Coastal Artists bring spirit to gallery

Show runs through Sept. 30

By Erica Schroeder


The theme for a new show at the Solana Beach City Hall Gallery is “Lifting the Spirit” and features a variety of styles and mediums, including sculpture, watercolor, oil, photography, acrylic and mixed media.

A reception for the show took place Aug. 27 and the art will be on display until Sept. 30.

The 16 featured artists are from the San Diego coastal area and part of Coastal Artists. Many of the pieces were inspired by the area, including Robert McMillan’s paintings, one of which features Del Mar’s Powerhouse Park.

“It’s all about Del Mar,” McMillan said. He is just one of several artists whose art is representative of the area.

Coastal Artists have shown three times now at the city hall gallery in the last year.

“This gallery is traditionally a good gallery to have a reception in,” said Karen Aschenbrenner, a watercolor artist.

One advantage for artists is that they can sell their work here and don’t pay a commission to the city.

“The turnout has been really very good, very steady,” Anita Edman, the city hall gallery director and community services coordinator, said during about reception.

Coastal Artists is also in talks with the Solana Beach City Council about doing art for some Art Walks on the Coast Rail Trail in the coming months.

“We are in the talking phase, we’d probably have mostly paintings and jewelry on the art walks, maybe a few sculptures,” Aschenbrenner said.

While the city has expressed interest in working with Coastal Artists on creating an art walk, the Public Arts Committee has other priorities to focus on now.

“It’s not really a priority now, but it’s something we want to do. We’re working on our temporary public art program and creating new city entrance signs first,” Edman said.

For information about Coastal Artists, call 755-1486. For more information about Solana Beach Public Arts contact the Community Services Department at 760-2524 or 259-5690.