San Diego Mayor Bob Filner helps celebrate 2012 Art Prize winners at La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
Erika Torri, Carole Scott, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and Ellen Phelan
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By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
The San Diego Art Prize, funded by San Diego Visual Arts Network, is an annual award given to two established artists, who in turn, choose an emerging artist for the award. Selected works of the 2012 winners, established artists Jeffery Laudenslager and Arline Fisch and emerging artists Deanne Sabeck and Vincent Robles, are now on view through May 4, 2013 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla.
The Art Prize committee, including Patricia Frischer of SDVAN, Ann Berchtold of Art San Diego, art collector Debra Poteet and Executive Director of the Athenaeum, Erika Torri, chose the winners from a list of nominees presented by visual arts professionals and former Art Prize recipients.
At the opening reception April 5, a crowd gathered to admire the distinctive styles of the prize-winning artists. Jeffery Laudenslager, best known for his elegant, large-scale, kinetic sculptures, also showed an eyecatching array of his new “Tulip Mania” paintings, which reference the 17th-century Dutch trading of wildly overpriced tulip bulbs, comparable to soaring prices at art auctions today.
“My kinetic works have no story, but I thought since I was showing in a library, I should have a story,” Laudenslager said.
Deanne Sabeck’s glass sculptures charmed viewers with light and color, while Vincent Robles, a grad student in SDSU’s Furniture Department, offered cool, tongue-in-cheek riffs on furniture forms. And Arline Fisch not only attracted attention with a pair of crocheted silver breastplates and a row of saint-and-angel pendants, but also wore one of her dramatic chain necklaces to complete her display of wearable art.
Toward the end of the reception, Patricia Frischer stepped up to congratulate the prizewinners and announce the new recipients for 2013: established artists James Hubbell and Debby and Larry Kline, who will choose their own emerging artists later this year.
IF YOU GO
• What: San Diego Art Prize Exhibition
• Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla
• When: Through May 4, 2013
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Closed Monday and Sunday to
• Contact: (858) 454-5872
• Website: athenaeum.org
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