For those as interested in making art as they are in the upcoming La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, some family favorites that have put the pandemic on hold are returning for the 2022 event. In particular, the Geppetto Center for Family Creativity and other events for the youngest visitors to the festival.
The 14th Annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival will be held from 10am to 6pm on October 8th and 9th along Girard Avenue in The Village. It will feature more than 160 hand-selected juried artists from the United States and Mexico, displaying a variety of works. mediums including painting, sculpture, jewelry design, fine glass, ceramics, woodwork, mixed media and photography.
This year’s Wine & Beer Garden is a ticketed event that runs from noon to 6 p.m. both days, featuring wines from Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, California, Italy and France, as well as world-renowned beers and spirits from several local craft breweries and a distillery in San Diego.
“We want to be the best for our city, and you can come as a family and have something for everyone,” said event founder Sherry Ahern. “We’re all about family and fun, so we deliver one great activity after another.”
Among them is the Family Art Center, sponsored by Geppetto Toy Store, which offers crafts and interactive art for children of all ages. Last year, the Family Arts Center was not offered due to concerns about gatherings during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic (the 2020 La Jolla Art and Wine Festival was not held).
“I was embarrassed when we were last year with COVID-19 and having kids together, but people said they missed us,” Geppetto owner Brian Miller said. “I heard about it weeks after the festival. I was devastated that we didn’t do it, and I’m so glad we were able to do it again. We’re back in full force and blowing it up with great events.”
There will be tables set up with arts and crafts, games, science experiments, 3-D printing, robotics, body movements, face painting and more.
“It’s an art festival, so it’s important for them to be able to make art,” Miller said. “It’s about the process and the product, and I love seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces.”
A public art project led by the artist Autumn Love will be held for artists of all ages and skill levels. According to the statement, Love’s artistic mission is to “heal the world with the power and energy of love.” Her interactive art project will combine messages of love, gratitude and unity in an installation that will be on display throughout the festival.
Ahern added that Art Scōl will offer quick-drying clay so participants can make and take home their own creations, and there will be some “Instagram-ready” photos. “We have a 12-foot inflated elephant [balloon] it’s all decorated and five- and nine-foot inflated sunflowers,” she said, adding that stilt walkers and jugglers also roam the streets.
“There are a lot of them,” she said with a laugh.
Other performers include the Rosin Box Project ballet company, which will perform excerpts from productions it is staging this season, along with high school theater companies and orchestras.
The Wine & Beer Garden will also host a variety of musical acts throughout the weekend. Saturday will feature Joseph Luna, San Diego Opera, Jason Mann, Owen Boles and the Smokin’ Boles Blues Band, Ginger Roots and The Naked I. Sunday will feature Jorge Camberos Duo, San Diego Opera, Blazing Jane, Whiskey & Burlap, Finnegan Blue and Full Strength.
Proceeds from the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival benefit underfunded programs at five La Jolla public schools — La Jolla High School, Muirlands High 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 health care. Since its inception, the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival has donated more than $1 million to these schools to educate more than 4,000 children. Learn more at ljawf.com. ◆