Art beat: November gallery and exhibit openings


Gallery and exhibit openings in San Diego during the month of November include “12th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition” at the Museum of Photographic Arts, “Exhibition: Wanderlust / A Group Show” at Sparks Gallery and “Fall 2017 Student Exhibition” at San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery.

11.3-1.28.2018: “Beauty or Torture: Society’s Demand of Perfection Examined”

Revisit extreme techniques used to achieve standards of beauty for women through the ages.

Women’s Museum of California: 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 103, Liberty Station, 619.233.7963,

11.4-12.30: “Exhibition: Wanderlust / A Group Show”

In an effort to capture the essence of traveling and the perfect, final image to take home from those experiences, 13 artists display works that feature locations from all over the world.

Sparks Gallery: 530 Sixth Ave., downtown, 619.696.1416,

11.4-2.27.2018: “12th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition”

Local students from kindergarten through 12th grade creatively interpret this year’s theme, “Boundaries,” in photography and video.

Museum of Photographic Arts: 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559,

11.6-11: “Mano A Mano”

Artists Jose Hugo Sanchez and Hugo Crosthwaite engage in an artistic “wrestling match” during this mural-as-performance, addressing the issues faced by people living on both sides of our border, and ending with a mural on the walls of the gallery.

San Diego Art Institute: 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.236.0011,

11.10-12.30: “The Figure”

Artist John Asaro is known for his depictions of the human body, and this exhibition features 40 to 50 pieces featuring ballet dancers, scenes from the “Spartacus Ballet,” and a special Amy Winehouse collection.

Meyer Fine Art, Inc.: 2400 Kettner Blvd., Ste. 104, Little Italy, 619.358.9512,

11.11-12.2: “If Our Days Won’t Last”

With a combination of oil paintings and sculptures, this exhibition features the work of 21 artists from all over the world (a number of whom will be at the opening from 6 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 11).

Distinction Gallery: 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760.707.2770,

11.11-12.3: “Alchemy Handcrafted Illustrations”

In the evolution of illustrations that move beyond the two-dimensional, this selection of artists specializes in using a variety of media for these works of art, including wire, paper, wood and string.

Thumbprint Gallery: 920 Kline St., La Jolla, 858.354.6294,

11.11-1.11.2018:”Hunt Slonem: In Two Worlds”

With a unique feel for color and texture, famed artist Hunt Slonem’s solo exhibition is a celebration of nature as he compares his paintings to meditations or visual mantras.

Madison Gallery: 1055 Wall St., Ste. 100, La Jolla, 858.459.0836,

11.16-30: “Gallery 23 - Artists J. Voss and Shinja Scheidnes”

Artist J. Voss uses oil, pastel, multimedia and pencil to create interesting interpretations of animals and landscapes, while artist Shinja Scheidnes uses brushwork based in East Asia on rice paper in watercolors and mixed media.

Spanish Village Art Center: 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, 619.233.9050,

11.17-1.28.2018: “Spaces From Yesterday”

Collaborating with her art students, who were inmates at San Quentin State Prison, artist Amy M. Ho created pieces that represent significant places in each inmate’s life before they were incarcerated.

SDSU Downtown Gallery: 725 W. Broadway, downtown, 619.501.6370,

11.18-10.2018: “Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage”

Get a rare peek into all the specimens the museum keeps in storage, many of which have never been in public view.

San Diego Natural History Museum: 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821,

11.30-12.12: “Fall 2017 Student Exhibition”

More than 100 works of art in a variety of media are on exhibit at the end of this month, and all of them created by students in the school’s studio art classes.

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery: 7250 Mesa College Dr., D104, Clairemont Mesa, 619.388.2829,