Last April, the acclaimed chamber group, Art of Elan, gave its first, sold-out, one-night-only performance at Lux Art Institute in Encinitas. Now, on Nov. 20 and 21, they will return to Lux with two nights of lively and uncommon music by a trio of composers: Heitor Villa-Lobos, a Brazilian; Sergei Prokofiev, a Russian; and John Corigliano, a 75-year-old New Yorker whose work includes an Oscar-winning film score for “The Red Violin,” a Grammy Award for “Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan,” and a Pulitzer Prize in Music for his “Symphony No. 2.”
The Riford Library in La Jolla held another wonderful art reception, this time for the new show titled, “Fresh Paint: Impressions of California Plein-Air Artists,” and it was a Jim Dandy. The library art gallery climbed another rung on the ladder to the stars with this exhibition, which features the work of 15 of California’s top plein-air artists.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present three new exhibitions, running Sept. 21 through Jan. 12, 2014 at 700 Prospect St. in La Jolla.
In his second exhibition at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, longtime San Diego artist Jim Machacek will turn the gallery into a walk-in novel.
The Athenaeum Music & Art Library’s A-List Members had their choice of, well, everything at the “Member’s Choice: Pick Your Poison” event Aug. 29, 2013 at the Athenaeum facilities in La Jolla. Members viewed paintings, sculptures, photos and other art submissions, sipping a cocktail from the create-your-own-cocktail bar (where they had the choice of flavored vodka and mix-ins), before voting for their art favorites. In the music room, they had their choice of songs from pianist Joshua White and their choice of items up for bid in the silent auction. Artists with work on display were available to discuss their projects and earn some votes.
From the molé sliders that started off the evening to the tequila sunrises that ended it, “Sabores de las Américas: Tijuana, Baja & Beyond,” co-hosted by TJ’s Municipal Institute of Arts and Culture (IMAC) and the Institute of the Americas, was a tasty event held Aug. 24, 2013 at Institute of the Americas’ facilities at UC San Diego in La Jolla. More than 200 guests from both sides of the border mixed and mingled, sipping espressos, viewing the artworks, and enjoying the smooth moves of tango duo Miguel & Sandra, the fiery flamenco dancing of Norma Michel, and the bilingual cabaret of sultry songstress Madame Ur and her Hombres. “We are bi-nationals,” said Mariza Sanchez, an artist and art consultant who lives in La Jolla. “And it’s time for Tijuana to show us their faces here.”
Forty-six artists have been selected from among nearly 1,000 submissions for the Athenaeum’s 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition, on view in the Joseph Clayes III and Rotunda galleries, Aug. 3-31.
Hang on to your hats, Dr. Seuss fans. Here’s something you may not have known about your favorite children’s book author and illustrator: He collected hats. Lots and lots of hats.
You’ll have a chance to see 26 of them when a touring exhibition titled “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!” opens July 19 at the Legends Gallery of La Jolla. Also on display through Aug. 4 will be limited-edition prints of images from some of the best-known Seuss books, as well as examples from his “Secret Art” series of paintings, drawings and sculpture. (The exhibition will move to the Chuck Jones Gallery in downtown San Diego for an Aug. 9-25 run.)
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla celebrated an invasion of otherworldly art at the members’ opening of “Approximately Infinite Universe.” The works explore ideas about time and space travel, aliens, historical re-visions, futuristic cities, and the best (and worst) of all possible worlds.
The weather helped to make the 27th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts a roaring success June 20-21, 2013 as crowds from around Southern California came to the grounds of UC San Diego to purchase art and enjoy gourmet food and great music during the event, sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club. To date, the event has raised nearly $2 million for people with disabilities — focusing on adaptive and recreational sports programs.