AUGUST 13 & 14, 2016
APRIL 29 & 30, 2017
Desarae Lee, Meronymy
"I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart." 
~ Vincent van Gogh
May 2016

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station
August 13 & 14, 2016

Mission Federal ArtWalk
April 29 & 30, 2017


Mission Federal
ArtWalk 2016
April 30 & May 1, 11:00AM to 6:00PM
San Diego - Downtown - Little Italy

The 32nd annual festival attracted enormous crowds all weekend long. Artists and performers were onhand showing their work and performing their art. Each year, Mission Federal ArtWalk brings more than 350 artists to the streets of Little Italy for an unforgettable celebration. To all who attended, exhibited or sponsored the festival, thank you for being part of a very special weekend.

An exciting new element this year was the amazing performance art  that combined visual art with music, dance and more.  If you missed it, check it out!

We also partnered with The Butterfly Effect to create a “philanthropic scavenger hunt” where 6 hand painted butterflies were hidden in Little Italy, and those who found them were able to select their favorite charity.  The Butterfly Effect then gave $250 to each of the charities.  You can see more details, photos of the winners and learn about the charities on our Facebook Page.

The festival would not be possible, as a free, high quality event, without our sponsors. Our most sincere thanks go out to them. Take a moment to visit out sponsor page.

Mission Federal ArtWalk 2016 T-Shirts Are
Still Available

 Mission Federal ArtWalk 2016 t-shirts featuring "Octopus" by artist Desarae Lee are still available in blue. Post-event special pricing is $10 per shirt.

Order yours by calling us at 619.615.1090.  Pick up in our office or we'll ship to you.

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station 
August 13 & 14, 2016 10:00AM to 6:00PM

Apply now, this event will sell out in the next couple of weeks! The 11th Annual ArtWalk  @ Liberty Station will take place August 13 & 14, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM located in Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station. Artist applications have been pouring in so don't miss out on an event that will sell out very soon.

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station boasts rave reviews by artists and attendees. The venue offers plenty of free parking, has the perfect layout for easy load-in and load-out, and with our unique footprint, every artist occupies a corner booth!

Artists receive the benefits of our organization's marketing and publicity program which brings thousands of attendees to each of the events we produce. A high quality tent and a page on the ArtWalk @ Liberty Station website are included in your registration fees. Designated special free parking, Friday load-in and booth sitter services are among the artist amenities. It's an opportunity to get your fine art in front of thousands of collectors from all over San Diego County and visitors to our city. Mark your calendars now and register today!

Mark your calendars now and register today! With such a successful 2015, spaces will fill up fast.


ArtWalk @ Liberty Station Volunteers Needed

Would you like to participate in a beautiful showcase of visual and performing arts? Sign up to volunteer at ArtWalk @ Liberty Station 2016! We offer volunteers the opportunity to get involved on event days, this year taking place August 13 & 14, and for pre-event activities during July and August.

As an ArtWalk volunteer you receive our official 2016 Tshirt and may participate in a "volunteers only" raffle of great artwork and prizes, donated by our artists and sponsors.

Please email to be added to our volunteer list. 

Mission Federal ArtWalk Artists Support ArtReach

Thank you to all of the generous 2016 Mission Federal ArtWalk artists that pledged to donate a portion of their event proceeds to ArtReach. Donations like these enable ArtReach to work with thousands of K-6 students each year that would otherwise receive no visual art instruction.

Please join us in thanking them! See the complete list of artists that supported ArtReach here.

Learn more about ArtReach at

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. 

ArtReach San Diego

Add some art to your summer with ArtReach! Need a summer activity for your playgroup or kids’ organization? Or, want to spend an evening with your friends painting together? ArtReach will create an activity that suits your fancy. Whether for kids or adults, our artists can help you add creativity and fun to your summer.

Contact us to create your event or program:, 619-940-7278

Art Materials Partner: Artist & Craftsman Supply

Stop by Artist & Craftsman Supply for all of your printmaking and fabric painting needs! ​During the month of May only, Montana Gold Spray Paint is on sale for $6.99 a can.

For the months of May and June, take an extra 25% off select Craft Supplies and 50% off list price for all Sargent Art Supplies!

Visit for more information. 
Adelman Fine Art

Adelman Fine Art closes the exhibition Tell Me More… on May 8th, 2016. This exhibition features a fascinating peek into the artists’ minds, with their written interpretations, stories and inspirational poems - displayed next to their artwork. New original paintings and limited edition prints are revealed throughout the show.

Adelman Fine Art celebrates their 1-Year Anniversary Show, May 14th through July 10th, 2016. There will be a wine-hosted opening reception on May 21st from 7:00-9:00pm that is 21 & up. This exhibition will be a celebration of color and will highlight new #ArtYouEnjoy from the gallery’s top artists!

On May 19th, Cassie B and the Murphy Bros and Adelman Fine Art attends Mixtape Thursday at The Lafayette Hotel. Offering live music and an art show from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the conservatory. Join in for some good food, good friends, and good tunes! No Cover! 

Always be sure to check in with Adelman Fine Art's SALE! page to see new and different special art sales!

San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art presents Brush and Ink: Chinese Paintings, through September 4, 2016.In presenting Brush and Ink: Chinese Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art Selected by Pan Gongkai,  the Museum hopes to foster awareness and encourage further research into this important part of the Museum's collection.

Curated by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai, the works have been selected to highlight the artistry of the traditional technique of brush and ink painting from the 15th century to the present. Hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, fans and Pan's own monumental painting, made for The San Diego Museum of Art in 2015, illustrate stylistic trends but also the remarkable continuity of Chinese ink painting.

Visit for more information. 
Mingei International Museum

The Mingei International Museum presents Asafo Flags from Ghana, through July 10, 2016. This is an exhibition of thirty-six flags from the West African country of Ghana.

A recent donation to Mingei, these colorful flags dating to the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries feature graphic folk imagery and appliqued designs on solid cotton grounds. They were commissioned by military organizations known as asafo, or “companies,” whose primary role was to exert power, exercise political influence. Asafo flags are displayed at funerals, annual festivals and other ceremonial occasions, where they adorn central shrines and are paraded and waved through villages and towns. 

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

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown presents Do Ho Suh, through July 4, 2016. This solo exhibition by artist Do Ho Suh features work ranging from large-scale architectural installations and sculptures, to works on paper and video.

This exhibition will transform MCASD Downtown’s Jacobs Building into a maze-like installation that replicates the artist’s apartment spaces from a single building in New York City. Created in luminous swaths of translucent fabric, the ghostly rooms and hallways are mysteriously supported by a subtle stainless steel armature. Suh crafts evocative works that reflect ideas of home, identity, and personal space. 

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

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla galleries are closed for installation until June 4th, 2016. As the museum works on installing Damon Davis: All Hands On Deck, visitors will be able visit the Sculpture Garden for free all week. On May 18th, MCASD will host Art Auction 2016 which features live and silent auctions of artwork selected by MCASD curators, including paintings,sculptures, photographs, and works on paper. 

Visit for more information.
The La Jolla Athenaeum 

For the sixth consecutive year the Athenaeum presents the work of the San Diego Art Prize winners.

The San Diego Art Prize spotlights established San Diego artists together with emerging artists. A panel of local art administrators selects the established artists and they, in turn, select an emerging artist. In 2015 the winners are Wendy Maruyama with emerging artist Peter Scheidt and Roy McMakin with emerging artist Kevin Inman. The opening reception is Friday, May 6th, from 6:30PM through 8:30PM.

Visit for more information.
Friday Night Liberty

Arts District Liberty Station will feature several special events during Friday Night Liberty on May 6, 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!
Meyer Fine Art

Meyer Fine Art, one of San Diego’s most prestigious fine art galleries, celebrates it's 10th anniversary this June! Save the date for their reception, Saturday, June 18th, 
6PM - 9PM.

Come join as the gallery celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Meyer Fine Art, in Little Italy!

Image: Clay Walker, "Soul of the Intellectual," oil painting
For more information, visit
Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts presents Trilogy, through May 26, 2016. In Trilogy, Flor Garduño presents a tour of the principal themes from her career of photographic work within three groups: Bestiarium, Fantastic Women and Silent Natures. A renowned Mexican photographer, Garduño is internationally recognized for her black and white photography. Exhibition presented in Spanish and English.

For more information, visit
Oceanside Museum
of Art

The Oceanside Museum of Art presents Bill Rastetter: Street Art Reinterpreted, through May 29, 2016. Inspired by the relationship between art and activism expressed in graffiti on the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, photographer Bill Rastetter sought to create a broader spectrum of experience for the viewer by “mashing up” two separate images to create each of his final pieces.

Each piece is the result of overlaying two full-frame 60-megapixel photographs allowing the viewer to see the bottom image “through” the top image. Also included in the mashups are overlaid images from works by well known artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Federico Botero, among others, all displayed at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

For more information, 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. 

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, in association with Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre, presents They Don't Talk Back, May 26 through June 12.

In this new play, a troubled teen from a broken home receives the culture shock of a lifetime when he is sent to live and work with his grandparents in a Tlingit fishing village in Alaska. This funny, heartfelt exploration of the meaning of family and life emerges in a contemporary coming-of-age story.

For ticket information, visit
The Old Globe

The Old Globe presents 
Camp David in the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre and Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, May 13th - June 19th, 2016. 

In the tumultuous 1970s, Middle East peace seemed as remote a prospect as it does today. Yet during 13 extraordinary days in 1978, two world leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, under the watchful and sometimes exasperated eyes of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, hammered out an agreement that inspired the entire world. Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright brings us a riveting and moving story filled with humor, insight, and surprises as three very different men, each devoutly committed to his people and also to his faith, find that peace is possible and that hope is always the better choice.

For more information, visit
Broadway San Diego 

Broadway San Diego presents Newsies, May 31 through June 5, 2016. They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “A Musical Worth Singing About!” Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.

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 Stupid F**cking Bird, May 19th through June 19th, 2016. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov's The Seagull, award-winning playwright Aaron Posner wages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother's generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. With music, meta-theatricality, and mad humor, playwright Aaron Posner beats The Seagull to a bloody pulp. 

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

Lamb's Players Theatre
presents Dinner With Marlene, through May 29, at Lamb's Players Theatre, Coronado. This is a magical new play about an actual dinner party in 1938 Paris, with singer, movie star Marlene Dietrich and a fascinating assortment of artists, writers and socialites, as Europe is coming apart at the seams.

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

California Center for the Arts will host My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action, May 21 - August 14, 2016. Discover the secret life of your favorite superheroes in the sprawling collection of international artworks that is My Hero. The artists in the exhibition both pay homage to these universal idols and present critical questions about their God-like stature as they re-imagine and newly interpret iconic superhero imagery. Some spin the fantasy even further by imagining the hero as a child, as an aging being, and even as an animal. The variety of interpretations in My Hero is vast and challenging, dark and humorous, familiar yet new.

For more information visit
San Diego Repertory Theatre 

The San Diego Repertory Theatre presents Rapture, Blister, Burn through May 15, 2016. Catherine starts hosting a weekly seminar on feminist theory. Her students are her mother Alice, Gwen and a sexually free college student named Avery. Martinis and debate begin to flow. Three generations of American women find themselves swimming in a full range of philosophies and choices as they search for that elusive goal… happiness.  Their debate on how women’s lives have and have not changed since the 1970’s is guaranteed to entertain and provoke.
For ticket and performance information, visit
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2016 ArtWalk NTC @Liberty Station 
Liberty Station, Pt. Loma 
August 13 & 14, 2016 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

2016 Mission Federal ArtWalk 
San Diego's Little Italy
April 30 & May 1, 2016 - 11:00AM to 6:00 PM