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Arts Calendar: April 12, 2007

To have an event featured in the Arts Calendar, send entry to Arts Editor Travis Hunter, La Jolla Light, 565 Pearl St., La Jolla, 92037, or e-mail travish@lajollalight.com. Photos are encouraged.

ARTS

All County Art Show

La Jolla Art Association presents its annual All County Art Show, juried this year by well respected artist Reed Cardwell.

The show features some of the best local artistic talent in a variety of media, including acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, photography, sculpture, digital art, mixed media and original prints.

The exhibition runs through April 15 at The Village Gallery, 7932 Ivanhoe Ave. Call (858) 459-1196.

Ryan McGinness

Quint Contemporary Art presents “A Rich Fantasy Life,” an exhibition of the artwork of Ryan McGinness, from April 7 to May 19.
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Quint Contemporary Art is at 7739 Fay Ave. Call (858) 454-3409.

Michael Reafsnyder

“Whirl,” an exhibition of paintings by Michael Reafsnyder, is now on display at R.B. Stevenson Gallery. Reafsnyder creates exuberant abstract expressionist paintings, and his trademark smiley-face is a reminder that his work is about the enjoyment of art and life.

R.B. Stevenson Gallery is at 7661 Girard Ave. Call (858) 459-3917.

J. John Priola

Joseph Bellows Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by J. John Priola. The gallery will feature selections from his series “Paradise,” “Saved,” “Residual” and “Windows.”
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“Paradise” features common objects such as a wishbone, feather or wooden box. “Saved” features solitary objects that seem to be straight from an old attic or thrift store. “Residual” implies passing time in photographs of a puff of smoke or a single bubble, objects whose life ended short after the photograph was taken. “Windows” features photographs of San Francisco windows at night, and though they reveal nothing of the homes’ interiors, they possess an erie and voyeuristic quality.

The exhibition continues through April 28. The gallery is at 7661 Girard Ave. Call (858) 456-5620.

Divine Light of the Riviera

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts announces its March show, “Devine Light of the Riviera.” This exhibition is a tribute to the European Impressionists that were infatuated with the lighting on the French Riviera. The show features modern painters Florian Van Burg, Jean Pierre Dubord, Carebul, Magre, De Fonteneye and Louis Labrofont.

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts is at 7932 Girard Ave. For more information, call (858) 456-9509.

Arthur Meyerson

Roche Bobois presents a visual exploration of the interaction of light and color from world-renowned photographer Arthur Meyerson.

Roche Bobois is at 7611 Girard Ave. Call (858) 459-0297 for more information.

The Wave

A new exhibition featuring three artists is now on display at CenterLight Gallery of La Jolla. The exhibition is titled “The Wave” and brings together the adventurous surf photography of Warren Bolster and the oil paintings of Lorri Blackard and Maria Repke.

CenterLight Gallery is at 5490 La Jolla Blvd. Call (858) 456-8188.

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Alexandra Nechita

The Wentworth Gallery is showing the works of Alexandra Nechita. The abtract painter, known as the “petite Picasso,” began drawing at age 2 and had her first exhibition when she was just 8 years old. Now she has been awarded and honored by different organizations all over the world for her extraordinary artwork and vision. The exhibit features over 150 pieces including watercolors, original acrylics on canvas, etchings, original drawings and sculptures.

The gallery is at 1025 Prospect St. For more information visit www.wentworthgallery.com or call (858) 551-7071.

“Figurative Masterpieces”

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts announces the opening of its April show “Figurative Masterpieces” from April 1 through April 30. The show debuts a collection, featuring highly praised figurative artists from around the globe. Accomplished artists An He, Loboda, Marie Witte, De Cezare, Romero, Kelvin Lei, Volegov, and Pervuninsky emphasize the emotionally provacative and figurative language of painting. FIgurative art, though sometimes controversial, has outlasted fading trends and superseded the sometimes-rigid religious and political mandates imposed throughout history.

The gallery is located at 7932 Girard Ave. For more information visit www.cosmopolitanart.com or call (858) 456-9506.

Jim Machacek

San Diego-based artist Jim Machacek will present an exhibition of new work entitled “Codes” in the Athenaeum’s Main Gallery. The works will include etchings, collages and artist’s books that tell their own stories, reflecting the artist’s recurring interest in symbols, secrets and codes, and exploring how they intersect our lives.

The exhibit will run through May 5. Machacek will lead a walkthrough of the exhibition on April 14 at 11 a.m.

The Athenaeum is located at 1008 Wall Street. Call (858) 454-5872 or visit www.ljathenaeum.org for more information.

Artwork by Scholarship Winners of SDSU Art Department

The Athenaeum presents an exhibition of artwork in the Rotunda Gallery by scholarship winners of the San Diego State University Art Department for the fifth consecutive year. Eight students from the upper division of the undergraduate, or from the graduate program have been selected, based on scholarship applications, by the SDSU Art Council.
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The opening reception is on March 30, 6:30 to 8:30 and the exhibit will run from March 31 through April.

The Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery is located at 1008 Wall Street. Contact Kristina Meek (858) 454-5872 or visit www.ljathenaeum.org for more information.

MUSIC

Muzik3 Festival 2007

Celebrating its 10th season, Muzik3, San Diego’s most innovative annual music festival presents the New York-based ensemble Polygraph Lounge on April 14 and 15. There’s is no telling what they will perform but look for political satire and musical humor.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at The Other House. The Other House is located at 7813 Esterel Drive. Call Susan D. DIlts (505)474-6367 for more information.

Russian Pianist Olga Kern

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal winner Olga Kern closes this year’s Piano Series of the La Jolla Music Society on Friday, April 13.

Olga Kern started playing the piano at the age of five and since her triumph at the Van Cliburn, she has toured around the world winning audience acclaim throughout Europe, Asia and Africa.

The performance will take at 8 p.m. at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect Street. Bryan Verhoye, concert pianist, composer and arranger, will deliver a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Tickets are between $25 and $75 and are available through the La Jolla Music Society box office, (858) 459-3728 and online at www.LaJollaMusicSociety.org.

Alexander Wasserman

The Athenaeum Mini-Concerts continue for the 37th season in La Jolla. On April 9, the Athenaeum presents Alexander Wasserman, on the piano, in a concert dedicated to the memory of Glenna Hazleton.

The concert will begin at noon, last about an hour and admission is free. The Athenaeum is located at 1008 Wall Street. Contact Kristina Meek (858) 454-5872 or visit www.ljathenaeum.org for more information.

POETRY AND PROSE

Anchee Min

Bestselling author Anchee Min will read and sign “The Last Empress,” a powerful revisionist portrait based on extensive research on one of the most important figures in Chinese history. Sequel to “Empress Orchid,” the story depicts Orchid’s dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader. The reading will take place at Warwick’s Bookstore on April 13 at 7:30 p.m.