Quick Site Links
REAL ART WEST: Art a la mode by Alexandra Rosa
(Don't forget - Check out the Picked RAW choices for next month)
RAW Archived for 2013
Artist Ed Moses, August 30, 2012 “I don’t like the terms art or artist.”
EAT YOUR ART OUT :Palette to Palate SDVAN/Synergy 10 th Anniversary Party on April 27, in support of Synergy Art Foundation, San Diego Visual Arts Network and Feeding America SD, Please pre-book your Blank to Beauty Bash tickets and rock to Ruby and the Redhots, find incredible art in the silent auction, eat terrific desserts. $15 now but $20 cash at the door at 9 pm. Cash bar. For entrance go to Synergy Arts Foundation
We are pleased to present Jennifer Cerutti Art Walk Business of Art Scholarship recipient booth #567 at the 2013 Mission Federal ArtWalk in Downtown, Little Italy. This is the second year that SDVAN has mentored a SDSU student for their first public showing at the art walk.
We are also happy to announce the participation of Jason Rogalski( JCS San Diego Academy) leader of the Urban Succession team of the DNA of Creativity who will be showing in the Mission Federal Kidswalk
Connect with your inner Picasso and learn from artist Gabriela Alvarezon how to use both paint and your fingers to create unique works of art in her interactive workshop called Grown Up Fingerpainting. Gaby's technique utilizes an inventive combination that results in unique blending of colors, shapes and shading. SDVAN is happy to support this interactive part of the Art Walk that gives hands on experience to the general public. Look for Gabriela on India Street near Dick Blick who is also a sponsor of this presentation. All these events and so much more are April 27 and 28 th from 11 am to 6 pm
OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)
TAKE A SEAT is a chairs for charity event where area designers, artists, craftsmen and students will take an old chair (or existing materials) and create something special and unique to benefit Hurricane Sandy and Japan Tsunami relief efforts. They are calling artists (by April 30 th) to use their talents to reinvent an old chair into something special. It does NOT have to end up as a piece of furniture, but can be an art piece or sculpture. This international event is being held simultaneously in New York, San Diego, and Osaka, Japan and sponsored in San Diego by the Southern California branch of The International Furnishing and Design Association. After the kick-off party on the evening of May 7 these chairs will be on display daily at Planet Rooth Design Haus beginning May 8 and the exhibition concludes with a gala event and auction on May 16, where the chairs will be sold to the highest bidder. More info: Karen C. Wirrig 602-321-9154
2nd Annual Art in the Park Fundraiser and Juried Fine Art Exhibition with wine, cheese & chocolate. Held atMission Trails Regional Park(One Father Junipero Serra, SD 92119). Contact Vicky DeLong for a prospectus 619.668.3281
Frame of Reference Exhibit at Studio M on 10th invites artist to submit for the upcoming exhibition concurrent with Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company’s production of Extraordinary Chambers, June 6 – 30th, at 10th Avenue Theatre and Arts Center. ( 930 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101) Submissions by May 17, $25 registration for 5 images. More info: Gerald Montoya 619.356.0410
Summer Break is The San Diego Museum of Art’s new contemporary culture series. Summer Break uses contemporary art to explore a theme present in another exhibition currently on view at the Museum. Lectures, video screenings, workshops, performances, readings, and concerts are all equally valuable parts to this program, which this year will use the Museum's exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass for inspiration. Summer Break is 10 continuous days of presentations, occurring from August 1-10. Go to the link Summer Break for content for this year series along with instructions for submitting a proposal.
Oceanside Museum of Art presents Dr. Steampunk’s Art Extravaganza part of their Art After Dark program on Fri. May.10, 7 to 10 pm with Dr. Steampunk’s Cabinet of Curiosities in the Gerald and Inez Grant Parker Gallery from May 7 – 10. ( 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 92054. $10 for members, $20 for non-members. More info: 760.435.3720
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and The San Diego Museum of Art present internationally renowned sculptor Charles Ray as the featured speaker for the 13th annual Axline Lecture on Thursday, May 16 at 7 PM at MCASD La Jolla. Ray's work is currently on view at MCASD as part of Lifelike. The Los Angeles-based artist is best known for his uncanny sculptures, which alter and refashion familiar objects, testing the viewer's ability to discern between what seems to be and what is .
Art Alive opening celebration is Friday, April 26, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at The San Diego Museum of Art and is $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers. Ticket includes admission to Flowers After Hours, the after-party for this event. 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Lux Art Institute presents James Chronister until May 18 and we visited this show which probably one of the most obsessive compulsive visions we have yet seen. This artist painted every pixel with a dot of paint. It does retain the hand man, hand craft appeal of original art. As always, it is fascinating to see the process of the artist first hand.
Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum Co-Chairs Lori Fleet-Martin and Nancy Robertson invite you to celebrate the Fleet Science Center’s past, present and future at the 40th Anniversary Big Bang Gala honoring Executive Director Jeffrey Kirsch on Sat May 11 from 6 to midnight.
On Sat. May 18 at 11:00 a.m. Timken Museum of Art professional storyteller Harlynne Geisler will share the story of Bartolome Esteban Murillo's life and will weave a fanciful tale about angels and peaches in front of the artist's masterpiece. Afterwards, gather outside the museum and get creative as we make wearable angel wings with artist Elizabeth Washburn. Ages 5 and up are welcome. Admission and art materials are FREE!
We are devastated to announce the tragic lost of Cara Mia Ciasulli. She was a web designer, developer and founder of Park Blvd. Marketing - a full-service boutique web agency serving San Diego and the world. While she held a Bachelor of Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology, her 12 years' experience in web is entirely self taught. An additional passion is being the founder and coordinator of San Diego's Open Arts Collective, an association promoting community multimedia arts engagement via large-scale arts events. Cara Ciasulli was also an electronic musician, vocalist, and photographer. Cara Mia Ciasulli passed away in March, 2013. We honor her memory with our continued work on the SD View Art Now app that she was so dedicated to bringing to life.
ArtPulse, a visual art training and exhibition nonprofit, is moving from the Liberty Station to Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan.
Do we see a trend here? The Frieze Fair May 9-12. in New York has new satellites whirling around it. The latest to join the Frieze fray is the new Fridge Art Fair, a small, 12-exhibitor event being held at the Lower East Side’s Gallery Onetwentyeight. Fridge Frieze, get it! Many of the SDVAN artists were contacted by Parallax Art Fairalso held at the same time and offering affordable space for individual artists. Multiple events give more reasons to visit a city during a fair season. The Amory in March is losing some of it’s participants but this April show still has the Affordable Art Fair and we are happy to SD Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance showing there.
Here is one for the books and takes our Murder Mystery theme for the table at Palette to Palate (Black and White and Red All Over) part of the way into real life. Adam Parker Smith set out to steal a whole show of work for an exhibition. Once he purloined the art, he wrote and called each of the artists to tell them what he did. They all seem to agree to the joke and agreed to show their work with a small percentage of anything sold going to Mr. Smith. This little tidbit was sent to us by Michelle Kurtis Cole.
Artist and YouTube Art Guru Hennessy Youngman, June 11, 2012
Newly published is a great catalog from the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library( 1008 Wall St. La Jolla, 92037) Jim Hubbell, Jay Johnson, Dave Adey, Gail Roberts, Raul Guerrero, Kim MacConnel, Jean Lowe, Adam Belt, Ernie Silva and many other artists we have had in the SD Art Prize. This is theirvery first catalogue Athenaeum Music & Arts Library: Selections from the Permanent Collection and it celebrates 20 years of collecting showing 40 artists that have had solo shows and are also in the permanent collection of the library. $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. You can pick on up when you go to the 2012 SD Art Prize recipients exhibition including Jeffery Laudenslagerwith emerging artist Deanne Sabeck, Arline Fischwith emerging artis tVincent Robles fromMarch 30 - May 4, 2013 with a reception on Friday, April 5, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM More info: firstname.lastname@example.org 858.454.5872. And you can check out the SD Art Prize 2012 Catalog and download it for free.
SDVAN has just announced the New Contemporaries 2013 Nominated Artists who will be showing at Sparks Gallery ( 530 Sixth Avenue, San Diego 92101) opening Reception Sat. June 8, 7 to 10 pm and running from Sat. June 1 to Sun. June 30th, 2013 More info: Sonya Sparks.The artists are:
April 27 at 9 pm: Buy tickets for Blanks to Beauty Bash
The California Alliance for Arts Education and the California State PTA are sponsoring ACR 12, a concurrent resolution honoring March as Arts Education Month. The resolution will be heard in the coming weeks in the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media Committee before passing on to the Assembly floor. Read the resolution here.
We are delighted to see that Marcos Ramirez ERRE is one of the featured artists in the 2013 Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair in Nov 2013. Erre was on of the SD Art Prize 2008 recipients in 2007/2008. Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is featuring Marcos Ramirez ERRE in his first solo exhibition titled Playing Series Serious, on view April 6 - May 11 reception Sat April 6th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., ERRE's uses humor, word play, and the format of crossword, game search, Sudoku, labyrinth, and maze puzzles to continue his strategic appropriation of language-based signage. An opening night-only participatory performance titled The Bottlefield, starts at 7:30 p.m. More info: 310.838.6000 email@example.com.
The KCET Artbound article From the Center of the Margin: Contemporary Art Galleries in Downtown about independent art spaces in Tijuana has received enough attention to be chosen as "People's Choice" and is now eligible to become a documentary short! If the piece is voted in, KCET will be sending their video crew to Tijuana! Please help them make this reality by voting for them.
Smart About Public Art ([public art programs, processes and opportunities in the San Diego region) will be discussed on Wed. April 10 at 4:15 by a panel including Constance Y. White - San Diego International Airport, Yvonne Wise - Port of San Diego, Dana Springs - City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and Gail Goldman - Public Art Consultant. San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Computer Terminal ( 3225 N Harbor Drive, SD 92101) For more info and RSVP: Mary De Felice, 619.400.2400
OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)
Leucadia 101 Main Street is making their annual call for artists for the 8 th LeucadiART Walk held in August. They accommodate 100 local artists exhibiting their work along Hwy 101. Live music and art activities for children are also planned. No charge for this event, free shuttle bus provided. Attendance is approx. 3,500 and the Artists Fee is $75 returning; $85 new; $100 late fee after May 25, 2013. For more info: Paula Kirpalani 760.436.2320
For artists under 25 The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has a call for artist by Monday, April 22
The Foundry Studios at New Village Arts ( 2787 State Street, Carlsbad, 92008) has 5 studios available for lease: 3 immediately, one on April 1 and one on May 1. They range in size and rental amount. For more info: Laura Kurner 760.433.3245
Private Fine Art Figurative Sculpture Lessons are offered by figurative sculptor Julia S. Rasor in her private studio ( 3860 Riviera Drive, #102, SD 92109). All experience levels welcome. Instruction is tailored to your individual goals, style desire (representational to abstract) and schedule. Classes are from 2 to 4 hours. $30 per hour. Ceramic water-based clay is provided. More info: 858.999.0818 jsrasor@RasorsSculptures.com
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is offering a trip to TJ onSaturday, April 13, 2013 with an artist studio visit, a curator-led tour of El Cubo, Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), and lunch at Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero's restaurant El Taller-housed in a converted warehouse, tour with a visit to the Pasajes Rodríguez and Gomez, a covered alley built 64 years ago where two dozen painters, photographers, performance artists, and graphic designers who have transformed small storefronts into studios and galleries, a studio visit to Jaime Ruiz Otiz, For more info: April Farrell at 858.454,3541 x162
Five of the region's most respected and accomplished business leaders have been named to the new Executive Cabinet of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The Cabinet includes Angelo Damante, business and civic leader; Dave Ferguson, partner of Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak; Greg Koch, CEO and Co-Founder of Stone Brewing Company; Jack Raymond, business leader, philanthropist and chairman and CEO of the Raymond Companies; and George Weir, founder of George W. Weir Asphalt Construction, community leader and philanthropist.
We are losing a wonderful support for the arts with the closure by Patty Smith of Art Expression Gallery. We wish Patty well in her retirement and hope to see her out and about now that she will not have to man the ship. PS. She is liquidating and selling her own stock at up to 90% off so check out the gallery before the end of March.
Julia Marciari-Alexander is leaving the The San Diego Museum of Art to head the Walters Museum in Baltimore. Her husband John who is also a European curator at the museum will also leave to go to Baltimore.
We are sorry to hear that Leigh Timmons from Timmons Gallery sold off her stock and is now out of business.
What will happen to the Birch North Park Theater now that the Lyric Opera has declared bankruptcy and how will that affect the North Park Art Distinct? Read the article in the Free Press
Dr. Jeffrey Kirschi is reitiring after 30 years as the Executive Director of the Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum in June 2013 and he will be followed by Steven Snyder, Ph.D. Dr. Snyder is currently Vice President, Exhibit and Program Development at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA
Artists Gilbert & George, April 27, 2012
The Cheryl Tall sculpture Tangerine Queen featured in the San Diego Union is part of the collection of Christy Walton, of the Walmart Stores family. Alice Walton has opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and she is Christy’s sister in law. The work is shown in front of the Leucadia property's guest house, in front of Christy’s own personal garden of lavender plants and tangerine trees. The house, called Neptune Norte, was awarded the highest environmental certification for 'green' architecture by the US Green Builders Council, only the third custom built home in the country with this certification.
The 30th Anniversary Celebration of Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation held at the The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego ( 700 Prospect St. La Jolla, 92037) continues until March 30 th. features the most popular and award winning short animations from the festival's influential history. See early works of Disney Pixar Director Ralph Eggleston and over 10 Academy Award Winning or Nominated short animations. More info: Josef Liebhardt858.459.8707
EAT YOUR ART OUT : Palette to Palate SDVAN/Synergy 10 th Anniversary Party is April 27, in support of Synergy Art Foundation, San Diego Visual Arts Network and Feeding America SD, VIP dinner tickets are now SOLD OUT, but let us know if you want to be put on a waiting list. Contact Patricia Frischer firstname.lastname@example.org We are looking for bartenders and volunteer help for greeting and service, who will all get free entrance to that after party. If you can not come to the dinner, make sure and come to the Blank to Beauty Bash afterwards and rock to Ruby and the Redhots..RSVP: Meral email@example.com If you have a food related art boutique item, we are so delighted to announce that Vicky deLong 619.286.1361.will be in charge of that part of the P2P Boutique on the night. Please contact her for more info. Blanks to Beauty canvases are now available. For info and to see where to pick up the free canvas go to Blanks to Beauty and you should also sign up at Blanks to Beauty 2013 Form. Canvases are due by March 30 th.
Inocente , directed by the team of Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, won the Oscar for documentary short. The film follows a homeless, undocumented immigrant teenage girl in San Diego as she relentlessly pursues her dream of becoming an artist.With heart and wit the film explores the issue of homelessness among youth while also capturing the power of art and ambition. We are so happy that this local girl Inocente Izucar has been catapulted into fame. We know that Art A Reason to Survive was instrumental in giving her a start in her art.
San Diego ’s first annual Fringe Festival will take place from July 1st – 7th and does include the visual arts. The selection is intended to be uncensored, un-juried and cutting edge. Artists from around the world alongside local artists will present works in San Diego using the original Edinburgh Fringe Festival model Art forms may span from cabaret, comedy, cirque, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, visual art, multi-disciplinary arts, etc... There will be a “Fringe Central” and "Fringe Satellite Locations" throughout downtown San Diego including our good friends at Space 4 Art (in the East Village). They will assist the matching of artists with venues and providing scheduling, programming, funding, ticketing services, marketing and publicity. Check out the site and sign up as a venue or artist if you have not already done so. SDVAN will be making a choice of visual arts Fringe Festival event for our Picked RAW feature in July. More info: Michale Schwartz
Nan Renner , Director, San Diego Incubator for Innovation, reports that Water, the mismatch between regional supply and demand will be the challenge to galvanize the San Diego Art of Science Learning Incubator for Innovation. San Diego currently imports 90% of its freshwater supply, while demand continues to increase. How can our region ensure the reliable, sustainable, high quality water supply it needs to support a healthy society, economy, and environment? How can we creatively reduce demand, while meeting the region’s needs? The SD selected 100 artists and scientist will be tackling this in ten teams of ten.
Joe Nalven gifted Patricia Frischer with a wonderful Valentine present - an interview in the San Diego Union Tribune. Q&A with Patricia Frischer: Seeing the Art Scene in San Diego.
We are happy to see that the Ice Gallery crew (Michael James Armstrong, Thomas DeMello, Joseph Huppert and Lee Lavy) are getting a chance to show again after the closure of that space. Architect James Brown is offering them a space in the old Weber bread factory building in Barrio Logan. The first show opened Feb. 8. and they are calling the space Bread and Salt. ( 1955 Julian Ave.) Watch also for San Diego Museum of Art, artists’ live-work spaces in this space. More info: Lee Lavy
Ste(+a)m has a new website so congratulation to the developers and advisors who have made this a reality. F ull STE+aM Ahead is a quarterly networking event. The +a in STE[+a]M fuses arts, creative, and self-aware studies with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to engage the whole child and foster high achievement in all areas. In a rapidly changing world, our youth must become well-rounded global citizens who have the imagination and skills to conquer new challenges.
San Diego Book Arts is hosting a revival of the Edible Book Tea on March 3 at 1:30pm at the Women's Museum of California (2730 Historic Decatur Rd. SD 92106). They invite all our members and friends to get into the kitchen and create an edible book. The general public is invited to join us, enjoy the creative delights of the participants, and learn more about the art of the book. Refreshments will be served. More info: Gary Miller 619.540.9069
No new western entrance to Balboa Park. The city council axed the plan to take away some of the car and add loads of extra parking in Balboa Park and so we know just have to wait and see what happens next. Sorry, Mr. Jacobs, they didn’t like your plans.
It is official. The bronze version of Unconditional Surrender AKA The Kiss, was installed Feb 16 along the downtown waterfront as part of the Port of San Diego's permanent public art collection. USS Midway raised $1 million to have this permanent copy made of the work created by New Jersey artist Seward Johnson.
Mark your calendars now for the 15th Annual Morning Glory Brunchwill be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 (10:00 am to 2:00 pm) at St. Madeleine Sophie's Center. This event attracts over 500 guests and is known for its fabulous food and beverage tastings provided by local restaurants, breweries, and wineries; fabulous boutique shopping, art demonstrations, live music, Frog Race.
Three to see in Encinitas: Ceramic artist Lily Pourat, Whispering Trees to Feb 27 and painter Martin Nasim, Trees and Ocean Themes to Feb 28, both at the Encinitas Library (540 Cornish Drive 92024) and painter Steve Webb, Dogs, Houses and Pictures to February 28 at the Civic Center Gallery. ( 505 S. Vulcan, 92024.
Mesa College Gallery presentsGift : Women as Givers: Installation and Performance by Feminist Image Group (FIG) with an opening reception and performance: Thursday, March 14, 5-7 pm and continuing until April 18. Two New Contemporaries artists are included: Lauren Carrera (2012) and Anna Stump (2013). A very interesting panel discussion will follow the reception at 7 pm in building G101 with panelist Doris Bittar, artist and owner Protea Gallery, Amy Galpin, Ph.D, Associate Curator, Art of the Americas, San Diego Museum of Art , Allison Wiese , Assistant Professor of Art, University of San Diego, Allyson Williams , Ph.D, Adjunct Professor of Art History, San Diego State University and moderated by Susan Myrland, independent curator and artist, Silvergate Consulting. There is a further Conversation with the Artists on Wednesday, April 3, noon, Art Gallery D101. This is part of Mesa College’s celebration of Women’s History Month. More info Alessandra Moctezuma
OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)
The San Diego Foundation announces the release of the 2013-2014 Creative Catalyst Fund: Individual Artist Fellowship Program (CCF Fellows Program) guidelines and application, and invites San Diego-based professional artists to apply for fellowships. Grants will range from $10,000 to $20,000. Letters of Intent online are due Wed, Feb 27, 2013 by 5:00 pm. More info: Kerri Favela 619.235.2300
The Art of Photography Show (Oct 12 to Nov 17) is an international exhibition of contemporary photography at the San Diego Art Institute, located in Balboa Park. The Prospectus and entry details are available here. $10,000 in Cash Awards will be given out. Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum, is the judge. .For more info: Steven Churchill 619.825.5575.
Sign up to volunteer at the 2013 Mission Federal ArtWalk. They are looking for 250 volunteers for April 27 & 28, Current volunteer positions available include: magazine and postcard distribution throughout SD County in late March/early April, event setup (all days), event strike (Sat and Sun evening), booth sitters, block captains, selling merchandise, floater, conducting surveys, parking lot attendants, table tenders, and traffic control. As a Mission Federal ArtWalk volunteer you receive the official 2013 T-shirt and may participate in a "volunteers-only" raffle of great artwork and prizes, donated by our artists and sponsors. Minimum age to volunteer is 16 years. For more info: Carmen DeBello.
Young Audiences needs a volunteer coordinator to help repeat volunteers prepare for one day fundraising event on Sat. Aug 24 in Rancho Santa Fe for their Summer Sol annual fundraiser celebration. They will need to manage logistics, prepare guidance and timelines for arrival of vendors and volunteers/auction items/guests and are encouraged to attend one meeting per month in preparation in the University Heights area. Other volunteer committee members are welcome as well. For more info: Thomine Wilson 858.564.9416
Eighteen o Five ( 1805 Columbia Street, SD 92101) invites Artists to submit and is looking for all mediums, that explore and investigate unique ideas within their artwork. Eighteen o Five provides a space for diverse artists that seek to explore experimental and conceptual art, while still demonstrating a love for traditional mediums. Please submit a resume, an artist statement, and three to five images of current work. More info: Info@EighteenoFiveSD.com . 619.888.8288
Front Porch Gallery is making a call for artists for an open juried show for SWD County Artists from June 2 - July 14 with prizes totally $400 and Honorable Mention receives free entry into the following year’s exhibition. Artwork should be created in 2011-2013. Artists Opening Reception on Sunday June 2, from noon – 2pm will feature live music and hors d’oeuvres. Submissions to be received by April 10, 2013. Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by email by May 1, 2013. Entry Fees: $25 for up to 3 entries. For more info: Julie Weaverlng 760.795.6120
FIGMENT is open for art project submissions for the first FIGMENT San Diego taking place on Sun, April 7 in Chicano Park (5152 Muir Avenue, SD 92107) The 1st FIGMENT San Diego is a one-day event designed to promote spontaneous collaboration, active communication, and significant fun. Scheduled artists will co-mingle with contributors bringing unplanned commissions to the site. More info: Angela Sahyoun 619.850.7096
Now is the time for the second installment of the tidelands, a Port of San Diego program designed to encourage artistic exploration of Port tidelands by California artists. Artists selected will create temporary public artworks such as installations, social and spatial interventions and other inventive practices that reflect their visual art practice and are created in direct response to a site with the aim of stimulating dialogue and providing new perspectives on the San Diego waterfront. Up to three artists/artist teams will each receive $20,000 budget to realize their artwork. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org 619 686 6200
This is an open call from the Museum Studies class of SD Mesa College Art Gallery to exhibit at Art Produce. Artists should submit a link to their online portfolio to email@example.com . For more info: Alessandra Moctezuma 619.388.2829
Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park will hold their 4th Annual La Hermandad Art Exhibition from March 19th -April 8 th. They are making a call for artists for a farm-worker struggle themed show. The deadline is March 12 and the artists will be notified immediately after. More info: Rogelio Casas 619.235.6135
The space formerly occupied by Sushi Performing Arts is now available at a reduced rate of $1.33 per square foot in a $2.25 rental market. This is 6,050 SF Ground Floor space with Mezzanine at 11th and J Streets in the ICON Building. The monthly rent of $8,061 with annual CPI increases for a 5 year lease.For more info: Gary Margolis
Galería Circulo is making a call for artists for a show called This is me Looking for portraits in the 12 x 12 format. You may send the image as a jpeg between 150 - 300 dpi to Antonio Escalante. to be printed to the 12 x 12 size. Send images before March 5 or you may deliver original works before March13 to the gallery in TJ (710 ·36 Pasaje Rodríguez, Avenida Revolución entre 3ra y 4ta, zona centro, Tijuana) More info: 664 331 2300
Women’s History Museum and Education Center presents One Woman’s Journey by FrancineFilsinger fromMarch 1-31, 2013 in conjunction with Women’s History Month. The opening reception is March 1st at 6:00 pm.. The reception coincides with First Friday when local galleries will be open in the Liberty Station. A Lecture and Panel is on March 14th at 6:00 pm.
Oceanside Museum of Art is having their Free Family Art Day on Sunday March 3 where families can create mixed media sculptures inspired by two of OMA’s exhibits: In Search of Shadows by artist James Hubbell and Flavia Gilmore’s assemblage exhibition.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents Lifelike at its La Jolla location from March 1 through May 27, 2013. Lifelike invites a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal. Lifelike investigate the quieter side of the quotidian, choosing often overlooked items or moments as subject matter: a paper bag, an eraser, an apple core, a waiting room, an afternoon nap. This acclaimed exhibition was first presented at Walker Art Center last year and showcases works from the late 1960s to the present by over 50 artists, including Vija Celmins, Fischli and Weiss, Robert Gober, Alex Hay, Kaz Oshiro, Charles Ray, Andy Warhol, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Ai Weiwei. And on Thurs, March 14 from 7-10 PM, TNT (Thursday Night Thing) returns downtown to celebrate the exhibition Scoli Acosta: ELEMENTALISTHMUS.
California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents the Light: Watercolors by Duane R. Light. This solo exhibition features the works of the acclaimed artist who made Escondido his home. Praised for his contributions to the local art scene, Light embraced his adopted community. He served as the President of the Board of Directors for both Watercolor West and the San Diego Watercolor Society. He also served on the Board of Directors of several organizations including the La Jolla Art Association, the San Diego Art Institute, Rancho Bernardo Art Association and the Big Bear Art Association, among others. The exhibition will be on view through March 24.
San Diego Art and Space Museum presents a special presentation on Mon Feb 25 at 11:30 am by Willard Wigan, creator of the world’s smallest sculptures. Wigan’s Buzz Aldrin sculpture is currently on display in the Museum’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibit. Admission to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is only $5 (with general admission) and includes entrance to the general Museum galleries. More info: Kristen Koeblin 619.234.8219
New Children’s Museum is free on the second Sunday of each month (next one March 10), thanks to Target!
Starting on Feb 1, Patric Stillman is now the new executive director of Space 4 Art.
Fallbrook Arts, Inc . announces the promotion of Mary Perhacs as Executive Director of both the Fallbrook School of the Arts and Fallbrook Art Center. Mary managed the School from 1999-2002 before she accepted the position of Director of Exhibitions at the Fallbrook Art Center. She has been Executive Director of the Art Center since 2006. Mary is assisted at the School and the Center by Gregory De La Rosa who joined the organization in 2011 and Jenna Anguiano who started this January.
Lydia Vogt is the Interim Director of Education at the California Center for the Arts.
Richard Artschwager , minimalism, conceptual, and pop artist, has died at 89. His second Whitney Museum retrospective has just opened in New York and it will come to the Hammer Museum in LA next.
Firefighters crashed an event at Queen's Nails, a gallery on Mission Street in San Francisco, after the intentional burning of French artist collective Claire Fontaine's American (Unburnt/Burnt — a sculpture in the shape of the United States made of matches — got out of hand, causing $5,000 in damage. "It was a piece of art that this person had lit up thinking it was not a problem," said deputy fire chief Mark Gonzales. "It turned out to be a problem... It was done more out of ignorance, not maliciousness, as far as we're concerned." From Bay City News via ArtInfo
The Art world turns on a dime again when Haunch of Venison announced it will stop representing artists. The Auction house Christie’s bought the gallery from Harry Blain and Graham Southern who now formed a new gallery, BlainSouthern. Haunch will only sell on the secondary market and it will be interesting to see how many of those living artist represented go back to the orginal owners. This is another case of the Auction sector of the market trying to figure out what their future should be as they continue to dip their toes into the contemporary sales pool.
National Center for Arts Research launches in Dallas with the goal of becoming the leading source of expertise on arts attendance, patronage, management, and the industry's financial stability. A joint effort between Southern Methodist University and the Cultural Data Project in Philadelphia, it will also offer arts organizations the ability to compare themselves with similar organizations using an interactive "dashboard" created in partnership with IBM. SDVAN already has this ability through the California Cultural Data Project, but it will be interesting to see what else the NCAR is able to research.
Here's something new you can expect at a museum exhibition: London-based artists Random International have transformed the Barbican’s Curve gallery into what they call a “carefully choreographed downpour,” or a 100-square-meter field of falling water accompanied by the immersive sound of rain. Thanks to sensors operating the storm, the water never falls where it senses the presence of a person — which means that visitors are given the rare experience of walking through a monsoon without feeling a drop.
Finding Vivian Maier: this amazing story is very tantalizing – Chicago resident John Maloof stumbled upon a collection of obscure street photographs in 2007.
The only gossip I'm interested in is things from the Weekly World News - 'Woman's bra bursts, 11 injured'. That kind of thing.” Johnny Depp
Diana Carey is having a show of her paintings Creating a Storm, Sakura Fubuki at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park opening on Thurs, Jan 31st from 5-7p.m. and running until April 28.
P Squared: PALETTE TO PALATE Save the date: Sat. April 27 from 6:30 pm. Eat Your Art Out dinner party for 60 VIP patrons featuring artist-designed table setting, a sit-down tasting menu of delectable delights and includes an after party with band, Blank to Beauty Silent Art Auction of original works by our local artists, a food -related art boutique, and magical surprises throughout the evening. The event will benefit Synergy Art Foundation, San Diego Visual Arts Network and Feeding America San Diego .
John Eger gives us more words to ponder on the arts in his latest Huffington Post article The Museum is Open. He gets a quote from Derrick R. Cartwright, former director of both the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Seattle Art Museum, and now director of the gallery at USD about how do not touch signs should become a thing of the past and gives a plug to the innovation incubator, part of a $2.6 million federal grant from the National Science Foundation focusing on how the arts can spark innovation in workforce development and 21st century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.
Congratulations to the2013 Mission Federal ArtWalk (Downtown, Little Italy from April 27 – 28, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM) featured artists from San Diego Mark Jesinoski , Shay Davis , Christopher M, Norm Daniels, Gabriela Firehammer, David Wiemers. Other featured artists include Ebrahim Amin, Richard Curtner, Hannie Goldgewicht, James Hill, Nicola Katsikis and Niki J Sands. Jennifer Cerutti has been selected as the SDSU student to receive the Art Walk Business of Art Scholarship booth for 2013. SDVAN’s coordinator Patricia Frischer is again the mentor for this student. And great news: ArtWalk on the Bay has a new name Art Walk San Diego @NTC Liberty Station, new dates August 24 – 25, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The 8th Annual Festival will be at NTC Promenade's Ingram Plaza. The venue also offers plenty of FREE PARKING for both artists and attendees.
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to announce the Special Exhibition of Zandra Rhodes’ Aida at the University Club atop Symphony Towers o n view January 28 through April 29 and opening Reception on Tuesday, January 29. In celebration of the San Diego Opera production of Verdi's Aida (running April 20–28, 2013), the Arts Committee of The University Club, courtesy of the Athenaeum, will exhibit the signed giclée prints of Zandra Rhodes for the sets and costumes of the classic opera.
Congrats to Dana Springs (in her last few days of interim director of the Commission for Arts and Culture) who made the list of people to watch in the San Diego Magazine. City law states that she can only hold the position for a month or they actually have to pay her a compensated salary. Let’s hope someone does something to save the commission.
Irene de Watteville reminds us of the local film that has made it to the academy awards next month in the Best Documentary Short Subject category. Inocente the story of a homeless San Diego teen, Inocente Izucar, whose life was transformed by art taught at ARTS: A Reason to Survive.
Marc Kitaen, photographer and Ellary Branden, painter are in a dual show call Wild Beauty at Main Street 5 Gallery. ( 124 E. Main St. El Cajon, 92020) Reception Fri Feb. 8th 5-8pm and continuing until Fri March 22.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Washburn. Through a generous request from Rising Arts Leaders, a non-profit group in San Diego, her project Combat Arts was the beneficiary of a holiday fundraiser. Lots of art supplies and gift cards were donated, making starting up the new class at Balboa Naval Hospital a lot easier financially. She is now working with the Wounded Warrior Project through the Timken Museum of Art to try for more funding. Good luck, Elizabeth, and keep up the good work.
OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)
The 52nd International Award Exhibition of the San Diego Art Institute runs April 13 through May 26, 2013. Artists from all over the world are encouraged to submit their art. No residency restrictions. There are over $7,000 in awards and the juror this year is Daniel Foster- Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art and past education director at SDAI. $20 for the first entry. $10 thereafter. No limit to submit. More info: Kerstin Robers 619.236.0011
James Stone of Stone and Glass has a small portable hot glass shop. $5000.00, a Denver Glass Machine Diamond band saw. $2500.00 plus shipping from Denver and a custom made 14 inch diamond wet cutoff saw all for sale. Contact him if you are interested and want more details. James Stone
California Sculpture Academy ( 300 E. Alvarado St., Fallbrook, 92028) is hosting a sand molds for metal casting workshop on Feb 9/10. These molds can be made simply and quickly by carving designs into a slab of sand, or by packing a polystyrene sculpture in the sand. It's easy, fun, and direct. Cast iron sculptures workshop on Feb 16. Fee from $45. More info from the instructor sculptor Peter Mitten.
Rising Arts Leaders (RAL) San Diego is getting a makeover, and are looking for talented, creative designers to submit ideas for a new RAL logo. The winning designer will receive a cash prize in the amount of $250. The contest is open to all. Please submit your design no later than Feb 1 to Erin Knightrisingartssd@gmail.com. For more info: 619.235.2300
Distinction Gallery is accepting submissions for the exhibition for The Prodigy ShowHipstomatic Addict Insane Artwork will be exhibited in April 2013, for a one-moth period and is open to all photographers and artists worldwide. Works should be straight cell phone photograph (Hipstomatic, Instagram, and other phone based filters are acceptable). This exhibition will be juried by gallery owner Joseph Bellows. Awards and prizes will be given to the top three photographs, as well as two honorable mentions. Submit by March 9TH. More info: Melissa Walker
The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) at the University of San Diego (USD) is spearheading an educational event for our region’s youth in order to improve awareness and action surrounding US-Mexico border issues. Through creative and thought-provoking engagement, local High School and College students have been invited to submit digital photos and an essay on the subject (see http://www.sandiego.edu/peacestudies/tbi/photo_contest/ for details), including the impact of borders, in general.
February is San Diego Museum Month with passes available Feb. 1. Discover more than 40 museums in San Diego this February. Presented by Macy's, this annual event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at San Diego Museum Council member museums. Museum Month Passes may be picked up starting February 1 at participating Macy’s locations. The passes are free while supplies last and can be used all month long!
A traveling exhibition of the work of folk artist Bill Traylor with 60 of his drawings, including human and animal figures in depictions of his memories of plantation life of the south will open at Mingei International Museum on Sat, Feb 9.
The San Diego Museum of Art Experience 1950’s Americana at the January edition of Culture & Cocktails inspired by Behold, America!. Come dressed in blue jeans, a poodle skirt, or your favorite vintage garb. Complete the look at the mobile spa offering blowouts for the ladies and straight razor shaves for the fellas. Enjoy a twist on an American classic with a spiked root beer float, or sip on lemonade (classic, cherry, or lime) from Hot Dog on a Stick. Thurs. Jan 31 at 6 pm. Free for members.
Oceanside Museum of Art Art After Dark: Ecotopia is Fri, Jan 25 from7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Responding to the exhibition Enviroscapes: Jen Trute Retrospective, OMA’s next Art After Dark will echo the environmentally-minded subject matter. Guests will enjoy a new admission price of $10 for OMA members or $20 for nonmembers. This price includes complimentary appetizers and one drink ticket,
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Eleanor Antin: Conversations with Stalin Thurs, Feb 7, from 7-8:30 PM at MCASD La Jolla . A reading and performance, this smart, no holds barred, black comedy in the picaresque coming of age tradition of Holden Caulfield, Huck Finn, Little Orphan Annie, and the irrepressible Dorothy on the road to Oz. This presentation is part of a North American tour. Impatient with the timidity of the current publishing world, Antin is now bringing her new memoir directly to the public through a series of performance readings in museums, art spaces, and universities around the country. This presentation is held in conjunction with Behold, America! at MCASD. Free for Members; free for Non-members with paid Museum admission. Remember the museum is free every third Thursday of the month. On Thurs, Jan 31, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will offer free admission in honor of David Copley who recently passed away and was board president and a long-time benefactor whose birthday falls on that day.
Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum will explore the origins, recent discoveries and cutting-edge science relating to comets, asteroids and meteors, as well as what they tell us about Earth at Great Balls Of Fire!
James Chute reminds us Never Say Never. Vance Kondon was not supported during his life in SD but after his death in 1996, if was revealed in his wife Liesbeth Giesberger’s will that they did indeed donate 78 works of art to the San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Peach was produced by Arthur Flick in mid January at the Andaz Hotel’s Wine Bar. Festivities included a show called ‘Milagros’ based on creating 5 surprise ‘miracles on stage. Performers included Jonathan Glasier, Joe Monzo, John Chalmers, (all members of the DNA of Creativity team PolyAesthetics:Mapping the Muses and many others
We missed this the first time around and it makes for very interesting reading. A Portrait of San Diego Artists: A Research Report and Summary of Findings - 2011 issued by the SD Foundation. With approximately 10,000 artists, San Diego is the 11th largest community of artists in the nation. Fifty-five percent of those are visual artist which is 10% above the national average.