The Family Art Center will return to this year’s La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

For those who are as interested in making art as they see at the upcoming La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, some favorites from the family-centric festival put on pandemic hiatus are making a return for the event. of 2022. In particular, the Geppetto’s Family Art Center and other activities for the youngest of the festival.

The 14th annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 8 and 9, along Girard Avenue in the village and will feature more than 160 artists selected by a jury of throughout the United States and Mexico, showcasing a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, jewelry design, fine glass, ceramics, carpentry, mixed media, and photography.

This year, the Wine & Beer Garden is a ticketed event that runs from noon to 6 p.m. both days and features wines from Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley, California, Italy and France, as well as world-class beers and spirits from several local San Diego craft breweries and distilleries.

“We want to be the best we can be for our city, and you can come as a family and have something for everyone,” said event founder Sherry Ahern. “We’re all family and fun oriented, so we have one great activity after another.”

Sylvia Aldebol shows off art from her studio SA Art & Design during a past La Jolla Art & Wine Festival.

(Vincent Andrunas)

Among them is the Family Art Center, sponsored by Geppetto’s Toy Store, which offers crafts and interactive art for children of all ages. The Family Art Center was not offered last year due to concerns about gatherings during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic (there was no La Jolla Art & Wine Festival in 2020).

“I didn’t feel comfortable with where we were with COVID last year and with the kids reunited, but people said we missed them,” Geppetto owner Brian Miller said. “I heard about it for weeks after the festival. I felt bad that I didn’t do it and I’m so glad I can do it again. We’re back in full force and we’re blasting it with great activity.

Tables will be set up with arts, crafts, games, science experiments, 3D printing, robotics, body movement, face painting and more.

“It’s an art festival, so it’s important for them to have the opportunity to make art,” Miller said. “It’s about the process and the product, and I love seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces.”

A community art project led by artist Autumn Love will take place for artists of all ages and skill levels. Love’s artistic mission is to “heal the world through the power and energy of love,” according to one statement. Her interactive art project will combine the messages of love, gratitude and togetherness, in an installation that will be presented throughout the festival.

Ahern added that Art Scōl will be offering quick-drying clay so attendees can make and take home their own pieces, and there will be several “Instagram-ready” photo opportunities. “We have a 12ft tall inflated elephant [balloon] it’s all decorated and puffy five and nine foot sunflowers,” she said, adding that stilt walkers and jugglers would also roam the streets.

“There are a lot of them,” she laughed.

Other performers include the Rosin Box Project ballet company, which will perform excerpts from the productions it is staging this season, as well as high school theater troupes and marching bands.

The Wine & Beer Garden will also host a varied lineup of musical acts throughout the weekend. On Saturday, Joseph Luna, San Diego Opera, Jason Mann, Owen Boles and the Smokin’ Boles Blues Band, Ginger Roots and The Naked I will perform. On Sunday, the Jorge Camberos Duo, San Diego Opera, Blazing Jane, Whiskey & Burlap, Finnegan Blue and Full Strength will take the stage.


Daring Greatly performed at a previous La Jolla arts and wine festival.

(Vincent Andrunas)

Proceeds from the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival benefit underfunded programs at La Jolla’s five public schools – La Jolla High School, Muirlands Middle School, La Jolla Elementary School, Bird Rock Elementary School and Torrey Pines Elementary School – such as art, music, science, physical education, technology and on-site medical care. Since its inception, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival has donated over $1 million to these schools for the educational benefit of over 4,000 children. Learn more about ◆