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The Del Mar Foundation 


Friends of the Del Mar Library

Invite You to a Reception

Celebrating "A River of Time" by James Hubbell (1999)

Friday, June 3, 2022

11:30 am, Del Mar Library

(outdoors, on the east side of the sculpture)

This bronze and redwood sculpture by James Hubbell was the City of Del Mar's first public art acquisition, funded by a generous anonymous donor through the Del Mar Foundation.

Two new plaques identifying this sculpture will be unveiled at the Reception, and Del Mar Art Walk maps will be available.


Del Mar's First Public Artwork

In 1997, Del Mar Foundation and Friends of the Del Mar Library sent out the postcard shown below, inviting Del Mar residents to preview "a model of a sculpture by the distinguished artist James Hubbell" proposed as Del Mar's first public artwork.

This art acquisition was made possible by an anonymous gift through the Del Mar Foundation, and was installed in 1999. Until now, no plaques have identified this sculpture. Two bronze plaques - one in the garden visible to those viewing the sculpture from the sidewalk, and another at the base of the sculpture - will be unveiled at the reception. And we will take a moment to enjoy this first public artwork, and celebrate the artist, the donor, and the collaborative efforts in 1997-99 that made this first public art acquisition possible. 

We hope you'll join us to revisit and celebrate this sculpture, and enjoy a convivial reception with your friends and neighbors!

Warm regards,

Betty Wheeler

President, Del Mar Foundation

Pat Freeman

President, Friends of the Del Mar Library

This 1997 postcard invited Del Marians to view a model of the James Hubbell sculpture:

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The Del Mar Foundation. founded in 1982, is Del Mar's community foundation and its oldest 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We sponsor a wide range of programs and events, make community grants, and manage endowment and reserve funds to benefit Del Mar and the San Dieguito Lagoon. Our mission: to promote civic pride and cohesiveness, acquire and preserve open space, improve beaches and parklands, raise and grant funds, and sponsor diverse cultural programs and community events in Del Mar. As we work to inform and inspire the Del Mar community, we welcome your participation and support.

The Friends of the Del Mar Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit all-volunteer organization created to support and enhance the Del Mar Library. Through donations, memberships, grants and book sales, we help fund new books, library improvements, and a wide range of adult, teen and children's programs.