Bird Rock, which is just south of La Jolla Village, offers several art galleries that have opened their doors and welcomed art lovers in the last year or two. The southern stretch along La Jolla Boulevard is gaining a reputation as a new hub of artistic activity for both locals and visitors. All of the Bird Rock art galleries are conveniently located within walking distance of each other.
Art Nest is one of the newest art gallery to open. Owner Anseth Richards is a La Jolla event and wedding planner who was already running her business at that site. In addition to offering clients and affiliated event planners a convenient meeting space, she wanted to give artists a place to gather and a space to hang their work. She does not take commission on any sales that artists make, but encourages them to donate to her non-profit, women’s health organization, nationalcheersfoundation.org. She also enjoys hosting a show for every new artist as well as rents out the gallery for private events. Art Nest’s eclectic work showcases a variety of mediums, including ceramics, paper art, oil painting, watercolor, photography, jewelry and mosaics. The Art Nest is located at 5648 La Jolla Blvd.
Practically next door to Art Nest is GALERIe, which features artwork, jewelry and clothing. Everything is made with ecologically and socially conscious themes and materials. Owner Sejla Holland is passionate about her commitment to supporting artists and designers who are recognized for being green. For example, photographer Kimberlee Curyl photographs wild horses and supports Return to Freedom, a horse sanctuary. Designer kao pao shu creates beautiful dresses, jackets and purses out of recycled ribbons and seat belts. GALERIe is located at 5628½ La Jolla Blvd.
Just down the boulevard you’ll arrive at Bird Rock Arts Gallery which also provides a gathering place for artists. Owner Maria Parenteau offers gallery and studio space for several artists including painters, sculptors and even shoe designers. One of her favorite artists is Iranian-born Jinah Abood, who uses coffee as a media for her paintings. Parenteau also teaches creativity workshops for artists based on “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron and is passionate about bringing artists and art lovers together in the community. The Gallery is located at 5785 La Jolla Blvd, Suite B.
Chuck Patton, owner of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, has converted one side of his popular coffee house into an arts cooperative for art and music. Already a popular music venue on weekend mornings, the space now features artwork, which is rotated regularly. Owner Patton enjoys supporting the local art scene and donates proceeds from sales made in his gallery to Art Reach, which brings art into schools. The coffee shop is located at 5627 La Jolla Blvd.
Moonglow Design La Jolla Art Gallery includes a colorful assortment of artwork, including paintings, glass art, and sculptures in wood, stone or bronze. If you are looking for a custom-made piece of artwork, this is the place to come. The designers at Moonglow will work with you directly to turn your ideas into a finished work of art. Their carved and etched glass art, for example, can be used in a variety of decorative ways, including wall art, dividers, windows, shower doors, fire place screens and table tops. They will even work with you to incorporate your company logo. You can find Moonglow Design at 5763 La Jolla Blvd.
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