The La Jolla coastline is one of the most stunning in all of California, with its sheer cliffs, beautiful beaches and rocky coves. Visitors from all over the globe travel to the area to sample the attractions and perfect weather San Diego offers, but "The Jewel" may be the most popular.
The dozens of art galleries in La Jolla focus their efforts toward affluent visitors who flock to La Jolla every summer in search of peace and sunshine. Business is good but the rent is not cheap, and that makes it difficult for locals to find a place to showcase their talents.
Aaron Goulding is a local artist who has committed his life to shooting stunning images of the area's vistas, and now he is getting his own showroom in La Jolla's bustling business district.
"This town needs a gallery where people can find local imagery," Goulding said. "There are a lot of people who really love La Jolla, every little corner of it, and I'm one of those people."
Aaron Goulding Gallery grand opening
When: 10:30 a.m. May 21
Where: 1273 Prospect St., La Jolla
After two years of searching for the perfect location, Goulding found a newly available storefront on Prospect Street and decided to take a chance on his dream.
While the new gallery will focus on the coastline and La Jolla landmarks, Goulding said he will also feature his images from Indonesia, Hawaii and Mexico.
"I want to show the world what I have seen for the past 25 years in and around the ocean - all the beautiful sunsets and sunrises by the sea, waves and sea life, all from the water, land and air," Goulding said.
Besides Goulding's images, the 1,300-square-foot gallery will include a photography studio that will be available to professional photographers by appointment.
"A lot of local photographers need a place to shoot product or portraits for their clients, and others need the use of some space with a green screen, lighting or other equipment. I want to be a resource for other professionals and support the local photography community," Goulding said.
Goulding's images have been featured in media outlets such as Surfer, The Surfer's Journal and surfline.com. Goulding has documented scenes and surf from all over the world, but his main focus has always been the beaches of La Jolla. Goulding said he hopes the gallery will shed light on the special things few people outside the La Jolla community have seen.
As a lifelong San Diegan, Ken Lewis has surfing and ocean life in his DNA. A 30-year surfer himself, Lewis has worked in the surf and skate industry for most of his career. Send him thoughts about the surfing and fitness worlds to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Instagram @hanger18.