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August 2, 2010 - 4:20 pm

Big changes are coming to Ray at Night, North Park’s art walk that takes over Ray Street every second Saturday of the month. Before we get to the changes, though, let’s take a quick look at Ray at Night’s somewhat spotted history:

That brings us to today. On Aug. 14, the new folks behind Ray at Night say they will be introducing us to a brand-new event. Larry Stein, the owner of Warp 9 Imaging who’s been with Ray at Night since 2004, sat down with CityBeat and filled us in on the details. Here’s what’s new:

  • Ray at Night is now being run by the Ray at Night Business Organization, a newly forming group of business owners on and around Ray Street
  • There’s a new website, www.rayatnightartwalk.com
  • Instead of only showing art in the businesses and galleries on and around Ray Street, the new Ray at Night will be offering 12 booth rentals to artists, five for students and a few other spaces for local nonprofits and local restaurants and hospitality businesses. The booths are $25 for students and $60 for artists. Artists are invited to submit their work by filling out this application, which then goes to a jury who will decide who shows and who doesn’t.  There’s a one-time $10 application fee. Ray at Night will provide a generator, but that’s it. It’s up to the artists to bring a table and find a way to display their art.

“It’s good to see it all coming back,” said Stein, who moved his business from Ray Street to El Cajon, but recently decided to move back to Ray (his new space is next to The Rubber Rose at 3820 1/2 Ray).

Lots of the Ray at Night artist’s booths are still vacant, though, and even Stein admits that the idea will take some time to catch on.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Seth Combs permalink
    August 2, 2010 - 4:43 pm 4:43 pm

    Yes, but what does Gustaf have to say about it? I’m sure if he didn’t care, he would have just given them the original domain name/website.

    • August 2, 2010 - 4:54 pm 4:54 pm

      I’m waiting on his response. I’m sure he has something to say about it!

      • August 3, 2010 - 10:22 am 10:22 am

        UPDATE: Gustf Rooth says the domain name has not expired. He says he took down the site to revamp it and turn it over. To whom? Not sure. I’ll be meeting with Rooth this week to get his take on things.

  2. August 4, 2010 - 2:21 pm 2:21 pm

    What difference does it make what Gustaf thinks? Ray at Night is about the Art, not about websites, or politics or petty disagreements. The businesses and galleries that are on Ray St. are thrilled to carry on one of the longest running art walks in San Diego and will continue to work to make it one of the best events for showcasing art in san diego.

    • August 4, 2010 - 5:44 pm 5:44 pm

      Awesome, good to hear the galleries and businesses are working hard to keep it going. Good points about websites, politics and petty disagreements, too.

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