gives the public a rare opportunity to meet nationally known and emerging artists and perhaps, begin or round out a personal art collection. Activities take place in the heart of Little Italy. Serious art collectors and browsers alike will spend a delightful day exploring the restaurants, galleries and shops that make Little Italy the hippest community in San Diego.

This year's ArtWalk highlights:

Activities for attendees to explore their “inner artist”
Titled, “Dancing brush” participants will experience a taste of Zen Brush painting with Artist Rosemary KimBal, who will demonstrate and teach attendees how to work with a "Giant Brush" on large canvases. At a long table, participants will pass on the oversized brush as it makes its way down the line with each person adding their own flowing marks to create a collaborative masterpiece. Taking place on Saturday, April 30 on India Street between Cedar and Date, a new painting will be created approximately every 90 minutes from 11 am- 6 pm.

Attendees will get an opportunity to make their mark through a public art activity, “Art is the next peace.” With the goal to showcase unity, Artist Kira Carrillo Corser will work with participants to create two large murals celebrating peace using a universal symbol – the dove. Taking Place on Sunday, May 1, on India Street between Cedar and Date from 11 am to 6 pm, attendees will paint an image of a dove and personalize a section of the murals with their own words of peace.

Music and More
Over 25 musical groups will perform on six different stages throughout the weekend such as: San Diego-based Vanja James, a touring artist with a diverse musical background which includes DJing, gospel choir and theater; Josh Damigo, an award-winning singer-songwriter who stirs up the music scene with soulful sounds; John Torres, a recording artist whose musical style hails from an emotive combination of folk, pop and indie music; The Groove Kitties, featuring Catherine Beeks and ArtWalk favorite Steph Johnson who won last year’s San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album.

As always, Mission Federal ArtWalk brings over 300 booths of spectacular original artwork for every taste and budget including painting, sculpture, glasswork, photography, jewelry, and more! It is suggested that attendees plan ahead on which booths they want to see and that they make a point to check out the 12 artists that made this year’s coveted featured artist list.

Located at Amici Park, KidsWalk gives children and families an opportunity to find their inner artists and come and enjoy visual and performing art in a fun and creative way. Different organizations inspire kids through hands-on interactive activities such as Shoes of Hope, Ocean Art, Face Painting and Animal Masks, Mini Kite Making, art projects made from recycled and reclaimed items, and interactive music performances.

Parking Info

Limited street parking and pay lots are available throughout the area. The largest parking venue is the ACE Parking lot located at the County Administration Building, 1600 Pacific Highway. It is three blocks west of the ArtWalk area.

A better way to ArtWalk is to take the MTS Trolley to get to ArtWalk. The Trolley stops right at the western edge of the event area, between Cedar St and Beech St (the "County Center/Little Italy" stop). Walk east on Cedar or Beech to begin your exploration. For routes and fares, visit www.sdcommute.com

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