ArtWalk on the Bay Celebrates 6 Years
More than 150 artists will be on display September 10-11
It’s Arts Month in San Diego and ArtWalk on the Bay is returning to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Park on September 10-11 for the sixth year. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. thousands of patrons will enjoy stunning paintings, sculptures, glasswork and photographs by prominent artists. This fine arts festival is free to the public and welcomes all ages to celebrate the importance of both visual and performing arts by introducing Southern Californians to original art and providing the opportunity to meet the artists.
“We are expecting about 20,000 attendees each day to view the art of more than 130 artists in over 160 tents,” Event Manager Paula Kwast said. “ArtWalk on the Bay takes almost a year to plan. We started working on this late in 2010.”
Children are encouraged by ArtReach San Diego to participate in KidsWalk, a fun and creative way to engage in art through hands-on projects while parents can browse or purchase pieces from their favorite artists.
“New this year to ArtWalk on the Bay are KidsWalk participating groups Ceramic Fanatics, where kids of all ages will be able to pour ceramic molds—to pick up later in the week—and make easy mosaic projects on paper,” Kwast said. “And San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum will show kids how to make a bagel birdfeeder.”
From the casual collector to art-connoisseurs, art-lovers with any level of experience can appreciate the beauty and innovation presented on the bay. Buyers with a trained eye will also be perusing the exhibits to find their new favorite masterpieces.
“I look for art pieces that draw me into the details,” said Christine Tran, the director of sales and marketing for The Daily Transcript. “If a piece is going to hang on your wall for a long time, it has to be something you keep finding interest in. Also, it’s about how that art piece makes you feel every time you look at it.”
In addition to the soiree with artists, attendees will enjoy a variety of live music and entertainment throughout the weekend. On Saturday there will be performances by Nikki Wilkins, Robin Henkel, Wendy Bailey, Peter Hall, Bill Cardinal and Shawn Rohlf. The lineup on Sunday will include Tori Rogg, Ryan Hiller, Brad Perry & the Acoustic Fingerprints, the San Diego Symphony Woodwind Quintet, Colin Clyne and Scott Mathiasen.
“One of the new performers on stage is Brad Perry and the Acoustic Fingerprints,” added Kwast . “KUSI news personality Brad Perry fronts this band, playing a wide variety of original and cover songs, knowing that people want to get back to where music makes you have hope for better days.”
If guests stir up an appetite while enjoying the fine art and entertainment, a variety of food and drinks will be available throughout the event for everyone’s dining pleasure. Food will be served by Hilton Bayfront Hotel, Choc-kabobs, Ciao Cupcakes, Hunter Steakhouse, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages and Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Choc-kabobs will specialize in chocolate dipped fruit kabobs and Hunter Steakhouse will be serving its best tri-tip beef sandwiches, burgers and potato salad.
Hilton Bayfront’s Odysea Bar will be mixing an assortment of yummy cocktails for guests toast their favorite artists. Some highly recommended staff favorites include the Lavender Fortaleza Tequila Fizz, Strawberry Rhubarb Rum Mule and the Rosemary Gin Ricky. Chargers fans are also welcome to watch the game at Fox Sports Grill, where they can show their San Diego pride alongside the Charger faithful.
A special VIP Sponsor and Media Brunch hosted by San Diego Magazine, ArtWalk on the Bay and Hilton San Diego Bayfront will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday September 11 in celebration of the event.
First-time visitors to San Diego are encouraged to stay and explore the beautiful shores of this city’s coast. The Hilton San Diego Bayfront has partnered with the event to offer special discounted room rates at $159 per night.
With the huge popularity of the event and the high volume of expected attendees, guests are recommended to map out an itinerary to get the most out of their opportunity to interact with artists. On-site parking is $10 per car in the parking garage next to the hotel. To save some cash, guests can take advantage of the $2 rate for the day by parking near Petco Park, located at the northeast corner of Park Boulevard and Imperial Avenue. The new pedestrian bridge allows for easy access between Petco Park and the harbor. ArtWalk on the Bay is expected to contribute more than $350,000 to the local arts and business economy.
For more tips and information about the event visit artwalkonthebay.org.