Pier Plaza Art Afair: One of the most beautiful art walks in southern California

Top 17 Art Walks in Southern California: A Monthly Guide for Art Lovers

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The art season in Southern California is every season. There’s always something going on in sunny SoCal, even for the artists and other creative individuals. Since I am also a local artist, I thought it would be beneficial to create a list of all the different monthly art walks in Southern California.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “Art Walks” it can mean anything from public tours through local art galleries, to a handful of artists display their artwork under EZ-Ups. Some even have food trucks street performers, and musicians, along the way! Other art walks like to keep it simple and focused on the artists.

Recurring Art Walks in Southern California

Even if you are not an artist and just looking to get out of the house and see some beautiful art. Each art walk is FREE admission and open to the public. If you’re a local artist and want to display your art, I have included the artist fee to be able to do so.

I have separated each Art Walk by location including: Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, and San Diego surrounding areas. Below is my list of all the recurring monthly art walks in Southern California I could find.

(Please note all events, dates, and times are subject to change.)


Los Angeles Art Walks

First to our list of art walks in SoCal we have ones happening in Los Angeles County. From South Bay to Long Beach, and everything in between, there’s no shortage of Los Angeles art walks.

1. Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

Art Walk Downtown LA
Art Walk Downtown LA | Image Source: Things to Do in LA

The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a nonprofit organization that organizes a public community gathering in local galleries, art spaces, and cultural institutions. Centered on the visual arts and culture, the Art Walk takes place on the second Thursday of each month in Downtown Los Angeles, and is home to more than 30 participating art galleries and professional artist studios. Their organization also conducts tours of galleries and the local murals and street art, and provides programs that offer support and economic opportunities to artists, artisans, and microbusinesses.

Where: Between Spring and Main Los Angeles, CA
When: Every 2nd Thursday of the month
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Website: https://downtownartwalk.org
Email: info@downtownartwalk.org


2. San Pedro 1st Thursday Artwalk

The first Thursday of each month is open studio night in South Bay, San Pedro. When many of the Downtown galleries, studios, and shops open their doors into the evening for receptions and special events, complemented by live music, food trucks and our fantastic array of restaurants. You can leave your car here and ride the FREE red trolley to and around Downtown to make sure you see all the sites.

Where: 300-400 W 7th St. San Pedro, CA
When: Every 1st Thursday of the month
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

3. Long Beach Art Walk

Long Beach Art Walk

Long Beach Art Walk | Image Source: Time Out Los Angeles

Come to the East Village Arts District this Saturday and walk the route that expands 6 blocks with 9 Galleries, 21 Murals, and 28 businesses with art!

Where:  525 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 
When: Every 2nd Saturday of the month
Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Artist Fee: on the street is FREE

5. NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night

North East Los Angeles (NELA) art consists of about 40 galleries and studios in Northeast Los Angeles, which open their doors to visitors on the second Saturday of every month. NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night has been doing down for more than 10 years and is a great way to see the comprehensive art and culture happening in Northeast L.A

Where:  5668 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 
When: Every 2nd Saturday of the month
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

6. Leimert Park Artwalk

In the heart of Leimert Park thrives a group of community business members with a passion to develop an event rooted in the foundations of culture, art, music and community.

Where: Leimart Park 43rd and Degnan Los Angeles, CA
When: Last Sunday of every month
Time: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Website: https://www.facebook.com/leimertparkartwalk/
Email: Wosekofi@gmail.com


7. Downtown Pomona Artwalk and Market Night 

Downtown Pomona ArtwalkDowntown Pomona Artwalk | Image Source: Downtown Pomona

Located in the Pomona Arts Colony, every month on the 2nd Saturday the Art Walk brings big crowds to the streets. Over a dozen galleries host artist receptions for their latest exhibits.  Many shops, studios and restaurants open late. There is no better way to get a feel for the lively community that hundreds of artists have built here.  Experience the diverse array of top quality art work, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography and more

Where: W. 2nd St and Thomas St. Pomona, CA
When: Every 2nd Saturday of the month (summer)
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Artist Fee: $35

8. Claremont Art Walk

On the border of Inland Empire and Los Angeles County there is the Claremont Art Walk. Showcasing art exhibitions throughout the Claremont Village on the first Saturday of the month. Enjoy shopping and dining while visiting Art Galleries in and nearby the Claremont Village.

Where: Claremont Village 112 Harvard Ave. Claremont, CA
When: First Saturdays of every month
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Website: https://www.claremontvillage.com/claremont-art-walk
Email: claremontartwalkinfo@gmail.com


Orange County Art Walks

Let’s not forget Art Walks in Orange County. Home of some of the most beautiful scenic art walks in Southern California. Whether you’re a local or visiting out of state, you won’t regret checking out the OC art scene.

9. Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk

Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk

Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk | Image Source: OC Art Blog

Since 1999, the “First Saturday” Artwalk in Downtown Santa Ana has been an epicenter of creativity, expression and inspiration for artists, art enthusiasts and those who simply want to engage in a vibrant, living city filled with culture. The event is the single best night of the month for downtown artists, galleries and restaurants alike because of the 3,500+ monthly attendees visiting around 20 galleries/museums, arts and artisan street vendors, live art performances and special events

Where: 125 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
When: First Saturday of every month
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Website: https://www.dtsaartwalk.org/
Email: info@downtown-inc.com


10. Pier Plaza Art Afair

The Pier Plaza Art Afaire events are an arts and crafts event showcasing handmade original artwork every Friday and select weekends throughout the year at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach, California.  The beautiful Pacific Ocean is a great backdrop for showcasing original artwork and handmade crafts. Vendors from the local community as well as from all over the country can be found at this art walk. The Pier Art-A-Faire Fridays and Weekends draw a diverse crowd of local and out-of-town visitors.

Where: 1 Main St., Huntington Beach, 92648 
When: Every Friday & Select Weekends throughout the year
Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Fridays)
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Weekends)
Website: http://hbartafaire.com 
Email: pierplazapam@verizon.net

Artist Fee: Fridays: $40 (+ one time $10 fee to apply)
Weekends (Saturday and Sunday): $120


11. First Thursdays Art Walk Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach Art Walk | Image Source: Yelp

Laguna Beach Art Walk | Image Source: Yelp

Established in 1998, First Thursdays Art Walk is a festive cultural evening. Free shuttle service runs throughout the evening linking member gallery locations. Over 40 galleries participate in the evening, offering artist receptions, demonstrations and live music. Free admission to the Laguna Art Museum.

Where: 307 Cliff Dr Laguna Beach, CA 92651
When: First Thursdays of every month
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Website: http://firstthursdaysartwalk.com
Email: info@firstthursdaysartwalk.org


12. Downtown Fullerton Art Walk

Success of the first friday artwalk in Fullerton has expanded to retail stores, restaurants and store fronts. The passageway by the General Store displays paintings, while the stores enjoy extra foot traffic inside.
///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :8/7/15 FullertonArtwalk.0904.mm – MATT MASIN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The popular Downtown Fullerton Art Walk brings hundreds of art enthusiasts to the streets of downtown Fullerton, where various venues host art exhibits, music acts, and performance art. There are over thirty venues offering free art activities and exhibition openings within walking distance of each other. You can find a map at any venue for a self-guided tour. Free refreshments are also provided throughout the evening at many of the stops.

Where: 223 W Santa Fe Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832
When:
First Friday of every month
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Website: http://www.fullertonartwalk.com
Email: JLatour@fullcoll.edu


Inland Empire Art Walks

Even if you’re located more East of Southern California in the Inland Empire, there’s a few well-worthy art walks to check out. Since, I reside in Riverside you can come say hi and check out my art booth at the Riverside Artswalk.

13. Riverside Artswalk

Chelzart at the Riverside Artswalk

Chelzart at the Riverside Artswalk

The Riverside Artswalk is a monthly community event that celebrates the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire. Visit over 22 downtown locations, including museums, galleries and studios, presenting an eclectic mix of visual and performing arts. Either before or after, enjoy the many entertainment, dining and shopping experiences that downtown Riverside has to offer.

Where: Lemon & University Downtown Riverside, CA
When:
First Thursday of every month
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Website: https://www.riversideartswalk.com/
Email: rachael@riversideartscouncil.com

Artist Fee: $15


14. Backstreet Art District

Village Fest Palm Springs | Image Source: The Journalist

Stroll through a dozen artist-owned galleries and working studios featuring exciting collections. Original contemporary art. Nationally and internationally recognized artists. Backstreet Art District includes paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and performing arts. Experience the thrill of interacting with working artists.

Where: 2600 S. Cherokee Way Palm Springs, CA 92264
When: First Wednesdays of every month
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Website: https://backstreetartdistrict.com/
Email: N/A


15. Palm Springs VillageFest

Village Fest Palm Springs
Village Fest Palm Springs | Image Source: The Journalist

Started more than 20 years ago, Villagefest is sure to tantalize you with a new experience each time. Villagefest is consistently voted the best event in the area, attracting thousands of visitors each week. Each block offers great street entertainment in the heart of beautiful downtown Palm Springs. Browse more than 200 booths offering beautiful art, handcrafted items and unique food.

Where: 264 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (Main Street Palm Springs)
When: Every Thursday of the month
Time: October through May 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
June through September 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Website: https://backstreetartdistrict.com/
Email: Faith.Roche@palmsprings-ca.gov

Artist Fee: $34


San Diego Art Walks

The last region of the top art walks in Southern California is San Diego County. San Diego is a beautiful area, add art to the mix and you have yourself a creative night out.

16. Oceanside Art Walk

Celebrate the thriving arts and culture scene in the heart of downtown Oceanside. The First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk will showcase live performances, music, poetry, art education, and culinary and pop-up art galleries showcased in local businesses and public spaces. Admission is free and open to the public.

Where: SpringHill Suites Marriott at 110 N Myers St. Downtown Oceanside
When:
First Friday of every month
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.oceansideartwalk.org
Email: peteharwood@oceansideartwalk.org

Artist Fee: $25


17. Friday Night Liberty

Friday Night Liberty: San Diego

Friday Night Liberty in San Diego | Image Source: KPBS Arts

Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing District. Visitors can start their stroll in the Dick Laub NTC Command Center and pick up a monthly program and map guide.

Where: 2640 Historic Decatur Rd. San Diego, California 92106
When:
First Friday of every month
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Website: https://libertystation.com/do/friday-night-liberty7 
Email: info@libertystation.com


Art Walks in Southern California Rundown

That concludes my list of top art walks in Southern California. Keep in mind the art walks that were listed are recurring art walks happening monthly or weekly. If you wanna know when some bigger festival-like art walks are happening, stay tuned for an annual and quarterly art walks in Southern California list.

For artists who are inspired and ready to have their own artist booth but don’t know where to begin, I got you covered! Check out my Art Walk Display: What you Should Have for your Booth post to get you started.

One of the many things I love about California is that the art scene is always alive. There’s always something creative going on. Plus, it’s always good to connect with other local artists. Who knows what will inspire you at your next art walk?!

-xoxo, Chelz

High Art Classes in Southern California

High Art Classes: 420 Friendly Painting in Southern California

I don’t just paint colorful art, I also teach art classes. Not just any type of art classes but high art classes that are *420 friendly! Or if drinking and painting is more your thing I teach painting sessions at bars and restaurants too! The Paint Sesh allows me to share my love of art, specifically painting, with others. You can check out some of my art I created for The Paint Sesh, in my portfolio!

(*420 friendly: cannabis friendly meaning cannabis intake is not only allowed but strongly encouraged)

 

The Paint Sesh: Paint and Puff Sesh’s

Long story short…after being an art instructor for a Paint and Sip franchise for several years, I decided to start my own mobile painting party business: The Paint Sesh. But I wanted to add a 420 friendly twist. Cannabis was about to become legal recreationally in California. Why not start high art classes?

The Paint Sesh consists of just me and my boyfriend. A couple of Southern California based artists who wanted to get artsy with other like-minded creatives. Whether you prefer to drink, relax with a little cannabis, or if you’re just looking for night out to paint. We’re a judgement free zone so we welcome everyone to our high art classes or as we like to call them Paint and Puff.

 

Cannabis Friendly

Coming from a small town in the country of Ohio, I’ll be the first to admit being closed off to anything cannabis or cannabis related. After moving to Southern California and being exposed to other cultures and lifestyles I started to be more open minded to cannabis.

Having anxiety, depression, and been involved in numerous car accidents you could say I can be a bit tense at times. Cannabis helped me to just feel good. When I say “feel good” I mean mentally, physically, and spiritually. I was free. Free from all the negativity and stressed that I’ve grown so accustomed too. Cannabis helped me to find myself.

 

Why High Art Classes?

When I painted while I was smoking my favorite sativa flower for the first time, everything changed. I felt lighter. It was almost like the paint brush was taking over and I didn’t have to think about anything that was bringing me stress.

That’s when I discovered art is a form of therapy. Adding cannabis to the mix is just the cherry on the top. I had to share this highly creative experience with others. The Paint Sesh provides that experience. Now adults have a 420 friendly creative outlet with other like minded individuals.

And boy, do I LOVE being a painting instructor!

-xoxo, Chelz

Come paint with me in you’re in the Southern California area, at one of my Paint and Puff events with The Paint Sesh.

How to Get Inspired

How to get inspired: Sparking Your Creativity

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Life Happens. So life has a way of getting busy all the freakin’ time. Everyone needs a creative outlet.  Whether its, painting, drawing, taking pictures, designing, cooking, crafting, being active, writing, shooting videos, playing music etc everyone has their own way of being creative. (Mine is painting.) Believe me I know how hard is to get inspired and start creating something, anything. That’s why I wanted to share my method of how to get inspired. 

How to get Inspired

Between your day job, to your side hustle, to taking care of your kids (or if you’re like me you have fur babies), you need that time to spark those creative juices flowing within you. Einstein said it best:

“Creativity is just intelligence having fun.”

Which is so completely true, so have fun with it! If you’re not having fun than what’s the point of creating at all? Enjoy what you do.

Having fun with your creativity
Photography by Chris Perez. Taken in Long Beach, CA.

 

To get in a the mood to create I like to have some level of a deep focal state. To help me to achieve this focus I like to do the following 9 things, sparking my creativity:

 

1. Tidy Room, Tidy Mind

Having a designated creative area clean a might not seem like much but I think it is the most important. If there’s a mess on my desk with dirty paper towels, yesterdays mail, day old coffee… there is no way I’m going to want to create anything or do anything productive. Having minimal to nothing on my desk helps me to get in that mindset which means more room for all the artsy activities!

 

2. Good Tunes

Maybe you’re not a music fanatic like me but 99.9% of the time when I’m doing anything creative I definitely have the tunes bumpin’! I tend to lean towards psychedelic rock, the more guitar rifts the better. Lately I’ve into the more classical, instrumental kind of music with no lyrics. There’s a fluidity to it so I lose myself onto the canvas through the melodies. You might find my post about the Best Tnstrumental Songs to Create to very helpful, to get you in the mood!

 

3. Quench Your Thirst


Call me lazy, but I don’t like having to get up, go to the kitchen, and grab or make whatever to quench my thirst. I like having something to sip on while I’m doing my thing! Coffee and tea are perfect for a cold day or to just comfort you if you’re having a hard time jumping into things. By night time I’m switching to a beer or glass of wine. (They make excellent confidence boosters too!) Alway have that H20 though, gotta stay hydrated which is always good for a healthy creative mind!

 

4. Don’t Be Hangry 

Nothing is worse for me than being so immersed in my painting, then the next thing I know, my stomach starts growling. Ugh. Now I gotta go make something, and let’s face it I’m a struggling artist so I don’t even have anything to cook. My stomach is getting angry at this point. So I put down my brush and handle my hanger-ness. By the time I’m done with my meal break my creativity has vanished. Poof. Just trust me, never create on an empty stomach.

 

5. Get Lit 

Not that kind of lit. Although I don’t appose it either. tehehe…
The more light you have the better. I tend to open my windows wide during the day and to let that Vitamin D in. At night be sure to light up your desk lamp. There’s something about well lit rooms that give off a positive energy. Positive energies help to creating a positive mind. Which is why it makes the perfection addition to my how to get inspired list!

 

6. References Are a Plus

“Once I’ve decided on a good subject, I find as many references I can find that applies to my subject. I’m not just talking one or two. You should see my Artboard file in Illustrator theres a few here, there, everywhere! You honestly can’t ever have enough!” – This tidbit is a section of part of another blog article I wrote for The Paint Sesh on Deciding What to Paint: Art Instructor Struggle.

 

7. Nature Fix

Probably one of my favorite methods on how to get inspired: Go outside. I’m a huge nature lover. I live in sunny Southern California so I have more to glance around at. Everything outdoors inspires me the most. Stop and smell the roses every once in awhile. Sometimes we all just need a breath of fresh air and a fresh clear mind.

 

Gerbera Daisies: Chelzart Flower Child Series
Gerbera Daisies: is part of Flower Child, my Botanical Photography Gallery.


8. No Distractions 

I’ll say again, NO DISTRACTIONS! In this day and age it’s so easy fall into the social media black hole. Granite, I totally understand when you need to market your process in your Instagram stories, etc, but if you have A.D.D. like I do, you’ll end being on your phone for awhile. When the creativity strikes you  When you’re looking to be creative make sure you are closed out of Facebook on your laptop, and please for the sake of God lose the phone, (or if you have no self control have your significant other hide your phone like I do.) I promise, you’ll thank me in the long run.

 

9. Just Do It

This sums up my 9 steps on how to get inspired that I find to spark my creativity. But my biggest advice… just do the dang thing! It’s true what they say: You’re creativity only works when you do.  The more you keep creating no matter how good or bad. If you finish or not.  The more more you are challenging your creative muscles. –(That’s what I call them anyhow.) The more you challenge those muscles the more ideas you’ll start having, becoming more inspired!
So get to it!

-xoxo, Chelz

Best Instrumental Songs to Create to

Best Instrumental Songs to Create to: Playlist

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Music and art go hand-and-hand for me. As I’m sure it does for a lot of creatives out there. Good music helps me to escape my overthinking, critical mind when I’m trying to paint, or do other artsy things. I like a wide variety of music so I decided to categorize each playlist by genre.  Since theres way too much music out there, I narrowed my music selection to best instrumental songs to create to. If I didn’t categorize my playlist by genre, I would have a never ending playlist

 

Painting to Instrumental Music

Classical/instrumental music is probably my favorite kind of music to paint to. Having music playing without lyrics really helps you dive into your art or whatever you may be creating. You don’t have any lyrics to focus on, you can just vibe with the music and let the inspiration flow through you and you’ll be in a better head space to start creating!

Spotify Playlist

You wanna go straight to my Spotify playlist? You can listen to my Best Songs to Create to – Instrumental here: https://open.spotify.com

 

The list of my best instrumental songs to create to:

 

1.) Visioneers – Ike’s Mood I

 

I definitely recommend listening to Ike’s Mood I, first. It’s a good jam to get you moving and to start being productive. Visioneers have such a unique hip hop, jazz vibe to them which makes you want to hear more. You can’t go wrong with the Dirty Old Mix Tape album.

 

2.) 2 Cellos – Whole Lotta Love vs. Beethoven 5th Symphony

(…or any song by them, really!)

 

Where do I even begin with 2 Cellos? Pretty much every song they cover is FLAWLESS. I’m a sucker for cellos though so I’m sure my opinion is probably biased. Oh, did I mention they do rock covers? How can I resist, cello rock?! Needless to say, it was very hard choosing only one of my favorite songs from this unique duo. If you haven”t listened to them be sure to check out their other songs, I swear I haven’t heard a bad one yet.

 

3.) Ratatat – Loud Pipes

 

Showing up at #3 of my best instrumental songs to create to is Ratatat. Anything Ratatat makes for good background music. Especially since its electronic rock it’ll help your productiveness.

 

4.) Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces

 

Now let’s go back to the 1970’s to the Funk era. Pick up the Pieces is a classic and a great song to not only get those creative juices flowing… but to groove out while your getting in your zone. Everyone needs to dance it out every now an then.

 

5.) Lindsey Sterling – Crystalize

 

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not THAT big of fan of Lindsey Sterling, until I heard Crystalize. When I first listened to this song it made me want to do something epic. Adding dubstep to violin playing is absolute genius, providing you with a classical style with a modern day taste.

 

6.) The XX – Intro

 

The XX self entitled album XX is probably one of my favorite albums. The intro gets you hooked. It’s one of my most played songs on iTunes. You can event listen to it on a loop so that way it will keep replaying…I swear it doesn’t get old! No wander why its in my playlist fore best instrumental songs to create to.

 

7.) Jennifer Thomas – Illumination

 

Have you ever seen the movie Requiem for a Dream? (If not, it’s an absolute must see! Just don’t watch alone or if you’re sad… it’ll leave you with chills.) Illumination is a remake of Lux Aeternacomposed by Clint Mansell, performed by the Kronos Quartet which is the key song played throughout the movie. I still get chills hearing this song.

 

8.) The Piano Guys – Titanium

 

So I’m realizing that I just remakes of popular songs. Maybe because the popular songs are just too overplayed on the radio so its nice to hear a fresh new perspective? I dunno, but Titanium sounds much better to me with a classical twist. I’m sure most of us have heard the song Titanium by David Guetta. The Piano Guys give the song some more soul!

 

9.) Nightmares On Wax – Nights Interlude

 

Nights interlude is another fun hip hop/ instrumental combo. Nights was released in the 90’s and as we all know a lot of the best things came from 90’s! Am I right?

 

10.) Allah-Las – “No Werewolf”

 

Not only is the video trippy but the tunes has a sort of psychedelic style too it. Kinda reminds me of the surfer rock, beach music. If your’e into psychedelic rock your definitely take a listen to Allah-las‘s other music. It’s all good!

 

More instrumental songs to create to…

That pretty much sums up my first playlist of  As I stated before thats just the first one of many. Feel free to leave a comment of any instrumental songs you like creating too. (Or really any songs in general.) I love hearing new songs. Don’t be shy and share your tunes. I could talk music for hours.

-Happy creating!

Happy Buddha The Paint Sesh Painting

Happy Buddha The Paint Sesh Paint and Puff Painting

“Happy Buddha” is going to be scheduled for an upcoming Paint & Puff 420-Friendly Cannabis Event for my mobile painting party business The Paint Sesh, so come paint with me if your out in Inland Empire or Southern California area. I haven’t even started #The100DayProject and I’m already doing all the creative things,  like my “Happy Buddha” The Paint Sesh paint and puff painting that’s how inspired I am! This is gonna be good, I can feel it!

My 100 Day Project challenge is going to be #100DaysofCreatingColorfully where I’m going to just create with vibrant colors, whether it’s painting, drawing, or taking photos! I can’t decide on one medium! See my last post for the deets of my art challenge. I was going to start my art challenge today but I figured why not start with everyone else?! I’d rather be part of the group so we can all encourage and support one another! Let’s do this!

Chelz Franzer Owner of The Paint Sesh

How I started my own business: The Paint Sesh

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From Employee to Business Owner

The Paint Sesh Paint and Puff Event

Instead of being a struggling artist, I decided to start brainstorming other ways to make money and pay the bills…creatively. This is when The Paint Sesh was born.

After working for a painting and drinking franchise for 2 years, I started gaining more knowledge and confidence each time I had to instruct/entertain for each event. From customers wanting to request me for private events and the raving reviews I received after the event, my creative journey started making sense to me. The customers loved me, and I equally loved them… and my job! That’s when I realized that there’s something there.

I started to think to myself more frequently:

“Why am I not doing MY OWN events?! There’s so many things that I would do differently so why not just start MY OWN company?!”

With the not-so-subtle-push from my boyfriend, I started putting things in motion. I began by researching like a crazy person: how to start a business, supplies costs, marketing, etc. Meanwhile, my dude also began to be inspired and started helping me out by creating our website, things were actually happening! The next thing I knew I created my logo and my own concept of what I wanted my painting parties to be!

 

Paint & Puff with The Paint Sesh

The Paint Sesh Paint and Puff Events

 

Since I’m not much of a drinker, after moving to California and experiencing the benefits and good vibes of cannabis, I decided to go another direction instead of the typical paint and sip events. Therefor giving birth to “The Paint Sesh” where you get to embrace your free-spirit with having 420-friendly paint and puff cannabis events. Marijuana is now legal in the state of California, so why not share the experience of “elevated art” with others!

The Paint Sesh gives you the freedom of painting what you want to paint (but with the added comfort of having step-by-step instructions to fall back on.) Throw in some tasty cannabis and hip tunes to the mix and you got yourself a great night out! We decided to still do some paint and sip events as well, so the customers can partake in whatever their preference is. The Paint Sesh is a judgment free zone.

 

Lady Hustle

he Paint Sesh Paint and Sip Event

I thought starting my own company was going to be so easy and that all I would be doing is painting and instructing…boy was I wrong! Now I’m doing things I never done before like social media campaigning, purchasing inventory, learning Quickbooks, registering my business as an LLC, promoting each event, and the list goes on and on and never ends. I now understand the term “lady hustle” but hey I am happy and will accomplish anything, no matter what is thrown my way. Each day The Paint Sesh continues to grow and after seeing all the reviews and positive experiences our customers have after attending a sesh I know all of this is worth it.

 

The Domino Effect

The Paint Sesh Painting Party

The Paint Sesh started out operating only in the Inland Empire and now we made our way to Orange County, Los Angeles, and even San Diego. Have you ever heard the phrase the domino effect? I never fully understood the expression until we had our very first event. News of The Paint Sesh spread like wildfire. After the first event, we had our second, third, and now we have several events a month. (Same with our private painting parties.) Hell, pretty soon we’ll be in other states.

If you’re an interested venue and would like to host The Paint Sesh, find out how here.

 

Love what you do

The Paint Sesh Paint and Puff event in LA

Being a painting instructor for public events takes more than being a good artist. The most important skills are not only having great customer service, but also having an even greater personality. Like I stated before I love my customers, and my job…and it shows. I will go above and beyond for each and every customer. If the customer is happy and having a good time, than succeeded in achieving my dreams. The greatest feeling is after an event having customers come up to me and give me a hug and say things like “I needed this” or “I’ll definitely be back.” You be the judge.

For more information about the The Paint Sesh visit the site here.

Intro to Chelzart

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Thanks for coming to my site. Here I will share all my creative ideas, tips, and to encourage anyone who takes a gander.

My main goal, like any other artist, is to inspire. It takes a lot of drive to finally reach that point as a freelance artist to get off your lazy bum and do something and I have finally figured that part out. I guess I was just scared thinking: what if no one likes my art? what if I put all of my heart and soul into something and nobody cares? There is so much amazing art out there, what makes mine stand out from art you see hung in galleries? 

You can ask yourself what if all day long but at the end of the day you have to stop thinking so much what everyone else thinks. The only thing that matters is what you think and how you feel when you pick up that paint brush or when you open a new art board in Illustrator, etc. Be true to who you are and what you believe in because you might just surprise yourself.  I know I have.

 

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I grew up in a small village called St. Henry, Ohio. The career goal was basically laid out for you from the get go: graduate high school, go to college, get a bachelors degree, get a job that has nothing to do with your degree, and then work a 9-5 until you retire. Granite, I know thats isn’t always the case and some people to find their dream job and are happy with all the benefits of having a full time job, but I wanted something different for myself.

I wanted to pursue my art. Yup, that’s right I wanted to be an artist. I heard it all too, having everyone roll their eyes at me saying the typical: how are you going to make a living? what about benefits? how are you going to find work? Or my favorite Chelsea, lets be real… you aren’t going to make it as an artist. 

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I knew I could either work a mediocre job that I would never be truly happy at, and feeling like I was handcuffed to a desk all day long or actually pursue my dream and constantly being challenged and working hard to improve my skill set every day. I get bored easily and I do love a good challenge.

Good thing I am stubborn and I love to prove everyone wrong. So I moved to California (where I wanted to live since I was 10 years old). The art scene is a lot more poppin’ out west.  I mean to be honest because west coast is best coast.

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 Very randomly, I found my new home in Long Beach. Art is very appreciated and encourage in this city. I knew this could very well be the best decision I’ve made. The combination of living by the beach, meeting local artists, and being surrounded by murals downtown, I have never felt more in my element.

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Which brings me to creating Chelzart. My own freelance business where I can create anything from a fine art painting to a digital design. I understand it won’t be easy but I know it’s going to be worth it.

So mural of the story is follow your dream, and don’t let anyone else tell you differently!

 

YOU GOT THIS!