An Artful Thursday In La Mesa Village

LA MESA -- It was a rainy Thursday night, yet the arts were out and shining in La Mesa Village.
Just after 6 p.m. devotees of the colorful Fiestaware filled the cozy confines of What A Dish! to look at a collection of oil paintings done by artist Jayna McLeod (right).

The paintings featured the Fiestaware and food and fit in perfectly in this venue. Both paintings, baskets and Fiestaware itself seemed to be moving as briskly as the appetizers.
It was a unique mix of art and commerce and the patrons clearly loved it.

Just a couple blocks east, at the San Pasqual Winery, another standing room only crowd was gathering to share a few glasses of wine and listen to members of the La Mesa Arts Alliance perform another of its spoken word performances.
This one featured Dr. Mark Arapostathis and Write Out Loud Founder Walter Ritter delivering a few works by famed American writer and humorist Mark Twain.
Both Arapostathis, who is a City Council member as well as local theater maven, and Ritter have the sort of resonant voices that could engage an audience if only reading the phone book. With Twain's fine material in hand it was can't miss moments of enjoyment.
The performances are routinely short on these reading nights, but the wine before and after and the engaging conversation with the sort of audience these performances attract, make it an enjoyable evening. San Pasqual, which now makes its wines right here in La Mesa, is maturing as a wine-making operation and their performance at the San Diego County Fair's "Toast of the Coast" wine competition suggests as much. 

San Pasqual won a Silver Medal for their SummerVine Blanc Passionfruit Wine, and Bronze Medals for SummerVine Habanero, 2011 Tempranillo, and 2010 Primitivo. All good accompaniments for the enjoyable performances on an artful and rainy Thursday in the Village.

Gina Garcia is a Realtor (Cal BRE #01704251) and is publisher of To contact her,

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