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A walk down memory lane...
Some of Michael Seewald's earlier galleries
and snaps of Michael and Valerie at
Valerie E. Wong Gallery.
Thanks for visiting.
Click photo to enlarge.
Michael sold his art at the Leucadian bar which he bartended
at for a few years. He started making sales too. He said 'I thought if
drunks will buy it maybe regular people would too" he's often quoted as saying.
He continues 'somewhat' jokingly, "I was wrong, regular people did not buy it".
Yes, Michael did quit the bar and open his first gallery in May of '83 on
Hwy 101 in Leucadia. This photo accompanied an article in the North County
Times on the gallery two years later.
Then, about five years later, he opened 'The Int'l Gallerie
of Photographic Art' on Prospect St. in La Jolla at the 'International shops',
which he had for a few years. First in a smaller space downstairs, then upstairs
in a space four time larger at about the same price, rent-wise.
getting engaged and then
marrying one of his collectors that "then collected him" as he says, he
opened a gallery in her name, the Valerie E.
Gallery. It was located in the Del Mar Plaza in Del Mar, California from May of
1992 until June of 2003. (As of June of '09 it's been re-opened, but
under Michael's name instead). Here are some of the many memories.
Valerie and Michael, engaged here, at their first location of
the Valerie E. Wong Gallery, Del Mar Plaza, May 1992.
A few months later, the Seewald's got married at a friends home in
Rancho Santa Fe.
Here are the friends from the Seewald's home fellowship group from North Coast Calvary Chapel, their home church in Carlsbad,
As they were in for a 'song and a dance' until
the mall owners found a lessee that could afford full
price they stayed in various empty spaces, 13 overall it's believed, anywhere from 1 to 24 months
All of the following are from a single location
at the bottom level
of the Del Mar Plaza in 1998.
Valerie surrounded by Blodgett art glass and Michael Seewald photographs.
The space, as of 2000 or so, and through this update (11.'10) is now the
As the rents were too high for most businesses, including the
Seewald's, they paid a discounted rate until the mall owners
found a lessee that
could paid full price, thus they stayed in various spaces, 13 overall it's
believed, anywhere from 1 to 24 months each. Here was one of the larger
ones on the bottom level
of the Del Mar Plaza.
Valerie with the annual '98 Seewald signed and numbered art calendar.
Produced from '93 till '05 by Continental Litho.
They are now collectables ranging in value from $250 to $10,000.
More info on
the calendars- opens separate page.
Valerie at the Valerie E. Wong Gallery.
Valerie with the award winning
Venice Canal 24"x36" reproduction.
Valerie next to the 40"x50"
" 'Butcher on Break', Venice, Italy, '94".
Recently purchased by Lisa and Kipp Downing, owners of the top
restaurant in San Diego County, 'Pacifica Del Mar'.
Top photo: New collector and Michael.
Middle photo: Doug and Rebecca Jarvis,
four time sponsors
and sponsors of one of our
best sellers, "Hwy. 1, N. California,'89".
Bottom photo: Winona Judd, Naomi Judd, Willie
Weeks and Valerie.
This is one year after Naomi had purchased a similar image
as the one they are standing by.
Read complete Judd's visit story.
Click on photo to enlarge.
In 2007 we had
expanded the gallery into the adjacent building,
directly on Vulcan Avenue in Encinitas, California in N. San
Diego County, but with the re-opening of our old location back
at Del Mar Plaza we closed this space. The Frameshop/studio
behind it, however, is still open but by appointment only.
In 2009 we re-opened a gallery in the Del Mar Plaza, as
you can see
(if we are up to
date) with a photo of it on top of the WebPages.
Pacifica Del Mar's 25th Anniversary Party photos, Oct. 7th, 2014