Mission Fed ArtWalk returns with an in-person event to the streets of Little Italy with a weekend-long premier arts and culture event on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3. This year marks 37 years of the premier fine arts festival bringing visual and performing arts to the historic San Diego community. Locals and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase artwork from local, national, and international artists in a variety of mediums.
This free festival will take place in Little Italy, one of San Diego’s most historic and celebrated neighborhoods. Every medium of art will be on display including painting, sculpture, glasswork, fine jewelry, photography, and more. Attendees will also enjoy the convenience of being just a few steps away from some of San Diego’s best restaurants.
“We are thrilled to be returning to Little Italy with a festival that is a celebration of both visual and performing art, connecting San Diegans and visitors to fine artists from all over the US, Mexico and beyond,” said Curt Booker, Director of ArtWalk San Diego. “Mission Federal ArtWalk has become a time-honored tradition that encourages everyone to explore different facets of artistic expression and enjoy a friendly environment whether you are a consummate collector or just beginning to purchase original art. This year’s event also takes place the same weekend as Art San Diego, giving art lovers the opportunity to celebrate with an art-filled weekend.”
Below is a list of new and unique elements coming to Mission Fed ArtWalk this year:
Interactive & Kids Activities | Stop by Mission Fed Credit Union’s booth for an attendee-created collaborative project called “What’s Your Mission” where people write their personal “mission” and add to a mural. There will be another interactive activity provided by Artist and Craftsman Supply along with a KidsWalk activity where kids will create butterflies.
Guitar Auction | As one of Southern California’s longest-running art festivals, this year’s Mission Fed ArtWalk will also feature an art guitar auction benefiting ArtReach San Diego, a nonprofit organization aimed at increasing equity in visual arts education in K-8 schools throughout San Diego County by delivering free or low cost workshops to schools that have no other resources for art. Over 30 guitars have been designed by participating artists including world-renowned musicians Jason Mraz and Tom DeLonge of Angels & Airwaves, as well as several well-known artists based here in San Diego. Bidding for the auction will open on September 1 and can be accessed on the ArtReach website.
Featured Artists | In addition to unforgettable experiences, Mission Federal ArtWalk has selected eight Featured Artists—a select group of artists that demonstrate the depth of creativity among the 300-plus exhibitors. This year’s Featured Artists include:
Debora Levy | Mixed Media
Human nature and emotions are Deborah Levy’s inspiration for her abstract and contemporary paintings. Deborah uses a variety of materials in her work including paint, powder, pencils, and paste to create texture and dimension. Her intuition is her guide to her artwork, and she believes communicating through art is something all humans can appreciate, making it very powerful. www.deboralevyart.com
Josh Hirt | Mixed Media
Josh Hirt specializes in Mixed Media artistry, metal work, wood bending and abstract imagery. Josh’s upbringing as a builder and traveler heavily influenced his appreciation of decaying architecture, seeing the beauty in things that have been forgotten. Josh obtains more depth and complexity in his work with the use of grinding, welding, overlaying, hammering, rusting, pouring, and dripping. What matters to Josh is presenting work that not only tells a story but shows his subject in a new light. What was once forgotten, is a profound gift of signature art and symbolism that, to Josh, is worthy of celebration. www.joshhirtstudios.com
Junnior Navarro | Mixed Media on Canvas
A painter from a young age, Junnior Navarro paints primarily in black and white, or achromatic colors. With a background in graphic design and animation, Junnior aims to draw attention to physical characteristics in the people portrayed that reflect a destructive, fascinating, demonic, and yet attractive woman. His paintings are often a kind of self-portrait that contain symbolic elements. While he primarily uses acrylic paint, he also uses colored pencils, graphite or other materials on canvas and paper of various sizes. www.junniornavarro.com
Krista Schumacher | Oil
Initially taught to paint with a paintbrush, Krista Schumacher developed a unique alla prima, palette knife style. This technique allows her to stay loose, merging colors and sculpting wet paint into a dynamic final product. Her paintings take on a multi-dimensional form and are easily recognized for their use of heavy-texture and bold colors to emphasize nature’s spontaneity and beauty in a modern, abstract way. Inspired by the ocean, Krista hopes that collectors of her work feel the emotion through bold color, dynamic movement, and heavy texture. www.kristaschumacherart.com
Mallory Morrison | Photography
Mallory Morrison began her career as a studio-based dance photographer. However, after becoming frustrated with the special constraints, she decided to try shooting with her dancer subjects underwater in a swimming pool. Mallory’s use of dancers in an underwater environment allows her to challenge the boundaries of people photography – utilizing weightlessness to tell stories which explore the depths of movement and composition. Mallory explores feelings of being lost, uncertainty, loneliness, and searching for a path; as well as escape, comfort, release, and return to childlike freedom. www.mallorymorrison.com
Michael Panetta | Hand-Blown Glass
Growing up, Michael Panetta had a passion for two things, art and the ocean. Michael creates 3D sculptures and wall installations made from mirrored glass that allows the viewer to reflect on them and their world around them. Michael is known for his innovative style and his unique eye for design. Just like the ocean, Michael’s glass has a lot of movement and fluidity, he wants people to feel the emotion and pure serenity he feels when in the ocean.www.panettaglassdesigns.com
Taman VanScoy | Watercolor
Inspired by music and the beauty of nature, Taman VanScoy’s watercolor paintings serve as a form of self-expression, communicating ideas of desired peaceful, contemplative serenity to the viewer. Taman developed a watercolor technique that incorporates more of a drawing style using a brush with minimal water added to the watercolor pigment, creating a unique textured paint application. His paintings depict dream-like scenes and landscapes that capture the mysteries qualities of nature. www.tamanvanscoy.com
Vicki Nelson | Oil
Vicki Nelson is a figurative oil painter who captures her subjects in private moments of relaxation, idealizing the ordinary.Vicki loves over-emphasizing geometry and shadows in her compositions to immerse her figures within a more abstract design. She wants people to get a psychological “glimpse” into what ordinary, private moments mean to all of us. Her hope is that by altering and reshaping the design in their background it will honor those moments. www.vickiart.co
“Mission Fed exists to enhance and improve the lives of all San Diegans by giving back to the community,” said Debra Schwartz, president and CEO of Mission Fed Credit Union. “Arts and culture are critical to our positive health and well-being, and as the title sponsor for the last 13 years, we are proud to help ensure the Mission Fed ArtWalk is free to all. We encourage all San Diegans to come visit to enjoy the unique open-air setting and soak in all of the culture.”
Mission Fed ArtWalk will be located between Beech and Grape streets in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3. Attendance is free and more information will be released in upcoming months. For more information on ArtWalk and its programs, please visitwww.artwalksandiego.org.
About Mission Fed ArtWalk
Mission Fed ArtWalk in San Diego’s Little Italy is the City’s longest-running outdoor fine art festival. In 2021, it will celebrate its 37th anniversary. Mission Fed ArtWalk will run from Saturday, October 2 through Sunday, October 2, featuring professional artists from across the globe. Mission Fed ArtWalk offers collectable and approachable art from all kinds of media, such as drawings, sculpture, paintings, photography, metal work, woodwork and much more. More than just a visual arts festival, the event also features several performances by professional musicians and dancers. For more information on Mission Fed ArtWalk, please visit www.missionfederalartwalk.org. Become a fan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Mission Fed Credit Union
Mission Federal Credit Union (Mission Fed) is the largest member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County. Mission Fed enhances the lives of its members through financial education and services, providing stability and strength to help San Diegans with financial wellness and success. Banking at Mission Fed means doing good for San Diego. Mission Fed gives money back to our local communities, has helped hundreds of nonprofits and important causes, and builds deep relationships with community partners.
Mission Fed has served the financial needs of San Diegans for 60 years through checking, savings, loans, credit cards and insurance offerings. Mission Fed has in excess of $4.5 billion in assets, nearly 270,000 members, 32 convenient local branches, 30,000 fee-free CO-OP ATMs nationwide and free mobile and online banking services. Mission Fed was recognized as a 2020 Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune and named a Top Workplaces USA winner in 2021. Federally insured by NCUA and Equal Housing Lender. To learn more, visit www.MissionFed.com.