Earlier this year, an art exhibition, One Night In Saigon, brought together nearly 50 San Diego artists in the back of a Vietnamese restaurant.
The coming together of artistic styles in an alternative space inspired local artists Sonia Lopez-Chavez and Chikle to feature the diversity of San Diego's artists in their new alt gallery, Kensington Club Art Distillery, located in one of the city's oldest bars, The Kensington Club.
Since June, the Art Distillery has provided a casual place where artists have the freedom to create as they wish. According to Chikle, the results have been “like Christmas” while collecting the pieces for the shows. ---
“A few artists have never shown before,” he says. “Others followed their gut to use new mediums.”
In accordance with Chikle and Lopez-Chavez's mission to feature all of the varied styles of San Diego's artists and let the artists experiment with their own creativity, the duo says the Art Distillery will attempt to show and sell “honest art” free of traditional labels and norms.
“Just like the definition of the word distillery, we are removing impurities from the art scene to produce a stronger proof product,” Chikle says. “Because the artists have challenged their own styles, each exhibit has been filled with exciting new work. Selling work is a plus to the cultivation of a community of artist that love and respect their profession.”
With help from Kensington Club owner Brett Bodie, the Art Distillery intends to continue offering diverse art to the San Diego community as long as the opportunity and desire from gallery-goers remains.
The current show, Pick Your Deck, a group expo featuring works on skateboard decks, is on view at the Art Distillery (4079 Adams Ave.) through Sunday, Aug. 14.