With only a little diligence, or by simply looking at the Current page at Art Guide San Diego (hint), you can find something new and fun that is visual art related every weekend, and sometimes almost every day, in San Diego county. There are the exhibitions that are in established spaces like museums and galleries, but there are other shows that are in unexpected spaces. Some have become fairly established and run for weeks and there are others that run for a short time, like a day or a weekend. You can find these in borrowed spaces, like restaurants, empty retail spaces and maybe even a house. Here are some of those show from the last couple of weeks in October.
Monsters and Villains: Art Auction and Raffle for Mama’s Kitchen, October 15, 2106
This fundraiser for Mama’s Kitchen, presented by the Free Art Foundation, at Archer Brewery in Miramar was a costume-filled extravaganza with art of monsters of all types, from the cute to bizarre. Art from Dan MacIsaac, Nathan Owens, Mel T., Ruben Rosas and many others were represented. There were some tasteful pieces here, and something for all the different collectors of ghoulish delights.
The Wall Art Show, October 15, 2016
The Wall was a fine art photography art show in La Mesa with five different photographers showing their talent: Joseph Mustin, Robert Blume, Kiera Kussman, David Persall and Jorge Ibarra. The images raged from architecture to macro and expressively beautiful abstracts to halloween-themed fiendishly fun portraits. This once a month event is in its infancy and we look forward to more. The venue is a little hidden, but well worth the effort to find. Next month looks to feature even more photographers, so keep an eye out for this one.
Life’s Little Pleasures, October 19, 2016 – November 14, 2016
If you have the patience to sit in one place for a while and take in the beauty of a spot then you will definitely appreciate the art of Kimberly Whiting, who captures these moments perfectly in her first solo show at Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream in North Park, presented by Art by Kami.. Each frame as a reference for someone who would like to live on the beach and taking clients solitary time.thoughtful peaceful combing are the pallet of these photos. There is the sense that all is right with the world, and just enjoy life’s little pleasures.
Off-the-wall, October 19, 2016 – November 14, 2016
The shows at Mike Hess Brewery in North Park, another presented by Art by Kami, always have a great variety of art ranging from artists breaking out to established veterans. In this show artists ran with the theme of “off-the-wall” and presented us with some great new work. Imagination, inventiveness and beauty filled this exhibition. There were expressive abstracts, beautiful and sometimes haunting surrealism, and even a red deconstructed spray paint can moose head. Lots of good art, all for sale. Artists included were Charlie Harding, Ian Wiggins, Chris Conroe, Optimus Volts, Carolina Seth, Sandee Bass, Ally Miles, Elysia and more.
Spooktacular, October 20, 2016 – November 13, 2016
Hammons Ice cream in Pacific Beach, another Art by Kami exhibition was home to a frightening display of art, and I mean that in a good way. The artist were able to show us quite a range of their interpretation of spooky, with some that were downright scary while others took the lighthearted side of the theme. Edgar Allan Poe’s the raven made an appearance and so did a mash up of Frankenstein and Dracula, which was very entertaining. Featured artists included Paul Vargas, Bama Art, Adam Nichol, Ann Gallagher, Brooke Snyder, Carina Graham, Heather Barrons, Elysia Ellertson, Paul Naylor, Deana Freeman, Paul Koester, Samantha Leith, Darren Gideon and Jumi Park
Just Between Us – Pop up Art Show, October 21-22, 2016
I just happened to be looking in the reader and saw that there was a pop up art exhibit at a residence in Normal Heights. I was curious and went to see what it was all about. What I found was an impressive art gallery set up in the the living room, dining room, hallway and a bedroom. It was all was very enjoyable and intriguing. This was an interesting concept and I’m hoping to find that they wet this up again. If they do, I wll be there. Artists included Ry Beloin, Meegan Nolan, Trace Mendoza, Gloria Rivera, Laurie Nasica and more.
Viz (Oc)Cult Group Art Show, October 25, 2016
Chills were served up at Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar in Downtown San Diego at a show put on by Viz Cult, which, as the name suggests, had an occult theme (it was that time of the year, after all). More great local talent on display. The range of talent was impressive as it was diverse. There was even a kinetic sculpture by Bret Barrett that was pretty fun. Artists included Elysia, Paul Naylor, Paul Koester, and more.
All in all it was a great two weeks of finding new art in unusual places around the county. Keep an eye out on our website under Current and Upcoming Events to learn where the next of these surprising urban and unusual gallery locations will be showing work.