Solana Beach Art Association celebrates the holidays with arts reception


The Solana Beach Art Association (SBAA) celebrates the holidays with a warm welcome to everyone and invites them to enjoy a free evening arts reception with complimentary gourmet goodies by Chef Machelle, paired with seasonal beverages, on Thursday, Dec. 9, from from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Solana Beach City Hall.

“Out of The Box,” a multi-arts show featuring paintings, mixed-media, glass mosaic, sculpture, ceramics, live poetry reading, live guitar music, and book signing, promises to engage, entertain and refresh. Named for the season’s tradition of exchanging boxed gifts and the artists’ creative thought processes, the show offers a unique opportunity to meet and speak with the following 15 artists: Michelle Moraga, Ed Eginton, Juliana Welch, Diane Y. Welch, Christie Beniston, Isa Beniston, Carol Beth Rodriguez, Amber Irwin, Mark Irwin, Yanina Adler, Gregory J. Balogh, Michael Leaf, Heidi Rufeh, Lia Strell, and Beverly Weber-Fow, and offers a timely opportunity to invest in locally made high-quality fine art.

At 6:30 p.m., Sharon Leib, Virgina Garland, and Pete Cohen will each present their original works of poetry followed by the melodic sounds of Michael Stell who will give a solo performance on his acoustic guitar. Author Diane Y. Welch will have signed first-edition copies of her books available for purchase.

The Solana Beach City Hall Gallery is located at 635 South Coast Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Thanks go to Anita Edman for her untiring support and to the City of Solana Beach for generously sponsoring this annual arts show. The show runs through Jan. 3, 2011.

SBAA is an alliance of local artists from a variety of disciplines. Founded in 2008 its mission is to foster high standards of aesthetics and craftsmanship, to promote art and art appreciation in the community, and to develop the professional efforts of its members. The association seeks to provide a platform of education in the form of exhibitions, lectures and activities emphasizing the importance of art in personal and community life. In addition it provides a place for networking and support for its members and friends.

To find out more about SBAA, to become an exhibiting member or an association friend, visit the website at or call member chair, Amber Irwin at (858) 663-9639.