It’s a Swell Show! Surf’s up at new Riford Library Art Gallery exhibition
By Will Bowen
Grab your baggies, board shorts and bikinis and stop by the Riford Library Art Gallery for a summer exhibit that celebrates local surfers, artists, magical beaches and surfing hot spots. The show, produced in part through the generosity of the Friends of the La Jolla Library, opens Sunday, June 30 with a meet-and-greet from 2 to 4 p.m. Guests will be able to view the work of 12 proficient artists, who also like to surf. There will be paintings, drawings, photographs and surfboards on display through Sept. 15.
“Wavelength La Jolla” is the idea of art curator Maura Walters, who also works at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. The exhibition theme, according to the library art committee, is capturing “the beauty or feeling of a moment in the water or on the beach.” It’s all about the work of “artists who have moved through the water in ways most of us will never experience. It’s about their love of the ocean.”
Here’s a list of the participating artists:
• Norm Daniels will exhibit impressionist paintings of surf station wagons (woodies), VW vans, sailboats, surfers, umbrellas, and island scenes.
• Paul Elder has designed surfboard logos and art for Rusty Surfboards and created graphics for Ballast Point Brewery, H & M Landing, and Bloody Decks Fishing Company.
• William Feeney is known for his sculpture and performance art. For one work, he buried himself in the sand on a beach in Santa Barbara with just his two lower legs sticking straight up out of the sand and into the air. In another, he sat on a lake in a chair attached to a platform below the waterline to give the illusion of himself sitting on top of the water.
• Meegan Feori said surfing and art give her life purpose, and although her art is about surfing, “it transcends the act of surfing and represents human emotion and experience.”
• Ken Goldman is an instructor at the Athenaeum School of Art with work in the permanent collection of The San Diego Museum of Art. Goldman painted the mural series for Rady Children’s Hospital.
• Roy Kerckhoffs takes photos of lifeguard towers and majestic shots of solitary surfers standing poised on the beach checking out the surf, which “convey the story of a place,” he said.
• Photographer John Neyenesch likes to work in black and white, with gelatin prints. He also works in cyanotype, using pieces of broken glasses on photograph paper exposed in sunlight.
• Cher Pendarvis has done everything from shaping boards to surf art and photography.
• Jared Roberts is best known for his colorful, intricate drawings and paintings.
•Keith Short grew up alongside San Diego Bay. His work has made the cover of Surfer Journal and he’s designed advertisements for companies such as Walt Disney, Microsoft, IBM and Xerox.
• Susan Wickerstrand is known for paintings that capture the moment when the sky and sea meet in a majestic vision.
• Wade Koniakowsky has been a surfer since 1961 and claims “the ocean is my inspiration.” He paints surfboards in a tropical dreamscape style.
If you go
What: ‘Wavelength La Jolla,’ exhibit includes artists’ surfboards, courtesy Bird’s Surf Shed
When: 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday; 12:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30-Sept.15
Where: Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave.
Reception: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 30
Contact: (858) 552-1657, lajollalibrary.org
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