Friday, June 20, 2014

La Jolla Festival of the Arts This Weekend

The 28th Annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts™ (LJFA) returns June 21-22, bringing guests the finest in art, cuisine, fine wine, craft beer and live entertainment, including American Idol finalist, Casey Abrams.

For the past 27 years, this fine arts festival produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation (TPKF) has brought the West’s most established artists to San Diego with proceeds benefiting San Diegans with disabilities.                                                   Nearly 200 artists have passed through the rigorous jury process and will showcase their work in painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media.

American Idol season 10 finalist Casey Abrams will join returning guests Dave Scott & Monsoon Jazz, Peter Sprague, Fred Benedetti and the Jazz 88 All-Stars on the main stage during the LJFA weekend. Abrams is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer who won audiences and judges over with his warm and engaging style. His music can be classified as pop/rock with an emphasis on soul and jazz. He will perform Saturday from 2-5 p.m.

Guests can stroll with wine or craft beer at the Festival’s grounds, atop UC San Diego’s Warren Field. “Restaurant Row” will feature Stone World Bistro, Homeplate Fries, Bottaro Pizza, Green Truck and more delicious cuisine. The Festival’s “Activities Zone,” presented by first year sponsor AWM Global Advisors, will feature art, fun and golf games for the younger visitor.

To help fund over 30 adaptive sports, recreation and education programs, the TPKF produces the LJFA, which has raised over $1.7 million, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting San Diegans with disabilities.

The LJFA’s generous supporters and media partners include the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, San Diego County Volvo Retailers, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, ScanDiego, Monarch Fine Art of La Jolla, Linda Brandes Foundation, AWM Global Advisors, Sharp Healthcare Foundation, Jazz 88.3, Saddleback Golf Cars, Stone Brewing Co., Event Beverage Solutions, La Jolla Playhouse, Whole Foods Market La Jolla, UC San Diego, San Diego Business Journal, U-T San Diego, U-T Community Press, Ranch & Coast and San Diego Magazine.

The LJFA runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at www.ljfa.org and are $11 for a single-day pass or $13 for a weekend pass; tickets at the door are $14 for a single day and $16 for the weekend. All musical performances are included in admission. Active duty military and children ages 16 years and under are free. Abundant complimentary auto and bicycle parking with shuttle service is available.

About the Torrey Pines Kiwanis and the La Jolla Festival of the Arts (LJFA)
The La Jolla Festival of the Arts started as a small fundraiser for the Torrey Pines Kiwanis in 1987 and has since evolved into one of California’s top fine arts festivals. The Festival features nearly 200 of the West’s finest artists, live entertainment, fine wine and craft beer, delicious bites, and interactive live performances. One hundred percent of the festival’s proceeds are given to adaptive sports, recreation and education programs for the benefit and support of San Diegans with disabilities. The Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, has raised over $1.7 million during the last 27 years to support 30-plus programs each year. The LJFA is partially funded by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ljfa.org.

Contact: Jean Walcher/ Ashley Shafer, J. Walcher Communications
619-295-7140, jean@jwalcher.com/ ashley@jwalcher.com

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