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Ocotillo Sunset , a mural by artist Eva Struble located along the back of The New Children’s Museum’s building and faces the Pinnacle Marina Tower lobby entrance on 550 Front Street in downtown San Diego  

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it. Anthony Burgess


Art Reports by or about SDVAN

Christine Oatman at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Illumination: 21st Century Interactions with Art + Science + Technology at the San Diego Art InstitutePicked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Art, science and technology converge in San Diego Art Institute’s ‘Illumination’ exhibit La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Oceanside Museum of Art: Sidewalk Activism, Griselda Rosas: Regata Abscisa, Artist Alliance 2019 Biennial Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Argentinian artists stitch their world together at Lux Encinitas Advocate by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
The Role of the Arts in Defining Democracy A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

Our SDVAN banner in March is in support of 20/20: Twenty Women of Vision at the newFresh Paint Gallery(1020-B Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037). In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, this show, a year in the making, will feature twenty women artists from the San Diego area who call themselves TWA (The Women Artists). All the work is 20” by 20” and a diverse offering in terms of price, media and subject matter. Each artist has cast her vision – of the future, past or present. The opening reception is March 7 from 6 to 8 pm. For more info: Deborah Williams 808.772.1384 Artist in the banner left to right: Julia San Roman, Maite Agahnia, Susan Darnall, Ellen Dieter, Brenda York, Alison Haley Paul, Lisa Bebe. Other artists include: Bronle Crosby, Christine Schwimmer, Diana Carey, Diane Hall, Gail Titus, Gillian Moss, Julia C R Gray, Kathleen Kane-Murrell, Kathy McChesney, Lori Mitchell, Manuelita Brown, Nadine Baurin, Theresa Vandenberg Donche

The words of support writers have now been selected for the SD Art Prize 2020 artists. These ladies will be the nominators for next year’s prize: Julia Dixon Evans, Editor/Producer Arts Calendar, KPBSfor Alanna Airitam, Christine E. Jones, Chief of Civic Art Strategies, The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culturefor Kaori Fukuyama, Maria Mingalone, Executive Director, Oceanside Museumfor Griselda Rosas, Susana Bautista, Museum Advisor, Los Angelesfor Melissa Walter. We are thrilled to have four female artists and four female writers in this year of the 100 th anniversary of the 19 th amendment.

SDVAN is sponsoring MDFerrera at theMission Fed ArtWalk, Booth 628 on Fir St. April 25/26, 2020 11am to 6pm SD Little Italy. She is the recipient of the Business Art Scholarship with mentorship by Patric Stillman from The Studio Door. Working from her studio in Imperial Beach, MDFerrera has built a body of work of contemporary portraits on custom built wood panels.  Her paintings connect to the artist's desire to create outlets that help build self-love and the strength needed to fuel person to person connections. 

Griselda Rosas  is one of our SD Art Prize nominations in 2020 and she seems to be everywhere. She is part of the group show Illumination, at San Diego Art Institute throughMay 3 curated by Chi Essary. Another group show is Ready Lane, at the City Gallery at San Diego City College through Mar 4.As part of the Oceanside Public Library's The Big Readproject,  Oceanside Museum of Art will feature works by Rosas that connect with the featured book: Luis Alberto Urrea's novel Into the Beautiful North through late May. AND San Diego Art Prize 2020 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library with Finalist: Alanna Airitam , Kaori Fukuyama, and Melissa Walter with an opening reception on Fri, May 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 and through July 3, 2020.

We applaud the Timken Museum of Art for their new exhibition Captivating Women From the Dijkstra Collection, which is part of the Year of the Women commemoration of 100 th years since the passing of the 19 th amendment. The collection of Sandra and Bram Dijkstra is known to connoisseurs for its quality and its strong focus on academic works from the fin de siècle.  This project was conceived as part of a course taught at the University of San Diego by Timken’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, Derrick R. Cartwright, Ph.D. and includes the input and interpretations of young scholars. Click here to read about the exhibition in the words of Bram Dijkstra. Showing until May 10, 2020 

Juan Sánchez Cotán and Cauleen Smith: Mystical Time and DeceptiveLight is opening March 14 at the San Diego Museum of Art. Sánchez Cotán’s work is part of the permanent collection and yes, it is that one where the cucumber seems to follow you as you walk past it. Smith created her own work to addresses the questions posed by the master more than 400 years ago through this special exhibition. More info: 619 232-7931  

Did you know that the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park has an arts program for veterans and active military personnel who are receiving treatment for physical or mental injuries at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego? Contact them if you want to support this program that has a CA Arts Council grant.

Meet LUX Art Institute's Artists in Residence Chiachio & Giannone at The Studio Door (3867 Fourth Avenue, 92103) on March 5 at 6 pm and help them create a community flag by dropping off your textiles. The Argentinean couple is asking the community to help create a symbol of unity and diversity by donating textiles, pillowcases, tablecloths, napkins and any other fabrics. The final assembly of the flag will be completed at Lux Art Institute in Cardiff by the Sea, where we invite you to see the final result as well as the exhibition. Latinx Construction with Chiachio & Giannone more info Patric Stillman 619-255-2867

20/20 Vision: See Further  explores the universal desire for perfect visibility into what the future holds. The exhibition opens at Quint Further Gallery (7509 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 92037) on Saturday, February 29th with a public reception from 6 to 8PM, curated by the director of Further, Ingrid Westlake,

Its official La Bodega Gallery is now at 2292 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113. And not that is not in National City, it is still in Barrio Logan/Logan Heights.

There are large art auctions to raise money in support of two great north county arts institutions on the same evening in March. Panache 2020 Art Auctions at Escondido Arts Partnership is on Sat March 28th, with an original signed serigraph by Niki de Saint Phalle "Italy/Viva Italia", a generous donation from the Niki Charitable Art Foundationas. There are also 40 Southern California artists who have donated works. The Oceanside Museum of Art Auction 2020 is also on March 28 th with 100 artist’s works to bid on.  Both have a full slate of entertainment and food and so you are spoiled for choice. Choose one or visit both and bid online.

Judy Forrester , executive director and CEO of the New Children's Museum, is leaving but no one has been announced to take her place yet. Watch this space.

We were sorry to hear of a tragic fire at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City. Up to 85,000 artifacts that provided insight on Chinese life in America were destroyed or are in jeopardy. Our local San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, are here to support and help their institution in any way they can. You can help through the GoFundMe campaign.

This tax season, you can help keep arts in schools by making a tax-deductible donation of $1 or more to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund on your state return. One hundred percent of your contribution will go to support arts education programming supported by the California Arts Council. This is found in Voluntary Contribution Section 110 (425) of the "540" individual state tax return form.

Large sums of money are exchanged when high end art is bought and sold. Not only are international banks taking steps to mitigate the risks of money laundering, art galleries and dealers will now have to follow same procedures. All clients, regardless of location or the length of relationship may need to show ID documentation, in the form of a passport or photo ID for each transaction. Companies must produce evidence of incorporation and documentation including the names of directors and the ultimate beneficial owner(s). 

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is launching its very first national billboard competition with the theme of “The Joy of Being Outside.” The printed mural will be displayed on a 20’ x 16’ canvas on the Museum’s building facing Grape Day Park and the Center for the Arts in Escondido. The top 10 artworks selected by the jury will be open to a public vote to select the final 2 artworks that will be displayed for six months and each receive a $500 cash prize. The deadline is March 27. For more info: JulietteB@sdcdm.org 760.233.7755, ext. 1003.

Art San Diego is now offering individual artist space in The (Solo) Project, a fair within a far. Prices start at $1695 and applications are now open for both The (Solo) Project Pavilion and the Art Gallery Pavilion.  

You have until May 1 to enter Front Porch Gallery’s National Juried Exhibition open to artists over 18. Juror: Maria Mingalone, Exec Dir Oceanside Museum of Art. Front Porch is a non-profit art gallery and community resource in Carlsbad.Prospectus or contact Julie Weaverling 760-795-6120

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Illumination: 21st Century Interactions with Art + Science + Technology at the San Diego Art Institute (1439 EL Prado, SD 92101) from Feb 8 to May 3, 2020. Curated by Chi Essary. More info: Jacqueline Silverman 619.236.0011 FREE ADMISSION, Tuesday- Sunday 12-5pm

There is life ln movement, death in stagnation. I approach every painting with the idea that I want that painting to continuously move. Tim Yanke

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

Endangered: Exploring California's Changing Ecosystems at California Center for the Arts Museum Escondido Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Eco-Visionaries EFA Artist Salon Jan 2020 Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Chiachio and Giannone at Lux Art Institute: Painting with Needles and Thread Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer  

Our banner is in support of the Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History at the SDSU Downtown Gallery (725 West Broadway, SD, 92101) from Feb 8 to April 5. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the SDSU Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and art activism. Opening reception Feb 20 at 5pm. More info: Chantel Paul 619-501-6370.  

Jennifer Luce and the Mingei Museumare entering the final stages of the renovation of their facility in Balboa Park and they are on track to re-open is about a year from now. They have raised 70% of the money needed to complete this vision with many, many new elements to enhance the Mingei experience.  

Pavement art is ephemeral so it is nice to see a local artist Lori Escalerahave such a wonderful documentary video made about her art and life.

The third year of the new Art Walk Carlsbad (Sept 26/27) will have free admittance for the visitors to this lovely space. If you are an artist make sure and sign up now as the attendance will definitely grow. For the spring Mission Federal Art Walk (April 25/26) in Little Italy just announced its 8 featured artists and from SD County that includes locals Lisa Bryson, Peter Dingli, Jeremy Sicile Kira, Anna Van Fleet, and Duke Windsor. Plusthere is a fun new fundraiser benefiting Art Reach. Artists are invited to send in plans for painting a donated guitar. These will be auctioned off with 25% going to the artists. More info: anna@artreachsandiego.org.

Hera Hub in Sorrento Valley is hosting interactive chat and book signing for Michelle Gilmore, author of Eventology with information about nonprofit fundraising on Jan 30 from 6 to 7:30 pm. A $20 donation with net proceeds will go to ArtsBusXpress as well as a portion of book sales. For more info 619-823-9588, michelle.gilmore2012@gmail.com or RSVP

Governor Gavin Newsom submitted a 2020-21  budget proposal to the Legislature that includes a one-time $10 million increased general fund allocation for the California Arts Council. Over the next 3 years $9 million will go for the support of existing and additional cultural and $1 million for the development of disaster preparedness guidelines and best practices at the county level. In general, San Francisco has more money for the art than any other part of the state. It would be nice to see the CA Arts Council concentrate on the south to help us out as we need that support.

Congratulations to the New Children’s Museum for their $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This will support artist residencies, workshops, and daily activities at the Innovator Lab, a maker-space.

It was with great sadness that we heard the news of the loss of a local and international giant in the art world. John Baldessari leaves an incredible legacy including his cry to “…make no more boring art.”

In March we officially say thank you and farewell to Joe Terzi as the San Diego Tourist Authority welcomes Julie Coker to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. She is currently serving as the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

We also say a fond farewell to The Del Mar Art Center Gallery which has closed down their non-profit organization after 20 years in Del Mar.

The good news is that La Bodega Gallery has found a new home and is fundraising to get ready for their move.

Do you want to engage more people in your art exhibitions? How about breaking up exhibition spaces into smaller pieces (so the audience is not overwhelmed); posting questions and quotes on the wall (instead of factual information), and experimenting with elements like smell and sound in visual exhibitions? That is what is reported in the New York Times about the research being done for the Peabody Essex Museum into the neuroscience of how the brain perceives art.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)  

Yes, you still have time to spread the word about the Business of Art Scholarship produced by Studio Art and Sponsored by the SDVAN for the 36th Annual Mission Federal Artwalk [April 25 and 26, 2020]. Applications due Feb 1.

The Fallbrook Library is making a call for artists for their Earth Day Exhibition from March 14 through May 1. There will be an artist reception on April 24 and take-down on May 2.The deadline for submission is February 2, 2020. For more info: lmiller007@live.com

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February, 2020


Ocotillo Sunset , a mural by artist Eva Struble located along the back of The New Children’s Museum’s building and faces the Pinnacle Marina Tower lobby entrance on 550 Front Street in downtown San Diego  

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it. Anthony Burgess


Art Reports by or about SDVAN

Christine Oatman at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Illumination: 21st Century Interactions with Art + Science + Technology at the San Diego Art InstitutePicked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Art, science and technology converge in San Diego Art Institute’s ‘Illumination’ exhibit La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Oceanside Museum of Art: Sidewalk Activism, Griselda Rosas: Regata Abscisa, Artist Alliance 2019 Biennial Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Argentinian artists stitch their world together at Lux Encinitas Advocate by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
The Role of the Arts in Defining Democracy A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

Our SDVAN banner in March is in support of 20/20: Twenty Women of Vision at the newFresh Paint Gallery(1020-B Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037). In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, this show, a year in the making, will feature twenty women artists from the San Diego area who call themselves TWA (The Women Artists). All the work is 20” by 20” and a diverse offering in terms of price, media and subject matter. Each artist has cast her vision – of the future, past or present. The opening reception is March 7 from 6 to 8 pm. For more info: Deborah Williams 808.772.1384 Artist in the banner left to right: Julia San Roman, Maite Agahnia, Susan Darnall, Ellen Dieter, Brenda York, Alison Haley Paul, Lisa Bebe. Other artists include: Bronle Crosby, Christine Schwimmer, Diana Carey, Diane Hall, Gail Titus, Gillian Moss, Julia C R Gray, Kathleen Kane-Murrell, Kathy McChesney, Lori Mitchell, Manuelita Brown, Nadine Baurin, Theresa Vandenberg Donche

The words of support writers have now been selected for the SD Art Prize 2020 artists. These ladies will be the nominators for next year’s prize: Julia Dixon Evans, Editor/Producer Arts Calendar, KPBSfor Alanna Airitam, Christine E. Jones, Chief of Civic Art Strategies, The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culturefor Kaori Fukuyama, Maria Mingalone, Executive Director, Oceanside Museumfor Griselda Rosas, Susana Bautista, Museum Advisor, Los Angelesfor Melissa Walter. We are thrilled to have four female artists and four female writers in this year of the 100 th anniversary of the 19 th amendment.

SDVAN is sponsoring MDFerrera at theMission Fed ArtWalk, Booth 628 on Fir St. April 25/26, 2020 11am to 6pm SD Little Italy. She is the recipient of the Business Art Scholarship with mentorship by Patric Stillman from The Studio Door. Working from her studio in Imperial Beach, MDFerrera has built a body of work of contemporary portraits on custom built wood panels.  Her paintings connect to the artist's desire to create outlets that help build self-love and the strength needed to fuel person to person connections. 

Griselda Rosas  is one of our SD Art Prize nominations in 2020 and she seems to be everywhere. She is part of the group show Illumination, at San Diego Art Institute throughMay 3 curated by Chi Essary. Another group show is Ready Lane, at the City Gallery at San Diego City College through Mar 4.As part of the Oceanside Public Library's The Big Readproject,  Oceanside Museum of Art will feature works by Rosas that connect with the featured book: Luis Alberto Urrea's novel Into the Beautiful North through late May. AND San Diego Art Prize 2020 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library with Finalist: Alanna Airitam , Kaori Fukuyama, and Melissa Walter with an opening reception on Fri, May 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 and through July 3, 2020.

We applaud the Timken Museum of Art for their new exhibition Captivating Women From the Dijkstra Collection, which is part of the Year of the Women commemoration of 100 th years since the passing of the 19 th amendment. The collection of Sandra and Bram Dijkstra is known to connoisseurs for its quality and its strong focus on academic works from the fin de siècle.  This project was conceived as part of a course taught at the University of San Diego by Timken’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, Derrick R. Cartwright, Ph.D. and includes the input and interpretations of young scholars. Click here to read about the exhibition in the words of Bram Dijkstra. Showing until May 10, 2020 

Juan Sánchez Cotán and Cauleen Smith: Mystical Time and DeceptiveLight is opening March 14 at the San Diego Museum of Art. Sánchez Cotán’s work is part of the permanent collection and yes, it is that one where the cucumber seems to follow you as you walk past it. Smith created her own work to addresses the questions posed by the master more than 400 years ago through this special exhibition. More info: 619 232-7931  

Did you know that the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park has an arts program for veterans and active military personnel who are receiving treatment for physical or mental injuries at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego? Contact them if you want to support this program that has a CA Arts Council grant.

Meet LUX Art Institute's Artists in Residence Chiachio & Giannone at The Studio Door (3867 Fourth Avenue, 92103) on March 5 at 6 pm and help them create a community flag by dropping off your textiles. The Argentinean couple is asking the community to help create a symbol of unity and diversity by donating textiles, pillowcases, tablecloths, napkins and any other fabrics. The final assembly of the flag will be completed at Lux Art Institute in Cardiff by the Sea, where we invite you to see the final result as well as the exhibition. Latinx Construction with Chiachio & Giannone more info Patric Stillman 619-255-2867

20/20 Vision: See Further  explores the universal desire for perfect visibility into what the future holds. The exhibition opens at Quint Further Gallery (7509 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 92037) on Saturday, February 29th with a public reception from 6 to 8PM, curated by the director of Further, Ingrid Westlake,

Its official La Bodega Gallery is now at 2292 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113. And not that is not in National City, it is still in Barrio Logan/Logan Heights.

There are large art auctions to raise money in support of two great north county arts institutions on the same evening in March. Panache 2020 Art Auctions at Escondido Arts Partnership is on Sat March 28th, with an original signed serigraph by Niki de Saint Phalle "Italy/Viva Italia", a generous donation from the Niki Charitable Art Foundationas. There are also 40 Southern California artists who have donated works. The Oceanside Museum of Art Auction 2020 is also on March 28 th with 100 artist’s works to bid on.  Both have a full slate of entertainment and food and so you are spoiled for choice. Choose one or visit both and bid online.

Judy Forrester , executive director and CEO of the New Children's Museum, is leaving but no one has been announced to take her place yet. Watch this space.

We were sorry to hear of a tragic fire at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City. Up to 85,000 artifacts that provided insight on Chinese life in America were destroyed or are in jeopardy. Our local San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, are here to support and help their institution in any way they can. You can help through the GoFundMe campaign.

This tax season, you can help keep arts in schools by making a tax-deductible donation of $1 or more to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund on your state return. One hundred percent of your contribution will go to support arts education programming supported by the California Arts Council. This is found in Voluntary Contribution Section 110 (425) of the "540" individual state tax return form.

Large sums of money are exchanged when high end art is bought and sold. Not only are international banks taking steps to mitigate the risks of money laundering, art galleries and dealers will now have to follow same procedures. All clients, regardless of location or the length of relationship may need to show ID documentation, in the form of a passport or photo ID for each transaction. Companies must produce evidence of incorporation and documentation including the names of directors and the ultimate beneficial owner(s). 

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is launching its very first national billboard competition with the theme of “The Joy of Being Outside.” The printed mural will be displayed on a 20’ x 16’ canvas on the Museum’s building facing Grape Day Park and the Center for the Arts in Escondido. The top 10 artworks selected by the jury will be open to a public vote to select the final 2 artworks that will be displayed for six months and each receive a $500 cash prize. The deadline is March 27. For more info: JulietteB@sdcdm.org 760.233.7755, ext. 1003.

Art San Diego is now offering individual artist space in The (Solo) Project, a fair within a far. Prices start at $1695 and applications are now open for both The (Solo) Project Pavilion and the Art Gallery Pavilion.  

You have until May 1 to enter Front Porch Gallery’s National Juried Exhibition open to artists over 18. Juror: Maria Mingalone, Exec Dir Oceanside Museum of Art. Front Porch is a non-profit art gallery and community resource in Carlsbad.Prospectus or contact Julie Weaverling 760-795-6120

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