Jason Humphrey with his pen and ink artwork that he describes as an organic process.
Jason Humphrey with his pen and ink artwork that he produces in what he describes as an “organic” process. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Animals and nature subjects were much in evidence as organizers of Southern California’s largest arts festival revealed Wednesday the eight featured artists of the 33rd annual ArtWalk.

The 2-day festival, sponsored by Mission Federal for the past nine years, attracts 100,000 people to Little Italy and is scheduled for April 29 and 30.

Neville Billimoria, chief advocacy officer for Mission Federal, said his company believes art and creativity are crucial to a 21st century innovation economy in San Diego.

“The cool thing about artists is that they are critical to our future,” he said. “In this world of coders, artists are the decoders.”

The eight featured artists were recognized at a reception at the Westgate Hotel downtown. They are:

In addition to the featured artists, three individuals and organizations were recognized with Arte Awards: Scripps Health, Voice of San Diego’s Kinsee Morlan, and artist Jane Wheeler.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.