La Jolla and Pacific Beach Studios Tour opens artists’ homes to 1,200 residents
More than 1,200 people visited two dozen local artists at five of the artist houses in La Jolla and Pacific Beach on September 18, viewing artwork, gardens and studios on the first self-guided tour from the San Diego Coastal Art Studios.
The visit was free, although all the artists offered their works for sale. The event also provided donation boxes at each location to raise money for the Village Arts and Education Foundation. The tour raised $ 1,239.
At Jane Fletcher’s on Alta La Jolla Drive in La Jolla, visitors were treated to Fletcher’s wooden entrance doors, which the artist herself carved. Throughout the house, hundreds of his paintings were on display for sale.
Fletcher said she was delighted with the number of people who stopped by to view her art.
Dave Abrams, resident of La Jolla and tour visitor, said he really wanted to see Fletcher’s work. “She’s really very prolific. I like its wooden doors and so on. It’s so organic.
On Fletcher’s back patio, painter Betty Hock said participating in the exhibit “freed my creative desire to make people appreciate my work.”
Jeweler Victoria Ward said the tour was a “positive” experience, with people saying “they are amazed at the quality of the art here”.
One of the tour’s organizers, Dot Renshaw, opened her home on Beryl Street in Pacific Beach to seven artists, who, along with Renshaw, exhibited their works, from paintings to sculptures.
The visit was well received, Renshaw said, with many visitors questioning the history of her home and the additions she has made.
“People are starting to talk and learn about the neighborhood and the history,” she said.
Renshaw also showed visitors his paintings and workshop, including his flammable liquid refrigerator.
She said she wanted to have this kind of art and studio tour after going on one 25 years ago through a different organization.
“There hasn’t been anything since,” she said. “I’m going, ‘I’m tired of waiting. Let’s just make ours.
Cherry Sweig, a La Jolla resident and painter who helped organize the tour, had her paintings installed in one of Renshaw’s bedrooms and said it was getting “a lot of traffic”.
“It’s really fun to be with all of the different various works,” Sweig said.
Kyle Pearson went to see Sweig’s paintings and said she plans to visit the other stops on the tour. “I like [tours like this], “she said.” It’s nice to see what’s being done with art right now. “
Renshaw said she hopes the tour becomes an annual event. ??