The Sept. 7 evening at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library had it all — a chanteuse, mime, can-can dancers, string quartet, accordionist, wine and Champagne, vichyssoise with truffle cream and chives, cheese and baguettes, and a roasted apple caramel tart served with vanilla Chantilly cream ala Hyatt Regency La Jolla.
La Jolla Library Art Gallery is set to open a new exhibition in its ongoing community series. The works of 13 regional painters will be on display for show and sale, Sept. 15-Nov. 16, in “Fresh Paint: Impressions of California Plein-Air Artists,” at 7555 Draper Ave.
Jesse James Reno, who some are calling “the greatest living graffiti artist of today,” will be at La Jolla Contemporary Art Gallery, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7946 Ivanhoe Ave. Reno will be working on an original mural at the gallery, and will also be signing his new book and discussing his unique approach to his medium, subjects and method.
A crowd of almost 700 turned out for the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Thursday Night Thing on Aug. 8, which featured “Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis,” a new exhibit that revisits the artist’s childhood neighborhood of City Heights.
The La Jolla Art Association’s recent “Summer Magic” gallery exhibit (July 30-Aug. 12) was a refreshing surprise and a delight to the senses. There were some very colorful and very different types of art in the show — not at all the usual art association-style coast landscapes, children playing at the beach and still lifes. The pieces in “Summer Magic” were a demonstration of the mastery of such painterly concepts as hue, chroma and value.
The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art’s short film fest, alt.pictureshows, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 30 with close to 30 thought-provoking, funny, and rarely seen shorts from around the world at Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St.
The Athenaeum’s Music & Arts Library has its 21st annual Juried Exhibition on view in the Joseph Clayes III and Rotunda galleries through Sept. 1.
One of the most significant building phenomena in La Jolla of the early 1900s was the construction of hundreds of linear feet of cobblestone walls in the heart of the Village. Mainly, they surrounded and wove serpentine-like through the oceanfront estate owned by Ellen Browning Scripps. (True to form, the wealthiest lady in La Jolla whose interests were in nature and simplicity, defined her house and gardens with the most unassuming of natural materials – rocks!)
Lux Art Institute has a lot going on these days. Currently on exhibit through July 28 is a set of striking nouvel-impressionist portraits by Alex Kanevsky, who ended his month-long residency June 30. About-to-begin is the building of an elaborate Education Pavilion that will have its grand opening in January 2013.
And just-released is the list of five varied talents who will be next season’s resident artists, plus a local grant recipient who combines video, photography, poetry and architecture in his work recording San Diegans’ stories.
Although perceived as sheer fantasy by many, the magic depicted in the Harry Potter novels by author J.K. Rowling can be traced to Renaissance traditions that played a pivotal role in the development of modern science and medicine.