AUGUST 12 & 13, 2017
APRIL 29 & 30, 2017
 The World is Your Oyster  by Stephanie Clair
"I make art to show my soul that I am listening." 
~ Pat Wiederspan
October 2016

Mission Federal ArtWalk
April 29 & 30, 2017

August 12 & 13, 2016

Artists:  Apply Now for Mission Federal ArtWalk
Featured Artist Selection Deadline is November 1

The 33rd annual Mission Federal ArtWalk returns to Little Italy April 29 and 30.  Each year, our Featured Artist program spotlights a group of participating artists in our media outreach, the ArtWalk Magazine, on our website and social media, as well as at an exclusive media reveal.

Those who have been featured in the past will attest to the fabulous publicity they receive as a Featured Artist.To be considered, your complete application including images of your work and of a booth at a previous show is required.  Apply today online.

Little Italy FESTA! 2016

Want to get behind the scenes, and assist at this celebration of Italian culture with your skills and passion? On Sunday, October 9th, join our 22nd annual festival of Italian art, cuisine, music and more at one of the largest Italian American festivals in the west.

Volunteer positions available include a wide range of tasks. As a Little Italy FESTA volunteer you receive a complimentary Little Italy FESTA 2016 Tshirt; complimentary refreshments and the chance to be part of a great community event in San Diego!

Click here to learn more about available volunteer positions!

Mission Federal Credit Union Presents
Mission for Nonprofits

Join Mission Federal Credit Union in the Mission for Nonprofits program. When you open a Mission Fed Checking Account, you will receive $25 into your new account. Mission Fed will also make a $25 donation directly to the approved nonprofit organization of your choice! These no-strings-attached funds can be used by the nonprofit for the vital programs and services it provides to the community. 

To find out how your local nonprofit can join Mission for Nonprofits, visit
The Little Italy Mercato

The Little Italy Mercato is the city market for downtown San Diego residents and visitors with more than 150 booths offering farm fresh produce, artisan foods and specialty items. The Mercato is thriving in its location along West Cedar Street from Kettner Blvd to Front Street. Visit the Mercato every Saturday from 8:00AM to 2:00PM. MANGIA BENE!

Visit for more information. 

Party ARTy for ArtReach 2016: Thank You!

Thank you to our hosts and the artists, guests, donors, sponsors, and volunteers that made Party ARTy 2016 a fun and successful event.

Join ArtReach in thanking the “village” of donors that helped raise funds to connect hundreds of children to art making at schools throughout San Diego County – schools that would otherwise have none. 

It’s not to late to support our Access to Art program. Donate here.
Art Materials Partner: Artist & Craftsman Supply

Have an idea for an awesome DIY Halloween costume? A&C is here to help with a variety of craft supplies, masks, and body paints!

Great Sales Continue through October! 

- Speedball Printmaking Supplies 40% off list
- Art Alternatives Canvas up to 70% off list 
- Borden & Riley and Strathmore pads 50% off list 
- Gamblin oil paints and mediums 40% off list
- Princeton and Robert Simmons paintbrushes 50% off list

Visit for more information. 
Pecoff Studios

Pecoff Studios is hosting an on-line photo/art contest! 

Enter your photo of an inspiring landscape from anywhere in the world. The WINNING PHOTO will be painted by acclaimed artist Grant Pecoff in his colorful and vibrant signature style. Winner will receive a FREE LIMITED-EDITION CANVAS GICLEE of their painted photo. The final submit date is November 10th.

Get inspired by the world around you!

Visit pecoffphotoartcontest to submit your original photo.
San Diego Visual Arts Network

The San Diego Visual Arts Network announced the emerging artists selected for the SD Art Prize from their 2016 New Comtemporaries exhibition at City College Gallery. The selected artists, William Feeney and Shinpei Takeda, will be exhibiting their work at the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show from November 3rd to November 6. You can also see them and the established artists that they choose at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in the spring of 2017.

Visit for more information. 
Adelman Fine Art

Adelman Fine Art presents Music As Muse! This exhibition features an artist-created soundtrack, filled with songs that they chose to pair with their artwork. The show features many of the Gallery's permanent roster of artists, as well as local guest artists; Michelle D. Ferrera, Dasha Guilliam, and Ron Klotchman

Please join us for the opening reception at the gallery on October 8th, from 7-9pm. RSVP and 21+. 
Music As Muse hangs from October 1st through November 28th, 2016. 

Artist Demo Schedule at the gallery:
Dasha Guilliam 10/15/16 
Ron Klotchman 10/22/16 2-5pm
Michelle D. Ferrera 10/29/16 1-5pm

Visit for more information.
Meyer Fine Art

Meyer Fine Art will host a private reception Art Social on Saturday, October 1st from 5PM to 8PM. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Little Italy Association’s efforts to bring in a new social gathering spot to the community, Piazza Giannini. This will be a 500 square foot public space at the corner of W. Cedar and India Streets.

The show will feature a variety of art at affordable prices for the novice and seasoned collectors. The show will run from October 1st to December 23rd and Meyer Fine Art has agreed to donate 20%-30% through the entire run of the show.

Visit for more information. 
San Diego Museum
of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art presents Art After Hours every Friday through October 2016. 

Visit the Museum during Art After Hours and enjoy exclusive evening access to the galleries, open late until 8:00 PM on Fridays.* For only $5 after 5:00 on Fridays, see the special exhibitions, European permanent collection galleries, modern and contemporary works in the Art of the 20th Century, and other works of art from world-renowned artists.

Visit for more information. 
Mingei International Museum

The Mingei International Museum presents European and Scandinavian Textiles through March 12, 2016. This collection from the Museum’s permanent collection will be on view in the Warren Theater Gallery.

Selected pieces include head covers from Croatia, embroidered panels from Greece, decorative wall hangings from Sweden and Poland, and women’s hats from the Sámi culture in Finland. A large tapestry by the Hungarian-born artist Joseph Domjan will also be exhibited, along with a kilim rug from the Oltenia region of Romania, a rya rug from Helsinki, Finland, and a late-19th century coverlet from the island of Sardinia, an autonomous region of Italy located in the Mediterranean Sea.

Visit for more information.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown presents Downtown at Sundown on Thursday, October 20th, 2016. On the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 PM at MCASD Downtown, enjoy free admission, exhibition tours, music, free entry at SDSU Downtown Gallery, The Book Truck, a food truck, and more!

At this special iteratin of Downtown at Sundown, see MCASD's current exhibitions DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border, Papel Chicano dos: Works on paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin, Ruben Ochoa: Watching, waiting, commiserating, and Moris: Beautiful Landscape 7: beatings, hard bread and cold-water baths. Actor, comedian, and art collector Cheech Marin will be on hand signing copies of the Papel Chicano Dos catalogue.

Visit for more information.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla invites you to celebrate their 75th anniversary in the San Diego region at a special Community Day on Saturday, October 22. Enjoy free admission and architectural tours focused on MCASD’s history from 11 AM-5 PM; attend the MCASD at 75 lecture and panel conversation; get creative with art-making activities from 11 AM-3 PM; and see the expansion model revealed to the public for the first time.

Visit for more information.
The La Jolla Athenaeum 

The Athenaeum presents a performance by Rachel Reetz on Friday, October 21, 2016. San Diego New Music presents Drought & Deluge, a series of concerts surrounding California’s current drought and the impending deluge of precipitation. Local flutist Rachel Beetz opens the season with “A California Score,” including works by John Cage, Natacha Diels, and Kaija Saariaho, and a world premiere by Michael Pisaro. She will be joined by cellist Jennifer Bewerse, pianist Kyle Adam Blair, and percussionist Dustin Donahue. The evening will conclude with a live art installation of Peter Ablinger’s California Score.

Visit for more information.
Friday Night Liberty

Arts District Liberty Station will feature several special events during Friday Night Liberty on October 7th, 2016, from 5PM -9PM. Friday Night Liberty is San Diego’s biggest FREE monthly art event! Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing District.

Visit to see an entire program with details and times for performances!
Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts presents America's Cathedrals: Photography and the National Parks through December 31, 2016.

Coinciding with the centennial anniversary of The National Park Service in 2016, this exhibit celebrates the important role the visual image has played in the history and creation of our national parks. Drawn entirely from MOPA's permanent collection, America's Cathedrals features work by Ansel Adams, William Henry Jackson, Carleton Watkins and many more.

For more information, visit
Oceanside Museum
of Art

The Oceanside Museum of Art presents Irving J Gill: A Comfortable Fit, through October 23rd. This exhibition is part of Irving J Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country, a multi-site exhibition. Eleven San Diego and Southern California cultural organizations are joining resources to tell the story of Irving J. Gill, an extraordinary San Diegan, and one of the key founders of modern architecture. Exhibitions and programs will be held throughout San Diego County to explore Gill’s life and work.

Oceanside Museum of Art will present a historical review of their museum facility, which incorporates a Gill-designed building constructed in 1934. This exhibition will present historic drawings, designs, and materials that celebrate the architecture and design approaches of both Gill and Fisher.

For more information, visit
San Diego Watercolor Society

The San Diego Watercolor Society presents A Work in Progress by Karen Frye, Monday, November 7 through Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9:00AM – 3:30PM.

Karen will both lecture about and demonstrate various aspects of developing a painting from concept to completion. Elements that she will touch upon are the benefits of an underpainting, wet into wet watercolor techniques, color theory, value and compositional structure, along with some aesthetic observations. The class is geared for intermediate to advanced levels.

Go to for more information and to register.
Vanguard Culture

Vanguard Culture is an online media entity designed for culturally savvy, socially conscious individuals searching for unique visual and performing arts events while making a difference in their community. 

Vanguard provides original interviews and reviews of the people, places and events that make up San Diego's thriving arts and culture community, as well as curated snapshots of the week's best, most inspiring and unique visual and performing arts events.

Vanguard believes in making a difference in the world, supporting San Diego's vibrant visual and performing arts community and bringing awareness to important social and community causes.

Visit to learn more! 

La Jolla Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse presents The Bitter Game, October 4-9, 2016. The Bitter Game blends verse, prose and 'shit-talkin' into a stirring commentary that begs the question, what does it mean to survive while Black in America?

This solo work, ripe with pain, poetry and laughter, examines the relationship between a young man and his mother as each struggles to protect one another from that which seems inevitable. Commissioned by the Playhouse, The Bitter Game explores the question of police agency and excessive force, the ripple effects of vicarious trauma in the communities of color, and the value of Black lives in this country.

For ticket information, visit
The Old Globe

The Old Globe presents 
The Lion in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and The Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, through October 30, 2016. 

A good storyteller uses everything he has. So Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar, actually, six guitars, in The Lion, a wholly original musical experience that tells one man’s transcendent coming-of-age story. The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on a rock ’n’ roll journey from boyhood to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover the redemptive power of music. The New York Daily News called The Lion “an irresistible winner!”

For more information, visit
Broadway San Diego 

Broadway San Diego presents The Sound of Music, November 15 -20, 2016. A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, is coming to San Diego.

The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

For more information and tickets, visit
San Diego Performing Arts League 

The San Diego Performing Arts League is a not-for-profit umbrella organization serving more than 150 theater, music and dance companies and their audiences throughout San Diego County. The League develops cost-effective, collaborative programs that bring new audiences to the arts and strengthen San Diego's performing arts with new sources of earned income and management support.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit
Cygnet Theatre

Cygnet Theatre presents Seven Guitars, through November 6, 2016. In the backyard of a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, friends gather to mourn for a blues guitarist and singer who died just as his career was on the verge of taking off. The action that follows is a flashback to the busy week leading up to Floyd's sudden and unnatural death. Seven Guitars is part bawdy comedy, part dark elegy and part mystery. This lyrical play is the fifth in August Wilson's ten-play cycle which charts the African-American experience through each decade of the 20th century.

For ticket and performance information, visit
Lamb's Players Theatre

Lamb's Players Theatre
presents Equivocation, October 14th through November 20th at Lamb's Players Theatre, Coronado. The King's government pressures Britain's greatest playwright to write a new play with a politically biased history of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. This launches the theatre's acting company into a fascinating who-done-it. Funny, powerfully moving and magically theatrical, if you like great theatre do not miss Equivocation!

For ticket and performance information, visit
California Center
for the Arts

California Center for the Arts presents Todas las Rosas, Saturday, Ocotber 8th at 7PM in the Center Theater. Flamenco Arana, led by the charismatic voice of Juan de Dios, takes you on a dynamic journey through the heart of Southern Spain. From the stirring dances of cante jondo (“deep song”), to the melodies that Spanish sailors brought home from the New World, Flamenco Arana presents all the fire, footwork and flavor of Spain’s most revered dance form. Presented by Academía y Companía Flamenco Arana.

For more information visit
San Diego Repertory Theatre 

The San Diego Repertory Theatre presents Disgraced, October 20th through November 13th, on the Lyceum Stage. 

Amir Kapoor is ignoring his Muslim heritage so he can live the American Dream, with a beautiful wife, an amazing New York apartment and a lucrative career practicing law that is headed for the stars. When Amir and his artist wife host a dinner party for his African-American co-worker and her Jewish husband, the things one is not supposed to talk about at dinner are suddenly at the center of the dinner conversation. The evening quickly erupts into a fiery debate over race, religion and class in the modern world. Everything that Amir has achieved, including his proudly built new identity, is suddenly turned upside down in a way no one could have imagined.

This Pulitzer Prize winner is the most produced contemporary play in American Theatre today. Fearlessly investigating the 21st century clash between American culture and the Islamic faith, this dramatic story needs to be witnessed.

For more performance information, visit
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2017 Mission Federal ArtWalk 
San Diego's Little Italy
April 29 & 30, 2017 - 11:00AM to 6:00 PM

2017 ArtWalk @Liberty Station 
Liberty Station, Pt. Loma 
August 12 & 13, 2016 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM