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Bird Rock Art Galleries

Just a little south of La Jolla Village, in the Bird Rock area, several art galleries 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 these Bird Rock art galleries are located within easy walking distance of each other.

The newest gallery to open is Art Nest. 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 meet and a space to hang their work. She takes no commission on any sales artists make, but encourages them to donate to her non-profit, women's health organization, nationalcheersfoundation.org. She also enjoys hosting a show for each new artist and 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.

Just down the boulevard, Bird Rock Arts Gallery 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 enthusiastic about bringing artists and art lovers together in the community.

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 rotates 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 the schools.

Almost next door to Art Nest is GALERIe, which features artwork, jewelry and clothing, all with ecologically and socially conscious themes and materials. Owner Sejla Holland is passionate about her commitment to supporting artists and designers who are recognized in the green world. 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. Other artists she features include Praire Underground, SunLight Paris, Cop Copine and skunkfunk.

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 for your home or business, 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.

Featuring the work of local students and teachers is Prodigy School of the Arts. The school was founded in 2007 by musician and singer Erin Roberts Hall and offers classes in art and music for children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. The school enjoys inviting neighbors and visitors to view their regular art shows.

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