Supporters of the San Diego Museum of Art celebrated the opening of “Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites” with a reception in the museum’s Thornton Rotunda recently. Because the roots of this 19th century British artform were firmly planted in literary sources and legends, the museum arranged a special performance from Shakespeare to entertain the crowd. A pair of actors enacted the balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet” - much to the delight of all in attendance.
The exhibition, drawn from the Delaware Art Museum (which houses the largest and most prestigious collection of Pre-Raphaelite art outside of the United Kingdom) consists of sumptuous paintings, watercolors, drawings, ceramics, jewelry and other objects d’art, and will continue to be on view through July 29th.
Among the many La Jolla aficionados enjoying the display of Victorian art were Sally Thornton, Jerry and Pam Cesak (Pam is the chair of the museum board), Lee Maturo, Rod and Dolores Smith, Scott and Betsy McClendon, Murray and Patty Rome, Lois Roon, Budd and Joanne Rubin, Angelina and Fred Kleinbub, Joel and Dotti Sollender, Katy McDonald, John and Dannie Sue Reis, Arnold and MaryAnn Ginnow, and Museum Director Derrick Cartwright and his wife Lauren.