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Tour provides feast for the eyes and treats for the tastebuds

By Lindsey Ashjian

The streets of La Jolla will soon be filled with lovers of art, wine and a combination of the two.

The second annual La Jolla Gallery and Wine Walk, a self-guided tour that will showcase artists and wine from San Diego and points around the world, will take place Oct. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and include admission into 20 of La Jolla’s galleries, samples of wines and house specialties from 14 restaurants, all while taking in the enchanting coastal views of La Jolla.

“Having opened just nine months ago, this is our first time taking part in the Wine Walk and I could not be more ecstatic,” said Richard Horowitz, owner of Morrison Hotel Gallery. “Every one of the participating galleries offers a truly unique experience, and I am proud to be able to contribute a non-traditional outlet for both photography and rock ‘n’ roll lovers alike.”

Morrison Hotel Gallery features images of some of music’s most memorable icons and significant moments captured in black-and-white candid photographs by Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, Elliott Landy and Jim Marshall.

Works by Netherlands-born Rembrandt and English-born artist and poet Lord Byron will be on display at the Fingerhut Gallery, as well as works by La Jolla’s Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss.

The Wentworth Gallery will feature pieces by 1960s psychedelic American artist Peter Max, Israel’s David Schluss and others from Russia, Europe and Asia.

Galleries such as Africa and Beyond will display works of art beyond the canvas, including African jewelry, hand-woven baskets and stone sculptures. Charles Hecht Gallery specializes in contemporary oil paintings and 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings. More classic artwork will be shown at Cosmopolitan Fine Arts with an exhibition of contemporary French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts owner Tanya Stajdel said participating in last year’s Gallery and Wine Walk was a good thing for her gallery.

“We had such positive experience with the event last year that we jumped at the chance to join in again,” Stajdel said. “We were so pleased with the wine and restaurant choices and very pleasantly surprised by the turnout. We gained a high volume of sales from the event and have even maintained a few good clients since then.”

Other participating galleries include Contemporary Fine Arts, Derissi, Galeria Jan, Hallmark, Images of Nature, Jasmin, Jewel of La Jolla, Joseph Bellows, La Jolla Art Association, La Jolla Fiber Arts, Monarch, Prospect Place Fine Art, Simic, The Village Gallery and Wyland.

In addition to art, each gallery will offer unique wines. There will be featured wines from all over the world, including from France, Italy, California, Australia, Chile and South Africa. Participating wineries include Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards, South Coast Winery and Fallbrook Winery, all from the Temecula Valley wine country in North County.

“This year, we will be featuring our 2002 cabernet reserve and 2003 chardonnay reserve,” said Fallbrook Winery owner Ted Gourvitz. “These two wines, as well as all the others being offered, are sure to enhance the charm of the night. We feel so fortunate to be a part of such a unique and exciting event.”

Local restaurants will be serving up some of their house favorites. Restaurants taking part in the walk include La Dolce Vita, Fresh Seafood Restaurant and Bar, The Mediterranean Room at La Valencia Hotel, Azul La Jolla, Truffles, Roppongi Restaurant and Sushi Bar, George’s at The Cove, Jose’s Courtroom, Cafe Milano, Goldfish Point Cafe, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Alfonso’s and La Jolla Brew House.

“My husband William, who is co-owner and chef here, and I cannot decide what we want to make for the walk,” said Claudette Mannix, co-owner of La Jolla Brew House. “Last year’s event was so much fun. We want to offer the most tantalizing treat we have in order to ensure an even better time for our guests this year. We will also be providing samples of some of our local beers.”

A water and soda station will be available at Tommy Bahama on Wall Street.

Proceeds from the La Jolla Village Gallery and Wine Walk will go to Promote La Jolla, the non-profit administrator for the La Jolla Business Improvement District that consists of 1,400 businesses within the 30-block downtown commercial district known as the Village.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call McFarlane Promotions at (619) 233-5008 or visit www.lajollabythesea.com.

A limited number of tickets will be available.

Parking will be available for $3 in advance at 1020 Prospect St.