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Friday, February 21, 2014

New Kid on the Block - Check out ArtPin - Opportunities for Artists

 ArtPin is a community of artists, alternative gallery spaces, and art lovers that collaborate to create pop-up art shows. 

An alternative gallery space can be anything from a house, apartment, restaurant, bar, coffee shop, hotel, community center etc.  We pair these alternative galleries with artists whose work compliments the style of business. ArtPin can be used to create art parties (a crowd comes to see the art on a given night), or simply to get original art hanging on the walls for the customers of the business to enjoy (coffee shops, restaurants, etc.).

This is a great opportunity to listed, exhibited and select to further your artist opportunities and get involved.  Free service to artists.  Join now at: 

Boost your exposure and get connected with the community. SIGNUP NOW.  

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Call for Artists for Jazzercise 2014 - Seeking Eclectic and Abstract Art


If you are an abstract and eclectic painter or photographer,  and your art is over 36" on one side, we want you!

DEADLINE is March 10th for submissions. Online applications only. No Fees.

Please email to Cheryl Ehlers, Art Director, Jazzercise Liason at for application and instructions on applying. Good Luck!

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March 7 - Opening Reception - LUMINOUS, Light and Transparency on Paper with Nancy Walter | Greg Brown

Chance Meeting Spurs Creative Friendship

Walter and Brown will have their prints on display at the Civic Center Gallery from March 3 through April 16 in a show titled “LUMINOUS, Light and Transparency on Paper.

 Opening reception will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, March 7  at the Gallery located at Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024.

Two printmakers met last year at an evening event at the Encinitas Library. Nancy Walter overheard Greg Brown talking about CYANOTYPES and asked if he would teach her how to make them. In exchange she offered to teach him how to make MONOTYPES, her specialty. They struck a deal, and an instant friendship was formed. Over several months they taught each other their respective printmaking processes, and found that sharing, co-creating and connecting through printmaking  energized their work.

“Our goals are the same,” says Nancy, “To produce visually striking images that draw the viewer in, using texture, transparency, and light. Although our goals are the same, our methods are quite different.”

MONOTYPES by Nancy Walter comprise half of the show. She has a background in graphic design, illustration, and photography. Creating monotypes requires acrylic printing plates, ink, brayers, brushes, stamps, stencils, and a 1500 lb. etching press. 

It is an exciting, and sometimes frustrating process. Generally the “successful” pieces occur from overlapping several images, working with different layers of color, transparency and texture but the results are hard to predict. It’s an intuitive process in which over-planning can lead to mishaps. With monotype, it’s best to avoid “overthinking” and allow for inner guidance take over.

Greg Brown, whose CYANOTYPES make up the other half of the exhibit, has a background in Architecture, solar energy design and music. Cyanotypes are named for the blue “cyan” images produced by their photosensitive chemicals. Making them requires watercolor paper, a photo emulsion, a dark work space, a variety of objects and transparencies, a large sheet of glass, a sunny day, a large tray of water, a spray nozzle, and a lot of imagination. It is an exciting, yet sometimes capricious process. An experienced printer can get exquisitely detailed photo prints using negative transparencies, but with objects set on the paper, freer compositions, and varying light conditions, there are always surprises. The results can be delicate, floating, mysterious, or other-worldly images, impossible to create in any other medium.

Printmaking partners, Greg and Nancy, have found that their chance connection through the common thread of art making has enriched their lives. It’s a deep experience discovering new artistic territory with another artist. They are grateful to the City of Encinitas Civic Arts Program for providing the opportunity to exhibit their work.

Info:  Please emall Greg Brown at or Nancy Walter at

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

San Diego County Fair - FAB Fair 2014 Fine Art Apply Now!

Register for Exhibition of Fine Art

You may enter this contest by online registration only. Please download and read the Competition Information (below) prior to starting the registration process. All entry registration must be submitted online by 11:59PM (PST).

Competition information PDF documents and links will open in a separate windows
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Lumen Shadows and Chroma, Opening Reception MAR 9 at Mission Trails Regional Park Center Gallery

Three Photographers to Exhibit at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
“Lumen, Shadows, & Chroma” an exhibition of awe-inspiring fine art photography of nature scapes by award winning artists Eileen Mandell, Dana Parnes, and Dana Levine runs from Sat., March 1 through Wed., Mar. 28th, from 9 am to 5 pm daily, at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery, One Fr. Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119, with a reception on Sun, March 9th, from 1 - 4 pm.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The title of the exhibition refers to key concepts crucial to a photographer's vision.  Light, shadow and color portray the subject matter of the exhibition - plants, animals and the sea. Whether in black and white or intense color, high impact or quiet contemplation, all the images in the show communicate a lasting impression on the viewer. 
Eileen Mandell, of El Cajon, an East County educator, is well-known for her nature photography and innovative work with an infra-red camera.  She looks for shapes, lines, and patterns to capture detail, express movement, and discover the play of light on the subject.   In this exhibition she will be showing new photographs of horses.
Dana Parnes, of Rancho Bernardo, a nationally published photographer, captures breathtaking portraits of nature.  Her work speaks to the heart and expresses her deep passion and artistic vision of the magnificence all around, and within each of us.  In this exhibition she will be premiering exquisite fine-art photographs of the ocean, whales, sunflowers, and more. 
Dana Levine, of La Jolla, a retired scientist, has had her work shown nationally. Transforming the world she sees through photography is an exciting, creative adventure for her especially when she encounters tranquil, reflective spaces or people with a  sparkle in their eye.  In this exhibition she will be showing new photographs of plants transformed into symmetrical patterns.  Info contact Dana Levine:

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Lil Taylor from Fine Art America takes 1st place with 7844 Visits

Lil Taylor takes"Featured Artist" with 7844 votes for "Sapphire in Colors"in the Over 4000 Contest".

"Congratulations"  to Lil, who would like to welcome everyone to her website at

Not many artists have a huge resource of visitors like Lil on the FAA site, and it was fun to see who could enter the contest that had over 4000 visitors to their paintings.  Out of 17 that qualified, Lil took 1st Place

" I must warn you though....don't expect to see sweet, transparent watercolors. As I started out as an acrylic painter, I like to incorporate loading up my brush with the brightest and most sumptuous colors and then bleed them out for the watercolors. I keep in mind watercolor techniques but though I use a realistic object for the subject, mostly I freehand sketch it out loosely and then my own creativity takes over. Sometimes,
it's a little dark with touches of surrealism but it's mostly expressionistic with odd touches here and there. The most consistent thing I can tell you is, my watercolors are always going to be filled with stark contrasts or bright colors and normally the subject is just a little 'off' - unless it's a dog or horse. :) But, I promise you will find something unique and thought-provoking" visit her art at

Barron Holland2nd place:with “Sweets” - 6800 visits.
Internationally oriented, I have lived and worked in many countries and have resided 
in Germany since 1984. I like to create highly colorful abstract and semi-abstract paintings 
that stimulate the senses and--because of their ambiguity--challenge one's perceptual 
structures. This often involves juxtaposing the linear with the painterly, the deliberate with the intuitive and the accidental with the natural. His emphasis on color can be partly attributed to the influence of such artists as Lichtenstein, Wesselmann, Hockney, Twombley, Zuniak, Richter and Basquiat, along with the color theory of Max Luescher.

Laura Brightwood  -3rd Place with “One Breath” with 5905 visits.
Laura is a native of Kentucky, having completed both her undergraduate and masters studies in the Bluegrass state. But most importantly, the mother of one amazing little girl. Brightwood is a professional fine and digital artist and writer. You can find her work on the covers and as the illustrator for multiple children's picture books and educational curriculum. Laura's commissioned human and animal portraiture has been the delight of many. Using both digital and traditional mediums.  You will find Laura Brightwood on Amazon as Illustrations in Children's Literature, at, and currently at 

Other entrants, Hannah Koehlers ,  “With Passion”- 5464 visitors , Nancy Mueller, “French Village in the Vineyards” -5152 visitors, and Cheryl Ehlers , “Old Venice” - 5395 visitors.

Fun to see what is being looked at in the world of art when you are on a  worldwide network.

ARTS ALIVE BANNER Unveiing and Reception TODAY 12:15pm

Friday, February 14, 2014

Encinitas Highlands Workshops 2014 with Richard Hawk

NEW location: a light, bright and airy house on a hill in lovely Encinitas, a short walk to the sea and coastal downtown, shops, restaurants and more.

Have you ever wanted to paint more intuitively, with flow, freedom and ease of expression, within a solid design framework? Understand values? How to create a shape collection and sucessfully use negative space in your paintings? Explore new techniques? Create with energy and momentum? You'll be learning and practicing specific ways doing these things in the workshops.

When:  March 20, 21, 22 and April 17, 18, 19 (three day workshops -Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
To register:You can pay via check, credit card or PayPal.  Payment secures your registration.

Media? Any. Bring your materials. Materials lists are available. Tube watercolor is recommended for ease of learning and handling. These are small workshops - spaces are limited, so if you are interested, please don't delay. Learn to paint more intuitively and spontaneously - with a foundation in good design and proven principles for successful paintings. Join a group of painters engaged in painting freely and expressively from their creative core.

These painting workshops are about learning and adventuring into new territory in a very positive, nurturing and freeing environment. Each day will feature a presentation on a particular aspect of painting and a painting demonstration, followed by participant painting time and individual interaction with the instructor. Featured presentation subject will be at the discretion of the instructor and announced on Monday mornings. Desires of the class will certainly be taken into account.

I look forward to painting with some of you soon. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

March 16, 2014, 1st Annual Steve White Music and Art Festival

March 16, 2014, 1st Annual Steve White Music and Art Festival at the 
Seaside Bazaar in Encinitas, California.  9am to 5pm, Seaside Bazaar in Encinitas, California in historical downtown Encinitas on Highway 101 next to the La Paloma Theater. Free to the public.

Live music onstage all day, open mike, slots open for musicians to play their versions of their favorite Steve White songs, poetry and much more. Steve White Foundation will have their own booth with prints of Steve’s paintings, CDs, Tshirts and hats. Steve played for the community for 20 years.

7pm at the La Paloma Theater will be the screening of the new documentary Steve White Painting the World with Music by Clint Burkett.  It’s an anthology of modern day musician Steve White who lived an adventurous life beginning with his youth in Southeast Asia to touring Europe, Asia and parts of the US as an original musician all his life. Steve wrote hundreds of songs and the soundtrack is filled with his music. Here is a link to the latest trailer

Festival Music Information:  Contact:

Film Information: If you have an interest in helping us spread the word about the film, contact

Artists Booths:  Contact Danny Salzhandler, 760 845-8456
Several booths will be available for artists:  Calling artists to display their artwork. 10'X10' are $55. If you want a booth for yourself or to share let me know by Feb 20. if you are not interested in a Booth but would like to show a few things the Colony will have a common booth for you.

See you there.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Out of this World Art An Exhibition by Walt Thomas at the Rancho San Diego Library

Out of the World, art ever changing by Walt Thomas

Exhibition: February 3 thru 27, 2014. Rancho San Diego Library, 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA. Library hours are. M&W 9:30-6, T&T 9:30-8, F&S 9:30-5, Sun 12-5

For your pleasure, and to encourage thinking "outside of the box." To give everyone an opportunity to express themselves by enjoying and/or acquiring this art. Walt Thomas enjoys teaching in many different media including: watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, collage, drawing, photography, digital art and more. 

Affiliations: Associated Fine Artists (VP Publicity), Digital Art Guild, Photoshop Users Group, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego County Art Mart Association, and Shelter Island Art Association. He has been a member of:  Pueblo Art Guild, Pueblo, CO (Board Member), Pueblo Art Council, Pueblo, CO (Charter & Board Member), Colorado Springs Art Guild, Colorado Springs, CO (President & 1st Vice President), and Foothills Art Center, Golden CO. 

Visit the website below, To contact Walt Thomas please email

Friday, FEB 14, 7:30pm - SMOKE & MIRRORS, Percussion Ensemble Concert at the Encinitas Library

Music By The Sea Concert Series 

Friday, February 14, 7:30pm.   (Truly Fantastic—Not To Be Missed!) 
SMOKE & MIRRORS, Percussion Ensemble at the Encinitas Library.

The five musicians create music as if they were one person using rhythm, pitch, and timbre in a complex manner to create intensely effective performances. While the ensemble has championed the work of percussion masters, they also work with young composers who are just beginning their careers. 

The Smoke & Mirrors Ensemble (SME) was created in the fall of 2009.  The name, Smoke and Mirrors, reflects the aim of our group: to use the simple tools of rhythm, pitch, and timbre in a complex manner to create intensely effective experiences; and, in the process, expand the public’s literacy in the percussion repertoire.

"While we always strive to take the art of percussion forward, we never forget the sheer joy of banging on pots and pans as children.  Our outreach programs encourage children to experience the world of sound first hand, a world that SME also hopes to share with people of all ages." 

They will perform music from their debut and follow-up albums by Steve Reich, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Derek Tywoniuk, and Mark Applebaum.

PLUS:  Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine on the patio overlooking the ocean, at each concert, courtesy of DEMA.

Purchase Tickets: $13  by calling (760) 633-2740, online:, at City Hall and the Community Center, or at the door.   

Monday, February 3, 2014

Digital Initiatives Symposium, hosted by OMA April 9 at the Copley Library, UCSD

Digital Initiatives Symposium, hosted by OMA

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM ,  at the Copley Library at UCSD, San Diego, CA
OMA is hosting their first symposium “Digital Initiatives” at the Copley Library at the University of San Diego is excited to announce the first annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on digital elements of library ecosystems.  The inaugural year will focus on digital initiatives and institutional repositories. With the growing popularity of institutional repositories, libraries are looking for new and increasingly diverse ways to integrate them more fully into library and university systems: as platforms for library publishing, as components of research data management plans, and as part of long-term preservation solutions.

With these new uses come possibilities and questions: How do libraries integrate repositories into workflows? How can new and emerging disciplines and cross-disciplines like digital humanities take advantage of repository services? How can repositories be used for instruction and pedagogy?

The day will feature two panel discussions and a number of concurrent sessions to explore these and other questions about institutional repositories. We welcome participants from all sizes and types of institutions and at all stages of IR development, from those running robust programs to those just exploring the idea of repositories.
The symposium will feature two keynote addresses: Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of the University of Kansas Libraries and Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University.

The day will end with a bepress Digital Commons user group session. This session will be led by bepress and is intended for people already working with Digital Commons and those interested in learning more.
Event Registration $35.00 athttps:/

Info: Danielle Susalla Deery, Director of Marketing/Curator | Oceanside Museum of Art and President or the San Diego Museum Council.  (858) 414-0792 or visit               and

Heart for Healing Reception and Auction, FEB 9 at L Street Fine Art Gallery

You are cordially invited to attend a Hearts for Healing exhibition, reception and auction on Sunday, February 9, 1-4pm at the L Street Fine Art Gallery located at 675 "L" St San Diego, CA 92101, (across from entrance to the OMNI Hotel) featuring more than 80 heartfelt artworks created by students from R, Roger Rowe Middle School at Rancho Santa Fe, under the direction of Gerrit Greve.

In 2003 Greve was the driving force in establishing the Arts for Healing Program on the Encinitas campus of Scripps Hospital, and later expanded the program to include additional hospitals and medical clinics with his “Hearts for Healing” programs.

As founder and director of the Hearts for Healing Foundation, a nonprofit community outreach now in its sixth year, Greve shares with youth the healing power of art.
With the help of personally trained assistants, Greve works with youth in local schools and community centers not only to impart artistic skills, but also to explore students’ self-expression and ability to communicate feelings through art. Greve describes Hearts for Healing students, “They are excited about how their work will help others; how they are going to be giving up their artwork and this is a unique concept for kids. They are doing something in order to give it away. Not only that, but they are creating something in order to make someone else feel good."

As a result, participating students gain a sense of empowerment by making a difference in people’s lives and in the enhancement of the community and healing environments.

Works of Cardiff artist Gerrit Greve  who has been well regarded throughout the San Diego area for more than four decades, selections from Greve’s Water Series will be on display at L Street Fine Art through February 2014.

To attend, please RSVP or

Kay Colvin is Director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Art Show and Auction with Deeba Van Overberghe in Carlsbad February 13th

Deeba Van Overberghe presents: TRANCENDENCE an Art Show and Auction.

February 13th, from 5-7:30pm in the Premier Jet Complex, 2100 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. The International Artist will be presenting her latest acrylic paintings in this can’t miss art show and auction. 

The evening will begin with silent bidding from 5-7pm, and presentation of the paintings to the highest bidders will take place at 7:30pm. 

Daughter of an artist, Deeba grew up with the benefit of art in her home (Minneapolis, Minnesota).  Deeba participated in a two-year commercial art program at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis as well as a Liberal Arts program at the University of Minnesota.

In 2011, Deeba’s commissions took her on an international adventure to Jakarta, Indonesia where her brilliance in both decorative painting and fine art enabled her to contribute to the beauty of a 67,000 square foot mansion.   In continuation of her prestigious work accomplished overseas, Deeba has returned home and is excited to present her new collections in this show.  Later this year she will be exhibiting a collection of paintings in Shenzhen, China. Visit this very talented and innovative artist at the TRANCENDENCE Exhibit.

2014 San Diego County Open Juried Exhibition - Front Porch Gallery


Front Porch Gallery, a non-profit gallery in Carlsbad will be holding its annual juried exhibition and invites artists to participate. Exhibition: May 25-July 12, 2014. Opening Reception with live music and hors d’oeuvres:May 25, 2014, noon-2pm

Awards1st: $350, 2nd: $200, 3rd: $100, $35 each for 3 Honorable Mentions.  Jurors are: Steven Nossan, Gallery Director and Julie Weaverling, Assistant Gallery Director

Eligibility: Open to all artists18 years of age and older living or working in San Diego County.  Deadline: April 25, 2014.  All 2D and 3D media except film, video, or installation. Artwork must have been created within past 3 years. Artwork must be original and not previously exhibited at Front Porch Gallery. Size of work limited to 40” on longest side, including frame. For this exhibition we are looking for artwork that includes all themes of expression. Artwork must be for sale. Gallery retains 40% commission on sales

Submission Process: All entries will be submitted electronically at  Format images in TIFF, BMP, JPG, or PNG, no less than 800 pixels long.  For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  A tutorial on how to submit is available on the How OJS Works page. Directions on how to photograph your work and properly size images can be found on the Help page.  Don’t worry, it’s easy!

Entry Fee: $35 for 3 entries.  After you’ve submitted, continue to checkout, pay through PayPal or with a credit card, and receive your receipt., SELECTION NOTIFICATION May 3, 2014 by email.  Award winners are announced at the Opening Reception.

Please also visit our blog for a list of all Accepted Artists at  The Gallery is located at 2903 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 92008.