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About 150 art enthusiasts gathered for the Sept. 22 opening of Wade Koniakowsky’s newest gallery in the Cedros Design District. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Artist opens new gallery in design district

SOLANA BEACH — Carlsbad resident Wade Koniakowsky combined fine art and philanthropy for the Sept. 22 opening of his new gallery in the Cedros Design District. Exhibits included originals and prints by Koniakowsky, as well as his signature painted surfboards, which he turns into collectable works of art.

Also featured were works by Susan Wickstrand, Matt Beard and Norm Daniels, sculpture by Lance Jost and glass by Mariah Armstrong.

Carlsbad artist Wade Koniakowsky, left, poses with Jerry and Joanne Viner, who just purchased his original oil painting hanging in the upper left. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
Providing Hawaiian music for the opening are Gil Orr, left, and Rob Mehl. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Koniakowsky raffled off original artwork. Proceeds went to Care House, which serves San Diego children living below the poverty line through Bible club meetings and mentoring, tutoring and outreach programs.

Long known locally for his ocean art, Koniakowsky’s work is featured in galleries nationally and internationally.

He moved to his newest location on 312 S. Cedros Ave. about six weeks ago. Prior to that he was a partner in the Aaron Chang Gallery, which is also on Cedros.

Koniakowsky’s wife, Lynn, said the new location is more prominent and the gallery has experienced an increase in foot traffic.

Koniakowsky previously was in two other locations along Cedros that were set back from the main street.

The raffled earned about $300 for Care House. Maury Sheehan and Susan Haskell were the winners.