Who says a little dose of culture can't be fun? At the revolving Culture & Cocktails, people get an inside look at featured art exhibitions, while enjoying delicious themed cocktails, beer and munchies, swaying to DJ'd music, and waxing philosophical on art.
Held in the Rotunda of the San Diego Museum of Art, these festive and beautifully decorated events take place every quarter to celebrate the openings of exhibitions.
This installment of Culture & Cocktails, taking place on Thursday, June 23, is inspired by Quilts and Colors, a series of more than 50 eye-bending quilts made by Amish and Mennonite women. On loan from the Museum of Fine Art in Boston through Sept. 4, these large scale works employ optical illusions, with changing colors and schemes as you step closer and further away.
Culture & Cocktails
When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday
Where: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
Cost: $5 for members, $25 for nonmembers, $35 at the door
Attendees will have the exceptional opportunity to design their own fabric square and contribute to a collaborative quilt, then jump into a giant 3-D game of Lite-Brite measuring 8 feet by 4 feet. My suppressed hippie and inner child can't wait to try both.
All of that heavy lifting leaves an earnest art lover thirsty and hungry. While listening to the tunes of DJ Gabe Vega, patrons can sashay over to the bar for drink selections. Libations include the citrus-infused Top Stitch vanilla rum cocktail or Quilty Pleasure, a strawberry tart ale from Panama 66 made with fresh, local strawberries. Munchies include light appetizers, Popchips and frozen chocolate sprinkle cheesecake bars from Woobar.
Make sure to wear your cocktail best for CEG Interactive's inventive Birds Eye Photo Booth, where shots are taken from above, allowing guests to pose in new ways on unusual backgrounds, post on social media, and leave with their own piece of memorabilia from the evening.
Don't miss out on this fun opportunity to experience art in San Diego. The next Culture & Cocktails will be Sept. 22, with a Dutch theme inspired by the 17th century masterworks featured in the museum's Brueghel to Canaletto exhibit.
Remember, parking at Balboa Park can be limited, especially on event evenings. To have a safe and fun night out, arrange for Uber, Lyft, or a designated driver.
Laurie Delk is an avid art historian, holding a master's degree in Art History, with concentrations in the Modern and Postmodern movements. She has taught classes at Tulane University, and has been published with several art publications including Sculpture Magazine and New Orleans Art Review. Send ideas for art stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.