'Shopper Shuttle' and On-Site Artists At Del Mar Racetrack This Summer

July 28, 2012

Racing fans who want to shop or dine in the adjacent communities of Del Mar and/or Solana Beach have a free and easy way to do so now using the new “Shopper Shuttles” that start and return from or to the fairgrounds bus compound area alongside the track’s Mission Tower Building.

The shuttles – one that goes south into the town of Del Mar, the other that goes north into Solana Beach – run each racing day between 5 and 10 p.m. Those wanting to leave their cars parked at the racetrack and be ferried to either of those locations can do so and avoid the often difficult parking arrangements in either location.

The Del Mar shuttle basically follows the city’s main street of Camino Del Mar as far as Hotel Indigo, then returns to the track along Coast Blvd. The Solana Beach shuttle travels through the Cedros St. district to the train station, then returns on Hwy 101.  A complete shuttle route with stops for both services can by accessed on the Del Mar website.

Diverse Artists Featured By Del Mar’s Silks Gift Shops

Del Mar’s Silks Gift Shops again will be featuring different artists on site throughout the summer allowing racing fans a wide cross section of equine styles to choose from for originals, prints and giclees.

This will be the third summer that the track has brought artists on board to display their works. The art is available in both Silks shops – one in the Clubhouse and the other in the Plaza de Mexico – with the artists normally positioned in the small plaza leading into the entranceway of the Turf Club/Clubhouse.

Dave Hobrecht's surf art
Artist Dave Hobrecht has been presenting his unique works since the start of the meeting and will be at the track for most of the 37-day meet. Among his wide-range of sports pieces the Orange County-based artist -- who crafts in combinations of pastels, charcoal and brick -- has done special “Bing Crosby” art this year to help Del Mar celebrate its 75th anniversary.

From August 1 to August 5, Tom Fagan will be the track’s artist in residence. The local painter has done a multitude of different art statements – from illustrations to murals to fine art – and his equine collection is among his favorites.

From August 8 to August 12 Michelle Gonzalez will journey from her Spanish Village headquarters in San Diego’s Balboa Park to interact with racing fans at Del Mar. Her watercolors, like her style, are distinct and her recent tour of Europe opened her up to even more artistic ideas.

Also on the roster is Donna Bernstein, slated to be at the track between August 22 and 26. Besides being a sculptress, the New York native does exceptional things with horses in an abstract style she learned studying under several noted artists.

Del Mar’s summer session runs through September 5 with racing offered regularly on a Wednesday through Sunday basis.