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Omission by John Mcphee, New Yorker, Sept 14, 2015 – Interview with General Eisenhower about a still life painting, “I said, “Why have you left out the grapes?” He said, “Because they’re too God-damned hard to paint.””

16 Words City Beat by Seth Combs (Let’s Redefine the New Art Patron: They give artists social equity, sweat equity, and intellectual equity. #4 Patricia Frischer)

Tara Donovan: Slinkys opening onSat. Feb 6, 6-8 pm to April 2 at Quint Gallery ( 7547 Girard Avenue, La Jolla 92037). Her show at MOCASD downtown was a show stopper. More info: Nina Makosch  858-454-3409

With great anticipation we look forward to Athenaeum Music & Arts Library opening the new Athenaeum Art Center with a reception on Sat. Feb 6 from 2 to 5 pm ( 1955 Julian Avenue, SD 92113). This will be a major placeholder in the Barrio Logan district. Their school is already functioning but this art center will offer exhibition space and will house a printing press. More info: 858.454.5872

Daniel Foster: Inside Out is the launch of his artist career at Susan Street Fine Art Gallery (200 North Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075) from Feb 8 -12 by appointment. Foster was the former director of the Oceanside Museum of Art, Riverside Art Museum and Riverside Foundation. Many remember him as the education director at SDAI. His art has been hidden from view until now. In January 1986, upon a visit to Spectrum Gallery in San Diego's Gaslamp District, Foster was deeply inspired by a Walter Wojtyla’s Stalker Dog series prismacolor drawing. He immediately purchased a box of colored pencils and has been making art ever since. His work will be revealed for the first time at this exhibition and celebrated at a reception: Fri., Feb.12, 5-9 pm and an Artists Talk: Sat, Feb. 13, 4-6 pm. Open without an appointment on Sat/Sun Feb 13/14 from 12 to 4 pm. BYOF (Bring your own flashlight) More info and RSVP:

Parkeology -- a live event + art tv series that unearths lesser known sites and stories of Balboa Park is lead by artist Kate Clark in collaboration with museums, archives, artists, historians, playwrights, and musicians in and out of Balboa Park. From February-June 2016, Parkeology will host five events that explore popular and obscure locations in the park, from the secret lives of artifacts to closeted histories, from underground models to re-imagined organ pavilions. Parkeology was funded by the San Diego Art Institute: In Dust We Trust!

Also organized by SDAI is The Gearheads series of workshops taking place at San Diego Art Institute's Horton Plaza Project Space, (324 Horton Plaza, SD 92101) at 7pm every third Thursday of the month until July with live video projections and music. The Gearheads series invites local musicians, videographers, and programmers to demonstrate their customized equipment. Each of a series of artists will discuss the different technology and hardware they implement, complete with How-To’s and Why-To’s. Special attention will be given Open-Source software and DIY gear, so that tinkerers can implement ideas affordably. These events are FREE!

Best in Show is an exhibition opening Sat Feb 13, 6-8pm (showing until March 17) with a series of cat and dog related events at the San Diego Art Institute: Dog Portrait and Adoption  Sat. Feb 20, noon – 3pm;   Ship Cats: Adventure! Courage! Betrayal!  Thurs. Feb 25  , 6-8pm; The Future is Meow: A Cat Fashion Show  Sat Feb 27, 6-8pm;  LOL Cat Gif Workshop  Sun. March 13 at noon.

It looks like St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center will reached its goal of raising $100,000 to be matched by an anonymous donor. On New Year’s Eve they were only about $450 short. Great news for all the wonderful art programs at the center and gallery.

The Board of Port Commissioners has approved artist concept proposals for three art projects to be installed in conjunction with the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina’s $200 million redevelopment project. The proposals were approved at the December 8, 2015, Board of Port Commissioners meeting and will fulfill the Port of San Diego’s “Tenant Percent for Art” requirement. Two of the works Tide and Kelp by Los Angeles artists After Architecture are outside and have LED components. The third, Mountainscape by Mark Smith, is a chandelier that references the SD coastline.

North Park Main Street is creating a second edition of the publication Explore North Park. It goes to the airlines, airports, hotels and other tourist’s organizations to be distributed to tourists. The second issue will be "arts" focused. To be included contact Patric Stillman of Studio Door.

Mission Federal ArtWalk unveiled the recipients of the third annual Artie Awards and announced the 2016 featured artists. Artie Awards recognize the supporters of San Diego’s lively arts scene and the annual Mission Federal ArtWalk event. Artie Award Winners included Kevin Hellman, publisher of San Diego CityBeat; Angela Carone, arts and culture writer at KPBS; Alan Ziter, executive director at the NTC Foundation; and Jennifer Borba von Stauffenberg, president of Olive PR Solutions, Inc. Four of the artist chosen to be featured are from SD and include: Irina Negulescu, Sarah Stieber, Dave Ness, and Leslie Pierce. The 32 nd annual Mission Federal ArtWalk will take place on April 30 - May1, 2016.


16 WordsCity Beat by Seth Combs (Let’s Redefine the New Art Patron: They give artists social equity, sweat equity, and intellectual equity. #4 Patricia Frischer)
The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb at California Center for the Art, Escondido Picked Raw Peeled and Union Tribune by Pam Kragen. (self-made multimillionaire Willie Morrow’s, barber of Lemon Grove, collection of care products included and curated by Starla Lewis presented by Leah Goodwin, CCAE Art Gallery’s director)
NCAN Quarterly Meeting: Strengthening Support for North County Arts Community at Poway Center for the Arts Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
HB Punto Experimental Exhibits Artist Beth King's "Invisible Geometry" Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
A+ Art BlogState of the Arts 2016 by Patricia Frischer ( now posted and is not the typical round up but instead concentrates on our new push for a united SD County Arts Council.)

 County Wide Reports

Fired Up Over Clay San Diego Home and Garden by Janice Kleinschmidt (Clay Association, Clay Artists of SD, Pottery Guild)
Curative Curating San Diego Home and Garden by Janice Kleinschmidt (Scripps Health Foundation funding for art)
Cathy Breslaw: A Space Odessey San Diego Home and Garden by Janice Kleinschmidt ( Breslaw is one of10 Annual Stars of San Diego for 2016)
USD shows off its collection Union Tribune by James Chute (David W. May Gallery of American Indian artifacts)
When Ellsworth Kelly jilted San Diego Reader by Matt Potter
Let’s build a design exhibit space in SD San Diego Magazine by Elena Pacenti, Director, Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD
(One of 26 big ideas for SD)
2016 arts fast forward: Visual art Union Tribune by James Chute (SDMA, MOCASD, OMA director share their resolutions)
Tim Mantoani archives the people behind the world’s most iconic photographyCity Beat by Seth Combs (MOPA)
Andrew McGranahan crafts a scary new world City Beat by Seth Combs (sci-fi-themed solo show at Teros Gallery in City Heights)
SDSU furniture design grad students create a mobile art space City Beat by Seth Combs (Expanding Gallery at Art Produce in North Park)
The Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History opens at UCSD City Beat by Seth Combs (fictional, virtual conceptual art work)
East Village’s Art Incubation Fail Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan (history of Sushi’s space and why it has gone allow)
Del Mar council creates ad-hoc committee to develop public art program Del Mar Times Kristina Houck (fruits of a long pull for art admin)
Robin Bright: The Exquisite Elegance of Minimalist Objects KCET by Robert Pincus (OMA retrospective)
Culture Report: The San Diego Performing Arts League’s Big Comeback Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
(Artix back in Horton Plaza and Sushi property update)
San Diego International Airport Reveals Public Art at New Rental Car Center NBC SD 7 by Cassia Pollock and Monica Garske
Eyes of Picasso’ look over SDSU Union Tribune by Gary Warth (Mario Torero’s mural)
Local zines live on with Grrrl Zines A Go-Go City Beat by Seth Combs (Margarat Nee and Kim Schwenk)
Carlsbad Village: Public art project enters second year Seaside Courier by Thomas K. Arnold (Encinitas muralist Skye Walker curated by Carlsbad’s Bryan Snyder)
Concept of Creative Schools Taking Hold in California Huffington Post by John Eger

Call for College Student “The Business of Art” scholarship at Mission Federal ArtWalk. Application due Jan 30, 2016 for the Art Walk from April 30th and May 1st, 2016 Sponsored by San Diego Art Institute and San Diego Visual Arts Network. More info: Celia Gold 619-236-0011

February 23, 2016 50 To Watch is a regional exhibition and national visual art running from March 5 – 27 with jurors Jenna S. Jacobs, Curatorial Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Christine Knoke, Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator, Mingei International Museum, The producers The Studio Door are making a call for artists with a deadline of February 23 at 11 pm. For more info on both: Patric Stillman 619-255-4920

Front Porch Gallery ( Carlsbad) Call for Photography (no fee to submit) The Six-Word Story A Photography exhibition March 20 –May 7, 2016 Consider the well-known adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. In The Six-Word Story…in a picture we will view photographs in context with their six-word story. Final deadline March 1. More info: Julie Weaverlnig  760-795-6120

The San Diego Foundation is pleased to announce its fourth cycle, 2016 Creative Catalyst: Individual Artist Fellowships. View Past ProjectsGrants will range from $10,000 to $20,000. Five (5) grants will be awarded. The deadline for submitting the completed application is Friday, February 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Please note: Project completion schedule is July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.Application and Guidelines. Artist Application Workshop

An Artist Application Workshop will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The San Diego Foundation, 2508 Historic Decatur Road, Ste. 100, SD 92106. Please RSVP by January 26, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.RSVP Today

The San Diego Exploratory Foundation (SDEF) announced the launch of a logo design and brand/style guide competition for the inaugural ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) World Beach Games, taking place in San Diego, in 2017. The deadline to submit is January 29 and the winning logo will be announced on February 1st. This is an open and competitive process for all qualified freelance graphic designers and design firms/agencies within the county of San Diego. The selected design will receive $5,000 compensation. More info: Jaclyn Acree


Center for the Arts Escondido The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb continues until March 6 at (340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido 92025). Read the report by Pam Kragan on our SDVAN Picked RAW Blog. More info: Julie Riggert 760.839.4125

Mingei International Museum presents Asafo Flags from Ghana (from Sat. Feb 6–July 10) displayingthirty-six flags from West Africa. A recent donation to Mingei International, these colorful flags dating to the late 19th and 20th centuries feature graphic folk imagery and appliquéd designs over a background of dyed cotton cloth. They were commissioned by military organizations known as asafo, or “companies,” whose primary role was to exert power, exercise political influence and maintain codes of conduct within Fante communities.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Álvaro Blancarte: Marking the Present runs Sat. Jan 30 to Sun. April 24 at the downtown site on Kettner. The show includes a selection of 50 small (12” by 12”) paintings in a new series.  

Inspired by the San Diego Zoo's 100th anniversary, Museum of Photographic Art11th Annual Youth Exhibition will focus on the theme of animals. Open to K-12 students in San Diego County and Tijuana who are asked to submit photographic or video art for a chance to be part of this exhibition by May 2.  

New Children’s Museum It's the season for love and friendship! Makea clay sculpture that you can gift to someone special and add your artwork to our giant heART chalk mural at the Handmade Holidays: Valentine\'s HeARTs event from Jan 27 to Feb 15 all day.  

Oceanside Museum of Art Now You See It , on view February 24–March 20, 2016 (a farce by the French master George Feydeau) and has a juried show on the theme of the play i.e jealousy bordering on paranoia, a philandering husband, hypnotism, a spurned lover and a scandalous discovery. Thereception for

Oceanside Museum of Art’s exhibition is on March 3, 2016, 6:00–7:30pm. This is the second partnership of OMA and North Coast Rep.OMA has a mega opening of five exhibitions on Feb 6 from 6 to 8 including Deanne Sabeck, Robin Bright and Tom Driscoll, Laddie John Dill, Marjorie Nodelman, and Bill Rasstetter

Rubin H. Fleet Science Center collaborates with local artist and engineer Dave Ghilarducci and the San Diego State University (SDSU) Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE) to create Taping Shape , an installation of cellophane tape that takes over two of the Fleet's upstairs galleries from January 30 to June 12, 2016.

The San Diego Museum of Art final week of the Art of Music which closes Feb 7 and James Hubbell: California Wildfire Watercolors closing Feb 9 but through May 8 see East Coast, West Coast, and In-Between: Harry Sternberg and America. This is an Escondido artist showing at one of our major museums.

San Diego Museum of Man invites you to a Tower After Hour experience on Feb 11 from 6 to 8 featuring the vibrant cultural heritage of Ireland with San Diego’s own Irish-American community! Sample bites of classic Irish pub foods, enjoy the melodies and sights of traditional Irish music and dance, and sip a cold Guinness.

Timken Museum of Art Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10:00 am Derrick Cartwright, Director of University Galleries and Professor of Practice at USD will give a talk to review the historical strengths of the Timken's first 50 years and looks forward to several future projects of high interest to its friends and supporters


Charlotte Cagan resigned as Executive Director of SD History Center, a position she has held since 2012.

The rumors grow stronger and stronger that Hugh Davies will resign as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Kathryn Kanjo, current chief curator,will take his place.

Madison Gallery has moved from Prospect to a new 9000 square foot space at 1055 Wall St, La Jolla, 92037. There first show in 2016 is Jeff Kahm & Lori Cozen-Geller; Dynamics/Confluence starting Jan 23.

Ellsworth Kelly, New York artist, dies at 92. Kelly was a sculptor, and printmaker associated with hard-edge painting, Color Field painting and minimalism.

Hurrah to the Del Mar City Council who recently appointed Mayor Sherryl Parks and Deputy Mayor Terry Sinnott to an ad-hoc committee to develop arts program guidelines for the city. There is currently no policy on public art in Del Mar.  

Jessie J. Knight, Jr . is the new Timken Museum of Art Board President. A well-known community leader, arts advocate and member of the Timken Board since 2011, Knight, Jr. is the recently retired Executive Vice-President of External Affairs for Sempra Energy, Chairman of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).


Five Legal Cases Changing the Art Market as We Know It is an insightful article published on Artsy by Laura Gilbert. She covers new legislation to cover authentification (who pays the court charges and a change from “preponderance of evidence” to “clear and convincing evidence”); who is responsible for the authentification the gallery or the collector: what happens when an artist disavows a work; how friendship is not as binding as a contract; and conflict of interest when the dealer is taking a cut from both sides without revealing this.

Don’t forget that LA Art Show is Jan 27 to 31 st at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa Street, West Hall A, LA, 90015) You can see Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance there showing a whole slew of SD Artists at booth 132. If you miss it there you can catch Sergott at Palm Springs Art Fair Feb 11 to 14 th.

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February, 2016

“The only winning move is not to play.” War Games (1983)

Left: Pictured at the presentation during the January 27 Encinitas City Council meeting are (front row, l. to r.) 101 Artists’ Colony President Danny Salzhandler, Encinitas Historical Society President Carolyn Cope, 101 Artists’ Colony Board Member Kay Colvin, Alliance President Garth Murphy, Mayor Kristin Gaspar, Encinitas Friends of the Arts President Naimeh Tanha, Friends of the Arts’ Laura Diede, Encinitas Arts Commissioner Deanne Sabeck, SD Visual Arts Network’s Patricia Frischer, Synergy Art Foundation’s Irène de Watteville (back row, l. to r.) Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association Executive Director Thora Guthrie, musician/activist Ashley Mazanec, Alliance attorney Trisha Hilder, Alliance Vice-President Jon Humphrey, Council Member Catherine Blakespear, Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer, Council Member Mark Muir, and Council Member Tony Kranz.
Center: Lemon Grove artist Don Porcella featured at the Lemon Grove Parsonage Museum, East County showing until March 31.
Right: Lucia Ferreira Litowtschenko (above) is the recipient of the College Student “The Business of Art” scholarship at Mission Federal ArtWalk April 30th and May 1st, 2016. This award and mentoring opportunity is sponsored by San Diego Visual Arts Network and San Diego Art Institute. She is a Uruguayan visual artist who lives in Southern California. She utilizes photography to build fictional stories that are grounded in reality. She believes that there is much more fiction in reality than we allow ourselves to discover. Her work has been exhibited worldwide including the Moscow MOMA in Russia, the Modern Art Museum Of Chiloe in Chile, the Contemporary Art Space In Montevideo Uruguay and the Laguna Gallery Of Contemporary Art in Laguna Beach.

Encinitas Friends of the Arts and the Synergy Art Foundation each donated $1000 to the Encinitas Arts, Culture and Ecology Alliance supported by the Save Pacific View organization as a demonstration of support for the Alliance’s efforts to rehabilitate and administer the Pacific View property. The city approved moving forward with drafting an agreement for volunteers to do clean-up and maintenance at the Pacific View school while a long term lease is being negotiated. The “Right of Entry” agreement would allow members of the Encinitas Arts, Culture, and Ecology Alliance to make improvements such as replacing broken windows, pulling weeds, cleaning-up trash and generally make this blighted school site cleaner and safer. The Alliance would provide insurance and indemnification and any improvements would belong to the city if the lease negotiations fall through. This proposal for immediate improvement is a good idea.

The first Veteran Art Symposium put on by Combat Arts had over 100 attendees and raised $2,000 for the Veteran Mural Project program.

Stephen C. Wagner is returning to London to teach a series of workshops for artists at Art at 30 th through his new company Studio Fine Artists Network. The first was in Feb and the next two are in April 13, 7-9 (Introduce Your Art: Writing your artist statement) and May 18 (Representation: Approaching Art Galleries). For more info: Stephen 415-518-6485.

A special reception to celebrate the opening of San Diego Legends: Living Well an Art and Photography Exhibit will be on Fri. March 4th, 5:30-7pm. This event which featured wonderful portraits by Mona Mills, is presented by the Bonita Museum (4355 Bonita Road, Bonita, 91902) More info: Julie Gray  619-267-5141

There is amazingly little press coming out about the new art shows being launched at the SD International Airport. Point of Entry features 14 installation pre and post security. We are especially eager to hear about Bhavna Mehta and the AjA Project so if you see these, make sure and let us know.

Parkeology started with a tour at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum and Kate Clark continues with future Parkeology tours including stops at the San Diego Museum of Man (March 27), Marston Point (April 30), Zoro Gardens (May 22) and the Spreckels Organ (June 10), and include such things as plaster face casting, a history of gay cruising culture and plays about nudist colonies. All of the events are free, but reservations are required.

We are excited to tell you about an event coming up in May. The 2016 Filmatic Festival will explore NextGen filmgoing through the worlds of virtual reality and immersive experiences/storytelling. Part of ArtPower’s multi-arts season Filmatic Festival aims to explore the art of science and cinema through over 20 demonstrations, presentations, and performances by virtual reality industry leaders and international artists, as well as UC San Diego faculty and students. The festival takes place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Qualcomm Institute. An all day pass is only $35 at after Feb 29


Art and Science and Taping Shape at Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Ed Ruscha: Then and Now at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla Picked RAW Peeled by Cathy Breslaw
Words and pictures draw crowd to MCASD opening of two new exhibits Picked RAW Peeled and La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Athenaeum Art Center in Barrio Logan Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
New Exhibitions at OMA: Deanne Sabeck, Robin Bright, Tom Driscoll, Laddie John Dill, Marjorie Nodelman and Bill Rastetter. Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Aren Skalman in demand Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Tara Donovan: Slinkys at Quint Gallery Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Art of the Open Air at SD Museum of Art Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Daniel Foster: Inside Out at Susan Street Gallery, Solana Beach Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
What is the what of what? A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

 County Wide Reports

Gallery steps in to save Oceanside paintings Union Tribune by Edward Sifuentes ( Tenth Avenue Art Center will take some of the large works by Emanuel Osuna and Dorothy Pennington from1938)
Cardiff 101 sues Cardiff Kook Run over copyright Encinitas Advocate by Jared Whitlock (a decorative joke becomes a commodity)
Meet the painter amongst the pages at Verbatim Books City Beat by Seth Combs Longtime ( local artist Ryan Tannascoli showcases more than a decade of work in North Park)
Women rule at the ‘IUD: A Place You Think About’ series City Beat by Seth Combs ( Curator Maria Nicola Mathioudakis assembles a multicultural group of emerging female artists)
Music and art intertwine for Mary Fleener Encinitas Advocate by Jared Whitlock
At Lux, Sophia Narrett pushes the limits of thread Union Tribune by Michael James Rocha (artist brings a contemporary aesthetic to art of embroidery)
Culture Report: Math Plus Art Equals a Cool Interactive Installation Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan (Dave Ghilarducci at the Science Museum, The U-T’s decimated arts staff, rental car center art gets national attention)
Raising an artist City Beat by Seth Combs ( Anna Zappoliexplains benefits of encouraging kids to embrace artistic skills)
Down in the Barrio City Beat by Seth Combs ( Hoping the Parallel art party in Barrio Logan isn’t a sign of inevitable gentrification)
The “Greetings From...” tour stops by North ParkCity Beat by Seth Combs (Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs travel the country creating postcard-inspired public art)
On the Seen City Beat by Seth Combs (Dia Bassett, Sonya Sparks and Susanna Peredo hip us to new artists, shows, works)
San Diego Schools Give Business the Creative Talent It Will Need Huffington Post by John Eger.
Culture Report: The Secret Life of Daniel Foster Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
New Athenaeum Art Center And School Opens In Logan Heights San Diego City by Kraig Cavanaugh
Balboa Park Conservancy Struggling to Deliver on Its Signature Project Voice of San Diego by Lisa Havenstadt ( failure to raise money for the Botanical Building due to lack of confidence caused by blocked plans of Irwin Jacobs)
Culture Report: Encanto’s Push for More Public Art Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan ( Barry Pollard’s Urban Collective meeting in Southeast SD to encourage the new art plan on Feb 25)
The Challenges of Taking Horton Plaza from Fortress to Forum Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan (large rental expected from non-profits will probably not fly)
San Diego Museum Of Art Frees Sculptures From A Life In Storage KPBS by Nina Garin
Pulsating with ‘Energy’ Union Tribune by Susan Myrland (New exhibition and leadership by Chantal Paul, kick SDSU’s Downtown Gallery into high gear)
Between words and images Reader by Thomas Larson (Justin Manor is a computational artist helped by Andy Horwitz, curator and lecturer at UCSD
Impressionist William Newport Goodell finally gets his due City Beat by Seth Combs
Parkeology, DNA New Works Series and Horrible Imaginings City Beat by City Beat Staff (Kate Clark at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum)
Carlitos Galvan showcases ‘Gay Stuff’ City Beat by Seth Combs
North Park designer creates cutesy “Mexicon” caricatures City Beat by Seth Combs ( H aydee Yanez)
BASIC Pizza/Bar celebrates a decade of themed art shows City Beat by Seth Combs (Thumbprint Gallery and Johnny Tran)
To See or Not to See: ‘Best in Show’ City Beat by Seth Combs (Catsand Dogs at San Diego Art Institute)
Artworks Save Themselves In Central Library Exhibition San Diego City by Kraig Cavanaugh
How Do You Make a City Hungry for Art? Zocalo with James Chute, Roxanna Velasquez, Alan Ziter, Jason Whooper, Barry Edelson, and David Bennett.

Stay Artsy, San Diego Zocola by Joe Mathews

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

California Arts Council has an added $5 million to distribute and they have launch some wonderful new grant categories. Artists Activating Communities: supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating the arts to be a central component of civic life, and artists to be vital in shaping society. Artists In Schools: supports projects that integrate community arts resources—artists and professional art organizations—into comprehensive, standards-based arts-learning at school sites. Creative California Communities supports collaborative projects that harness arts and culture as a creative placemaking strategy. Arts on the Air supports the creation, on-air broadcast, and promotion of original public media content designed to expose Californians to impactful stories about the arts and their value.

San Diego Art Institute is seeking interns in the Marketing Department. Flexible hours. Undergraduate or Graduate students interested in conducting field research for thesis in Marketing, able to work on-site and remotely. For more info: Creative Director Marina Grize, 619-236-0011

Fallbrook School of the Arts is looking for an art instructor who can teach acrylic/oil/mixed media/pastel classes. This is a part-time position with flexible hours. More info: Gabriele Bitter 760-728-6383

City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts announces a new Plein Air Juried Exhibition at the celebrated “Deedie’s House” located at the Leo Carrillo Historic Park in Carlsbad, April 3 through August 28. Juror: Connie Beardsley, artist and former City of Carlsbad Arts Office Manager. 1st Place: $250 2nd Place: $150 3rd Place: $100. Deadline for entries is March 7. More info: Jillian Buccola   760-602-2057

San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild is holding an online-only exhibition - no framing, no shipping, just art! Exhibition is open internationally for original 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media produced in the last two years. Videos are not requested. There are cash awards and all other proceeds will be for publication of “100 Artists/100 Years” a beautiful book of images and artists' biographies from the 2015 Centennial exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art. The juror for this online exhibition is: Patric Stillman, See prospectus: For more info: Juli Ricksecker 858-452-8986

Steve Alan has been teaching for over a decade and is now offering an on-line video teacher’s training course for Theraputic Art. All aspects of starting up your business are covered. Course includes lesson plans from beginning sketch to finished painting as well as downloadable manuals & marketing materials. Just for checking out the course you will receive 3 free videos & a marketing form. For more info: 760 716 5569

Lux Art Institute is looking for an Education Pavilion Operations Manager and Marketing & Events Coordinator. For more information on these jobs which are very wide ranging contact 760-436-6611


Center for the Arts EscondidoThe History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb at California Center for the Art, Escondido Picked Raw Peeled and Union Tribune by Pam Kragen. (self-made multimillionaire Willie Morrow’s, barber of Lemon Grove, collection of care products included and curated by Starla Lewis presented by Leah Goodwin, CCAE Art Gallery’s director)

Mingei International Museum presents Craft Icons of the 50 States, through February 21, 2016. This exhibition of traditional and contemporary craft icons highlights distinctive materials, excellence of workmanship and makers' imaginations. Exploring regional and national craft traditions, while expressing each state's unique contribution to the richness of the American experience, this exhibition celebrates the variety of craft found in America. 

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents Ed Ruscha Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s at its La Jolla location through April 24, 2016. An innovator of West-Coast Pop and Conceptual Art, Ed Ruscha’s work defies and exceeds both categories, drawing upon popular media, commercial culture, and the landscape of Los Angeles.

Museum of Photographic Art presents Trilogy, through May 26, 2016. In Trilogy, Flor Garduño presents a tour of the principal themes from her career of photographic work within three groups: Bestiarium, Fantastic Women and Silent Natures. A renowned Mexican photographer, Garduño is internationally recognized for her black and white photography. Exhibition presented in Spanish and English. Coinciding with the centennial anniversary of The National Park Service in 2016, America’s Cathedrals celebrates the important role the visual image has played in the history and creation of our national parks.  

New Children’s Museum is running Spring break camps in March including Mon, March 28 - Going Green, Tue, March 29 - All Bugged Out, Wed, March 30 - Animal Planet and Thurs, March 31- In Full Bloom. Children will create works of art in each of these workshopsand can go to one or all.

Oceanside Museum of ArtNew Exhibitions at OMA: Deanne Sabeck, Robin Bright, Tom Driscoll, Laddie John Dill, Marjorie Nodelman and Bill Rastetter. Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

Art and Science and Taping Shape at Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer 

We can’t wait to see the orangutan sculpture by Brian A. Gibson at theThe San Diego History Center . Here is a link to the video about its construction. 

The San Diego Museum of Art presents East Coast, West Coast, and In-Between: Harry Sternberg and Am erica, through May 8, 2016. This show celebrates Harry Sternberg’s “passionate idea” about the nature of art and the art of nature by featuring, in a compact retrospective exhibition, some of the most striking masterworks he produced during the various stages of a 75-year artistic career. Internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado will deliver the 16th annual Axline Lecture on Thursday, February 25 and his show at SDMA opens on Feb 20. 

Timken Museum of Art Derrick R. Cartwright is the new curatorial head although he will keep his full time post as director at the USD galleries. David Bull who filled this part time position was hired only until the end of 2015. Bull took John Wilson’s place who resigned in 2014. Cartwright hopes to continue in the direction Wilson set and bring more contemporary art to the Timken’s special shows.

Women’s History Museum and Education Center The VIP opening night at the Women’s film Festival for 2016 is on Wed. March 2 at 6 pm


Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock are now closing Croce Park West in Banker’s Hill. It is being sold to Harry’s Bar. Croce will, we presume, concentrate on her painting career. .


Classified images leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden will figure as artworks at the Whitney Museum of American Art in its Laura Poitras solo exhibition, Astro Noise. Read more BlouinArtInfo.

There are some very interesting results from Xanadu Gallery’s 2016 State of the Art Survey. When they compared sales of the 1147 artists who participated, against full-time engagement, they found that of those who were reporting full-time engagement, nearly 30% were reporting total sales below $5000 per year, and nearly 44% reported sales below $10,000.This means that nearly half of those reporting art as their full time profession are aspirational in their careers – these artists are pursuing their art full time, but are not generating sales sufficient to sustain a successful art business. The statistic do show that over 50% made more money in 2015 than in 2016.

Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Action Summit is from March 7-8, so if you are planning a trip to Washington DC this might be an inspiring event.

Tourism economics forecasts the 2016 San Diego visitor volume to grow by 2.4 percent and spending to grow by 8 percent.

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RAW March 2016

“ Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” Oscar Wilde.

The Lemon Grove History Mural, 3308 Main Street, Lemon Grove, painted by Kathleen Strzelecki and Janne LaValle, depicts Lemon Grove's history from the Kumeyaay to modern times. The 65' x 18' public art received a 2014 Governor's Historic Preservation Award.

Lucia Ferreira Litowtschenko is the recipient of the College Student “The Business of Art” scholarship at Mission Federal ArtWalk April 30th and May 1st, 2016. This award and mentoring opportunity is sponsored by San Diego Visual Arts Network and San Diego Art Institute

Passport to Africa produced by the Encinitas Friends of the Arts, Friday, April 29 th 6:30 to 9 pm at the Encinitas Community Center Center ( 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, off Balour Encinitas). $25 member, $30 public.

Kinsee Morlan tells us that Voice of San Diego has launched a new San Diego: The Issues and The Awesome, an Instagram-based storytelling series where regular people will post their own photos and start dialogues. Follow the project here.

Congratulations to Bar Basic which celebrated ten years of showing casing local artist in Feb. Many of these shows were organized by Thumbprint Gallery. 

Ted Washington has a book of poetry and art called etc. It is described as “Mostly art, it is both a prequel to MORE and a sequel to LESS.” What you have to know it that there is also an art & poetry booked called LESS which was a San Diego Book Award Finalist in 2006 and an art & poetry book called MORE that launched Puna Press.

Madison Gallery presents the Los Angeles artist Beau Dunn in a show calledSize Matters, ofgiant condoms wrappers.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is conducting a survey to help them understand the needs of  U.S. artists. It is especially important that they hear from women and other marginalized artists since they are often under-represented in these assessments. In general women artists have a harder time than their male counterparts because they have fewer opportunities to work, they are paid less, and they are often juggling child care or other family responsibilities. The foundation world needs to understand these challenges and create programs to address them


Now you See It: OMA at North Coast Repertory Theater Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Best in Show: Meow and Bow WOW at San Diego Art Institute Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
London Journal March 2016 A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
San Diego’s Mission Federal Art Walk Southern California Life Magazine

 County Wide Reports

Dorkbot bridges the avant garde with dive bars City Beat by Jeff Terrich
Culture Report: ‘A Critical Moment’ for the Arts in San DiegoVoice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
The Biggest Challenges Facing Balboa Park Voice of San Diego by Lisa Halverstadt
Video players City Beat by Seth Combs
Three pieces of painting finally together again SD Union Tribune by John Wilkens
Art spaces that cultivate communities Reader by Barbarella Fokos
Art in every corner of San Diego Reader by Siobhan Braun
The Cali-Baja art scene Reader by Chad Deal
Relevancy for the less-than-rabid Reader by Ian Pike
Beyond selfie curation Reader by Deirdre Lickona
A bee’s eye view of nature: David Leaser SD Union Tribune by Deborah Sullivan Brennan
Museum of Art brings paintings back to life ABC 10 News by Jonathan Horn
Down in the Barrio, part II City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: County Artifacts Get the Artist Treatment Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan (Jay Johnson hired by Ron Roberts)
SD Natural History Museum president a rare specimenUnion Tribune by Martina Schimitschek
Collective Magpie's Ingenious Collaborative Endeavors
KCET by Robert Pincus
Horton Plaza Park opening May 4 Union Tribune by Roger Showley
East Coast, West Coast, and In-Between: Harry Sternberg in America at San Diego Museum of Art by Cathy Breslaw
Pop artist Sister Corita Kent: Display of affection Union Tribune by Marcia Manna
(USD showcases screen prints)
What's the deal with adult coloring parties? City Beat by Ryan Bradford
Paul Basile, Chris Martino head back to Barrio Logan City Beat by Seth Combs
Kathy Nida takes quilting to a new, surreal level City Beat by Seth Combs
Walter Pomeroy and his friends on the wall City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: Those Rumors About a Treasure Trove of San Diego Art Are True Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan (Walter Pomeroy)
Encinitas artist Lily Pourat who fled Iran revels in creation Encinitas Advocate by Jared Whitlock
San Diego Film Critic Manny Farber’s Essays Reissued KPBS by Maureen Cavanaugh
New mural entitled "Suns" by Victoria Fu and Byron Kim installed by Murals of La Jolla
Self-Constructed: Ingrid Hernández’s Sense of Belonging KCET by Marco Vera
Sebastião Salgado: Images of the human experience at SDMA Union Tribune by Roxana Popescu
To See or Not to See: UCSD Open Studios 2016 City Beat by Seth Combs (Seth’s choice of the 2016 crop)
Clark digging up layers of the lesser-known Union Tribune by Susan Myrland
Culture Report: San Diego’s Graffiti Park Is Ready for a Reboot Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Arts org A Ship in the Woods finds a new home in Escondido City Beat by Seth Combs
On the Seen City Beat by Seth Combs (with Leticia Gomez Franco, Don Hollis and Susan Myrland)
Copy of stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio also vanishes Union Tribune by John Wilkens
The Old Building Speaks County of San Diego new artistic displays of Jay Johnson
Jonathan Allen creates a ship out of water City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: The Secret Life and Times of Balboa Park Voice of SD by Kinsee Morlan
Parkeology: Untracked San Diego Art Institute by Kate Clark

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

Every year ten artists are selected to display their art in the stunning lobby of the Poway Center for the Performing Artson Espola Rd.Applications to exhibit artwork are currently being accepted through April 15th. More info: Kelcie Kopf  858-668-4691

South Bayfront Artists is making a call for artists for their juried Art Show and Festival on the Waterfront in Chula Vista. For more info contact Don Johnson  619-917-9226

Mission Federal ArtWalk Fine Art Festival is on April 30 & May 1, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) from 11:00AM to 6:00PM in Little Italy, San Diego and we are pleased to say that there are still spaces available at San Diego's original fine art festival. This two-day fine art festival is now in its 32nd year and annually attracts artists from all over the world. With over 100,000 attendees, this festival delivers an affluent audience of collectors. 

The Gotthelf Art Gallery invites artists to create new work, adhering to the theme Revisiting Shabbat: Jews observe Shabbat in many ways including going to synagogue, cooking a special meal, resting from work or physical activity and reflecting on life outside of their daily routines. All mediums accepted. Not to exceed 48” Submission Deadline: July 1, 2016 For More Information: The exhibition, scheduled to run from September through November 2016,


Mingei International Museum Starting in April MINGEI OF JAPAN will bring us back to the Museum\'s roots and feature recent gifts and purchases along with iconic permanent collection pieces. Among donated treasures to be seen for the first time will be important textiles; indigo-dyed bed-clothes, door-way hangings, kimono belts and a large selection of mostly-19th century Shinto ema paintings. Brief selections from Soetsu Yanagi\'s writings (he coined the word mingei) will accompany and give context to this wide range of objects.

Museum of Photographic Art Executive Director Deborah Klochko announced that first Pay What You Wish program will be extended until May 29, 2016, and expanding it to six days a week. Let’s hope this can be a permanent feature of MOPA and all the museums in Balboa Park one day.  

Oceanside Museum of Art Club O: It’s A Mod Mod World 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm on April 2

San Diego Museum of Man Cannibals: Myth & Reality is open now and you’ll discover that cannibals aren’t who you think they are. They’re warriors from many cultures, European kings and queens, American and European sailors, American colonists, accident survivors, the sick, and more.

Timken Museum of Art An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab from April 1 to June 5 is a display of diverse artistic techniques that celebrates the power of combining art with science. Through the drawings, the Parthenon metopes of ancient Greece are re-imagined in their original intended form.


Dean's office and the Visual Arts Department of USCD have agreed to place the administrative and programmatic structure of the University Art Gallery on hold for the time being. If you have questions about this contact Visual Arts Dept Chair Jack Greenstein at

Best news ever, Larry Baza is now a member of the state wide California Arts Council. Baza is currently a chair at the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture and curates with his partner Tom Noel, art exhibitions in San Diego.

We are extremely sad to hear of the passing of Jill Le Croissette who was long time contributor to SDVAN. Jill has made a magnificent bequest of one million dollars to the Vision Museum at Liberty Station, which is dedicated to her favorite medium of art, the Quilt and Textiles. There will now be a Jill Le Croissette Endowment Wall at the museum. Jill was one of the people responsible for starting the museum and has a very long record of exhibition herself. She will be greatly missed.

Vista Village Business Association has a new Interim Executive Director, Jeffrey Frankel. We hope that he will appreciate all that the arts do in Vista for creative place making in his community.

We previously announced that Derrick R. Cartwright, PhD., art history professor and director of University Galleries at University of San Diego, will also oversee the Timken Museum of Art curatorial program. Megan Pogue is now Executive Director and recently retired SDGE Chairman, Jessie J. Knight, Jr., will complete the team as the newly elected Board President. Will all this change at the Timken mean a new direction?


When turned over and joined together, two early paintings by Irish artist Tony O’Malley reveal an unfinished nude by Francis Bacon. It will be sold at Sotheby’s this month.

Need a digital frame for your digital art work. Never fear, there is an app for that. Eli Wilner & Company has launched eWilner Frames, a free iPhone and iPad app that offers over 100 great frames for use on digital photos. Four frames are available for free with the app, and the others can be purchased for 99 cents each or purchase the entire collection for $9.95. Each frame features detailed descriptions and historical information. The app also offers numerous special effects, filtering, photo adjustments, stickers, drawing tools, and more. As a specialist in period framing for nearly 40 years, Eli Wilner has completed 28 projects for the White House and over 15,000 framing projects for collectors and museums.

“The British artist Tracy Erminhas married a stone in her garden in France, which she calls ‘an anchor, something I can identify with’. Her new husband may not talk much or do the ironing, but when it comes to fidelity, he’s a rock. Really, he’s a rock. No, you don’t understand. Her husband actually is a large lump of rock.” The Guardian by Jonathan Jones.


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April 2016

It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.” Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

“To ask permission is to seek denial” John Doerr

Lynda Forsha and Maura Walters announced the newest mural entitled Demos Gracias by Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia installed by Murals of La Jolla at 2259 Avenida De La Playa. This isa project of the Athenaeum which offers tours the last Wednesday of the month starting at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library at 5:30 p.m. RSVPs are suggested.

San Diego Art Prize 2015 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library ( 1008 Wall St. La Jolla, 92037) from May 7- June 11 with an opening reception on Friday, May 6, 6:30-8:30PM. This show features Wendy Maruyama with emerging artist Peter Scheidt and Roy McMakin with emerging artist Kevin Inman. More info: 858.454.5872

We have now announced the emerging artist nominated for the SD Art Prize in 2016. 2016 New Contemporaries: Robert Andrade, William Feeney , Kim Garcia, Robert Michael Jones, Erin Dace Behling, Sasha Koozel Reibstein, Aren Skalman, Graham Smith, Shinpei Takeda, Paola Villasenor (PANCA), Nicole Waszak. The exhibition is at City College Gallery
Sat. June 18 - Thurs. July 14, 2016, Opening Reception: Sat. June 18, 6 - 8 pm., Closing Reception and Recipient Announcement: Thur. July 14 from 4 to 5 pm

Passport to Africa produced by the Encinitas Friends of the Arts is onFriday, April 29th 6:30 to 9 pm Encinitas Community Center ( 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, off Balour Encinitas). The event is also a fundraiser for Pacific View, with a silent auction of original artworks and sculpture available for purchase and raises funds for the new arts center in Encinitas,” $25 member, $30 public with food, $15 at the door without food. The food will be great and the entertainment spectacular. Tickets will sell out so book ASAP. More info: Naimeh Tanha 

Don’t forget: Lucia Ferreira Litowtschenko who is the recipient of the College Student “The Business of Art” scholarship will show at Mission Federal ArtWalk April 30th and May 1 st from 11 to 6 pm (between Ash and Grape Street) in Little Italy, 92101. More info: Sandi Cottrell 619-955-5285. This award and mentoring opportunity is sponsored bySan Diego Visual Arts Networkand San Diego Art Institute . SDVAN also sponsors an interactive art activity incorporates paint and paper in a unique marbling project produced by Artist & Craftsman Supply.

The next NCAN quarterly program themed Arts Education in San Diego is on Wedn. May 11. Networking is at the Muramid Museum and Art Center (212-F Artist Alley) from 5:00 - 6:00 pm and the formal meeting at Sunshine Brooks Theater (217 N Coast Hwy), operated by the Oceanside Theatre Company at 6:00 pm. The program is presented by NCAN's Arts Education Committee led by Leah Goodwin (CCAE) and Lynnette Tessitore-Lopez (City of Chula Vista Arts), with additional support of Jacque Kilpatrick (CSUSM). This arts education program will feature some of San Diego's most knowledgeable and impactful arts educators and administrators discussing the opportunities and challenges for strengthening youth arts education. RSVP for this free event: Daniel Foster

Are you thinking about starting a business, or just want to feel inspired about your future? Flight Club - Rebel, Reinvent, and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business by Felena Hanson contains not only her own life story and her launch of Hera Hub (spa-inspired co working space for female entrepreneurs ) but also stories from over a dozen inspiring women, and tools to help the reader discover and launch their business. Felena worked on Art Meets Fashion with SDVAN and the Hera Hub location in San Diego has changing art exhibitions.

Quint Gallery announced the opening of a new project space at 5171 B Santa Fe Street, San Diego. Quint Projects will be dedicated to artist collaborations and art installations. The first installation is an immersive sound piece by Finnbogi Pétursson through April 16. The Icelandic artist uses different sound frequencies to mimic a dream state. Water and light are utilized to visually capture the sound, creating a transcendent experience. Open by appointment Sarah Trujillo-Porter or Saturday from 9AM - 1PM.

Writers Blok runs the SD Graffiti Art Park and they are crowd funding on Indiegogo. Check it out and give them a boast if you can.

The members of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild have a new home for their monthly meetings at Art District Liberty Station. Artists will share works and be updated on the guild’s activities on the second Saturday. Remember the first Friday is open galleries at Liberty Station.

Charity Wings in San Marcos is the winner of a $2500 prize which will help pay for their rent for three month. There was a competition by ResorTime Shares with a public choice and they beat out two other non-profits by totaling up 12547 votes. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary on Sat May 14 with an all day event Art Decade*nce Festival.

As part of the efforts to commemorate this year's 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), they launched a social media campaign, "Picture of Success: Fifty Years of the National Historic Preservation Act in California."  The banner image for this issue of our ePost is of the H. Lee House of Lemon Grove, California, one of our first "Picture of Success" postings. "The H. Lee House is a 1928 Tudor Revival mansion moved from the path of State Route 125 in 2002 and rehabilitated by Caltrans and the Lemon Grove Historical Society.

Two new works were added to the new Rental Car Center at the SD Airport. Atlanta-based Amy Landesberg's two-part installation, Autoplast, contemplates our relationship to cars, and imagines how an assembly of their parts might take on a life of its own. MetroGnomes, by Los Angeles-based Christian Moeller, features kinetic, abstract forms that are evocative of varied objects. These innovative pieces led USA Today to declare the Rental Car Center a "showcase for art."


Korean Artist Do Ho Suh's Architectural Installations, Sculpture, and Drawings Examine "What is Home?": Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Picked RAW Peeled by Cathy Breslaw
Art Exhibit: House of the Rising Suh lights up MCASD in downtown San Diego Picked RAW Peeled and La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt

San Diego Art Institute hosts MAS (Mutual Appreciation Society) Attack in Balboa Park Picked RAW Peeled and La Jolla Lightby Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
PLEASE DO TOUCH: Sweet Gongs Vibrating, A Group Exhibition at San Diego Art Institute Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
Cathedrals: An Exhibition by San Francisco Bay Area Artist Jeff Ray at SDSU Downtown Gallery, San Diego Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
1000 words! Where is a picture when you need it? A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
Spring Arts Preview: Visual Arts 2016 San Diego Art Prize Nominated Artists Union Tribune by Susan Myrland

 County Wide Reports

Culture Report: Backyard Venue Brings Experimental Theater to an Arts Desert Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
One Great Art Collector Walter Pomeroy Might Be Your Modest Next Door Neighbor San Diego Story by Kraig Cavanaugh
Natural History Museum names new president Judy Gradwohl Union Tribune by Michael James Rocha
Through the gates: Artist Margaret Griffith, in residency at Lux Union Tribune by Roxana Popescu
Deedie’s House goes full circle at Carrillo Ranch Plein air art exhibit Union Tribune by Phil Diehl
Quint Gallery opens a new project space in Bay Ho City Beat by Seth Combs
Craft Shoot: Black Phoebe City Beat by Seth Combs
Cooper Baker melds computer technology and sound art to striking results City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: Keeping Convoy Culinary and Cultural Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Stokes of Genius: 2016 Mission Federal Art Walk Pacific Magazine
Encinitas Student Film Symposium Reader by Scott Marks
Encinitas Student Film Festival coming to La Paloma Encinitas Advocate by Jared Whitlock
Culture Report: Tiny Doo on Being Propelled Into PoliticsVoice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Artist Aims to ‘Make the Border Disappear’ Voice of San Diego Brooke Binkowski
When the art world changed Union Tribune by Susan Myrland
San Pasqual Union takes global view on Art Day Union Tribune by Laura Groch
Firebrand cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz keeps it real on ‘Bordertown’ City Beat by Seth Combs
Sonia Weksler wants to change the world one bed at a time
City Beat by Seth Combs
Chicano Park’s History Could Fill a Museum – and Activists Think it Should Voice of SD by Kinsee Morlan
Balboa Park Conservancy Is Creating a Screening Process for Big Projects Voice of SD by Lisa Halverstadt
Bhavna Mehta and the Power of Paper KCET by Robert Pincus
Like This: Nan Coffey’s Inclusive Social Media Mission Vanguard Culture by Natalie Neece
San Diego Explained: What the Law Says About Street Performers Voice of SD by Kinsee Morlan
Four local artists for every kind of faded head trip City Beat by Seth Combs
Art space Bread & Salt enter 'phase two' redevelopment City Beat by Seth Combs
On the Seen: Marina Grize, Ben Strauss-Malcolm and Edwin Delgado City Beat by Seth Combs

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

The arcHIVe project and the Alternative Healing Network are joining forces for a “Do Art Daily” challenge… do art, with a theme, every day for 30 days. No matter if it is 5 minutes or 5 hours, the point is to get you working on a new work and to help us begin a new dialog about what HIV means to those living in our community today. This year's theme: TOGETHER. For more info about the community art exhibition: Rodney Rodriguez 619.500.4481

Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad will be holding its annual juried exhibition with cash awards from July 17 – September 17 and invites artists to participate. Deadline for submissions June 20. The jurors are Steven Nossan, Gallery Director and Julie Weaverling, Assistant Gallery Director Fee $35 for 3 entries. More info: Julie Weaverlnig 760-795-6120

Artists age 25 and younger are invited to submit original artworks by May 5 to be considered for this year's MOCASD Showcase. Visit to learn about this year's theme and to submit an image of your work. A panel of judges will determine the top 25 finalists, whose work will be featured in the Showcase event on June 4. The overall winners will receive between $100-$500 in gift certificates to Blick Art Materials and a year-long MCASD Membership. More info: Cris Scorza 858 454 3541

Studio Door ( 3750 30th Street, North Park, 92104) has an artist studio available starting May 1. For more info: Patric Stillman 619-255-4920

Elly Dotseth  has a turn-key ready ceramics studio and business available for sale at 8186 Center Street in La Mesa, 91942. Get Centered Clay is 1300 sq.ft, warehouse fully equipped for multiple users. Contact Elly for more info: 619.884.4597

The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association, Teeter, and Luminous Views Gallery are pleased to collaborate on an art show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ocean Beach Pier (#‎OBPier). This call for 2 and 3Dartworks is due May 8 for a show opening June 30 th. The pier is a visually striking, iconic San Diego landmark, as well as the longest concrete fishing pier on the West Coast. For more info: Isabel Clark 619-224-4906


Starting June 6 Experience Student Craft 2016 - Expressions of Culture, Mingei International Museum's biannual juried exhibition of craft work created by high school students from across San Diego County with an emphasis on international but still personal expressions.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will host the 10 th biennial Art Auction at its La Jolla location at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 18. This year's growing list of carefully selected artworks have been donated from artists and galleries both locally and internationally. This biennial event is the Museum's largest fundraiser, providing vital support for educational programs, exhibitions, and art acquisitions. On June 4 celebrate the 25 finalists of this year's "25 & Under Art Contest.”

New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego is preparing to launch the fourth year of its popular Mass Creativity program in May. This year’s Mass Creativity program consists of six complimentary workshops in diverse communities in San Diego with hands-on art-making accessible to those that might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience it. The event culminates in a free all-day event at the Museum on June 25th. 

Rubin H. Fleet Science Center has received a $25,000 grant from The Parker Foundation with a unique matching opportunity to double their funding for the 52 Weeks of Science program in Barrio Logan. But only if the Fleet is able to raise another $25,000 from other donors by May 1, 2016. Donate now as you only have a few more days to help out.

The San Diego Museum of Art starting in April, Brueghel to Canaletto: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection. Spanish collection presenting 40 of the finest still life and landscape paintings from the leading Dutch, Flemish, Italian, Spanish, and German artists of the 17th and 18th centuries. Plus Brush and Ink: Chinese Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art Selected by Pan Gongkai featuring works by famous Suzhou artists of the Ming Dynasty, Buddhist monks of the Qing Dynasty, and modern masters Zhang Daqian and Qi Baishi. 


Judy Gradwohl, who has held numerous positions at the Smithsonian Institution, will be its new president and CEO, of SD Natural History Museum replacing Michael “Mick” Hager, who’s retiring June 30 after 25 years at the Balboa Park institution.

Gallery Director Ben Strauss-Malcolm leaves his position at Quint Gallery at the end of May to join Pace Gallery to serve as a director. Ben who held the position in SD for 12 years will be operating out of New York City and Palo Alto/San Francisco.

We are so sad to hear that Angela Carone is moving to Atlanta. She was such a wonderful supporter of the arts in San Diego and will be missed.


We understand that a Getty Foundation grant for over $8 million will assure that the third installment of Pacific Standard Time. The exhibition all focus on Latino artist from Southern California. Let’s hope we again see a number of SD organizations participating.

Check out Encinitas photographer Raymond Elstad: Sin City Gallery Best in Show opening Sat. April 9th and running through April 24 at Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas If you can’t make it to the exhibition, click the link to see these luscious beauties.

Huffington Post reported a painting found in the attic of a house in southwest France two years ago was attributed to the Italian master Caravaggio by private French experts. The work, which depicts Biblical heroine Judith beheading an Assyrian general, was found by the owners of a house near Toulouse as they investigated a leak. Eric Turquin art expert agency said it could be worth $137 million.

Jeffery Laudenslager turned us to an article about how some art world big wigs are affected by the Panama Papers. It is no surprise that lots of shadow economy is bound up in art. Mossack Fonseca is the name that gets repeated again and again. Read about it in this Hyperallergic article.

Hurrah for Robert Irwin, LA based but SD adopted artist who has a hat trick of shows this year. Excursus: Homage to the Square3 opened June 2015 at Dia: Beacon in New York, Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change started in April this year at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C, and opening in July, an installation for the Chinati Foundation, in Marfa, Texas is a 13,000-square-foot structure.

Elmgreen and Dragset opened their latest public installation in New York in April, an ear-shaped swimming pool cast in Van Gogh’s memory. "If there's one thing we do art for, it's for people to feel less fear. If people feel fear in societies you can manipulate them and they can turn incredibly conservative and do horrible things. If we, with our small, silly interventions can make people a little less afraid then we are happy."

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RAW May 2016

“What we professional liars hope to serve is the truth. I am afraid the pompous word for that is art. “ Orson Wells

William Feeney, Lion and Lamb from New Contemporaries 2016

San Diego Visual Arts Network is excited to announce the new Public Choice award for the 2016 New Contemporaries. To allow visitors at City College Gallery to vote for their favorite artists in the exhibition, an addition toour SD View Art Now app was created by Anand Bora, Founder Determinant Studios. Mr. Bora is flying in from India to be present at the closing reception and announcement of the recipients. 2016 New Contemporaries SD Art Prize Nominated Artists will all be showing at City College Gallery (1508 C Street, San Diego 92101) from Sat. June 18 - Thurs. July 14, 2016 with an opening Reception: Sat. June 18, 6 - 8 pm. The artists included are Robert Andrade, William Feeney, Kim Garcia, Robert Michael Jones, Erin Dace Behling, Sasha Koozel Reibstein, Aren Skalman, Graham Smith, Shinpei Takeda, Paola Villasenor (PANCA), Nicole Waszak. Two artists from this exhibition will be chosen to receive the 2016 SD Art Prize. Additionally there will be an extra cash prize for the Public Choice award. Announcements of the recipients will be made on Thurs. July 14 at the end of the City College exhibition. The two emerging artists chosen for the SD Art Prize will in turn select two established artists to mentor them and to be co-exhibitors at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in the spring of 2017.  

Felicita is the inaugural Art Show at A Ship In The Woodss new location ( 3007 Felicita Road, Escondido, 92029) Sat June 4 at 4 pm $10 +$3 parking. With over two acres of lush gardens, oak tree grove, and year round stream, the new SHIP IN THE WOODS will be an incubator for innovative ideas and elevated conversations with world class artists, scientists, and creative minds from all disciplines seeking to enhance our ever changing world view. More info: RJ Brooks  619-218-2737

The California Arts is awarding $12,000 to San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) as part of its new Artists Activating Communities program, which supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating the arts to be a central component of civic life, and artists to be vital in shaping society. This is the first time the Artists Activating Communities program has been offered. San Diego Art Institute is one of only forty-seven grantees for this highly-competitive program, and one of just three organizations awarded in San Diego. SDAI will partner with local artists Cat Chiu Phillips, Aren Skalman (2016 New Contemporaries artist), and SDAI artist-in-residence Omar Lopex .

In collaboration with the San Diego History Center, ArtsBusXpress is pleased to announce FREE bus transportation to the San Diego History Center located in Balboa Park, in June and July. Students from title 1 K-12 schools can discover San Diego’s early beginnings, learn geography and mapping skills by exploring Balboa Park and its history, or experience what it’s like to work behind the scenes at the San Diego Zoo. Complete the request form online. Click here. 

The building industry does not ever support a percentage for art fee on new building and they were successful in having this fee defeated in Vista this month. San Diego,  Escondido, San Marcos and Solana Beach have a percentage and this has helped build up the arts in these cities. National City is the next to vote and it will be interesting to see if they can recognize the enormous good that comes from cultural support.

Space 4 Art has worked closely with High Tech High teachers, Regina Kruglyak and Britt Shirk to give freshmen the opportunity to explore the Tiny House Culture and study their impact on the environment via their living choices. Currently, the students have designed, drafted and are completing one tiny home for local artists in San Diego in order to provide affordable housing to keep art in the community. The end result will be a module unit that will serve as the prototype for future units. You can view this at a reception on Fri. June 10 from 6 to 8 pm.

Point Loma High Tech High media arts students and with instructor and artist Cat Phillips will create a visual interpretation inspired by the 2016 Point of Entry exhibition. Students will explore the essential question: Why Do People Move? This project will give the public a glimpse into the lives of refugees who have settled in San Diego.  The finished collaborative project will then be displayed at SD International Airport, Terminal 2, pre-security as part of the Point of Entry exhibition.

County Supervisor Dave Roberts congratulated this year's selection of Arts Alive banners, which were as colorful as ever. He attended the annual banner auction and endorses the roadside banner program born in Encinitas and catching on in cities. Thanks so much to the 101 Artists' Colony for keeping Arts Alive as a thriving program in Encinitas. He was also present to award members of the Sargent Art Group awards during a reception at the Herbert B. Turner Gallery in Del Mar. No other supervisor does as much to support the arts and showing up at these events is so important to us all.

24 Years Apart is a art exhibition featuring Becky Guttin & Rafael Mareyna. This daughter and father will open with a reception on Fri. June 3, 5 pm and show until June 26 at Casa Valencia Gallery (2730 Historic Decatur Rd, Liberty Station, SD 9210) More info: 6197526118

If you are like us, we are still a bit confused about all the new action in Barrio Logan Barrio Logan Art Crawl showcases galleries in 92113. These include:
Bread And Salt ( 1955 Julian Ave.) including Pulse, Ice Gallery and Athenaeum
Roots Factory ( 1955 Julian Ave,)
Union Barrio Logan ( 2191 Main St.)
Gallery D ( 1878 Main St., Unit D) In Barrio Logan.
Low Gallery
( 1878 Main St.)
The Spot ( 1835 Main St)
Glashaus (1815 Main St. B,)
Device Gallery ( 1815 Main St.)
La Bodega Gallery ( 2196 Logan Ave.)
Galeria 1881 De Barrio Logan ( 2159 Logan Ave,)
Hb Punto Experimental Gallery ( 2151 Logan Ave (B)) 
Chicano Art Gallery ( 2117 Logan Ave. )
Basile I.E (Paul Basile) and CMC Curatorial (Chris Martino) are two new planned galleries on the 2000 block of Logan Ave that hope to open in June.


Craft Shoot: Peter Nelson Scheidt Voice of San Diego by Seth Combs
San Diego Art Prize 2015 Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
NCAN Quarterly Meeting: Arts Education in San Diego Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Looking Back/Forward at Art Produce/ Allied Craftsman at Sparks Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Souls Made of Stardust at Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer

 County Wide Reports

Becky Guttin: Portrait of an Alchemist Vanguard Art Artist Studio Visits by Chi Essary
David Fobes: The Mischievous Mr. Fobes Vanguard Art Artist Studio Visits by Chi Essary
In Chinese paintings, such a lightness of being: ‘Brush and Ink’ exhibit opens at the San Diego Museum of Art Union Tribune By Catherine Gaugh
Bronze sculptures approved for Aviara Park in Carlsbad Union Tribune By Phil Diehl
Curating diversity: Little person Amanda Cachia takes disability to new artistic heights City Beat by Seth Combs
Tasha’s Music City to close in artful style City Beat by Seth Combs
The Caliente murals are in hot water. Again. City Beat by Seth Combs
Rod' Rodriguez and The arcHIVe project: Artini City Beat by Elizabeth Pode
The North Park Building Where You Can Eat, Mingle, Create and Vote Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
San Diego’s Parklet Problem Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
To See or Not to See: '50 to Watch' City Beat by Seth Combs
Art Produce continues to grow City Beat by Seth Combs
Is There a Right Way to Redevelop Barrio Logan? Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Graffiti shows support for Nasser Pirasteh’s 'sculpture' city said must go Union Tribune by Debbi Baker
Exploring the multicultural meaning of women’s rights Anna Stump and Åsa Kvissberg tackle ‘Feminism Now’ City Beat By Torrey Bailey
Alpine’s new library will open this week Union Tribune by Karen Pearlman
MCASD taps Kanjo as new director Union Tribune by James Hebert
Michael James Armstrong sees the light City Beat by Seth Combs
On the Seen Jason Gould, Patricia B. Dwyer and Nina Garin City Beat by Seth Combs

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

Where will the hippest kids be this summer? SDAI has collaborated with local artists, arts organizations, and educators to bring you three weeks of innovative and engaging summer camps for K – 3 and 4 - 8 in mornings and afternoons sessions. Click here to discover which of the six courses offered suit your budding artist best: Trash Mash Up Camp with Bridget McCracken and Jessica McCracken, Camp Parkeology with Kate Clark, Filmmaking Camp with Omar Lopex
Constructivist Camp with Dave Ghilarducci or Street Art Camp with Jason Gould  

This year ArtWalk @ Liberty Station celebrates 12 years of bringing art of all kinds, music, and interactive art making for families to San Diego in beautiful Ingram Plaza at the Arts District at Liberty Station. The district has blossomed into San Diego's premier venue for the arts, museums, dining and entertainment.  The beautiful outdoor setting, surrounding a picturesque rose garden, is flat, grassy, and easily accessible for both artists and attendees. Sign up as an artist and/or mark your calendar to attend. ArtWalk @ Liberty Station is making a call for Volunteers to participate in a beautiful showcase of visual and performing arts. They offer volunteers the opportunity to get involved on event days, this year taking place August 13 & 14, and for pre-event activities during July and August. As an ArtWalk volunteer you receive the official 2016 T-shirt and may participate in a "volunteers only" raffle of great artwork and prizes, donated by our artists and sponsors. Please email to be added to their volunteer list. For more info: 6196151090

SD International Airport's Art Program seeks proposals from artists, curators, and cultural, community, or educational organizations working in all media, whose ideas, artwork and collections are inspired by or representative of the theme of space exploration and travel. For complete guidelines, visit Deadline is Friday, June 24, 2016 at 5 pm.


Discover the secret life of your favorite superheroes in the sprawling collection of international artworks that is My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action until Sun, August 14 at Center for the Arts Escondido

Mingei International Museum Get in touch with your inner globetrotter on a 7-day immersive folk art excursion to Oaxaca, Mexico. An intimate group of travelers, including Mingei Director, Rob Sidner, will embark on an extraordinary Mexican getaway exploring the arts, culture and people of Oaxaca. Sat Oct15, 2016 - Fri Oct 21.  

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is having a mega opening on July 22: Ruben Ochoa: Watching, waiting, commiserating, Papel Chicano dos: Works on paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin, Moris: Beautiful Landscape 7: beatings, hard bread and cold-water baths and DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States- Mexico Border 

Museum of Photographic ArtBeauty and the Beast: The Animal in Photography from 28 May to 9 Oct presents an examination of animals in photography in celebration of the San Diego Zoo Centennial. Showcasing a diverse range of photographers, the exhibition highlights the many ways animals are featured from portraits to supporting subjects. 

New Children’s Museum Mass Creativity Day is now in its fourth year and a FREE all day celebration of art and creativity on Sat, June 25 from 10am-3pm. To add to the excitement, their newest installation The Wonder Sound will be opening with this year's event. Don’t forget their week long summer camp programs.

Oceanside Museum of Art Teeny Tiny Art sale is June 3 from 5 to 8 for those on a low budget and The Museum Ball: A Night At The Casbah for those with cash to spare is July 23 from 6 to 11 pm.

Rubin H. Fleet Science Center Science Fiction, Science Future, the latest traveling exhibition and brings the science of the future into the present starting Sat, May 21in the Fleet Science Center's main exhibit gallery.  

In collaboration with the The San Diego History CenterArtsBusXpressis pleased to announce FREE bus transportation to the San Diego History Center located in Balboa Park. In June and July, students from title 1 K-12 schools can discover San Diego’s early beginnings, learn geography and mapping skills by exploring Balboa Park and its history, or experience what it’s like to work behind the scenes at the San Diego Zoo. Teachers tocomplete the request form online for your class. Click here.

The San Diego Museum of Art presents Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston through September 4th celebrates the vibrant color palette and inventive designs found in the outstanding array of early American quilts amassed over decades by the collectors Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy. Brush and Ink Chinese Paintings From the San Diego Museum of Art — Selected by Pan Gongkai also through Sept 4.

Timken Museum of Art is opening Collections in Context: American Art from a Pacific Northwest Collection, 1860 - 1915 on July 1. This presentation, which is split between the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park and the University Galleries on the campus of the University of San Diego, will include major works by Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, John LaFarge, John Frederick Kensett and Frederic Remington and is all from private collections in the Pacific Northwest never seen in SD before.

Women’s History Museum and Education Center offers us Shoulders to Stand On: Remembering the Chicana Activist Narrative from June 3 to July 31. San Diego’s Latina women drew on the strength of ancestors and their own experiences to gain recognition for their contributions, accomplishments, and leadership potential. Meet the California women who turned aspiration into a movement and explore the Chicana Movement of today’s generation in art, literature and activism.


After only 5 months Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is resuming its search for an executive director after OMA Board of Trustees opted May 9 to part ways with James Peck. Glen Newhart, current Vice-President.will step in as interim director.They schedule will continue with many activities planned for June and July including June 3 Teeny Tiny Art Sale, June 25 opening of California Fibers: Electric Threads and Love Letters in Metal: Jewelry by Svetozar and Ruth Radakovich and The Museum Ball on Saturday July 23 themed a Night at the Casbah.  

It is official. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's (MCASD) Board of Trustees has appointed Kathryn Kanjo as The David C. Copley Director and CEO, effective October 18, 2016, the Museum's 75 th anniversary. The Board also voted to install Dr. Paul Jacobs as the next Board President, succeeding current President Matthew Strauss. Jacobs is the Executive Chairman and former CEO of QUALCOMM, Inc. "It's a new era for the Museum," said MCASD's 33-year director Dr. Hugh M. Davies. "I see Kathryn and Paul taking MCASD to new heights." When Kanjo takes her new post in October, Davies will continue working for the Museum as the Campaign and Expansion Director, raising funds to support the Museum's long planned expansion and overseeing the associated architectural design and building process, before retiring at the end of 2018.  

The much loved director of Southwestern College Gallery, Vallo Riberto is stepping down from the position. His exhibition record is stellar and we wish him the best of luck in future endeavors.

Harold Cohen died in April at age 87 from a heart condition. He retired in 1994 from UCSD after becoming chairman of the art department and the director of the school’s Center for Research in Computing and the Arts. He is known as an abstract painter and the inventor of Aaron, a computer software program that makes art. Read his obituary in the New York Times by William Grimes.


The Turner Prize for 2016 has been announced and you can take a look at Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde.

If you want to see a performance artist using her whole body as a brush checkout Millie Brown hanging upside down as paint is dripped down her body and into her hair.

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June 2016

“Art is a lie, a lie that makes us realize the truth.” Pablo Picasso

James Hubbell Gift among the work for sale at Sparks Gallerywhich now carries a selection of art by father and son Brennan.
Ambush Hope at Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla, Sun July 24, 7 to 11 pm. $40 to $95. More info Antoinette Ransom
Passport to France produced by the Encinitas Friends of the Arts on Sat, July 23, 6:30 to 9 pm at the Encinitas Community Center
( 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, off Balour Encinitas) $20 member, $25 public. More info: Naimeh Tahna

Remember that you can vote for the public choice of the 2016 New Contemporaries at City College Gallery until July 12.using our SD View Art Now app. Anand Bora, Founder Determinant Studios. who created the voting app will announce the recipient on July 14 between 4 and 5 pm.The artists included are Robert Andrade, William Feeney, Kim Garcia, Robert Michael Jones, Erin Dace Behling, Sasha Koozel Reibstein, Aren Skalman, Graham Smith, Shinpei Takeda, Paola Villasenor (PANCA), Nicole Waszak. View Photos from exhibition.Two artists from this exhibition will be chosen to receive the 2016 SD Art Prize. The two emerging artists chosen for the SD Art Prize will in turn select two established artists to mentor them and to be co-exhibitors at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in the spring of 2017. SD At Prize and New Contemporaries is produced by the San Diego Visual Arts Network

The Encinitas Arts, Culture and Ecology Alliance, in partnership with the Encinitas Historical Society, has been awarded $25,000 from San Diego County to help fund its first steps to transform the deteriorating former elementary school site into the Pacific View Academy of Arts. The money came from the county's Neighborhood Re-Investment Program, and was secured by Supervisor Dave Roberts. Also supported by Dave Roberts is The Arts District is thriving at Liberty Station, where visitors can find their way more easily thanks to signage funded, in part, through a County of San Diego grant.  

Summer Campround up: Athenaeum Art and Music Library, Charity Wings, Fallbrook School of Art, FARM Summer Camps Japanese Friendship Garden, Lux, Monart, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), New Children’s Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, SD Art Institute, San Diego Museum of Art, SD Museum of Man, Spanish Village Art Center, San Diego Children’s Discover Museum

Creativity Unzipped is Jan Phillip’s book that deals with healing energy and change through art. She is teaching a 7 week course and there are three scholarships available. Watch the introductory video and/or contact her for more info 858-571-1417

In collaboration with the San Diego History Center,ArtsBusXpress is pleased to announce FREE bus transportation to the San Diego   History Center located in Balboa Park, in June and July. This program is designed specifically for Title 1 K-12 San Diego County schools. To book a trip for your school Click here 

More people are attending arts events up by 26% this year over last year. Attendance figures for San Diego arts and cultural organizations jumped to 5.36 million in 2015, as reported by the Commission for Arts and Culture. They also issued increased grants by $.4 million given to 5 more nonprofit groups than last year with a total of $6.8 million. The bad news is that salaries for those in art administration are down by $11.2 million. What a bargain but shame, shame, shame that we are not paying staff more for the excellent job they are doing.

Lynnette Tessitore-Lopez Cultural Arts Managerof the City of Chula Vistahas just announced that the city’s Arts Master Plan is now available for review. For more information, please contact the Cultural Arts Office at (619) 409-5465

Many congratulations to Michelle Montjoy who is a recipient of the Creative Catalyst grant from the SD Foundation. The Oceanside Museum of Art is the sponsor/host for Montjoy who will produce River the reimagining of traditional techniques and attitudes of knitting into a contemporary role that connects communities through comfort, inspiration and empowerment.  Using large table top looms or finger crocheting forms, the community will be invited to contribute to a visual conversation by knitting or crocheting, braiding or knotting a form using old t-shirts.

The SD Regional Arts and Culture Coalition reports that SD City Mayor Faulconer signed the Fiscal Year 2017 budget this week and the arts saw an increase in over $2.5 million from last year! This is a jump from FY16: $12,552,130 to FY17: $15,139,801.  

Orchids & Onions is an educational and fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation and you can see some of the nominations or make one of your own.

San Diego ’s John Eger reminds us of the benefits of art therapy in his article If Van Gogh Could Talk About Art Therapy in the Huffington Post.

We loved the Good Fences Portrait s show by John Mireles called Neighbors. We understand he is taking on a nation wide project in all 50 states which he hopes to complete in the next 3 months.

Teresa Barth (former Mayor of Encinitas) sent us this link about the need for more public art. Improvements proposed for Encinitas parks appeared in the Union Tribune


Naughty, Traditions, and Wood: A 2-part Review of “2015 San Diego Art Prize Exhibition” San Diego Story by Kraig Cavanaugh
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at SD Museum of Art Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
A Ship in the Woods New Home in Escondido Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Summer art show preview including New Contemporaries City Beat by Seth Combs
New Contemporaries, Oysterfest and Point Break LIVE! City Beat Staff
Portraits: a Slideshow at Artist Odyssey and of Mozart's Sister Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Father’s Day Alternative with James and Anne Hubbell! Picked Ripe and La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
New Contemporaries at City College: Emerging Artist nominated for SD Art Prize Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Five trends in Social Innovation A+ Art blog by Patricia Frischer

County Wide Reports

Asian theme gives new look to Art Alive opening at SDMA La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Culture Report: UCSD Converts 50-Year-Old Gallery to Classroom
Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
NEA awards $258,000 to local groups Union Tribune by James Hebert (all performing arts!!!)
Downtown Encinitas to be location of ‘Sea Walls’ mural Encinitas Advocate
Every Piece of Public Art in San Diego, Mapped Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
A Ship in the Woods Anchors in Escondido Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Day on the Bay’ gives public update on big plans Union Tribune by Roger Slowley
The changing face of photography Union Tribune by Marcia Manna
New sculptures soar over downtown Vista- photos Union Tribune by Charlie Neuman
High Tech High Students Build Prototype Tiny House for Artists Times of San Diego by Chris Jennewein
See sea dragons, teeny art, and sculptures by Dr. Seuss The Readers by Scott Ellis
From Seaport Village to Barrio Logan, new galleries are on the way City Beat by Seth Combs
Mural Watch: 'Un Día de Mercado' City Beat by Seth Combs
Arts attendance, revenue up for local arts groups Union Tribune by Michael James Rocha
Craft Shoot: Inca Colors City Beat by Seth Combs
To See or Not to See: All Hands on Deck City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: A Surprise in the Sky for City Heights Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Is a Comic-Con museum headed to Balboa Park? Union Tribune by Lori Weisberg
It takes a village Gay San Diego by Margie M. Palmer
Exhibit to showcase developmentally disabled artists Union Tribune by Tatiana Sanchez
Culture Report: A Fort That Actually Welcomes Outsiders Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
‘Fault Whisper’ installation wins national award Union Tribune By Martina Schimitschek
At Mingei, celebrating the beauty in the ordinary
Union Tribune by Michael James Rocha
A rose is a rose is tons of roses at Lux Union Tribune by Susan Myrland
Core canvas City Beat by Seth Combs
On the Seen Robert Pincus, Meegan Nolan and Lizbeth Price City Beat by Seth Combs
Lux to bring 5 international artists for 10th season Encinitas Advocate by Chris Saur

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

Fusion Glass is making a call for volunteers and for artist (for demonstrations and/or artist booths) for a September 17 event called Fairies in the Garden. The event is a collaboration between, and the Water Conservation Garden. For more information contact Marjorie Pezzoli 619 204 8738

Brandon Gallery in Fallbrook is making a call for artists for Dog Days of Summer. Dawn Secord is the juror and this show will celebrate the animal companions that are part of our families, our work, our lives. See prospectus online or for more info: Noreen Ring  760-723-1330

The Studio Door is making a call for studio artists to participate in the 2nd Annual self guided, regional Open Studio Tours in October 2016. Artist registration deadline September 17. Galleries, Museums, Art Stores and NonProfits are welcome to participate in the tours. More info: Patric Stillman  619-255-4920

The Studio Door is making a call for artists to participate in Galactic Pleasures is an exhibition of visual art running from September 2 – 25. More info: Patric Stillman  619-255-4920

The Studio Door is making a call artists: Endangered exhibition of visual art running from August 5 – 28. Artist registration dealine July 5. More info: Patric Stillman  619-255-4920

Downtown San Diego Partnership is creating a Summer of Sound from June 24th through September 16th. They are looking for artist to design window clings, the design and painting of the 2 utility boxes, a logo/template to promote the Sounds of Summer event and possibly the design and painting of the construction fencing mural. For more info contact: Lise Koerschgen  619.234.8900

Vicky DeLong  is making the annual call for artists for the 2017 season for the Mission Trails Regional Park Gallery. For more info and the prospectus contact 619-668-3281

Call For Artists from the 11th Annual ArtWalk  @ Liberty Station taking place August 13 & 14, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 on Saturday and 10:99AM to 5:00PM on Sunday. The stunning location is  Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station. Artist applications have been pouring in so don't miss out on an event that will sell out very soon.

Stephen C. Wagner   is continuing his series of educational workshop for marketing for artists. Organization: A Basic Game Plan for Your Artist Career on June 22 nd, Promotion: Marketing Yourself & Your Artwork on July 20 th and Consultation: Working with Art Consultants" on Sept 21. All are Wedn. from 7 to 9 pm at Art on 30th Arts Center, 4434 30th Street, San Diego, CA - $20 at door. There are more on the way including What Sells: Creating a Saleable Body of Work on Thurs., June 23rd, 7-9PM at Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. Escondido, CA also $20 at door. More info: Studio Fine Artists Network415-518-6485


Center for the Arts EscondidoNeville Page’s Creative Process (Face Off Judge) is presenting some of his secrets on Sun, July 17 from 2-4pm at the Center Theater

Mingei International Museum Beginning August 6, European And Scandinavian Textiles from the Museum’s permanent collection will be on view in the Warren Theater Gallery.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego raised$970,000 in their Art Auction 2016. They will be using it for exhibition and education programming and new acquisitions. They have just made their annual decision of new work to purchase paid by Collectors (both International and Contemporary groups): Ellsworth Kelly 's photograph, Trapeze Swings, Meschers , Hayv Kahraman, House in Kathemiya, Kim Jones' assemblage, Marine Jacket and a photographic installation comprised of Wallpaper and Rock 'n Roll 70 by Gillian Wearing. Kim Jones is from southern CA i.e. LA but no one lives on the west coast. Such a pity that they can not collect a local artist.

Museum of Photographic Art has merged its education and exhibitions department into a new department called Visual Learning. The overall goal is to strengthen the museum’s ability to provide a more integrated and vital approach to the guest experience.

New Children’s Museum Wonder Sound just opened and it is the largest and most immersive installation exhibition ever for this wonderful resource for our kids by Wes Sam-Bruce. This is part tree house, part village, part undiscovered world.

Oceanside Museum of Art presents California Fibers: Eclectic Threads two- and three- dimensional pieces from current members of the San Diego-based California Fibers group. 

The San Diego Museum of Art Urban Banality begins on July 9 and is a survey exploring how our urban world has evolved. 

Timken Museum of Art Collections in Context: American Art from a Pacific Northwest Collection, 1860-1950 opens July 1 with 20 master works from a renowned private collection in the Pacific Northwest. This project is the first in a series of planned collaborations between the Timken Museum of Art and USD’s University Galleries. Derrick Cartright is current director at USD and past director of SDMA and it is great to see this collaboration between our art institutes.

Women’s History Museum and Education Center Shouders to Stand On : Remembering the Chicana Activist Narrative ends July 31. Coming in August is The Jewels of Plastic: the many faces of Bakelite.


It looks like UC San Diego’s University Art Gallery is being given a second chance. This message was sent out “We have heard from many of you that, although the classroom need is urgent and important, it is equally important to preserve campus spaces that allow the arts to thrive. We acknowledge these concerns and consequently, with the support of Chancellor Khosla,,  have removed the UAG from consideration forredevelopment at this time. We remain open to considering a viable proposal for the revitalization of the UAG.”

More of a celebration than a transition…but they are transitioning into their next decade. Congratulation to Perry Meyer at Meyer Fine Art for 10 years of wonderful art displays. A special exhibition includes a rare 1962 Braque etching, a unique 1964 new years greeting card etching by Miro and an exceptional Matta gravure embellished with pastel. The show is on until July 23.


Naimeh Tahna, director of the Encinitas Friends of the Arts EFA sent us this link to the Arts Consulting Group (ACG) annual list of the top ten free web resources for arts and culture leaders. Watch for the EFA Passport to France event on Sat. July 23 starting a 6:30 pm.

The winner of IK Prize 2016, an annual award presented by Tate in partnership with Microsoft is RECOGNITION, an artificial intelligence computer vision project that will uncover the hidden links between current events and art from the Tate collection. RECOGNITION will use powerful algorithms to search through Tate’s vast digital collection and news images of current events, unearthing hidden relationships between how the world has been represented in image form, in the past and present.

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RAW July 2016

LEFT: ArtWalk @ Liberty Station is coming up again, this year on Sat./Sun, August 13 & 14, 10am-6pm. Please visit the SDVAN sponsored participation booth produced by Artist & Craftsman Supply: Nature Paper Projectwill provide an interactive art activity for all, incorporating paint and paper in a unique project about nature ( 2645 Historic Decatur Road, SD 92106). More info: Sean Christensen 6196151090
RIGHT: Artist Ugo Rondinone's Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, 2016. Gianfranco Gorgoni/Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art

Sidney Wildesmith: Wonderlust and TRANSDIMENSIONAL begins July 26 and runs to Oct 4. There is an opening reception onSat.Aug 13, 6-8 pm This is aretrospective of Widesmith who was an Artist in Residence in 7 National Parks. This is also a tribute to the National Parks 100th anniversary. At the opening and for night only TRANSDIMENSIONAL is the premiere of artwork exceeding 3-dimensionals. L Street Gallery at the Omni ( 628 L Street, SD 92101) More info: Sidney 760-436-8776

There is a new sculpture exhibition at the Encintias based San Diego Botanical Gardens . showing until April 2017. Naomi Nussbaum, who is the curator of this annual show, has selected lots of local art works primarily including James Hubbell but there are also national artists included.

Danah Feyman has pledged $50,000 to invest in the success of this new partnership between transcenDANCE and ARTS- A Reason To Survive. A matching campaign called Unite and Celebrate 2016 has been launched to honor her support and help ensure the smooth coalescence of the two organizations. You can send a donation of any amount – as even a little goes a long way when you help to nurture seedlings.

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced a two-pronged approach for a grand restoration of the City’s major parks that would provide hundreds of millions of more dollars for Mission Bay Park and regional parks, including Balboa Park, as well as transform Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama into San Diego’s premier public space. First is an initiative for the November 2016 ballot that would extend 2008’s Proposition C to direct a portion of Mission Bay lease revenue toward capital investment in regional parks for an additional 30 years. This will result in hundreds of millions more in future dollars available including rehabilitating historic structures in Balboa Park. The second is for the Plaza de Panama and would be financed through a combination of parking revenues, City funds earmarked for capital projects and private philanthropy, not Mission Bay lease revenue.

Balboa Park United is a new alliance unifying the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Balboa Park Conservancy, Friends of Balboa Park, the Balboa Park trust at the San Diego Foundation, and the Balboa Park Online although it’s still called the Plaza de Panama Project. Cars will still be able to access the Park from the west side via a turn off at the end of the Cabrillo Bridge that will lead directly into the Alcazar parking lot. Additionally, the Organ Pavilion parking lot will become an underground parking structure adding hundreds of additional parking spaces and allowing a two acre green park area to replace the current asphalt lot. You can say what you think about this project by taking a brief survey organized by the Timken Museum.

Fabulous news for the San Diego Art Institute. SDAI for the second year in a row received the largest grant in the state from the California Arts Council. They received a $63,000 grant for the 2nd year of PARKEOLOGY plus a $12,000 for their workshop series at Horton Plaza Mall and a very nice $6,000 for professional development. That is a total of $81,000 in FY17. Thank you California Arts Council for supporting San Diego county artists!

One of our favorite artist, Vicki Leon, has donated a piece of her art to the her home city Azalea Park. Leon is a former Creative Catalyst award recipient and was a vital part of the DNA of Creativity as part of the PAMM project.

Congratulations to Lorna York is celebrating 10 years ob business for the Madison Gallery with 9000 square feet in La Jolla. The last four of those years, she was chosen as one of the top 500 galleries in the world by Blouin Art Info.

Quint Projects is pleased to announce a collaborative installation by San Diego artists Jean Lowe and Kim MacConnel: The Museum of Metropolitan ArtThe installation will include wall paintings appropriated from Old Master and Impressionist artworks and a “museum” café serving cake and coffee. ( 5171 B Santa Fe Street, SD 92117,) Sat Aug 13 from 10 am to 1 pm or by appointment . More info: Nina Howard  858-454-3409


Iana Quesnell at The Artist Odyssey Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Dictators Rule! (Until They Don’t) at basileIE / CM Curatorial Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Artist Don Porcello’s pipe-cleaner sculptures are a hit in Shanghai Picked Ripe and La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
In Dust We Trust: Parkeology Exhibition at San Diego Art Institute Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Passport to France: Encinitas Friends of the Arts at Encinitas Community CenterPicked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Neo-Kitsch: A New Old Latin America at Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
August Challenges A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

County Wide Reports

Mayor Faulconer Revives Balboa Park Plaza Plan KPBS
Creative Catalyst grant recipients announced City Beat by Seth Combs
Sculpture display opens at Botanic Garden Coast News
Culture Report: From a Quiet Library for the Few to an Exhibition Space for Many Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
The Big Questions on Balboa Park’s Big Day Voice of San Diego by Lisa Halverstadt
The Wonder Sound’ an adventure in emotions at New Children’s Museum Union Tribune by Beth Wood
Five local artists receive Creative Catalyst grants Union Tribune
by Susan Myrland
San Diego artist Cuauhtémoc Kis honors Orlando in tribute quilt San Diego Gay and Lesbian News by Timothy Rawles
Mural Watch: Crest Cafe’s Purple Elephant City Beat by Seth Combs
Last call for David Russell Talbott City Beat by Seth Combs
Hidden Treasures community story art project Encinitas Advocate
Culture Report: Music to Educators’ Ears Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
City Heights needs a mural, not a wrecking ball Reader by Julie Stalmer
Art inspirations from up north at the Timken Union Tribune by Roxana Popescu
San Dieguito Art Guild to present show at Balboa Park Encinitas Advocate
Craft Shoot: Lottie Hope City Beat by Seth Combs
Reconstructing a Landmark: How a Popular Book, Cultural Attitudes Transformed San Diego's La Casa de Estudillo KCET by Robert L. Pincus
Youth in need seek their creative voice in upcycled furniture Union Tribune by Martina Schimitschek
July Art Shows Pacific Magizine by Sarah Pfedderer
Culture Report: Even the Alt-Cons Are Bursting at the Seams Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Sergott Gallery to exhibit six contemporary Latino artists Rancho Santa Fe Review
Local companies capitalize on adult coloring book craze City Beat by Seth Combs
Pro artists and amateurs flock to Sketch Party City Beat by Seth Combs
To See or Not to See: The Wonder Sound City Beat by Seth Combs

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

Call for Artists LeucadiART Walk applications online and accepted until August 10 th for the Aug 28 th event. Early application pricing for returning artists booth spaces are $75 for a 10×10 booth space and $175 for a 10×20 booth space. For new artist prices are $85 for a 10×10 space and $200 for a 10×20 space. More info: Carris Rhodes  760-436-2320

The Picerne Family Foundation Artist Outreach Project gives local north county accomplished visual, performing and literary artists over 55 the opportunity to help under-served members of our community. The $12,000 grant is for a 12-month project of 6 hours a week. Smaller grants will be considered for artists who wish to contribute less time. More info: Victor Nelson 949-267-1517

Redwood Media Group , which owns and produces Art San Diego, announces its [PLATFORM] Artist of the Year contest, sponsored by Art Brand Studios. Prize values of up to $375,000, including a contract with Art Brand Studios and exhibition opportunities at Redwood Media Group’s shows. For more info: Hannah 619-955-5285

San Diego Art Institute is making a call for artist for the juried show: The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Horror-Themed Art Exhibition. This show opens to the public on October 1 and submissions are due Mon. Sept 5. . This exhibition invites artists of all media to submit work that is horror or Halloween-themed in nature. 2D work, sculpture, photography, collage, painting, installation, video, sound, and performance works are all welcome. The juror is Scott Mitchell Putesky, aka Daisy Berkowitz. Scott is an acclaimed artist and musician, best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of the group Marilyn Manson.


Center for the Arts Escondido In Stephen Fishwick Art Attack, A Full on Creative Assault the artist transforms a blank canvas into dynamic live portraits of icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Elvis and Bono choreographed to music.  His energy is infectious and the audience is on its feet, clapping and dancing along with Stephen as he creates his magic on canvas with riotous strokes of color both from his brushes and his bare. August 14 th at 2 pm.

Mingei International Museum Dave Hampton has curated the first major retrospective of the sculptures, furniture and ceramics of Erik Gronborg, the Solana Beach artist from Aug 6 to March 12.  

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Louis Hock: a wall opens downtown at the Jacobs Building Aug 18, 2016 - Sep 27, 2016  

Museum of Photographic Art has online exhibitions. Check them all out including Exploring the Art and Science of Photography.This exhibition presents photographic experiments in motion studies, microphotography, and X-rays as well as artists who use science as a creative tool. The photographers represented here are pioneers and innovators who were able to integrate art and science into their work.

New Children’s Museum   The Wonder Sound  reopens July 29! 

Oceanside Museum of Art Aug 2 and 4 is from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Robin Douglas will explore on- and off-loom weaving techniques with students ages 15 to adult using natural dyes and materials. Wall hangings along with a variety of practical applications will be produced in this two-day workshop.  

Rubin H. Fleet Science Center Last chance to see Taping Shape, hundreds of rolls of packing tape are unfurled and bound together to create a world of translucent spaces and tunnels for visitors of all ages to explore. Wear your most colorful socks, because this exhibit is shoes-off and hands-on and closes September 5.

Congratulation to the The San Diego History Center which presented the film, Balboa Park: The Jewel of San Diego, which has won an EMMY® Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest Chapter in the category of Historical/Cultural Program or Special.  

The San Diego Museum of Art is showing Ferocious Bronze: The Animal Sculptures of Arthur Putnam now through October 11, 2016. In his lifetime, Arthur Putnam (1873–1930) was hailed as the greatest sculptor of California, the “American Rodin.” 

San Diego Museum of Man The August Think and Drink Thursday on the 4 th from 5 to 7 pm is a special event co-sponsored by the Museum and San Diego LGBT Pride to bring the LGBTQ community together in one of San Diego’s most iconic places. Visitors will enjoy gallery exploration and special tours, as well as a beer-and-wine cash bar.  

SD Natural History Museum Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science opens on August 20 and is a new, permanent exhibition revolves around the history—and the future—of citizen science, the idea upon which the Museum was founded in 1874. Exhibits included will highlight naturalist and the impact their work and observations has had on science as we know it today. Rare books, art, photographs, and historical documents from our Research Library’s 56,000-volume collection will be displayed alongside plant and animal specimens and brought to life through touchable objects and multimedia experiences that allow deeper access to the works on display. 

Timken Museum of Art Don't miss your chance to view more than seventy paintings and drawings in Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Theodore Rousseau (1812-1867), the leader of the so-called Barbizon School, who was arguably the most important French landscape artist of the mid-nineteenth century.  This is an international loan exhibition that explores the astonishing technical and stylistic variety of Rousseau's work, revealing him to be one of the most exciting, experimental, and affecting artists of his day. This day trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Center in LA is on September 8, 2016- 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Jon Gosan , Exhibitions & Facility Manager at Oceanside Museum of Art has left the museum and we will be watching for his new position in the future and wish him good luck.


Here is an interesting article sent in by Stephen Jones from the UK about Nicolas Serota as the taste maker of the contemporary art world. Tate's bad impression by Waldemar Januszczak. Do any of us think we will be around to see what the new NEW looks like. It seems like the end of the new was in 1980 and we have been "anything and everything" since then. Virtual and augmented reality and the internet might take the power out of the hands of the cognoscenti, but it might also remove the financial advantage of speculation on a limited commodity. In the future, will the visual art world be more like the music industry?  Is that really the question?

We understand that when Pokemon Go, the augmented reality mobile phone game that combines the elements of Geocaching and the Pokemon franchise first launched, hackers put up versions that crashed the website. Now Nintendo, the creators say that it is the most-downloaded app in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Will virtual reality films become inter-active with augmented reality components? You can take that to the bank.

Terrific story about in the New York Times “The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close by Wil S. Hylton. The legendary artist has radically upended his distinctive style of portraiture — and his entire life. Why?”

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RAW August 2016


“Cooking is an art. How I wish eating was an art, too. “ Anand Bora, 2016

We love the emails from Perry Meyer featuring a weekly artist. This is not the usual promotion but presents a great education about a modern master. The work above is an original lithograph by Theo Tobiasse called L’Homme a la Cruche. To get on his mailing list contact him directly at

Vallo Roberto has been working with Daniel Foster to launch a new exhibition db Foster: OutSide Inat Southwestern College Art Gallery ( 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, 91910). The reception is Sept 1, 5:30 to 8:30 pm and the exhibition is on view until Sept. 22, 2016. On the day of the reception, Foster will be lecturing from noon to 1 pm. More info:Daniel Foster or Vallo Riberto

You are invited to join the NCAN/SDVAN Visual Arts Committee to work on the Looking Glass project which will project art from the inside of corporate windows. We are now working on the curated slides show and videos and choice of artists. Our next meeting is Sunday August 28 at 2 pm. Email me if you have some ideas to share and want to become involved:

Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance (SCAA) (Rancho Santa Fe) celebrates the beginning of Five Years with an Anniversary Exhibition from Sept 9 to Nov 9.  To commemorate this occasion, the exhibition features a selection of new works by sixteen artists who have exhibited at SCAA as well as two new artists. Erin Dace Behling and Robert Michael Jones both New Contemporaries for 2016. Other SD Art Prize artist include: De La Torre Brothers, Belize Iristay, Jeffrey Laudenslager, and Deanne Sabeck. The opening reception isFri, Sept 9 from 6 - 9pm with a performance by Amigos del Rep at 7:30pm. More info: 858.756.2377  

Margaret Noble will stage a sound installation at the Cesar Chavez Park pier in Barrio Logan in October as part of the Tidelands Art Program. Yvonne Wise, the Port of San Diego Public Art Chief Curator for Arts and Culture has struggled to obtain budgets for more interactive art works. Noble was part of SDVAN’s 2014 New Contemporaries VII at Meyer Fine Arts. We are also delighted that Adam Belt will do a temporary presentation as well. Belt was a 2011 SD Art Prize recipient.

Papa Doug Manchester , developer, philanthropist and former publisher of the San Diego Union Tribune, has donated a historic Washington Hand Press to the San Diego History Center. The press and typesetting were acquired by James Copley for its historical value and was displayed for decades at the headquarters of the Copley Press in Mission Valley.

Encinitas is getting a new mosaic mural.The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project,is creating and donating a new 8’X15’ foot translucent glass mosaic on the northwest side of the Moonlight Beach Marine Safety Center. The mosaic is the creation of Scott Walt, ocean artist; Peggy Sue FlorioZepeda, illustrator; Bob Zepeda, glass producer/finisher, and Mark Patterson, Surfing Madonna artist. The mosaics’ estimated delivery date is May 2017 with a cost just over $20,000 supplied by this non-profit.

Debby and Larry Kline are on a roll. They just won the Calzona Land Prize and will be creating some adobe igloos near the Salton Sea. They are working on a future project with Salk Institute’s Saket Navlakha to create work for an exhibition, Extraordinary Collusions at San Diego Art Institute next summer 2017. But much sooner, On Sept 10 they will be among the US contingent of artists exhibiting in Valle de Guadalupe as part of Happening en el Valle International Art Show Festival. Hugo Heredia of HB PUNTO EXPERIMENAL helped them with this arrangement and other artist from San Diego include Becky Guttin, Dave Ghillarducci, Peter J. Geise, Beth King, Janice Grinsell and from TJ Panca, and a host of other artists.

The next Mural of La Jolla titled Landing is by Heather Gwen Martin. This project of the Athenaeum is led by Linda Forsha. It is painted on the three-story tower on the Drury Lane side of 7724 Girard Ave ( Lapiz Building) and replaces Kim MacConnel’s Girl from Ipanema.


New Children’s Museum exhibit brings wonder-filled adventure for kids in San Diego Picked RAW and La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Artist Iana Quesnell offers community pop-up school
Picked RAW and La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Sidney Wildesmith at L Street Gallery
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Art Walk Artist and Craftsman Participatory Project
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Lowe and MacConnel: The Museum of Metropolitan Art at Quint Projects, plus Quint Summer Show
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Rare Specimens: The Matts at CM Curatorial and basileIE
Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
25th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition
Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
North County Arts Network presents Creative Collaboration: Who Do You Want To Do It With?Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer

County Wide Reports

Tradition Duels the Avant-Garde: American Art from a Northwest Collection San Diego Story by Kraig Cavanaugh
Culture Report: A Big Comeback for Public Art at the Port Voice of SD by Kinsee Morlan
25 Best Things We Saw at San Diego Comic-Con2016 Rolling Stone Dave Maass and Don Kaye
Why two artists (Marcos Ramirez and David Taylor in DeLIMITations at MOCASD) surveyed the U.S.-Mexico border ... the one from 1821 Los Angeles Times by Carolina A. Miranda
Bi-National Artists Are Focus of MCASD’s Summer Exhibitions Downtown Times of SD by Chris Jennewein
Eleven institutions celebrate the works of Irving J. Gill, grandfather of San Diego modernism The Architects Newspaper by Antonio Pacheco
Solana Beach artist Erik Gronborg finally gets his due City Beat by Seth Combs
Creators of Surfing Madonna are doing it again CBS8
Ambitious Project Leads Artists to Build 47 Monuments Along the 1821 U.S.-Mexico Border KCET by Robert Pincus
Encinitas Brian Mahoney’s film highlights a local artist Josh Hunter Encinitas Advocate by Chris Saur
Culture Report: Gill Sotu Is Having a Moment Voice of SD by Kinsee Morlan
Tijuana looks inward, not northward, to spark cultural revival The Christian Science Monitor by Whitney Eulich
100 Worlds Project” Exhibit of Collaborative Art Awaits at the San Diego Airport San Diego Blog by Susan Myrland
Jean Lowe and Kim MacConnel get meta with 'The Museum of Metropolitan Art'
City Beat by Seth Combs
Toni Larios documents the mean streets of Tijuana City Beat by Seth Combs
Mural Watch: The Psychedelic Fairy at Park Boulevard Foods City Beat by Seth Combs
On the Seen: Greg Strangman, Matt Stallings and Julia Dixon Evans City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: The Beauty of Bacteria Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
At MOPA, a view of the world through diverse lens Union Tribune by Michael James Rocha
New hours for Queen Califia’s Circle Union Tribune by J. Harry Jones
Be a part of the art at this year’s ArtWalk Union Tribune by Carolina Gusman
Universities in the New Economy: Yes, Some Will Make It Huffington Post by John Eger
Fine Lines: Anna Zappoli City Beat by Seth Combs
CityBeat's 2016 photo contest winners City Beat by City Beat Readers
Craft Shoot: Micklish City Beat by Seth Combs
Lux Art Institute welcomes Restrepo to open 10th season Encinitas Advocate
City Hall Gallery to feature art from Paul Ward Encinitas Advocate

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

"Celebrating the Art in Archaeology" is an annual archaeology-themed juried art exhibition and contest co-hosted by San Diego County Archaeological Society and California State Parks They are seeking submissions of original artwork with archaeology theme or subject matter in four categories: Fine Art, Photography, Traditional Arts, and Archaeological Line Drawing. No fee to enter. Entries Due Aug. 31 More info: Joanna Collier  619-221-7054

Escondido Art Partnership Municipal Gallery is making a call for artist for a new show: Local Color, an exhibition featuring art by and about veterans. Veteran's art tells their story, heals wounds, and connects them to their community through creative artistic expression. For more info: Wendy Wilson 760480-4101

San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition is making a call for a part time association manager. They are offering $18 an hour for 6 hours a week. Send resume and cover letter to Erin Decker

There is a new call for artists for the 5 th Annual Art in the Park 2016 in Mission Trails Regional Park. For prospectus email or call Vicky DeLong 619-668-3280

The Arts Program at the SD Airport is looking for an Arts Program Coordinator to help with curating visual art exhibitions and performing arts programs (salary range $62-99K).  Applications are being accepted until Sep 9th. More info:Chris Chalupsky619.400.2881

Lynn Susholtz's nightstand project for the Feminist Image Group (FIG) exhibition at Women’s Museum of California opens Friday, Nov. 4, from 5-9pm. You can participate if you are women, just call 1-619-500-ARTS (2787), listen for the prompt “Please respond to- I Dream...” After the beep say your first name (if you wish) and leave your audio message which should be short (several sentences) starting with I Dream...  

The Studio Door is making an open call for it 2 nd annual Open Studios event. This comes with an exhibition opportunity from Oct 1 to 22 as well as the self guided tour Sat/Sun Oct 15/16. Application is online now.

The City of Encinitas Arts Division oversees three civic galleries: the Civic Center Gallery, the Encinitas Library Gallery, and the Encinitas Community Center Gallery (with 2-D and 3-D exhibits at all locations). They are accepting applications for 2017. Send the application and email up to 10 JPG high resolution images by Sept 15. More info: Cheryl Ehlers


The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the La Jolla Historical Societywill team up to showcase an exhibition focused on Irving Gill’s orthographic and perspective drawings, sketches, and watercolor renderings on loan from Gill archives at University of California, Santa Barbara

Oceanside Museum of Art
housed in an Irving Gill-designed structure originally used as the town’s City Hall from 1934 to 1994, will present a historical overview of the 5,000 square foot structure. In conjunction, the museum will also showcase the work by Frederick Fisher and Partners, who completed a large expansion to the structure in 2008.

The San Diego History CenterIrving J. Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country
, a survey of Gill’s greatest San Diego works.

Museum of Photographic Art Redemption by David Quintanilla is presented as part of a partnership between MOPA and the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation, a nonprofit formed to “celebrate and preserve the literature and art of LGBT people of color.”


The Board of Directors of Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is pleased to announce the selection of Maria Mingalone as Executive Director. “Maria’s background includes not only expertise in curating and museum education at Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass, but also 25 years of progressive museum and nonprofit management expertise. Her diverse background will be invaluable in advancing  OMA as we enter our 20th year as an anchor in San Diego North County’s cultural landscape,” said Marilyn Agredano, president of OMA’s Board of Trustees. We are glad to see a woman having a chance at the directorship finally. You can meet her Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Oceanside Museum of Art’s opening reception for Space, Structure, Light: The Art of Russell Forester and Irving J. Gill: A Comfortable Fit From 6 to 8 pm (members free, visitors $10).Good luck to Maria Mingalone.

Conrad Prebys well known for his philanthropic donations to many San Diego institutions has died of cancer aged 82. Prebys has donated generously to the art in San Diego where he built up his $1.25 billion business renting buildings. This includes funds for the SDMA, MOCASD and the new Performing Arts Center in La Jolla due to open in 2017 and taking the place of the Sherman Auditorium.  

Pauline Foster who was a founding member of the Museum of Contemporary Art's collectors group and board president from 2001 to 2004 has passed away. We send our sympathies to her family.

We are pleased to learn that after the retirement of Susan Pollack, Kristina Owens is now the City staff person managing the Public Art program and the Public Art Commission in Escondido as Public Art Administrator. Quick note to those in Escondido, they have a commission for the arts slot vacancy.  More info: Kristina 760.839.4519

Congratulation to Madison York on the occasion of her marriage this August. Madison is owner and director of Madison Gallery in La Jolla.


Wall carpets made out of cocktail umbrellas, a “speculative cookbook” featuring knitted meat, and a self-defibrillating organ made from electric eel genes are among the ideas proposed in the latest of a biennial series of exhibitions at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum that ask artists to present radical new concepts for a better future. This year’s edition, titled Dream Out Loud, will run from August 26 until the end of 2016, and will feature over 25 artists or artist groups presenting works that are “designed for tomorrow’s demands.”

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RAW September 2016


“It may be those who do most, dream most.” Stephen Leacock, economist

In partnership with the City of Encinitas Arts Division, Encinitas Friends of the Arts will be celebrating its third annual Dia de la Muertos on Sat. Oct 29, at the Encinitas Community Center ( 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, off Balour, Encinitas) from 12-4 pm. This free family event will foster an appreciation and awareness of this significant Latino cultural celebration while uniting people of all backgrounds and traditions. More info: Naimeh Tanha Woodward  760-298-1708  

Fernando Nosratpour, Associate Curator, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego showed off the new coral red algae (cyanobacteria), turf algae, coralline algae and an entire Pocillopora colony that is now at home on the glass sculpture tiles made by fine artist Michelle Kurtis Cole. This project started in 2013 as part of the DNA of Creativity, Sea Changes: Act project but now is an independent study which is showing how glass is an excellent substrate to encourage the growth of coral and could play a part in re-inhabiting depleted coral reefs.

2nd Annual Open Studios is producedby Studio Door ( 3750 30th Street , SD 92104 ) with a r eception: Sat. Oct 8, 6 -9 pm for all the participating artists. The exhibition runs from Oct 1 to 22. The Self Guided Studio Tours: Sat/Sun Oct 15/16, 10 am to 5 pm. More info; Patric Stillman 619-255-4920 . Our thanks to the following artist for the use of their images in our banner which include Linda Litteral: Background,Left to right: Combat Arts San Diego, Julia S Rasor, Dennis Dizon, Chris Smith, Hyacinthe Baron, Gabriele Bitter, Danielle Nelisse

Cultural Districts Public Input Meeting San Diego Region presented by California Arts Council is on Mon, Oct 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at California Center for the Arts: Conference Center ( 340 North Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92025) Click here to learn more and to RSVP

1805 Gallery on Columbia Street is pleased to announce the launch of an Artist Residency program. The residency is an opportunity for emerging artists of all media to explore concepts unique to their practice and will host Jeremy Zierau will be working in the gallery through Fri, Nov 18 creating art object pairings and produce a weekly podcast that documents conversations with local artists about irrelevant topics. More info Lauren

Work Won’t Kill You is the third in an ongoing series of installation/performance art pieces by Patty Ortiz. Ortiz has hired workers to create an immersive photo-mural in the gallery space over a span of 10 weeks. Using money itself, as raw material for the finished product, the workers sew actual dollar bills into shopping bags. The bags are sold to gallery visitors with the understanding that the workers will visit a business on University Street, buy something that represents the business and then return to the art gallery where the purchased object becomes an aesthetic object, archived, catalogued and presented in the Art Produce gallery.

We are happy, as always, to see the progress of our local The Artist Odyssey. The first film they released, Honoring Life: The Work of Trinh Mai, was an official selection of the Viet Film Fest, nominated for Best Short Film and took home the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film. They have just partnered with the Martha's Vineyard Film Society for their first East Coast premiere, featuring Visions of Home: The Work of Heather Neill.

Raffael Lomas , an Israeli artist (his exhibition last month was at the New American Museum at Liberty Station in San Diego) has transformed the unused barn at the Leichtag Foundation into an art studio for a Syrian refugee, Taysan, a Muslim craftsman of crown moldings. He was invited to help create a sculpture made only of found materials, including slabs of eucalyptus trees on the property. Pairing a Syrian refugee with an Israeli artist “demonstrates the bridges we want to build,” said Joshua Sherman, creative and communications manager at Leichtag Foundation. “Their countries are enemies, and here they found friendship.” The art project will be exhibited at the ranch during a Sukkot (harvest festival) in late October.

Lynnette Tessitore , Cultural Arts Manager was pleased to announce that the City of Chula Vista City Council unanimously approved the Cultural Arts Master Plan this monthCongratulations, Chula Vista!

SD Center for Jewish Culture’s 22 nd Annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair is coming to Temple Solel ( 3575 Manchester Avenue , Cardiff by the Sea, 92007) and Wed, Nov 2 at 10 am is Bagels & Books to celebrate painter Archie Rand’s book The 613. Rand transformed each of the 613 Jewish mitzvahs, or commandments, into its own breathtaking painting, a series that took five years to complete. They are all included into a single book, with one painting per page accompanied by the commandment in text. The entire fair runs Sat Oct 29 to Sun Nov 6 with many wonderful events. For more info: Jodir@lfjcc.org858-362-1348

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., San Diego Alumnae Chapter, will host Manuelita Brown and Diana Shannon Young who are featured in a Vino and Painting Afternoon held on Sun, Nov 13 from - 4-7 pm at the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation ( 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114). Attendees will also enjoy wine tasting, music, hors d'oeuvres, a grab bag wine auction, and 50/50 drawing. Proceeds will benefit student scholars and SDAC programs and services, including the Young Emerging Artists Awards. Donation: $50. For more info: Dr. Donna Arnold-Dudley, 619-315-9510

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Coloring Book (Opus Graphics) features full-page and double-page spreads depicting classic rock concerts and historical happenings with the Beatles, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Madonna, Queen, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, the Doors, Eric Clapton, the Who, Guns N’ Roses, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, the Grateful Dead, and many more. “For this oversized coloring book, all the artwork was custom designed for filling in the colors,” says editor Jay Allen Sanford, longtime San Diego Reader cartoonist and original Rock ‘N’ Roll Comic co-creator. Available through Amazon on Dec 1. More info: Steve Crompton 480 577 8769

We were delighted to learn that Stefani Bryd designed a video projected world where the veil between the physical and the ethereal world starts to become more visible and slowly starts to erode for the play "Angels in America: Perestroika" for the UCSD theater department Molli and Arthur Wagner Dance Building.

The Ovation Foundation , the philanthropic arm of Ovation TV, is announcing a call for entries in its Creative Economy innOVATION Grant Awards Program due Oct 28. This year, the program will focus on model programs and projects that invest in preparing artists for jobs in creative industries. Five grants of $20,000 each will be awarded to the most innovative programs. Our own John Eger, Director of the Creative Economy Initiative, San Diego State University; College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, is on the judging panel for this year’s award.


db Foster at the start: Outside In at Southwestern College Gallery Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Sergott Contemporary is starting its fifth year Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
SDSU Downtown Gallery Exhibits Work by Recent Grads: With Abandon Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
San Diego Mesa College Faculty Exhibition Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
Old Fashion or Out of Fashion? A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

County Wide Reports

Time runs out for Ducky Waddle’s Union Tribune by Pam Kragen
Ducky Waddle’s Emporium to close its doors City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: Historical Preservation, Minus the Mothballs Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Museum of Contemporary Art to Cut Jobs, Close La Jolla Campus Ahead of Expansion Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
San Diego Art Institute's Something Out Of "Not Quite Nothing" Art Guide SD
Creative offices aim for happy workers Union Tribune by Roger Showley
Architect Russell Forester’s heart always in the arts at OMA Union Tribune by Martina Schimitschek
New exhibit ‘Inter+FACE’ faces up to identity AJA at Museum of Man Union Tribune by Susan Myrland
The AjA Project is ready for its close-up City Beat by Duncan Moore
Culture Report: The Power of ‘a Black Dad Being a Black Dad’ Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Oeuvre as Onion: db Foster Lets Some Of His Work Out Vanguard Culture by Rebecca Romani
Shinpei Takeda: Negotiating the ‘I’ in ‘WE’ Vanguard Culture by Chi Essary
Doron Rosenthal carves a place in local history City Beat by Seth Combs
To See or Not to See: Light as Poetry City Beat by Seth Combs
The art and activism cycles of Chicano Park artist Hector Villegas City Beat by Seth Combs
San Diego Artist Doron Rosenthal Documents His Journey In Life And Stone KPBS by Megan Burke and Maureen Cavanaugh
New Stadium, Old Concerns About Artists Getting Pushed Out
Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Culture Report: The San Diego Opera’s New TrackVoice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
One of the Last Vestiges of East Village Art, Space4Art, Is on Its Way Out Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Local artist claims Francesca’s ripped off her art City Beat by Seth Combs
Mural Watch: “Thank You for Your Service” City Beat by Seth Combs
What Frida Kahlo taught me about womanhood City Beat by Alex Zaragoza
Fall arts 2016: Visual art picks Union Tribune by Susan Myrland
Culture Report: San Diego’s Sweet 16 New Murals Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
La Jolla artist loses fight with city, is ordered to move sculpture, pay fines Union Tribune by Debbi Baker
Renewed focus for Oceanside Museum of Art City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: Photography as a Performance Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
New Chargers’ Stadium Shadow Looms Over Historic Wonder Bread Building Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Omar Lopex and Noè Olivas play dating games City Beat by Seth Combs
Remembering Luis Stand City Beat by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
Madness, mental hospitals and MTV take center stage in new graphic novel City Beat by Jim Ruland
Culture Report: The Arts Oasis Next Door to Victoria’s Secret
Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan

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

Remember: The City of Encinitas is accepting applications from artists who wish to display their work in galleries at City Hall, the Encinitas Library or the Encinitas Community and Senior Center. For details, click here.

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) is pleased to announced its 2016 San Diego Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on Thursday, October 20 th, 2016 from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds – Exhibit Hall. This program is an important resource for the fine arts students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate programs of study in the areas of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, graphic design, film production, and other related disciplines. Register at

2017 Gator By The Bay’s is making a call for artist to design a poster for their event. The featured poster artist will receive a stipend of $1,000. The artist will be recognized with credit when the art is used in print or on the web, and will receive an AP (artist proof) copy of the limited edition poster created from the final art. Additionally, the featured artist will be promoted on the Gator By The Bay Festival website with a bio and link to the artist’s website if applicable, and provided with a 10’ x 10’ exhibit space at the festival to display and/or sell his or her art if desired. For more info: 619.234.8612

Escondido Municipal Gallery is making a call for artists for Recycled Materials Runway Event. Edgy eco-decadent and eco-smart designers from Southern California will gather in Escondido to preview their socially relevant designs crafted from just about anything that could end up in our landfills! Applications due Oct 8 for a showing Oct 22. For more information, Chrisanne Moats  

World Wide Art and Artavita will be participating this year in Art San Diego, from 3 - 6 November. They invite artists to showcase their work in their pavilion there. To submit work or for more info 805-770-5136 and/or please send link to your website, and images and dimensions of the works you would like to exhibit to Thomas Tunberg. Please note there is a participation fee that depends on the amount of space. There is no submission fee and applications close on October 10.


SD Air and Space Museum See Da Vinci: The Ultimate Innovator before it leaves in January. This special exhibit bringing to life more than 60 interactive inventions, artworks, robotics, and machines of the transportation, military, and mechanical devices devised by the ultimate innovator more than 500 years ago.

Center for the Arts EscondidoHeated Exchange: Contemporary Encaustics until Sun, Nov 13. No longer entombed with the mummies, the ancient art of encaustic (hot wax) has multi-dimensional surface, luminous color, and ethereal image layering unique to this once obsolete medium. Also featuring work by local artists Angela Koenig, Josie Rodriguez, and Jiela Rufeh. Plusat the same time, Jon Jaylo: All These Answers That May Never Come Our WayJaylo’s reflect a parallel dream world where everything floats and dances in a contained universe inspired by poetry.

Mingei International Museum Layers of Brilliance is a Journey of Japanese Lacquer Tools from Oct 29 to April 30, 2017 plus at the same time Tools and Utensils, The Beauty of Objects from The World's Kitchens and Workshops 

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Eleanor Antin is one of the artists featured in “The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium,” The show focuses on local artists active from 1960 to 1980 who use their photographs with a political agenda. Other artists in the show include John Baldessari, Allan Kaprow, Fred Lonidier.  

Museum of Photographic Art Animals Among Us: 11th Annual Youth Exhibition from Oct 8 to Feb 5, 2017 Inspired by the San Diego Zoo's 100th anniversary, MOPA's 11th Annual Youth Exhibition will focus on the theme of animals. Plus from Oct 15 to 29 Jan, 2017, Boundless: a California Invitation: the third triennial exhibition of contemporary California photographers. The triennial invitational began in 2010 as State of Mind and was followed in 2013 by Staking Claim. These exhibitions showcase the talent and diverse scope of artwork by photographers living within the museum’s home state.

New Children’s Museum Innovators Lab opened in September. This collaborative makerspace challenges children to think, play and create while exploring the worlds of art and science. Projects and design challenges are developed in collaboration with the Museum’s Creative Team working with external artists, engineers, architects and other professionals.  Marisol Rendon is one of the first artists innovators to be featured with her Wobbleland installation.

Oceanside Museum of Art Space, Structure, Light: The Art of Russell Forester is aretrospective tracing the evolution of his art from early pieces produced in the 1950s to a series of tree paintings done two years before his death in 2002. Don’t miss Oceanside-based textile artist Michelle Montjoy’s series of “Stitch and Suds” workshops on some Thursdays in October. You can help Montjoy construct a knitted installation out of old t-shirts. The results will be displayed next March in the River exhibition. The Halloween Art After Dark party on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. is always a thrill. You can also see Beauties Beasts with pin-up artist Olivia De Berardinis and Hollywood monster designer Jordu Schell on until Nov 27.

Fleet Science Center has now adopted this new name and dropped the Reuben H. to celebrate its expanded vision and extended role as a county-wide organization.

The San Diego Museum of Art has a new exhibition Inter+FACE which is very exciting. It is an installation by AjA which has done many temporary installations but this is the first permanent one. AjA was started by Takeda Shinpei one of our SD Art Prize recipients for 2016 with Warren Ogden. AjA helps newly arrived refugees and young immigrants and this project will have ongoing workshops in Barrio Logan, City Heights, and southeastern SD facilitated by the United Women of East Africa. Youth, Photography and transformation is the mission of AjA. For more info contact Melinda Chiment, the executive director of The AJA Project

San Diego Museum of Man will host Maker Faire San Diego 2016! On Oct 1 and 2 nd as will many of the Balboa Park institutions.

SD Natural History Museum Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science curated by Margaret Dykens, and director of the research library. “The objects on display convey the impact citizen science has had not only on our organization, but the world at large,” Some of he books In this exhibition date back to the 1500s and tell the story of how amateur naturalists helped shape science as we know it.

Timken Museum of Art Seattle wasan insider's tour of the vibrant art community with the Timken Museum of Art and Curatorial Director, Derrick R. Cartwright, PhD in September. Sign up on their mailing list so you don’t miss the next one. The renovations are almost complete. The Timken reopened in September with a complete dramatic improvement. The new foyer design now has seating and an updated gift shop with expanded offerings inspired by Mid-Century Modern design.

Women’s History Museum and Education Center Night Stand: Bedside Imaginings by the Feminist Image Group from Nov 4 to Nov 27


After a heroic struggle for life, Carolyn Mickelson has succumbed and we mourn her lost. She was a president of the board at the Oceanside Museum of Art, City of Oceanside arts commission as well as a member of the board of Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation. She was a huge champion of the arts in North County.  

Rest In Peace Lucas Makana Riley who died from a drunk driver in Hawaii. He was very helpful to David Adey in completing the parking garage public art work in Little Italy.

Luis Stand , the Colombian-born, New York City-trained artist at the center of the 740 complex in Barrio Logan, died at age 66 this August.

We are sad to hear that Ducky Waddle’s Emporium will be closing down as soon as all the merchandize is sold off in September. Jerry Waddle’s store in Leucadia sells art, books, records, poetry and has hosted events for the last 20 years.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is eliminating eight full-time positions and 20 part-time positions, and temporarily closing its La Jolla campus beginning in January as it plans to expand from 10,000 to 40,000 square feet. The downtown campus will continue its exhibition schedule.  Kathryn Kanjo will become the director in October and Hugh Davies will continue fund raising until 2018.

Migell Acosta, assistant director and chief information officer for the County of Los Angeles Public Library, has accepted the position in SD of director of our 33-branch county library system and is set to begin on Sept. 26. Mr. Acosta will replace Jose Aponte as who retired earlier this year.

Abe Ordover has also been presenting nature photography exhibitions at the SD Natural History Museum’s fourth floor for nine years, but his latest exhibition, The Last Hurrah: The Photography of Abe Ordover, will be his last curated show there.

Quint Projects is either replacing or going to be one of a few spaces at the new location H, A & B, 5171 B Santa Fe Street, SD 92117 starting in October. We understand they are vacating the La Jolla Girard location soon. More info: Nina Howard  858-454-3409


California Arts Council Director Craig Watson has just been elected to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies board of directors. In this position, Craig will represent California's interests at the national level among other state arts agency leaders. Congratulations, Craig!

Attendance numbers at the Louvre have dropped by 20 percent in 2016. This is thought to be due to terrorism and floods. Since tourism is 7% of the economy this is worrying. [artnet NewsCourthouse News]

This story from the New York Times caught our eye. A group of 733 female artists gathered in the courtyard of the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery for “Now Be Here,” which its organizer Kim Schoenstadt called the largest group portrait of working artists taken in this city’s history. Some better-known figures included Alison Saar and her mother, Betye Saar (at 90, the oldest participant); Helen Pashgian; Barbara T. Smith; Alexis Smith; Catherine Opie; Meg Cranston; Stanya Kahn; Liza Lou; and Liz Glynn.

A robot creating a work of art isn't necessarily groundbreaking stuff these days. But when a robot is painting on a canvas and using a human being Dragan Ilic as its brush, things get a little more interesting. The Daily Dot

What sounds like an amazing exhibition in honor of Oscar Wilde is held inside the prison where he was keep for two years for homosexual activities. This is in Reading, England but will not be an art venue permanently but kept in case of a surge in prison needs. Oscar Wilde Honored by the Prison That Once Detained Him

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RAW October 2016

“Advertising is what you do when you can’t go see someone.” Fairfax Cone

For Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show this year (Nov 3-6) SDVAN is sponsoring INTO THE LIGHT/ SDAI and San Diego Art Prize , curated by the San Diego Mesa College Museum Studies Program. This booth will feature artwork by San Diego Art Institute members who have been past years nominees for the San Diego Art Prize. It will highlight artists that have made the transition from their studios to solid representation in the San Diego art scene. There will be an exciting range of affordable work geared to young art collectors that want to support local artists.A very special section of the booth will focus on the outstanding works of the two emerging 2016 SD Art Prize winners William Feeney and Shinpei Takeda. The collaboration between these organizations is rooted in our mutual interests to promote artists, exhibit their works, and network with the San Diego community. San Diego Mesa Collage Museum Studies students will be curating the exhibit, managing the booth and focusing on outreach during the art fair. 

The third Open Walls Project, an Art Lab created in partnership with OUTFRONT Media is designed to engage leading contemporary artists in transforming commercial billboards throughout San Diego into works of public art. Five artists—Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Sam Durant, Rigo23, Andrea Bowers, and Daniel Guzman, all incorporate social activism in their work by portraying contemporary political issues such as immigration, deportation, and police brutality. They will create 10 billboards, from the Tijuana/San Isidro border through downtown and North Park. Starting now and culminating with the last billboard being unveiled during Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show Opening Night Preview Party on Thursday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m.

In partnership with the City of Encinitas Arts Division, Encinitas Friends of the Arts will be celebrating its third annual Dia de la Muertos on Sat. Oct 29, at the Encinitas Community Center ( 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, off Balour, Encinitas) from 12-4 pm. This free family event will foster an appreciation and awareness of this significant Latino cultural celebration while uniting people of all backgrounds and traditions. More info: Naimeh Tanha Woodward  760-298-1708

Sculptor and TED Fellow, Raffael Lomas and Encinitas Friends of the Arts, held an informal talk and a tour of the Refugee Artist Residence space which currently supports and mentors 3 creative individuals at the Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas which is part of the Leichtag Foundation. This project aims to improve the lives of the refugees living in San Diego County and to explore new ways to approach the current crisis.  

Another Art Lab, titled Heroic Procession, at ArtSD is a collaborative exploration of migration and movement through visual art, dance, and sound that includes Tijuana visual artist Hugo Crosthwaite, violinist Marilu Salinas, and Japanese Butoh dancer Theresa Magario. In this live creativity process, the audience will have an immersive experience as they watch the artwork unfold before them, surrounded by music and dance on Nov 5 at 7 pm.

The La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., is seeking public funding to place two Jeffrey Laudenslager kinetic sculptures (donated by the artist for one year use), as the initial phase of beautifying and improving the median triangle south of Nautilus Street on La Jolla Boulevard. For more info: Glen McFadden Rasmussen 858.456.9751

Tristan Loper did a fabulous job of mapping all the civic art in the City of San Diego for Voice of San Diego. This is also a good representation of exactly how large the City of San Diego is. It stretches north east of Encinitas and all the way down to the border at least according to this map.

City Beat is running a best of contest for Museums and the final two are SD Museum of Art and the San Diego Art Institute. Make up your mind but remember SDAI is presenting lots of SD Art Prize artists so it is a no brainer for us.


Annual San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) WorkshopA+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer Cultural District Public Input Meeting Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer 2nd Annual Open Door Open Studios Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia FrischerSD Botanic Gardens Sculpture Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer Fall Round Up, Brad Maxey, Pablo Llana, Mark Jesinoski, SDAI Gala Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Fallbrook Show and Tell for NCAN, Refugee at Leichtag, Mesa College Collects Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Dia de la Muertos in Encinitas Picked RAW Peeled

County Wide Reports

A knack for the big picture Union Tribune by Lisa Deaderick
To See or Not to See:Sake at Ice Gallery - Rust Magic
City Beat by Seth Combs

Craft Shoot: Sage Sisters
City Beat by Seth Combs
Remembering High School Huffington Post by John Eger
Culture Report: Where the D9 Candidates Stand on Arts Funding Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Culture Report: A Barrio Logan Building Where Artists Become Entrepreneurs
Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
On the Edge Art Collective get their hands dirty
City Beat by Seth Combs
MK Envision Galleries goes all natural City Beat by Seth Combs
Mural Watch: Walkway of the Stars
City Beat by Seth Combs

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents a Wabi-Sabi experience
La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt

In 1970s San Diego, These Groundbreaking Artists Pushed the Boundaries of Photography
KCET by Robert Pincus

Culture Report: San Diego Adds to Its Public Art Collection
Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
San Diego photographer Tim Mantoani dies at 47 Union Tribune by John Witkens

Walton is worthy of a statue but the airport is not the place for it
Union Tribune by Robert Pincus
Walton statue worthy of recognition, explanation
Union Tribune by Dan Shea
A Best Of 2016 List (of sorts) City Beat by Seth Combs

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

Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance is looking for a Part-Time Gallery Assistant. SCAA is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented Gallery Assistant for a three-day a week, part-time position. This is a fast paced administrative job where everyone does a bit of everything from sweeping to sales. Knowledge of contemporary art a plus and minimum 2 years experience in an office setting; sales, design, PR and cataloging experience is welcome. Please send your resume and cover letter to and include ‘Gallery Assistant’ in the subject line. Compensation starts at $12/hour.

Oceanside Museum of Art’s (OMA) Artist Alliance is making a call for the Artist Alliance at the Museum 2017 exhibition. Become a member of OMA to submit to this opportunity. Artwork will be on view in the Gleason Gallery, one of OMA’s large ground floor spaces. Artists may submit original two-dimensional or three-dimensional work. Artwork may be up to 84” in any direction. All media are welcome. Prints must be signed limited editions. Three artists will be chosen from the exhibition as juror’s choices and receive solo exhibitions at OMA’s opening in November 2017.For more info: Katie Sanderson  760-435-3731

ArtBeat on Main Street is now seeking new artists of all mediums. Art Beat on Main Street (330 Main Street Vista, CA 92084) is a unique gallery offering an eclectic mix of art, classes, workshops, events, with their our own wine and beer lounge. More info: Kait or Maggie  760-295-3118

The 33rd annual Mission Federal ArtWalk returns to Little Italy April 29 and 30 and to ArtWalk at Liberty Station NTC on August 12 & 13, 2017. Don't forget to sign up early for special benefits if you are an artists.


Center for the Arts Escondido Distinguished guest lecturer, Ariel Plotek, Ph.D, Curator of Modern Art at the San Diego Museum of Art lectured on the history of the Surrealist art movement surrounded by the dreamscapes of contemporary artist, Jon Jaylo’s solo exhibition,  All These Answers That May Never Come Our Way on view from until November 13.

Mingei International Museum American and European Folk Art from the permanent collection form Nov 19 to June 25, 2017November 19, 2016 - June 25, 2017

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego The 75th anniversary celebration on Oct 18 marked the organization's official transition to a new David C. Copley Director & CEO. Hugh Davies has served in this role for 33 years and he will officially hand the reigns to Katherine Kanjo, the MCASD's current Deputy Director of Art and Programs. Kanjo has now begun to serve as the director. Davies will transition into a new role and will serve as the Director of Expansion and Capital Campaign before his retirement in 2018.

Museum of Photographic Art and ArtsBusXpress are pleased to announce the MOPA/ABX Field Study Experience with “ Free” bus transportation to programs focused on visual literacy. Funding for this program is provided through the Museum of Photographic Arts. If you are a teacher who needs funding for bus transportation to a venue apply for an ArtsBusXpress grant here

New Children’s Museum This month Play with your Food features Halloween pumpkins!  

Oceanside Museum of Art The opening reception for Beauties Beasts is at Art After Dark on October 28 from 7–10 pm. This is a show where the glamorous and the grotesque can co-exist. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  

Rubin H. Fleet Science Center Named one of CNN's Top Ten "Global Must-See Exhibitions," The Art of the Brick  is a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO ®brick..

In conjunction with the opening of the special exhibition Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture , The San Diego Museum of Art will host a symposium discussing the life and work of one of the leading American architects of the 20th century— Louis Kahn on Sat, Nov 5 at 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   

SD Natural History Museum Starting Oct 29 ,Animals: Machines in Motion  lets you Imagine if your jaws could crush over 8,000 pounds in one bite, your ears could act as air conditioners, and your arms could punch through aquarium glass. From the inside out, every living thing—including humans—is a machine built to survive, move, and discover.

Timken Museum of Art You are not too late to buy tickets to the Black and Orange Ball on Oct 29.

Women’s History Museum and Education Center Opening on Nov 3 is one of the most interesting shows to come to the WHM, The Night Stand Exhibit. You will see sculptural installation of imagined bedside furnishings by artists of the Feminist Image Group (FIG) inspired by the historic Womanhouse (organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro.)


A great loss to the arts community, David Antin (1932) died this month and leaves his wife Eleanor . Both are featured in the photography show at MOCASDThe Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium. David Antin was a poet, critic and performance artist of lasting importance. He was 84. He was a vital part of our creative force of the community. 

Tim Mantoani , photographer of great excellence, has sadly passed at the early age of 47 . His images elevated photography documentation into art. We covered him in a blog just this last June. Portraits: a Slideshow at The Artist Odyssey and of Mozart's Sister. He will be sorely missed.


The newest trend is for Artist run art galleries. 8 Artist-Run Galleries Breaking New Ground in London should inspire you to check out those in SD. In an art world where blue-chip galleries expand, and gallerists are as likely to have an MBA as an MFA, artist-run spaces are proving to be optimal platforms for breaking new ground. With intimate knowledge of what artists need most—be it affordable materials, support from peers, or time to develop work away from commercial pressures—these organizations offer more than just wall space.

Also in London, catch this sneak peak at Frieze for some terrific art.

The Turner Prize candidates for 2016 are now announced : Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, Josephine Pryde and Michael Dean. Three of four are women and all have a three dimensional vision that they present. We found the videos produced on the Turner Prize site about each of these artists very interesting.

Christie’s auctions held during London’s Frieze Week celebrated the very best Post-War and Contemporary Art and confirmed that the global market is strong, totaling £91,092,925 but that is only $115,611,199 as the pounds drops due to Briexit.

Money to spare…how about this $3000 box of colored pencils by Karl Lagerfeld?

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RAW November 2016

"The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building." Louis Kahn

After the election results, we have to say that more than ever we need a way to pull the community together and art has enormous power to do just that. The arts are fabulous because they are diverse and because art is a great way to show respect to all people. Being inclusive and transparent are cornerstones of San Diego Visual Arts Network. Please remember us in your year end donations.

MINGLE AND JINGLE is the SDVAN Annual 2016 Holiday Potluck Lunch on Tuesday, Dec 13, 11 am 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 for our annual Jewelry and Accessories for our swap exchange.

We are delighted to hear that The Oceanside Friends of the Arts (OFA) was chosen to take the Oceanside Art Walk to the next level starting in 2017. Led by Susan Brown and Ruth Jameson, The OFA seeks to enhance, encourage and support arts related activities for Oceanside communities, and to further the future of all Cultural Arts of the many diverse communities of the region. The event will transition from a monthly one-night event to a quarterly two-day Four Seasons Art Walk.

City Beat issued a Best People of 2016 issue and we are so happy to see among them Anna Stump by Tory Bailey, Ann Berchtold by Lara MacCaffrey, Melinda Chiment by Lara MacCaffrey. Anna is a past New Contemporaries artist, Ann is responsible for us having Art San Diego in Balboa Park, and Lara is one of our SD Art Prize writers for 2017 supporting Shinpei Takeda, founder of the AjA project which Lara now directs. Three more outstanding women in the arts that are part of a host of women who are making up a majority of the work force for the arts now. OMA, SDMA, MOCASD, Athenaeum, Canon Gallery, SDAI, MOPA, CCA Escondido, New Children’s Museum, Mesa College Gallery are just some of the major roles in the visual arts held by women in SD.

If you love dogs or know a dog lover, Dog Beach Del Mar by Terry Williams is a fun book for holiday giving. Send one to a friend in the Midwest or northeast and so you can gloat over our perfect weather in the middle of the winter.

In California nearly 97% of all students enrolled have access to some level of arts instruction in schools while 86% of schools reported offering at least one arts course. 38% of students are enrolled in some arts course. However, only 26% of all students and 12% of all schools offer the required four arts disciplines. In San Diego County we have 283 schools with 250,000 enrollment and about 92,000 enrolled in the arts. That is 36% compared to 39% in Los Angeles and 44% in San Francisco. This information comes from the Arts Education Data Project.

We enjoyed the video by Margaret Noble a bout her Interactive Sound Art Concert Time Strata. This was a site-specific installation created by the Port of San Diego in October on the edge of the  Cesar Chavez Park pier in Barrio Logan. These events featured live streaming audio from several sound sculptures like a wind harp, wind mallets, wheel chimes, floating tide rattler and loads of ambient sounds like snapping shrimp, waves, birds etc. This was channeled live to listeners with a total of eight sound sources, where audiences could isolate and layer sounds on discreet digital mixers and make their own sound compositions. Watch the video so you can see the wonderful sound sculptures that were created.

rrah for Dave Robert the supervisor for District 3. It was just announced that he $150,000 to help build an art center at the Pacific View site in Encinitas.


Archie Rand's lecture during the Book Fair produced by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
SD Art Prize at Art San Diego Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Can Falling Behind, Put You Ahead A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

County Wide Reports

Culture Report: Supes Candidates on How They’d Boost the Arts Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) marks its 75th year with a new director, Kathryn Kanjo La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
New art lines the walls of café gallery in Bird Rock
La Jolla Light by Jane Wheeler
Exhibit showcases groundbreaking local photographers La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Artists that give us the creeps (in a good way) City Beat by Seth Combs
To See or Not to See: Revelations of the Chattering Ether…Revealed City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: San Diego Author’s Magnum Opus Is a Book About Books Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Joyce Cutler-Shaw remains fierce City Beat by Seth Combs
Craft Shoot: West Window Jewelry City Beat by Seth Combs
Celebrating a Legend: Louis Kahn San Diego Magazine by Robert Pincus
To See or Not to See: Night Stand City Beat by Seth Combs
Mural Watch: “Favorite Color” City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: San Diego Cultural Leaders on Moving Forward, Post-Election Voice of San Diego by Sarah Beauchemin

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

ArtBox in Ocean Beach has an artist studio available at 1919 Cable St, SD 92107. The studio has access to class and gallery space. For more info: Catt Catterton  6198186730

The Studio Door (3750 30 th in North Park) has announced three juried shows for 2017. It is great to see them giving opportunities to artists who want this type of opportunity to show around a set theme, but at the same time, hopefully not falling into the trap of showing the same artists over and over again. The Crow Show Feb 3 – 26, 2017, Tavern (celebrating beer culture) May 5 - 28, 2017 and Proud June 2 - 25, 2017. Watch for announcement of the jurors for all three shows. It is important to know the juror and to decide as an artist, who you would like to see your work in this very critical way. More info: Patric Stillman 619-255-4920


Center for the Arts Escondido Cowboys & Vaqueros: Legends of the American West
is coming
Saturday, January 14 – Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego You have until early January to go downtown to see Memories of Underdevelopment and The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium at the La Jolla campus.  

New Children’s Museum has a brand new website design, so check it out.

It is all change on Dec 17 at the Oceanside Museum of Art with new exhibitions all around Trinh Mai: Lifeline, Dan McCleary, Etchings and Studies: Taller de Grabado, Oaxaca 2000–2016, Alexia Markarian: Desire Is Never Enough.  

The San Diego Museum of Art will be showing until this time next year:Visible Vaults which will recreate part of The San Diego Museum of Art's most carefully guarded area, a place that is invisible to most visitors—the vaults where the thousands of works of art in the collection are stored. 

We wish that the San Diego Museum of Man would hold over the exhibition Race: Are We So Different? Which explains in clear, helpful language the origins of race and racism, and helps us understand how to deal with them in productive, enlightening ways. Right now it is scheduled to close on Thanksgiving Day.

Timken Museum of Art presents Fur, Feather, Claw, Copper: Touching Kiki Smith’s Animal Prints in their Art in the Afternoon Gallery Talk with the speaker: Erin Sullican Maynes, Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Paintings, Prints, and Drawings. The artist Kiki Smith (b. 1954) is known for attentive depictions of human and animal bodies and for her sensitive and virtuosic use of materials.

You still have time to see the NIGHT STAND: Bedside Imaginingsby the Feminist Image Group (FIG) until Nov 27 at Women’s History Museum and Education Center . This exhibit is a sculptural installation of imagined bedside furnishings by artists of FIG. Inspired by the historic “Womanhouse,” the artists have constructed and assemble an array of imagined bedside tables, lamps, and accessories to provoke and delight the viewer. The sculptures serve as metaphors exploring female narratives of wakefulness and sleep, dreams, domesticity, self-care, eroticism, birth, and death and offer viewers an original aesthetic experience with an invitation to interact with the art. 


We feel that the transition from Barack Obama to Donald Trump is about all the transitions we can deal with this month!


This Show of LGBTQ Prisoner Art Has the Kind of Compassion America Needs Right Now and was promoted by Artsy Editorial and written by Tess Thackara

Design for Progress is a campaign by Site Unseen for anyone who feels helpless right now. On, they created a fundraiser to benefit to some of the organizations that are doing important work to protect groups and issues in need of the most support after this election: Planned ParenthoodEverytown for Gun Safetythe ACLUthe Southern Poverty Law CenterHuman Rights Campaign,EarthJustice, and the National Immigration Law Center. To anyone feeling powerless, marginalized, scared, or angry, this is one small thing you can all do to help.

Message from artists about the election results appeared on Hyperallergicartnet NewsThe Art Newspaper , and ARTnews . We particularly like the fact that Anish Kapoor painted his fabulous Chicago public sculpture Cloud Gate all black as these are dark times we are living in.

The art market continues to cool; Sotheby’s reported a third quarter net loss of $54.5 million

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RAW December 2016

“We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.” Evelyn Waugh

Gail Scheidner showing her new series of bugs at the San Diego Art Institute starting Dec 10 and running through Jan 29.

Southern CA Sculpture by the National Sculpture Society is on view January 7 to March, 5 atSparks Gallery (530 Sixth Ave, SD 92101). The society was established in 1893 by the sculptors Daniel Chester French, Augustus St. Gaudens, Stanford White and J.Q.A. Ward. For more than 120 years, members have created, exhibited, collected and supported the evolving tradition in American sculpture. This juried exhibition will feature 23 top sculptors in the thriving artistic community of Southern California. Reception: Saturday, January 7, 6 to 9 pm, RSVP required for the opening reception. Jessica Amaya 619-696-1416

We were delighted to support the Synergy Arts Foundation fundraiser to support the surviving artists of the devastating fire at the Ghost Ship, the Oakland artists’ colony in which 36 artists perished. This was an art and vintage sale on St Dec 17 which was graciously hosted by Naimeh Tahna who is director of the Encinitas Friends of the Arts in her lovely home Melba Ranch in Encinitas. Artist were invited to sell work/vintage items with the sales split 50/50 with artists – 50% goes to the Oakland artists and 50% to the artist. They are able to send over $650 to help the cause.   

New Americans Museum  in Liberty Station discovered vandalism which read, “Too much immigration! Go back to your country. This one is ours!” and “Over population & crowding by immigration.” We arrived to see the show the next day, but it was luckily already removed. The New in the museum title refers to new immigrants and this space has consistently displayed diverse exhibition and given exposure to those in our community who we consider assets and not burdens.  Linda Caballero Sotelo, the museum’s executive director posted this video on Facebook. 

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture is thinking of shifting the criteria for awarding its grants. It may be decided soon to judge applying institutes according to the following: 1. Receiving significant national or international recognition 2. Investing in San Diego’s professional artists 3. Generating original artistic content 4. Improving impact through collaboration 5. Connecting with underserved populations in the city of San Diego 6. Generating overnight hotel stays in the city of San Diego.

UCSD   just laid off 21 members of the Department of Theater and Dance, tried to shut down the University Art Gallery and laid off the film curator for UCSD’s ArtPower. What is going on? More than ever we need the arts to give people a sense of place and inclusion.

There is a new mural, "Lunar Tides", in Encinitas behind Patagonia Cardiff! This is a collaboration by two local artists, Skye Walker & Marissa Quinn, who came together to paint this 70 ft. wall during the Cardiff Surf Classic Block Party.

Some of the results of Art San Diego are now being posted. Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance sold at $25,000 work by Deane Sabeck. Blue Azul Collection sold 2 Victoria Estacio Huckins works at $1,900 and $4200.  Jeremy Sicile-Kira sold 4 “My Future Girlfriend” LE prints for $950 each and 3 works at $250 each. Alexander Salazar sold 4 lollipop sculptures at $850 each.

Beth Smith of Vision Museum kindly put together a list of women who are in charge of museums in San Diego. Very impressively it includes: Lux Art Institute. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Museum of Making Music. Museum of Photographic Art, New Children’s Museum, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Museum of Art, New Americans Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, her own Visions Art Museum and the Women’s Museum of CA.

It looks like UCSD might be joining SDSU downtown in creating a gallery space in the East Village. This is part of a large new facility called Innovative Cultural and Education Hub and is not scheduled for completion until 2020 at the earliest if all planning moves forward. Read more: UCSD opening permanent downtown outpost Union Tribune by Roger Showley

 Glashaus,  La Bodega  and Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan will all need to pass fire regulations before they are allowed to have public gatherings. This crackdown is due to the terrible tragedy in Oakland of the artist studios when so many died. Better safe than sorry and good that we are starting the new year with extra precautions. . La Bodega needs $38,000 and has started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise the money for restoration coast.

We loved this quote in Voice of San Diego from Andrea Jones of the Bosa Development, a Canadian development firm building luxury condos in downtown San Diego, “Public art is an integral component of urban centers,” Jones wrote in an email. “We need public art because it improves our quality of life, it transforms a city, spurs conversation and builds civic pride. It adds to a city’s identity and creates a sense of community, whether for residents or visitors from around the country and world.”


Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance presents Namaste Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer Gronborg at the Mingei, Janine Free at Gallery 21, Marianela de la Hoz at Art Produce, EFA party and Breakout at Vision Museum Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer Cheryl Tall, Symbologist Gallery, Terri Beth Mitchell and Mario Terero at CM Curatorial and basileIE Picked RAW and Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Jingle and Mingle SDVAN Annual Potluck Lunch and Accessory exchange Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
State of the Arts/State of a Website 2017 A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

County Wide Reports

New Fire Stations in Hillcrest and Mission Valley Will Be Artless Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan Artist Jean Wells is the queen of bling City Beat by Seth Combs
To See or Not to See: 'Give Me a Minute, I’m
Thinking' City Beat by Seth Combs
Joyce Cutler Shaw: 'Fierce' La Jolla artist shines in documentary La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt La Jolla artist’s retrospective provides quiet moments at Halloween Bash La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
How to Weave a Painting: The Loft to showcase La Jolla artist's work La Jolla Light by Will Bowen
Culture Report: A New Gathering Space for Lincoln
Park Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Veterans find healing through the arts SD Union Tribune by Pam Kragen
Gallery owner Cesar Castañeda planning a big anniversary celebration City Beat by Seth Combs
Athenaeum Art Exhibit: 'Give Me a Minute, I’m Thinking' La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Culture Report: UCSD’s Got a New Choir and All the Members Are Trees
Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan

To see or not to see: Codex Oaxaca 2.0
City Beat by Seth Combs
Culture Report: A Tiny Pro-Life Billboard Caused a Giant Stir
Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan

UCSD opening permanent downtown outpost
Union Tribune by Roger Showley
A Nexus in Nature: A Ship In The Woods finds a home for art, science and cultural conversations San Diego Home and Garden by Cathy Breslaw
Mingei Museum hosts 'Erik Gronborg Experience La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Culture Report: 25-Foot Sculpture Planned for New Downtown Plaza
Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Culture Report: Bob Matheny's Weird and Wonderful Alley Gallery Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan

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

The Business Of Art Scholarship  is now accepting applications for one emerging or student artist. Mentorship by The Studio Door, sponsored by San Diego Visual Arts Network and with a free booth donated bMission Federal Art Walk. April 29/30. Applications due Feb 10, 2017 

The San Diego sister of the Nasty Women Exhibition that launched in New York is open for submission for a show at the Helmuth projects. The idea is to organize a group exhibition that demonstrates solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization concurrent with the Presidential Inauguration weekend and Women’s Marches across the county. The  Exhibition will be donating 100% of proceeds to Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, La Maestra Community Health Centers​, and San Diego LGBT Community Center​.Learn more and submit online: Submission Forms must be received by January 6, 2017

Arts Master Plan Consultant is needed by the San Diego Airport. The Arts Master plan guides the vision of the Arts Program at the airport and identifies short and long term strategies to accomplish its mission. The scope of work will include reviewing the existing Arts Master Plan, updating and identifying new opportunities and sites for arts programming and exhibition (including permanent and temporary artwork as well as mixed-use performance spaces) and much more. Contact Chris Chalupsky 819.400.2881


California Center for the Arts Escondido Museum will be featuring Cowboys and Vaqueros: Legends of the American West starting on Jan 14 and showing until Feb 26

You can read about the Gronborg exhibition at the Mingei International Museumin on our Picked RAW Peeled blog.  

In collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine ArtThe Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents Dimensions of Black, on view December 16, 2016 through April 30, 2017 at the Museum's downtown location.  You can also see Tristano di Robilant featuring glass, metal, and ceramic sculptures that balance geometric forms with light and color , and Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie, an enveloping panoramic work that activates a field of realistically rendered moving flowers and flowering trees, drawn from a list of over 40 plants mentioned in Marie Curie's biography written by her daughter, Eve Curie.

The X Store at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla is closing and the last day to shop is January 2 nd with some 40% off bargains. As you've likely heard, MCASD La Jolla is closing its doors on January 3rd to prepare for a major renovation and expansion that will quadruple current gallery spa

Finally a new show is coming to the Museum of Photographic Art. Starting Feb 4the Prix Pictet: Disorder and the Prix Pictet Prize highlights important social and environmental issues through the use of photography. In its sixth cycle, 12 artists examine the disorder they see in the world. The exhibition brings global attention to a range of concerns from mass production to the effects of war to natural disasters. 

New Children’s Museum brings the young community the Pajama Jam again on Jan 30. This is a fun way for the littlest revelers to express their joy in the New Year.

Oceanside Museum of Art The exhibitions started in December but the reception is Jan 14 from 6 to 8 pm. Trinh Mai: Lifeline until March 5, Dan McCleary, Etchings And Studies: Taller De Grabado, Oaxaca 2000–2016 and Alexia Markarian: Desire Is Never Enough until April 30.  

The San Diego Museum of Art Only a month left to see the Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, the first retrospective of Louis Kahn's work in two decades, presenting over 200 objects related to Kahn's selected buildings and projects in the form of architectural models, plans, original drawings, photographs, films etc.

Timken Museum of Art Delight in a dazzling display of exquisite handcrafted ornaments covered with semi-precious gems, sequins, stones and filigree. Choreographed and produced by San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television and Film and MSI Production Services, the Hord & Schlappi Collection of elaborate ornaments embrace another dimension as they float and sparkle at the Timken until Dec 31.

Women’s History Museum and Education Center will be featuring L ynda Koolish and her retrospective of 45 years starting Feb 3. Ms. Koolish specialized in photographs of working women in Northern California, but she states “Over a period of time, I began to understand that a visual celebration of female strength did not necessarily require images of women swinging hammers or axes. I discovered that women's strength could be a reserved quiet presence; the willingness to challenge one another's ideas, the capacity for making choices that are compassionate, responsible and loving.”


Ashley Gardener is stepping down as director of the Women Museum in Liberty Station. She will remain on the board. We congratulate her on a sterling job of guiding the museum and securing its future.

Seth Combs known for his art articles in City Beat, is not the editor of this newspaper.

Paul Fernandes recently announced his retirement from full-time gallery life at FusionGlass Company. Debb Solan is now the solo director and will continue with classes and the ever popular Ladies Night Out. She is also introducing Studio Memberships which will provide open studio time for local artists to come create, network, and mentor each other.

In the “time with tell” department, we congratulate Kristin Gaspar as District 3’s new supervisor. It is hard to say goodbye to Dave Roberts who is such a huge supporter of the arts in the North County. We wish him well and hope that he will be running for public office again soon.

Jennifer DeCarlo, Director, jdc Fine Art has announced a move to Chicago. She will continue to support her artists from San Diego in this new location and on the internet. We wish her well with this transition.

Sasha Koozel Reibstein is back as the director of the Boehm Gallery at Palomar College after a year sabatical.


Helen Marten won the £ 25,000 prize Turner Prize. The London-based artist, who is from Macclesfield, faced competition from Anthea Hamilton, Michael Dean and Josephine Pryde for the prize, the aim of which is to "promote public debate around new developments in contemporary art". The runners-up each receive £5,000. This year she also won the  Hepworth Prize of £30,000. In both cases, she said she would share the prize with her other nominated artists.

The Daily Mail writes that Donald Trump is thinking of Sylvester Stallone as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Stallone has wanted to enter politics and this would also probably boast his career as a visual artists. Time will tell if this will help the arts community but it appears that he would say no if asked.


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