Surrealism party attracts art-lovers to The House of the Future

Del Mar artist Tena Navarrete

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Photo by Maurice Hewitt

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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5 Comments for “Surrealism party attracts art-lovers to The House of the Future”

  1. David Root

    I was at this fabulous party and it was a treat for the eyes and ears. Orchestra Mustachio played the most amazing music, which you could not just sit and listen to you had to get up and move to the groove. I couldn't think of a better way to support the arts than to attend this party and I look forward to next years event with anticipation.

  2. Very colorful, positive vibe with none stop entertainment and endless art.
    Thank you to who made it the spectacular event that it was, I am so looking forward to next years extravaganza.

  3. Thanks for posting these photos. Nice to see so many wonderful people having a good time.

  4. Balboa's Ghost

    Lamp cords, dog tags and piston rings. How many Toyotas had to be stripped to make that jewelry collection, I wonder?

  5. Beverly

    I have attended all but two events such as this one at this wonderful. home over the past ten years and this one, like all the others, never fails to amaze me. The art is not only on the walls and the pedestals but it in the people, the performances, and the event itself. the home owners are dear friends and spectacular hosts. they care deeply about every detail and about the pursuit and support of creativity and the arts in San Diego.

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