Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Radiance and The Color of Light

By Patricia Frischer

The Color of Light
by Jesse Kornbluth is based on the  true story about a young nun who befriended Henri Matisse and helped inspire the creation of his final and greatest masterpiece, the Chapel of the Rosary at Vence, France. Many of us know of this story and the late work of Matisse, but seeing it brought to life was a delight. The characters were all well cast and the ending was inspirational as only art can be. This is a highly recommended combination of the visual and performing arts.

“I don't know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I'm some kind of a Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer.” 
― Henri Matisse

The play is  produced by Dori Salois and Sandy Hotchkiss, directed by Robert Salerno and presented by  Vantage Theatre and Talent to aMuse and runs from  Jan 11 to Feb 3rd at​ Tenth Avenue Arts Center Theatre (930 Tenth Ave. SD) $25-$30 619.940.6813 or on their website.

Henri Matisse played by O/P. Hadlock

Matisse with the nun Monique Burgeois played by Cecily Keppel

Mother Superior played by Jody Catlin with Matisse

The exhibition Radiance Art is showing on the 3rd floor of the Theater and open during run of the show.  Its includes work by Pia Stern, Yvette Deas and Kevin Ming Young. Since the play is called the Color of Light, you would expect to see works with masses of color and that is exactly what you see. There are no cut outs or collages, but there is a lightness about the works of Pia Stern. Keven Ming Young has chosen to be inspired by very interesting sections of close ups from biological microscope slides.  And there is a strange gaiety about Yvette Deas compositions...weird and wonderful. 

By the way,artist
s can call when booking and get $10 off the $30 tickets. More info: Dori Salois 619-940-6813

Pia Stern

Pia Stern

Pia Stern

 Kevin Ming Young

 Kevin Ming Young

 Kevin Ming Young

Yvette Deas

Yvette Deas

Yvette Deas

Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California and Inspired: A Mosaic Invitational at CCAE

by Patricia Frischer

photo: Ely Ramos

Internationally known artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) lived in San Diego for many years in la Jolla and  created several larger than life works of art that are famous landmarks in our county.  She created works about the  myths and legends of California. The show is a survey of those works with  maquettes including a wonderful one of Queen Califia’s Magic Garden in Escondido. There are many chairs including a throne and sculptures, photographs, furniture, blueprints, and a video.  And the large limited edition prints made from some of her diary entries are riveting, even sexy! This show is well curated by Wendy Wilson-Gibson. 

photo: Ely Ramos

photo: Ely Ramos

Showing in support of this exhibition is Inspired: A Mosaic Invitational with mosaic works by local artists Wick Alexander, Christie Beniston, Doris Bittar, Robin Brailsford, Kim Emerson, Katherine England, Cherrie La Porte, Leslie Perlis, RenĂ©e Richetts, Cheryl Tall, and Jean Wells, who often look to Niki de Saint Phalle for inspiration.

photo; Bruce Tall

There are many wonderful works in this supporting show that was managed by
 Leah Goodwin,  Director of Museum and Education
, California Center for the Arts Escondido Art Gallery.  I choose just a few of the many wonderful works. I found this show a fabulous addition to the Niki de Saint Phalle show. Artist can not help but be influenced with de Saint Phalle's amazing work and the high standard of work is a reflection of that exposure. 

Cheryl Tall photo; Ely Ramos

Cheryl Tall details photo; Bruce Tall

Cheryl Tall photo; Bruce Tall

Cheryl Tall photo; Bruce Tall

Cheryl Tall photo; Bruce Tall

Cherrie La Porte photo; Cherrie La Porte

Wick Alexander photo; Wick Alexander

Wick Alexander Wick Alexander photo; Wick Alexander

Kim Emerson photo; Ely Ramos

Jean Wells  photo; Ely Ramos

Also on view Eva Strubble: Cover Crop
Student Exhibition from five local Middle and High schools

Docent-led tours are available in English & French upon request. To book a tour contact Arts Education Program Supervisor, Kirsten Barrientes at 760-839-4176 or
340 N. Escondido Blvd.

Escondido, CA 92025
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9am-12pm, 

Maquette of Niki de Saint Phalle Queen  Califia's Magic Garden at Mythical California exhibition  photo; Ely Ramos

Join in celebration of the fifteen-year anniversary of the construction of Niki de St. Phalles's sculptural Queen Califia’s Magic Garden  and the series’ she developed while living in San Diego.
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Hours:The Garden will be closed on weekday holidays. The Garden will also be open to the public on the Second Saturday of each month, from 9am to 2pm, with docents available to answer questions. Upcoming Second Saturdays January 13 and February 10, weather permitting.

Curator's Talk with Wendy Wilson-Gibson,  Sunday Jan 28 2 pm
Mosaic Lecture featuring the artist from Inspired: A Mosaic Invitational, Sunday March 4 at 3 pm

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Holiday Cheer and Wishing you the Joys of the Season

Sometimes it is just good to take a big deep breath, forget your worries and have some fun. And if you can't do that at the end of the year...during the holiday season, than you are just sad! So make sure that you have plenty of cheer in your life, share your love, and spread as much happiness as possible. 

Our SDVAN holiday potluck exchange was so much fun. Lots of items found new homes and a few too many items found my stomach!  Lots of sweets this year, but what the hey!

Reclaimed broken bits of jewelry got a new life as our mistletoe as there is never enough kissing. 

Managed to snap this shot of Ralyn Wolfstein's caviar egg salad before it was devoured. 

Arthur Flick produced a night in his garden of sharing and caring. Here he is with Kaz Maslanka

Patricia (not me!) entertained us with this stunning shadow dance

Joe Monzo

Melinda Resende with the terrific keyboard player

Kira Corser brought her Peace and Freedom Posts and Silk Tapestries

Fabulously cute dancers at the Encinitas Friends of the Arts Membership appreciation party

The Christmas tree at Liberty Station supplied by the NTC Foundation. 

Ellen Speert and Paul Henry invited friends to a labyrinth walk at their Center for Creative Renewals

Darwin models some of the hats we sent as presents to relatives this year. 

Janine Free caught my holiday spirit