Where the Sidewalk Blends

Each year, Little Italy gathers up the region’s artistic talent to showcase their masterpieces along India Street. Drawing a crowd of more than 100,000, ArtWalk has become as synonymous with the neighborhood as pizza and spaghetti.

The event’s managing director, Sandi Cottrell, says the San Diego art scene is “more energized than ever.” On April 28 and 29, as ArtWalk strides into its 28th year, artistry will get kicked up another notch thanks to “Dance on the Edge,” an event-within-an-event featuring 20 live dance performances of various styles.

Despite the struggling economy, Cottrell says, “Amazingly, several participants said they’ve had their best year ever.” She credits the artists’ success with recent local gallery openings, art-related events and partnerships that have produced a wave of artistic synergy across San Diego.

At last year’s ArtWalk, Marcus Thesing sold 70 percent of the hand-blown glass he displayed. He says he’s optimistic for a repeat performance because the event’s attendees are usually “affluent, with the ability to appreciate good art when they see it.”

Thesing’s favorite thing about ArtWalk? “The ice cream.”
-Michelle Poveda

The streets of Little Italy
April 28-29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
free admission