A new event celebrating San Diego’s visual arts and craft beer communities will be held on Comic-Con Preview Night, July 23, at Stone Brewing Tap Room in downtown San Diego.
CRAFT/ART was created to showcase two of San Diego’s most dynamic communities on the international stage: craft brewing and visual arts. The event is timed to coordinate with Preview Night of the 2014 San Diego International Comic-Con so as to allow creative professionals and visitors to interact with local attendees. Event sponsors include IDW Publishing, a national publisher of art books, comics and comic strip collections, and Craft Beerd, a prominent designer of San Diego craft beer art & apparel.
CRAFT/ART will feature live sketching by some of the top artists in the arena of comics and entertainment. Confirmed artists include:
- Moritat aka Justin Norman, comic book artist best known for his work on The Spirit, Elephantmen, and DC’s All Star Western;
- Jen Vaughn, cartoonist and creator of Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective;
- Eric Johnson, comic book artist and co-creator of Rex Mundi;
- Rafael Navarro, cartoonist and creator of Sonambulo and Guns A’ Blazin’;
- Jeromy Cox, veteran comic book artist, illustrator, and co-creator of Vampyrates.
Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase original sketches as well as bid in a silent auction for donated art, books, and merchandise items. Donated items include mounted prints from Stone Brewing Company, a piece from comic book artist Carlos D’Anda, and books from IDW Publishing.
CRAFT/ART is free and open to the public; however a suggested $5-10 donation can be made at the door. All proceeds from the event will be donated towards youth scholarships for the Media Arts Center San Diego’s annual Summer Youth Media & Tech Camp. Media Arts Center San Diego, based in San Diego’s vibrant North Park community, promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media artists. MACSD has set a goal to raise $7,000 this summer for 30 youth scholarships.
“San Diego is home to talented artists and exceptional craft beer, and we are proud to feature both at CRAFT/ART on July 23rd,” said David Lizerbram, attorney at David Lizerbram & Associates and lead organizer for CRAFT/ART. “We encourage all Comic-Con attendees to come join us for a fun, social evening with local artists and craft beer professionals.”
Following the 10 p.m. closure of Stone Brewing Tap Room, the CRAFT/ART organizers will continue their event next door at Rare Form, an American bar and restaurant, 793 J Street, until midnight.
— Craft Art press release
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