Monarch Fine Art of La Jolla to Host Special Event Leading Up to La Jolla Festival of the Arts

March 21 art exhibition featuring international painter and sculptor will support San Diegans with disabilities

SAN DIEGO — February 12, 2014 — Monarch Fine Art of La Jolla will host a special event for the La Jolla Festival of the Arts™ (LJFA) on March 21, 2014, featuring Andre Desjardins, internationally-renowned painter and sculptor.

Guests will meet the artist and enjoy appetizers, fine wine, craft beer, Monarch Signature French Vietnamese Coffee, and live entertainment as they browse Desjardins’ collection of work. Merging human expression and emotion into gripping images on canvas and in bronze, Desjardins’ work can be classified as both expressionist and humanist, while fusing the figurative with the abstract. The artist will speak about his technique and do a live demonstration of his clay sculpting.

Proceeds from the event will support this year’s LJFA and its mission to produce the highest quality art and entertainment event while funding programs for San Diegans with disabilities.

Desjardins was born in the small Canadian town of Hauterive, Quebec. He holds a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Quebec in Montreal, and is the founder of his unique artistic style called “Visual Emotionism.”

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The event will be held at Monarch Fine Art of La Jolla, 1205 Prospect Street, Suite A, La Jolla, CA 92037, from 5-9 p.m. with the artist’s live demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person, or $125 per couple, and can be purchased at Complimentary underground parking is available. Attendees will receive a Monarch Fine Art gift certificate and two complimentary tickets to the LJFA, June 21 to 22 at UC San Diego’s Warren Field.

LJFA is a fine art showcase event featuring nearly 200 of the West’s finest artists, live entertainment, fine wine and craft beer, delicious bites, and interactive live performances, with 100 percent of the festival proceeds given to over 30 San Diego programs that empower locals and wounded warriors to live beyond their disabilities.

Monarch Fine Art of La Jolla
Monarch Fine Art of La Jolla has been part of the La Jolla community since 2004. Danny and Elsie Arredondo acquired the gallery in 2013 with a vision to provide only the highest standards of aesthetic quality and uniqueness in an inspiring and elegant setting. The Gallery offers an incomparable and sophisticated selection of limited edition bronze sculptures and original paintings by well-established artists from all over the world.

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About La Jolla Festival of the Arts (LJFA)
The La Jolla Festival of the Arts started as a simple fundraiser for the Torrey Pines Kiwanis in 1987 and has since evolved into one of California’s top fine arts festivals. The Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation and Club, a 501(c)(3) organization, has raised over $1.7 million over the last 27 years to support adaptive sports, recreation and educational programs for San Diegans with disabilities. LJFA is partially funded by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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Contact: Jean Walcher/ Ashley Shafer, J. Walcher Communications

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