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“When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.” Steven Wright

Ric Todd arranged this wonderful changing light display for St. Paul's Cathedral.
See all the variations of the Inside Out display

Sugar Museum Jars Exhibit is a crowd-sourced Art Installation and a collaborative fundraiser for Sugar Museum &  Art Produce which run from Jan. 10 thru Feb 20, 2015 at Art Produce. This is an installation of hundreds of jars of art by local artists and jars of food donated by local vendors will be displayed on shelving with“art” and “food art” coexisting. They are both beautiful commodities in this situation. Will the buyer put the art in their cupboard next to the honey or frame the honey on the living room wall? All the work will be for sale throughout the exhibit. There are two receptions. Sat Jan 10 and Sat Feb 14 from 6-9 pm. The second one on Valentines day includes a chocolate and wine/beer tasting. Remember the space is only open Thur to Sat from 1 to 5 pm. More info Terri Hughes 619.277.0132

North County Arts Network (NCAN) will be meeting on Thurs, Jan15, 5-7 pm at the new School of Arts at Cal State University, San Marcos.   This event kicks off a slate of on-going quarterly events aimed at uniting and building collaborations between arts organizations and leaders in North County and beyong. The Keynote Speaker is Craig Watson,Director of the California Arts Council and the honorary hosts for the series are District 5 County Supervisor Bill Horn and District 3 County Supervisor Dave Roberts.  Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Founding Director of the new School of Arts at CSUSM will be the NCAN launch event host. All are invited but reservations are required and seats are limited. or 760-750-4324. Mark your calendar for april 116, July 16 and Oct 15 for future events this year held in CA Center for the Arts Escondido, Lux Art Institute and Oceanside Museum of Art. Daniel Foster is spearheading this new organization with help from Jim Gilliam, Patricia Frischer, Naomi Nussbaum, Marilyn Huerta, Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Jerry Van Leeuwen, Reesey Shaw, Vincent Kitch, and Jerry Kern.

Balboa Park at 100 at San Diego Art Institute (1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, House of Charm, SD 92101) from Jan 23 to Feb 22 will explore the past, present, and imagined future of Balboa Park. Contemporary artists from Southern California/Baja Norte have created work that directly responds to and reinterprets Balboa Park and its unique history and architecture through site-specific installation, photography, painting, sound, and video. Participating artists include Kate Clark, Beliz Iristay, Suzanne Thorpe, and Alex Young.More info: Marina Grize 619.236.0011

Why "Where"? Because "Who": Arts Venues, Spaces and Tradition presents context, case studies and practical recommendations for organizations interested in going beyond their usual places to engage new and diverse participants. The message here seems to be that you need new audiences and you can attract them by using unusual new venues and showing unusual new art. This study was commissioned by The James Irvine Foundation and conducted by AEA Consulting. Find the report, an infographic summary and related research at

Such a pity that not a single visual arts organization got a NEA grant this year. The closest we came was a puny $10,000 grant for the Museum Council for free admittance for children in October. But thank goodness for that. However, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego $6,000 as part of the endowment's Preservation Assistance Grant. This award will fund the Museum's purchasing of disaster preparedness supplies, and training of the Museum's front-line collections care staff in the event of a natural disaster.  


Raymond Elstad Captures 2014 SDVAN Potluck Lunch Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
2014 Cannon Art Gallery Juried Biennial Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Colter Jacobson and Rita Mabride: Opera Ambulate Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Ann Weber, Jay Johnson and Adam Belt at Lux Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Mural by Paola Villasenor at SDAI and Art Fair Miami A+Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
African American Painter Jack Whitten - Retrospective : Five Decades of Painting, MOCA La Jolla Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
OMA Mega Opening: Naked, Invisable, Sister, Family, CA Dreaming Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer with an assist by Cathy Breslaw

Illuminated, evolving medium: Visual projection artists respond to open call and BYOB Tijuana takes on the local vibe. Reader by Chad Deal
Small works in ‘Object Object!!’ pack a collective punch at Helmuth Projects City Beat by Andy Horwitz
Expansion Plans Presented For La Jolla Contemporary Art Museum KPBS by Angela Corone
Artist Ann Weber at work at Lux Art Institute Union Tribune by James Chute
New Exhibit Features Rarely Seen Artwork By Dr. Seuss KPBS by Marissa Cabrera, Alison St John
Gary Cohen invites the public to tour Glass Ranch City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Insects In Religion: Sacred Scarabs To Harbingers Of Doom King Tut at Natural History Museum KPBS by Beth Accomando
Emily Grenader’s ‘Crowd Painting’ series strives to connect City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Ron Nagle speaks out Union Tribune by James Chute
Architecture Exhibit: Three on the Edge San Diego Magazine by Kristin Agnes
The Genius of Dr. Seuss San Diego Magazine by Robert Pincus
Neil Shigley keeps making the invisible visible City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
History Center recreates 1915 exhibition Union Tribune by James Chute
Dana Springs is listening City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Escondido cautiously reopens ‘Queen Califia’s Magical Circle’ City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Snoopy Not On California Roads Yet KPBS by Bob Moffitt
Celebrity cameos appear in Balboa Park film Union Tribune by Diane Bell
Meet our cover artist, Virginie Mazureau City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Ingenious, Imaginative World: Dr. Seuss' San Diego Life KCET by Alex Zaragoza
Pennie Vollet hopes his masks inspire more art in public spaces City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Culture Report: New Public Art Hits North County Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Omar Lopex:  The Photography of Pretend Families SD Art Reviews by Joe Nalven
Adam Belt returns to his roots as a landscape painter City Beat by Kinsee Morlan

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

Sugar Museum Jars Exhibit is a crowd-sourced Art Installation and a collaborative fundraiser for Sugar Museum &  Art Produce which run from Jan. 10 thru Feb 20, 2015 at Art Produce. They will be restocking the shelves during the course of this show, so do make a jar or two of art. More info Terri Hughes 619.277.0132

Southern California Plein Air Exhibition call for entires at Fallbroke Brandon Gallery (104 Main Ave, Fallbrook) Lisa Mozzini-McDill is the judge who will awards for best of show,1, 2, 3 rd prize and & HM's. . More info Noreen Ring  760-723-1330


Mingei International Museum has a new little café outside the main entrance. Warm up with one of their new seasonal drinks and treats at Café Mingei like a peppermint mocha or gingerbread latte.

The SD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, 2014. but tickets will go on sale in January.

Oceanside Museum of Art proudly announce its inaugural venture into international traveling exhibitions.California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California is a comprehensive exhibition (juried by Peter Frank, Drew Oberjuerge, and Daniel Foster) traveling to three museum/gallery venues. The exhibition was a noted success at the Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone in Frosinone, Italy (Rome vicinity) under the leadership of Alfio Borghese, Gallery Director, October 4 - 28, 2014.Now on display at Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), December 6, 2014 - March 29, 2015; and traveling to Riverside Art Museum (RAM), April 21 - July 2, 2015. “We are very excited about the ambitious vision and high quality of art and artists selected for this extensive traveling international exhibition.  Out of the 900 juried art submissions, I think this exhibition has been interpreted by the three jurors in a very contemporary and updated manner that directly challenges the nostalgic and romantic mid-20 th Century notions of the ‘California Dream’,” says Daniel Foster, executive director of the Oceanside Museum of Art.  

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Extended School Partnership Program Showcase: High Tech High Chula Vist a is on Thurs. Jan 15 at 5 pm during Free Third Thursday ( Berglund room, 1100 & 1001 Kettner, SD 92101). The students are exploring three MCASD exhibitions: James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash), This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen, and Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting.More info: Leah Masterson 858 454 3541

Lux Art Institute is showing Jay Johnson and Adam Belt now n the lobby gallery of the Education Center. You can see some of the work in our post Ann Weber, Jay Johnson and Adam Belt at Lux Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer

Masterworks of the Exposition Era opensJan 16 to Dec 19, 2015 at The San Diego History Centerand is
curated by Bram Dijkstra, Harry Katz (SD History Center) Derrick Cartwright (USD). (Casa De Balboa, Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado, Suite #3, SD 92101) More info: Charlotte Cagan 619.232.6203  

New Children’s Museum has a selection of fun kids activities and the next 15 are listed on our events page. Look for the museum logo on the right side.  

Timken Museum of Art presents two January events Art in the Evening with Linda Wolk-Simons.on Thu Jan 22 at 6 pm and Art in the Afternoon Gallery Talk with Jim Grebl, Ph.D on Wed Jan 28 at 12:30 pm. Both are speaking about Raphael and The Madonna of the Pink.

Don’t forget about the permanent exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man for kids and the whole family. Adventure Kids in Egypt, let’s them see what it's like to be a modern archaeologist discovering the remnants of Ancient Egypt, then see real mummies and authentic Ancient Egyptian artifacts. There's no extra charge: it's included with the cost of general admission.


Rest in Peace Walter Wojtyla, painter,who lost his fight for life with pneumonia after minor heart surgery. He will be deeply missed.

We are sorry to hear the passing of Arnold Wasserman who was a member of the SDMA Artists Guild.

Kathryn Mead as the new president and CEO of the SD Foundation took office in Steptember. Lots of changes have occurred including the departure of Felicia Shaw. You can read their 2014 report where they declare that 13% of their grants went to arts and culture. We certainly hope that figures grows in 2015.


Americans for the Art s releases its 2015-2017 strategic plan and this one, more than ever, focuses on the number one priority: building recognition for the transformative power of the arts in all of our lives and communities in new ways.

Did you know that 79% of businesses who partner with the arts agree that the arts increase name recognition . Employers are placing greater strategic value on innovation and increasing the importance of employing creative workers. This report is part of The Conference Board Workforce Readiness Initiative. Focusing on the skills and knowledge of current, new, and future employees, the initiative is committed to helping ensure that employers have the workforces they need to compete in the global marketplace.

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RAW November 2014

“In the morning I often collect my thoughts while taking a bath. Ideas come clearly when submerged” An Te Liu

Our lovely invite for the SDVAQN Potluck Holiday Lunch has an illustiation by Portia Le Touche. Portia’s current work is on view at Encinitas Acupuncture & Massage until the end of December. Our lunch is Tuesday, December 9 from 11 to 2 pm. 2487 Montgomery Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea, Ca 92007) RSVP: 760.943.0148 .Please bring: One dish or drinks for 8 to share plus Jewelry and Accessories for exchange.

You will have the opportunity to personally own some of the most iconic pieces of James Hubbell’s work that was once a part of the former Triton restaurant in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. A live, online auction from midnight on Friday, Nov. 28, until 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. The money will go to a brand new public space at Hubbell’s Santa Ysabel home property. The new owners Steve Goldberg, Phil Berkovitz and Steve Blumkin, safely removed and stored dozens of works, which have now been cleaned, repaired and are readied for sale. For more info: Marianne Gerdes 760.765.342

The James Irvine Foundation has given a $1 million to Balboa Park to cover long awaited upgrades to the Park's free WiFi service, the development of visitor-centered smartphone apps and new kiosks from which visitors can purchase Balboa Park Explorer passes. Hurrah!

Anney Rosenthal-Hall of obr ARCHITECTURE raised over $5,000 raised for Young Audiences of San Diego and their own Architecture Residency currently in progress for two 3rd grade classes at Jefferson Elementary at their obrEVENT 2014 Arts Auction earlier this month. Congratulations to them all.

Manuelita Brown specializes in portrait and figurative sculptures. She is going to sculpt one portrait each month in 2015 as a gift to one of her loyal supporters. The bust/head in terracotta will be given to you free just a charge of $75 for shipping and handling or you can get a bronze for about $850. She will need photos from all angles and she will make a choice from all those that enter each month. For more info:

Mountain Shadows Mural will be created thanks to Marilyn Huerta of CSUSM and Joanne Twafilis of Art Miles. Rotating teams of Mountain Shadows disabled clients and CSUSM students will begin in January 2015 and hope to complete at the end of the spring term. The mural is 12 feet by 48 inches and we will look forward to seeing it when finished.

Chelsea McGraw sent us this very interesting link about copyright rules and regulations. The copyright website and application forms are very confusing. But Tara Reed has been copyrighting and licensing her own work for over ten years. She managed to arrange an interview with John Ashley Esq., head of the Visual Arts division of the U.S. Copyright Office. This interview is an hour and touched on some of the FAQs. Mr. Ashley mentions the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition frequently in the call. 


San Diego Art Prize at Art San Diego Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Encinitas Day of the Dead Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Memories of Freedom: The Berlin Wall Exhibit Picked Ripe by Joe Nalven
Hanan Harchol: Expressionist Animator at the Gotthelf Art Gallery Picked Ripe by Joe Nalven
Roots: Synergy Art Foundation Rave Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Mix at San Diego City College until Dec 12, 2014 Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Photographer John Pfahl's Show 'Picture Windows' Brings Room Interiors and Exterior Landscape Spaces Together Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
Ron Nagle, Artist/Musician Exhibits Mixed Media Sculptures in His First Major Museum Show at San Diego Museum of Art Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw

Links to county wide art reports  
Successful Word Play at the Athenaeum: Allison Weise San Diego Story by Kraig Cavanaugh
'Sea Walls' street art comes to San Diego City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
New Americans Museum to reopen in Liberty Station City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
SDMA showcases modern masterpieces: Famed Albright-Knox collection on display in 'Gauguin to Warhol' Union Tribune by James Chute
Making San Diego museum stores part of your retail world City Beat by Hannah More
Marcos Ramírez Erre’s solo show goes beyond the border City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Nodo Galeria brings intricate conceptual work to Art San Diego City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Dave Ghilarducci makes moving, anti-authoritarian art City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
San Diego photographer Philipp Scholz Rittermann reframe Irving Gill Union Tribune by James Chute
For Diana Duval, art is anything but easy City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
The Smartest Kids in the World Huffington Post by John Eger
Innovators behind Domestic Stencilworks turn food into design City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Meet our cover artist, Natalie Bessell City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
San Diego home for Roy McMakin at The Athenaeum Union Tribune by James Chute

Art News Compilations

New SD Cultural Videos: Candice Eley narrates these videos about the cultural life of the City of San Diego. These video are presented by the San Diego Tourism Authority and the SD Commission for Art and Culture take a look and then ask about the arts in the rest of the county.
Barrio Logan, City Heights, La Jolla, Miramar and Clairmont, Mission Valley, Northeast, North and South Park, Point Loma, and Southeastern

Culture Report: Art Labs Are Awesome Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Aztec Brewing Artwork Finds a New HomeVoice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: ‘Hoods on Film Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza

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

2015 Mission Federal ArtWalk is already gearing up for their 31 st year in Downtown, Little Italy on April 25 & 26, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Beyond the 2-day festival, the web site serves as a searchable year-round resource that helps buyers connect with artists long after the event. They have a limited number of spaces still available for fine artists. For more info:  Sandi Cottrell 619.615.1090. And they have set the date for 2015 ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station in Point Loma for August 15 & 16, 2015 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Decide which or both and get your skates on.

The Escondido Charitable Foundation's 2014-2015 Grant Application is asking for projects with the theme The Great Outdoors. Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to express interest in applying for creative projects that promote the rich natural resources and open spaces throughout Escondido. Organizations that are short-listed through the LOI process will be invited to submit a full application. The funding range is $10K to $30K.Deadline 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Mon, Jan 12, 2015

Call for entries: Jars: A Sugar Museum Project at Art Produce. Sugar Museum project supports educational efforts and Art Produce. For more info: Terri Hughes 619.277.0132

Oceanside Charitable Foundation Grant Seekers Forum and 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation Grant Seekers Forum have launched similar grants. For technical questions about the application, please contact Cassie Edmonds 619.814.1381


San Diego Museum of Man Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 36th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 5, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 6, noon-11pm. Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.  

Mingei International Museum presents Three on the Edge. Friends and colleagues of many decades, Kendrick Kellogg, James Hubbell, and Wallace Cunningham have spent their entire professional lives in the San Diego region. Each is strongly influenced by the geography and climate of southern California and Baja, Mexico.

TheSD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, 2015, but tickets will go on sale in January.

The San Diego Museum of Art presents Out of Egypt: Ramesses II in Context until March 10, I n celebration of the return of Ramesses II to the Museum after an extended loan. This finely carved quartzite sculpture was purchased by the Museum in 1949 and was displayed here for four decades before being loaned to the San Antonio Museum of Art. 

Museum of Photographic Arts presents New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century until Feb 8.  New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century displays how pioneering photographers brought the world to people with images. The Grand Tour of Europe, Egypt and the Holy Lands, and the American West are presented in the selection. 

The San Diego History Center From Dec 10 to the end of the year it will be fun to see the 30-minute documentary on the history and wonder of Balboa Park, featuring stunning vistas, motion graphics, aerial photography and an original sound track.  The film offers a lively and engaging capsule history, serving as an introduction to Balboa Park for visitors and residents alike and a testimonial to the remarkable vision of the Park's founders. 

Timken Museum of Art is fortunate to have on loan from the National Gallery in London, the original Raphael, The Madonna of the Pinks, on exhibition from December 19th, 2014 through April 26th, 2015. The Madonna of the Pinks. It is said that The Madonna of the Pinks is to Raphael as the Mona Lisa is to Leonardo. 

Oceanside Museum of Art Mega Reception for NAKED, My Sister’s Voice, Neil Shigley: Invisible People, Omar Lopex: RELÁMPAGO, and California Dreaming on Sat.Dec 6 th , 6 to 8 pm Free for members, $10 public

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents Rita McBride: Public Tilt, on display through Feb 8, at MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building.  Public Tilt will include the west coast debut of McBride's celebrated modular construction, Arena. When assembled, Arena forms a massive tiered stadium-like structure, which will be programmed with activities throughout the course of the exhibition.

Women’s History Museum and Education Center Is showing Trailblazers of California until Dec 31, 2014

Lux Art Institute Ann Weber on display until Jan 10.

New Children’s Museum Design your own custom art print or wrapping paper using tools from the studio kitchen. Learn how to incorporate holiday snacks with thoughtful gifts for family and friends. This event is only on Dec 13th and 20 th.


Doyen of American critics turns his back on the 'nasty, stupid' world of modern art is the title of an article in The Guardian about David Hickey, the art critic who is now 71. He seems tired of the existing power systems. We think that the art world power system might shift as the internet takes over and a class of buyers rises and equalizes the straggle hold of the existing system. What do you think?

Take a look at the 2014 winners of the CODAvideo awards.They are some extraordinary videos to view of artist’s creations.

It is hard to believe these figures…. Sotheby's Contemporary Art sales New York has sold more than $1 billion worth of art in just 8 days - including property from The Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon: Masterworks. Highlights from the Contemporary Art Evening Auction include exceptional prices for three extraordinary works by Mark Rothko, new auction records for Jasper Johns, Jean Dubuffet and Glenn Ligon. The Contemporary Art Day Auction totaled $91 million and was led by Andy Warhol's Debbie Harry which sold for $3 million. Christie’s in New York took in $852,887,000 for 75 works of art in its evening sale.

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RAW October 2014

“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” Shia LaBoeuf.

This is the first year of the Dia de la Meurtos (Day of the Dead) Celebration on Sat. Nov 1, noon to 4 pm presented by the Encinitas Friends of the Arts at Encinitas Library ( 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas 92024) This is a free event. More info: Jim Gilliam 760.633.2746. We are so excited that the opening for the Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance Gallery brought a $300 donation to SDVAN.

As we gearing up for Art San Diego opening on Wed. Nov 6 and running until Sunday Nov 9and the SD Art Prize which showing at booths #300 and #301 with the 2014 recipients Marianela de la Hoz with emerging artist Bhavna Mehta and Philipp Scholz Rittermann with emerging artist Joseph Huppert, we also want to give a shout out to the Inter Play which includes Art Labs. Perry Vasquez will present his new work,The Gates of Heck, an audio-visual adaptation of Dante’s Inferno updated with contemporary references to comic books, rock ‘n’ roll music and immigrant-crossing narratives; Witness the transformation of the nexus of the San Diego Art Fair into a haven of rest and relaxation in the form of a living lounge by Collective Magpie with architect Steven A. Lombardi; WSOHOIDPS(A Ship in the Woods) collaborates with Salk neurobiologist John Reynolds for Rhodopsin, a light installation based on the research of Patrick Cavanagh, Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Université Paris Descartes; César Vázquez and Claudia Ramírez have collectively developed a piece that reflects on the borders both fisical and symbolic through characters caught in flight; ARTS (Arts A Reason to Survive) will turn the SD ART space into Pop Up Parks, a creative enclave for artists and attendees to kick-back, relax and engage in creative endeavors through art and music. We are thrilled that this year’s Launchpad Artist is Emily Grenaderone of our New Contemporary artists. And happily SD Art Prize artist Raul Guerrerois one of the first of the Open Walls Project artists and will display on a billboard at 6th St. S/ O Robinson Ave as the fair spreads its wings outside of the park and into the general public view sponsored by CBS Outdoor. A full list of billboards and their downtown locations are available at under “Exhibitions.” 

The newly formed Encinitas Friends of the Arts (EFA) headed by Naimeh Tahna Woodward and the City of Encinitas Arts Division announce the first FREE Encinitas Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead on Sat, Nov 1, 2014, 12:00-4:00pm, at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. It includes Danza Azteca, Ballet Folklorico el Tapatio, Los Cuatro Amigos, Ballet Folklorico la Fiesta del Puebla, and Grupo Folclórico Tapatío de Oceanside, plus hands-on workshops, artist demonstrations, a student art exhibit by Paul Ecke Central school, and a prize drawing every hour. A Community Ofrenda—or remembrance altar—will feature a replica of the Surfing Madonna, by artist Mark Patterson.that makes this a uniquely Encinitas event and will be on view in the lobby of the library from November 1-6, 2014.  Beatriz Villarreal, Program Director of the Mano a Mano Foundation, will emcee the event. “This is the first Dia de los Muertos celebration that has taken place in Encinitas,” said Dr. Villarreal. “This is a huge deal for the Latino community.” We are delighted to see that County of SD SupervisorDave Roberts has helped to fund this event and is the honorary chair. More info: Jim Gilliam 760.633.2746.

Update on Pacific View in Encinitas: the City Council approved the following a taxable bond to finance it, and its use for  arts, education, and community gathering space with emphasis on theaters, museums, education, outdoor sales/swap meets and park/recreation space (all within allowable uses in public/semi-public zone, with appropriate permits). They will now evaluate the usability of existing buildings. We agree with Jim Gilliam who said, “This is an historic event. Congratulations to Encinitas artists, arts organizations and citizens! You now have a dedicated site for the arts.”

Synergy Art Foundation  presents it’s 2014 FROM BLANKS 2 BEAUTY(B2B) held at the World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park, on  Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 from 7 pm to 1 am. The theme this year is  Roots and tickets are only $35 now or $40 at the door for an entire evening of entertainment. This is always one of the best parties of the year, with great music, silent auction of 10 inch by 10 inch canvases and wonderful food. More info: Naomi Nussbaum 858.509.1155

The final blog by Patricia Frischer from London is now posted and you can read all six at these links. If you only have time to read one, Don’t miss number 6 for the most unusual restaurant and the best exhibitions!
London Journal 6: Gilbert and George, Boyd and Evans, Anslem Kiefer and AI WEIWEI

Beyond Limits continues until Nov 15 at the San Diego Art Institute (Balboa Park) this show is curated by SDAI Executive Director Ginger Shulick Porcella and Brazilian curator Denise Carvalho, this exhibition demonstrate that the future of the arts lies on a borderless, multidimensional circuit of experimentation. Featuring both local and international artists, “Beyond Limits” will bypass all borders that create hierarchies or limit the exchange of ideas. The exhibition will feature a series of lectures, performances, and video screenings. Watch for works by SD Art Prize artists Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Debby & Larry Kline and New Contemporary Margaret Noble. Save the date for their gala fundraiser called Local Meets Global on Friday. Dec 12

Mar y Luz/ Sea & Light is a solo show of Angela Jackson at the North Coast Rep Café and Gallery ( 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. Suite D, Solana Beach 92075.) She will be exhibiting a body of work based on the ocean and its meditative and psychological healing qualities. The artwork will be shown during the performance run of Mark St. Germain's Freud's Last Session through Sat Nov 9. Freud’s final visitor is C. S. Lewis in this fictional account. The ART show runs until Dec 28. More information for the art 858-481-2155 For more info on the play: Nancy Richards 917-873-6389

SDVAN participated in the Thriving Strategy Agenda, the third component of Live Well San Diego. A very small component of this document refers to the arts. We fall under the category of Enrichment - Civic Life and we are:
Point 13 Advance the arts, culture, and creative community throughout the region which starts on page 18.
13 a. Increase connectedness, collaborations, technical assistance, advocacy, resource, and leadership infrastructure throughout the region - i. research and recommend a model for arts coordination suited to the regional context and needs ii.identify and secure resources for regional coordination and infrastructure.
13 b. Increase opportunities to deepen and broaden education, access, outreach and participation in the arts for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities – i. understand existing arts participation and education patterns throughout the region via organizations’ data .ii. Develop school and after-school based opportunities through development of “artists as educators” (e.g., Collaborations: Teachers and Artists, Turn Around, and Arts Empower)

The video of Deanne Sabeck and Jeffery Laudenslager’s sculpture installation for Loma Vista Medical University is one of the top 100 chosen on the CODAvideo Awards website. You can vote for them by social media in a variety of platforms. We used our Facebook and twitter pages to do so. It is also fun to look at the other entries. Good to know that the arts are thriving with these wonderful projects!

The Lemon Grove History Mural will receive a 2014 Governor\'s Historic Preservation Award on Nov. 20 in the Stanley Mosk Library of the State Capitol in a ceremony that will recognize 11 projects chosen from hundreds statewide.  The mural is a signature project of the Lemon Grove Historical Society and was painted by Kathleen Strzelecki and Janne LaValle as a gift of public art to the City of Lemon Grove.  Eight years in the making (2005-2013), the epic five-panel mural depicts civic history from the Kumeyaay to modern times.  The mural can be seen at 3308 Main Street on the Pacific Street wall of the historic 1912 general store (Grove Pastry Shop).  Project Director Helen Ofield and the LGHS board are over the moon.

Art and Food are a match made in marketing heaven and it appears that Liberty Station Market will close the circle and bring first class food to this art center venue. Read about it in the UT by Lori Weisberg. Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Twenty pieces of iconic work created by James Hubbell, will be removed from the closed-down Beach House Restaurant in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. They will be repurposed for an online auction this December, and used to fund Hubbell’s mission and arts with the Ilan-Lael Foundation.The new ownership of this property, PS2 (also the owners of the adjacent Pacific Coast Grill), provided a generous donation to the Ilan-Lael Foundation. Works will be stored at the Leichtag Foundation in Encinitas. This is truly a community wide effort to preserve cherished public art. More details on the auction will be available soon.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is delighted to announce Murals of La Jolla, a project of the Athenaeum will install Opening, new artwork by William Wegman on 1162 Prospect Street. This new mural image is a hoot with one of his dogs breaking through the surface of the wall. More info: Lynda Forsha, Murals Liaison 858.344.9053. Vase Worth More Than a Bowl by Roy McMakin ; Art Periodical Collage Series: Volume 2 by Allan Morrow and With Silken Twine, Woven Paper by Merilyn Britt  all open to the public on Nov 8 through December 27, The opening reception will be held on Fri, November 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

QuartYard at 1102 Market Street, sd 92101 will be the newest gathering place for the commiunity now that the groundbreaking ceremony is over and the construction has started. For more info: Nitasha Stiritz

Michael C. Gross (famous for the Ghostbuster logo) local San Diego designer and artist is turning his death sentence of cancer into a campaign to fund cancer treatments. With the help of Madison Keith who for almost two decades, has been on the radio at KPRi fm 102, the Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden Project at Scripps will become a reality. Michael has started a Flip Cancerwebsite with the idea of asking artists to create one finger art works that will be sold to raise funds. If you are an artist and want to contribute a work contact Michael. If you want to buy a mug or T-shirt or bag then click here. The Flip Cancer Kickstartercampaign is now closed but they did raise about half the money to set up an exhibition in San Diego. If you know of anyone fighting cancer, this could be a perfect gift. We wish Michael the best of luck with this Rude with a Cause effort. Like his reputation, it could go on forever.

The haudenschild Garage is pleased to announce that its documentary short, Triples/Trillizos (Triples/Triplets), is an Official Selection at four International Film Festivals. It is the story of triplets who are artists and you can get more information from Mia Hamilton    858.454.4158 about screenings and view the trailer on vimeo.


Two Views of Contemplation: An exhibit by Cathy Breslaw Picked Ripe by Joe Nalven and Patricia Frischer
Angela Jackson Sea & Light at North Coast Rep Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Oceanside Museum of Art October Auction Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
San Diego Museum of Art opens ‘Gauguin to Warhol’ exhibit Picked Ripe and La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at SDMA Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Beyond Limits curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella and Denise Carvalho at SDAI P icked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

Nancy Gordon Pottery Sales Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
ARTS: A Reason to Survive Daily Art Jab by Patricia Frischer
Maurice Hewitt: PTS Dreams Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer

 Links to county wide art reports
Artists and Gourmets in Tijuana: What's Not to Like? San Diego Red by Jill Marie Holslin
Barrio Logan art scene grows again City Beat by Kinsee Morlan Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance Gallery opens Sept. 27 City Beat by Kinsee Morlan Construction in Fragments: new exhibition of metal sculpture by Fernando Mendez Castillo at ICBC Tijuana San Diego Red by Jill Marie Holslin
Centro Cultural de la Raza’s constant struggle for survival City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Dark Arts: Tim Cantor Pacific San Diego by David Perloff and Amy Cantor
Gauguin to Warhol’ brandishes the big guns at San Diego Museum of Art
City Beat by Susan Myrland
San Diego Art Institute's ‘Beyond Limits’ goes global
SD City Beat by Susan Myrland
Sculptor Nassar Pirasteh, Photographer John Humphry Come Together To Create Exhibit In La Jolla KPBS by Michael Bovee
Art Produce’s 'Fence / Barda' illustrates a divide City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Parklets and pop-ups City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Giant Brushes in the hands of Rosemary KimBal by Naz and Eric the Llama
California, the Arts and the Creative Economy
Huffington Post by John Eger
Pairing artists with opportunities Art Pin App City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Joseph Bellows giving master photographer Thomas Barrow his due
Union Tribune by James Chute
Inside the Icon: The Doll; Tijuana’s most renowned piece of public art turns 25. San Diego Magazine by Derrik Chinn
Photographing Tijuana: Worldwide Photo Walk 2014
San Diego Red by Jill Marie Holslin
Installation art sprouting at the Leichtag Foundation ranch City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Meet this year's crop of architectural 'Orchids'
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Building Up the City; Tijuana gets Baja’s first architecture-only school
San Diego Magazine by Derrik Chinn
Oceanside Museum of Art series connects the public with the military
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Reinventing Our Downtowns Huffington Post by John Eger
Open Walls Project replaces billboard ads with high-end art
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Art of Science Learning sparks innovation with the arts Union Tribune by James Chute
San Diego Incubator for Innovation teams ready to launch City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
New Murals At Mission Valley Mall Celebrate San Diego’s Neighborhoods KPBS by Katie Schoolov
‘Gauguin To Warhol’ Exhibit Celebrates 20th Century Icons KPBS by Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Oceanside Museum of Art series connects the public with the military
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Terminal art
The Reader by Elizabeth Salaam
Bob Matheny and Armando Muñoz Garcia's ‘Infamous Babes’ find a home City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
‘Tactical Urbanism’ Gaining Momentum In San Diego
KPBS by Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
A fine, fine ceramics exhibit – a merger of new technique, concept and curriculum Arts Review and Commentary by Joe Nalven
The rise of billboard-style murals in San Diego City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Jackson Pollock is Coming to SDMA! San Diego Story by Kraig Cavanaugh
Santos Orellana takes over a Carlsbad warehouse City Beat by Kinsee Morlan

Art News Compilations

Culture Report: Tijuana’s Art Boom Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: The Ken Video’s Curtain CallVoice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Gearing Up for Meeting of the MindsVoice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: San Diego’s Underground Music History Blows
Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza

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

Heads Up:Synergy Art Foundation  is inviting local artists to participate in 2014 “ FROM BLANKS 2 BEAUTY” (B2B) held at the World Beat Center, Balboa Park, on  Saturday, Nov 15, 2014. The theme this year is  Roots to be interpreted in any way that might appeal to the jurors Robert Pincus and Mark Lugo-Smith. The top 100 artworks will be displayed and auctioned at the event and again free canvas will be distributed at four locations in SD. Works on due Nov 1.For more info:   

Over the past 15 years, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery’s Juried Biennial Exhibitions have become an important showcase for the work of both emerging and mid-career artists in San Diego County. This year’s jurors for the Biennial are Tina Yapelli, Director of the University Art Gallery at San Diego State University and John D. Spiak, Director of the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. In addition to selecting the artists in the Biennial, the jurors will award a total of $2,000 in cash prizes that will be presented at the opening reception, Saturday, Dec. 13.More info Jillian Buccola  from the city of Carlsbad.

The Rose Art Gallery athe Francis Parker School ( 6501 Linda Vista Rd, SD 92111). is looking for artist(s) to submit for a solo or group exhibition this fall of 2014. View photos of our space and contact Jaclyn Erick for more information 858-569-7900

The Studio Door ( 4434 30th Street, SD 92116) is making a call for submissions for Crow Show, Homage to The Raven, a national exhibition of visual art running from Feb 6 – 28, 2015. 50 To Watch A biennial exhibition of visual art running from March 6 – 28, 2015 both have a deadline of Nov 30 to enter. For more info Patric Stillman 619-994-2263


Mingei International Museum The Day of the Dead: Feast of Death is dedicated to María Félix, a Mexican actress born in Alamos, Sonora. Of a strong character, she is considered one of the most important female figures of Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age, and one of the most beautiful actresses of her time and is on view until Nov 30.

TheSD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, 2014. but tickets will go on sale in January.

The San Diego Museum of Art Ron Nagle : Peripheral Cognition is opening on Nov 1 and runs through Feb 17 and is showing small-scale ceramic sculptures. It is the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition, spans a period of more than 30 years, and includes never-before-seen work and preparatory drawings from the artist’s studio. There will be anartist Talk: Ron Nagle In Conversation Saturday, Nov 1

We can’t wait to get NAKED: 20th Century Nudes from the Bram and Sandra Dijkstra Collection with the Oceanside Museum of Art which starts December 6 th with a mega reception which also includes My Sister’s Voice, Neil Shigley: Invisible People, Omar Lopex: RELÁMPAGO, and California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California.  

On Thursday, Nov 6, at 7 PMUC San Diego Department of Visual Arts and  the The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)   present its annual Russell Lecture at MCASD's La Jolla Location. The 2014 Russell Lecturer is internationally acclaimed artist Tacita Dean. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $5 for seniors and non-UCSD students. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will openLaugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performanceat its La Jolla location from January 23, 2015 running through April 19, 2015. Featuring works by 19 artists including Cory Arcangel, Tammy Rae Carland, Stanya Kahn, Glenn Ligon, and Sara Greenberger Rafferty, this exhibition will explore the recent turn toward comedic performancein and as contemporary art.

Museum of Photographic Arts The photographs in We Are Family were selected by a jury panel, including teaching artist Sarah Reece-Cusey, local photographer and filmmaker Jo Kamimura, photographer and Grossmont College Professor Suda House, and MOPA's Executive Director Deborah Klochko. Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography shows howpolitical and social climate challenged and shaped artistic expression from the 1930s through 1960s in Czechoslovakia. New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century displays how pioneering photographers brought the world to people with images. All three shows are open now.

The San Diego History Center 's permanent exhibition showcasing the history of the San Diego region reopens in a new location within the museum on October 29th!  Place of Promise  details the history of San Diego from 10,000 BCE until just before the opening of the Panama-California Exposition of 1915Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss Is opening Nov 21, 2014 to December 31, 2015. The highly popular traveling Dr. Seuss exhibition will include signature elements for the Balboa Park Centennial, emphasizing San Diego as the renowned author’s home and Theodor Geisel as the world’s most celebrated children’s author and an innovator. 

Feast continues to feed our imagination a tNew Children’s Museum

San Diego Art and Space Musuem is bringing us the Discover of King Tut through April 2015. With reproductions and some original items this show creates the awe and marvel of the moment of discovery


Tara Smith formerly at Oceanside Museum of Art is now Director of Organizational Development at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation in Carlsbad. The position of executive administrative assistant is now held by Leslie Zwail who worked tirelessly for the North Coast Rep before joining OMA. There is currently a consortium of curators aiding the director Daniel Foster on exhibitions and we understand a new PR staff member is on the way soon.

David Bull , 80, is now the visiting director (20% of his time and only part of that in SD) for the Timken Museumas announced by Tim Zinn, board president. Bull chairs the painting conservation department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and owns a painting restoration business. Anita Crider, the former trustee for the Timken will be interim acting director until a new ED is chosen. John Wilson left this position in July because the board thought he spent too much time curating and not enough fundraising. Wilson thought this was the responsibility of the board. The museum was started by the Putnam sisters who dropped out of supporting SDMA and set up a foundation and amassed a huge collection helped by Walter Ames. The Timken family paid for the building to house the collection which now bears their name.

Art and Soul on 101 welcomes Kim Barthelemy as the new partner and future owner. Hopefully she will continue the spirit of supporting local artists and charities.

Brumby & Misti Broussard are closing their store Mixtureand moving back to Louisiana. There showed a number of local fine artists and the space will be missed. They are clearing everything out at 20% to 80% off.

The University of San Diego has engaged Erin Sullivan Maynes is the new curator for the Hoehn Family Galleries at USD. She takes the place of Victoria Lobis, who has moved on to the Art Institute of Chicago. Maynes will work with Derrick Cartwright, the director of the university galleries and professor of practice.


A musical of Vincent Van Gogh. Yes, it is coming to Holland in 2015. Why not just make a musical with Monet, Picasso, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons and kill four artists with one song.

Postscript from London: There are11,000 red telephone boxes remaining in use in the UK but some 59,000 are decommissioned and being used Under the Adopt a Kiosk scheme. Some have life-saving defibrillators, other are tiny public libraries. The latest invention is to use them running on solar power to recharge mobile devices. How about pop up gallery spaces?!?

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RAW September 2014

“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” Shia LaBoeuf.

( left to right) The New Grand Staircase in the Tate Modern, part of the London Journal the A+ Art Blog, Synch or Sink by Patricia Frhischer, one of the works in the Oceanside Museum of Art Auction

Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance is having their Gallery Grand Opening is on Sat, Sept 27 th, 10am - 6pm in Rancho Santa Fe. More info and RSVP: 858.756.2377. We are delighted that 10% of all purchases will go to San Diego Visual Arts Network.

Oceanside Museum of Art Auction . has added a panel discussion led by Sanda Chanis on Sept 30 from 6:30 – 8pm and all exhibiting artists are invited to attend Guests $10, free for members. . Purchase your tickets online or by calling the museum at 760-435-3720. For more details of the auction see our listing below in Museum. .

The Monster Drawing Rally at theSan Diego Art Institute in collaboration with the Low Gallery was the place to be in September. Check out the video and watch for the next one. Over 300 people attended and they sold $4000 worth of art in just a few hours.

Congratulations to Thumbprint Gallery which celebrated its five year anniversary in mid September with a special show at its gallery in La Jolla. ( 920 Kline Street ). Its other location at 1475 University in Hillcrest is showing Assorted Flavors works by 20 local artists. These spaces are tiny but the graphics on the invites make you want to take a look.

Kate Ashton closed escrow on the old Morse Security building on 30 th Street between Meade and Monroe. Together, with her business partner Patrick Stillman (formally of Space4Art), she is establishing an arts center in the space, which will be called The Studio Door. There will be a soft opening in November followed by a grand opening in February 2015. Their first show is a Farewell to the Ray Street Artists group who got their start at the SDAI Art Department in North Park. The website is still under construction but watch for it at 

We also welcome another new facility for artists, The Art Center in Ramona. The center’s mission is to create an inclusive Community Art space, where the community and the artist are put into direct contact. We love one of their frist classes entitled The Gift and the Box it came in: Examinations of the traditions of giving and receiving taught by the Art Center’s creator and facilitator, artist Helen Wilson.  

The annual SD Magazine list of Women of the Year nominations have been posted and we were delighted to see Sandi Cottrell, ArtWalk San Diego, Jennifer Gilmore, who hosted our P2P fundraiser last year at Feeding America San Diego, Felena Hanson who shows artists at her women work centers and was co-director of Art Meets Fashion of Hera Hub, and Judi Sheppard Missett who has changing shows at her Jazzercise, Inc. head office in Carlsbad. Congratulations to all these women who support the arts in San Diego and are recognized.

Here is your chance for an Intimate Dinner with Derrick Cartwright sponsored by Contemporary Arts Committee of the San Diego Museum of Art. It will be held at the The Marine Room 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla 92037 on Nov 3 at 7 pm. Prix Fixe Menu $150 for CAC Members and $170 for the public. For reservations Robin J. Lipman  858.794.7968 Deadline is Oct 1 to sign up for this very small party.

We are sorry to hear that an art display at the Centro Cultural de La Raza was censored and work by Silvio Nicholas Walters was removed. Some native sensibilities were offended we understand. It is too bad that the parties could not have reached a better understanding and avoided this unpleasantness. The two curators are resigning in protest.

We are delighted to see that Scott White is representing Gail Roberts and showing her new painting. Gail Roberts's (SD Art Prize) hybridized flower paintings are comprised of four separate flowers which she has deconstructed, painted on individual panels, and finally reconfigured to form a uniquely complex image.

Southwestern College Art Gallery (900 Otay Lakes, Chula Vista, 91910) presents Pencils and Pixel from now to Oct 9 to put a spotlight on the common ground where state-of-the-art motion capture imagery of video-game technology overlaps with the back-to-basics drawing skills of visual storytellers armed with pencils, pens, charcoal and paper. The gallery’s exhibition space will be divided into two sections one showcasing Sony Computer Entertainment with an interactive look into the genesis of a video game and the other featuring hand-drawn storyboards and drawings by skilled artists excelling in visual narratives for film and comics. More info: Gallery Director: Vallo

Robin Irwin got a commission 15 years ago but is not holding his breath yet. Construction on the light piece will not be complete for the Chinati Foundation at Marfa, Texas until 2016. The piece will only take two weeks to install but the building housing it has to be renovated. The million dollar price tag for the work is being donated by Vernon and Amy Faulconer of Dallas. Irwin has shown in temporary exhibitions previously.

In celebration of the 20 th Little Italy Festa, Sun, Oct 12, Meyer Fine Art presents its 7 th AnnualVintage Poster Exhibit featuring original first and second printings of Italian and European lithographs by prominent poster artists such as Boccasile, Razzia, etc. The exhibition will be available for viewing beginning Friday, October 7, 2014 - December 6, 2014. The opening reception is Fri, October 10, , from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., followed by a second reception Sat, Nov 29, noon – 8:00 pm, in conjunction with NoLI Natale


Contemplation: An exhibit by Cathy Breslaw Picked RAW Peeled by Joe Nalven Fiber & Quilt Exhibit at the Escondido Arts Partnership - with Transformed Chairs, Picked RAW Peeled by Joe Nalven
Ric's Eyes II: Adding Spiritual Uplift to Saint Paul's Cathedral Center for the Performing and Visual Arts Picked Ripe by Joe Nalven
Work From the 60's: Richard Allen Morris at the RB Stevenson Gallery Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
Revisiting Censorship: Where would you draw the line? Daily Art Jab and Opinion by Joe Nalven  

La Esquina has a Parasite: Barrio Logan architects explore parasitic structures and permit evasion, Reader by Chad Deal
Art and commerce collide in North Park, Union Tribune by James Chute
City College opens new art space, City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Low Gallery at-large: Meegan Nolan, City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit,
Huffington Post by John Eger
Famed street musician Sam Schildkraut collects art
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan

Contemporary photographers with an eye for the past City Beat b Kinsee Morlan
If you didn't know James Watts, now you do City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Fall preview: what's happening in visual arts Union Tribune by James Chute
When painting becomes impossible: Ginger Louise
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan Malcolm Leland's gates are put into use City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Photographer Spotlight: Corey Jenkins San Diego Magazine by Laurie Nicoud
Fall Arts: top 20 San Diego Magazine
Curators resign at Centro Cultural de la RazaUnion Tribune by James Chute
Richard Allen Morris just wants to keep working City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Think About It: A Creative Community for Peace
Huffington Post by John Eger
Can Art Bring Israel and Palestine Closer Together?
Huffington Post by John Eger Raúl Guerrero’s bar paintings capture contemplation and inspiration City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Fence/Barda' unites San Diego, Tijuana artists
Union Tribune by James Chute Introducing Basura Social City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Artist Spotlight: Amanda Stalter
Pacific San Diego By Amy T. Granite
Her by Marjorie Salvaterra at JDC Gallery Vanguard Culture by Susanna Peredo
Meet our cover artist, Madeline Sherry City Beat by Kinsee Morlan

Cathy Breslaw’s Contemplation Vanguard Culture by Sherehe Hollins

Art News Compilations

Culture Report: The Last Piece of Art Pulse Flatlines Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Beauty and the Border Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: A Surge of San Diego Pride at Spreckels
Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Arts for Neighborhoods’ Sake Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza

Patricia Frischer in London from Aug 27 to Oct 6, 2014
London Journal 1: Tate Britain Folk Art
London Journal 2: Horst at the Victoria and Albert Museum
London Journal 3:Today's Special: Pace Gallery, Tate Modern Matisse
London Journal 4: National Portrait Gallery and Saatchi
London Journal 5: London Fashion Week and London Design Show at Tent and Super Brands

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

San Diego Art Institute - North Park is looking for volunteers to assist with set-up & break-down, and to welcome customers during this month's RAY AT NIGHT, Saturdays at the, 3800 block of Ray Street, 4pm-11pm (with shift options). Volunteer time is rewarded hour-for-hour in exchange for class time, up to half of the cost per class (minus materials fees). This is a great way to cut down on the cost of your art education, and have fun doing so! Shifts are from 3pm-7pm and/or 7pm-11pm - go to: More info: Lesley Anderson 619.299.4278

The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office is accepting applications for its annual Community Arts Grants. This year, the city has doubled the amount available from $25,000 to $50,000 in matching grants for cultural projects occurring in the City of Carlsbad in 2015. The grant application deadline is Monday, Oct. 27. Applicants will receive notification of awarded grants by December. More info: Vincent Kitch, cultural arts manager, 760-434-2920


Mingei International Museum is featuringthe work of husband-and-wife artisans Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale. who was known for his elegant wood bowls, made from rare wood. He'd also sometimes take pieces of diseased wood and turn them into beautiful objects. Sekimachi is an influential master of complex weave structures in both off-loom and on multiple-harness loom techniques.

The SD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, 2014. but tickets will go on sale in January.

Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery , an exhibition that traces the path of Modern art through iconic 20th century works from this renowned collection in Buffalo, N.Y. It is coming to The San Diego Museum of Art on October 4 and runs through January 27, 2015. SDMA announced the acquisition of a major painting by Juan de Valdés Leal, one of the most important Spanish painters of the seventeenth century. Works by Valdés Leal are found in the most important collections of Spanish art in the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Check out the really amazing new classes offered at Studio Oat the Oceanside Museum of Art. We especially liked the homage to our P2P fundraiser last year, A Taste of Art: Palate to Pallete.  

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Rita McBride: Public Tilt andThis is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsenwill open simultaneously at MCASD Downtown on October 10, 2014. Rita McBride's exhibition comprises three major installation pieces San Francisco-based artist Colter Jacobsen's practice explores the workings of time and memory through intimate drawings and assemblages. Both shows run through Feb 8, 2015.

Women’s History Museum and Education Center opens their new show on Oct 3 with a reception the previous evening for Exposing Scars by photographer Jennifer George. The show will explores the inner damage that results from violence against women. The artistic process begins with interviews of abuse victims and then creating an image to represent the lingering trauma. 

Lux Art Institute is having a free day on Sat, Oct18 from 11:00am–3:00pm with guided tours of the work of Ye Hongxing, live music, refreshments, and art projects.

Museum of Photographic Arts continues its fall season with Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography and New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century from Oct 11 to Feb 1, 2015.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Starting Oct 8 Colores de La Muerte Art Exhibition Amble through Mexico’s storied past with Tren de la Historia, a series of train car sculptures that recount the turning points of the Mexican Revolution along with 36 mixed media sculptures from the Mingei International Museum and an altar installation honoring the Mexican author, Octavio Paz

The San Diego History Center 's permanent exhibition showcasing the history of the San Diego region reopens in a new location within the museum on October 17th Place of Promise details the history of San Diego from 10,000 BCE until just before the opening of the Panama Canel in 1915.

New Children’s Museum Don’t forget Feast: Playing with your food which features 13 new artist installations and 8 other projects centered around food.   Artists have used food as artistic inspiration for hundreds of years, and today the subject is a tool for artists to talk about community, sustainability and the environment, family traditions, and health.   Feast allows visitors of all ages to sink their teeth into unique, highly engaging, multi-sensory experiences and examines our relationship to food and eating in inventive and unexpected ways. - See more at:

Timken Museum of Art From Venice to Inness: Landscape as Meaning in Western Painting is the morning lecture at 10 AM, Oct 20 with speaker: Eric Frank, Professor, History of Art, Occidental College . Free Admission and registration is not required.

San Diego Art and Space Musuem presents a limited opportunity Sept 30th, 9am-10am to see the premiere unveiling of life-like bronze statue, Soul of the Forward and Faithfulby sculptor Mardie Rees, before it travels to its home at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA

San Diego Museum of Man starting Oct 25 Monsters reaches into their vast collections to bring out unusual monster artifacts you can see and touch, and they've borrowed a few from other museums, as well, just to make sure the exhibit is chock-full of cool stuff. This brand-new, one-of-a-kind exhibit has loads of fun things to do: Make a monster of your own.: Put on a play with strange creatures: and Find out how to defend yourself from monsters' wily ways.



Art Pulse and all of its projects including Snokl is now officially closed. To start up an Artropolis site cost about $9000 and it is another $1200 a year to pay for it, so it might be a while before we see a second version for SD. This would be a perfect project for a county wide arts administration.

Alexander Jarman former public programs manager at the San Diego Museum of Art, is leaving San Diego to join the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore

Art of Framing is moving to its new location on 1120 W Morena Blvd, SD, 92110 into the old World Art and Framing space. We hope they continue with their featured artists program.


Read Patricia Frischer’s journal of London art and cuisine at

Closer to home in Beverley Hills and probably the silliest of all auctions: An Hermès Extraordinary Collection 30cm Diamond, Matte Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin Bag with 18K White Gold Hardware, considered to be the most desirable handbag in the world, is expected to bring more than $150,000 – and might even exceed the $203,150 record auction price paid for a diamond Birkin in 2011.

Sanrio’s cult cartoon phenomenon Hello Kitty is set to have her own museum retrospective this fall at the Japanese American National Museum in October. The exhibition will open two weeks before the inaugural Hello Kitty Con at the  Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Little known facts: she is British and lives outside London, she is not a cat but she is a little girl cartoon character, she appeals greatly to Asian raised in the west.

Harry W and Mary Margaret ( Hunk and Moo) Anderson promised 121 contemporary master works to Stanford, which will unveil the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, a dedicated museum for the gift, in September.

Quote from the Guardian. Miley Cyrus as a sculptor. “I just sit around and smoke weed anyway, so I might as well sit around, smoke weed, and do something,” Cyrus explained to V Magazine, who will be hosting her work at their Manhattan offices in a show titled “Dirty Hippie. “They say money can’t buy happiness and it’s totally true,” she said. “Money can buy you a bunch of shit to glue to a bunch of other shit that will make you happy, but… obviously the shit you buy doesn’t make you happier because I’m sitting here gluing a bunch of junk to stuff.””

Watch for the Documentary Art World filmed by a local gallery owner in Laguna Shane Townley Gallery and containing scenes from the Art Walk in San Diego as well as Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

Raúl Guerrero will be showing new and old bar scenes in oil and photography at Air de Paris in Paris, France through December.

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RAW August 2014

"I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates." Steven Wright

(Top left to right)Ted Washington is one of the artists in the OMA Artist Art Auction on view and available for online bidding from Sept 2. Our friend Lisa Rochehas contributed to the FlipCancer campaign which is started in San Diego and hopes to spread nationwide with the help of a Kickstarter fund. Nate andRalyn Wolfstein and pleased to announce the newest sculpture at Amos Robinsonat Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla added to the Wolfstein Sculpture Park . (Bottom) Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance Grand Gallery Opening is on Sat, Sept 27 th, 10am - 6pm in Rancho Santa Fe. More info and RSVP: 858.756.2377. We are delighted that 10% of all purchases will go to San Diego Visual Arts Network.

We are so please to present a short video about the DNA of Creativity exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art. If you did not see the show, please click the link to get an overview.

Alex Zaragoza from Voice of San Diego reports that the Barrio Art Crawl is part of the Barrio Arts District which is planning to light the Chicano Park murals so they can be viewed after dark. They’re also planning a large arts festival around late September/early October to coincide with the unveiling of the Barrio Logan sign, designed by BAA board member Armando Nuñez. The hope is to turn the festival into an annual event.

It you want an update on the state of art education you would do well to read Common Core Embraces Broad Definition of the Arts by our own John Eger, Director of the Creative Economy Initiative at San Diego State University (SDSU) and also the Van Deerlin Endowed Chair of Communications and Public Policy. Certainly the core creative practice (Imagine, Investigate, Construct and Reflect) is applicable to all life.

Purgatory of Monotony by Ace Nortorn won awards in the July La Jolla Film Festival in July for best actress for Sonja Kinski and the most creative film award. It is well worth click the link to see. Kiss of a Siren which won best picture is also fun to watch.

If you are wondering what is up with the Incubation Innovation project in San Diego sponsored by the Art of Science Learning, here is a little preview; Trash to Paradise is a bi-national US/Mexico team that is developing a novel ecosystem that uses trash from the Tijuana River and wetland plants to treat water locally in response to untreated sewage flowing from the Tijuana River Valley into Imperial Beach. Team Aqua Diao has developed a lightweight water-generating backpack that extracts water from air, for use in remote locations and emergency situations. The Kate’s Place team (named in honor of Kate Sessions, the “mother of Balboa Park”) is developing a model house and garden to highlight innovation in water conservation and demonstrate integrated sustainable water systems. This team had a 250 square foot MVP at the San Diego County fair, where their innovation could benefit from the feedback of thousands of visitors and won first prize at the fair.

I had no idea that Mister A’s on fifth avenue near Laurel was hosting art shows, but Marie Najera will be featuring her new body of work Bed time Stories. Telling stories of romance, life, and, loss Najera creates an intimate look at what the bed represents in our lives.

Madison Gallery has announced that they are holding for sale a series of John Baldessari screen prints recently previewed at Art Basel Switzerland this year. This new work is worth checking out.

Steven Nossan , director of the Front Porch Gallery, is an artist in his own write. He has taken a project of books and object and made a video called Wendell’s Spiral Bound. In 2012 which is now available online and is the first in a series. It is a charming story of a boy who was what he read. If you like it you can vote to support Steven.

Kelsey Brookes (New Contemporaries) is the latest addition to the Murals of La Jolla project with his work titled One Pointed Attention. The scale of this mural is truly impressive.

Margaret Noble (New Contemporaries) took the top prize at the Athenaeum’s 23rd annual Juried Exhibition, The jurors were USD’s Derrick Cartwright and Sally Yard


Scenery for the Greenery: New sculpture exhibit blooms at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas La Jolla Light and Picked Ripe by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Inspired by Ansel Adams, Inspired by Aperture: Complementary Exhibits at the Museum of Photographic Arts Picked Ripe by Joe Nalven
Art Expo: A pop-up art exhibition for the Comic-Con crowd City Beat by Susan Myrland
Mark Murphy's ArtExpo 2014 Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Quilt National at Oceanside Museum of Art Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Spitting In The Wind: Art From the End of the Line by Richard Allen Morris, John Baldessari, Bob Matheny and Russell Baldwin Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
A Priest, A Rabbi and an art Critic walk into an Art Gallery.... Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Daniel Foster: the philosopher king City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Constance White is disembarking from the San Diego airport City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
San Diego County's unusual approach to arts funding City Beat by Kinsee Morlan Part 1
What more would we gain with an County Arts Council City Beat by Kinsee Morlan Part 2
A Call to Action Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Color Field Meditative Paintings by Maggie Tennesen at R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
Victor Landweber's 'American Cameras' Exhibition at Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
Nobel gets top prize in Athenaeum Exhibition Union Tribune by James Chute
Merging Art and Business in the College Curriculum Huffington Post by John Eger
North Park’s Positive Space looking for creatives to take it over City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
The Hub Hillcrest Market revamp will include up to 10 new murals
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection at Meyer Fine Art
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan

Art News Compilations

Culture Report: An Uphill Battle to Fund San Diego Arts, Part Two Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: An Uphill Battle to Fund San Diego Arts Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Time to Diversify Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Constance White Takes Flight Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Thinking Outside the System Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza

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

Encinitas Civic Art Program is making its 2015 call for artist. Be Part of the Art at 3 different Venues (Encinitas Library, Encinitas Town Hall and Encinitas Community Center). Selection is juried but free to artists. For more info: Cheryl Ehlers 760-633-2748

Mission Trails Regional Park has a deadline of Aug 30 for its call for art entries for Art in the Park: A Fine Art Exhibition and A Wine, Beer, Cheese, Chocolate and Art Fundraiser. More info: Vicki deLong 619-286-1361

Escondido Art Partnership with sponsor Lexus is giving us another annual eco-decadent Recycled Materials Runway Event  on Sat. Sept. 27 .Receiving deadline is September 2   Click here for designer prospectus   Held at the Moonlight Veranda at the Lexus dealership. Reservations are $36 to $200.

Fallbrook Art Center is making a call for artist for holiday and non-holiday artwork perfect for gift-giving. Open to all artists with emphasis on high-quality work possessing precision, a strong sense of design and technique. For more info: Mary Perhacs 760 728 1414 . They also need volunteers for greeting show visitors at the reception desk, answering questions about exhibitions and our programs, serving refreshments, gardening, assisting with show set-up, gallery maintenance, phones, and clerical. Ask for Kimber Petralito

For Rent over 1,000 square feet on the corner of Ray Street and North Park Way which is available for private artist studios or retail gallery. For more info: Cirello 619-201-4668

St. Madeleine Sophie's Center and the Autism Research Institute is making a call for artist for their 2014 Bountiful Art a juried art show held at Kensington Gallery on Adams Avenue October 4-31, 2014. For more info: Wendy Morris  619-593-2205


Mingei International Museum is opening two new shows: Sept 13 in The Realm Of Nature, retrospective on the careers to Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi. Opening Oct 25 Three On The Edge highlighting Kendrick Kellogg, James Hubbell, and Wallace Cunningham’s architecture and design creations.

TheSD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, 2014. but tickets will go on sale in January.

"Ramesses the Great” ruled for 67 years, and was considered to be Egypt's most powerful Pharaoh. The San Diego Museum of Art's 3,200 year-old, 350-pound, portrait of Ramesses II depicts the ruler in the classic striding pose wearing the typical shendyt (pleated linen kilt) and nemes (striped, folded head cloth). The exhibition, Out of Egypt celebrates the return of this object to the Museum after a long-term loan, and offers a rare opportunity to see such a remarkable artifact in our city. Through March 10. Free after admission.

Oceanside Museum of Art announced a major donation/matching challenge opportunity of $125,000. The generous donors patrons Rudy and Elizabeth Van Hunnick was announced on July 26 at their annual fundraising event, The Museum Ball. The donors have offered to match each dollar contributed to OMA with another dollar up to $75,000 from anyone in the museum and arts community and an additional $50,000 will be matched from the members of the OMA Board of Trustees.   According to the donors, “We wish to step up and support the museum at this critical time of outstanding programming, initiatives, and leadership.   We challenge the community to join us in that support at this time.” This means a possible quarter million dollars for the museum and we understand $72,000 was raised on the night of the ball. Hurrah!

OMA’s Art Auction 2014 showcases a striking selection of San Diego and Los Angeles’ most talented artists including: John Daniel Abel, Charles Arnoldi, William Glen Crooks, Matt Devine, James Enos, Jeff Irwin, Jeffery Laudenslager, Wendy Maruyama, Patricia Frischer and dozens more. Three galleries make up this extensive exhibition curated by guest curator, Sandra Chanis. All artwork on view will be auctioned off to benefit both Oceanside Museum of Art and participating artists at The Fall Art Auction on Saturday, October 18, 6-11 pm. Bidding will begin on September 2 and will close on October 18 at the Art Auction Event. Bidding will also be available online. Tickets to the Art Auction Event are $60 for OMA members and $75 for nonmembers. Visit, or call (760) 435-3721 for reservations.

The California Arts Council announced it plans to award more than $34,000 to The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego as part of its new Creative California Communities program. This award will support ArtOASIS, a Combat Arts program ,to promote the healing and reintegration of combat veterans with PTSD in our community by connecting them in an in-depth way to contemporary art and artists. More info: Elizabeth Washbrun. You can now read the quarterly publication from the museum. Here is the Aug-Nov issue or see links to past newsletters. Their seminars in contemporary art are every Tuesday between October 28 and November 18 from 5 PM - 6 PM and start with Jack Whitten: Five Decades Of Painting. They will take a close look at the major movements that have defined the art of our time. These four seminar courses are led by Chief Curator Kathryn Kanjo, Associate Curator Jill Dawsey, Assistant Curator Elizabeth Rooklidge, and the David C. Copley Director and CEO Hugh Davies. October 28 is Conceptual Art: From Object to Idea. November 4 is New Painting: From the Canvas to the Floor. November 11 is Video Art: From Portapack to YouTube. November 18 is Installations: From the Gallery to the Garden. $15 for Members, $20 for non-members or season tickets $45 for Members, $60 for non-members.

Lux Art Institute will start its Artist-In-Residence program again on Sept 6 with the Ye Hongxing In the studio and showing until Nov 1. Sat, Oct 18 from 11:00am–3:00pm is free admission, guided tours, live music, refreshments, and art projects. Check out the full schedule of activities for children in the new education center.  

Museum of Photographic Arts starts their fall season in Oct with We Are Family: Ninth Annual Youth Exhibition from Oct 11 to Feb 1, 2015.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido We are happy to see that there is a full schedule of art again at this venue. Last few days to see The Art of Fantasia and Other Disney Classics: The David Yaruss Collection until Sept 7.Starting Oct 8 Colores de La Muerte Art Exhibition

New Children’s Museum downtown announced that its popular Mass Creativity project will continue for a third year in 2015, with the help of a $30,000 grant from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Julianne Markow, executive director and CEO of The New Children’s Museum says, “We saw the number of participants this year more than double in comparison to 2013, with more than 3,000 San Diegans benefitting from Mass Creativity.”

Timken Museum of Art Last month to see El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios until Oct 5.


A fond farewell to Constance White who has left our fair city and her job at the SD Airport to take a position as vice president for public art at the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, N.C. Many of her friends gathered at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse earlier this month to wish her well and send her off with our best hopes for her future.

Scott White Contemporary Art is closing it doors except by private appointment and he is moving back to Little Italy and the spot of the former Jett Gallery. Perhaps the whole idea of an art sales gallery is going to be transformed in the coming year.

Dana Springs has been named executive director of the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture.

Springs is familiar with the workings of the commission as she has been on staff for the last 15 years and was interim director when Denise Montgomery resigned. Both women followed Victoria Hamilton in this position which is responsible for setting the vision of the art for the only body recognized by the California Arts Council to receive funds. We are not sure if we can expect any new directions but we would certainly like to see a re-invigorated commission.


We heard from John Eger about The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurs( GCCE) Tom Aageson, former Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum Foundation. He has launched the first educational program to teach community leaders how to start creative enterprises, provide ongoing mentoring and help fund the new enterprise if appropriate. Read the whole article in the Huffington Post.

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’s “Bay Area Now” triennial has a solution to the exclusionary problems inherent in bi(or tri)ennial surveys which can be limited to very few “in” artists. For the museum’s seventh such regional show, co-curators Betti-Sue Hertz (former contemporary curator of SDMA, a position that has never been filled)and Ceci Moss relied not on their own subjective choices, but turned the show over to 15 local art spaces and non-profits that were chosen through an application process. Read the entire article on ArtInfo.

Scott White Contemporary Art congratulates David Adey  (SD Art Prize) on being selected for State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now  at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.It is also be attained as part of the permanent collection.

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RAW July 2014

The gallery show is where the risks are taken!” Jeremy Epstein and Charlie Fellowes , gallerist  

San Diego Synergy Arts Network Inc

We have a new way to support SDVAN. When you shop @AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to San Diego Synergy Arts Network Inc. So please check it out next time you are in a buying mood.

ArtExpo 2014 on Thurs. July 24 : 3 PM – 8PM (VIP Guests) Fri.: July 25: 10 AM – 9 PM and Sat.: July 26:10 AM – 7 PM which is the same time as Comic Con. ArtExpo is a curated selection of artists and DIY-creatives who specialize in graphic novels, hand-made objects, zines, prints, original artwork, toys, silkscreens, and collectibles. This event is organized my Mark Murphy and sponsored by Media Design School of Digital Arts : NewSchool of Architecture + Design at the Wonderbread Factory 171 14th Street, SD 92101. More info: Mark Murphy 619.743.0405

 The very first First Friday: Oceanside Arts Walk is coming on Friday August 1 from 6-9 pm produced by the Oceanside Cultural Consortium at Businesses and vacant spaces throughout downtown Oceanside, and extending down the coast. Over 1,000 regional residents are expected to attend and see dozens of local artists supported by dozens of businesses. There will be vibrant arts, performances, music, poetry, activities, food, and fun for all ages and this is all free. This is the first of this every month event. The Oceanside Cultural Consortium (OCC) was established in 2013 with the goal of establishing Oceanside and surrounding communities as an important arts, culture, entertainment and tourism hub/destination. Its members include nearly 50 different Oceanside arts, community, business, and civic organizations. For more information about participating, attending and supporting this event 760.435.3721

ArtWalk San Diego featuring over 175 local, regional and international artists is headed back to NTC @ Liberty Station( Ingram Plaza, at  2645 Historic Decatur Rd)on Sat/Sun, Aug. 16/17 from 10 AM until 6 PM The "Artes de Mexico" section of the event is one of the favorite installations, featuring more than 12 artists from Baja this year.  An array of delicious street food options is available at the park, as well as the popular "KidsWalk" area with interactive art activities for families and it is free. More info:

San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the FY15 budget, including doubling the current Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds. Each Supervisor will now have $2 million to allocate annually, up from $1 million in recent years. How much of this will go to the arts. We will try to bring you the percentage from the 2014 amounts once they are published.

We are happy to see Quint taking a leaf out of the SDVAN SD Art Prize book: Their summer group exhibition, Horizon, invited artists who have made works for the Murals of La Jolla project to recommend an artist they feel is underrepresented or emerging. This is the first exhibition of this kind at Quint Gallery although the seventh year for our New Contemporaries exhibition that has VIPs professional and artist nominations. The opening reception on Sat, July 26th from 6-8pm is open to the public and some of the artists will be in attendance. SD Art Prize artists involved in this show include: emerging artists James Enos, Joseph Huppert, and nominators Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Jean Lowe and Kim MacConnel.

Congratulation to all those artists featured at the SD County Fair. Here are a very few of them: Fritzi Urquart, Ally Benbrook, Cheryl Ehlers, Sherry Krulle-Beatoni, Francine Filsinger and Duke Windsor,

Lux Art Institute Director Reesey Shaw  received a $25,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant to improve and furnish the institute's education pavilion from the he Board of Supervisors through Dave Roberts.

Remember California is the new mural commissioned by Paint Encinitasand created by Skye Walker. This mural is 35ft x 13ft and is on the north wall of Royal Liquor on Hwy 101 in Leucadia, California. It's a tribute to the coast line, ocean, community and mother nature and is meant to be a nostalgic piece that will hopefully inspire people for years to come! Paint Encinitas plans to celebrate all of our lives with this series of professionally produced wall works.

Meyer Fine Art( 2400 Kettner Blvd. Suite 104 SD. 92101) presents Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection from July 25 – Sept 6. There is a reception in conjunction with NoLI Nights on Thur, August 21, 6 - 9p.m. and you can m eet Madame Christine Argillet on Sat, August 23, 6 – 9 pm or Sun August 24, 1 – 4 pm. More 619.358.9512

The Central LibraryGallery presenting Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show until August 24. Like its predecessors, this exhibition showcases San Diego-based artists applying a broad range of concept, media, and process to demonstrate the value of this quintessential image-making technique. Featured artists include Joshua Eggleton, John Halaka,May-ling Martinez (SD Art Prize), Jessica McCambly, Bhavna Mehta (SD Art Prize), Herbert Olds, and Marisol Rendón (New Contemporaries).

Space 4 Art, in partnership with Community Development Corporation/BAME) and the King-Chavez High School, has been awarded a grant from the San Diego Foundation's Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement (with a supplemental grant from the Synergy Art Foundation) for their "Focus on Imperial Ave" grant proposal. A photography course taught by Jessica Sledge will cover field research, documentary photography, history, critical theory, styles of writing and photographic technology.  "Visual stories" that highlight unique public spaces and relationships in the community will be enlarged and printed on large banners to be installed on the outside walls of participating buildings on Imperial Avenue. Participating students will earn community service credit. Contact Cheryl Nickel for more info.

The San Marcos Arts Council, in partnership with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce has launched its first annual SMAC 2014 Chicken Parade! Going on through September 30, artists all over San Diego County are showcasing their incredible talents and passion for the arts by adorning individual 20” tall chicken sculptures.


No pulse for Art Pulse City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Ilust Art taps into San Diego’s biotech community City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Filters and Masks: The PB Taylor Library Continues Its Select Art Exhibits
Picked RAW by Joe Nalven
Crediting Richard Allen Morris, John Baldessari, Bob Matheny and Russell Baldwin
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
New Life for Park Boulevard Sculptures After a Big Roadblock
Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
PoSIBYL REDUX! Artist brings 'Books, Prints, Collages & Then Some' to Athenaeum in La Jolla
Picked Ripe by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Puppet Masters: San Diego Puppet Guild marks its 20th anniversary
Picked Ripe by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
SD Fringe Festival Art Exhibition Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
The San Diego Visual Fringe - Part of Successful Unjuried Festivals
Picked RAW by Joe Nalven
Brush with Art: Fine art photographer creates outstanding results
Coast News by Kay Colvin
Miki Iwasaki's wind-powered art at New Children's Museum Union Tribune by Jim Chute
Art for jurors, art for artists: Juror transparency vs. Gaming selection bias
RAW Nagged Opinion by Joe Nalven
‘Paranoia, Mind control, and the Art of Suggestion’ opens
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Cutri family donates prints to USD
Union Tribune by Jim Chute
Climate Change: Midcentury Modern La Jolla
Union Tribune by Jim Chute
UCSD Geisel Libary Steampunk Tea La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Artist Vicki Walsh decides to pay to play
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan  

Art News Compilations
Culture Report: She’s Crafty, Global Empowerment Edition Voice of San Diego
by Alex Zaragoza

Culture Report: San Diego Returns to the Fringe
Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza

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

Random Act Arting needs artists for outside brief, free pop~up visual art performances. Ms. Lonack is looking for stumbled~upon experience for the public - no money exchanged. no sponsors. no sales. no marketing - just simply offering an opportunity to get together and share some creativity with the community. The first one was at the end of June near Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach for two hours before sunset. More info; Jennifer Lonack  888.662.8733

San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is looking for new work for its gift shop in Balboa Park. Only locally-made art and artisan wares from the area are acceptable, and 55% of the proceeds go directly to the artists. Items that are particularly needed are: screen-printed T-shirts/tote bags, limited-edition prints, ceramics and handmade sculpture and jewelry. Contact Kerstin 619.236.0011.

In October SDAI has invited artists to create site specific installations for a future where they envision a society in which there are no boundaries between the local and the global. Artists are invited to collaborate and help these artists realize their projects for the exhibition Beyond Limits, Help artist Cesar Cornejo build his “ Urban Mountain” by collecting and contributing discarded furniture and materials, assist in the actual creation of artists’ work at SDAI in September, or host artists in your home! To find out more about how you can participate in realizing this large-scale, multi-national exhibition, please contact Ginger

In the fall of 2014, SDAI is launching its first Artist-in-Residence Program offering 200 sq. ft. studio space at the Art Department. Artists working in all media and at any stages of their career are welcome to apply for an approximate 2.5-month residency from October 1 through December 20, 2014. The selected Artist-in-Residence will receive the studio and a presentation of their work at both the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park and the San Diego Art Department in North Park. Application Deadline is August 1st by 5 pm PST. More info: 619.236.0011 Lesley

The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is seeking proposals for a third Exploring Engagement artist-in-residence project, which will utilize Southern California’s contentious relationship with transportation as its point of departure. All residency projects must be carried out in public venues, be free to the public and take place over an extended period of time ranging from two weeks to two months. Two artists, artist teams or arts organizations will be selected and be awarded $3,000. This stipend must cover all costs for the artist including: artists’ time, materials, travel, labor, hired contractors (if any) and any/all other expenses used to create the work and carry out the interactive public residency. For more info: Brigid Parsons 760-435-3721

You are invited to compete in the first inaugural EcoGames Through your participation you will be connected to a growing network of ecopreneurs, potential employers and collaborators, and ideas and opportunities from the suitability industries. Even if you don't win the grand prize of paid tuition for a permaculture certification course with Cal Earth, you still win by broadening your network! Deadline is Aug 30.

The San Diego International Airport Art Program is pleased to announce an Open Call for Artist’s Proposals for its 2015 Temporary Installations & Rotating Exhibitions Program. The theme is Balboa Park & The City: Celebrating San Diego’s Panama California Exposition. The deadline for submissions is August 15 th. More info: Lauren Lockhart 619.400.2882


Mingei International Museum offers an evening of food, refreshments and shopping, featuring a pop-up shop by surf lifestyle outfitter Aloha Sunday Supply Co., jewelry by Maru Lopez and other local artists. Beach totes, towels, surf prints, sunglasses, scarves and more. Thursday, July 31 5:00 – 7:30pm

TheSD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, 2014. but tickets will go on sale in January. 

Oceanside Museum of Art Spitting In The Wind: Art From the End of the Line by Richard Allen Morris, John Baldessari, Bob Matheny and Russell Baldwin is showing until to Nov 2 with a reception Aug 9, 6-8 pm. Watch for the Picked RAW Peeled report on this show next month.

The California Arts Council announced it plans to award more than $34,000 to The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) as part of its new Creative California Communities program. This award will support ArtOASIS, a new pilot project developed in partnership between MCASD and Combat Arts San Diego. This program will promote the healing and reintegration of combat veterans with PTSD in our community by connecting them in an in-depth way to contemporary art and artists. Elizabeth Washburn is lead artist and founder, Combat Arts San Diego. Artist Tim Youd has undertaken the task of retyping one hundred classic novels, staging his durational performances at locations relevant to the author’s life or the plot of the novel. Every day until August 31, 11 AM - 3 PM, Youd will retype Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye in the Krichman Gallery, overlooking the ocean.not far from the La Jolla residence where Chandler wrote the novel.

Women’s History Museum and Education Center Rockin' the Boat: Women's Liberation Movement of the 60s & 70s untll August 31 st.. The second wave of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, known as the Women's Liberation Movement, came fast on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement.

Lux Art Institute We loved the Beverley Penn exhibition which is the last for this season. They summer camp continues through the middle of August in their brand new deluxe education center

Museum of Photographic Arts and New Children’s Museumalso have summer camp programs 

California Center for the Arts, Escondido is opening 2nd Annual Art Illustrated Exhibition The Art of Fantasia and Other Disney Classics: The David Yaruss Collectionon July 26, 2014 – September 7, 2014  

The San Diego History Center presents Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss as part of its 2015 lineup of exhibitions. The exhibition opens November 21, 2014 and runs throughout 2015.The exhibition will feature artwork by Geisel, some inspired by San Diego locales. Additionally, Dr. Seuss reading nook will feature weekend readings by celebrity readers including, but not limited to: Mayor Kevin Faulconer and a duo reading by former Mayor Jerry Sanders (now President & CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce) and his wife Rana Sampson, vice president and promotions manager at Union Bank.


A series of works by Judit Hersko were stunning displayed at the SD International Airport showing the evolution or maybe the ruination of a fan coral called Seven Days of Dissolution. Acrylic tanks are filled with black sea fans with Capiz shell sculptures of human hearts and lungs in a carbon dioxide. We are big fans of Jusit’s work and know she is also participating in the Innovation Incubator project This will be one of the last shows of Constance White. We are extemely sad to report that Constance has taken a new position and will be leaving her post in San Diegoas Art Program Director at the San Diego International Airport. We wish her well in her new postiion. We will miss her more than we can say but know that when she eventually ends up running the NEA she will have fond memories of her time in San Diego.

Great news for the Oceanside Museum of Art Board of Trustees, staff and museum community!!!   Daniel Foster has been reinstated as Executive Director, approved by the OMA Board of Trustees who  has agreed to some reorganization that will help Daniel’s goal of improved work/life balance so that as a father he can have more time with his three-year-old son, Kenny.

Art Pulse Gallery will close its doors at the end of July. Although April Game is hoping to keep Snorkel the events website open until advertising picks up, we are not holding our breath as advertising from arts resources is very small.

David Bull , 80 year old internationally known art restorer will replace John Wilson as director of the Timken Museum of Art. Wilson orchestrated the highest attendance records for the Museum and brought a contemporary element to the museum’s exhibitions, which was much welcomed. Bull comes from the chairmanship of painting conservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C and will have to be in charge during the Balboa Park’s 2015 centennial celebrations, which are at same time as the museum’s 50th anniversary. He is said to be an extraordinary diplomat and it appears all those skills will be needed.

Graham Downes created waves that continue to ripple through San Diego: A look at the late architect's lasting impacts is written in City Beat by Kinsee Morlan as his murderer faces 15 years to life.

Cirello Gallery's Positive Space Showroom will no longer be located at 3803 Ray Street . They are transforming their business to only online


Claire Caraska tell us in City Beat about a blog by Steve Gibson which is worth bookmarking Mockingbird. Check it out, not San Diego centric but Steve has a terrific eye.

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RAW June 2014

We loved the High Tech High Chula Vista student portraits of their favorite people at La Bodega Art Gallery in Barrio Logan. Teacher Lugo our congratulations to you. If you are passing by the Chart House, Beach House and Pacific Coast Grill i.e. restaurant row Hwg. 101 in Cardiff by the Sea, look up and you will see Patricia Frischer posing in her hippy glasses and Be Here Now sign to promote the SD County Fair in Del Mar. She is on both sides of the banner on the west side of the street.

“Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.” Steven Wright

SD Fringe Festival starts onThurs/Sun. July 3 and runs through July 13 where there is special Visual Fringe: Fridays and Saturdays: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Weekdays: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Spreckles Building (121 Broadway, SD 92101). More info: . Public Previews of the shows will be held at Spreckels Theatre:7 PM to 9 PM, Tickets: FREE on Wedn. July 2. This is your opportunity to get a sampling off shows and see a variety of snippet performances for fringe productions. We are looking forward to seeing Off Hollywood On Broadway presented by Theater Arts West at The Tenth Art Center Theater (930 Tenth Avenue, SD, 92101 4 th Floor) on 4/5/6/9/11 of July. A $5 Fringe Festival tag is needed for entrance to all events which are $10 each. Shows packages with discounts are available..

ArtExpo 2014 on Thurs. July 24 : 3 PM – 8PM (VIP Guests) Fri.: July 25: 10 AM – 9 PM and Sat.: July 26:10 AM – 7 PM which is the same time as Comic Con. ArtExpo is a curated selection of artists and DIY-creatives who specialize in graphic novels, hand-made objects, zines, prints, original artwork, toys, silkscreens, and collectibles. This event is organized my Mark Murphy and sponsored by Media Design School of Digital Arts : NewSchool of Architecture + Design at the Wonderbread Factory 171 14th Street, SD 92101. More info: Mark Murphy 619.743.0405

Sculpture in the Garden 2014-1015 opens on Sunday June 29 th at 230 Quail Gardens Drive , Encinitas, 92024. See some of your old favorite artists showing new work as well as a crop of new artists. Free for member of QG and $8-$14 for public.

Dogs days of summer are upon us with two canine events: Dogs & One Robotis a solo show byDan Adams opening July 17 for one month at San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. More 619 236-0011. Terry Williams has launched his Dog Beach Del Marwebsite with photos of dogs and their owners enjoying our coast line.

On June 5, at 10:15, the Legislative Budget Conference Committee voted 8-0 to approve an appropriation of $7 million for 2014-15 to the California Arts Council. And on June 20, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2014-15 state budget with the Legislature's proposed $5 million increase in arts funding intact. HURRAH.

A huge congratulation to Jason Rogalski who leads one of our DNA of Creativity teams Urban Succession. He has just been named teacher of the year for Julian Charter School district, which has 13 schools & learning centers. Amongst his accomplishments, he ran a school wide science fair, helped to get a young student the internship she hoped for at a SDSU Lab, did two science based field trips, got two art students into an exhibition at OMA, won the Bright Idea Award through the SD Festival of Science & Engineering for their interactive art installation, did a TV interview at the Children's Museum and got a mention in the Union Tribune. participated in the STEAM Expo at Qualcomm and won a Teacher's Fund Grant for their project Clay for Clay. This is on top of teaching all his classes and his very successful display for DNA of Creativity at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Stuart Burton who is a lovely landscape painter, constructs a mean portrait and who owns and runs the Art Academy(new classes start every 7 weeks) in North Park, has come full circle and is now also offering framing services from his Hill Street Studio. With 30 years of experience and a great track record, we wish him well with this added business. More info: 619-318-3813

Terrific posting by John EgerTaking the Creative and Economic Pulse of the City, which gives great resources for arts leaders working to collaborate with the government to show economic growth based on the creative vitality of the area can be win win.

We will be watching for more events at TJINCHINA Project Space on Avenida Revolución in TJ. Daniel Ruanova and Mely Barragan, started this project while in Beijing and now it is continuing back in our region.

On view now at The Front ( 147 West San Ysidro Blvd, San Ysidro, 92173) is Whysidro, new lenticular by the wonderful brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre.(SD Art Prize) showing until August 28 th. This work is the result of the Creative Catalyst award from the SD Foundation and it is inspired by the border between the US and TJ. For more info: for more Leticia Gomez Franco

Manuelita Brown has been working for two year on a full length sculpture of Sojourner Truth and it is now ready to be sent off and cast in bronze. We wish her and the 106 contributors to this epic project good luck in this important stage leading to completion.

Mostly Mortal is an exhibition of new portraits by Vicki Walsh (New Contemporaries VII) but also premiering portraits by 6 emerging artists: Carole Dowling, Gisela Gebling, Olga Griesinger, Karen Cohn, Kassie Mattia and Sheryl White.  The opening reception is July 12 from 5 -8 pm but the show runs from July 5-30 at Opportunity Gallery (Liberty Station at NTC, 2690 Historic Decatur Road, Building 202, Suite 103, SD 92106). After the opening it is viewing by appointment only, contact but there is an interesting panel discussion... A Priest, a Rabbi and an Art Critic:Varieties of truth, beauty and art on July 26 th, 5:30 – 7:00pm. Robert Pincus is the Art Critic and the panel is moderated by Kinsee Morlan, Arts Editor, San Diego CityBeat.


Sorolla and America at the San Diego Museum of Art Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Combat Arts San Diego’s mural project make veteran art public City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
San Diego Museum of Art's Welcome Gallery opens
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan Miki Iwasaki’s nimble approach to public art City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Nick McPherson is big in Taiwan
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
A Review of Ron Newby’s Literary Adventure: Homo sapiens, A Liberal Perspective
Picked RAW opinion by Joe Nalven
James Hubbell has a welcome home City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Prize Winning Jewelry from the SD County Fair Picked Ripe photos from Kaarin Vaughn
Arts-in-Corrections to return to California state prisons
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
The de la Torre brothers’ ‘Whysidro’ opens June 12 City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Penn a sculptor by nature: Texas artist in residence at Lux Art Institute in Encinitas Union Tribute by James Chute
Barrio Logan’s art scene grows againCity Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Vista gets some cool cred
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
New Contemporaries VII at Meyer Fine Arts, Artists in Residence Walk Through
Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
DNA of Creativity at t Oceanside Museum of Art, PAMM - PolyAesthetic Mapping: The Muses evening Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer

Art News Compilations
Culture Report: Giving Prisoners Artistic License Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Theater Nerds Converge Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza

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

Now is the time to start thinking about volunteering for the SDVAN SD Art Prize booth at Art San diego for Nov 6-9, 2014. We are using a new sign up sheet system this year so please click this link and let us know when you would like to help out. Session are only 3 -4 hours each and include free admittance to the fair and a chance to learn some new skills in art marketing.

San Diego Art Institute if looking for a PR Marketing Coordinator for 20 hours a week at $12 n hour Ginger Porcella 619-236-0011

Artists are invited to submit original individual or limited-edition 2-dimensional works in any medium or genre that creatively interpret Southern California's iconic culture in the juried exhibition, California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California. This is a traveling show with three stops: Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, Frosinone, Italy, October 4 – 28, 2014; Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside CA, December 6, 2014 – March 29, 2015; and Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, April 21 – July 5, 2015. Entry fees range from $20-$35 for first submission, $10-$15 for unlimited number of additional submissions. If accepted, an additional $200 is required to cover the cost of packing, shipping, international customs clearance, and insurance. Go to for the complete prospectus and to submit entries by the July 18 deadline. This is a great bargain for those artist accepted and we urge you to apply.

Dawn Singer has a private art studio for rent in a natural environment in Encinitas. For more invitation Dawn760-840-1189

Call for Artists from North Park Art Market, which is a weekly event that takes place on Saturday evenings from 6-10pm in the parking lot of 3015 North Park Way, in the heart of the food and shopping district North Park. $40 spaces. Electrical available. Weekly event! Sign up with Tee Taylor 6192284246

The 9th Annual ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station (formerly known as ArtWalk on the Bay), now at it's permanent location will take place August 16 - 17, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM located in Ingram Plaza at NTC at  Liberty Station, in San Diego's Point Loma neighborhood. Access their online volunteer registration system here. 

A Readers Theater production of 'Pulling back the Earth has put out a call for Visual Artists, Cast, and Production Team . There will be an honorarium for visual artists, choir, actors, and a few other positions. Last casting call is June 22nd. Please contact Mark Turner 619.303.0724 or Dona Turner 760.445l.9470).

The City of Carlsbad’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department and Cultural Arts Officeare seeking a mural artist to create a large-scale mural that will be all-ages friendly, have a strong visual impact, and demonstrates neighborhood connectivity. The mural will be located on the east-facing exterior wall of the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club near the intersection of Roosevelt and Oak streets. The budget for this project is $12,000 to includs everything – artist time, travel, materials, including anti-graffiti sealant, lift, etc. Deadline: Monday, August 4, 2014 by 5 p.m. More info: Karen McGuire 760.602.2022

Heads up a for a new call for artists from Growcology, an organization dedicated to discovering and supporting community leaders in sustainability. Call the Eco-Games, this is a conceptual design competitions hosted on The Grow Forum, their online competition network.  Open to Southern California residents over the age of 18, the Eco-Games provide real-life prizes for the winners, but all participants benefit from the platform for collaboration, mentorship, and the support network that emerges.  This year’s theme has been inspired by James Hubbell of The Ilan Lael Foundation and is Aesthetic Utility: How uniting art and design can inspire us toward a more productive, innovative, and sustainable environment.  Participants are requested to submit ideas about how their art pieces can be integrated into a re-imagination of their homes, offices, or community spaces.  Participants will provide a Title, Description, and an example of their conceptual idea.  Growcology will provide the winner of the competition a scholarship to attend the October 2014 Superadobe & Permaculture Design Certification Program at Cal-Earth.  The very first 2014 Eco-Games runs from July-October.


Mingei International Museum Celebrate the summer with Summer Surf Series events planned in conjunction with the SURF CRAFT exhibition – every Thursday night, from July 10 th through August 21 st. 5:00 – 7:30pm

TheSD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, 2014. but tickets will go on sale in January.

Sorolla and America at the San Diego Museum of Art Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer  

Spitting in the Wind: Art from the End of the Line , opens July 5, 2014 celebrates long-standing friendships of artists Richard Allen Morris (b. 1933), John Baldessari (b. 1931), Bob Matheny (b. 1929) and Russell Baldwin (1933-2008). Selections from the 18th Quilt National international juried competition for new, innovative quilts will be featured at Oceanside Museum of Art(OMA) from July 26 through November 23, 2014.   

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is implementingthe Extended School Partnership (ESP) program which empowers middle and high school teachers to use the Museum as an extension of the classroom. MCASD in 2013-2014 is  working directly with 23 teachers at 11 San Diego County schools, offering nearly 750 students the chance to visit the Museum four times per year, offering free, year-long educator memberships to all participating teachers, and hosting public showcases for the participating schools that celebrated the students' achievements.  

Lux Art Institute is having summer camp sessions as is Summer Camp at The New Children's Museum
June 17 to July 29, 9 am to 4 pm (200 West Island Avenue, SD 92101). More info: Lauren Calvillo 619.233.8792.
Summer Camp at Oceanside Museum of Art Tuesday June 24 -27 ( 704 Pier View Way , Oceanside 92054) More info: Julia Fister 760,435.3728.
Summer Youth Programs Open House
Sunday, Jun 29 at 12 noon at San Diego Museum of Art (1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego 82101) More info: 619.232.7931

Museum of Photographic Arts continues to show After Ansel Adams and Aperture Remix though the fall.  

California Center for the Arts, Escondido will openThe Art of Fantasia and Other Disney Classics: The David Yaruss Collection on July 26 with over 250 original Disney animation cels, concept sketches, painted backgrounds and storyboard drawings featuring beloved Disney characters Remember the museum is closed Mon – Wed.

The San Diego History Center SIN DIEGO: The Stingaree's Transformation from Vice to Nice showcases the development, and eventual "clean up" of San Diego's infamous redlight district. This shows until Nov.

Don’t miss the Illusion: Northing is What is Seems at Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum . This show is reported on in our A+ Art Blog

Wind Vessel, created by San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Grant recipient Miki Iwasaki is being launched at New Children’s Museum. Wind Vessel is an interactive lighting installation where kids can explore wind power and energy by using pedal power to generate wind and activate LED lights creation. This same artist is installing work at the The San Diego International Airport.

Timken Museum of Art offers a chance to speak to John Wilson, Timken Executive Director in Art in the Afternoon Gallery Talk, Brave New World: from Icons to the Future at 12:20 pm on July 7 Free admission, registration not required.

San Diego Museum of Man Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities
continues until August.


We are sorry to hear Daniel Foster is leaving his position at Oceanside Museum of Art. He will be greatly missed and leaves a wonderful legacy. Museum memberships mushroomed from 1,075 to 1,450 and operating revenue has doubled to $1.2 million. He will be staying in the area and we wish him good luck in his next venture and are grateful for his continued support of the arts in North County. Read more in the UT article by Lola Sherman.


ArtSpace had an interesting article about 2014 Trends Whither the Avant-Garde? A Survey of Emerging Art Trends at Liste by Andrew M. Goldstein. These include the use of construction materials, leaning sticks and straps up against the wall, hard painting i.e on concrete, flat paintings (no perspective), and works using denim.

ArtHamptons isJuly 10-13, 2014. and Ann and Tom Sergott will be there will a stall featuring Tania Alcala. Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance – SCAA will show at booth 102.  

It is quite refreshing to watch this film about Jeff Koons where he reveals some of his philosophy. Jeff Koons’ Philosophy of Perfection visits the Artist at his studio ahead of a Whitney Retrospective.

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RAW May 2014

Daniel Foster (director OMA) Felicia Shaw (San Diego Foundation) Jim Gilliam (Encinitas Arts) and Nina Ozlu Tunceli (Americans for the Arts in Washington D.C.) in front of Vicki Leon’s Photoscipia (DNA of Creativity at OMA until Aug 4) meeting for the formation of the North County Arts Coalition .

“The biggest wake-up call was that to a certain extent, regional artists don't actually care about London. They don't care about being a success in the capital or what London audiences think of them, and that's quite a blow for us Londoners.” Chantal Guevara, director of the Cloud Dance Festival

The San Diego Visual Arts Network is delighted to announce the SD Art Prize 2014 emerging artist recipients. Marianela de la Hoz selected Bhavna Mehta and Philipp Scholz Rittermannselected Joseph Huppert. These 2014 SD Art Prize established recipients will mentor their choices for subsequent shows at the ART SD Contemporary Art Fair Nov. 6-9 2014, and the Athenaeum in the spring of 2015. Congratulation to Joseph Huppert and Bhavna Mehta. The New Contemporaries VII at Meyer Fine Arts (2400 Kettner Blvd, Suite 104, SD 92101) a special Artist “In Residence” Reception: Saturday, June 14 from 2 to 5 pm with Kim Reasor,Dave Ghilarducci, Bhavna Mehta, Vicki Walsh and the show continues until June28.

We are happy now to report on the STEAMConnect Ascend Conference presented on March 28 at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall. Video One: The opening performance by Zori Tinker and Eastlake High School Dance Team was outstanding and well worth watching. The emcee Alex Kajitani was the” rapping mathematician”, STEAMConnect co-founders are Kim Richards and Dr. Edward Abeyta, and there were various messages from Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, Reps Susan Davis,Scott Peters, and Sen. Carol Liu, as well as a first ever co-presentation by Chris Roe, CA STEM Learning Network, and Craig Watson, CA Arts Council. Research Updates Video Twoled by Dr. M.A. Greenstein, George Greenstein Institute, and panelists included Dr. John Iversen, UC San Diego; Lauren Widney, San Diego Youth Symphony; Carol LaFayette, SEAD; and Dennis Doyle, Collaborations: Teachers and Artists (CoTA). Quality Criteria Video ThreeDiscussion on STEM and STEAM criteria led by Pat Wayne, Arts Orange County, and panelists included Denise Grande, Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Heather Lattimer, University of San Diego; John Spiegel, San Diego County Office of Education; and Ellen Peneski, San Diego Science Alliance and San Diego STEM Collaboratory. Creative Collaborations Video Four Discussion on STEAM led by Anne Bown-Crawford, CREATE CA, and panelists included Ed Hidalgo, Qualcomm; and Shari Asplund, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Molly Kelton, CRMSE/InforMath; Nan Renner, Art of Science Learning (Innovation Incubator); Brent Bushnell, STEAM Carnival/Two Bit Circus.

Don’t miss the last two lectures by Derrick Cartwright at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St, La Jolla, 92037) May 27: “The Problem with Participation” which inspects the strategies employed by artists and by institutions to deepen audience engagement and just what this means for our everyday encounters with objects. And June 3: “What Happens in Detroit” The final lecture looks at the conditions of art communities under financial duress and, while it hopes for the best, offers a cautionary outlook for future growth of museums. Lecture is $14 for members and $19 for non members, Series starts at $50 . More info: Katie Walders 858.454.5872

Congratulation to Allison Renshaw whose work is featured in Waterfront Park, which surrounds the County Administration Center in downtown San Diego. The $49.4-million project converted eight acres of parking lot into a plaza. The main entrances to the parking garage will soon be colored with large-scale reproductions of abstract paintings San Diego artist Renshaw and by Harold Cohen. Allison’s artwork is also featured on the promotions for the new SD View Art Now app produced by the San Diego Visual Arts Network. Watch for these large SD View Art Now posters at the SD International Airport.

The Commission for Arts and Culture issued it Economic Impact Report on May 1. There are only 72 organizations funded by the Commission for Arts and Culture in the city of San Diego Remember, SDVAN connects more than 1,000 organizations and more than 1200 artists and is the largest resource ever brought together to support the visual arts community in the entire region of San Diego. Its potential for influence within the entire community is great. Here are some of the statistics in this report. Every year they present these in a different format so it is hard to compare them year to year. But it does appear consistent that cultural tourists spend 45% more money than other tourists during their visits. They take longer trips and are more likely to shop and pursue other educational activities. In FY 2013 arts and cultural attractions brought at least 1.6 million cultural tourists (out of 33 million tourists) to the San Diego region, who contributed $186 million to the local economy. San Diego County's nonprofit arts and culture industry activity supports 6,156 jobs with about 2000 full time or equivalent employees and spends $108.8 million in salaries for those arts and culture jobs. We were very happy to see that SD Art Institute got credit for the North Park becoming a successful cultural district. Read an abbreviated copy of the Commission's Report to the City Council Committee, They are asking for an increase from a little over $9.5 in 2014 to a little over $9.7 million in 2015.

You have a few more days to visit Kensington Gallery for their first ever annual Black Light Art Show. Black Light artists include Mary Fleener, Amy Davis, Elizabeth Zaikowsky, Andrea Sanchez, Crossby Vargas, Ryan Dean, Michael Starkow, Weston Imhoff, and more. The art is on canvas, on clothes, on posters, hanging from the ceiling, on mannequins, on toys, dollar bills ... you name it! Exhibition runs Tue-Saturday until May 31. More info: Ryan 619 534 8120

Congratulations go to Space 4 Art who announced the acquisition of land which will become the new home for their thriving permanent artists live/work and arts center. The deal, supported by th e Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) San Diego, will pave the way for a new facility to expand upon Space 4 Art’s success and dramatically increase the number of affordable live/work units, indoor and outdoor performing spaces, galleries, and educational facilities.

John M. Eger Director of the Creative Economy Initiative at San Diego State University (SDSU) is also the Van Deerlin Endowed Chair of Communications and Public Policy reminds us of the cultural and economic importance of art districts in his latest article: Art and Culture Thought Leaders Converge in Dallas plus he gives us a report on the President's Turnaround Arts Program and how it has been expanded in California. Two of the pilot schools did so well they are not even in Turnaround status any longer.

We are sorry to see that April Game’s Art Pulse has to cut back on its programming including canceling mentoring for artists and the Art Pulse TV series. They hope to keep the gallery at Bread and Salt alive as well as Culture Buzz and Snorkl. But they are looking for funding now that Henry Moon, their largest donor is no longer supporting this non-profit.

We are actually glad to see that Alexander Salazar Fine Art Gallery is now going to be the sole gallery for Alexander. We think both April Game from Art Pulse and Alexander were spread too thin and hope they can be more effective if they concentrate on their core competency.


Peter Frank: The Art of Jurying, The Art of Curating - Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few? Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer and Joe Nalven Artists, Scientists and Educators Collaborate: "DNA of Creativity" Exhibition at OMA Shares Their Work Art Scene by Cathy Breslaw
Five Sizzling Exhibits: Oceanside Museum of Art presents an eclectic mix La Jolla Light and Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
SDVAN's New Contemporaries VII at Meyer Fine Arts Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems at Reuben H. Fleet Science Museum Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Minimalist Steel Sculptures and Ink Drawings Spanning Four Decades - Works by San Diego artist Kenneth Capps at Oceanside Museum of art. Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
Secrets and Lies, Exhibition Explores Disguise, Ruse and Revelation at Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown, San Diego Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
Abstracted Jewel-Toned Landscapes Become Metaphors for California's Immigration Issues: Works by Eva Struble Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
John Cederquist: Illusions in Wood at Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Eye on Public Art: San Diego County Waterfront Park, City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Art Pulse scales backCity Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Alexander Salazar slows down City Beat by Kinsee Morlan

Art News Compilations

How San Diego Became a Cultural Institution Graveyard Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Yes, Arts and Culture Are Worth Your While Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: The San Diego Opera Is Saved!
Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza Culture Report: Tijuana’s New School Murals Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza

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

AjA Project is searching for the Lead Teaching Artist will lead participatory photography based instruction at one site and work with the site’s assistant instructors. He or she will report directly to the Program Coordinator. Must be a trained (formally or informally) photographer plus experience in one or more of the following: ESL teaching, participatory photography methods, art therapy, child psychology, middle/high school counseling/education, social justice issues, or working with ethnically diverse communities. They are also looking for an Assistant Photography Instructor to work with youth in AjA’s programs, as well as assisting the Lead Teaching Artist and Program Coordinator with general program support in the office. General working knowledge of Mac & PC computers, internet communications, Microsoft Office, especially Excel spreadsheet management and graphic illustrations is preferred. No photography experience is required. Must be accepting of differing religious and political views and culturally literate. More info: Julia Richardson 619.223.7001

Artist applications for the SD Foundation 2015 Creative Catalyst Fellowship Program will be available in early summer 2014. If funded, these projects will begin January 1, 2015. For more information regarding the Fellowship Program or to be included on the mailing list to receive an application, please send your name and mailing address to Felicia W. Shaw, Director of Arts and the Creative Economy.

Athenaeum 's 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition, on view August 2 through 30, 2014. An opening reception with the artists will be held on Friday, August 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., prizes will be awarded. This year’s jurors are Sally Yard, Professor of Art History, University of San Diego and Derrick Cartwright, Director of University Galleries & Professor of Art History, University of San Diego. The deadline to enter is 5:30 p.m., June 18, 2014. Fees are $15 for Athenaeum members and $20 for non-members. Entry forms can be picked up in person 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 or downloaded. Admission for the opening reception and exhibition is free for Athenaeum members and the public. For more info: 858.454.5872

The Crowd-Painting Project organized by Emily Grenader aims to create a large painting of portraits where each portrait is painted by a different artist on a single canvas. For the project, you visit her studio to paint your portrait in the shared canvas. All materials will be provided. Acrylic paint will be used. For more info: 713.581.0651

The La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF) is in its first grant cycle and invites nonprofits serving La Jolla to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to express interest in applying for a grant ($20 K available) during the 2014-15 grant cycle. The Foundation will be accepting LOI’s for projects that focus on arts and / or science. Priority consideration will be given to projects that combine both arts and science. This grant cycle is committed to the financial support of organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work or attend schools within the geographic boundaries of 92037. The deadline for submitting the LOI is Monday, June 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. For more information e click here


Oceanside Museum of Art will present PAMM - PolyAesthetic Mapping: The MusesArt and Science - Tuesday, June 17, 7- 8:30pm. This is part of the DNA of Creativity project and includes Pecha Kucha Lectures from all four teams. Plus PAMM microtonal performances with poetry and Photoscopia demonstration ( 704 Pier View Way Oceanside , 92054) DNA of Creativity: opened wit 700 in attendance and is on until Aug 4, 2014. More info: Patricia Frischer 760.943.0148.  DNA of Creativity and SD View Art Now are projects of San Diego Visual Arts Network.

The Getty Foundation announced their selection of The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), Memories of Underdevelopment Exhibition research support: $275,000, Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) Displacement: Mexican Photography, 2000-2012 Exhibition research support: $100,000, University of San Diego (USD), Xerox Art in Brazil and Argentina, 1970-1980 Exhibition research support: $58,000 and The San Diego Museum of Art Indigenismos: Amerindian Inscriptions in the Art of the Americas Exhibition research support: $175,000 to receive part of a total $5 million in grants to 46 Southern California cultural institutions. As part of this grand-scale collaboration, partners will present thematically linked exhibitions in September 2017.The theme of this Pacific Standard Time series is LA/LA, focusing on Latin American and Latino art and the influence of Latino culture across Southern California, a perfect fit for San Diego's border-side location.

Museum of Photographic Arts (1649 El Prado, SD 92101) and Modern San Diego present a deeper look into Lynn G. Fayman: A Colorful Life. There was a hosted reception followed by a discussion about Fayman’s contribution to San Diego art and culture, led by David Hampton, accompanied by a presentation of important and never before seen Fayman works by MOPA’s Assistant Curator Chantel Paul. More info: Melissa Pfeiffer, 619.238.7559 ext. 290.

The San Diego Museum of Art presentsSorolla and America, opening Saturday, May 31. The exhibition is the first retrospective on Spanish Post-Impressionist Joaquin Sorolla’s impact in the U.S. and will feature his most iconic works. The first work to enter the Museum’s collection was Sorolla’s Maria at La Granja , donated in 1925. There is a symposium: Henri/Sorolla, Saturday, May 31.  

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego had more than 375 bidders and all 100 lots found new homes, and they raised a net revenue of $900,000 in its biennial art auction. The Give Big donation campaign raised $1,121, 782 which is not that much more considering it was 24 hour instead of 5 hours, and almost 6000 donation for just under 6000 donors. Obviously Art is BIG, BIG business.  

Women’s History Museum and Education Center Women Artists Of The West 44th National Juried Exhibition (2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16 SD, 92016) An Art Lovers Reception Tuesday, May 27 and June 12th from 6 - 8pm Meet some , artists whose work is included in this 223 piece exhibition of fine art and sculptures.. Learn about the history and accomplishments of WAOW, a 44 year old organization of women artists from around the country. For more info: Ashley Gardner 619 233-7963. 

#1 The San Diego History Center’s Costume Council is hosting fashion lovers and designers galore at a festive luncheon and fashion show, Fashion: Past, Present, Future, on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the House of Hospitality ballroom in Balboa Park. Fashion from the collection and from retails stores will cover past and present and designs from the future will feature fashion from students and graduates from Fashion Careers College, Mesa College, and Palomar College. Tickets Student $25; Individual $115. More info: 619.232.6203 x148

#2 The San Diego History Center is part of the of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day May 31, at 1 pm through Labor Day 2014. in grateful appreciation for the tremendous sacrifice and service our military men, women, and families endure and provide. The event will be held in the History Center in Balboa Park and set against the backdrop of the Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse: How the Military Shaped San Diego. Some other museums which are participating include: Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego- Downtown, Museum of Photographic Arts, The San Diego Museum of Art, Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles.

#3 The San Diego History Center has announced that it will co-produce a high-quality, 30-minute documentary film on the history of Balboa Park. Funding will be provided by the San Diego Tourism Authority, through a grant from Tourism Marketing District [TMD], the San Diego History Center and private donors. Production of the film will begin immediately and will be completed by early November of 2014.UT San Diegowill serve as the premier media sponsor, providing research support, a community participation component and donated exposure for the effort in San Diego and beyond. Copies will be distributed to all Balboa Park institutions and to all San Diego third grade teachers. The film will premiere in early 2015, as part of the History Center’s planned 2015 Centennial programming.

ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems, which runs until Jan 11, 2015 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Museum is a mind-bending new exhibition that combines science and art to deceive the visitor through optical, perceptual and audio illusions. It shows that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what we observe by playfully allowing visitors to experience concepts used by magicians and explored by neuroscientists. Click here to see a video about ILLUSION and click here to read about it in the New York Times.


Tom Noel and Larry Baza of Noel-Baza Fine Art on India Street in Little Italy will be closing the gallery due to an increase in rents. We are very sorry to see this great gallery going and looking forward to private pop up shows curated by the team who intend to continue to support their roster of artists online. We know they are planning a series of shows at various locations over the next year beginning this fall. If you can visit the gallery before May 31, they are having a once in a lifetime sale with 20 to 40% off.  

The San Diego Museum of Art has hired SD native Anita Feldman as Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs. Feldman begins her role on May 5 and will lead the curatorial team responsible for the management of the Museum’s Permanent Collection, exhibitions, acquisitions, and research. Feldman brings to the Museum nearly 20 years of worldwide curatorial experience, including her most recent role as head of collections and exhibitions at The Henry Moore Foundation in London where she managed a collection of more than 12,000 objects, developed international and national exhibition programs, led conservation initiatives, and managed the curatorial, registrar, conservation, library and archive staff and budgeting.   

Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), a non-profit organization that provides strategic support and technology development for cultural institutions, today announced Nik Honeysett as chief executive officer. Honeysett joins BPOC from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where he was the head of administration. He will assume his new role June 2 nd, 2014.As the technology backbone of the 27 Balboa Park cultural institutions, BPOC is responsible for technology support and advancement, ranging from website development and park-wide wireless access to in-gallery technology innovation and digitizing the institutions’ world-renowned collections.  For example, BPOC has lead efforts to offer wireless access at the park and the digitization of the institutions’ collections.


Catherine Blakespear is the niece of local artist Rosemary KimBal and is running for Encinitas City Council this year. She is a strong advocate for the city to purchase Pacific View both in front of the City Council and the School Board. She is smart and clever and young and we think might be just what is needed to make sure a balance is maintained in Encinitas.

Tate Britain today announced the four artists who have been short listed for the Turner Prize 2014. The artists are Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell.  This year marks the 30th year of the Turner Prize, founded in 1984.

Blouin ArtInfo tells us that Christie’s brought in a mind-boggling $744,944,000 in its Post-War and contemporary art evening sale at Rockefeller Center on May 13, the highest tally ever for any auction. The Warhol White Marilyn of 1962 alone brought in $41 million.

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RAW April 2014

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.” Steven Wright

Give Big San Diego on Tuesday May 6 only Midnight until 11:59 pm - Donate to San Diego Visual Arts Network with a $25 minimum using Visa or Master Card. The SD Foundation will make a percentage match of funds raised 24 hours only. See our Better Giving profile San Diego Synergy Arts Network The San Diego Foundation has provided $100,000 and both US Bank and The Waitt Foundation have each contributed $25,000 toward the incentive pool, for a total of $150,000 for matching funds.

New Contemporaries VII at Meyer Fine Arts (2400 Kettner Blvd, Suite 104, SD 92101) opens on Thurs. May 15 fro 6-9 pm and runs Fri may 9 to Sat June 28. These are the emerging artists nominated for the SD Art Prize and include Shane Anderson, Leonardo Francisco, Dave Ghilarducci, Garrett P. Goodwin, Emily Grenader, Bhavna Mehta, Margaret Noble, Kim Reasor , Gail Schneider, Lauren Siry, Cheryl Tall, Vicki Walsh, Joe Yorty . More info:: 619.358.9512

DNA of Creativity at RED on Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 pm. a special FREE presentation before the 8PM performance San Diego REPertory Theatre at the Lyceum 79 Horton Plaza, SD, 92101. Delve more deeply into the motivations of Rothko by exploring what happens when the Rorschach inkblot test meets giant Zen brush painting techniques of Rosemary KimBal. This is a hands-on opportunity. to learn about the DNA of Creativity in a PechaKucha format with Kira Carillo Corser for Sea Changes: Act, Kaz Maslanka for PAMM - PolyAesthetic Mapping: The Muses, Jason Rogalski for Urban Succession  and Patricia Frischer for SD View Art Now. Stay for the evening performance and SDVAN (the non profit producer of DNA of Creativity) will receive a $10 donation for each standard or premium seat sold. Please enter this code: SDVAN which can be used online, over the phone 619.231.4304 and at the box office.

David Rolland posted in City Beat a simple solution structure for the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration which we think is a winner. Simple ideas are often best. Past (history of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition) Present (local groups organizing events in the park to show our diversity) Future (technology presentations). Have these themes presented consecutively during the year and you can divide and conquer instead of confusing all the possibilities. And because time is short extend this into 2016 just like the original.

Another great report from John Eger titled Hong Kong Zeros in on Creativity. He speaks of Arts and Culture Districts as economic drivers for a healthy community. We can’t say this enough!

Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC) recently approved a $350,000 acquisition loan to help Space 4 Art to construct a new mixed use arts complex in one of LISC San Diego’s Building Sustainable Communities. Once completed, this new permanent home will feature 21 Studio Spaces, 18 live work units and 18,000 square feet of gallery, classroom and performing arts space. Space 4 Art has been in operation for over 4 years, and was visited by over 20,000 people in 2013.

On Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 9:00am MayorKevin Faulconer will introduce the 2012/13 Arts and Culture Economic and Community Impact Report.  

Mayor Faulconer's proposed City budget for FY15 includes $9.8 million for the Commission for Arts and Culture, a $200,000 increase for programs and grants over the current year, and funds to replace a previously eliminated staff position at the Commission.  In order to catch up with the 'Penny for the Arts' blueprint, as approved by City Council in 2012 and for which Councilmember Faulconer voted twice, the FY15 budget needs to include a more significant, $4.2 million increase for the Commission. Read the Commission for Arts and Culture Department's Proposed Budget.


SD Art Prize 2013 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
DNA of Creativity at Oceansdie Musuem of Art intro by Patricia Frischer
Culture Report: Creative DNA and NCVII and SD Art Prize Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Rittermann, de la Hoz win art prize Artists recognized by San Diego Visual Arts Network Union Tribune by James Chute
DNA of Creativity grant fuses arts with science City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Fusion of Art and Science in innovative exhibition Coast News by Kay Colvin
Butterflies & Beyond: A moving exhibit comes to La Jolla’s Gotthelf Gallery La Jolla Light and Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, photos by Maurice Hewitt
2014 Southern California-Baja Norte Exhibition Picked Ripe
by Joe Nalven
A room of Matthew Bradley’s own City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Bridget Rountree examines the hierarchy of help City Beat by Kinsee Morlan

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

The Art of Photography is on a hiatus for at least one year. It had moved from the Lyceum to the San Diego Art Institute, Now Stephen Burnsis holding a large juried photography show back at the Lyceum to show works of San Diego Photoshop Users Group (PAG) and friends. Contact him for more information.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is launching a contest for artists age 25 and under who live in San Diego County. Images of entries must be submitted to the MCASD website by 11:59 PM on Friday, May 16. A panel of judges will select 25 finalists, whose work will be displayed at the Museum in a showcase event on Saturday, June 7 from 2-4 PM.  Visit 25 and Under Contest  for contest details.

Front Porch Gallery is making a call for its SD County Open Juried Exhibition in Carlsbad. Check out the prospectus or call or email for more info: Julie Weaverling 760-795-6120

Beliz Iristay has been teaching ceramic techniques locally since 2012 in the beautiful wine country of Valle de Guadalupe You can have a pleasant weekend visit wine tasting and experiencing at a 2 day Raku workshop from June to Dec open to all levels of expertise. Tuition of $100 includes instruction by artist Beliz Iristay, use of tools, clay and glazes, bisque and raku firing and lots of fun for two days. The classes are 10 a.m 5 pm. each day. The classes are open to people 18 and over. Held at Turkmex Designs KM 95.Carretera Tecate-Ensenada. For more info:


The SD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, 2014. but tickets will go on sale in January. 

DNA of Creativity: opened wit 700 in attendance and is on until Aug 4, 2014 at Oceanside Museum of Art, (704 Pier View Way Oceanside, 92054)  More info: Patricia Frischer 760.943.0148.  DNA of Creativity and SD View Art Now are projects of San Diego Visual Arts Network.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego holds its annual auction on April 30. They very cleverly had their curators make their own picks and we were especially intrigued by Liza Lou’sCoil.estimated at at $55K to $65K. For twenty-five years, she has transformed glass beads into every day forms. This coil, which suggests the utility of hardware-store nylon rope is, in fact, a helix-woven cord of hand-threaded beads: laborious, luxurious, and utterly useless. From Sat. May 17 watch for both Treasures of the Tamayo, Mexico City and also Tim Youd: The Long Goodbye. Both exhibitions will remain on view through August 31 at the La Jolla location. Downtown  they are launching. We were gratified to see that they cross promoted there downtown show with the Mission Federal Art Walk in April  

Art is sweet at the New Children’s Museum Sculpt your favorite sweet treat out of clay on May 17 at 1 pm with artist, Amy Mayfield. You will learn new art skills to create a flavorful clay ice cream cone display for Mass Creativity Day at The New Children's Museum on June 28! Plus, enjoy real ice cream treats at the end of this free workshop.


Ann Berchtold founder of Art San Diego Contemporary Art Showr is now Show Director at Redwood Media Group. She is hoping to influence the way contemporary artist are promoted at all the art fairs under this umbrella group.

What does the San Diego Opera closure mean for the rest of the arts in SD? Can they be rescued and can they be more creative about their organization in order to rescue it? Are there lessons to be learned here? Molly Whittaker announced a meeting Hosted by Nicolas Reveles in April to think about how SD Opera moves forward with alternative models of Opera in America.


Things We Do in Bed celebrates quilts and their continuing links to what goes on behind the bedroom door. This exhibition is displayed through the five bedrooms in Danson House, Bexleyheath in England, with each room focusing on a different bed activity: Birth, Sleep, Sex, Illness, Death. Sounds like a wonderful theme for a show.

Jokesters in Devon, UK have played an April Fool’s prank on Damien Hirst by adding a pair of stripy socks to his statue “Verity.” Locals in Ilfracombe, where the statue is located, were the first to spot the monument’s new attire and a group called the Ilfracombe Knitting Bombers have since claimed responsibility for the prank. Gotta love those Brits.

The Washington Post and New York Magazine confirm that George W. Bush is an artist of merit. This tidbit sent in by Joe Nalven notes not only the aesthetic merit of Bush’s portrait of Vladimir Putin but also captures the soul of the Russian president.. There are two dozen canvases by Bush as a key part of The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy exhibition that is opening in Dallas, Texas at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

The Art Price Art Market 2013 is now ready for a free download. They have already told us that 2013 was the best year ever with over $12 billion in sales. They say that this is not a bubble due to the large influx of new museums, art investment funds and private billionaire buyers. Interestingly, sales for drawings has increased a whopping 185% due to the Chinese admiration of works on paper. Eight of the top 50 bid went to living artists. China, USA and UK still dominate the marketplace. Until 2008, Christie’s and Sotheby’s accounted for 70% of Fine Art revenues at auction, but in 2013, they only represented 55% of sales volumes, with less than 9% of lots sold throughout the world. Because the Chinese auction market is untested and could be unsupported long term, the high figures could be shaky especially for young Asian artists. Established names continue to hold strong. See there list of top ten selling artists in our Smart Collector update.

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My ex-wife does black and white landscape photography of Scotland, which is her homeland. At one show I overheard a young man tell his date: "WOW! I didn't know everything in Scotland was black and white!"

Alison Renshaw car painting and on our SDView Art Now Promotion Flyer

SD Art Prize 2013 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St. La Jolla, 92037) Friday, April 4, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. with James Hubbell with emerging artist Brennan Hubbell and Debby and Larry Kline with emerging artist James Enos. Art Notes by Daniel Foster, Director, and Danielle Susalla Derry, Curator from the OMA and David Antin and Charles Miller.The show runs April 5 - May 3 and has an opening reception onMore 858.454.5872 or 760.943.0148

The DNA of Creativity will make a special presentation before the 8 PM performance of RED on Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 pm. The play is at the San Diego REPertory Theatre (79 Horton Plaza, SD, 92101) at the Lyceum starting at 8 pm and is a stunning performance about the life of Mark Rothko. Delve more deeply into the motivations of Rothko by exploring what happens when the Rorschach inkblot test meets giant Zen brush painting techniques in this hands-on free opportunity. Information about the DNA of Creativity will be presented in a PechaKucha format, where each of the 4 teams will project 10 slides with only 20 seconds to describe each image. Make a date on Sat, April 26 and SDVAN (the non profit producer of DNA of Creativity) will receive a $10 donation for each standard or premium seat sold. Please enter this code: SDVAN which can be used online, over the phone 619.231.4304 and at the box office to assure your donation.  

We are happy to report that Jason Rogalski (leader of Urban Succession, A DNA of Creativity project) has worked with his classes to win the  Bright Idea Award for their Walk-in-Painting: Photosynthesis Fiesta that will be exhibited at the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. Jason works at the JCS,  San Diego  Academy where he teaches "Science Infused with Art" classes. Listen to his interview on KOGO radio. Jason and his class were also on KSWB and Fox 5. That face hair is worth its weight in free PR!

We will be attending Southern California/Baja Norte Juried Award Exhibition with an Opening Reception Sat, April 5 at 6 pm - $10 for members, $20 for public. The Show runs to May 18 at San Diego Art Institute's Museum of the Living Artist (1439 El Prado, Balboa Park - House of Charm, SD 92101) SDVAN is contributing $500 as the Peter Franck juror’s choice award. For more info and reservation: Marc Pickett 619.236.0011

Matt D’Arrigo , CEO of ARTS | A Reason to Survive, has been elected to serve on the National Arts Education Advisory Council for Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Congrats to Matt.

You can read about the Global Culture Districts Networkin a report on Re-imagining Cities by John Eger. In it he announces a meeting June 17-19 in Dallas, Texas, The New Cities Foundation expects to attract over a thousand leaders from cities around the world, most of whom will hear about creative place making, technology innovations, new transportation schemes, sustainability, financing and audience building. Plus his article Lobbying for the Arts reminds us that whether you call it the new age of creativity or the new age of innovation, these are the two elements that will mean economic success in the future.

We can’t be happier to announce that the City of Encinitas purchased the Pacific View School site for at least $9.5 million from the Encinitas school district. We were very impressed to see the strong line up for a board meeting in Encinitas to discuss a possible arts center. Thanks to Mary Fleener, Scott Chatfield, Blair Schultze, Sarah Garfield, Annie Leaf, Anton Gershler, Dr. Timothy Lueker, Danny Salzhandler, Dody Crawford, Catherine Blakespear and Darius Degher for speaking out. Huge congratulation to Mayor Teresa Barth and City Council members Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer for voting to make the last-minute offer. We are hopeful that Jim Gilliam arts administrator for the city will be charged with making this a public use space of excellence.

The San Diego Puppetry Guild announced its 2014's Seed Grant Awardees.  Joyce Hutter, for development of adult/mature adolescent piece:Ordinary Objects, Mindy Donner, for development of a piece for mature youth and up:The Food Truck and Tim West for the development of a piece for 8-10 year olds:Sky Unlimited. Congratulations to all the awardees.

Robert Pincus (curator and moderator) and The San Diego Foundation Hoffman Room give us a Creative Catalyst Meet the Artists event at 5:00 p.m. On Thurs, April 17 Intersection of Culture, Fusions of Form: Part I with Jamex and Einar de la Torre Whysidro and Miki Iwasaki - Wind Vessel.

3 rd annual Encinitas Arts Festival was held March 23 at theSan Dieguito Academy Performing Arts Center.The festival theme this year was, “Passport to the Arts”, and offered 22 dance, theatre and music performances on 3 stages by students and professionals, plus hands-on art workshops, 28 artist booths, 2 student art exhibits, chalk art, and gourmet food trucks. New this year was a showcase of high school and college bands. The festival is free of charge. Encinitas Mayor Teresa Arballo Barth and Dana Smith, Dean of MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus opened the festival and County Supervisor Dave Roberts was there as well. More info: Jim Gilliam 760.633.2746

If you missed this arts festival make sure and mark the date for Oceanside Days of Art on Sunday April 27 and the launch of the first ever First Friday:  Oceanside Arts Walk event on August 1.


The supple ideas in “Lure” at Mesa College Art Gallery CultureBuzz by Robert L. Pincus
Raymond Elstad at the Encinitas Liabrary Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Christo talks! Superstar wrap artist wows crowd at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla La Jolla Light and Picked Ripe by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Christo at Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, : Installations, Photos, Drawings and Film Documentary by Cathy Breslaw
Lumen, Shadows, & Chroma = Levine, Mandell & Parnes at Mission Trails Regional Park Picked Ripe by Joe Nalven
Janine Free's Street Photography Picked Ripe by Joe Nalven
Hill & Stump, Marshall Vanderhoof: Embracing the Art Energy on Main Street / Barrio Logan Art Nag by Joe Nalven
Daphne Hill and Anna Stump’s collaborative creations City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Sculptor Chris Warr’s room full of ghostsCity Beat by Kinsee Morlan
R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, Exhibits Works by Painter Ricardo Xavier by Cathy Breslaw
Scott White Contemporary, La Jolla Exhibits Group Show with Well Known Mid-Century Painters Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski and more…. by Cathy Breslaw
Painter, Irene Abraham's work, 'Outside Inside' Exhibited at Solana Beach City Gallery, Solana Beach, CA by Cathy Breslaw
Meyer Fine Art Exhibits Artist Clay Walker's Paintings, Drawings, Woodblock Prints, and Sculpture by Cathy Breslaw
Voz Alta will not be silenced City Beat By Seth Combs
James Luna contemporizes American Indian art City Beat by Kinsee Morlan

Art News Compilations
Culture Report: Is Smaller Better? Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: 99 Problems and the Balboa Park Centennial Is One Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Experimenting on Adams Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza

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

Brandon Gallery is making a call for artist for its Art of the Portrait, 2014 exhibition. For more information contact Noreen Ring in Fallbrook. 760-723-1330

Fusion Glass Co is making an open call for submissions to "Drive by Shootings" Hot Shots from Mobile from Mobile Devices" an art exhibition inspired by the mobility and spontaneity of our digital age. The show will run from April 14th to June 2nd, with an Artists Reception on Sat. 19th April at our "Tea With The Queen" Event from noon to 5:30pm.If you are interested in being part of this show please send us three samples of recent work pertinent to the theme. Submissions must include an image/images taken on a mobile device. Manipulated, collage, painted over, made into origami sculptures! whatever you can come up with... we want to see it! Images should reach us by march 10th 2014. Please send images to . Accepted artists will receive notification by March 17th, Drop-off date for work will be April 14th. More info: Debb 619-461-4440

Fusion Glass Co is also on the hunt for a Superstar intern. Are you a friendly, creative, fun loving, professional self starter interested in perusing a career in the ARTS? Interested in all aspects of running an ART related business. Willing to turn your hand to social media marketing, graphic design, customer service, data input. You might be earning a degree towards Fine Art, Art History, Arts Management, Studio Management, Marketing etc. Internship details: 20 (flexible) hours per week Internship for school credit. Knowledge of MS Word, Publisher, Excell, Powerpoint, Photoshop, Illustrator is a definite benefit. You MUST be active & familiar with social Media sites as part of your duties will include creating interesting content for our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc. We require a Professional demeanor Punctual/Reliable Responsible Self Starter Willingness to learn all aspects of the gallery. More info: Debb 619-461-4440

Grand Image is making a call for SD artists for a SD hotel elevator lobbies on each floor. Original art at least 30” x 20” to be digitally enlarged to 60” x 40” size reproductions for the hotel corridors. Their total budget is $1,500 for artwork creation and/or licensing of existing work including costs for scanning/capture. They are interested in using 1-2 artists in the project and the art work would be printed a total of 5-10 times with a total of 2-4 images to be used multiple times. Deadline is Fri, March 28th at 5 PM. More info: Alyssa  


Oceanside Museum of Art DNA of Creativity: Sat. April 12, reception 6 to 8 pm to Aug 4, 2014 at The Groves Gallery and Auditorium ( 704 Pier View Way Oceanside, 92054)  More info: Patricia Frischer 760.943.0148.  DNA of Creativity and SD View Art Now are projects of San Diego Visual Arts Network.

The SD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, 2014. but tickets will go on sale in January.

The San Diego Museum of Art Alfredo Jaar will be the featured speaker for the 14th annual Axline Lecture on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at The San Diego Museum of Art. Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker born in Santiago, Chile, that uses multimedia installations, photographs, film, and public interventions to explore conflict and complex global social and political situations. Jaar’s video Muxima will be on view at The San Diego Museum of Art from March 15 through July 8, 2014. MoCASD is co-sponsor of this lecture series which is funded by Jackie and Rea Axline, long-time trustees and supporters of both museums. Remember33rd annual Art Alive  is coming up starting April 11 -13..  

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has selected the architecture firm Selldorf Architects, New York, to partner in developing t expansion planned of the La Jolla location. Their other clients include cultural institutions and universities such as the Neue Galerie New York, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,  and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation., as well as numerous galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery, among others, and designed installations exhibitions for Frieze Masters, Gagosian Gallery and the 2013 Venice Art Biennale.  

Marti Kranzberg reports back to us about Lux Art Institute's new Educational Pavilion. “Very impressive, and their art educational program looks super in this stunning setting that is rich with creative energy bursting forth from both it's beautiful setting, as well as their artist in residence program. Check it out, and if you have any kids, take a serious look at enrolling them in a program here.”


We are devastated to hear of the passing of Ernest Silva ( Feb 25, 2014). He was one of the first three SD Art Prize recipients in 2006 and a huge supporter of this award. We know he was loved by his students and family and friends and he will be mourned by us and greatly missed. The arts community is much smaller because of his absence. May he rest in peace. An Appreciation of Ernest Silva by Robert Pincus and Kinsee Morlan’s article Lasting Legacy.  

San Diego Opera can not find enough support and will close after 49 years Ian Campbell, its general and artistic director and CEO, and the board voted 33-1 vote to cease operations at the end of 2014. We love this quote from Iris Strauss, board member, “It’s such a sad day, But this has to happen. We have tried everything. I’ve gone to so many people that I don’t have any friends left.”


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“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.” Steven Wright  

Left: Two tourist enjoying a sculpture at their own risk. Right: Baldessari from Georges at the Cove.

Have you taken the walk to see the Murals of La Jolla. They include our favorites Richard Allen Morris, John Baldessari, Robert Irwin/Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Kim MacConnel, Roy McMakin, and Julian Opie as well as Catherine Opie, Fred Tomaselli. Gajin Fuijita, Anya Gallaccio, Robert Ginder, Ann Hamilton, and Ryan McGinness, Three more to be installed and then some of them will start to be changed out. You might have walked by them without noticing them so it is worth a dedicated trip. What a fabulous gift to La Jolla from the La Jolla Community Foundation which is closely affiliated with the larger San Diego Foundation.

The DNA of Creativity will make a special presentation before the 8PM performance of RED on Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 pm. The play is at the San Diego REPertory Theatre (79 Horton Plaza, SD, 92101) at the Lyceum starting at 8 pm and is a stunning performance about the life of Mark Rothko. Delve more deeply into the motivations of Rothko by exploring what happens when the Rorschach inkblot test meets giant Zen brush painting techniques in this hands-on free opportunity. Information about the DNA of Creativity will be presented in a PechaKucha format, where each of the 4 teams will project 10 slides with only 20 seconds to describe each image. Books seats for the evening performance on Sat, April 26 and SDVAN (the non profit producer of DNA of Creativity) will receive a $10 donation for each standard or premium seat sold. Please enter this code: SDVAN which can be used online, over the phone 619.231.4304 and at the box office to assure your donation. We recommend parking at the Horton Plaza Public Parking – enter from 4th Ave and F St. Parking tickets can be validated at any time for 3 hours in the Horton Plaza Mall machines or during show times and presentation time for 4 hours in the Lyceum Theatre.

Mission Federal ArtWalk, the largest fine arts festival in Southern California, unveiled the recipients of the inauguralArtie Awardsat a private event held at the Westgate Hotel. In celebration of the festival’s 30th anniversary Interim Mayor of the City of San Diego Todd Gloria presented a proclamation to commemorate Mission Federal Credit Union’s long-standing support of the arts. This year’s featured artists were also featured. Sandi Cottrell, managing director for ArtWalk San Diego said. “The Arties are ArtWalk’s way of recognizing individuals who appreciate the power of art and help us use it to connect communities.”  The Artie Awards were bestowed on the following influencers: Remedios Gomez Arnau , the Consul General of Mexico, Rana Sampson, wife of former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, ·Constance White, Art Program Manager for the San Diego International Airport, Patricia Frischer, coordinator at San Diego Visual Arts Network,· Debra Schwartz, and Neville Billimoria, Mission Federal Credit Union.

Announcing the New Contemporaries VII at Meyer Fine Arts (2400 Kettner Blvd, Suite 104, SD 92101)showing from Fri. May 9 to Sat June 28 with an Opening Reception: Fri May 9, VIP from 4-6 pm, Kettner Nights 6-9pm, Panel Reception : Fri June 13, 7pm – 8:30 pm. Shane Anderson, Leonardo Francisco, Dave Ghilarducci, Garrett P. Goodwin, Emily Grenader,Bhavna Mehta, Margaret Noble, Kim Reasor , Gail Schneider, Lauren Siry, Cheryl Tall, Vicki Walsh, and Joe Yorty. More info:: 619.358.9512

The A List—the Athenaeum’s membership group for young arts enthusiasts is being revitalized and rebranded to the Nite Owls. The Nite Owls will still have a few mixers, but would like to host more arts events of other genres, such as poetry nights, art classes, a guest lecture on art and music, and even concerts. We will also be launching a series of events open only to Nite Owls members. The Nite Owls is having a rebranding launch cocktail party on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. with the art of Robert Irwin and a DJ dance party. Admission to the Nite Owls cocktail launch party is free for Nite Owls members. Tickets are $10 for Athenaeum members and $12 for arts and music enthusiasts aged 21-45, and can be purchased online or 858.454.5872.

Transformations – the Butterfly Project and Beyond Reception Tues. March 11, 7:30 show March 12 to May 30 at The Gotthelf Art Gallery, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, 92037). More info: 858.362.1344

Contemporary Arts Committee of the SDMA is offering a North County Artists Studios Bus Day tour includes visits to Allison Renshaw – Painting, Paul Henry – Furniture, Nottingham Artists' Guild - Glass, Ceramics, Wood, Alex Long – Pottery, Guided by Artist Vicki Walsh (New Contemporaries VII aritists) and one FABULOUS lunch on March 20 starting at 10:30 am . $95 - Contemporary Arts Committee member * $105 - The San Diego Museum of Art member * $115 - Not member of either. More info Robin Lipman 858-794-7968  

Vincent Kitch stepped in as the City of Carlsbad's cultural-arts manager about four months ago and they are seeking input on a signature work of art for the new roundabout under construction at the intersection of Carlsbad Boulevard and State Street. The city selected Bay Area artist Roger White Stoller to create a sculpture that will reflect Carlsbad's unique community and cultural identity. Learn more about his proposed artwork, titled "CoastalHelix," and let them know what you think. Comment online or fill out a comment form at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane or Cole Library by March 3.

The great art supporter and friend to the visual arts Marti Krane is receiving a STAR Award from the San Diego Performing Arts League for her work with Vantage Theatre. The Star Award honors the volunteers who have donated countless hours to music, theater, dance and other cultural institutions in San Diego County, and recognizes the crucial role that volunteers play in helping our arts community to thrive. Each organization selects their own Honoree to be recognized at this special event. Congratulations to Marti.


Matt Devine prepares for his most diverse show, City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Manny Farber’s Paper Paintings and David Adey’s Hither and Yon, CultureBuzz by Robert L. Pincus
Lure: all is not what it seems at SD Mesa College Art Gallery Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Women's Museum of California: Exhibits and Collections Picked RAW Peeled
by Joe Nalven
Copley bequest brings "wrap artist" Christo to Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla La Jolla Light and Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
"Power", Global Social and Environmental Issues Explored at Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Picked RAW Peeled by Cathy Breslaw
Chicanitas: Small Paintings From the Cheech Marin Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, downtown San Diego Picked RAW Peeled by Cathy Breslaw
Portable Paintings Reader by W.S. Di Pier
Street jam Reader by W.S. Di Pier
The art of the spoon Reader by Ian Pike
Andrew Printer is ready to move on
City Beat by Kinsee Morlan

Art News Compilations

The Kinsee Report: Bagby Beer's "Cancer Can't Kill Me" graffiti and more City Beat by Kinsee Morlan
Culture Report: Goodbye, Leonard Knight Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Functional Brotherhood Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza
Culture Report: Good News for A Ship in the Woods Voice of San Diego by Alex Zaragoza

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

Theatre Arts West is making an open call for female visual artists for a Women’s Project at the Fallbrook School of Arts.The deadline is May 1 st for entries and the show runs only June 19 to 22 but this is part of a large event with plays, panels, films, dances and music. For more information contact Gabriele Bitter 714.457.5596

The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency is a new game development studio located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District. The company is headed up by David Jaffe (God of War, Twisted Metal) and Nick Kononelos (SCEA) and the agency’s Technical Director is longtime industry vet and rockstar programmer Michael Riccio (SCEA, High Moon Studios). The company is fully funded and is currently creating our first game- an action title based on an original IP. They are actively searching for talented teammates especially an Art Director and programmers with Unity and/or online experience) and to join the agency.

Space 4 Art ( 325 15th Street, SD 92101) has affordable work only studio spaces available. Check it out at or contact Alisunn Curtin 619 269 7230for more info.

The National Art Education Association Convention  (NAEA) is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. It is the world's largest art education convention. It is held here in SD this year from March 29-31 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. It is a professional development opportunity to update yourself on the vista of state-of-the-art materials to advance visual art instruction in your program.. Sessions are scheduled from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm every day. View Convention Preview PDF here.

ARTS (a reason to Survive) is looking to hire a Deputy Director to help lead and run day to day operations. This is a high level leadership position that will partner with the Founder/CEO to help strengthen and grow the organization. Please review the description and requirements and submit resumes through the job portal. The closing date to apply is March 31 st.


Mingei International Museum Through June 1 you can see Function and Fantasy: Steven and William Ladd are brothers who work with beads, fabric and boxes in developing labor intensive, meticulous and abstract work that expresses their shared memories of family life in Missouri. Opening March 22 A Golden Age Of Marketing Design Huyler’s Pure Delicious Chocolate, 1876 -1925. This charming exhibition will explore the 50-year advertising and marketing design history of this high-end chocolate manufacturer through vintage cocoa tins, chocolate boxes, trading cards, magazine ads, promotional fans, shop signs, matchbook covers and other ephemera bearing the company’s name. A bit too late for Valentine’s Day but who doesn’t like chocolate.

The SD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, 2014. but tickets will go on sale in January.

The San Diego Museum of Art presents Tower After Hours: Ireland! on Thurs., Feb. 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Ireland and share in the festive atmosphere and immerse yourself in Irish culture, including live performances of traditional music and dance, classic pub fare, and, of course, pints of Guinness and other beers! And watch for Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain fromMarch 29 through Sept 09. Robert Henri one of the most influential American artists of the early twentieth century. He traveled to Spain seven times between 1900 and 1926, more than any other foreign destination, and produced a substantial body of work inspired by these trips.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego On view through 4/6/2014 XTO+J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. CopleyChristo and Jeanne-Claude—XTO and J-C—are best known for the monumental projects they have accomplished over four decades. This exhibition presents works which came to the Museum through David Copley’s bequest or were given in his honor, including significant donations from Christo himself. Read more in our Picked RAW Peeled blog Copley bequest brings "wrap artist" Christo to Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Also on view through April 30 Prospect 2014. Each year, MCASD’s curatorial staff organizes an exhibition entitled Prospect, presenting works under consideration for acquisition by the International and Contemporary Collectors groups. One or more of these works are then selected by ballot at the annual Selection Dinner.

Oceanside Museum of Art presents the joyful mirror covered mosaics of common objects in the works of Jean Wells: Icons of Desire through June 15 and starting March 22 to July 6 Solo Exhibition: Kenneth Capps will delight with his commercial tin covered sculptures. Of course, we are all saving the date April 12 for the SDVAN produced DNA of Creativity.

San Diego Museum of Man continues with Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities through August 17. Women are a powerful force in our global society. The Museum of International Folk Art, put together an exhibit that highlights ten grassroots cooperatives from ten different countries. Each cooperative has a different style of art, a different story, and a different but unforgettable impact on the lives of the women involved in it.

The San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts has come back with a facebook page and their first show: In Our Lifetime..." A photo exhibition commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.


We are saddened because of the passing of Mario Spiazzi the faithful husband and supporter of Renata Spiazzi. Both of them together hosted the Digital Art Guild monthly meeting and were great supporters of the entire arts community.

San Diego Museum of Art lays off four employees as reported by City Beat’s Kinsee Morlan. She is still trying to track down who is going but it appears that Alexander Jarman, the public-programs manager, and Renee Fricke, director of development and membership are no longer listed on the museum website. This is a huge blow to contemporary art in SD and strange as they just got a $1.5 million from Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner. The director has taken a 5% pay cut, but then she did get a 7.5% pay rise in 2013.


We are pleased to announce the selection of  Marcos Ramírez ERRE (previous SD Art Prize recipient) to the upcoming SITE Santa Fe Biennial: "SITElines: New Perspectives on the Art of the Americas." ERRE is among the 45 artists who will participate in SITE Santa Fe's newly reorganized signature exhibition.  ERRE's ambitious collaboration with fellow artist David Taylor will encompass film, photography, sculpture, and performance. Erre is is also displaying art at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach now through July.

The California Arts Council will be hiring individuals to fill program administrator positions for the first time in over ten years. Currently there are two vacancies to be filled. This is a rare opportunity to join a hard working agency during an exciting time of growth. The California Arts Council invites qualified applicants to participate in step one of a four-step hiring process which is quite complicated but take a look at this link. sent to us by Rachelle Ray who is a member of the PAMM team of DNA of Creativity.

KAWOMERA - Plant Pray Partner for Peace Trailer is a film made with photographer Marla Mossman as part of her Peace Caravan project.. In the remote town of Mbale, Uganda is a unique, interfaith community of coffee farmers who are Ugandan Jews, Muslims and Christians. They all work in harmony and are a great example of how peace is possible in the world. Please support this project and spread the word. Kawomera means Delicious Peace.

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RAW January 2014

Frustrated Judge to artist who has demanded to know why he did not receive an award. “Your work is good and original, unfortunately your good work is not original and your original work is not very good.”

Steel & Glass: The Sculptures of Jeffery Laudenslager and Deanne Sabeck
at the City of Carlsbad's Library & Cultural Arts Office (2955 Elmwood, Carlsbad, 92008)

John M. Eger wrote a new post World Peace Through World Culture where he urged that art be the vehicle to express culture in support of Pope Francis’s call for an end to violence. Professor Eger says, “While there are countless disciplines, which might reasonably serve as a means to understanding culture, such as history, sociology, mathematics, and science, only art lends itself to the full range of experiential capabilities offered by the new technologies. Maybe it is naive to say art is the universal language, and that we can open windows for all to see that we are just folks, and that we are one community. But there can be no more distilled expression of a culture than its works of art.”

Remember the Laurel Street Bridge to Balboa Park will be closed for an earthquake refit from Jan 2 to through April of 2014….don’t forget when you are on your way to the museums. You can still walk across and maybe that is part of your New Year’s resolution so don’t let it keep you from going to the park’s art attractions.

The Art Academy is welcoming five new teachers: Christopher Lee will be offering classes in Figure Sculpture and Mixed Media Sculpture. Doron Rosenthal will be teaching Stone Carving. Glen Maxion will be offering an Introduction t and Painting the Figure in Soft Pastel. Julie Warren will be teaching classes in Relief Printmaking. Isreal Serrano will be offering Graffiti: Fundamentals, Styles and Technique. For more info: Stuart Burton

Drink And Draw Officially Lands In San Diego! With the blessing of the original Drink and Draw, Los Angeles chapter, crew, Mark Irwin invites one and all to The Tidewater Tavern in Solana Beach February 4th, 2014, at 7 pm for a new monthly get together.

The San Diego county Fair in 2014 is being branded the Fab Fair and it is all about the 60s. Encinitas was chosen this year to supply folks for the promotion you will see on street banners before and during June 7 to July 6. Watch for Naimeh Tanha and Patricia Frischer along with a host of other good citizens in various guises and larger than life.

Aesthetics & Authenticity Symposium presented by the Airport Art Program has now been rescheduled for Fri. March 8 at 9 am and Sat March 9 at 3:30 pmat the New Central Library ( 330 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101). For $65 this also includes Pre-event: San Diego International Airport Art Tour & Reception March 7 and lunch and refreshments. Seven conversations and sessions will demonstrate how intentional planning and implementation for art and culture on a civic scale has a positive impact on how we live and how we experience our communities. Book early to assure space. More info:

STEAM Connect Conference is March 28 from 9 am to 5:30 with a reception until 7 pm hosted by the STEAM Site Sponsor, Qualcomm ( Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, SD, 92121) . They will bring together dynamic speakers, engaging entertainment, exemplary STEAM programs and inspiring STEAM students to deepen the discussions around STEAM, forge new partnerships for collective impact, and identify key action items to help turn great ideas into reality in and out of our classrooms. $20 to $65. For more info:

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

Southern California/Baja Norte Juried Award Exhibition is open to all artists in the Southern California/Baja Norte Region. Art must be original and never been exhibited in any SDAI juried show or exhibition. Submission is $20 for first image and $10 each image after. SDVAN is contributing $500 as the juror’s choice award for this show. The juror is Peter Frank noted critic and curator in Southern California. Show begins April 5 and runs to May 18. Deadline for application is March 8. For more info: Marc Pickett 619.236.0011

The 2014 San Diego Fringe Festival Poster Competition is now open for submissions. Deadline for submission Feb 16 th. Winner announced: Feb 24 th. The Award Winning design will be chosen by panelists including their advisory and marketing groups, as well as representatives from: Adelaide Fringe (AUSTRALIA), Roma Fringe Festival (ITALY), Athens Fringe Festival (Greece), FringeMNL (Philippines), Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival (Australia), Sopot Fringe Festiwal (Poland), Stoff - Stockholm Fringe Fest (Sweden), Capital Fringe (Washington DC), World Fringe (UK) and World Festival Network (Official) (UK).The SD Fringe Festival which was mainly performing arts will have a new Visual Arts component and SDVAN is being asked to advise for this exciting addition. More information:

Eighteen o Five (1805 Columbia Street, SD 92101 )presents Art Above San Diego, an open-air contemporary art fair that features collective works from some of San Diego’s most exciting emerging artists and art galleries. If you are interested in exhibiting at Art Above San Diego please contact Lauren Siry 619.888.8288

Jazzercise is seeking eclectic and abstract art only, to fill the walls in the headquarters in Carlsbad. No dimensions smaller than 30” height, need be submitted. Juried art for 6 month lease program. Email for application. Please do not contact Jazzercise but instead, for more info: Cheryl Ehlers 760.519.1551

Solana Beach is seeking an artist/artists to create an entry monument in a large median to welcome visitors to the City.  Request for Proposals states that the median is at the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Highland Drive and Linea de Cielo as it enters Rancho Santa Fe. The entry sign will not only identify the City by name, but must also express and reveal something about Solana Beach by its design. For inspiration, applicants should become acquainted with the City's highlights such as the Fletcher Cove Park, the Coastal Rail Trail and the City's current public art. The median can have related landscape and entry monument designs or it can be unique in its reflection of Solana B each. But hurry this is due Jan 30. For more info: Anita Edman 858.720.2454

Call for Entries is now open for the San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition, to be held at Mandeville Special Collections, Geisel Library, UCSD, May 4-June 22. A full color catalog will be available for purchase. Deadline for Entries: February 16, 2014. Artists must live or work within the USA. All structures of artists' books, unique or limited edition are eligible. Submission must include completed online entry form, images, and fee. $25 for San Diego Book Arts members, $35 for non-members. For more info: Fran Watson

Theatre Arts West is looking for visual female artists who would like their work displayed during our 4 day Women's Project event. For more info: Gabriele Bitter 714.457.5596

Great Neighborhood Challenge is a region-wide initiative that will grant 10 to 20 community awards between $1,000 and $5,000 each to encourage the creation and implementation of projects that improve neighborhoods in San Diego County presented by San Diego Foundation. For more info: Vi Nguyen  619.235.2300

FusionGlass Company in La Mesa is looking for a Super Star Intern to earn college credit and in charge of social media for the gallery. For more info: Debbie 619.461.4440

St. Mark's United Methodist Church Art Festival will be receiving art on Fri. March 14, 5:30-7:30pm and Saturday, March 15, 9-noon. Juror is Elaine Harvey. Cash prizes $500, $350, $200. Theme: Visions of Peace, religious images not required. The show runs from March 16 to April 26 th. More info: Judy Edelblute 858.273.1480.

Creative Capital is hosting free info sessions in SF Feb 3 and LA Feb 6but if you can't attend in person c heck out the Info Sessions Calendar for other upcoming sessions and online webinars about the award. In February 2014, Creative Capital will be considering proposals in Moving Image (formerly Film/Video) and Visual Arts. In 2015, the grant round will re-open for Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts proposals.


The SD Natural History Museum Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship will open at the San Diego Natural History Museum on February 8, but tickets will go on sale in January. 

Oceanside Museum of Art has a Free Family Art Day: Explore the World of Paper on Sun, Feb 2, a Armando de la Torre Panel Discussion about OMA’s Exploring Engagement Artist in Residence on Tue, Feb 4, OMA Artist Alliance Exhibition Opening Reception on Fri, Feb 7, Art After Dark: Vintage POP! , on Fri, Feb 14 and Jean Wells: Icons of Desire Fri, Feb 14.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is offering a tour of the downtown library with architect Robert Quigley but you have to be a member at the $1500 or higher level. This is the first of a series called Architecture + Design: Meet the New San Diego on Wed, Febr12 and includes the Library’s interim Executive Director Dana Springs, who successfully oversaw the permanent installation of the largest exhibition of City-owned artworks in San Diego’s history. Following the tour, the group will visit Quigley’s private studio space for a reception and further discussion about the library and his upcoming works

Women’s History Museum and Education Center presents Beautiful, Brilliant, and Brave: in Celebration of Black Women from Feb 7 to March 30. The guest curator is Starla Lewis, a longtime professor of Black History at Mesa Community College


San Diego Art Institute has hired Ginger Shulick Porcella as its permanent executive director beginning on March 3. Porcella comes to SDAI with wide-ranging experience in arts administration and exhibit curation. She previously served as the Executive Director of Art Connects New York, where she facilitated twenty-two contemporary art exhibitions annually and was responsible for the administration and fiscal management of the organization, leading successful fundraising efforts. In addition, Porcella is the Founder and Director of Big Deal Arts, an organization that provides comprehensive services to artists and arts organizations, a curator with Artist Pension Trust (APT Global), co-curator of the forthcoming Mediations Biennial, recipient of curatorial grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Danish Agency for Culture. Porcella holds a B.A. in Art History from DePaul University and a M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. We are excited to see the new wind that this exciting young professional brings to the SDAI.

Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum is losing Susan Chicoine who will become the newPublic Relations Director for The Old Globe Theatre. Congratulations to the Globe. Fleet Marketing and Communications Director Wendy Grant (619.238.1233 x705) will be interviewing to fill this vacancy.

The San Diego History Center has new visual culture curator Harry L. Katz. Katz is a distinguished scholar and the former head curator for prints and photographs at the Library of Congress and he will curate two of the anchor projects for the History Center’s 2015 centennial exhibitions.

San Diego Public Library has a new arts and culture exhibition manager for their Visual Arts Program, Kara West replaces Mark Elliot Lugo who retired in 2012. She has astounding plans to create a map of all the art spaces in all the county libraries. The flagship gallery will be downtown, but she will invite guest curators for that space and have an open submission policy for all the other spaces. We hope some of the best shows will travel city to city. Good luck Kara, we support you for this new inventive and county wide programming.


George Zimmerman who was acquitted last July of murdering Trayvon Martin has now sold to an un-named buyer a very tacky oil painting he created with a blue hued flag and some patriotic words. This was purchased on Ebay after 96 bids for $100.099.99. Did the buyer purchase to support Zimmerman in his right to defend himself or is this a buyer who things there will be historic interest in this work in years to come? Killing someone and profiting from your deed just does not seem cricket. Thanks to Mark Rodmen Smith for alerting us this story.

From last September, all undergraduates at Stanford University have had to take a compulsory class in "Creative Expression". There are 161 courses they can choose from and according to an article by Vincent-Lancrin, Francesco Avvisati and Gwenaël Jacotin in the Tuning Journal for Higher Education, arts graduates are more likely than others to be involved in product innovation. They hope within five years to have a student body that embraces the arts and artistic living

Cuban leader a hunchedFidel Castro, 87, has appeared in public for the first time in nine months, attending an art gallery opening near his home for the inauguration of a gallery by Cuban artist Alexis Leyva.

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