Art & Wine Fest raises $150K for La Jolla schools

Patrons check out paintings at one of the 160 art tents lining Girard Avenue.
(Corey Levitan)

The ninth annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival drew more than 40,000 browsers and carousers to The Village last Saturday and Sunday, said organizer Sherry Ahern, and raised more than $150,000 for local public schools.

“It was the biggest, the best one we’ve ever done,” Ahern said. “So many people came from all over San Diego County. All the restaurants and hotels were full. It was probably twice as busy as we’ve ever been.”

More than 40,000 visited this year’s festival, according to its organizer.
(Corey Levitan)
Niki Kane and Jamie Dickerson with Jack the Chiweenie
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Kids make their own art in the Geppetto’s Toys’ family art tent.
(Corey Levitan)
Circus performer Ronnie Lindley entertains the crowd.
(Corey Levitan)

Stretching along Girard Avenue from Torrey Pines Road to Prospect Street, booths displayed works from 160 artists. In addition, a tent sponsored by Geppetto’s Toys hosted art projects and science experiments for the kiddos.

“A ton of La Jollans came out and many volunteered,” Ahern said. “I’m so grateful for everyone in La Jolla for supporting us.”

Ahern said next year’s festival is already slated for Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14.