To support creation and exhibition of highly skilled, cutting edge artwork created by emerging artists from around the globe, provide affordable, juried studio space to local artists, and provide free exhibition space, art supplies, mentorship, and education for teen artists.
ArtHatch provides a forum for at risk youth to become familiar with and appreciate other cultures. This allows them to enter into dialogues about issues from a variety of perspectives especially from those outside the United States and increases their awareness of the world around them.
ArtHatch provides a unique platform for young artist to engage a diverse audience. It provides a public encounter with art that educates, stimulates, encourages dialogue and aids in awareness. It increases art audiences.
The facilities are open for high school and college students’ field trips and class assignments. The emphasis on youth orientated opportunities will inspire younger visitors about their own artistic expression and exhibition possibilities.
Inspire. Educate. Create.
Studies have shown engaging in art and creativity also generates a wide range of positive outcomes, including:
Increases in academic achievement.
Higher graduation rates and college enrollment.
Improvements in literacy and language abilities.
Better communication and performance skills.
Heightened cultural awareness.
Greater self esteem.
Board of Directors.
Melissa Inez Walker
Founder and CEO
Owner, M. Chavis: Color + Texture + Fine Finishes
Jonathan Pool, CPA
Sharif I. Carter
Youth Development Coordinator
High Tech High
Escondido Education Foundation
Doug Simay MD
San Diego Arts College, Co-Founder
Lori Holt Pfeiler
San Diego Foundation
Stone Brewing Co.
Community Affairs Manager
Johnny Bear Contreras
Melissa Inez Walker.
Melissa Inez Walker is the founder and CEO for ArtHatch. She curates the front gallery choosing featured artists from around the world to be exhibited. Walker also interviews and often seeks out the 45 local artists who rent studio space within ArtHatch.
Mark is a licensed architect, general contractor and owner of M. Chavis: Texture Fine Finishes. He truly understands the importance of keeping young artists working and the value of original art. Along with having collected a significant collection of emerging artists work, he is also the father of an up and coming teen artist, one of the many inspirations behind the starting of ArtHatch.
Travis is an artist and educator currently working for High Tech High North County. A recent transplant from LA, Travis has attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and received his BFA from OTIS College Art and Design in Los Angeles. He has an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine and has been teaching art for the past six years. Travis is enthusiastic about art, art education, and working with young artists. He is truly excited to be part of the Art Hatch organization.
Kelly hosts a daily online comic, Patches, which is followed by viewers from around the globe. Vivanco's art has graced the presence of museums and galleries across the world and nearly every piece she has painted in the past six years has sold. Emerging artists relate more closely to Vivanco's work then perhaps any other artist and recently she completed a larger than life commission painting to be housed in the Escondido library teen reading area. Kelly continues to inspire young artists on a day to day basis.
Jonathan is the well respected and trustworthy owner of Jonathan Pool CPA. He has been working with the gallery for many years and was the first who advised the gallery to seek non profit status. Jonathan is an avid art collector specifially of black and white photography. Jonathan has served on number boards and contributes greatly to ArtHatch and is a strong reason for it's sucess. Jonathan is a father of two and lives with his wife and youngest child in San Diego.
Who we are?
We are a board made up of business owners, CEOs, artists and professional community members.
What we do?
We provide artists working in all medias a place to create, exhibit, and blossom.
September 2016 Jon Jaylo in The Coast News Group
September 2016 Pacific Magazine: Ross Jaylo: Transition
March 2016 Vivanco: 'Tendrils' by Beautiful Bizarre
February 2016 Rave Jaylo: LA Art Show
February 2016 Vanguard Culture: Michael Aaron Williams
December 2015 SD City Beat: ArtHatch Art-A-Thon
December 2015 Virginie Mazureau's "Free Souls" on Beautiful Bizarre
November 2015 Prints on Wood Show on Beautiful Bizarre
September 2015 "As The Moon Draws Water" on Eclectix
September 2015 "As The Moon Draws Water" on Hi-Fructose
September 2015 "As The Moon Draws Water" on Beautiful.Bizarre
February 2015 "Inflorescence" on Beautiful.Bizarre
February 2015 Kari-Lise Alexander, Video
December 2014 "Wonderbirds" on Eclectix
November 2014 "A Few Small Nips" on Beautiful.Bizarre
October 2014 "Figments"on Beautiful.Bizarre
October 2014 "Figments" on Hi-Fructose Magazine
April 2014 "Subnatural" in Beautiful.Bizarre Magazine
January 2014 Art-A-Thon in The San Diego Union Tribune
October 2013 "LUCK" on Live Free Podcast
October 2013 "LUCK" on Stilettogal
May 2013 "Songs of Purity" on Paper Darts
February 2013 "Electric Sugar" on Eclectix
November 2012 "In The Folds" on San Diego Union Tribune
October 2012 "The Privileged Series" Video
October 2012 "The Privileged Series" on San Diego CityBeat
October 2012 "The Privileged Series" on Pacific Magazine
October 2012 "The Privileged Series" on San Diego LGBT Weekly
September 2012 "Taetrum et Dulce: Lux in Tenebris" On Cartwheel
April 2012 "Crossing the Divide" On Lost at E Minor
April 2012 "Crossing the Divide" On Argot and Ochre
April 2012 "Crossing the Divide" On Live Fast
February 2012 "The Black Market Method" in the Union Tribune
January 2012 "Art-A-Thon" on San Diego Living
January 2012 "Art-A-Thon" in the Union Tribune
October 2011 "Cuties for A Cause Calendar Release Party"
September 2011 "Immortalized: Rods and Customs of Distinction" Robert Williams Speaking and handing out awards
September 2011 "Immortalized: Rods and Customs of Distinction" Gino and the Lone Gunmen playing out front
September 2011 "Immortalized: Rods and Customs of Distinction" Blog Feature
July 2011 "Anicomically Correct" on Juxtapoz
May 2011 "Book of Taboo" on Curbs and Scoops
February 2011 "Macrocosm" on Hi Fructose
February 2011 "Macrocosm" on Juxtapoz
February 2011 "Macrocosm" on Creep Machine
January 2011 "Exuberance Found" on No New Enemies Network
January 2011 "Exuberance Found" nastyKEMical Blog
January 2011 "Exuberance Found" on KPBS
September 2010 "Quiet Homes Await an Indian Summer" Andy Haynes in Juxtapoz
April 2010 "Self Preservation": In Arrested Motion
March 2010 "Curious Reminiscence": City Beat
March 2010 "Curious Reminiscence": KPBS: Culture Lust
December 2009 Gabe Leonard interview on ARTROCKS Radio
December 2009 Gabe Leonard in City Beat
December 2009 Gabe Leonard photo and blurb in the Union Tribune
December 2009 "SUB1K: CA STYLE" Story on sdentertainer
March 2009 "He Said, She Said" Featured in CityBeat
December 2008 "Infinity Squared" on Juxtapoz
November 2008 Destination Unknown Paintings on Display
September 2008 Over $15,000 raised for LBDA, see page 3
September 2008 Project 57 video on Nostica TV
August 2008 Project 57 photos on Juxtapoz
August 2008 Project 57 photos on Vinyl Pulse
July 2008 Saratoga Sake on Juxtapoz website
June 2008 Isaac Pierro interview in Juxtapoz
May 2008 Photos from opening night of "Mode"
April 2008 Juxtapoz
March 2008 Distinction Gallery Presents:
February 2008 An Incomplete Theoretical History of a Dying Doppleganger Multiverse New Works by Josh Taylor | Opening Reception
December 2007 Photos from opening night of "Sub 1K"
August 2007 KPBS: Weekend Preview
February 2007 San Diego CityBEAT: Interview with artist Sake
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