RVSD November 2015 : Page 47

SOCIA L C I RC L E S WHERE ART THOU Art San Diego features thought-provoking visuals throughout San Diego during the annual fest. EYES ON THE PRIZE When it first started, a lot of people said Art San Diego (art-sandiego.com) wouldn’t last—that San Diego couldn’t host an international art fair. Well, we’re seven years in and the naysayers have been hushed. The annual fair, which takes place Nov. 5 to 8 at the Balboa Park Activity Center, is bigger and better than ever, featuring a who’s-who list of international exhibitors, curators and artists that grows every day. Still, for Art San Diego founder and curator Ann Berchtold, the focus remains decidedly local. “We wanted something that would bring the art community together,” says Berchtold, who chose [META.MORPHOSIS] as this year’s theme. “We aim to showcase great global talent here, but also pair them alongside local artists.” This year’s LaunchPad artist is local up-and-comer Brittany Segal, fresh off a packed show at the North Park Post Office space. This year marks the return of the popular Art Labs program, which offers patrons immersive tours and lectures. The Open Walls Project also returns for an encore, which has artists painting billboards throughout the city. Spring for the $75 opening night VIP ticket for first dibs on viewing and elbow-rubbing opps galore. “We want to show that San Diego art stands out on a global level,” says Berchtold. No arguments here. –Seth Combs PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANZ KRACHTUS

Social Circles Spotlight

EYES ON THE PRIZE When it first started, a lot of people said Art San Diego (art-sandiego.com) wouldn't last—that San Diego couldn't host an international art fair. Well, we're seven years in and the naysayers have been hushed. The annual fair, which takes place Nov. 5 to 8 at the Balboa Park Activity Center, is bigger and better than ever, featuring a who's-who list of international exhibitors, curators and artists that grows every day. Still, for Art San Diego founder and curator Ann Berchtold, the focus remains decidedly local. "We wanted something that would bring the art community together," says Berchtold, who chose [META.MORPHOSIS] as this year's theme. "We aim to showcase great global talent here, but also pair them alongside local artists." This year's LaunchPad artist is local up-and-comer Brittany Segal, fresh off a packed show at the North Park Post Office space. This year marks the return of the popular Art Labs program, which offers patrons immersive tours and lectures. The Open Walls Project also returns for an encore, which has artists painting billboards throughout the city. Spring for the $75 opening night VIP ticket for first dibs on viewing and elbow-rubbing opps galore. "We want to show that San Diego art stands out on a global level," says Berchtold. No arguments here. —Seth Combs

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