53rd International Show continues at San Diego Art Institute (1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, House of Charm, SD 92101) More info: Marina Grize 619.236.0011
On April 24-26, The San Diego Museum of Art will be transformed by more than 100 floral designers bringing the Museum’s Permanent Collection to life during the 34th annual Art Alive . New this year, FIDM will be creating several fashion interpretations of works of art, and artist Chor Boogie will provide special installation artwork for the Bloom Bash kick off party on Friday 4/24.
I seem to be full of the joys of spring. The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom. There was a light breeze and the rain held off and I got to get my exercise walking for a couple of miles through the Art Walk and then over the bridge to the SDMA and SDAI.
Mission Federal ArtWalk SDVAN sponsored participation booth with Kristel Boe
We have for many years now been sponsoring a participation booth at the Mission Federal ArtWalk. We are lucky to have discovered some wonderful volunteers who invent a project that can be done in a short time and is suitable for both adults and children. This year Kristel Boe did us proud with a foam printing project. She welcomed those to her booth along with the wonderful art walk volunteers and demonstrated how to cut into the foam and then ink it and make a print suitable for a greeting card or a mini art work from the result. Printing on colored paper made for a very festive display as the inks dried.
|Kristel Boe does a printing participation event for both children and adults|
|Wonderful Art Walk volunteers|
|Great street sign|
|The city hall with an avenue of Jacaranda trees and booth after booth of artists. I know that SDAI had a couple of booth at the fair and it was great to see so many organization represented as well as the individual artists.|
Jeff Yoeman - one of the featured artists at Art Walk and long time participant and friend of SDVAN.
|Gotta love those trees!|
53rd International Show continues at San Diego Art Institute. Many of you may know that I am now on the board of SDAI and we are so excited about the changes that are happening at this revered resource in the middle of Balboa Park. We would like to see it made the best place to see contemporary art in the park and a real hub for artists of all ages. There is a new influx of young artist discovering SDAI for the first time and their energy and enthusiasm is heartening. The membership is up, the grants are pouring in and this is due to the leadership of the new director Ginger Porcella and her great team. Some were worried about the closing of the north park facility but a lovely grant had made it possible to created the same size teaching space in the back storage room in the park and as you see below, there are also times when work tables are rolled into the gallery space. On Saturdays if you attend the free class even admittance is free.
|The view from above of the free Saturday class held in the gallery space at SDAI|
|Catherine Burce - porcelain and cedar|
|Warren Bakley's Beachware|
|Margaret Noble - Indices of Fear|
|The actual list of fears by Margaret Noble|
|Belize Iristay; ceramic and gold leaf|
|Belize Iristay - Turkish heritage|
|Hung Viet Nguyen|
|Arthur Martinez: Break Glass in case of Institutional Racism|
|Larry Cavenay: Bat Man|
|David Russel Talbott|
|Ryder Richards; plaster and velvet|
|The newly arranged gift store that shows art for sale made by artists who are members of SDAI.|
The San Diego Museum of Art 34th annual Art Alive . I took the opportunity to walk across the Laurel street bridge, a walk I had never done before. I usually park beyond the organ pavilion. So I had a chance to see more jacaranda trees and this charming sculpture. Since I was on my way to the floral interpretation of the works at the SDMA I was struck by this lovely little pan of flowers at the feet of this work.
|On majestic tree rise tall into the blue sky.|
|view from the bridge to the back of the zoo and jungle of palms|
|New patio furniture now enhanced the experience of the plaza...no longer just bare concrete. Hurrah.|
Some of the art is interpreted quite literally. Other arrangements were abstracted. I found this year that some of the arrangements seems a little heavy handed and others a bit ordinary. But I think without the crowds, then the zen of the experience might have been more genuinely felt. I imagine great care was spent making the decisions of how to relate to the works in all cases and I know this is a very popular event on the annual calendar. I was not allowed to take photos easily or I would have more documentation for you.
|Paul Hernandez used his vivid imagination and skills in all sorts of medium to interpret some of the art works in fashion inspired statement.|
|Jamie Kales floral interpretation|