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Michael Reafsnyder“Whirl,” an exhibition of paintings by Michael Reafsnyder, will open at R.B. Stevenson Gallery with a reception for the artist on Friday, March 16 at 5 p.m. 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 PriolaJoseph Bellows Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by J. John Priola. The gallery will feature selections from his series “Paradise,” “Saved,” “Residual” and “Windows.”
“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 opens with a reception for the artist on Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m. and continues through April 28. The gallery is at 7661 Girard Ave. Call (858) 456-5620.
Dr. SeussFingerhut Gallery of La Jolla is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of “The Cat in the Hat” with an exhibition of artwork by Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. The exhibition will run through March 24.
Fingerhut Gallery is at 1205 Prospect St. Call (800) 774-2278.
Jane BishopThe Alcala Gallery will show “From the Beach to Borrego,” a special exhibition of local watercolors by La Jolla artist Jan Bishop, during the month of March. The subtle and jewel-like colors in these paintings reflect the artist’s response to our unique local environment. Not a studio artist, Bishop always paints on location.
The Alcala Gallery is at 950 Silverado St. Call (858) 454-6610.
Divine Light of the RivieraCosmopolitan Fine Arts announces its March 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 MeyersonRoche 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.
Patricia PattersonQuint Contemporary Art presents the work of Patricia Patterson through March 31. The exhibition is titled, “Scenes From a Receding Past.”
Quint Contemporary Art is at 7739 Fay Ave. Call (858) 454-3409 for more information.
The WaveA 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.
Stephen ShortridgeThe Monarch Gallery presents Romantic Impressionist Stephen Charles Shortridge. The exhibition features his most current collection of original oil paintings and personally enhanced, limited-edition giclees on canvas, as well as his new book “Created Creator - Works and Words.”
The gallery is at 1205 Prospect St. For more information, call (858) 454-1231.
Shanghai String QuartetThe Athenaeum Music and Arts Library presents the Shanghai String Quartet on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Originally formed in Shanghai more than 20 years ago, this quartet melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the boldness of the Western repertoire.
Tickets cost $30 for members and $35 for non-members. The Athenaeum is at 1008 Wall St. Call (858) 454-5872 for information.
Duo-TonesTwo pioneers of surf guitar will be featured at an upcoming concert at La Jolla Brew House. Paul Johnson and Gil Orr play the classics in a pure, driving style that is deeply rooted in the past but with a lot of energy.
The performance will be held March 24 at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and can be purchased by calling (858) 459-0535. La Jolla Brew House is at 7536 Fay Ave.
Brahms Chamber EnsembleJohannes Brahms is the featured composer for the finale of Mainly Mozart’s Spotlight Series 2007. On March 30 and 31 his works will be performed by five musical virtuosi at the Neurosciences Institute.
Mainly Mozart and Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil, Gotheberg Symphony concertmaster Sara Troback, New York Philharmonic principal violist Cynthia Phelps, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra principal cellist Roland Thomas and pianist Arthur Rowe will interpret Brahms’ expressive works. The program includes “Violin Sonata No. 2 in A,” “Piano Quartet in G minor,” and “Piano Quartet in F minor.”
The performance will take place at 8 p.m. The Neurosciences Institute is at 10640 John Jay Hopkins. Call (619) 239-0100 for more information.
Poetry and prose
William Anthony NericcioSDSU professor William Anthony Nericcio will discuss his new book, “Seductive Hallucinations of the ‘Mexican’ in America,” on March 24 at D.G. Wills Books.
D.G. Wills Books is at 7461 Girard Ave. Call (858) 456-1800.