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April's museum and gallery openings

By Amy T. Granite

“Seachange” by Casey Weldon

4/2-10: “Measured Twice ”
Space 4 Art
325 15th St., East Village
619.269.7230, sdspace4art.org
Seven of SDSU’s Furniture Design and Woodworking program graduate students will take over Space 4 Art to show off their crafty wares. Viewers will question the difference, if there is one, between art and design.“Thought Forms” by Bridget Roundtree

4/9-5/3: “Subnatural” by Casey Weldon
Distinction Gallery/Art Hatch
317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido
760.707.2770, distinctionart.com
Casey Weldon’s paintings look as though they’re pages from a melancholy fairytale book. The work has a surreal, dark-fantasy quality, sprinkled with nostalgia in the form of Weldon’s iconic imagery. Meet the Southern California-born artist at the opening reception (6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 12).

4/12-5/3: “Valuable Content” by Bridget Roundtree
Helmuth Projects
1827 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill
619.265.6842, helmuth-projects.com
Bridget Roundtree is a fellow of San Diego’s Creative Catalyst program, which awards professional artists grant funding for their existing or new projects. For her solo show, she uses found objects to express how ideas and images from art and history have created certain social hierarchies. Meet the artist May 3 at Helmuth Projects.

4/12-5/31: “Luft Gesheften: The Value of War” by Kim MacConnel
Quint Contemporary Art
7547 Girard Ave., La JollaUntitled work by Joey Vaiasuso
858.454.3409, quintgallery.com
The primary-colored artwork hanging in Top Chef Richard Blais’ new Little Italy restaurant Juniper & Ivy originated from the hands of Kim MacConnel. For his ninth solo exhibition at Quint, MacConnel will show his mixed-media works from the early 80s and mid-2000s that speak to the idea of war being “air business,” a translation of the show’s Yiddish title.

4/12-5/31: “Joey Vaiasuso: Recent Sculpture”
Scott White Contemporary Art
7655 Girard Ave., #101, La Jolla
858.255.8574, scottwhiteart.com
San Diego native Joey Vaiasuso is a minimalist sculptor whose recent work plays with shapes and lines and the negative spaces they create. In his show at Scott White, Vaiasuso is showing his dramatic outdoor sculptures, as well as tabletop maquettes, to-scale models of his work.

4/12-8/3: “DNA of Creativity”
Oceanside Museum of Art
701 Pier View Way, Oceanside
760.435.3720, oma-online.org “Photoscopia” by Vickie Leon
This exhibition connects 40 artists, scientists and educators to tackle initiatives ranging from launching an art-finder mobile app to increasing awareness about plastic pollution. Conceived by the San Diego Visual Arts Network in 2011, the program has received $30,000 in grant funding. “DNA of Creativity” debuts during OMA’s “Mega Exhibition Reception,” which celebrates five concurrent shows happening at the museum.

4/25-5/25: “Everything Makes a Sound” by Anna Zappoli
L ow Gallery
3778 30th St., North Park
619.348.5517, lowgallerysd.com
Experience the raw energy in Anna Zappoli’s gestural paintings comprising only black paint and white canvas. In addition to her abstract works, Zappoli will show her soulful figurative pieces. Both genres will be accompanied by poetry, which Zappoli writes.

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