Walk of the Town

By Nicole Novak

For lovers of art, street food and alfresco entertainment, August's ArtWalk NTC in Liberty Station is a midsummer's daydream. The decades-younger cousin of the Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy is now in its 10th year of existence, and managing director Sandi Cottrell couldn't be more excited about this year's installment.

"ArtWalk NTC has a very different vibe from the ArtWalk in Little Italy, with its serene setting in a self-contained park," she says. "It has a fine-arts feel, an easily navigable layout, great natural light and the environment of San Diego's ever-growing Arts and Culture district in NTC."

Up to 20,000 art lovers are expected to attend the free August 15-16 event, which features original works for sale by locally, nationally and internationally prominent artists, a wine and beer pavilion and live music. Cottrell urges guests to check out the works of artist Inocente, a once-homeless Point Loma-area native whose life story became the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary by the same name.

"Guests can take a nice afternoon and enjoy the space, since it's not shoulder-to-shoulder," says printmaker Greg Bada, an ArtWalk veteran who's participating again this year. Bada says he prefers this slightly smaller ArtWalk, because its scale fosters his getting more facetime chatting with would-be buyers.

8/15-16: ArtWalk NTC
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Liberty Station, Point Loma
artwalksandiego.org

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