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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.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner helps celebrate 2012 Art Prize winners at La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

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The San Diego Art Prize, funded by San Diego Visual Arts Network, is an annual award given to two established artists, who in turn, choose an emerging artist for the award. Selected works of the 2012 winners, established artists Jeffery Laudenslager and Arline Fisch and emerging artists Deanne Sabeck and Vincent Robles, are now on view through May 4, 2013 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla.

UCSD Art Gallery would ‘Love your Company’ at unique exhibition

Life-size photos pop to life in the Ethan Breckenridge art exhibit. Will BoWen

If you like optical illusions and how the eyes sometimes play tricks on the mind, then you will enjoy the exhibit that opened Feb. 21 at the University Art Gallery (UAG) in the Mandeville Center on the UC San Diego campus.

New Athenaeum book celebrates 20 years, 40 artists of La Jolla’s Music & Arts Library

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La Jolla’s oldest cultural institution, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, held a preview event for its new book, ‘Selections from the Permanent Collection — 1990-2010,’ to highlight the Athenaeum’s first 20 years.

Artists and poets celebrate love at La Jolla Art Association soiree for ‘La Vie En Rose’ exhibit

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In honor of the concept of “love” and dedicated to lovers everywhere, La Jolla Art Association presented a special art show titled, “La Vie En Rose” at its gallery in La Jolla Shores.

[Exclusive VIDEO] Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and ‘The Simpsons’ Director Rich Moore draws crowds to Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation in La Jolla

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Sold-out audiences of nearly 500 people at each screening filled the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla for the 30th anniversary of Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation during the weekend of March 1-2, 2013 in which Rich Moore was the special guest. Moore is the director of Disney’s Oscar-nominated animated film, “Wreck-It Ralph.” He has also directed many popular episodes of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” during the first few seasons of those shows.

‘Lifelike’ exhibit re-imagines reality at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla

Two ‘Lifelike’ curators, MCASD’s Jill Dawsey and Walker Art Center’s Siri Engberg

If you are a fan of pop art, photorealism, and all their concomitants, you won’t want to miss “Lifelike,” an engaging array of delightful, disturbing, meticulous re-creations of everyday things now on view at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla.

Vicki Walsh pop-up art ‘heads’ above all others at La Jolla exhibit

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Artist Vicki Walsh displayed her latest pieces, a series of 20 Haloed Heads, on display for a day at “Tomaytoland,” the home of Robin Lipman, member chair of the San Diego Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Committee.

What Comes to Mind: Joyce Cutler-Shaw’s art exhibit combines nature, science at La Jolla’s Athenaeum

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La Jolla artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw is showing an impressive selection of her slide-out, large-format and “tunnel” books at La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in “What Comes to Mind: Nature-Human Nature and Visual Translation.” More than 100 art-lovers gathered to admire her work at the exhibit opening.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego to waive admission for all on Jan. 31 to honor its late benefactor David Copley

Manny Farber Batiquitos 1995 oil on board Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase, International and Contemporary Collectors Funds. © Manny Farber 1995. Photo by Pablo Mason.

On Thursday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will offer free admission in honor of David Copley, the organization’s late board president and a long-time benefactor whose birthday falls on that day.
MCASD invites the public to both of its locations — 700 Prospect St. in La Jolla and 1100 and 1001 Kettner Blvd. downtown — as a way to honor Copley’s vision of making art accessible to everyone.

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