Art show, fair set for May 14 at Southfair in Del Mar

From paintings to photographs, dozens of local artists are displaying their work in Del Mar beginning next month.

Coordinated by local artist Bob Coletti, the display cases at the Herbert B. Turner Gallery at Southfair will feature a variety of pieces from members of the Sargent Art Group, a North County-based art organization.

“There will be work from artists from all different styles,” said Coletti, noting that 40 to 50 artists will be represented in the show. “Some photographers, some mixed media, some traditional painters, some watercolor, some oil painters. It’s an open theme, so anything is welcome.”

This is the second show at the gallery, continuing the legacy of the late Herbert B. Turner. Turner was a prominent architect, artist and resident of Del Mar.

As the builder of Southfair, he intended to provide gallery space for local artists to display and sell their work. His daughter, Rachel Turner Thomas, honored her father’s legacy and continued his tradition by recently providing space for artists to display their art pieces.

The first exhibit of 2016 featured artists from Group7Art, a group Coletti founded in 2011.

“It was a good show,” said Coletti, who is coordinating all future exhibits. He plans to rotate exhibits every two to three months.

“I love doing this,” added Coletti, whose work will also be on display in the show that opens in May. “I don’t get paid to do this. I do this because I want to help the artists. It’s all to benefit the art community. Someone has to do it.”

Sargent Art Group, also known as SAG, was founded by the late Jean McNeil Sargent. Her work will also be included in the event.

The group is a partnership of professional and emerging artists and patrons of the arts. Governed by volunteers, the group works together to network, support and encourage artists, as well as protect artists’ rights.

“This is all about letting the artists show their work,” Coletti said. “This group shows in different venues around San Diego. They don’t have their own gallery, so it’s a good opportunity for their artists to come in and show their work and try to sell it, too.”

The exhibit will not only feature an art show, but an art fair.

As many as six artisans will display their crafts. The artists with their work on display will also provide demonstrations.

Additionally, San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts will be at the event to present the first place, second place, third place and best of show awards.

The opening reception and art fair will take place 1-6 p.m. on May 14. The event is free and open to the public.

“There’s going to be a lot of action going on,” Coletti said. “It’s going to be a fun time.”

The exhibit will run May 7 through July 7. The Herbert B. Turner Gallery at Southfair is located at 2010 Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar.

“This is a fun spot,” Coletti said. “It’s going to be a great show.”

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