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‘Art in the Park’ to Spotlight Local Artists at Iconic Park

Silent auction, wine tasting, live music and hors d’oeuvres will be offered against the backdrop of San Diego’s largest park

San Diego CA— The fourth annual “Art in the Park” fundraising event will bring a variety of visual and culinary delights to the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event, which is hosted by the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, will feature 55 pieces of juried pieces art for sale. In addition to various types of paintings, other works available for sale will include sculptures, photographs and drawings.

“We have an exceptional line-up of local art for this year’s show,” said Jay Wilson, executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. “With such a diverse array of offerings, we’re bringing our guests a beautiful evening filled with food, music, wine and, of course, fine art.”

Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and desserts from the award-winning Morse High School Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management Program.

Guests will also be able to enjoy the guitar stylings of Fred Benedetti. A member of San Diego State University’s guitar faculty and an Associate Professor of Music at Grossmont College, Benedetti has won several music and music teaching awards. His work is can be heard on more than 60 CDs, as well as numerous movie soundtracks and TV commercials. Benedetti has shared the stage and recorded with famed artists including Art Garfunkel, Willie Nelson and Patty Loveless.

Brad Bruce, an experienced wine competition judge and the Program Director for the San Diego Wine Guild, will be offering a select group of regional estate wines for guests to sample. Guests will receive one complimentary ticket for a glass of wine courtesy of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation Board of Directors, with additional tickets available for purchase.

Two plein air pieces created specifically for this event will also be offered for sale. Paul Strahm will be painting a new piece specifically for Art in the Park on the Visitor Center terrace throughout the afternoon and early evening on the day of the event. The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art has recently acquired one of Paul’s very large oils for its permanent collection. The second piece is by Artist Margaret Larlham. Margaret is known for her evocative plein air pieces in natural settings, here and in Africa. Her saturated colors and skilled rendering of Mission Trails Regional Park scenes have graced the Visitor Center art gallery numerous times over the last several years.
The event will include both silent and live auctions with prizes donated from several local businesses.

Guests will also be able to enjoy all the exhibits and displays in the Visitor Center.

Tickets can be purchased for $50 each at www.mtrp.org or at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation.

Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail in San Diego.