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More than 180 artists to return to Liberty Station for 17th annual ArtWalk

Visitors walking around the booths at ArtWalk Liberty Station.
(Courtesy of Paul Nestor)

Liberty Station’s annual ArtWalk festival is back with live music, refreshments and a selection of local, national and international art

Liberty Station’s annual ArtWalk festival returns this summer with live music, refreshments and a selection of local, national and international art.

The free event will run from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7 and is set to include pieces from more than 180 different artists across a range of mediums that will be available for purchase.

ArtWalk hosts three big festivals across San Diego County each year, and this year marks the Liberty Station event’s 17th anniversary.

“It’s just a perfect venue,” ArtWalk San Diego’s co-director Sandi Cottrell said.

Painter Marna Schindler seems to agree. A 17-year ArtWalk participant, Schindler goes to all three of the main festivals but said that the Liberty Station one is her favorite.

“You’ve got the bay breezes going, you’ve got the grass, you’ve got places where you can sit and just enjoy the music [or] grab a bite to eat … it’s really a beautiful place to have a show,” Schindler said.

The event will unfold around a sculpture garden in the center of Ingram Plaza where visitors can browse all 3D works. The rest of the artists will display their work at booths that will be set up on the surrounding grass area. Among these booths will be a kids’ area full of craft activities for young ones to make and take during the event.

Each of ArtWalk’s annual festivals partner with ArtReach, a local non-profit that provides art education programs to K-12 schools. This year, there will be a Vans shoe auction to benefit the organization. Shoes will be painted by visual artists and auctioned off at the event, with a handful painted live at the ArtReach booth at the festival.

If visitors need a break from walking around, they will be able to snack on everything from grilled cheese to ice cream while enjoying ArtWalk San Diego’s musical lineup. A range of local artists will be playing the event’s main stage all weekend long.

This year, for the first time, visitors will be able to enjoy a drink while walking around the event instead of being enclosed in a designated beer garden. As long as visitors who plan on drinking wear wristbands and stay within the event’s surrounding fence, they are permitted to walk around with their drinks.

Liberty Station ArtWalk is one of the organization’s smaller events, which allows for artists to meet and connect with patrons. Glass artist Nic McGuire has been showcasing his work at the Liberty Station ArtWalk for around five years now and values the event as an opportunity to interact with patrons.

“When I show in the galleries, I don’t have a direct connection with the clients. But when I go to the art fairs and festivals like Liberty Station, I get to see people’s reactions, I get to hear their feedback and reactions and that helps me as a creator, ” McGuire said.

Schindler even goes as far as to bring a notebook with her to ArtWalk events.

“There are so many little conversations and recollections that people will tell you about,” Schindler said. “Those stories are all part of the tapestry which makes a show just so wonderful.”

Artists don’t need special accolades or titles in order to showcase their work at ArtWalk events. They are selected to participate in the show based on their art alone, which allows artists that may just be starting their creative careers the opportunity to exhibit their work.

“With all of our festivals, we focus on the same thing: making fine art accessible to everyone,” Cottrell said.

This accessibility is precisely what got Schindler started. She participated in her first ArtWalk back in 2005, and within a year, she quit her desk job to pursue art full-time. She has been showcasing her work at ArtWalk events ever since.

After its Liberty Station event, the organization’s next ArtWalk festival will take place in Carlsbad on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 above the flower fields on Armada Drive.

ArtWalk at Liberty Station

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 7

Where: Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza, 2751 Dewey Road, Point Loma

Admission: Free

Online: artwalksandiego.org/libertystation


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