Save the date for the 25th anniversary of the Athenaeum Gala!
September 5, 2014
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Appreciating Artists and Wine of the Boarder
$110 for members, $130 for nonmembers. Limited to 35 people.
Please call the Athenaeum (858 454 5872)to reserve your spot!
Defined by Newsweek as "one of the most important new cultural meccas," the work of Tijuana's artist community is receiving international recognition. Active independent artists, many self–taught, express in their work a natural response to social issues, such as the city's and the border's rapid growth, environmental challenges, and the controversial implications of its strategic proximity to the United States.
The trip begins at 8 AM at the Athenaeum and will include a visit to La Caja Gallery to see the work of a collection of Tijuana artists followed by a private lunch at Barón Balché, one of the medium–size, family–owned wineries. Learn the process for producing premium wines followed by wine tasting. We will return to Tijuana by the inland route and stop in Tijuana at the studio of Jaime Ruiz Otis, who trasforms waste products from maquiladoras into art pieces.The last stop of the day is at the Tijuana (CECUT) Cultural Center. The visit includes El Cubo gallery which promotes emerging local artists and Alvaro Blancarte's mural entitled Origenes. We will arrive back in San Diego at approximately 8 PM. Participants will need a valid passport.
8:00 a.m. Begin your trip by motor coach in La Jolla at the Athenaeum and cross the
border into Tijuana.
8:45–9:30 a.m. The first visit is at La Caja Gallery to see the work of a collection of Tijuana
9:30 a.m. Depart for Guadalupe Valley, Mexico's most important winemaking region. The
drive along the scenic highway offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
11:00–11:45 a.m. At the beginning of the wine country, stop to see the studio of the De La Torre
brothers, well known painters, sculptors and glassblowers.
11:45 a.m. Encircle the pleasant valley where vineyards and gigantic granite boulders adorn
the hillsides. Drive through the town of Guadalupe, originally settled by a
Russian community, still housing some of the old adobe homes, and past Adobe
Guadalupe winery to view the array of Carlos de la Torre's flying horses!
12:15–2:00 p.m. Visit and lunch at Barón Balché, one of the medium–size, family–owned
wineries. Learn the process for producing premium wines followed by tasting. A
private lunch is organized at the winery.
2:00 p.m. Return to Tijuana by the inland route.
3:30–4:15 p.m. In Tijuana stop to the studio of Jaime Ruiz Otis, who transforms waste products
from maquiladoras into art pieces.
4:30–6:00 p.m. The last stop of the day is at CECUT. The visit includes El Cubo
gallery, which promotes emerging local artists and Alvaro Blancarte's mural
6:00 p.m. Depart for La Jolla
7:00 p.m. Estimated arrival in San Diego (depending largely on border crossing)
INCLUDES Private bus
Private meal in Guadalupe Valley accompanied by wine
Museum entrances and wine tasting
Visits to artists studios
Experienced tour guide
DATE Friday, April 11, 2014
NOTE Bring a valid passport.
The Athenaeum thanks Karl Strauss for their support of our special events.