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Dr. Seuss’ hat collection tops Legends Gallery’s new show in La Jolla

The hat that changed the world of children's books.

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.)

Exhibit explores alternate realities at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla


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.

Art lovers flock to annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts


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.

Two artists spin perceptions at new Athenaeum exhibitions opening Friday, June 21

'Oh Sophia' by Lisa Venditelli

An opening reception for “Echoes” by Tom Driscoll, and “Bound” by Lisa Venditelli, will be held 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. The public is invited to attend the free event.

Madison Gallery in La Jolla to hold private VIP reception for ‘Butterflies & Rebirth’ exhibit by Hunt Slonem

‘Day Moth’ is part of Hunt Slonem’s ‘Butterflies & Rebirth’ exhibit at Madison Gallery. Courtesy Photo

Madison Gallery will hold a private reception for “Butterflies & Rebirth,” a new exhibit by world-renowned contemporary artist Hunt Slonem, which opens 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013 with a private VIP show for collectors and only by advance RSVP at (858) 459-0836.

Plein air paintings Capture The Light along with prizes at La Jolla Art Association exhibition

First Place: "Pampas Grass Boats" by Carolyn Hesse-Low. Photos by Will Bowen

Through May, the La Jolla Art Association (LJAA) is showing a collection of paintings submitted to its annual Plein Air Juried Competition. The show was judged by Andrea Gaye and curated by Rae Ann Marks, with assistance from Salli Sachse and Mike Morse.

Works chosen at annual Selection Dinner, featured in Prospect 2013 at MCASD La Jolla

At the 2013 Selection Dinner on Wednesday, May 8, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s International Collectors and Contemporary Collectors voted to purchase new works by four artists for the Museum’s collection:

Bird Rock students get birds-eye lesson in art

Kindergarten students from Bird Rock Elementary view some of the larger- than-life art pieces from the ‘Lifelike’ exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. Courtesy Photos

From MCASD Reports A kindergarten class from Bird Rock Elementary School took an April 16 tour of “Lifelike,” the current exhibition on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, which is on display through May 27. This group exhibition invites a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations, [...]

La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events: April 26-May 5: Music, dance, photo/art exhibits, La Jolla Half Marathon, Cinco de Mayo party, historical walking tours and more

Photo by Aaron Goulding

La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events from April 26-May 5, 2013 include music and dance performances, photography and art exhibits, La Jolla Half Marathon, Cinco de Mayo party, La Jolla Symphonny concerts and historical walking tours of La Jolla Village.

Charting History: La Jolla Map Museum hosts special California collection by Jacinto ‘Jo’ Mora

Richard Cloward, director of the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla, points to the Walt Disney Studios illustrated on Jo Mora’s colorful map of Los Angeles. Mora included the Disney studios because he, too, liked to draw animal figures with human clothes and traits. First printed in 1942, the map is the rarest of the 14 Mora maps on display at the museum. (Photo by Linda Hutchison)

California’s colorful history and geography are alive and well-illustrated (and on display for all to enjoy) thanks to a new exhibit at the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla. The museum has gathered 14 maps created by California artist Jacinto “Jo” Mora from 1927 to 1949 and will display them through early December 2013. The maps — or cartes — as Mora called them, are vibrant and light-hearted. They reflect Mora’s love of California and his background as a book illustrator and cartoonist. The majority of Mora’s maps in the collection depict California, including the entire state, the Monterey Peninsula, Yosemite, Catalina, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

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