Over the next few years, several CFAC artists exhibited their work at Naya. Naya’s patrons enjoyed the art, and the artists appreciated the opportunity to exhibit. However, Erik Pampalone, the owner manager of Naya, had bigger dreams. He wanted to see more art in more businesses along Devonshire and to hold events where the community could visit the Devonshire shops and view the art. Erik shared his ideas with Cindy Medlin, CFAC President. Cindy welcomed Erik’s ideas and offered support and assistance from the CFAC and its member artists. Erik also shared his ideas with other shop owners along the western end of Devonshire, and soon, Naya Fresh Spa, Silver King Silversmiths, Les Sisters Restaurant, Param Yoga, Chatsworth Dental, About the House, RE and Design, and the nearby Striving Artists Framing, and the CFAC, all came together to form “Shops at West End”, and to begin planning the first West End Art Walk, in 2012.
In 2012, 2013 and 2014, the group organized and presented three summer evening Art Walk events each year, on the final Fridays of June, July and August. Jordon Street was closed off at Devonshire and artist booths filled the street. There was food and live music was performed. The visiting public could wander through the Shops and view art exhibits, and enjoy the arts & crafts, and music attractions centered on Jordon Street. Over the same time period a few of the Shops participants changed, and By-The-People Document Preparation Center joined the group.
The four-hour evening events were popular and successful, but the Shops group began to think about ways to expand the Art Walk events, both in size and in hours, and the decision was made to change from three short evening events to a single all day Art Walk event, with an expanded list of outdoor booths along Devonshire. On June 7, 2015, the first expanded all-day Art Walk event was held with great success. Over 1500 people visited the 2015 West End Art Walk and enjoyed the arts & crafts booths, the hanging fine art exhibits inside the shops, food trucks, children’s art activities, and the all-day live music performances.
The single all-day Art Walk event wasn’t the only big change to happen in 2015. The Shops group decided that they wanted more emphasis on art in the West End all year round. They wanted to highlight and encourage more art exhibition, installations and events. So to better support these lofty goals, the Shops group reformed as the West End Chatsworth Art District. The Art District’s main focus covers areas along Devonshire, between Topanga Canyon, and Canoga Avenue, and includes the Chatsworth Depot where many of the CFAC art events and activities take place.
The current West End Chatsworth Art District Board members are Malila Davalos, Cindy Medlin, Erik Pampalone, Boris Smorodinsky, and Martina Turner are Chatsworth business owners, a CFAC representative, and volunteers, who are all dedicated to enhancing and transforming our community thru art, for the benefit of the whole community.