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November art events, gallery + exhibit openings

Art events in November around San Diego include “Viva Frida,” Best of FIG, “Pigments of Imagination,” C-NOTE Pop-Up Art Sale and more.

11.1-30: ‘Viva Frida’

In time to honor the late, great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, artist June Rubin presents her month-long “Viva Frida” exhibition with her own interpretations of Kahlo’s pieces, including “Frida Contemplates Death” as an acrylic version titled “Frida Contemplates Life” with a sprout growing from the famed artist’s forehead, instead of the original skull and cross bones.

June Rubin Studio/Gallery, Liberty Station, junerubin.com

A photo of Frida Contemplating Life by June Rubin
Frida Contemplating Life by June Rubin
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11.2-12.1: ‘Straight Tank Swallow’

La Mesa artist Weston Riffle calls himself an “anti-artist” and focuses his paintings on the beauty and culture of Southern California and its agricultural areas, highlighting the struggles of the individual against unknown, outside forces.

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Poway Center for Performing Arts, Poway, powaycenter.com

A photo of a painting by Weston Riffle
Painting by Weston Riffle

11.2-12.20: Best of FIG—Feminist Image Group

Feminist Image Group (FIG) is a collective of artists coming together to promote a point of view that’s inclusive. It brings worldviews of all voices into its exhibitions, including this latest one, featuring members’ best works.

The Studio Door, Hillcrest, thestudiodoor.com

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A photo of Feminist AF by Kathleen Mitchell
Feminist AF by Kathleen Mitchell

11.2-2.2.20: ‘Array 2019'

Sonya Sparks, gallery owner and chief curator, selects her favorite works from local artists, who will be revealed on opening night. It’s a chance to see never-before shown works, as well as pieces by San Diego favorites.

Sparks Gallery, downtown, sparksgallery.com

11.9-10: San Diego Potters’ Guild 2019 Fall Show

Meet the members of the San Diego Potters’ Guild and get up close to the work they’ve created in their studios. Find holiday gifts (or just something special for yourself) while also learning about their creative process.

Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, spanishvillageart.com

A photo of Side-Fired Jar by Allen Reed
Side-Fired Jar by Allen Reed

11.9-12.7: ‘Pigments of Imagination’

Artists Heather McKey and Virginie Mazureau bring all new works to their Pigments of Imagination exhibition, with traditional acrylic paintings of imaginary birdlife and sea creatures from McKey, and pigments, acrylics, pastels, and collages to create pictorial boards from Mazureau.

Distinction Gallery, Escondido, distinctionart.com

A photo of L’échappée Belle - The Great Escape by Virginie Mazureau
L’échappée Belle - The Great Escape by Virginie Mazureau
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11.9-12.28: ‘Jean Kazandjian: Echoes’

This retrospective features 80 pieces of French-American artist Jean Kazandjian’s work, created between 1991 and 2019. Raised with Armenian traditions, Kazandjian’s global upbringing results in work that’s thoughtful and multilayered.

Meyer Fine Art Inc., Little Italy, meyerfineartinc.com

A photo of Woman at her Bath by Jean Kazandjan
Woman at her Bath by Jean Kazandjan

11.16: Conception Art Show

This art show connects collectors and investors with emerging artists, with more than 20 of San Diego’s best displaying and selling their paintings, photography, sculptures and more.

Conception Arts, Embarcadero, conceptionarts.com

11.16-17: C-NOTE Pop-Up Art Sale

A panel of jurors select more than 300 unique pieces by working artists from Tijuana and San Diego that are sold for $100, $200 and $300 each. It’s a favorite pop-up art sale for budding and adventurous collectors.

San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park, sandiego-art.org

A photo of Untitled by Alex Kohnke
Untitled by Alex Kohnke

11.21-3.15.2020: ‘Mexico Quiero Conocerte: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide and Manuel Alvarez Bravo’

Famed Mexican photographers Graciela Iturbide and Manuel Alvarez Bravo used their cameras to capture the beauty of their country, culture, and people in a way that deliberately departed from the dominant and foreign Eurocentric imagery of Mexico.

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Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, downtown, mcasd.org

A photo of Cayo del cielo, Chalma, 1989 by Graciela Iturbide
Cayo del cielo, Chalma, 1989 by Graciela Iturbide

11.30-3.1.2020: ‘Nick Roth: Fates’

This three-panel animation installation by multimedia artist Nick Roth uses the classical mythology of the three Fates to illustrate how tumultuous human life is and the struggle to accept one’s mortality.

San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, sdmart.org

A photo of still frame of middle panel from media installation by Nick Roth
Still frame of middle panel from media installation by Nick Roth

Through 11.15: ‘Zac Monday: A Ways Away’

Artist Zac Monday uses crochet costumes and drawings in performances that push the viewer and performer to interact, guiding viewers through art and mundane spaces using textile touch.

UC San Diego Visual Arts Gallery, La Jolla, visarts.ucsd.edu

A photo of 3 Blind Fates by Zac Monday
3 Blind Fates by Zac Monday


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