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A Life in Art: Every picture tells a story to collector Doug Simay

Doug Simay, with one of his Manny Farber paintings. ‘I was Manny’s first collector,’ he said. ‘And I had to take out a second mortgage on my condo to pay for this one.’

Doug Simay procured his first artwork at age 28, for a mere month’s salary. Now 57, his impressive collection is on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Lights, Camera, Grand Jeté! Team films a ballet documentary in San Diego

The powers behind “Ineffable” are producer/director team Joani Livingston and Renée McKay, with writer/co-producer Sarah-Jane Murray. PHOTOS: Maurice Hewitt

Producer/directors Joani Livingston and Renée McKay believe in stories that touch people’s hearts and raise their awareness. The Georgia-based, Emmy award-winning team recently spent several days in San Diego, shooting footage for their latest undertaking, “Ineffable.” A documentary about the struggle to keep the arts alive in this country, it spotlights three different ballet companies, one of which is San Diego Ballet.

Art, Culture and Controversy: ‘The Complete Frida Kahlo’ Exhibit

The painted rendition of Frida’s bed.

The word “icon” is much overused these days, but it certainly applies to the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), a cultural icon whose fearlessly personal self-portraits have made her face known around the world.

Pre-holiday evenings at Lux Art Institute offer music, art, ornaments

Art of Elan co-founders, Kate Hatmaker and Demarre McGill, bring two nights of uncommon music to Lux Art institute in Encinitas, Nov. 21-22, 2013. (Courtesy Photo)

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.”

Contemporary art fair brings ‘Creative Collisions’ to Balboa Park

Mexican-born, San Diego-based artist Becky Guttin will welcome fairgoers with her vibrant red carpet installation, ‘We can work it out.’ Courtesy

The theme this time is “Creative Collisions,” setting the scene for a mix of disciplines, nationalities, street-artists and art institutions coming together at the Activity Center in Balboa Park Nov. 7-10.

Murals of La Jolla adding two new works

Mural-The Shores by Catherine Opie

Opie’s work is rooted in the history of photography. “The Shores,” (part of a series of new landscapes) draws upon this trajectory and is both contemporary and historical.

Let’s Review: Three don’t-miss shows open at three La Jolla’s UCSD galleries

Nathan Wade’s Computer enhanced Surveillance video at Calit 2.

Three art spaces recently opened exhibitions on UC San Diego’s campus — The University Art Gallery (UAG), the California Institute of Technology (Calit2) gallery, and the Structural & Materials Engineering (SME) building gallery.

Students craft mask at Little Italy festival

Stephanie Foster and Kaitlin Wheeler with their Italian ‘masterpiece.’ Courtesy

La Jolla High School juniors Stephanie Foster and Kaitlin Wheeler completed an 8-by-8-foot Italian mask made of chalk for the 2013 Gesso Italiano, Oct. 12-13, in Little Italy.

La Jolla’s Riford Library has a winner with its latest plein-air art show

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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.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival draws 50,000 visitors to the Village

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An estimated 50,000 people attended the fifth annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, Oct. 12-13, as visitors strolled up and down Girard Avenue viewing works from an eclectic array of artists, also enjoying fine wine, craft beer, live music, gourmet food, roving circus performers and more. The annual event is a fundraiser for La Jolla public schools.

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