"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Dust your soul off with a weekend of art, culture, music, food and dancing at the 32nd annual Mission Federal ArtWalk.
More than 300 artists will be featured with galleries displaying a range of works and mediums. Look for a variety of curated selections, including one from Little Italy 's own Adelman Fine Art, which is dedicating its artistic shout-out this year to six female artists.
The Adelman presentation features four local artists, Cynthia Colis, Ellen Dieter, Katya Saab and Sarah Stieber, while Iris Scott and Jennifer Hannaford hail from New York. With stunning works in mixed media, oil finger painting, and the figurative, these accomplished artists connect with you through the canvas, striking on many levels with color, action and serenity. I promise you are going to want to take home more than one. (Adelman is at booth numbers 715-717 on Fir Street.)
Also expect to be treated to live art, performance art, and dance from the City Ballet and others, making the vibrancy and energy of the festival an unbeatable way to enjoy your San Diego weekend.
I got the inside scoop on this year's event from Sandi Cottrell, ArtWalk San Diego's managing director:
Q: What's new this year?
A: We are bringing art off the walls and onto the stages. Three exciting performance art pieces will take place each day. (Author's note: look for Stieber and the PGK Project, Lana Chromium and Stephen Fishwick)
Q: What's your favorite thing about Art Walk?
A: Getting to know all of the participating artists and to see how their work evolves and changes over time. Each one has a unique story and viewpoint and their creativity is simply inspiring. I also love seeing the streets of Little Italy fill with thousands of people who appreciate San Diego's burgeoning arts and culture scene.
Mission Federal ArtWalk
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 30 and May 1
Where: India Street and surrounding areas, Little Italy
Q: What are a few must-see aspects?
A: Artes de Mexico, at the corner of Cedar and India Street. Thirty-four artists come from all over Mexico to show and sell their work. This collaboration with the Mexican Consulate (headquartered on the same corner), brings some of the festival's most colorful and spiritual artwork. Also, our full lineup of musical performances as well as Dance on the EDGE, a curated stage featuring dance groups.
Q: How about the kiddos?
A: Families should head to KidsWalk at the corner of Beech and India. Fourteen art activities for kids will be available, all sponsored by local nonprofit art education groups. Check out the ARTREACH tent, and learn how we are helping to ensure schools with limited resources get visual art education.
Q: Any special insider tips?
A: We recommend taking the MTS Trolley to avoid parking hassles. We also offer a shuttle sponsored by Old Town Trolley, from two lots in the north. One is the airport economy lot at Washington and Pacific Highway. The second is at Aladdin Garage at Kettner and Laurel.
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.