Article: The Vista Press

VISTA RESIDENT OPENS MK ENVISION GALLERIES

By   /  September 4, 2016

MK Envision Galleries to Feature Nature and Landscape Photography October 7 Grand Opening Planned San Diego – September 2, 2016 – When MK Envision Galleries owners Michelle Ballantyne and Kelsey Nordal met freshman year at USD in 2005, they had no idea what was ahead. They only knew they had an inexplicable cohesiveness and like-mindedness and that one day they would start a business. That day is now.

United by a passion for nature and photography, MK Envision Galleries is the latest art gallery opening in the growing ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station. There are now over 30 galleries, museums, and studios across the 100-acre campus at the former Naval Training Center in Point Loma. MK Envision curators will rotate collections from both established fine art photographers and local San Diego talents, offering a friendly and accessible gallery experience. Located in Barracks 17, MK Envision Galleries is planning a grand opening on Friday October 7, 5-9 pm, during the free, monthly Friday Night Liberty gallery walk.

“There really was no other place we could imagine our gallery once we found Liberty Station. It is an amazing community of artists and creative energy that we are thrilled to be joining,” explained Nordal, a Vista resident.

“The ARTS DISTRICT is growing every day and we welcome these young arts entrepreneurs to our creative campus. Their energy, spirit, creativity and enthusiasm are inspiring.” said Lisa Johnson, President and CEO of the NTC Foundation, the nonprofit that oversees the development and operation of 26 buildings in the ARTS DISTRICT.

The inaugural group show will feature the works of 3 talented photographers, each with their own unique style that conveys the varied artistic styles that fine art photography encompasses. John Scanlan, of Windows to the World, is a renowned photographer in the Midwest who focuses on the European countryside. Scanlan’s timeless images were the original source of inspiration for the gallery’s inception. Ivan Farca, is a local San Diegan originally from Mexico City whose passion for the beauty of our hometown reminds us why San Diego truly is a gem. Ivan will be present to represent his work at the grand opening. The third artist, Nicole of beachradish images, is another local San Diego talent who describes her work as impressionistic and bridging the gap between art and photography. Her passion for the ocean and San Diego beaches is apparent in her collection. Nicole will also be representing her work at the grand opening. -more- The MK Envision 1,700 square foot ground floor gallery is the cumulative effort of three partners with three different backgrounds – art, business and event management – whose common love of nature photography brought this dream to reality. “One of our goals in designing

MK Envision Galleries is to recreate the gallery experience by creating a warm, welcoming environment. Many traditional “white box” gallery formats are stark, quiet, and people often feel as if they are intruding. We want customers to feel just the opposite – welcome to spend as much time as they want to connect with the photography and have an enjoyable experience,” Nordal added. MK Envision Galleries’ tagline is “capturing the wonders of nature and life.” The photography displayed is carefully selected to represent what they stand for: Bringing nature indoors. “We believe capturing the wonder and beauty of nature and hanging it on our walls can infuse inspiration into our everyday lives and decisions,” explained Ballantyne, who lives in Ocean Beach.

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