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.”