La Jolla Festival of the Arts: San Diego’s Must-Attend Summer Event

Contact: Jean Walcher/ Ashley Shafer, J. Walcher Communications
619-295-7140, jean@jwalcher.com / ashley@jwalcher.com

SAN DIEGO (May 1, 2013) – The 27th Annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts™ (LJFA), June 22 to 23, provides an idyllic summer weekend in La Jolla, one of California’s coastal jewels – complete with 200 of the West’s finest artists, live entertainment, wine and craft beer, delicious bites, and interactive live performance art.

From photography and paintings to sculptures and glass designs, the art displays promise to be as unique as the artists themselves. A few top local artists who will be showcasing this year, include:

• Jeremy and Gabriela Firehammer: Using a multitude of different types of stones from all over the world such as granite, onyx, marble and travertine, the husband and wife team of Firehammer Studios in Fallbrook cut and polish each stone by hand to be inlayed in stainless steel, creating geometric sculptures and wall hangings.

• Robert Ferguson: Escondido-based American impressionist Robert Ferguson paints lush landscape masterpieces that capture nature’s beauty in its truest form. Refusing to use stills or photographs as inspiration, Ferguson paints only from life and focuses his plein air studies on Europe and the Western U.S.

• Dave Ness: Once an electrical engineer, San Diegan Dave Ness now spends his time taking gorgeous photographs of picturesque landscapes, wildlife and unique abstracts. Willing to do anything to get the perfect shot, Ness’ work tells a story in every scene.

• Amos Robinson: Amos Robinson, also out of San Diego, brings metal alive by transforming sheets of solid steel into fluid shapes to create graceful and sometimes moving sculptures and mobiles. Robinson’s kinetic art is often polished and powder-coated to optimize each piece’s reflective nature and to add vivid color.

In addition to these artists, Chris Hutcherson – aka “Hutch Bronzon,” the human statue – will be doing live performance art. On Saturday, Lady Mari and her clan will do a costume walkabout, where the group of elaborately dressed individuals in period costumes will roam the grounds and stop to pose for photos with Festival-goers.

Guests can stroll with wine or craft beer at the Festival’s grounds, atop UC San Diego Warren Field. The fine art festival’s “Restaurant Row” will feature a number of beloved food trucks and eateries, including Stone World Bistro and its infamous onion rings.
LJFA runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online for $12 until June 21st; $14 tickets at the door. Active duty military and children ages 16 years and under are free. Abundant FREE PARKING is available.

About La Jolla Festival of the Arts
The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is a fine arts festival held annually since 1987 and currently showcases nearly 200 of the West's finest artists. LJFA is produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club, a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to support adaptive sports and recreation programs for San Diegans with disabilities. LJFA is partially funded by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.ljfa.org.

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