28th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk

 28th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
Visual creativity comes alive this spring as the largest art event in the region returns on April 28th and 29th. The 28th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk is a grand display of acclaimed artists showing and selling work in an open-air environment, taking place right in our very own Little Italy neighborhood.

All are invited to attend this free event, featuring the work of over 350 artists from around the country and Mexico. The collections will stimulate the senses through paintings, sculpture, glasswork, photography and more, spread out over 18 blocks and two days.

During the event, art collectors and visitors can interact with artists, take in original pieces and purchase the work in a casual environment. Featured artists in this year’s ArtWalk include Liz Abeyta who works with acrylic and oil paintings on location, leaving suggested features for the viewer to fill in; Chris Honeysett whose curiosity with the camera turned into a nationally awarded photography career; and Marcus Thesing, an expert in art glass, sculptures and three-dimensional art.

Live entertainment will also fill the air, featuring local musicians, interactive art projects for kids and adults, and plenty of food to dig into. For the little ones, the 2012 KidsWalk Program presents hands-on projects from a handful of local organizations. ArtReach will present Heads & Hands, a project to cut and design a 3-D head; The New Children’s Museum will make sea urchins using plastic yard with the kids; and Rhythm Worx will give a chance to unleash inner percussionists with a variety of drums to beat. New this year, Dance on the Edge will celebrate the dance community with special performances from Argentine Tango Concepts, InnerVision Dance Company, The California Ballet Youth Company, and the LaDiego Dance Theater.

As San Diego’s largest urban arts festival, over 100,000 visitors are expected to attend. The event will run from 11am to 6pm, stretching from the trolley stop on Beech Street to the northern end of Fir Street, through Kettner, India and Columbia. For more details on artists and events, visit missionfederalartwalk.org