Saturday, September 22, 2018

Open Your Hearts to North County Arts Launch at ArtWalk Carlsbad

By Patricia Frischer

Brigid Parson and Naomi Nussbaum, steering committee members of NCAN. 
Sandi Cottrell, captain of the ArtWalk fleet!

The launch of the Open your Hearts to North County Arts, October, 2018 was held at  ArtWalk Carlsbad on Sat. Sept 22 from 11- 6pm and Sun. Sept 23 from 10 - 5pm at Armada Drive where the North County Arts Network (NCAN) had a booth for Laura Converse to teach a portrait class (sponsored by San Diego Visual Arts Network) and the NCAN performing arts members were invited to perform samples of their craft on the event stage. Open your Hearts to North County Arts is a promotion of North County Arts Network

ArtWalk Carlsbad is a new two-day outdoor fine art festival and the sister festival to Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy and ArtWalk @ Liberty Station. This brand new art walk was stunning. The layout along a straight street with stunning ocean views on one side and a line of palm trees on the other side made for extremely easy viewing to say nothing of the lovely cool breezes. You could walk up one side and down the other and never feel you had missed one single one of the 200 artists that were displaying their fine art works. 

Laura Converse our portrait teacher assisted by Josie from New Village Arts

Our Volunteer Kristie with the participation booth in full swing

The San Diego Visual Art Network participation artist showing in the NCAN booth was Laura Converse. She aims to help you to better understand the uniqueness of "you" and  sharpen your view of the face. She invites you to draw a portrait of yourself!  Using a template and pencil, you will trace a quick 10 minute sketch, be your own creative self  and produce a special drawing.  No experience needed, easy instructions from a skilled teacher.  Participate in your own understanding through "different eyes'" and the fascination of the face.

Kate Battenfeld sings her heart out with Ken Moran of the Bad Carls

NCAN also provided a diverse line-up of local performing artists to entertain attendees during the first hour of each day at the inaugural ArtWalk in Carlsbad. 
The stage was next to all the food trucks and a beer and wine garden and so you could stop and eat and listen and drink and then go back for more art because there was plenty of seating and shade. This was all at the north end of the street with the tents all lined up as far as the eye could see to the south. AND...parking was abundant and free and close. 

Chalk artist have no easels but work directly on the street

Lori Escalera just starting her day. 

The 50 chalk artists had just started when I arrived early but you could see  masterpieces coming to life on the asphalt. None of the other artwalks has this element and being able to watch artist at work  on something so temporary  was inspiring to everyone. 

Alejandro Martinez-Pena

I have been to more than two dozen ArtWalks in San Diego and Alejandro Martinez-Pena remains my number one favorite artist at these events. 

Monique Straub 

Monique Straub made you feel that the flower fields were still in bloom in these colorful works!

Cindy Witting showed these laser cut metal works in a booth called Metal Mountains. I have not seen anything like this at ArtWalk before and her patterns were impressive

Cindy Witting

Cindy Witting

One of the booth that I thought was set out beautifully was this one by Michael Hirsh which had a mid-century modern feeling although all the works were contemporary. 

An extra wonderful gift  was free admittance to the Museum of Making Music which is located just to the east of the ArtWalk. The museum enjoyed a huge crowd who took advantage of this perk. One of the more than 40 events during the month of October that is promoted by Open Your Hearts to North County Arts is a lecture by Henry Diltz about his life of taking photos of contemporary modern performers. The exhibition called Listening Through the Lens is on Oct 8 at 7 pm at the museum. 

Joan Baez by Henry Diltz

The unifying theme of all three art walks was  “Connecting Creative Communities,”  and ArtWalk Carlsbad was packed and brought visitors from the city of San Diego and all over the county and southern California  together for an immersive art experience. This is a great day out!  Tickets were $10 if purchased in advance online or $12 at the gate. Kids 16 and under are free. More info: 619-615-1090  

Saturday, September 15, 2018

TAROT: The Fool's Journey Through Life

By Patricia Frischer

TAROT: The Fool's Journey Through Life
will be showing through Nov 11 at the North Coast Rep Gallery (987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D.Solana Beach 92075). Artwork inspired by the Tarot will feature local artists Talia Ceravolo, Susan Gesell, Gillian Moss, Kellie Rogers, Ramona Szczerba and Patric Stillman. The fool’s journey is a metaphor for the journey through life that is explored in the imagery of the Tarot. The show is open during North Coast Rep performance times or by appointment by contacting House Manager, Holly Gillard. More info: Exhibition space co-ordinator Angela Jackson 858-481-2155

This show was chosen by Angela Jackson from a selection of works from a Tarot show at the Studio Door curated by owner Patric Stillman. The Tarot started as a very upmarket deck of decorative card in Italy in the mid-15th Century. But it was probably not until 18th century that they were associated with the occult. All of the pictures in this exhibition refer to particular cards in the deck. But just like the tarot cards are open to wide interpretation, certainly the images from the Fool's Journey can lead you in many directions.

We are so happy to see this show that started in central San Diego move northward. And showing at the North Coast Rep Gallery will assure this deserving group of artists a large audience over  a 2 month period when they can also see Blithe Spirit and  Holmes and Watson.

Patric Stillman - The Empress
The Empress can represent the creation of life, romance, art, or new business and with Patric Stillman closing the Studio Door, we all know that a new life is in store for this talented man. And the gender change of the Empress and his blindness might represent an unknown direction but one that is both yin and yang. 
Talia Ceravolo - High Priestess
High Priestess is a card of mystery, stillness and passivity. This card suggests that it is time to retreat and reflect upon the situation and trust your inner instincts to guide you through it. Things around you are not what they appear to be right now and who doesn't love a mystery!
Kellie Rogers - La Luna
The Moon, a card of deception, but in this image seems to truly represent the venue, the drama and comedy of the theater. Plays are little deceptions that often intrigue us, entertain us and challenge us.   
Susan Gesell - Lovers
Relationships and choices abound in this composition. This is not just a pair of lovers but combinations that seduce the viewer. 

Gillian Moss - In the Light of the Moon. 
Who doesn't want to howl  at all different times of the lunar cycle.

Ramona Szczerba - The Hanged One
I can't think of a more elegant image to represent ultimate surrender, sacrifice, or being suspended in time. There is no guilt, no shame just acceptance of self.  

Friday, August 24, 2018

August with Maidy Morhous, Joyce Culter-Shaw, Fred Tomaselli, Sherry Karver and David Fokos at Oceanside Museum of Art

Maidy Morhous Pear-adise

Oceanside Museum of Art (704 Pier View Way Oceanside CA 92054) gives us five or 6 shows that have staggered opening date, but a three of them are closing Sept 2: Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Sherry Karver Collective Mythologies and David Fokos The Book Pages Project

There will be a reception on Sept 22 
Ordinary Stuff  artwork by Maidy Morhous showing until Oct 7 and Fred Tomaselli  showing until Dec 2. plus the newest shows of  The Steel Goddess: Works By Faiya Fredman, 1998–2018 from Sept 1 to Jan 13 and James Hubbell: Seeking Balance from Sept 22 to Feb 3

Ordinary Stuff  artwork by Maidy Morhous 
Morhous takes objects around her and reproduces them in bronze. This enormously time consuming and arduous process does give "weight" to the objects, chosen with care and titled and captioned to give you a clear idea of what her opinions are on a variety of subjects.   The crumbled cardboard box below in bronze cries out that no matter how much abuse the postal service might inflict, it will survive. The perfect pear tops a Zen stack of bronze's attempt at leaving his mark without harming paradise. The bronze bullet sardines peeping out of a razor sharp sardine can remind us that children are no longer safe and maybe we aren't even trying anymore. And what could be more timely now than the donkey and elephant bone for a dog that will never compromise but sink his teeth in as the country suffers. 

Priority - Special Handling

Child Proof

Like a Dog with a Bone

Fred Tomaselli: After California  is a large selection of works by this Southern Californian artist whose roots are the mind expanding 60's and 70's. My first impression was of a cross between Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights and Damien Hirst's Pharmacy. Tomaselli uses layers of resin to create depth in this collages and painted works. The skill level is high, but it is the highly pattern surfaces that are practically like hallucinations. The use of real pills and images of pills combined with florals (especially of marijuana leaves) and birds and butterflies is right out of the Hirst handbook. But who knows, maybe Tomaselli influenced Hirst and that makes them no less pleasing. It the black and white newspaper images with their added colorful images that I actually found the most original.  

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 Joyce Cutler-Shaw has now passed but what a legacy she leaves us. This show of her bird and bone alphabets was elegantly displayed and gave a wider view of her work than the library commissions that I was familiar with in the past. Seeing the documentation of the deterioration of her handwriting brought me to tears. She works with the subject of death and we can all learn valuable lessons from her still. 

detail of tiny little bronze claws on this cut out vital, so charming, so strong. 

In Sherry Karver's Collective Mythologies we are invited into Karver's verbal imagination as she describes anonymous people's invented biographies. The soft focus works created a nostalgic look at some public places but it is the super-imposed words that makes these works exciting. So the digital works displayed on back lit screens are just as effective if not more pure. 

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David Fokos The Book Pages Project is the first time I have seen some of the source material from this fourth artist in the Visual Narrative series. He draws your attention in a number of ways to text from famous authors. "Thought Police", Zipless Fuck",  "Big Brother". Visually these are large stunning images that grab your attention. 

This is a photograph of a tiny dress blown up and printed so it tricks the eye into thinking it is 3-D.  (Apologies to the artist for the blue reflection of the OMA Stairwell!)

This looks like a censored document made with a black marker, but the words are actually cut out of the page and shown on a black background. But then it is really a photo of that artwork

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I took this final show looking down at the way the image is set back into a deep frame. This help reinforce the illusion that the you are looking a real large folded sheet of printed pager. Instead, it is a blown up photo of that small folded sheet.