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Gallery Gala
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive

Gallery Manager Pam Linton. Photo Juli Ricksecker.

The Del Mar Art Center Gallery can finally live up to its name again: its new gallery opened May 15. It had to leave its former location in the Del Mar Plaza in October 2018, putting all its furnishings in storage. Now the artist collective with more than 3 dozen working artist members, has unveiled its new home across from the (still) new Del Mar Civic Center at the corner of Camino Del Mar and 11th Street, more precisely 1101 CDM, Suite AA. It is open to the public noon to 5 Wednesday through Sunday, with extended hours noon to 8 on Saturdays through the Summer. There is ample parking at the Civic Center.

Art with a View, the exhibition and sale at the Civic Center in conjunction with the Farmers Market the last Saturday of each month, begun during their diaspora, will continue, as well as ongoing shows at other venues, including Cinepolis in the Del Mar Highlands and La Costa and a rotating exhibit at Chase Bank on Camino Del Mar.

There were anxious weeks while the landlord reconfigured the interior space of the new location and replaced part of the floor with beautiful wood flooring. Then the artists built movable display walls, painted, installed lighting and put up an art hanging system. Unlike traditional galleries, DMAC is run entirely by the artists themselves. It operates on memberships, donations and commissions on art sold through its exhibits. The Del Mar Rotary generously donated $5000 to help the gallery get established in its new home.

DMAC is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote art appreciation and to foster an environment where art and the art community can flourish. Since its founding in July 2000 DMAC has given back to many organizations in the community, from the Women’s Resource Center to the Monarch School for homeless children, gifts to the art departments of local elementary and high schools for supplies, and a scholarship to a high school senior. Other beneficiaries have been the Arts Bus Express and the Helen Woodward Center. The DMAC has given awards to students and adults at the Del Mar Fair. They have presented exhibits of students from the Winston School, Del Mar Heights Elementary, and senior class projects of Canyon Crest Academy.

The gallery exhibits virtually every medium from sculpture, graphite drawings, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil paintings, to one-of-a-kind original design jewelry. The public is invited to visit the new gallery at a “Meet your Neighbor” reception from 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, June 6. Light refreshments will be served. Call 858 280-1244 for more information.

In celebration of DMAC’s 19th anniversary the free Official Grand Opening of the new gallery will be from 5 to 8 on Saturday, July 13 and 3:30 to 9:30 on Sunday, July 14. Artists will demonstrate their various specialties from oil painting, print-making, digital convergence to encaustic. There will be refreshments and live entertainment. For details visit www.dmacgallery.com.

 

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