San Diego CA– The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation will be hosting its third annual “Art in the Park” fundraiser on Saturday, October 11 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Art in the Park will feature more than 125 original pieces of local nature-related art for sale, along with a silent auction, free samples of craft beer and wine tasting to those over 21, live music, hors d’oeuvres, as well as live demonstrations from local master artists. Tickets are $25 and may be ordered online at www.mtrp.org.
All silent auction items and beverages were donated for the event, meaning every dollar raised goes straight towards the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation to help provide educational programs and exhibits for park guests.
“This is a great, event that will help San Diegans connect with the local art and culture of the area,” said Jay Wilson, Executive Director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. “I encourage people to come out and make an evening of it, as we will have so many different things for guests to eat, drink and admire.”
The silent auction items have been donated by local business and individuals and include a four person new tent and air beds from Lightspeed Outdoors, yoga classes and a bevy of other items.
The $25 ticket includes free samples of craft beer and wine tasting. The craft beer comes from San Diego’s own Groundswell Brewing, as well as Benchmark Brewing, both located in Grantville. The wine was donated by Europa Village Winery, a Temecula winery committed to traditional European wine-crafting techniques. After sampling, guests may purchase a glass of their favorite beer or wine for $5 per glass or $20 for five glasses.
Live music will be provided by Musa and the Vibrational Tones, a local jazz band that actively tours the San Diego circuit. Members of the traditional San Diego Native American Flute Circle will greet guests as they arrive and will help to evoke the feelings and images of the area long before it was set aside as an urban park.
There will be two live art demonstrations during the event. The first will be from Takashi Ichijo, a master of the sumi-e art, the traditional Japanese brush painting style. Ichijo will be creating several works throughout the night for guests to admire. Also hosting a live demonstration will be local artist Jerry Van de Berg, who will be completing his 11”x14” oil painting entitled “Goldfinch in Nature’s Garden.” The piece will be auctioned off later that night.