April Game - Aaron Rix

April Game: CEO: San Diego Fine Art Society

April Game is the Founder and Executive Director of the San Diego Fine Art Society, a nonprofit organization started in October 2007. Of the Society's activities, she is most proud of the Mentor Program, which is working closely with artists to help them discover and achieve their dreams. With a background in gallery management, fine art research and art appraisal, she created the Society to better help artists understand who influences their career and how to "prepare for yes" in their professional lives; to help collectors express their personality and interests by building a collection of the art of their time and place; and to help the business and art come together in a strong and vital fusion that enriches the city.

Question #1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?

#1 "Creating the San Diego Fine Art Society! Our mission and goals are being carried out through exhibitions like our collaboration with Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, where we've installed a new and unprecedented display of large sculpture including many former Urban Trees. Our one year anniversary gala was attended by more than 200 people who support our work. Partnering with Family Health Centers will help fill health care facilities throughout the county with regional art. Partnering with Sharp will help their Arts and Healing Program thrive with an artist volunteer corps painting at the bedsides of patients in long-term care."

Question #2 What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?

#2 "San Diego County has 3 million residents and the 1.1 million visitors annually. I would create a large-scale, first-rate art gallery, studio and event space in the heart of downtown's tourist and convention district exclusively to showcase the best regional fine art. A vibrant cultural venue such as this would increase the perception and the reality of San Diego as a visual arts destination comparable to other cities of similar wealth and size."