Melissa Inez Walker - N.C. Winters

Melissa Inez Walker: Director, Distinction Gallery and Artist Studios

Melissa Inez Walker, has been an avid collector for the past ten years. She received her degree in photography and art history from the College of Santa Fe in 2000. After working as assistant director of a successful gallery in La Jolla, Walker and her husband, Sam Pulvers, renovated and opened Distinction Gallery in 2004. Distinction Gallery is a 7000 square foot building that houses a gallery and fourteen artist studios. The gallery has received numerous awards including "Best Art Gallery: featuring Urban Art" for 2006-2007 in San Diego Magazine and "Best Art Gallery" in 2007 on Channel 10 News.

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

"We love our location, but would love to see the galleries connect more with each other. In Escondido we co-advertise with other galleries and museums and it helps us draw huge crowds for our receptions. It would be great to work with more galleries around the county for even greater exposure to San Diego."