Art and restaurants showcased at Gallery and Wine Walk


By Gina McGalliard

The best of La Jolla’s renowned art galleries and restaurants will be on display at the fourth annual La Jolla Gallery and Wine Walk being held on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown La Jolla.

Tiffany Sherer, executive director of Promote La Jolla, said La Jolla was known in the 19th century as an artist’s colony. The La Jolla Gallery and Wine Walk started as a way to promote this history, as well as showcase art in the village.

“It’s a great way to mix and mingle with friends with great wine and great food,” Sherer says. “It’s a great night to get out and have a great night in the village.”

The event will feature a self-guided tour of art, some of it by world-famous artists, provided by more than 20 local galleries. Also available will be samples of more than 36 wines, both local and international, from locations as diverse as Australia, South Africa, France, Chile, Italy and California.

The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, which has been in the La Jolla area for more than 16 years, will be showcasing pieces from artists such as Pascal, who does sculpture and wall relief sculpture, and Thomas Pradznski, who does original paintings, serigraths and Parisian streetscapes. Paintings from popular artist Orlando Botero will also be featured, as well as original paintings and oil landscapes from local artist Sean Sullivan.

Suzanne King from the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery calls the event an “enjoyable evening” and says it is a fun time for clients, locals and newcomers alike.

Tanya Stajdel, owner of Cosmopolitan Fine Arts, said the evening is “a good promotion of La Jolla” since the event not only draws from the local area, but also from places outside of San Diego County, such as Palm Desert and Orange County. The gallery will be featuring 163 artists from 31 countries, which will include works of art from all continents of the world. Some of the more famous artists will include Cortez, Dys, Gantner, Dyans and Bryce.

Also participating is La Jolla Fiber Arts, which has been in existence for 10 years and is the only gallery in the Southern California region that is exclusively devoted to works of art made of natural and synthetic fibers. Dan Noble describes the art as “craft movement into art,” and said the gallery enjoys participating because it is unique. Featured artists will be Carter, Doshi and Karen Britto.

According to Carroll Lee Brosseau from Joseph Bellows Gallery, the gallery will be showing work by artist Kate Breakey, who hand paints over large photographs.

Dan Ketelhut from Africa and Beyond, which has been in existence for 18 years and is owned by Ian and Julie Allen, said the gallery will have both traditional and contemporary art from Africa.

“We really enjoy it because it helps to promote African tribal art.” Ketelhut said. “It brings a lot of people in and brings awareness to the artwork. Mainly, it gives us an opportunity to bring awareness to an art form that is not as prominently known as some others.”

Fingerhut Gallery will be showing work from modern Spanish artist Gabriel Picart, who does oil on panels, and Sergey Smirnov, who does contemporary iconic portraiture, according to Fingerhut Gallery director Roree Mayhew. They will also be featuring art from Dr. Seuss, which he says is very popular.

“We participate because it is a fun evening with local collectors,” Mayhew said. In past years, his business has had a lot of success with art sales at the event, he said.

Other galleries that will have art on display include Bartram Gallery, Charles Hecht Galleries, Derissi Gallery, Galeria JAN, Hallmark Gallery, Images of Nature, Molloy Gallery (Australian Aboriginal Art), Monarch Gallery, Morrison Hotel Gallery, O'Bernier Gallery, Prospect Place of Fine Art, Simic New Renaissance Galleries, The Madison Gallery, The Village Gallery, Wentworth Gallery and Wyland Gallery.

Some of the food selections that will be available will include steamed buns with five spice duck from Azul La Jolla, and ahi poke on a crispy wonton from Roppongi Restaurant and Sushi Bar. Cafe Milano will also have tiramisu and cheesecake as desserts. Other participating restaurants are Alfonso’s of La Jolla, Cafe Lavande, George’s at the Cove, Goldfish Point Cafe, Jack’s La Jolla, La Jolla Brew House, La Valencia Hotel/Mediterranean Room, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Truffles.

Tickets are limited. Purchase them at for $30 each. For more information, call (619) 233-5008. Parking is $3 at 1020 Prospect St., at the intersection of Girard and Prospect. Parking is also available underneath the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery. You can also buy tickets at Cafe Lavande, the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, Cosmopolitan Fine Arts, Galleria JAN, La Jolla Fiber Arts, Molloy Gallery, Prospect Place Fine Art and Simic New Renaissance Galleries.