Surrealism party attracts art-lovers to The House of the Future
Anjela Piccard, couture and jewelry designer, will display works at La Jolla’s Colosseum Gallery starting July 2.
By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Ian Ashley sure knows how to throw a party.
The former La Jollan found her current home, “The House of the Future,” through the La Jolla Light. Designed by modernist architect Lloyd Ruocco (1907-81), whose local credits include the Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics at SIO and the International Center at UCSD, the house was originally built for a 1953 exposition in Balboa Park, and later moved to Alvarado Estates.
For almost a decade now, Ashley has been staging theme parties as benefits for local arts organizations. On June 4, her latest event, a “Surrealism Party” fundraiser for San Diego Visual Artists Guild, was a fantasy of interactive art installations, fashion shows, impromptu performances, and music.
400 guests, many of them costumed to reflect the party’s theme, enjoyed two levels of 3-D black-light art, archeo-sculptures, sand painting, film projections, and dancing, and partied ‘til the early morning hours.
“I am a party planner on steroids,” said the hostess. “I get bored easily so I don’t want my guests to be bored.”
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