The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Docent Society and Torrey Pines Association present the fourth annual Art in the Pines to be held Saturday, May 4 from 10 to 5 and Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 10am to 4pm. The Festival is free and open to all and will be held at the Reserve just south of the Lodge.
Art in the Pines is a two-day event featuring a professionally judged plein air contest with an awards ceremony; artists’ booths exhibiting nature-inspired art for sale in a variety of media such as painting, pastels, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and photography; food; live music; children’s art activities; a raffle and silent auction; guided nature walks; tours of the historic Torrey Pines Lodge; and expert demonstrations in painting and basket weaving.This year, for the first time, artist participation has been open to all California residents. This juried art show features over 50 artists from well-known masters of the landscape to new talent.
Guests are encouraged to hike the Reserve during all of April and the beginning of May to observe dozens of artists at work. These paintings will be judged and awarded cash prizes and ribbons at noon on Saturday and then be available for sale the weekend of the festival.The Art in the Pines festival provides opportunities for individuals, community organizations, foundations and businesses to support children’s nature programs at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. That model program serves 4,000 children in the San Diego area every year with an exemplary outdoor experience tied to the school curriculum.
The event is free, but there is a charge for parking. The Reserve has two parking lots, South Beach and North Beach. The lot closest to the Art in the Pines event is the South Beach Lot where there will be preferred parking for $20 per car during the event. You will not be able to use annual passes of any kind on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, in the South Lot. In the North Lot, you will be able to use passes on those 2 days or the charge is $10 per car. A free shuttle will run frequently from both lots. Instead, you may enjoy walking to the event. It is a fifteen minute walk from the South Beach Parking Lot.Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California, north of San Diego. From Hwy 5, exit on Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 1.5 miles till you reach the Coast Highway 101. Turn left and proceed along the beach for about a mile. The park entrance is on your right just before the highway begins to climb the Torrey Pines grade. The street address is 12600 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego CA 92037.