Watercolorist to be featured at festival

Noted watercolor artist and instructor Karen McLean-McGaw has been chosen to create the poster artwork for the 2008 La Jolla Festival of the Arts. The Festival board selected a vibrant seascape, representative of La Jolla and a colorful Tuscan piece from McLean-McGaw.

A Santa Barbara native, McLean-McGaw has been capturing the essence of California and European landscapes for the past 25 years.

This year, the 22-year-old festival returns to the UCSD East Campus parking lots, located at Genesee Avenue and Regents Road, on June 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival hosts more than 190 award-winning local and national artists displaying watercolors, oils, sculpture, serigraphs, fine jewelry, photography and more. Event attendees can also enjoy a variety of cuisines in the festival food area, listen to live entertainment and visit a dedicated children’s area with interactive booths, hands-on games and activities. Additionally, many new attractions to the festival are planned this year, including celebrity book signings.

Produced annually by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation, the festival’s mission is “to provide the highest-quality arts and entertainment experience for our patrons, guests and participants in support of recreational and educational programs for San Diegans with disabilities,” said festival chairman Don Ludwig.

Proceeds benefit more than 30 programs for San Diegans with disabilities. The Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation has donated nearly $1 million in funds from the annual festival to programs such as The Adaptive Snow Ski Program, Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp, Wheelchair Tennis and Quadriplegic Rugby.