That’s a Wrap: Highlights of Art San Diego 2017

If there were any questions about if Art San Diego could still be Art San Diego at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, they were put to rest this past weekend. Annual visitors, as well as new fans, joined us in our new location on our new dates. With the ocean in the background, a red carpet underfoot, and rainbow-colored ribbons streaming everywhere you looked, the Wyland Center was a visual feast—and we hadn’t even stepped inside yet.

Inside, the 30,000-square-foot exhibition space had been transformed into a beautiful gallery-style venue displaying extraordinary works of innovation and genius from up-and-coming and established creatives alike.

Whether you were there and want to relive the highlights with us or you couldn’t make it this year and want to get excited about next year’s show, read on for a recap of Art San Diego 2017.

Show Highlights
More than 10,500 art lovers made their way through Sarah Stieber and Theresa Finch’s 50-foot-long ribbon-wrapped and into the Wyland Center to enjoy an impressive collection of contemporary art from over 65 international galleries and studio artists.

Anita Lewis of Art for Modern Life inspired peacefulness with her ocean- and water-themed work. Margaret Lipsey of MJ Laberge Gallery pushed us to search for the light within her darkness of her abstract art. Puerto Rican artist Villín Ramos wowed us with the geometric abstractions and vibrant colors in his latest series of works, which were saved by Arte Collective before Hurricane Maria devastated his hometown.

San Diego Art Prize winner Rizzhel Javier mesmerized the audience with a live sewing demonstration. Mexican multidisciplinary artist Roberto Georgge, represented by World Wide Art, donated all the earnings from his sales at to pay tribute to the victims of the earthquake and support relief efforts in Mexico. As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the mayor of San Diego, Kevin L. Faulconer proclaimed Sept. 28, 2017, to be Alejandro Salazar Day,” in honor of the world-renowned Latino artist and international art dealer Alexander Salazar.

Art San Diego 2017 really was a {FUSION] of artistic mediums, of exhibitors and collectors, and of the countless galleries and artists who came together to showcase their work.

Artistic Achievement

We’re proud to honor select Art San Diego exhibitors with special recognition for their talents and efforts last night. Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners!

  • Best Sculpture: Sergott Contemporary Art of Rancho Santa Fe, California
  • Best New Exhibitor: Evan Lurie Gallery of Carmel, Indiana
  • Best New International Exhibitor: Peimbert Art of Acapulco, Mexico
  • Best Booth Design: Pippin Contemporary of Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Directors’ Award: Masterworks Fine Art Gallery of Oakland Hills, California
  • Spotlight Artist Award: Lori Ryerson, Rose Tanner, Kate Taylor

Top Sales
Many of Art San Diego exhibitors found great success, making sales, getting commissions, and establishing relationships with new clients. Here’s a taste of some of this year’s top sales:

  • Masterworks Fine Art sold a Marc Chagall piece for $52,000 and two Mel Bochner pieces.
  • Dimensions Gallery sold Tom Liguon’s Supernova for $16,000.
  • Stephanie’s Art Gallery sold Loretta Tearney Warner’s Asian Woman With Ceremonial Headdress for $15,000.
  • Sarah Stieber sold 10 pieces, including Follow Your Goddess for $15,000.
  • Peimbert Art sold $13,000 worth of art, including Alexandre Montoya’s Colorful Voices and Jorge Marin’s Surfer Balance.
  • Dellorco Fine Art sold Transcendence for $8,250 and Letting Go for $5,250.
  • Aleta Pippin of Pippin Contemporary sold three pieces, including Through the Slot for $6,000.
  • [FOTO SOLO] photographer Paul Brandejs sold Lady in Red for $4,000; Bursting for $995; and Ripples — Study for $800; as well as five paintings.
  • Artblend Gallery sold five pieces, including Laura Benjamin’s Lucy for $3,750; Annie Labbe’s Open Source 4 for $2,500; and Barry Seidman’s Red Wine Silhouette for $3,900.
  • Spotlight Artist Kate Taylor sold 12 pieces, including Fall Petal Squarefor $2,915.
  • Lori Wylie Richardson sold Timeless Seas for $5,000.
  • Lyn Hiner Studios sold Precipice of Possible for $2,300 and Rising Knowledge for $1,150.
  • Erik Renssen of Renssen Art Gallery sold eight pieces, including Reading a Book for $1,600 and Woman in Red & Yellow Hat for $1,850.
  • James Paterson of James Paterson Fine Art sold nine pieces, including a wire sculpture for $1,600.
  • Chad Daly sold four pieces, including USD $1 Rhino for $575.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors for their generosity and to everyone who attended the show. Our success was because of you! Until next year, make sure to follow Art San Diego on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest news, updates, and behind-the-scenes shots.

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