Local businesses transform into galleries and stages for artists from throughout the region.

Artist Galleries

*PUNCH CARD LOCATIONS. Click listings for more info.

Mona Lizzy’s Art Studio — 2610 Adams Ave — Punch Card

Artist: Brent Hefner

Brent Hefner began his love for art when he was a young boy. He was given a golden ticket and allowed inside a large beer brewing factory and led around by a strange man who liked to sing and dance with little people who sang songs making fun of other contest winners. He discovered at a young age the power of art but since singing and dancing really wasn’t his thing, he escaped and hid in Northern California.
He developed a love for drawing and painting and would draw pictures of skulls and demons while passing notes to girls in class. “Do you like me? Yes… No… Maybe….” This love for drawing developed into a full blown enterprise for Brent drawing pictures on notes for other people in school to pass off as their own.

By age 13 Brent was a full blown hundred-aire and was on top of the world until a girl went public with one of his notes and Brent was forced into art rehab. While in rehab 15 other girls came forward and snitched that Brent had been sending them art covered notes too. This forced Brent into hiding once again only to surface 10 years later….
In San Diego.  Part of his rehab was Brent was no longer allowed to make art on paper so he switched up and started tattooing people. Come in and meet with Brent as part of his lifelong battle with art addiction.

Artist Link: Brent Hefner

Exhibition Location:  Mona Lizzy’s Art Studio


Cafe 21 — 2709 Adams — Stage / West End Beer Garden


Twiggs Bakery & Coffeehouse — 2804 Adams Ave

Artist: Norma Cortez

Norma Cortez has been collecting  and selling vintage jewlery for 20 years.  She has also been making her own jewelry for the past 5, principally featuring turquoise.

I love the idea of finding/uncovering a piece of sterling silver jewelry at an estate sale or antique shop and ushering it into a new life with a new owner.  It’s kind of like match making for jewelry. I’ve been at the vintage side for about 8 years and recently started to silversmith my own pieces.

Artist Link: Norma Cortez

Exhibition Location:  Twiggs Bakery

Artist: Dan Stringfield
I’m one of the owners of Twiggs, which is how I earn money (at least most of the time it earns money).  I’ve been taking pottery classes for the past 12 years and enjoy the escape it offers me from the real world.  My work is mainly functional dinnerware and service ware, reflecting my love of cooking.
Dan Stringfield has been a potter for the past 15 years.  His pottery features utilitarian pots and plates

Dia Del Cafe — 2873 Adams Ave.


Soda and Swine — 2943 Adams Ave

Artist: Kristen Palumbo

While I have always been visually driven and artistically inclined, it wasn’t until I took an art history class in college that I was pushed to create a piece of art based on inspiration from another artist. I decided to attempt to create stencils and a layered piece of art using spray paints. I discovered a fascination with this process and an ability to recreate images in new found ways.  My goal is to sell pieces at affordable prices so that people can enjoy my art and I can enjoy making more!

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Artist Link: Kristen Palumbo

Exhibition Location:  Soda and Swine


Federation Ink Tattoo Parlor — 4683 30th St — 18+

Artist: Keith Greene

Keith was born and reared in Brooklyn, New York and realized at an early age that he was gifted and destined to be an artist.  Keith graduated from High School of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  He live in Sweden for 13 years and expanded his artistic focus while defining the art.  He returned to the States in 2001 and now lives and works in San Diego as a Tattoo and freelance artist.  Keith paints and draws in his free time as he expands his artistic knowledge and expresses his gift of creativity.

Artist Link:  Keith Green

Exhibition Location:  Federation Ink


Paleo Treats — 4662 30th St. — Punch Card

Artist: ManRabbit

Stop by all day during the event for free samples of delicious treats.

Carla Naden and Lee Selman make up the artistic duo of ManRabbit.  The two met through a Craigslist ad in 2007 and formed Quiet Hero, a popular t-shirt company that was sold in Nordstrom and Fred Segal.  T-shirts were not the end game for either of them, and after deciding to leave the rat race of fashion they needed a new outlet for their combined creative energy. Turning to mixed media, their first piece was auctioned off at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles and was bought by Richard Pryor’s wife.
ManRabbit has evolved into Carla and Lee making their mark in a male dominated art world. They collaborate weekly in a maelstrom of popcorn, bad TV shows, and a swirling pack of rescued dogs. You may catch glimpses of their life throughout their art, in pictures and ink spills and torn out pages from journals. At times Lee has cut out future pages of Carla’s day planner and surreptitiously placed them in more than one piece. Carla has since learned to not leave her day planner unattended.  Outside of ManRabbit, Carla owns Synergy Animal Rescue and works with senior and special needs dogs, she loves glitter and gold tattoos and the color fuchsia. Lee owns Paleo Treats® and practices Filipino street fighting.  Enough of this. You want good art? You want a good artist? Check out what we’ve done. If you dig it and it sings to your heart and you know you’re ready to step up to our jukebox of art and slip in a few quarters, we’re here.

Artist Link: ManRabbit

Exhibition Location: Paleo Treats


Kaya Salon — 3036 Adams Ave


Sabuku Sushi — 3027 Adams Ave — Community Sponsor

Artist: T Jay Santana

Artist Link: T Jay Santana

Exhibition Location:  Sabuku Sushi


Edward Jones — 3029 Adams Ave

Artist: Cassandra Schramm

Stop on in for open house refreshments all day during the event.

I am from Southern California, but i recently moved back to San Diego after 7 years of living in Boston. I have been painting my whole life but I have been a muralist for over 18 years.

My paintings are as random as my life. I am inspired by everything around me but my usual subject matter is eyes. The reflection and human connection associated with eyes. I have always found it hard to look someone in the eyes when I am talking to them. I have tried to be better at this as the years pass. When you make eye contact with another person, you let down your guard, it is growing vulnerability the longer the contact lasts. There are many theories on eye contact while talking, but I notice that there is a limit, most people must look away off and on, while talking.

Artist Link: Cassandra Schramm

Exhibition Location:  Edward Jones


Cotton and Flax — 3180 Adams Ave

Artist: Karina Bania

One of the interesting things about creating something for people to look at is watching them look at it. It’s a bit surreal. The work came from you, but it’s not you. Much like your children, you created them but they came into the world wholly their own person, sometimes as if you had little to do with it. Standing back, I watch people get in close, take a step back, discuss it, want to touch it. They’re doing all the things that I do as I look at a piece. I am always interested in everything that went into a painting, so I usually sneak in close to decipher details and technique. I see many people doing this too. And coming back, I always like to see the people that come back to get a second look. Or a third.

Artist Link:  Karina Bania

Exhibition Location:  Cotton and Flax


MRH Interiors — 3182 Adams Ave — Punch Card

Artist: Michelle Huber

Michelle is Owner & Principal Designer at MRH Interiors, a retail shop & showroom located in the heart of Normal Heights. We specialize in North African textiles, but also carry an assortment of home goods from local artists & craftsman. In addition to offering interior design & styling services, Michelle loves to get her craft on and party with friends.

Artist Link:  Michelle Huber

Exhibition Location: MRH Interiors


Adams Avenue Integrative Health — 3239 Adams Ave — Stage / Punch Card


White Rabbit Day Spa — 3242 Adams Ave

Artist: Baraciel Almada

Baraciel Almada is an anthropologist and religious scholar from Tijuana, Mexico. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Archeology at San Diego State University, focusing on Maya pottery from Cahal Pech in Belize.

As she comes closer to finishing her M.A., she has given herself permission to pursue art, a life-long passion, thus enrolling in Southwestern College. Now in her third year of formal art training, Baraciel is a freelance artist and illustrator.

Artist Link:  Baraciel Almada, online store

Exhibition Location:  White Rabbit Day Spa


ROVE Adventure Shop — 3275A Adams Ave


Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga — 3287 Adams Ave


Dulcinea Hair Salon — 4695 33rd St


Zia Gourmet Pizza — 3311 Adams Ave

Artist: Cayce Hanalei

Owner and founder of Hanalei Artworks, Cayce Hanalei, received her Fine Art degree and Business degree in 2013 and currently resides in Chula Vista, California. She specializes mostly in portraits but loves to play around with different mediums and subject matter. She has been featured in many National and International exhibitions, including shows at La Bodega Gallery, The Studio Door and Art on 30th.

Artist Link:  Cayce Hanalei

Exhibition Location:  Zia’s Gourmet Pizza


The Book Tree — 3316 Adams Ave

Artist: Katie Halvin

Ever since she was a little girl, Katie has been enthralled by color, nature and music. Their respective influence on her, undeniable and their combined influence upon her, life changing!  Sharing her world through art so that it may influence someone else to pursuit their dream first is what drives her.  Each day she strives to create something new. When she succeeds her flight of fancy comes alive in the hearts and minds of others.

Artist Link: Katie Halvin

Exhibition Location:  The Book Tree


Amy Baca Lopez Art Studio — 3325 Adams Ave

Artist: Amy Baca Lopez

One day I decided to take a long walk. This notion took me to Spain, where I trekked 303 miles along the Camino de Santiago. The journey inspired me to get back into slow process image making. When I returned home to the States, I treated my inner artist to paints and canvas. I’ve been a full-time art-making-machine ever since.

I am influenced by Spanish Masters– Miró, Picasso, Gaudi, Dali. I am also inspired by street art, the evidence of time, distressed wood, rusty metal, patterns in nature, and music.

You can find me at the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market every Sunday in San Diego.



Artist Link: Amy Baca Lopez


ArtFORM / Rare Hare Studios — 3316 Adams Ave Suite B

Artist: ArtFORM / Rare Hare Studios

ArtFORM will have an open house displaying the types of projects that can be made from creative reuse.  Creative Reuse Store OPEN during the Art Around Adams event.  Come gather recycled materials and art supplies for a low cost donation.

ArtFORM is dedicated to helping promote arts instruction and environmental awareness in San Diego schools.  A surplus of materials exists for arts instruction and other projects, but organizing, sorting and making available this surplus and highlighting its potential reuse is a primary goal.  Art instruction with the creative reuse of these materials makes this a unique and vital program for San Diego schools and the community.

Exhibition Location:  ArtForm / Rare Hare


La Loupe Vintage — 3337 Adams Ave


Bine and Vine — 3334 Adams — Community Sponsor

Artist: Michele Valenzuela Pruyn

I paint. Sometimes animals. Sometimes babies. Sometimes music. Sometimes feelings. I also hit metal with a hammer and make words and people wear it. 🙂

Artist Link: Michelle Valenzuela

Exhibition Location: Bine and Vine


Lestat’s West — 3343 Adams — Stage

Artist: Music

There will be a full lineup of shows during the event, please refer to the performance page for more details.

Stage Location:  Lestat’s Westhttps://www.lestats.com/lestats-west-venue

Exhibit Location: Lestat's West


Lestat’s Coffee — 3343 Adams Ave

Artist: Wonka Gallery

If you are familiar with the Normal Heights area you probably have been to Lestat’s Coffee Shop.  Old Victorian furniture reupholstered in bright colors. Statues and columns inside and out. The clientele is very diverse, depending on what time of the day or night you go there you can see many different types of people.  One thing that sets Lestat’s apart from the rest, Is that it features underground, or outsider art, not the mainstream type of art you see day to day.

Featured artists include:  Franky Agostino, Bret Barrett, bd Dombrowsky, Peter Geise, Michael Mahaggey, Paul Nasri, David Russell Talbott, Andrew Lucas, Mike Zimmer, Phil Provins, Todd Rice, Paul Brogden, and Janelle Despot


Artist Link: Wonka Gallery

Exhibition Location:  Lestat’s Coffee House


Jyoti-Bihanga Vegetarian Restaurant — 3351 Adams Ave

Artist: Sri Chinmoy Art

From 1974 until his passing in 2007, Sri Chinmoy created over 140,000 pieces of abstract mystical art, along with almost 16 million drawings of birds symbolising the freedom of the human soul.

O seeker-artist,
How do you get ideas
For your paintings?
“I do not get any ideas
For my paintings.
I just get an inspiration-message
From within,
And then I begin to paint.”

– Sri Chinmoy

Artist Link: Sri Chinmoy

Exhibition Location: Jyoti Bihanga


The Ould Sod — 3373 Adams Ave — Stage

Artist: Robert Piper

In many ways art is like a visual language, it has the communicative power to universally connect, direct, inspire, entice, emote, promote and much more. Every form of art has a different voice, tone, and visual grammar, which is why I have tried to learn as many art forms as possible. Everything from murals to mosaics, aerosol to airbrush, glassblowing to ceramics, painting to printing, and drawing to digital designs I can and love to do it all!

Artist Link: Robert Piper

Exhibition Location:  The Ould Sod


Nozaru Ramen Bar — 3375 Adams Ave


The Rabbit Hole — 3377 Adams Ave — Community Sponsor / Stage


Sycamore Den — 3391 Adams Ave

Artist: Daniel Jaimes

Thanks to a little known space fantasy film called Star Wars which premiered in May 1977…it was by far the most amazing and Epic movie I’ve ever seen!  As for this 10 year old native kid at that time…I was totally blown away by the special effects which inspired me to pick up a pencil  and began drawing spaceships, characters and battle scenes from the movie which seemed to come natural at such a young age.

Present Day: My work is now recognized and appreciated by many at every exhibit I show, from Comic Con to people’s homes, coffee shops, wineries, restaurants, respectable galleries, beautiful hotels, live music concert halls and most of all…Charity events, because giving back is priceless!

Artist Link:  Daniel Jaimes

Exhibition Location:  Sycamore Den


The Box Stop — 3401-A Adams


Rosie O’Grady — 3402 Adams Ave — Punch Card - Stage

Artist: Paris Davis

Regeneration-Art Recipe


1 Ton Donated Material

1 Artist

Step One: Collect donations in the local community.

Step Two: Blend in a high-speed mixer until smooth. Consistency should be like caramel.

Step Three: Ride On.

Artist Link: Paris Davis

Exhibition Location:  Rosie O’Grady’s


Heights Optometry — 3404 Adams Ave — Punch Card

Artist: Fabiana Foca

Come by to check out the great specials.  Heights Optometry will be celebrating it’s 4 year anniversary the day of the event.

Fabiana Foca was born in Brazil on April 20th 1981. Moved to San Diego in 2001 and have been locally doing art ever since. Mosaic art and Photography are the most noticeable mediums on Fabiana’s resume. The photography is manually transferred into the wood. One of a kind (unlike prints) every single photo is an original piece of art. All recycled wood for the wood transfers and recycled materials for the mosaics as well.

Purple Flor

Artist Link: Fabiana Foca

Exhibition Location:  Heights Optometry


Blind Lady Ale House — 3416 Adams Ave


Uptown Bicycles — 3421 Adams Ave — Punch Card


Bicycle Valet — 3426 Adams Ave — Sponsored by Brooklyn Bicycles

Artist: Bike Valet

Free bike valet provided by Brooklyn Bicycles.  Located on the east side of Black Anvil Tattoo, 3439 Adams Ave.  Come join the fun by riding your bike down to the event.


Blindspot Records Stage @ Smitty’s Service — 3441 Adam Ave — Stage - Vendors

Artist: Smitty’s Stage

The Smitty’s Service area will be hosting a full lineup; please see the Performance section for lineup.  There will also be a variety of vendors showing their craft, come check it out.


Mariposa Ice Cream — 3450 Adams Ave

Artist: Padgett Mason

Padgett Mason is a San Diego artist known for her Pet Portraits as she has the ability of capturing the unique personality of each animal.  Every piece is highly energized, colorful, and typically injected with a bit of whimsy.  Cats and dogs are the most popular subjects but all animals are possible.  The majority of her work is in an illustrative fashion full of character and humor.  She also creates realistic pieces, though they are often charged with color.  The Funky Feline series emerged 7 years ago.  Original artwork can be seen at Spanish Village in Balboa Park as well as Mission Federal ArtWalk and Art Around Adams.

Artist Link: Padgett Mason

Exhibition Link:  Mariposa Ice Cream


Normal Heights United Neighborhood Church — 4650 Mansfield St — Stage

Artist: Normal Heights United Methodist Church

See performance page for musical line-up



Artist: Art Competition

Thumbprint Gallery and Exodus Studios presents the Art Around Adams Juried and Popular Vote Art Competition.

This is the finale of the year long art competition that has been ongoing the first Monday of every month at URBN in North Park.  Each month a group of artists have submitted their work for voting from a group of judges and the general population.  The winners of each month will be displaying their best work for the chance to gain a cash prize.  This is a much anticipated event for the artists, so come and show your support and cast your ballot for the best of the best.



Loudspeaker Stage @ Adams Ave Rec Center Park — 3491 Adams Ave — Stage / Vendors

Artist: Adams Ave Park

There will be a full lineup of performances in the park.  Please see the music schedule for more details.

Also, come check out the tiny home experience.  You can explore a real tiny home, enjoy some amazing artists, or just come by to relax and enjoy the scene.


Information Booth / Punchcard Prize Location

Artist: Information Booth

The Park will be a hub of acitivity.  The info booth will be giving away great free prizes for those who complete collecting the stamps along the bottom of the program.  Vendors, random performances, and music create good time for everyone.

Information Booth / Punch Card Prize Location


Humphrey Appliance — 3484 Adams Ave


Dimille’s — 3492 Adams Ave — Main Beer Garden / Stage

Artist: Dimille’s

Dimille’s is the official Art Around Adams host for the Beer Garden.  Come on by and enjoy a refreshing drink on the patio while listening to some great acoustic bands.  Check out the lineup in the Performances section.

Stage Location:  Dimille’s 


Subud House — 3521 Adams Ave

Artist: San Diego Silk Guild

There will be art demos occurring in the yard all day throughout the course of the event.

The San Diego Silk Guild is dedicated to enhancing the learning, appreciation, and love of painting on silk. SDSG was formed in April 2007 as a local chapter of SPIN, Silk Painters International. Our mission statement is “To Further Silk Art Through Outreach, Exhibits and Workshops.”

Artists Link:  SDSG

Exhibition Location:  Subud San Diego

Artist: Renata Reid

Artist Link:  Renata Reid

Exhibition Location: Subud San Diego

Artist: Amber Vavro

Amber Vavro is the Owner + Designer at .v. Custom Jewelry. As a life-long, passionate seeker of fabulous jewelry, she strives to create pieces that are just that – fabulous. Amber designs and handcrafts each one-of-a-kind piece using high-quality, consciously sourced materials. All of her original creations are dreamed up and produced with true heartfelt care, great attention to detail, and with a tremendous amount of love that stems from her own personal passion for beautiful, unique jewelry.

Artist Link:  Amber Vavro

Exhibition Location:  Subud San Diego

Artist: Jennifer Takahashi

Artist Link:  Jennifer Takahashi

Exhibition Location: Subud San Diego

Artist: Suzanne Knight

Just six years old I wanted to be a cowgirl. Teenage Suzanne wanted to be a professional ice skater. The early twenties you could find me swimming and do water ballet. Always in the background, I did art. Art for me is like an invisible red string running through my life trying my personalities together. In my early thirties, I decided to narrow my artistic focus to silk art.

That was half a lifetime ago. Instead of narrowing my focus, I found that silk art broadened my horizons and smoothed some of my jagged artistic edges.

Artist Link: Suzanne Knight

Exhibition Location:  Subud San Diego

Artist: D’Via Art and Style

Artist Link: D’Via Art and Style

Exhibition Location:  Subud San Diego


Subway — 3540 Adams Ave

Artist: Jennifer Cooksey

Jennifer Cooksey is an American artist living and working in San Diego, California. She is also the owner of After Dark Creations who specialize in Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art and mixed media monster sculptures.  Jennifer had a multicultural upbringing, having a Mexican mother and Irish father gave her a unique perspective that she brings to traditional art. She also infuses her love of classic monsters and punk music into her work.

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Nightmare before Christmas jack and Sally figure set

Artist Link: Jennifer Cooksey

Exhibition Location: Subway


San Diego Poke Company — 3533 Adams Ave

Artist: Kyoko Umezu

Kyoko Umezu is a self taught artist that has been painting for a long time. She loves to paint flowers and landscapes. This is her first exhibit.

Artist Link:  Kyoko Umezu

Exhibition Location:  San Diego Poke Company


Home Start Thrift Boutique — 3611 Adams Ave — Punch Card


Clay Associates — 3667 Adams Ave — Spring Sale, Community Sponsor

Artist: Clay Associates

Spring Ceramics Sale – Stop by for great deals on authentic creations

Featuring new work by Associates and students
with new items added throughout the sale

Clay Associates is a ceramics studio whose mission is the advancement of the clay arts and of arts in general. It is a structured collective of nine associates – potters and sculptors. It maintains studio and classroom space in an encouraging and nourishing environment to promote growth in the creation and teaching of the clay arts.


The Clay Associates are Eric Woods, Evelyn Goldman, Gerald Thiebolt, Lance Walsh, Michael Nobel, Shaun Craig, and Warren Bakley.

Exhibition Location: Clay Associates

Artist: Eric Woods

Artist: Evelyn Goldman

An autodidact in ceramics, I was introduced to clay at the Genesee Co-op Communiversity in Rochester, New York in 1972.  For the most part, my work is wheel thrown; stoneware is my medium. While confining myself to the rigors of the potter’s wheel, my personal challenge is produce work which contains strong organic elements. .

In recent years, I have been exploring the wide world of hand built ceramics. The results are wedge and box shaped plant holders, along with the beginnings of sculptural forms.

Artist: Gerald Thiebolt

His work is on display at the Memorial Wall, Unitarian Univresalist Fellowship of San Diego, in Solana Beach, as well as the Wall of Remembrance, Sacred Heart Church of Ocean Beach (not open to the public).

Artist: Shaun Craig

I am a 4th generation San Diego native who grew up loving the mountains, desert and beaches. Drawing was my first love until I discovered clay in the 3rd. grade. I am continually inspired by natural and native elements in my environment.  I am constantly finding inspiration from sticks, rocks, pinecones and other elements of nature. The complex simplicity in the forms is a source of never ending fascination for me. I love to use art in my life so when people have a piece of mine I want them to use it and enjoy it in an everyday setting.

Artist: Warren Bakley

I hold a Bachelor of Fine arts degree from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA with continuing study in ceramics and clay arts at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine and Alfred University, Alfred NY. My work experience has been as Exhibits Designer with the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Design Consultant for American Olean Tile Company, Landsdowne, PA, Interior Designer with three major architectural firms, and institutional and residential projects as an Associate with Diversified Interior Design Associates, Philadelphia, PA.

My teaching experience has been of graduate level design at Drexel University and Moore College of Art. As well as classical Art and Sculpture through Trenton State UniversityDesign, San Diego State University, the Community Colleges of Cuyamaca and Southwestern in California and Ceramics at Clay Associates.

I am a nine times first prize winner of the annual Sculpture Division, Imperial Beach Sand Sculpture Competition, Imperial Beach, CA.

Artist: Michael Nobel
My work in Ceramics is an exploration of nature as a medium to finding new self-truths. The forms that I work with explore soulful moments of life transitions as a son, father, and lover.  While studying ceramics at George Fox University I was introduced to Anagama (wood) and Raku firing. My foundation in art is based on the complexity that is explored in the Edo period of Japanese Art. 
Michael Noble currently holds the position of Associate at Clay Associates in San Diego, CA. His work in Ceramics for the last seventeen years has been in wheel throwing and hand-building. Michael has worked as an Artist in Residence at Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. He studied art at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon and other schools in Maryland. 
Artist Link: Michael Nobel


Artist: Lance Walsh

Creating ceramics is a constant journey. Beginning my journey 6 years ago as a Student at Clay Associates. Trying new glazes and different techniques keeps it fun and interesting. Mostly I like the experimental aspect of creative process, I never really know what I am going to get.


Kiko and Sven — 3723 Adams Ave — Community Sponsor

Artist: Isiko

We aim to support and empower artisans around the globe through the universal language of art. The products carried and curated by isiko connect humans across the world through the stories they tell in the use of fabric, in the patterns, the texture and in the design itself.  Using traditional techniques and materials, our handmade products are not only beautifully unique, but also bring deserved recognition and provide jobs to underserved communities around the world.

As a social good company, every quarter we identify a deserving organization and donate ten percent of our proceeds to support their efforts. Every purchase you make at isiko helps give back to a community so desperately in need. Learn more about the organization we are currently supporting by visiting the Social Goodpage.

Artist Link: Isiko

Exhibition Location: Kiko and Sven


Chez Rouge — 3683 Adams Ave

Artist: Optimus Volts

His parents named him Isaac Coronado but you can call him Optimus Volts. Legend has it that at the moment of his birth; a Transformer disguised as a Mac Truck was in a three way collision with Mickey Mouse and a bus full of graffiti artists. The resulting explosion created an unstable art field that was absorbed by the newborn. His work is the mashed-up root pulp extract of 80s cartoons, spray paint Kung Fu along highway underpasses, the four color comics of every age, textile manufacture and whatever else he can work into the divine blender that is his head and his hands. Wherever the world cries out for art, he’ll be there. You can reach him anytime by using the Optimus Volts signal

Artist Link: Optimus Volts

Exhibition Location: Chez Rouge


Get Fit on Adams — 3806 Adams Ave


The Haven — 4051 Adams Ave

Artist: Jason Lane

Haven will be having drink specials all day during the event, come on by.

Jason Lane is the Principle of JXL Studio and a senior partner of Bells & Whistles Design/Build, the San Diego team responsible for popular destinations like The Starlite, The Smoking Goat, and UCSD’s The Loft. Lane sharpened his early creative teeth as front man for the infamous Aktionist Art Group Crash Worship and as a prop designer for clients such as Dita Von Tesse and Fantasy Inc. The Golly Pods came to life in a moment of playful reverie but frenzied attention from the international design circuit has demanded that JXL Studio make them a sell-able reality.

Artist Link: Jason Lane

Exhibition Location:  The Haven Pizzeria


Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant — 4050 Adams Ave — Community Sponsor

Artist: Ponce’s

Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant will not have an artist day of, but they are are fully supporting Art Around Adams as a Community Sponsor with their community mission.

The Meza family is not here just to make money. They are here to enrich the lives of all the people who walk through the doors here at Ponce’s. This includes the employees – who are able to support their families, pay their rent, work their way through college, raise enough money to travel, or many other things we’ve yet to see; the guests – who are able to shed their stresses when they sit down to a comfortable, affordable meal at the end of a long work day, or to establish family traditions by gathering for a weekly meal, and so on; and the organizations that we support. It is through these filters that we view our success.  We’ve done it for over forty five years, and we hope to continue to do so for many more.

Restaurant Link


Good Vibrations Chiropractic — 4060 Adams Ave — Punch Card

Artist: Kelly Paige Standard

Kelly Paige Standard – a depictive oil painter – specializes in painting people. Her hauntingly accessible figures radiate with an honest balance of joy and sadness. Using strong values and colors, she explores and celebrates the best parts of being human. Kelly’s paintings are often solitary, occasionally piercing, but always mysteriously truthful and radiant.

Artist Link:  Kelly Paige Standard

Exhibition Location: Good Vibrations Chiropractic


Buddies and Babes — 4071 Adams Ave

Artist: Paul Naylor

My name is Paul Naylor, I’m an illustrator/designer living in San Diego, where I’ve been my whole life.  I have been drawing since I was three, and currently specialize in acrylic paintings / illustration, and also enjoy logo and general design.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the Art Institute of San Diego in graphic design.  I’ve been lucky enough to perform and educate for audiences at the San Diego Zoo, Downtown Disney, and many other events around the US. I currently work with my friends and mentors at Launch Live Art, where I paint, perform, and have even played live percussion.

I was drawn to graphic design because I was intrigued by the idea of using typography artistically, and I’ve always loved art associated with underground music and film, especially from decades past where emphasis was heavy on hand-rendering. I also play drums in a couple local bands, and love when visual art and music can be combined. Big influences on my art include a long love of animals, old horror and sci-fi movies, vast natural landscapes (especially Yosemite), Godzilla, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Mid-Century Modern design, and music.

Artist Link:  Paul Naylor

Exhibition Location:  Buddies and Babes


Kensington Brewing Company — 4067 Adams Ave — Punch Card

Artist: Lyndon Kersee

Swing on by for an all day Happy Hour special during the event.

Dino Detective by bearmantooth

L'agneau by naiiade

Artist Link: Lyndon Kersee

Exhibit Location: Kensington Brewing Company

Artist: Enrique Plazola

I’ve been a working artist for 8 years. I specialize in illustration, concept art, and fine art. I was trained at Studio Second Street, and attended Art Center’s Entertainment Program.

Street Shark in Turtle Town by SketchMonster1

Artist Link: Enrique Plazola

Exhibition Location:  Kensington Brewing Company


Moosies Classic Ice Cream — 4073 Adams Ave


Kensington Club — 4079 Adams Ave — Stage

Artist: Kensington Club Stage

Kensington Club will have a full lineup of shows; see the performance page for more details.


Village Vino — 4095 Adams Ave — Supporting Business - no artist day of event

Artist: Village Vino

Supporting Business – No artist for the day of event.  However, come on by for food and wine specials all day during the event.

Our specialty is small family owned and operated wineries from around the world. Our goal is an accessible inventory reflecting a balance of old favorites, esoteric hard to find producers, and varietals reflecting tradition and typicity. We are fanatics about quality to price ratios that make sense and strive to appeal to palates and pocketbooks of all sizes. Due to the types of wines and wineries we work with, our inventory changes frequently. The best way to keep up is to stop by and check out our wine list as sometimes we can only secure a few cases.

Location:  Village Vino


Clem’s Tap House — 4108 Adams Ave

Artist: Elie Kennedy

I started painting rocks and raising funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. On behalf of my son, Anthony. As my own healing process through grief and depression. I also create mixed media pieces that always have a message of my journey. Hoping to help others that can relate. I want people to know that they matter. That there is hope. That there are other people struggling just like them, like me.

Artist Link:  Elie Kennedy

Exhibition Location:  Clem’s Tap House


Americana Stage @ Kensington Library Park — 4121 Adams — Stage

Artist: Kensignton Library Park

Kensington Library Park will have a full lineup of shows; see the performance page for more details.


Kensington Cafe — 4141 Adams Ave

Artist: Ryan Heitbrink

Kensington Cafe will be having drink specials all day during the event, come on by.

Ryan’s work will be set up in office space behind the cafe on marborough, along with other various vendors

Artist: Ryan Heitbrink

Exhibition Location:  Kensington Cafe


Bench Home — 4153 Adams Ave

Artist: Aimee Baca

Creative Crossroads is a local art and handmade crafts gallery in the heart of Hillcrest! I graduated from UCSC in Fine Arts, with a focus in printmaking. I learned about the ancient medium of printmaking and discovered new ways of creating images on unconventional surfaces.

Artist Link:  Aimee Baca

Exhibition Location:  Bench Home


Zen Sanctuary — 4183 Adams — Punch Card - Stage

Artist: David Warder

Come by and enjoy free massages and a skin care analysis, as well as ice tea and cold water.  Check out the kids page for activities for the younger groups here as well.

David Warder is the owner of Zen Sanctuary, also a teacher , massage therapist, and handy man extraordinaire . He created the back ground images for his personal website Warder Body work. He designed and built the art pieces displayed in Zen Sanctuary’s recently expanded 2 treatment rooms.

Artist Link:  David Warder

Exhibition Location:  Zen Sanctuary


Pappalecco — 4202 Adams Ave

Artist: Elena Maria

My name is Elena and I’m a Florida transplant residing beachside in sunny San Diego, California. I come from a long-line of amateur artists and I’m so excited to finally be fulfilling my destiny! I paint for the sheer joy of painting- as it brings out my inner child. Adulthood is overrated! I love playing with color and am heavily inspired by the great outdoors and music. My style is abstract and whimsical and every painting is designed to spread the message of love.

Artist Link: Elena Sabo

Exhibition Location:  Pappalecco Kensington