July 2018 is a super-exciting month for ENTOTEN because after 6 years of being an online gallery, I just moved into an office suite in San Diego for the first time with a small physical gallery and space to hold workshops.
The new office is inside a business park next to the Amtrak coaster track. It is in an area called Bay Ho in San Diego, just east of Interstate 5 and across from Pacific Beach. It is also close to the new trolley line which took 30 years to get approved and will be up and running by 2021. Unfortunately, there is no stop in front of the gallery.
Sure, a beautiful gallery right on the beach or some fashionable retail district would have been ideal, but over the years, I became convinced that location is secondary to the importance of having an opportunity to show the beautiful work in person.
I learned this lesson by visiting numerous galleries in Japan, that are sometimes very small and not in the most convenient of locations. During the visits to these galleries, what stuck with me was the beauty of the items that the owners selected to display and the interesting conversations that I had with them. I hope that I’ll be able to create a unique space where we can share our interest and love for beautiful craft in San Diego.
The other benefit of my office location is that visitors will be able to park without the stress of finding a spot in car-crazy Southern California. And who doesn’t love watching the trains go by?
For July, I will soft open the gallery every Wednesday (July 11th, 18th and 25th) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on other weekdays and Saturdays by appointment only. I will focus my display items to things made of wood. If you have specific pieces in my online shop that you would like to see, please notify me prior to your visit so that I can have them out for you.
I’m also planning on having a weekend ceramics event in August when I receive long awaited ceramic works by Hanako Nakazato, who is back in Maine! So stay tuned. In the mean time, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
4907 Morena Blvd. Suite 1402,
San Diego, CA 92117