Recap: The Most IMPACTful Opening Night Art San Diego’s Ever Had
Art San Diego is always striving to make an impact on the local community—and last night we accomplished that. Nearly 3,000 collectors, gallery owners, art dealers, and cultural connoisseurs attended IMPACT NIGHT, sponsored by UBS Financial Services.
Attendees were greeted by a red carpet, a powerful exhibit of gigantic sculptures created only from chairs by Chairborne Arts, and live music. Servers strolled the exhibition space with platters of delicious hors d’oeuvres, and attendees sipped on Louis Jadot Wines.
Auctions to benefit the Access to Art nonprofit partners kicked off at 6 p.m. with a live auction at center court. Up for grabs were:
- Walter Redondo’s Listen to the Plan’s artwork went to a very happy collector who donated her winning bid of $700 to Monarch School
- Julie Schumer’s Coastal Rhythms raised $600 for Generate Hope
- Bill Stone’s We Are Stars went to Monarch School for their upcoming fundraiser
Booth auctions and a silent auction also took place throughout the Wyland Center. With donations at the door and all auction proceeds going back to our nonprofit partners, plus a combined Art San Diego and UBS donation, we raised just over $12,000 for the Monarch School, Generate Hope, Rady Children’s Hospital, and HEAL.
In addition to supporting our nonprofit partners, VIP attendees took advantage of the opportunity to be among the first to check out the newest works from the slate of more than 70 international galleries and studio artists. Arteria Gallery, Sally Samins, Deb Wight, X Espacio, Gedion Nyanhongo, Jen Tough Gallery, and several of the San Diego Art Prize Artists were among the many exhibitors to boast sales. All works of art are up for grabs, so come to the show early so you have a chance to scout out potential treasures to take home, too!
Attendees also had the opportunity to taste desserts from six local bakers inspired by artworks from this year’s show. This year’s participating bakeries and artists include:
- Eat Your Cake Too inspired by Kate Taylor’s Blueberry
- Four Seasons Aviara inspired by Jeff Vermeeren’s Megacosm
- Dancy Cakes inspired by Kate Taylor’s Raspberry Pudding
- Tammy Lou Cakes inspired by Kate Zimmer’s Lacy Grey
- Naked Cake Farm inspired by Julie Schumer’s Remembering the Albaicin
- Flour Power Cakery inspired by Deb Wight’s Heated Reflection
Art San Diego runs through Sunday, so stop by the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to experience everything from live demonstration events where you can watch highlighted artists create their masterpieces to Art Talks where you can listen to thought-provoking talks by international artists. Take a look at the full show schedule to see what’s coming up.