Point Loma-OB Happenings: ArtWalk @ Liberty Station; local artist wins award; ‘Tommy the Fishmonger’; more

Shelli Kahl exhibits his jewelry at the ArtWalk @ Liberty Station in 2021. This year's show is set for Aug. 6-7.
(Milan Kovacevic)

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station returns Aug. 6-7

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station will return to Ingram Plaza in the Arts District the weekend of Aug. 6-7, marking 17 years of the fine-art show with more than 150 artists, plus food, wine, beer and live entertainment.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Admission is free.

Visitors will have the opportunity to buy artworks from the local, national and international artists in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, glasswork, jewelry, photography and more.

“We are thrilled to be returning for our 17th year in the middle of San Diego’s robust arts and culture scene at Arts District Liberty Station,” said Curt Brooker, director of ArtWalk San Diego. “There are also many youth-friendly projects and interactive art experiences that will allow attendees of all ages to discover the artist within them.”

Each of ArtWalk San Diego’s three annual festivals supports its nonprofit partner, ArtReach San Diego, which aims to increase equity in visual arts education in K-8 schools throughout San Diego County by delivering free or low-cost workshops to schools that have no other resources for art.

Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza is at 2751 Dewey Road, Point Loma. For more information about ArtWalk @ Liberty Station, visit — Point Loma-OB Monthly

Point Loma artist wins Best of Miniatures award in Watercolor Society exhibit

Point Loma artist Joanne Newman's painting “Mugs to Jugs 2” won the Best of Miniatures award.
Point Loma artist Joanne Newman’s painting “Mugs to Jugs 2” won the Best of Miniatures award in the San Diego Watercolor Society members exhibition “Illumination 2.0.”
(Courtesy of San Diego Watercolor Society)

Artist Joanne Newman of Point Loma won the Best of Miniatures award in the San Diego Watercolor Society members exhibition “Illumination 2.0” at Liberty Station.

Newman’s painting “Mugs to Jugs 2” was selected by local artist Geoff Allen for the honor from among more than 200 entries.

“There is pattern variety, flipping of negative and positive space, and proportion of the shapes,” Allen said of the painting. “There is a big central form that makes everything kind of broken so my eye moves over all of it. It uses an interesting color palette that hangs together really well. Unity and variety — it has both.”

Newman has an art degree from San Diego State University and has worked for an international textile company for more than 30 years. She works on canvas and paper, and her work is frequently selected for Watercolor Society and Point Loma Artists Association shows.

The Watercolor Society gallery exhibit runs through Sunday, July 31, at 2528 Dewey Road and is free to the public. For more information, visit — Point Loma-OB Monthly

‘Tommy the Fishmonger’ opens TunaVille Market and Grocery in Point Loma

Sunset Cliffs’ Tommy Gomes, known in San Diego as “Tommy the Fishmonger” for his family’s long local fishing history and his own seafood career than began at age 12, recently joined Mitch Conniff of Mitch’s Seafood in opening TunaVille Market and Grocery at Driscoll’s Wharf in Point Loma.

Gomes, also the host and star of “The Fishmonger” series on the Outdoor Channel, will continue to work with current restaurant clients, and TunaVille will be the supplier and processor for all the seafood served at Mitch’s, according to Eater San Diego.

New Outdoor Channel series stars Tommy Gomes, whose fishing roots in San Diego go back 129 years.

March 1, 2021

The market, named for the surrounding neighborhood’s fishing history, carries a variety of local seafood and ready-to-cook meals, plus salads, sandwiches and ceviche. Gomes also plans for the location to include a seafood education center for classes and demonstrations.

TunaVille Market and Grocery is at 4904 N. Harbor Drive. For more information, visit or call (619) 317-1900. — Point Loma-OB Monthly

San Diego hires firm to evaluate bids for sports arena site; Midway Village+ hires facility adviser

San Diego officials will lean on the affordable-housing and sports-venue expertise of international real estate investment management and services firm Jones Lange LaSalle as it takes a closer look at proposals from three development teams in the running to lease and remake the city’s sports arena property in the Midway District.

The City Council unanimously approved a one-year, $250,000 consultant agreement with JLL, which was selected through a competitive bidding process. The firm will start by vetting the financial assumptions in the bids submitted by Midway Rising, HomeTownSD and Midway Village+.

The contract can be extended on an annual basis for up to five years. JLL is expected to help the city pick a winning team to redo the 48-acre sports arena site and will aid in negotiating the long-term ground lease and site development conditions.

The city has said it expects to select a winner before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Midway Village+, the development team led by Toll Bros. Housing, has hired facility adviser CAA Icon to represent the group as it seeks to privately finance and build a 15,000-seat replacement arena along with 4,210 homes, with 1,610 units set aside for families making 80 percent of the area median income.

Denver-based CAA Icon is a subsidiary of Creative Artists Agency. It is what’s known as an owner representative, meaning the firm is directly entrusted with carrying out the entire arena development process, including planning, design, permitting and construction. — The San Diego Union-Tribune

Sammy Hagar’s cocktail company sponsoring Saturday live music at Point Loma’s GoodBar

Rock star Sammy Hagar’s new Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co. is sponsoring a series of indoor and outdoor events throughout San Diego this summer to help launch the company’s sparkling rum cocktails.

Among the events is the Saturday live music series at GoodBar, 1872 Rosecrans St., Point Loma. See GoodBar’s events calendar at — Point Loma-OB Monthly


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