Located only a few blocks away from the historic Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, La Bodega Gallery first opened its doors to the public in 2013 with the goal of becoming one of San Diego’s top art venues for both up and coming and established artists from around the world.
Remarkably, within the time span of only three years, and due mainly to the hard work and dedication of owner Chris Zertuche and partner Soni López-Chávez, La Bodega has been largely successful in accomplishing this goal as it was recognized as San Diego’s best art gallery for 2016, 2017 & 2018 by both San Diego Magazine and San Diego City Beat.
La Bodega has also won over the support and admiration of many within the community. With large and diverse crowds attending every one of its widely popular art shows including its all women art show-Venus, its annual tribute show dedicated to renowned Art icon Frida Kahlo, and the annual Dia de Los Muertos show, among many others.
We are currently dealing with an unexpected expense and need your help. In the wake of the Ghost Ship tragedy which took place on December 2nd, 2016 in Oakland CA, resulting in the tragic deaths of 36 individuals, the City of San Diego has decided to crack down on local art venues in need of upgrades, renovations or repairs in order to bring these buildings up to city fire-safety standards. After undergoing such inspections on behalf of the City Code Inspector & Fire Marshall, La Bodega Gallery has been found to be in need of such repairs.
In order for La Bodega to meet required coding standards for both ordinance and fire safety we must now perform several costly updates and we need your donations to help pay for the following: Emergency exit, ceiling restoration, upgrade electrical wiring / track lighting, restroom renovation / ADA compliant, sprinkler system, more fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, architect fee, and additional City fees.
It is our sole mission and intention to remain open and to continue providing an open, safe, and fun space for creative expression. However, we cannot do this alone. We need your donations and support. Every penny will go to cover all renovating expenses.
We greatly appreciate any support that you can offer Thank you! – La Bodega Gallery