This exhibition does not pretend to be a survey of all the best local art of the last 100 years, but it does showcase the best of the artists who over the years were members of the SDMA Artist Guild. The Guild has a very varied history with lots of ups and downs Dennis Paul Batt started a history of the guild but passed away before it was finished. We understand there is a book now underway by current members of the guild. The selection of works for this show was made very astutely by Mark-Elliot Lugo and it is his eye we have to thank for the quality of the work which is very high. Years of research went into tracking down the artists and getting permission to borrow all these items. Hopefully it will be well documented and this selection will be viewable long after the show comes down. My selected below are 14% of those on view.
If you go to many, many art exhibitions every year and you can go to a show and can be surprised, then I consider this a success. I was surprised by the quality of work and by the variety and by learning about new artist that I had never heard of before. The fact is that I am constantly surprised by new artists in San Diego. You would think that as someone who coordinated the largest visual arts directory in our county, I would be exposed to almost everything. But that is simply not true. I see new work all the time that is currently being made. But there are few instances that I get to see historical local art. I was impressed with the Plein Air paintings at the New SD History Center, a show put up for the centennial exhibition because the quality was so very high. This show stuck me similarly.
|Lenore Simone, Lady of the High Wire 1969|
Very delicate almost early Picasso-like composition is charm itself.
|Barney Reid, 1950's|
Nothing is more 50's than a mobile of cut shapes and this one makes shadows that triple its dimensions.
In photo reproduction this looks like any portrait of a Latino man, but in real life the image glows with life and seems almost to be renaissance in nature. Go just to see this one image and you won't be disappointed with the show.
|Mark Elliot Lugo, Anything Helps 2015|
The curator includes his own current work in the show in a daring move to be both artist and arbitrator.
|Martha Alf, Red and Black, 1973|
Simple but amazing effective. red on red on black
The master does not disappoint.
|Gail Roberts, Submerge, 2013|
Exquisite combinations of paint as light and dark
|Manualita Brown, Verity, 2007|
At her best in this small pared down abstraction of the women she know so well.
|Ethel Green, Waterbed, 1970|
Our own surrealist whose world I am always scared and but pleased to enter.