Impressions of California: La Jolla Library presents plein air exhibit opening at reception on Sunday
By Susan DeMaggio
California’s breathtaking landscape is the focus of Friends of the La Jolla Library’s 11th art exhibition, running Sept. 29-Dec.31 in the Community Room gallery at 7555 Draper Ave.
Titled, “Fresh Paint,” the exhibit will feature some of California’s leading plein air and scenery artists, who will donate a portion of the selling price of their works to the library.
“This is a chance for collectors to purchase an outstanding representational artwork and benefit the library, as well,” said show curator Patricia Jasper Clark, who is also a local painter and interior designer. Clark’s works have twice won awards from the Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla event, among others.
“‘Fresh Paint’ will present the works of Brian Blood, Scottie Brown, John Budicin, Mark Fehlman, Ken Goldman, Robin Hall, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Laurie Kersey, Calvin Liang, Michael Obermeyer, Scott Prior, Ray Roberts, Toni Williams, Jeff Yeomans and myself,” Jasper Clark said. “This is the second plein air show we’ve offered in the three years the Friends have been staging quarterly exhibits.”
The exhibits are produced by the Friends’ Art Committee, which includes Jasper Clark, Arlene Powers, Maura Walters and Emily Vermillion. “Our goal is to produce four big art shows a year,” Powers said. “Two invitational, one juried, and one anything-goes, at the discretion of the Art Committee. We kick off each exhibition with a free, artists reception for the community and ‘Fresh Paint’ will have its party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 in the library. There will be food, drink, music from the Ukulele Brothers, and the chance to meet the artists, view their works, and buy a painting.”
Powers said the success of the receptions comes from the generosity of local merchants like Amici Pizza, Girard Gourmet, Adelaide’s Florist, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Cups.
“Our mission with these exhibitions is three-fold,” Jasper Clark said. “We hope to produce creative, stimulating art shows for the community; support emerging local and regional artists; and bring people into the library to discover all it has to offer.”
Powers added that being “surrounded by lovely art” enhances all the programs and meetings that take place in the library’s community room. “We are thrilled to bring works, like those by Ray Roberts, to La Jolla,” she said. “Roberts is one of California’s most respected plein air artists. He recently won the gold medal for Best Painting at the California Art Club and the Artists’ Choice Award, the highest accolade from fellow artists, at three major Southwest art events.”
The Art Committee welcomes support and ideas to enhance its projects. Contact Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jasper Clark at email@example.com
If you go
■ What: ‘Fresh Paint,’ plein air landscape art
■ When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 12:30-5 p.m. Monday; 12:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 31
■ Where: Riford Library, Community Room, 7555 Draper Ave.
■ Artists Reception: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29
■ Admission: Free
■ Library: (858) 552-1657, lajollalibrary.org
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