Accomplished artist pays it forward as co-founder of the Del Mar Art Center

Alix Gonzalez Dumka and her artwork. Photos/Kristina Houck

By Kristina Houck

With the help of Alix Gonzalez Dumka, local artists have had a place to showcase their work in Del Mar for more than a decade.

Alix Gonzalez Dumka’ artwork

Dumka, along with Maria Gardiner and Betty Sandbrook, co-founded the Del Mar Art Center, which opened in 2000 at the Del Mar Plaza.

“There’s a lot of artists in Del Mar and they wanted to do something in their town,” said 70-year-old Dumka. “It was a wonderful group of artists.”

To ensure a place where art can flourish, Dumka and the other co-founders decided members of the center must be juried in, commit to work in the gallery and present high-quality art.

“In the beginning, when she was involved

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