The streets of downtown Huntington Beach came alive with visionaries and inventors Thursday night, connecting the local community with the creatives who thrive in and around Surf City. The voices, strums and beats of musicians filled the air while works of various styles and mediums lined the streets and adorned local eateries and shops.
Now the bustling central hub of the monthly HB Downtown Art Walk, the International Surfing Museum buzzed with visitors checking in, moving to the folk acoustic jams of Jimmy Knobs, studying the works of Kid Creature and Shaw Sabori in the museum's new monthlong exhibit and perusing the works of other participating artists, including Kim Hamrock, Tom Wendt, Kimberly Holmes and Robert Shawn of Funeral Classics. About 40 artists total showcased their pieces at the event, and restaurants on and adjacent to Main Street offered discounted bites and bevvies to Art Walkers. With some artists featuring seasonal works, the spirit of Halloween was certainly in the air.
After a solid two hours of soaking in as much artistry as possible, we left feeling elated, inspired and proud to call HB home. However, we also left wondering where the rest of the HB community was on Thursday night. Main Street outstretched its arms to capture only a moderate crowd of pedestrians in its embrace. Along with the help of other local publications and HB locals, we hope continuing to spread the word about the event will attract more art enthusiasts each month.
Slated every third Thursday of every month, the next Art Walk will take place on November 21. Following Thursday's opening artist reception for Kid Creature's exhibit, the International Surfing Museum will again close its doors to continue the second stage of its renovation. The grand reopening is set for Sunday, November 3.