Canoga Pop, an art walk for business in downtown Canoga Park, unites the community – Daily News

Canoga Pop, an art walk on the Sherman Way sidewalks in downtown Canoga Park, gathered the community Thursday night to see and purchase artwork, listen to music and support local businesses, including small restaurants in the area.

About 130 artists of all ages and skills, plus some artisans, had exhibitions in certain areas between Topanga Canyon and Canoga Avenue.

Vita White, the main organizer of the event and owner of the antique shop Retro Relics, said that the main condition for participation is that the work of art is handmade. She also said that it was important for her and the event to cover a wider age group and skills levels for amateur and professional arts.

Mary Patterson of the Kanoga Park Improvement Association said organizers this year wanted people to walk near Sherman Way businesses and restaurants instead of blocking the street.

There were no food trucks this year because organizers wanted visitors to patronize restaurants, including Follow Your Heart, Grandi Italiani, Henri’s, Real Juicery and other Sherman Way side streets in the Arts Quarter.

The evening also included a farewell / retirement party at 6pm, with a reservation, for businessman and public activist Michael the Orphan. The orphan was president for 30 years at Woodland Printing in Canoga Park. He has served for the past two years as president of the Canoga Park Improvement Association.

His extensive community involvement included serving on the Canoga Park neighborhood board as a member of the Canoga Park Main Street Board of Directors, former president of the LAPD West Valley Jeopardy Foundation, board member, or Guadalupe committee. Center, plus participation in the Lions Club, Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade, Los Angeles Free Clinic, Evening Optimist Club and other organizations.

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