A 'Pop-Up' Gallery Joins The Local Scene

See slideshow of more art below.

LA MESA -- Pop up restaurants have been the hot thing in cities for a while -- the sudden appearance of great eatery in an unexpected place for a short time.

The La Mesa Arts Alliance has taken a page from that book.

With the cooperation of the Grossmont Center, the Alliance has launched a pop-up art gallery in what had been a temporarily vacant space at the mall.
The gallery, which is up and running, has given a variety of local artists a high-traffic place to display and sell their art and has added a touch of local flare to the retail mix at the mall.

On Friday, the space was being managed by long-time Arts Alliance member Patty O'Reilly (above), who was welcoming browsers and explaining the origins of this gallery. "The mall management gave us the opportunity and we thought it was great idea,'' she said. "Local artists in our local mall!'' 

Some of the art and artists -- like Billy Martinez' distinct portraiture -- will be familiar to regular visitors to other local art spaces. Others seem to be getting a first high-profile shot at showing off their talents, from watercolor to a stunning collection of ceramics that claimed the front window.

The Alliance plans to host a number of special events in the space while it is open through the end of August.

For the entire month of August (opening reception on August 2nd) artworks created by people of all ages living with epilepsy and/or their loved ones will be on display in the space. These artistic creations can be viewed during the pop-up galleries regular hours -- Fridays from 5-8 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 p.m. The opening reception for the special epilepsy event on August 2nd will be from 12-5 p.m.  and feature light refreshments and community art making.

Adding to the ambiance for the gallery is the “Music Friday Sunset Summer Concert Series” featuring live music every Friday from 6-8 p.m. directly across from the art gallery in the mall's main square outside the movie theater.


Gina Garcia is a Realtor (CalBRE #01704251) and is publisher of LaMesaToday.com. To contact her, e-mail Gina@GinaGarcia.net or call (619) 818-6982.

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Comment by michele grace hottel on July 26, 2014 at 10:27am

Thanks for coming by the space! the current artists will keep their works in the gallery through August 31st, the Epilepsy Foundation Expressive Arts program will add to the collection with an opening on August 2nd.  We would love to continue this concept in other empty retail spaces and storefronts in La Mesa!!!  

Comment by Peggy Junker on July 26, 2014 at 9:51am

Pop up galleries in La Mesa!  So cool.  I checked it out and there are some great artists displayed here. 

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