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Bergamot Galleries 'Band Together' for Art Walk

This Friday night event will include live entertainment and is an official collection point for the 19th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.

More than 30 doors will swing open Friday night at the art complex for a colorful open house.

"The galleries of Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station have all banded together to stake their claim as the city’s original art walk with an evening open house called 30 Open Doors," said spokesman Brent Turner.

During 30 Open Doors, Turner said there will be art, drinks, food truck fare and special performances across the campus.

Reopened in 1994, the station that once was a Red Line trolley stop and a celery packing operation and ice-making plant now draws 600,000 visitors a year. The walkable campus includes more than 30 art galleries, a museum, café and an assortment of specialized boutiques.

"This is something that Bergamot hasn’t really done before," Melissa Williams, assistant director at Lois Lambert Gallery, said of Friday's event. "We were thinking about what Bergamot is lacking. We wanted to all work together to create some sort of event collaboratively [and] we didn’t have a day or night where we all open at the same time."

The event also serves as an official collection point for the ABC7 and SoCal Firefighters' 19th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. Guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped, kid-friendly art supplies and toys for donation to underserved children in Southern California communities.

All toy donations will be collected as guests enter Bergamot Station from Michigan Avenue; the donation collection and pick up is being administered by the Red Cross of Santa Monica.

The event is from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at 2525 Michigan Ave. Admission is free and free parking and fee valet parking is available onsite.

For more information, visit bergamotstation.com.

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