Art show tips its hat to Auntie Ellen Scripps at La Jolla Art Association

Great-great aunt Ellen Browning Scripps, founder of the La Jolla Art Association, is the inspiration for the Kellogg Family Art Show taking place May 29 to June 5 at the association gallery, 8100 Paseo del Ocaso #B.

“When I discovered that the gallery could be rented, the thought occurred to me it would be both fun, and a tribute to Ellen Browning Scripps, to have an art show that featured some of her relatives who are artists,” explained Ted Gaty, whose wife, Cynthia Kellogg Gaty, is a great, great Scripps niece.

“Although my wife and I live in Oregon, we visit La Jolla several times a year. On one of my walks around the beautiful town, I noticed the gallery with the plaque dedicated to Ellen Browning Scripps. One of my favorite anecdotes about her is that she befriended many of the artists who used to come to La Jolla to paint and who would stay in the cottages that dotted the hillside. Some of these painters went on to become famous as the ‘California Impressionists.’ She would often have them over for tea.

“Somehow I feel Ellen Browning Scripps would enjoy the idea that some of her relatives were having an art show in the gallery of the organization she helped create. Those artists are myself, my wife, my wife's aunt (Desdy Kellogg), my wife's cousin (Jane Kellogg), and my wife's cousin's son and daughter (Tyler and Katie Cuddy).

“My wife makes pieces from fused glass. We collaborate on some of her pieces. I do mixed-media work, primarily from wood. Both Desdy and Jane Kellogg are painters. Tyler is a photographer who has done primarily surf and surfing photographs. Katie does small, postcard-size, mixed-media pieces.”

On Sunday, May 29 there will be an invitation-only artists reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Harold Dozier, La Jolla Art Association historian, will talk about Ellen Browning Scripps at 3 p.m.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. (

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