Visitors were treated to an artists' view Saturday at the Montrose Shopping Park, where the sidewalks were lined with paintings, pottery and vintage black-and-white photographs as part of the quarterly Montrose Art Walk.
The event serves to stimulate the local art community, said Mike Perry, president of the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber, which sponsors the event. Artists get the opportunity to display and sell their work, while residents are exposed to high-quality art.
In addition, it helps drive traffic on Honolulu Avenue, he said, which suffered during the 2008 economic recession.
"All these businesses up and down Honolulu, they are all kind of slow right now," Perry said. "So we like to bring traffic on a Saturday when they are open … We hope the increased traffic will increase revenue for some of the local businesses."
Artists pay $40 to participate, and there is space for up to 47 artists. Most of the work on display Saturday consisted of landscape paintings done in oils and water colors. Other work included paintings on glass, pottery and hand-painted note cards, and a portrait artist was painting on-the-spot portraits for $10.