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ArtReach hosts ‘Ungala’ to support arts in schools

COAST CITIES — ArtReach, an organization that brings art into elementary schools, is hosting an UnGala, giving supporters the chance to stay home and relax while helping ArtReach succeed.

The invitations reads, “You are invited to the ArtReach unGala. Please Don’t Come! Stay home and support art in elementary schools.”

It goes on to tell supporters to “Keep those slippers on. It’s an unParty and explains that the “unBash” supports the free visual art education programs that Art Reach provides to elementary school students throughout San Diego County. It notes that the event is “anytime, anywhere” and attire is anything you want to wear. The Untickets are $50 each and can be purchased at

Two of the organization’s featured artists hail from Coastal North County; oil painter Catherine Dzialo-Haller lives in Carmel Valley and artist Alessandra Colfi is an Oceanside resident. Both Dzialo-Haller and Colfi have been with ArtReach since the beginning in 2009. Both are “passionate about making sure that children have art experiences” no matter what the budget climate is for schools.

Another North County member of the ArtReach team is Jeanette Freeman, of Encinitas. Freeman focuses on helping students create art out of recyclables.

ArtReach works to provide free lessons to kindergarten countywide through sixth-grade students in its free workshop program and its fee-based workshops. The organization also offers free art experiences at ArtWalk festivals and other events each year. It is also piloting a series of Science, Technology, Arts and Math (STEAM) workshops this year in 13 schools, from Juniper Elementary in Escondido to Lee Elementary in National City.