Family Arts Center will be back at this year’s La Jolla Arts and Wine Festival

For those interested in making art as they see it at the upcoming La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, some of our favorite family-focused festivals put on a pandemic hiatus date back to the 2022 event. Notable are the Geppetto Family Arts Center and other activities for the festival’s youngest attendees. .

The 14th annual La Jolla Arts and Wine Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 8 and 9, along Gerrard Street in The Village, and will feature over 160 hand-selected jury artists from across the United States and Mexico showcasing a diverse range of artists. . Media, including painting, sculpture, jewelry design, fine glass, ceramics, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.

This year’s Wine & Beer Garden is a special event running both from noon to 6 pm, featuring wines from Valle De Guadalupe in Mexico, California, Italy and France and world-famous spirits by many of San Diego’s many local breweries and distilleries.

“We want to be the best we can be for our city, and you can come as a family and have something for everyone,” said Sherry Ahern, event founder. “We’re all talking about families and fun, so we have one great activity after another.”

Silvia Aldebol presents art from her studio SA Art & Design during the former La Jolla Art & Wine Festival.

(Vincent Andernas)

Among them is the Family Art Center, sponsored by Geppetto Toy Store, which provides crafts and interactive arts for children of all ages. The Family Arts Center was not presented last year due to concerns about gathering during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic (there was no La Jolla Arts and Wine Festival in 2020).

“I didn’t feel comfortable with where we were with COVID last year and kids gathered together, but people said they missed us,” said Brian Miller, owner of Geppetto. “I heard about it for weeks after the festival. I was horrified we didn’t and I’m so glad we were able to do it again. We’re back in full force and blasting it with great activities.”

The tables will be equipped with art making activities, crafts, games, science experiments, 3D printing, robotics, body movement, face painting and more.

“It’s an art festival, so it’s important that they have the opportunity to make art,” Miller said. “It’s all about the process and the product, and I love seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces.”

A community art project led by artist Autumn Love will be held for artists of all ages and skill levels. Love’s artistic mission is to “heal the world through the power and energy of love,” according to a statement. Her interactive art project will combine messages of love, gratitude and teamwork in an installation that will be displayed throughout the festival.

Ahern added that Art Scol will offer quick-drying clay so attendees can make their own pieces and take them home, and there will be several “Instagram-ready” photo opportunities. We have a 12-foot inflatable elephant [balloon] It’s all decked out and sunflowers blown five and nine feet tall,” she said, adding that pedestrians on stilts and jugglers would roam the streets as well.

“There’s a lot,” she said with a laugh.

Other cast includes ballet company Rosin Box Project, which will perform excerpts from productions it will stage this season, along with high school theater and marching troupes.

Wine & Beer Garden will host a variety of musical acts throughout the weekend. On Saturday, Joseph Luna, San Diego Opera, Jason Mann, Owen Bowles, Smokin Balls Blues, Ginger Roots, and The Naked will perform. On Sunday, Jorge Camberos Duo, San Diego Opera, Blazing Jane, Whiskey & Burlap, Finnegan Blue and Full Strength will take the podium.

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Daring gives a great performance at the former La Jolla Arts and Wine Festival.

(Vincent Andernas)

The La Jolla Arts and Wine Festival takes advantage of underfunded programs in La Jolla’s five public schools — La Jolla High School, Morelands Middle School, La Jolla Elementary School, Bird Rock Elementary School, and Torrey Pines Elementary School — such as art, music, science, physical education, technology, and on-site medical care. . Since its inception, the La Jolla Arts and Wine Festival has donated more than $1 million to these schools for the educational benefit of more than 4,000 children. Learn more through ljawf.com. ◆

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