Torrey Pines offers art with nature

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COAST CITIES — The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Docent Society and Torrey Pines Association present the fourth annual Art in the Pines from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at the Reserve just south of the Lodge at Torrey Pines, 12600 N. Torrey Pines Road.Art in the Pines is a two-day event featuring a plein air contest with an awards ceremony; artists’ booths exhibiting nature-inspired art for sale in a variety of media such as painting, pastels, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and photography; food; live music; children’s art activities; a raffle and silent auction; guided nature walks; tours of the historic Torrey Pines Lodge and expert demonstrations in painting and basket weaving.The event is free, but there is a charge for parking. The Reserve has two parking lots, South Beach and North Beach. The South Beach Lot, closest to the event, has preferred parking for $20, but no annual pass use. In the North Lot, guests will be able to use passes or pay $10 per car. A free shuttle will run from both lots. The event is a 15-minute walk from the South Beach Parking Lot.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is between La Jolla and Del Mar, north of San Diego. From Highway 5, exit on Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 1.5 miles until you reach the Coast Highway 101. Turn left and proceed along the beach for about a mile. The park entrance is on the right just before the highway begins to climb the Torrey Pines grade. For more information, call (858) 755-2063 or visit