Prolific San Diego artist James Hubbell's home in Santa Ysabel is well known in the art community for its beautiful design and collection of paintings, mosaics and sculptures that Hubbell created throughout a career spanning more than 50 years.
Hubbell and his wife, Anne, purchased the property in 1958 and, over time, constructed eight buildings. Eventually, the Hubbells gave the property to the Ilan-Lael Foundation, an education and arts nonprofit. Four of the structures were destroyed by wildfire in 2003, including Hubbell's residence, but the foundation was able to raise $200,000 to re-construct them.
A new ninth building will be unveiled at the Hubbell Open House on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It'll serve as headquarters for the foundation, as well as a space for lectures, classes, art displays, storage of Hubbell's work and an archive with a searchable database for those who want to learn more about him. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at ilanlaelfoundation.org.
Along with the building, a sun dial made from rock, tile and forged metal will be installed on the site to honor those who contributed to the construction.
"The response from the community was overwhelming," says Marianne Gerdes, executive director of the Ilan-Lael Foundation. "A lot of money was put forth to rebuilding the compound. It made us realize that the community had a vested interest in what heís done. It shows his longtime presence and how he resonates with the community."
And because this is a James Hubbell building, it'll be visually stunning. Expect stained glass and mosaic walls, a beautiful sculptural façade and unique embellishments throughout. The building continues the story of Hubbell's growth as an artist.
"People interested in art can see his current style and see how it evolved through these buildings," Gerdes says.
The foundation hopes to raise another $150,000 to complete work on the Hubbell compound. It's always applying for grants and accepting donations in order to fund the project.
Hubbell "is an important artist," Gerdes says. "The beauty of his designs really captures people's imagination."