Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pause/Play Fleet Science Center


By Patricia Frischer

From Feb 15 to Sept 2, 2019
"Pause|Play is the first exhibition of this magnitude that is developed by the Fleet Science Center in over 20 years," said Paul Siboroski, Exhibits Director at the Fleet Science Center. "This exhibition will definitely create a one-of-a-kind experience for our visitors."

I could not find too much science or too much creativity in this collection of slides, merry-go-rounds, see saws, mazes and ball pools but what fun to see the little ones go beserk like sugar injected trolls. And I think the adults were having just as much fun, as all the equipment was sturdy enough for them to use. 


This exhibition is more like an indoor playground than a one of a kind experience. Very timely as the rain comes down day after day in San Diego which is so unusual. So if you have small children or want to put on a young at heart adult party, now is the time to go to the Fleet. 





Lonnie Hewitt: Young at Heart ALWAYS on my favorite and the most inventive gadget, a spinning top chair. Nope, I did not try it out as ass over tits is not my best angle but Lonnie was a marvel







Monday, February 4, 2019

Beyond Blue – Mavi – Ma Vie: Irene de Watteville and Beliz Iristay at the Athenaeum

Irene de Watteville and Beliz Iristay


by Patricia Frischer

Beyond Blue – Mavi – Ma Vie:  Irene de Watteville and Beliz Iristay Jan 12 to March 9, 2019 at The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla. Jan 11 to March 9, 2019.

Irene de Watteville Knitting Crab 

Irene de Watteville  and Erika Tori at the lecture for the SDMA Committee


Irene de Watteville likes to say she is exploring the absurd. This is certainly true, but it is also her way to present contradictions: a knitting crab or a bunny pushing an egg back into a chicken. This exhibition explores some of the contradictions and  contrasts between the French de Watteville and the Turkish Beliz Iristay, but it also pulls the two artists together in a wonderful joint table of inedible delights. I think it is that push and pull that makes the show so exciting. And it is certainly the attention to details that makes you stay to look and look and look.

Irene de Watteville 

Mavi is Turkish for Blue and Ma Vie is French for My Life and together they become a life in blue which is such an important color in the glazes for ceramics for both countries. It is ceramics that is the major tie for these artists. de Watteville works freehand to make her enchanting characters. Even her vegetables seems to have personalities. Iristay is a master mold maker and her duplications of shapes and forms reinforced the strength of patterns which is so important in Turkish graphics.

Beliz Iristay

Beliz Iristay

Beliz Iristay

Beliz Iristay

Irene de Watteville 


Beliz Iristay presents political and moral messages in most of her work. Guns, emigrants, dictators, coming of age, rebirth, and one large tryptic titled “Where is He?” that I think refers to God.   Irene de Watteville actually assumes the role of God when she creates all she sees in her minds eye. She is not telling stories and when asked why dead bees with a series of three apples, she replies, “Why not.” Of course you can use your own imagination and create whatever fantasies you want. But for Ms. de Watteville, the juxtaposition of incongruous things is sufficient reason for existence.

Beliz Iristay

Irene de Watteville 

Irene de Watteville 

Beliz Iristay


Both artists have taken advantage of happy accidents…a crack in plate can be gold plated or filled with light. Both artists can create great details using slips and glazes and fine brushes. Porcelain and clay paper is preferred by de Watteville, the earth of her home in Mexican mixed with a variety of chemicals for Iristay. Both are as authentic as they possibly can be with the history of their mediums.

Irene de Watteville 


Details from the Ludicrous Festum
Beliz Iristay

Irene de Watteville and Beliz Iristay centerpiece detail

Irene de Watteville 

Irene de Watteville and Beliz Iristay

 Beliz Iristay


The artists discussed the work over the course of a year and a half and used texting to co-create the centerpiece of the grand table. When they finally brought all their efforts together at the Athenaeum and saw how it could shine under the arrangement of Stephanie Scanga, there was spontaneous jumping and dancing with glee. Every piece in this exhibition is unique and even when the grand center piece of the show, Ludicrous Festum is shown elsewhere, it will never be the same. Go and glory in the colliding of two worlds and see the crazy, funny, intriguing land of Irene de Watteville and Beliz Iristay





Irene de Watteville 


Irene de Watteville 

Irene de Watteville 




Irene de Watteville 

Irene de Watteville 

Irene de Watteville, detail

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Studio Door Now Open for Business




Patric Stillman opening remarks
 By Patricia Frischer

The Studio Door Now Open at its new Hillcrest location: 3867 Fourth Avenue, SD 92104 with new tel: 619-255-2867. More info: Patric Stillman

Hillcrest needs a new art gallery to galvanize its Art Renaissance and they are so very lucky to have the Studio Door and Patric Stillman to give them a focus. At the VIP opening ceremonies Patric was given three commendations for city and county officials welcoming him to the neighborhood. 

What I see is a sales gallery surrounded by a huge selection of restaurants with lots of foot traffic. This is an ideal location for creating a new following for a gallery that has paid its dues in North Park. With over twice as many artist studios on the premises it also offers much needed space for artists to create. The gallery itself is modern but instead of being a white box, you can really get an idea of how an art work might look in your own home. 

Some of the select exhibitions will continue like 50 to Watch and the Business of Art Scholarship where Mission Federal ArtWalk and San Diego Visual Arts Network grant a scholarship to an emerging, promising artist will happen in April.  This program affords an incredible opportunity for the winner to fast track their fine art career. But there will be new programs as well including Uptown After Hours art gatherings. A quarterly bus will make Artist Studio Tours.  In collaboration with the SD Art Guide, videos of the artists will be part of the Arts Podcast series. There will be a Ice cream social for Young Arts Patrons in collaboration with San Diego Visual Arts Network and for at least the next 6 months, a dedicated space has been created for the Clay Artist of San Diego, a non-profit that has never had an exhibition space before.

There are only 4 artist work studios still available out of the 16 constructed. So if you are an artist in search of a space, move fast!


Patric Stillman new series of Lovers

Andrea Overturf, Mutton Chop

Andrea Overturf, Grams Experiment

Andrea Overturf, Strongman Entemology #3
Patrick Brown, Cotton Candy at the Fair

Astha Saini, Waiting to Fly

Clay Artist of San Diego, Alison Baldwin, Hummingbird Bowl (only $85!)


Crisinda Lyons, glass plate was also an artist in the old space and tell us the new studios are inspiring her to a whole new series of works.