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Spirituality in Art scheduled for weekend of June 21-22, 2019

Source:  Mission San Diego de Alcala

May 27, 2019 (San Diego) - Mission San Diego de Alcalá announces a unique opportunity for the public to attend “Spirituality in Art: The James Hubbell Collection at Mission San Diego de Alcala," a special exhibition of James T. Hubbell’s sculptures and stained glass artworks on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. Mr. Hubbell, a world-renowned artist, architectural designer and visionary created twenty works of art for the Mission during the years 1976 through 1999.

Spirituality in Art will open on Friday, June 21 with an invitation only VIP Preview Party and Sunset Supper with the Saints. Patrons will dine alfresco alongside the nine Hubbell Patron Saint sculptures and enjoy a special presentation by Hubbell’s Ilan-Lael Foundation. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres in the Rose Garden of the Mission. Invitations may be obtained by contacting the Mission San Diego office at 619-283-7319.

Saturday evening’s “Art and Appetizers” will offer a more casual atmosphere for the exhibition with self-guided walking tours with docents available for commentary, as well as a reception with beer, wine, appetizers and sweets. Reservations are $35 per person until June 8th and are available online at https://missionsandiego.churchgiving.com.

James T. Hubbell himself is a San Diego institution with a global presence. Locally, he and his wife, Anne are the founders of the Ilan-Lael Foundation which seeks to inspire people of all ages to celebrate their creativity. They open their unique home and Art Center in Santa Ysabel twice a year a year to help fund the programs and interns that come to study under Mr. Hubbell and his team. His work can be seen in a variety of local establishments and landmarks.

In addition to his San Diego area influence, Hubbell has completed projects in such widespread places as United Arab Emirates, Scotland, and China. He has received numerous awards, honors, and lifetime achievement recognition from many organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Institute of Architects and the United Nations with its Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award. James’ work often serves as a means to draw people into a conversation with the divine, with its meshing of abstracted harmonious forms, and figures which embrace our humanness.

The Hubbell Exhibition is part of the 250th Jubilee commemorating the founding of the Mission and the birth of the City of San Diego. During 2019, the Mission is hosting special events each month that touch on many dimensions of the community – educational, spiritual, social and artistic. Upcoming activities include the annual Festival of the Bells and Blessing of the Animals, July 13-14; and the Taste of the Mission September 13th. Proceeds from all of the Jubilee events go to continue the preservation and restoration activities of the Mission; expand and add technology to the museum, and improve the safety, security and accessibility of the Mission grounds for the 50,000 visitors who are hosted each year.

For additional information about 250th Jubilee Events and Mission San Diego de Alcala, please call the Mission San Diego Office at 619-283-7319 or send an email to 250jubilee@missionsandiego.org.

About Mission San Diego de Alcala -- Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded July 16, 1769 by Father Junipero Serra on the hill overlooking the bay. It was the first settlement of 21 California missions and also signified the birth of the City of San Diego. The Mission was relocated to its current location in 1774 and endured a number of occupations until it was returned to the Catholic Church by proclamation in 1862. Today, it is both an historical site and a sacred place for the Kumeyaay Indians, whose ancestors are buried on the grounds, and Roman Catholics who have both a school and an active parish community at the Mission.

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