This weekend, over 200 artists will be heading to Arts District Liberty Station for the latest installment of ArtWalk, San Diego’s venerable art festival. Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza will present artwork – in person – in a lush outdoor setting.
It’s the 16e anniversary of ArtWalk at Liberty Station and the first major in-person ArtWalk event since the pandemic. Safety protocols will be in place, including sanitation stations and unvaccinated guests being asked to wear masks. ArtWalk officials said they would follow all safety guidelines in place by the county at the time of the event.
Sandi Cottrell is the Managing Director of ArtWalk San Diego. She said Liberty Station is an ideal environment due to its accessibility and the fact that Liberty Station is known as a hub of the arts.
“The arts district is a big supporter. It’s a great place to showcase art because there is a beautiful rose garden in the middle, ”she said. “It surrounds this massive flag that can be seen from almost anywhere in Liberty Station.”
While ArtWalk features many local artists, it also attracts artists from across the country and Mexico representing a variety of mediums.
“That’s it, from giant sculptures with water features to, of course, fine paintings, photographs and jewelry,” Cottrell said. “There is a wide variety of styling mediums and different price ranges. “
Other categories of art on display include art glass, clay / pottery / porcelain, collage, metalwork, printmaking / silk screen, textiles, watercolor and woodworking .
A few notable artists exhibiting this year include Cecilia Ramirez (acrylic), Leeza Taylor (digital), Gabriel Mosesson (jewelry), Nicholas Henry (mixed media), Lucy Magee (mosaics) and Gretchen Weidner (oil).
According to Cottrell, events like ArtWalk are important because so many artists suffered during Covid.
“I hope people will come out and support the artists. Many of them literally had no place to show their work during this time. Not all artists are in a gallery or some other type of space, so the vast majority of performing artists is their job. They go from show to show and sell their work and they couldn’t do it, ”she said.
In addition to browsing and enjoying the art, guests will enjoy live music from Evan Diamond, Robin Henkel, Marissa Grace, Astra Kelly and more. Other amenities include a beer and wine garden and food court with various street food options like Bamboo Hut, Bread & Cheese, Dang Brother Pizza, Mariposa Ice Cream, Maui Wowi, Sabor Piri-Piri, and Tacos Jalisco.
ArtWalk normally holds three events per year, but this year only ArtWalk Liberty Station and ArtWalk Little Italy will take place (normally in April, the event has been postponed to October of this year). ArtWalk Carlsbad, which normally takes place in September, will return in 2022.
Additionally, ArtWalk launched the ArtWalk Summer Series, a smaller bi-monthly event that features 20-30 vendors in Little Italy. ArtWalk Summer Series is scheduled to run through August 22, with September dates pending.
All festivals support ArtWalk’s nonprofit partner ArtReach San Diego, which aims to bring art to children in San Diego County for free.
ArtWalk Liberty Station
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Or: Ingram Plaza, 2751 Dewey Road, Liberty Station
In line: artwalksandiego.org