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Garden Gaiety

When planning one of the many parties she hosts in her flower-filled garden, La Jolla artist Pati Sofia enjoys a rush of recollections. Among the most vivid is one of an alfresco tea party when she was 5 years old.

In a Hiring Mood

If the amount of planning, preparation, execution and cleanup involved is holding you back from hosting a party, perhaps you just need to consider what duties you can farm out.

Drawing on Theatricality

Certain recreational pursuits must be taken seriously. Parachute jumping, motorcycle riding and life drawing may spring to mind — until you walk into The Merrow on the third Saturday of the month.

Art for the Ages

Melissa Inez Walker opened ArtHatch in 2004 to support and sell the work of emerging international artists and provide studio space for local artists. The 7,000-square-foot Escondido facility houses a gallery and 14 artists’ studios.

Celebrating Theodor Geisel

Although Theodore Geisel spent the first half of his life on the East Coast, it was after he moved to La Jolla that he wrote his most famous books, including The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. And though the books were written for children, the whimsy in words and illustrations equally beguiles adults.

Mindful Art

Memories in the Making uses painting as a way to help those with Alzheimer’s disease. The 2014 auction encompassed 70 works by Alzheimer’s artists, 18 of which were paired with works by professional artists.

A Rarely Seen World Through the Eyes of a Local Del Mar Couple

A local couple’s underwater film and photography take viewers into a rarely seen world. Howard and Michele shoot and sell stock photography and video. Their films have been shown on PBS’ Nature and on the National Geographic channel. Between them, they have won seven Emmy awards.

Tooling Around the Park

Electric cars may not be as futuristic as we thought. With the centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition rounding the corner next year, many surprises are in the works, including the return of “electriquettes.”

Shop Talk: Skylar Ireton

Skylar Ireton answers a few question about his new store Skylar’s Home & Patio

Honey, We're Home

“It takes 2 million flowers to make a pound of honey, and there’s a half a pound of honey in Mirth in a Bottle. So there’s a million flowers in that bottle; and when you taste it, there are that many flavors.”

Art Works at Work

OliverMcMillan’s developments and office incorporate original artwork by favorite artists. “Deborah Brenner is a good example of an artist whose works are found in our offices nationwide and in our buildings,” Dene says.

Mural,Mural On The Wall

A project to bring art to the public in partnership with building owners grows stronger. The result is a serendipitous patchwork, 30 squares by 29 squares, titled Favorite Color — the second work in the Murals of La Jolla project.

Wheels of Fortune

Internationally acclaimed artist Scott Jacobs offers his talent to La Jolla Concours d'Elegance. This is the third consecutive year he has done so.

A Stroke of Genius

On a Wednesday evening, about 50 women and men paint Birds on a Wire. It sounds, perhaps, like a competition among professional artists; but the atmosphere in The Back Room of 98 Bottles in Little Italy is one of sheer camaraderie: people relaxing, drinking wine and filling 16-by-20 canvases with color.

Michael Turko: Looking Out for the Little Guy

Turko, who grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a journalism degree, was always interested in consumer reporting. “I feel sorry for people that are getting a raw deal,” he says.

Extraordinary Color

AS A PARTICIPANT in Chalk La Strada, the street-painting festival held each autumn in Little Italy, Barbara Stanley rubs her fingers raw, pressing pigments of color into asphalt — making a masterpiece of art that, like a sandcastle at the beach, eventually washes away. But a recent work is here to stay.

Steve Bosh: A Reporter Tried and True

“OUR JOB IS ONLY TO HOLD UP THE MIRROR — to tell and show the public what has happened.” Those words, spoken by Walter Cronkite, inspired a young man growing up in the woods of western Pennsylvania, the middle child in a family of 15.

A Heartfelt Campaign

Since being diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2000, Mahler had been on a seesaw of hospitalizations, surgeries and doctor visits. At one time, she was on life support, a drip therapy keeping her alive. The prognosis was gloomy — until she received the new heart, which has put her back on a more normal footing.

High-Scoring Party

WHEN THE QUEEN OF CATERING has a few friends over to share a big football day, you know there will be more than TV watching on the menu. This year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans was the perfect inspiration for Mary Kay Waters and her husband, district attorney Jim Waters, to entertain outdoors at their home with its amazing view of Mission Bay.

Historical Trio

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