ArtFest 2017
Including Fine Art, Asian Art, Quick Draw Contest

April 8 – 9
9 am – 5 pm

Garden Expressions of Art

ArtFest at the Garden features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop. This year, we’re pleased to have locally-owned Woody cars on display from the San Diego Woodies Club (Saturday only). These iconic automobiles embody the surf culture that Encinitas – where San Diego Botanic Garden is located – is famous for!

Our fine arts show features more than 20 artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices just for Garden guests. Many of these fantastic sculptors, painters, glass artists, potters, gourd and fiber artists who participate in ArtFest will also provide interesting demonstrations of their craft.

The quick draw contest features 20 adults and 20 youths who will create an entire work of art in the allotted time right before visitors’ eyes. After judging, these pieces will be available for purchase at ArtFest.

Celebrating the art of Asian horticulture is the focus of our Asian art show, featuring outstanding displays of Ikebana and Bonsai, with informative lectures and demonstrations.

Fresh salads, sandwiches, coffee and treats will be available from The Feel Good Coffee Cart, located right next to the Gift Shops, where you can find unique, garden-related gifts for the plant lover in your life. Enjoy live music from Bob Ballentine and friends in the Lawn Garden.

Cost: Free with paid admission or membership.

Calling Artists for Art Competition

Are you an artist who loves natural inspiration?

Join the Quick Draw Competition, which takes place during San Diego Botanic Gardenís ArtFest, on Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. There is an adult and high school aged category and each have cash prizes for the top three judged pieces. Each artist will have their own inspirational location in the Garden and will create their piece during ArtFest. Festival guest will be able to watch as the artistsí canvas comes alive.

After 1:15 pm, the pieces will be judged, awarded ribbons and cash prizes, and hung in an open-air pavilion located in the Lawn Garden area of the Garden.

For questions and application please contact Sam Beukema at 760-436-3036, ext. 204.  



2016 Fine Artists

Bobbi Hirschkoff

Carol & Harvey Korfin

Diana Burke

Eva Zuarregui

Grace Swanson

Helen Shafer Garcia

Jamie Kirkell

Jan Stamm

Jeffrey Nelson/ Ed Coffman

Joan Grine

Karen Fidel

Kathy Chin

Lisa Brown

Mary Brown

Nira Levy

Paulette Glauser

Toni Williams

Viginia Ann Holt