Opening Night & Day One of Art San Diego

Balboa Park is happenin’ this weekend, thanks to the excitement and innovation that Art San Diego brings to the scenic locale. Drawing thousands of attendees from the region and beyond, eager to see cutting-edge works from more than 70 artists and galleries worldwide, Art San Diego has become a leading cultural event of Southern California. Let’s take a look at the show highlights thus far!

Thursday night’s VIP First Preview Party from 5–7 p.m. brought UBS sponsors and collectors to the show for cocktails, networking, and a coveted first look at all the extraordinary contemporary art. From 7–9, the VIP Opening Night Party benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego was in full effect, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided by Giuseppe Fine Catering, unveilings of site-specific installations, and crowds mingling around the Timeline Project, a wall titled [META.MORPHOSIS] depicting past and present winners of the San Diego Art Prize.

50-foot light projection piece created by Tiffany Carbonneau and Brian Harper.

50-foot light projection piece created by Tiffany Carbonneau and Brian Harper.

Installation by Larry & Debby Kline.

Installation by Larry & Debby Kline.

"Mixed Feelings" by Outside the Lens high school students.

“Mixed Feelings” by Outside the Lens high school students.

Socializing in the UBS Lounge.

Socializing in the UBS Lounge.

On Friday, the show’s official opening day, attendees enjoyed a full day of strolling through the booths of contemporary artwork, taking in provocative and innovative works from local, regional, and international artists and galleries. Evening brought the Timeline Party benefiting the San Diego Visual Arts Network, full of great music, delicious food, and fun all around!

Strolling the booths on Opening Night.

Strolling the booths on Opening Night.

Spotlight Artist Brett Lethbridge.

Spotlight Artist Brett Lethbridge.

Paintings from Darian Rodriguez Mederos of Conde Contemporary Gallery/ARTE Cuba.

Paintings from Darian Rodriguez Mederos of Conde Contemporary Gallery/ARTE Cuba.

World-renowned sculptor Ira Reines, who has sculptures on display at Monarch Arredon Contemporary, will be at the show meeting guests on Saturday. “Come back,” he said to attendees of Opening Night. “It’s just too exciting to not see everything! The quality and range of artwork is exceptional.” And the artists and galleries are already experiencing great success; Jeanne Dana has sold 15 of her fine art castings, and Adelman Fine Art, who has several artists giving live demos throughout the show, has sold 7 pieces.

Make sure to follow Art San Diego on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest show updates. Hope to see you at Balboa Park today and tomorrow!

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