Still Life exhibit opens with Sunday library reception


What do the following 25 local artists have in common?

Mieko Anekawa, Franchesca Beau, Martha Berner, Hilary Brady, Scottie Brown, Joi Carle, Sandra Carson, CT Dowling, Deborah Fitzpatrick, Leah Higgins, Jennifer Hurley, Sally Irwin, Kay Kaplan, Gwen Nobil, Dorothy Oldsen, Jori Owens, Cree Scudder, Renata Shafor, Judith Shufro, Sarah Sohraby, Minnie Valero, Claudia Verciani, Penelope Vining, Dorothy Wetzler and Laura Wheeler.

1) They are all women;

2) They are all pretty good at what they do; and

3) They all have work in the upcoming “Life Speaks: A Juried Still Life Show,” opening Sunday, June 26 at the La Jolla Library Art Gallery, with a public reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Imagine the Art Committee’s surprise when the jury chose from more than 230 show entries and all 25 of the artists selected were women!” said Arlene Powers, a member of the Friends of the La Jolla Library Art Committee, which produces the quarterly exhibits as a fundraiser for the facility. “There was no plan or knowledge of who the artists were as the jury made its choices, but it turns out we have an all-woman show this summer!”

Among the jury panel was guest juror Marcelle Lunau, who has an international museum background. She trained as an art conservator in Florence, Italy and started her career with an internship at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu. She has restored paintings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, all the way up to Impressionists and contemporary works of art.

“The ‘Life Speaks’ exhibition is a celebration of color, with a wonderful variety of paintings by some very talented local artists,” Lunau commented. “I think La Jolla is lucky to have such a good gallery exhibition space in their library and I enjoyed being part of the jury.”

Powers pointed out that all-women shows are au courant these days. “Much like some recent exhibitions have done in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and London, we will celebrate this interesting feature of ‘Life Speaks’ (an all-female show) and certainly present the work of established artists known to La Jollans, as well as some emerging new artists that we hope everyone will enjoy.”

As a premise to the show, artists were asked to submit paintings in which the subject matter of their still life “speaks to something in their own life.” Jurors looked for paintings that communicated that feeling with the symbolism in the arrangement of objects, something viewers might share in response.

IF YOU GO: The artists reception is free and open to the public, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 26. La Jolla Riford Library is at 7555 Draper Ave. “Life Speaks” (with pieces for show and sale) will be up in the community room gallery during library business hours through the summer. (858) 552-1657.