Art beat: January gallery and exhibit openings

Art shows opening this month around San Diego County include an “Art-a-Thon” at Distinction Gallery in Escondido, ?"Sandy Swirnoff: Knotted Fiber Jewelry” at the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park and “42nd Annual Small Image Show” at the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park.

Through Jan. 29: “Winter Show”

Celebrate the chill and slumber of the season with a selection of works that reflect it, like “Pine Needles in Snow,” a finger painting by Iris Scott.

Adelman Fine Art, 1980 Kettner Blvd., Ste. 40, Little Italy , 619.354.5969,

1.6-2.9: “4 UP”

Four local artists - Sherry Krulle-Beaton, Jackson Thilenius, Patrick Brown and Nancy Plank - showcase their work in this invitational exhibition.

The Studio Door, 3750 30th St., North Park, 619.255.4920,

1.7-1.8: “Art-A-Thon”

Distinction Art and ArtHatch team up to present the sixth annual Art-A-Thon, where 25 local teen program artists join together to create artwork for 24 hours straight. Watch the marathon artists live in person or online via Ustream.

Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760-707-2770,

1.7-2.11: “Over the Moon: A Collaborative Project Created by San Diego Book Arts Members”

A series of haiku poems inspired this collaborative project featuring the work of 40 members of San Diego Book Arts, which a group of book artists formed in 1996.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.5872,

1.7-2.11: “Delri Romero: Small Works on Paper and Books”

Delri Romero, a “master printmaker” who lives in Mexico City, presents this series of his paintings, prints and drawings.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.5872,

1.7-3.5: “Southern CA Sculpture / A Group Show”

The National Sculpture Society hand-picked the works for this exhibition, which features 23 Southern California sculptors. Read more about the opening event here and more about the featured artists here.

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

1.14-2.4: “WOOD: A Furniture Show VIII”

Furniture makers from all over Southern California showcase contemporary, traditional and art furniture in this exhibition, presented in partnership with the San Diego Fine Woodworking Association.

Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760.480.4101,

1.14-2.26: “Cowboys and Vaqueros: Legends of the American West”

Rediscover the wildness of the West in this collection of paintings and objects, which explore the regional history of Native American, Mexican and cowboy traditions and culture.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 760.839.4125,

1.14-6.4: “Sandy Swirnoff: Knotted Fiber Jewelry”

Using a type of free-form macramé, Sandy Swirnoff combines antique glass shards with beads to create necklaces and bracelets.

Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0003,

1.23-2.26: “42nd Annual Small Image Show”

This juried show challenges artists to produce work in a variety of media, including photography, painting and sculpture. There’s one catch: submissions must measure 10 inches by 10 inches.

Gallery 21 of the Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, 619.233.9050,

1.26: “Ren Renfa’s Bird-and-Flower Painting in the Context of the Yuan Era (1297-1368) and Beyond”

A museum lecture focuses on the hydraulic engineer and high official in the Mongol Yuan court who created several important paintings during his life.

San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931,