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Arts Alive Again in Plaza
May 2009 | Robert McMillian, 12th and Diane Uke, 14th


Photo: Art Olson

After a several month hiatus, the Del Mar Art Center (DMAC) will hold its grand reopening reception with music and refreshments on Sunday, May 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Del Mar Plaza. The public is invited to attend.

The gallery first opened in 2000 at a different space in the Plaza with financial help from the City of Del Mar. The founders, Maria Gardiner, Betty Sanbrook and Alix Dumka, were originally joined by a small group of local artists including Zus Van Thillo, Barbara Scott, Mark Rathsam, and Sara Hart. The present group of 35 local artists continues to display and sell reasonably priced original art that includes paintings, photography, sculpture and jewelry. There is also a ‘small image’ section in the gallery where small paintings are available for less than $100. The artists, who staff the gallery themselves, are available to discuss their work and that of the other artists with gallery visitors. Some artists also paint on-site.

Photo: Art Olson

DMAC is a co-operative, non-profit gallery that also provides a variety of services to the community, including: an annual children’s art show where children from a chosen school submit art work that is then shown at the gallery; periodic lectures by well-known artists from the community or San Diego academic institutions, as well as art demonstrations.

Every two months, the artwork changes. At that time, you will see a long line of artists dropping off their new art and picking up unsold pieces from the previous two months. A local expert then comes in, evaluates the new pieces and chooses the artwork to be displayed for the next two months.

DMAC is located on the Plaza Level of the Del Mar Plaza on 15th Street (just inside the Luneta/15th St. corner entrance) and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 7 PM. Don’t miss the grand reopening and visit the gallery often to see some homegrown art.

Photo: Art Olson


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