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Wine and art mingle for third annual Village mixer

The fund-raising event, sponsored by Promote La Jolla, will be Thursday, Sept. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. at art galleries throughout the Village.

Guests will take self-guided walking tours throughout the Village, drinking in classic views while sampling art galleries and being served wines. Fifteen of the galleries will also be serving appetizers from La Jolla restaurants.

One of more than 20 participating businesses, Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery on Ivanhoe is featuring award-winning wines from Temecula’s VR La Erezan and Maurice Car’rie, and an acclaimed artist, Anton Arkhipov, whose original artwork graces the wine’s labels.

“Our artist, an oil painter, will be recreating his art works that are on the labels of this winery’s wines,” said Lisa Jacobsen, owner of Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery.

Arkhipov’s limited-edition paintings will be for sale the night of the event, along with other original paintings by artists having wine as a theme.

Visitors at Contemporary Fine Arts will be able to sample a newly released white wine blended specifically for women called Girlfriend.

“The event is to promote the Village,” said Tiffany Sherer, Promote La Jolla’s executive director. “Part of the mission of Promote La Jolla and our merchants is to attract people to our business district.”

What better way to do that, said Sherer, than to host a fun and educational event where people can mingle and be exposed to art.

“We hope people will have such a good time at this special event that they’ll come back for lunch or a day of shopping in the future,” she said.

Sherer said the wine walk is also an inventive way to get people to experience a gallery they might not ordinarily visit.

“The wine walk has really opened my eyes to new places,” she said.

Participating businesses on the tour will include Fingerhut Gallery of La Jolla, Hallmark Galleries, Images of Nature, Prospect Place Fine Art, Galeria Jan, Monarch Gallery, Derissi Gallery, Molloy Gallery, Wentworth Gallery, Bartram Gallery, Cosmopolitan Fine Arts, Charles Hecht Gallery, Contemporary Fine Arts, La Jolla Fiber Arts, The Village Gallery, OBernier Gallery, Africa and Beyond, Joseph Bellows Gallery, Simic Renaissance Galleries and Wyland Gallery.

Another La Jolla art gallery owner participating in the wine walk, La Jolla FiberArts’ Lynn Noble, said the special event is a great way to acquaint patrons with the fine art exhibited and sold in the Jewel.

“We were in it last year,” Noble said, “and though we’ve been around for more than nine years, a lot of people are not aware that we’re the only gallery in Southern California to carry textile art. It’s important that we expose people to the more than 40 artists that we show here.”

The event attracted 600 patrons its first year and 800 last year.

“We’re hoping the event will just keep growing,” said Promote La Jolla’s Sherer. “We’re open to growing the event. To have every gallery in La Jolla participating is our goal.”

Sherer said all the funds raised by the wine walk will be used to further promote merchants in the Village and get word out that La Jolla’s business district is a great place to shop and visit.

Promote La Jolla has two other fund-raising events on its annual calendar: a car classic featuring antique vehicles as well as a Movies By The Sea community picnic and outdoor film viewing at Scripps Park.

Tickets to the La Jolla Gallery and Wine Walk are $25. For tickets or more information, call McFarlane Promotions at (619) 233-5008 or visit www.lajollabythesea.com.