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Village makes plans for art, wine walk

1,000 tickets to be sold for event

Gallery owner Jessie Bartram Donovan likes Promote La Jolla’s Gallery and Wine Walk so much, he said he thinks it should be held more often.

Now, though, there’s only one opportunity to enjoy the evening event - 5 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 25.

Being held for the fifth year, it features an opportunity to visit 22 Village galleries, sample cuisine from 16 restaurants and taste wines from six different countries.

“It’s a great event that brings exposure to the galleries and restaurants,” said Donovan, who owns the Bartram Gallery at 7484 Girard Ave. He will have artists in his gallery that night to talk about their work.

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“It’s a good date night and a chance to come down and have a nice evening out,” he added.

Only 1,000 tickets are available, at $30 each. Last year 900 attended the event, which raised about $2,000 for Promote La Jolla to use for street cleaning, advertising and economic development, said Tiffany Sherer, the Business Improvement District’s executive director.

“Years ago we had a void in not having any special events after the art festival was not in the community anymore,” she said, “and we thought this would be a good way to showcase art galleries.”

In addition to samples of the local restaurant fare, guests can choose from 44 different wines from Australia, California, Chile, France, Italy and South Africa.

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Security is provided at each gallery.

Event tickets can be purchased online at

www.lajollabythesea.com/gallery

or at some of the galleries and restaurants listed with a star next to them on the Web site.

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