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John Asaro Press Release

Little Italy San Diego

Meyer Fine Art






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Meyer Fine Art Hosts “Coming Home to Famiglia: The Works of John Asaro” Art Exhibition Benefiting the Little Italy Association

-Local, first generation Italian artist inspired by Little Italy’s Piazza Famiglia for art show-

SAN DIEGO (April 30, 2015)Meyer Fine Art will feature John Asaro’s work for its next art exhibition, “Coming Home to Famiglia: The Works of John Asaro,” opening up to the public on Thursday, July 9, 2015 through Saturday, August 1, 2015. As a San Diego-based, first generation Italian artist a substantial portion of the proceeds from the art exhibition will be donated to Little Italy Association’s Piazza Famiglia project to help raise funds for the new 10,000 square foot public space that is set to open in Spring 2017.

“When I heard about the construction of Piazza Famiglia in Little Italy, I was so inspired that I wanted to find a way to give back to the community where my family had their business and the neighborhood where I grew up,” said Asaro. “I decided there was no better way to support Little Italy than through my artwork. This art exhibition is close to my heart because of my Italian heritage and the connection I have with the community.”

The show will offer a variety of art for collectors from original paintings of scenes from all over San Diego to women and children in gardens and beaches. There will also be drawings, studies of paintings and serigraphs available to purchase that feature art from Asaro’s past and more recent work. Asaro’s artwork focuses on the way he sees shape, incorporating sculptural perception into his paintings. He combines this vision with his specialty to bring out every hue and shade visible from his distinct eye for light, color and craft. He highlights qualities of pristine light in his paintings using a palette of lighter, soft pastels. Asaro’s artwork has often been compared to the tradition of Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida and categorized as “romantic realism.”

“It’s great to know that community members and businesses support Little Italy and we are honored that Meyer Fine Art and John Asaro have agreed to donate 50 percent of the money raised during the art exhibition to Little Italy’s Piazza Famiglia,” said Marco Li Mandri, Little Italy Association’s Chief Executive Administrator. “This is the most enterprising project Little Italy has embarked on and having the community behind us allows us to keep upgrading our neighborhood and making it a coveted, desirable and truly iconic location for all.”

Meyer Fine Art will host a private VIP reception on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as a public reception on Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Asaro and view his artwork while enjoying refreshments and small bites.

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About Little Italy Association (LIA)

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation for the public’s benefit, the Little Italy Association (LIA) advocates on behalf of its member’s best interests in the areas of public safety, beautification, promotion and economic development, while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the Little Italy neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. LIA stands as the only district management corporation of its kind for any Little Italy neighborhood in the United States and is run by a board of directors encompassing 28 people who represent property owners, residents, businesses and community at large. More information can be found by visiting or by calling (619) 233-3898.


About John Asaro

A native Californian of Sicilian descent, Asaro lives with his wife and two daughters in his Carlsbad studio/home. He attended the Art Center School of Design in the late 1950’s and taught in the 1970’s. At present he is not teaching, preferring to spend his days alone solving the endless problems inherent in creating meaningful paintings or in checking colors on his most recent serigraph. More information is available at


About Meyer Fine Art, Inc.

Meyer Fine Art, Inc. has been in business since 1978. The gallery specializes in limited edition prints and other works on paper. Some of the artists of international prominence include: Roberto Matta, Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Francisco Zuniga, Jose Luis Cuevas, Andy Warhol, Hans Bellmer, Andre Masson, and Clay Walker to name a few. In addition to the unlimited contacts the gallery has, they can provide a vast selection of other artists’ works from old masters to contemporary pieces. Meyer Fine Art, Inc. specialize in educating those individuals interested in collecting fine works of art, whether just starting out or those already established in their collection needs. More information about the gallery can be found at

Let The Walker Beat Go On




Clay Walker, abstract, mid-century and modern artist is continuing to meet expectations and then some.

When Perry Meyer first set eyes upon the works of Clay Walker, something clicked.  Muriel, Clay’s wife knew our connection was meant to be. That was in 2009.

As of September 2013, Meyer Fine Art has sold approximately 25 unique works that include paintings on canvas, paper, watercolors, ink and mixed media. In addition, numerous woodcuts, etchings and relief prints as well as one of two weavings by Walker have also been sold.

Last September we exhibited for the first time in ARTSD12 an art fair held in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park.  We sold 6 pieces, four of which were Clay Walkers. Our exposure from the fair brought many people into the gallery who subsequently purchased work by Clay and other artists.

In December 2012 the Toledo Museum purchased a 4’ x 11’, 5-color woodcut titled “Life with Christ”; one of only 3. Walker created this huge undertaking between 1951-1953. A second of the same piece was purchased by a private collector.

In September 2013 a new collector from Texas purchased two major oils on canvas; one was exhibited in the Toledo Museum Art show in 1958.

November-December 2011 the gallery participated in Pacific Standard Time, sponsored by the Getty Art Museum, with an exhibition entitled “West Coast Walker”. In conjunction with the show we published a catalog with a limited edition woodcut; all had remarks written by Muriel Walker. The catalog is now sold out.

We now have a U-tube on Clay Walker providing more insight to this artist and his work.


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In San Diego, A Little Italy Gets Bigger

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In San Diego, a Little Italy Gets Bigger



June 10, 2010


LITTLE ITALY NORTH in San Diego has long been the unsung, gritty industrial cousin to the main part of Little Italy’s restaurant row, essentially cut off from its southern half by two busy streets and a decidedly different mindset. But as many of the area’s machine shops and warehouses have closed, a nascent design district, featuring art galleries and home décor stores, has taken root in their former digs.

Evidently, though, the word still needs to get out. “There are people in Little Italy who don’t know this section is even part of Little Italy,” said Perry Meyer, owner of Perry L. Meyer Fine Art gallery (2400 Kettner Boulevard, Suite 104; 619-358-9512;, which specializes in limited-edition prints and works on paper, ranging from pieces by Miró and Chagall to vintage Italian posters.

One of the scene’s early arrivals was Mixture (2210 Kettner Boulevard; 619-239-4788;, which opened in 2003. Its eclectic array of high-end modern European furniture, home accessories and local artwork include a red gloss, lacquered aluminum Colors table from Italy ($4,300). Couch potatoes with dollars to spend could go for the ultramodern, flowing curves of a German lava sofa for $11,000.

Retro Boomerang for Modern (2475 Kettner Boulevard; 619-239-2040; offers midcentury modern. Early 1960s items recently included a pair of black leather and stainless steel Barcelona chairs ($3,900).

​Anything that can be recovered from old houses is jammed into Architectural Salvage (2401 Kettner Boulevard; 619-696-1313; Take, for example, the glass door knobs in a variety of styles ($15 to $22.50). And there are tough-to-classify items, like wooden doors from a Hungarian wine cave ($1,250).

​Then there are the owners of On Kettner (2400 Kettner Boulevard, Suite 110; 619-236-1601;, a home furnishings store that opened last summer, who pride themselves on not specializing in any particular style. It’s a place where 1930s-era hand-painted Asian coffee tables ($58 for the small; $125 for the large) share space with a wrought-iron French candelabra ($140).

The focus at Casa Artelexia (2419 Kettner Boulevard; 619-544-1011;, which opened in February, is on handmade items from Mexican artisans. Featured works include wooden milagro crosses adorned with charms ($20), hand-painted glass dishes ($18 to $21) and large Oaxacan wood carvings in animal shapes ($3,000).

​Over at 4 Coalesce Gallery (2360 India Street; 619-564-2671;, handcrafted wood furniture, made by the owner Joe Bedford in his adjacent workshop, takes the spotlight. His handiwork includes an arty, rough-hewn three-layer buckeye slab table and a polished cocobolo slab table with dark wood and blond highlights (each for $850). Out in front is a row of four first-class airline seats. Take a seat and watch the planes fly overhead — maybe a couple of hundred feet above, at most — on their approach to nearby San Diego International Airport. The noise may be a bit much, but after all that shopping, you’ll welcome the respite.