Local artists, enthusiasts come together at Artswalk

The Riverside Artswalk is a free event and invites community members to come together in the heart of the city of Riverside to celebrate diverse cultures and art forms.

The streets of Downtown Riverside fill with event-goers who are eager to shop at vendor lots, view artist exhibits and listen to live music. With more than 20 venues from which to choose, it is nearly impossible to run out of things to do.

The Riverside Artswalk happens every first Thursday of the month from 6-9 p.m., and will continue in showcasing the talent of Riverside’s own.

Cyril Malit, a freelance photographer, is a frequent visitor who commutes from Hemet in order to attend the event.

“I’m always here,” Malit said. “I am just looking for inspiration. I am looking for something that could distinguish my look more.”

The Artswalk serves as a way for local artists to not only showcase their talent but to meet others with the same passion for self-expression.

The event has created an inviting culture among the community that accepts freedom of creativity. It also serves as a platform for new artists to step out.

Linh Nguyen, an artist vendor, has been a part of this event for less than a year. She uses it as an opportunity to network with others and sell her handcrafted works of art.

“You meet so many different people and it is a way to express yourself, especially your creative side,” Nguyen said.

Artists who have been featured at this event include Cosme Cordova, Mark Schooley, Steve Rowell and Karen Kauffman.

After getting a fill of visual and performing arts, nearby restaurants such as Café Sevilla, Aurea Vista and the Hideaway Café offer special discounts on food and drinks.

Andrew Cochran, senior theatre major, has attended the Artswalk before, and said he enjoys perusing the creative treasures featured at the event.

“I love (Downtown Riverside) – it’s kind of a hidden gem in the arts community,” Cochran said. “I love being near expressive people and things. (The event) is a good way to understand the arts and see them in action.”

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