The El Segundo Art Walk will be back soon, at least for a day.
The Art Walk, which started in 2015 as a monthly summer event but was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will return for a one-day event later this week, featuring over 40 artists exhibiting their works in galleries and pop-up exhibitions, a new mural being unveiled and live music, among other activities.
The El Segundo Art Walk will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, primarily on Main Street, Eucalyptus Drive and Franklin Avenue.
“This event is really important to the people of El Segundo,” said John McCullough, one of the producers of the event.
“It brings back a sense of community, art and culture,” he added, “into a really tough year.”
The El Segundo Art Walk is traditionally held on the third Thursday of each month during the summer. But that ended last year when the pandemic ended all three events.
And because of how the nature of the pandemic has changed this year, McCullough said, organizers have only had a few weeks to host the event. They worked with the city to make the event as safe as possible and will follow all Los Angeles County health orders, he said.
For the first time, the Art Walk has teamed up with the BeachLife Festival, which takes place in September at Redondo Beach, to book live music outdoors. Eucalyptus Drive will be partially closed between Grand and Franklin avenues for live music. The stage will feature performances by Hoist the Colors, Barley and The Hollow Legs.
Artist Bunnie Reiss, meanwhile, was scheduled to start painting a 70-foot mural on Monday, August 23 at Sweet Spot Media on Grand Avenue. The mural is expected to be unveiled at a groundbreaking ceremony on the Art Walk.
Organizers are focusing on more outdoor experiences, McCullough said, with “COVID still on everyone’s mind.”
Visitors can pick up self-guided maps at Art Walk headquarters at 314 Main Street.