Christmas Morning by Marna Schindler
The color of springtime is in the flower. The color of winter is in the imagination. ~ Ward Elliot Hour
December 2018

Mission Federal ArtWalk
April 27 & 28, 2019
San Diego's Little Italy

August 10 & 11, 2019
Arts District at Liberty Station

September 21 & 22, 2019
Armada Drive
2019 is Just Around the Corner. Mark your Calendar for All Three of our Festivals!

Team ArtWalk is getting ready for three festivals in 2019!

Each of these festivals has its own unique palette of visual and performing arts and activities, and each offers a distinctive atmosphere & venue. Mark your calendar and plan to attend these unforgettable events. Once you visit our festivals, you’ll want to come each year to add to your art collection!

We look forward to sharing new art, new interactive experiences and performances with you.

Save the dates!
April 27 & 28 -- Mission Fed ArtWalk, Little Italy
August 10 & 11 -- ArtWalk @ Liberty Station
September 21 & 22 -- ArtWalk Carlsbad

Call to Artists
Artist applications are currently being accepted for all three festivals for both new and returning artists. Fine art artists are encouraged to apply here!

Learn more about all 3 events:
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

ArtReach San Diego

Get festive at a Holiday Bazaar benefitting ArtReach. Local art, handmade goods, a free interactive art project, wine and refreshments await you Saturday, December 8th at Art n’ Soul on 101 in Encinitas. Shop. Play. Socialize. Support.

For more information:
Art Materials Partner: Artist & Craftsman Supply

Make the most of your holiday shopping with these amazing deals, if you need some advice ask our knowledgeable staff for holiday ideas! Spend $100 and get a $10 Gift Card from December 1st-31st.

  • Frames- MCS Frames - 40% off List
  • Frames- Nielsen + Bainbridge Frames - 50% off List
  • Marabu - Buy One Get One Free (Excludes sets + all Graphix items)
  • Crafts - Extra 25% off Everyday Retail Price
  • Shizen Products - 25% off List
  • Journals - 20% off List
  • Holiday Sets - Select Holiday Sets 33-60% off List

Visit to learn more!
Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office

Over the past 20 years, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery's Juried Biennial Exhibitions have become an important showcase for the work of both emerging and mid-career artists in San Diego County. This year's jurors for the Biennial are Maria Mingalone, Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art, and Robert Pincus, Art Critic, professor and writer. In addition to selecting the artists in the Biennial, the jurors give a total of $2000 in cash prizes to be awarded at the opening reception, Saturday, December 1. The exhibition will be on display December 2nd through January 13th.

Visit for more information!

Adelman Fine Art

Adelman Fine Art has opened their annual winter exhibit "#artyouenJOY," a collection featuring artwork that evokes feelings of joy! Please continue to check the Artist Demonstrations page to see which of your favorite local artists will be demonstrating their techniques at the gallery. This exhibit will hang until January 20th, 2019.

**Mention this Artwalk Newsletter to staff and receive 10% off most items!**
Art on 30th/Ashton Gallery

Join the Art on 30th / Ashton Gallery for their C-Note Annual Art Sale. They will be featuring artwork floor to ceiling at pocket-friendly prices. Guests will be able to buy their favorite art pieces directly off the walls! The exhibition will be on display through January 5th, 2019 at 4434 30th Street, San Diego, 92116 in North Park.

Learn more at Contact the gallery at for details. 
San Diego Visual Arts Network

The San Diego Visual Arts Network will celebrate the holiday season with the SDVAN Annual Holiday Potluck Lunch and Accessory Exchange on Tuesday, December 11 from 11 am to 2 pm. This is a chance to clean out your costume jewelry drawer and maybe get a few pieces in exchange for those of yours that are looking for a new home. It is very casual, first come first choose, but as people arrive at different times, there are new selections over the course of the party. Accessories include jewelry, shoes, belts, hats purses, scarves.., anything you want to have a new home. Please RSVP to Patricia at 

Visit for more information.
Meyer Fine Art

Meyer Fine Art, one of San Diego’s most prestigious fine art galleries, is partnered with Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali’s legendary publisher and confidante, Pierre Argillet. All the exhibited artworks come with a certificate from the Museum of Surrealism, France. The show has been extended through December 29, 2018. 

Visit for more information.
San Diego Museum
of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art's presents Art After Hours, December 14 & 21, 2018. For only $5 after 5:00 PM on Fridays, experience special exhibitions and the Museum’s 20 galleries while live music plays at Panama 66 in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court. Free admission for members, youth 17 & under, and college students with ID. On December 7 & 8, the Museum will be closed during the day and open at 5 PM for December Nights.

Visit for more information. 
Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum is embarking upon a major renovation of its Balboa Park facility. Their doors are now closed to the public for the next year. But don't worry, you will be able to find them elsewhere over the next year, including at Liberty Station. Join Shop Mingei in ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station for our annual Holiday Market. Raise a glass with local artisans and shop our signature offering of beautiful objects on Friday December 7, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

All proceeds provide essential support for the heart of Mingei International Museum, its stunning exhibitions and K-12 education programs, which allow Mingei to continue to share the inspiring expression of creativity in people from cultures all over the world.

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

MCASD Downtown presents Downtown Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo, through February 3rd. This exhibit brings together work by 42 artists and collectives living and working in the San Diego and Tijuana region. Presenting both early career and established artists, Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo highlights distinctive practices shaping conversations and communities in our binational region and beyond. Recognizing that San Diego and Tijuana’s artistic communities are distinct but overlapping, the exhibition builds on the ongoing artistic exchanges between the two cities.

Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo also acknowledges the crucial role that alternative art venues play in the region’s art scene, with nearly a quarter of the exhibition’s artists running or programming independent spaces in San Diego and Tijuana.

Visit for more information.
The La Jolla Athenaeum 

The Athenaeum holiday bookstore is coming! This holiday tradition will reappear on Tuesday, December 11, and will be open through Saturday, December 29 during regular hours. Finish your last-minute holiday shopping or find a great bargain for yourself! We hope to see many holiday shoppers!

We are also looking for donations to improve on the usual mix of books, CDs, and LPs we already have. Gently used books, fiction or nonfiction on any subject, are particularly welcome. All we ask is that you call us first to confirm the acceptability of the gift and to arrange a time to drop it off.

Visit for more information.
Arts District Liberty Station

Wander, explore and enjoy a free local art experience on Friday, December 7th. Taking place on the first Friday of every month from 5-9 pm, Friday Night Liberty is San Diego’s biggest monthly art walk. Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theater and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing District.

Visit to learn more!
Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts presents Reverberate: Sound + Image 13th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition through January 9th, 2019. Since 2006, MOPA has held an annual juried exhibition showcasing the photographic talents of youth in San Diego and Tijuana. Every year, students are encouraged to submit work that responds visually to a particular theme. The winning entries are selected for their creativity and artistic interpretation. This year students responded to the theme “Sound.” The exhibition highlights the students’ imaginative approaches to visualizing what we can hear but not always see.

For more information, please visit
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.

Visit to learn more! 
La Jolla Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse presents The Year to Come December 4-30, 2018. Every New Year’s Eve a family gathers in their Florida backyard to ring in the coming year. In between dips in the pool, politically incorrect banter and a highly-anticipated onion dip, their relationships grow and fracture in moments that become family legend. Unfolding backwards in time, The Year to Come is a hilarious and touching world premiere that shows how the promise of our future is shaped by the lens of our past.

Rising playwright Lindsey Ferrentino introduces us to a distinctly American family whose evolution mirrors the turbulence of the 21st century.

Visit to learn more!
The Old Globe

The Old Globe presents 
Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! through December 29, 2018. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 21st incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

For more information, visit
Broadway San Diego 

Broadway San Diego presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years!  Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim classics along with a selection of compositions from Fresh Aire which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive!

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 A Christmas Carol through December 30, 2018. Cygnet’s holiday smash hit is back for its fifth season! Bring the family back to enjoy the holiday classic adapted from Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption. This re-imagined, fully staged production features original new music, creative stagecraft and puppetry, and live sound effects. Step into a Victorian Christmas card for a unique storytelling experience that is sure to delight the entire family!

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

Lamb's Players Theatre
presents Lamb's Festival of Chrismas, Reaching for the Stars through December 30, 2018. Now in its 41st Year, this festival is a SD holiday tradition that's different every December. A original play filled with terrific music.

"Keep your nose to the grindstone, and your eyes on the sky” says Van, the wise old soul in a hip young neighborhood that has dubbed him ”Father Christmas.”  All around him are searching for a match made in heaven or the perfect gig, but Van will let you know if you’re looking in the wrong places. It's a joyous production filled with new music and fresh arrangements of traditional carols that are sure to add sparkle to your Christmas season!

For ticket and performance information, visit
San Diego Repertory Theatre 

At the San Diego REP, join the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival favorites, Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, for their third annual Winter Solstice Seasonal Celebration! Klezmer and folk music from around the world to celebrate the holiday season is sure to be fun for the whole family! Some of the music will be from Strom's brand new recording, Yale Strom's Broken Consort: Shimmering Lights.

For more performance information, 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. Support small family farms and shop for the best gourmet grocery items at the Little Italy Mercato. 

The Mercato is thriving in its location along W. Date Street from Kettner Blvd to Front Street. Visit the Mercato every Saturday from 8:00AM to 2:00PM. MANGIA BENE!

Visit for more information. 
Visiting Little Italy? Parking is easier than you think!

610 W Ash is conveniently located on India and Ash minutes minutes walk from the heart of Little Italy. Our garage is clean and patrolled 24/7 by onsite building Security. With over 300 available stalls on nights and weekends, park your car here at 610 W. Ash and enjoy the sites and sounds of Little Italy. Our rates are competitive to surrounding parking garages with our night and weekend daily rate at $5 flat for those who want to enjoy a day or evening in Little Italy.

For those who work in the area, there is also monthly parking available. Our rates are also competitive to other parking structures in the area. If interested please reach out to Gary Sykes Parking Manager -
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2019 Mission Federal ArtWalk
San Diego's Little Italy
April 27 & 28, 2019

2019 ArtWalk @ Liberty Station 
The Arts District at Liberty Station
August 10 & 11, 2019

2019 ArtWalk Carlsbad 
Armada Drive, Carlsbad
September 21 & 22, 2019