Show And Sell

By Amy T. Granite

As Spring arrives, Little Italy explodes with its annual display of visual chaos, marking the return of San Diego's largest urban art festival. Now in its 30th year, two-day Mission Federal ArtWalk is expected to draw more than 100,000 art-buyers and looky-loos.

This year, ArtWalk's committee reviewed the works of 700 would-be participants, narrowing the field to about 350 artists whose booths will be spread across 17 blocks. Art demonstrations, live performances and a food court fill the spaces in-between.

Cool highlights of ArtWalk's 2014 live-performance lineup include Dance on the EDGE (Saturday and Sunday), produced by Peter Kalivas of San Diego's critically acclaimed PGK Dance Project; and the inaugural Off the Wall Urban Show 2014, which brings together street artists Chor Boogie, Mike "Bam" Tyau, APEX and Codac for an afternoon of live painting (Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.).

One of 12 headliners (aka ArtWalk Featured Artists), Cynthia Colis says the Little Italy event is one of the best in the country because it's a destination for art buyers from all over.

"There were a couple years I didn't do ArtWalk, and people emailed, asking where I was," says Colis. "It's been good for meeting new people and having them learn more about my art."

4/26-27: Mission Federal ArtWalk
Location: Several blocks in Little Italy
Open: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: artwalksandiego.org

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