Friday, September 28, 2018

Lia Halloran and Becky Robbins at Lux Art Institute

By Patricia Frischer

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.It is a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. Lia Halloran who is the current artist in residence takes a transparent substrate, paints on it and places it between two pieces of glass. That glass is then placed over photosensitive paper and exposed to day light.  I am showing some details of the large artworks first so you can get an idea of the blueprint-like quality of these images that seem to revolve around stars and planets.

This is one of those shows that is helped by some understanding of the process and Lux has the space available to let Halloran spread out over the whole gallery  so you can see the various stages of development of her art. When I was there even the supply closet was open with its little sink which I had never seen before. Lux excels at giving us the total creative process. 

Lia Halloran's works are at the Lux Institute until Nov 3.

 Also showing for a few more days until Oct 6 is Becky Robbins  These works are almost whimsical with a large variety of small images floating on a neutral background. I think there is something for everyone in each image. Is the whole greater than the sum of the parts? I think it depends on what you personally find within each canvas. 

Detail of above

Monday, September 24, 2018

Two Candidates for SD District 5 Supervisor

By Patricia Frischer

The Candidates Forum for the San Diego County Supervisor District 5 race Michelle Garcia and Jim Desmond was presented by North County Arts Network and moderated by the League of Women Voters. It was held on Friday September 21 at MiraCosta Community College, Oceanside Campus in the Little Theater.

SDVAN as a 501 ©3 non profit makes no endorsements of any candidates. But we can urge you to Please Cast your VOTE for candidates that support the ARTS!

When asked about county wide support in terms of funding for the arts and culture community both candidates were in favor of this. Jim Desmond said he would be open to a discussion on this subject while Michelle Gomez jumped right in and said that San Diego needed a county wide Art Commission.  Please watch the video and audio for a full and actual recording of their statements on this subject. 

Video by Brigid Parson

Audio recorded by Sterling Anno The following information was taken from the candidates own websites with some of the hyperbole removed to give mainly facts!

Michelle Gomez states on her website "I am a working professional and my husband is a small business owner. I understand the challenges faced by the working families of our district because ours is one of those families. I'm running to give families such as yours and mine true representation in county government."

A lifelong resident of Southern California, Michelle Gomez originally hails from Cerritos but has been in North County San Diego for over a decade ago. Gomez has assisted military families and veterans, forming community building organizations, serving on the board of patient advocacy organizations, and most recently, fighting human trafficking, homelessness, and domestic violence as a San Diego County Commissioner on the Status of Women & Girls Commission. She works as a Legislative Analyst reviewing legislation and drafting policy, and has previously worked in affordable housing project management. She is a military spouse and daughter. Gomez was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award four times by the Obama administration for her work aiding the families of deployed military. She is honored to dedicate her campaign to her grandmother, an early pioneer of the women’s rights movement, and to American womanhood past, present, and future in the hope that equality and opportunity remain the hallmarks of this nation. Michelle Gomez’s goal in seeking the County Supervisor, District 5 seat is to end the hoarding of county reserves, strengthening fire protection, preserving our open space, and increasing access to affordable housing.​

Jim Desmond was first elected Mayor of San Marcos in November 2006 after two years of service on the San Marcos City Council. A US Navy Veteran with a bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University, He completed the Leadership North County program at Cal State, San Marcos.  Desmond founded  Technical Standards that he successfully grew and later sold. A resident of San Marcos since 1992, Desmond served as the first parent teacher president of Twin Oaks Elementary School. He is a member of the San Marcos Kiwanis Club and serves as a board member of the San Diego and Imperial County Boy Scouts of America. Since 1986, Mayor Desmond is currently employed as a captain for Delta Air Lines flying Boeing 757s and 767s domestic and internationally. Jim Desmond and his wife Kerri of 32 years reside in San Marcos.  They have two grown children. Desmond’s experience include his military service, academic achievements, public service, and starting and growing a small business from the ground up. In addition to mayoral duties, Desmond is the City’s primary representative on the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and is the chair of the SANDAG Regional Transportation Committee.  He also serves as chair of the San Marcos Fire Protection District. Since 2007, he represents the North County Inland Cities (San Marcos, Vista, Escondido, and Poway) as a board Member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Desmond’s city service started in 2000 as president of the board of San Marcos Economic Development Corporation (SMEDC) until 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Desmond served as an alternate on the city planning commission. Desmond also served as a San Marcos Chamber of Commerce board member. The three main issues that Jim Desmond supports are fiscal responsibility, public safety and traffic congestion. 

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. 
Lori Escalera now you see it!

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. Lori tells us,"there was a “buzz” about (NCAN) people saying…’oh, have we met at NCAN” or "do you know about NCAN?”

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.