Tickets are on sale now for the Surfrider San Diego 12th Annual Art Gala on Thursday, May 17th, happening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Del Mar Powerhouse at 1658 Coast Boulevard in Del Mar.

Celebrating the theme of “Keep Our Oceans Blue” from a stunning ocean setting, attendees will enjoy a silent auction with ocean-themed pieces of art from renowned local and national artists. Previous art galas have featured paintings, sculptures, custom surfboards and photography from artists including Andy Davis, Jason Samarin, Rich Morrison, Jay Alders and many others. The “Keep Our Oceans Blue” theme is also showcased in the poster for this year’s gala, designed by local artist Susan Wickstrand.

The gala’s silent auction will also offer attendees an opportunity to bid on exotic vacations, surf gear, local restaurant packages and spa treatments. Unique to this year’s event, a live art installation and photo booth are planned to illuminate the event’s theme and engage guests as they enjoy an open bar and “zero waste” catering.

In the spirit of keeping our oceans blue, the event will tie in with Surfrider’s national Rise Above Plastics campaign. According to Olivia Bui, the Art Gala Coordinator for the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, “Rise Above Plastics helps educate the public on the serious threat plastics pose to our oceans, waves and beaches. We hope to raise additional awareness about this campaign, inspire individuals to take action and commit to minimizing their plastic footprint, all while enjoying fantastic artwork and delicious food.”

The Annual Art Gala is an instrumental component of the Surfrider Foundation San Diego chapter’s fundraising efforts for the year. All proceeds benefit the chapter’s local initiatives, including education, outreach and advocacy efforts aimed at protecting San Diego beaches and waterways.

Save the date and mark your calendar for the Surfrider San Diego 12th Annual Art Gala on Thursday, May 17th, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Del Mar Powerhouse. Tickets are $75.00 and include food and beverages provided by gala sponsors, and are available at the Events page at http://surfridersd.org/ or at https://sandiego.surfrider.org/events/art-gala/.

For more information, go to http://artgala.blogspot.com/, or contact Chapter Coordinator Haley Jain Haggerstone at (858) 792-9940.