Athenaeum Music & Arts Library set for new art exhibits in La Jolla

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will host an opening reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 for two new exhibitions — “Speaking Otherwise,” the artwork of Allison Wiese in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery and “Unexpected Beauty in Everyday Life” by Pat MacGillis in the Rotunda Gallery. The works will remain be on display through Nov. 1 at the library, 1008 Wall St.

Wiese, an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations and architectural interventions, offers a new installation using common materials and textual diversions. Her work drags ideas through time “re-plumbing the social and political landscape of the near past as a way of querying the lingering presence of certain American myths and pointing to truths about the present,” according to press materials.

Wiese’s work has been exhibited at such venues as Machine Project in Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. She is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was a Core Fellow of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2001-2003. Wiese lives in San Diego, where she teaches studio art at the University of San Diego.

MacGillis will present mixed media paintings and drawings. From her daily walks above the ocean on the chaparral cliffs of Torrey Pines, to her extensive travels throughout the region and Latin America, MacGillis draws inspiration “from the beauty of daily life in Southern California.” She has practiced art-making for some 30 years showing her work locally and nationally.

MacGillis grew up on Long Island. She attended SDSU and also studied visual art and anthropology at UCSD. She has taught in San Diego Community Colleges and at the UCSD Craft Center. She has organized many art projects with grants including a Picerne Foundation grant to work with San Diego’s underserved youth.

IF YOU GO: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The library is closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. (858) 454-5872.