San Diego Festival of the Arts Names Best of Show

The 35th San Diego Festival of the Arts took place at the San Diego Surf Club Soccer Park, on September 11 and 12 with a new 21-and-older vibe. The outdoor event offered a stunning array of art from 150 world-renowned artists along with a full entertainment lineup. Organizers were encouraged by the healthy attendance especially as all ticket proceeds, silent auction, wine, and beer sales benefit adults and children with disabilities. “Coming back after the pandemic year off, we were wondering about attendance,” said Peter Ballantyne, festival organizer. “We discovered that this new venue is a great location for us and it was well-attended. Overall, we are happy about this year’s festival.” 

Phoenix artist Gedion Nyanhongo, best of show winner for sculpture

The artists who received Best of Show under their specialties are: San Diego artist Grant Pecoff for painting; Phoenix artist Gedion Nyanhongo for sculpture; La Jolla artist Ian Ely for photography; Phoenix artist Joshua Dopp for glass; Laguna Beach artist Dorthee Naumburg for jewelry; Temecula artist Hasuyo Miller for ceramics; Santa Barbara artist Victor Dinovi for wood; Modesto artist Angela Dallas for fiber/textiles; and San Diego artist Sue Britt for mixed media.

Laguna Beach artist Dorthee Naumburg, best of show winner for jewelry

The SDFA is produced by the San Diego Festival of the Arts Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501c (3) organization, in partnership with San Diego Magazine. Through this primary fundraiser, more than $3 million has been raised for programs for San Diegans with disabilities since 1987.  As part of the festival, guests enjoy world-class live music and entertainment, a selection of outdoor lawn games, and cuisine options from gourmet wood-fired pizza to BBQ and more. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook.