Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fallbrook Show and Tell for NCAN, Refugee at Leichtag, Mesa College Collects

By Patricia Frischer

Fallbrook Arts Inc. invites North County Arts Network Members for “An Arts Day in Fallbrook” on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Breakfast & networking - Fallbrook School of the Arts310 E. Alvarado St., Fallbrook
Tour of School / Foundry / Demonstrations/Veterans” Sculpture Bronze Pour

Galaxy of Glass Show”, Fallbrook Art Center103 S. Main Ave. (an easy walk from the
 Fallbrook’s Library,Latino Art Show Madrecitos” 124 S. Mission Rd. (near the Art Center)

The members of NCAN had a very full day laid on by  Fallbrook Arts Incorporated and arranged by Jerri Patchette and the staff and board. Mary Perhacs spoke to use about the Fallbrook Art Center and led a tour of this large art school with five main buildings. A delicious breakfast was served and we had time to roam  the historic unincorporated city. The most impressive thing was the high energy and dedication of everyone we met. 
I personally enjoyed the demonstration by Dixon in the  print rooms, the Chinese brush painting class, a super stone and wood facility and the amazing pour by the Vet Art group of hot bronze.
The school has classes in ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, jewelry, fabric arts, sculpture including stone, wood, metal and glass. In fact they will soon be installing a new glass furnace.  

The Fallbrook Art Center holds the Galaxy of Glass, World of Watercolor (Jan) Wildlife Art (Feb), and Reflections of Nature (May) shows every year. Also coming up are a Art of the Holiday sale and Art of Sport show in April. 

A small group had lunch at Cafe Artists and continued the afternoon with a visit to the stunning mountain top home of Julia Rasor and amazing library with art by Michael Stutz and Betsy Schulz.  Katherine Mitchell impressed me in the Galaxy of Glass show at the Art Center. 

Wendell Perry's fabulous metal fence surrounds the campus and is made with donated objects from the community that are wonderfully incorporated into the structure. 

This round turret shaped studio is one of a few occupied  by individual artists on the campus

A back view of three of the buildings

The wood and stone sculpture labs

A photo op for all those that attended the special breakfast for NCAN members

Raffael Lomas (part of the show at the Leichtag Foundation below) working a sand casting while we waited

Brandon Roy is Director of the California Sculpture Academy and Steve Dilley and the VetArt instructors . Pictured are Marilyn Huerta and  Daniel Foster of NCAN, 

Kevin Larson, one of the Vet Artists and also assistant on the day of the pour, made this wonderful self portrait caste in bronze. 

Ann Mudge, Darwin Slindee, Patricia Frischer and Julia Rasor

Kira Corser, art activist and co-founder of the Post for Peace and Justice project that is now nation wide.

Michael Stutz gates are only one of three sets of gates at the Fallbrook Library. The other two are by James Hubbell and Peter Mitten
Mural at the entrance of the Fallbrook Library by Betsy Schulz with mosaics

There was more mosaics murals by Betsy Schulz in the garden reading room of the library

I particularly like this quote. We do not inherit the earth  from our ancestors, we barrow it from our children. 

Brandon GalleryAt the Brandon Gallery, founded in 1977, there was a special show by the Fallbrook Art Association as well as work on view by their own 30 coop members. Fallbrook Art Center also has a Guild of Artists members. That is a lot of art associations for a small town. Plus, the Fallbrook Arts, Inc is also responsible for Art In Public Places for advocacy for arts education and public art and the Fallbrook Arts Alliance, a networking and collaboration group.

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, part of the Leichtag Foundation in Encinitas 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. 

The most beautiful message from this evening was a way to think about refugee as assets in our communities instead of burdens. This is a fundamental basis for valuing our immigrant  population and always has been and should continue. One quote I particularly liked from Raffael was to think of this project as a drop of water for healing in the universe, but a very oxygen rich drop of water. 

Raffael Lomas with technical assistance from Abdullah Taysan 

Adeeb Maki and wonderful ceramic suitcases

8000 paper clip project Raffael Lomas. The film by Nitsam Tal told the story of this project where paperclip were used as a symbol to connect student refugees to other students in the Sudan who needed their help. The thin silver streaks you see in this image are all strings of paperclips.  

Lovcely view of the grounds of Leichtage with the setting sune and some star approval. 

Why We Collect: the 20th Century...(An art history survey with original works) Curated by Kraig Cavanaugh. Exhibit on view October 13 - November 8. Panel discussion on collecting with artists and collectors Debby and Larry Kline at Mesa College Art Gallery

Kraig Cavenaugh, with Larry Kline and Debbie Kline



Check out the video where Dia Bassett interviews Kraig Cavanaugh on collecting!
 “Why We Collect: the 20th-Century…” is an exhibition which sprang from the collection the Mesa College arts history professional compiled for his own enjoyment and to help his students see real works of original art. He supplemented his own collection with those from friends and colleagues most with "modest incomes who may have scarified something to acquire them."

Works in the exhibition illustrate Cubism, Dada, the Bauhaus, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Dada, Op, Pop, Zero, Minimalism up to and including the 1990's.

 Kraig Cavanaugh  talks about the shows inspiration and then the panel continues with questions answered from  Debby and Larry Kline and the audience about the what, why and how of collecting.  You can get lots of the same information by checking out the SmART Collector feature on SDVAN. 

 Alessandra Moctezuma,  as usual, was the gallery director for the show which was installed by her students very, very carefully. It is rare for students to see works by these important artist on campus. 


  1. Great informative writing on the visit to Fallbrook School of the Arts - it really was an amazing day, although I wondered off into town and missed some of the places visited! The most exciting part of the day for me was to see the program in action; from the morning life casts, to the actual bronze pour, which is always breath taking~ thanks for a great experience in the arts NCAN and Fallbrook School of the Arts!!

    1. Thank you, Maidy. Check out some news about NCAN in the Voice of San Diego: