Art Beat


By Michael Benninger

3/14-4/4 “In Vogue” by Scott Rohlfs
Distinction Gallery,
317 E Grand Ave., Escondido
High fashion and pop culture collide in Scott Rohlfs’ most recent works, depicting alluring women who were inspired by real and surreal imagery originating from the artist’s experiences and influences.

2/26-3/23: Vicki Walsh
Lux Art Institute
1550 S El Camino Real, Encinitas
This gifted oil painter - and seasoned forensic medical illustrator - shows off her newest series of emotive faces.

2/28-4/19: “So Many Hours in the Day “ by Michelle Montjoy
Art + Produce
3139 University Ave., North Park
Using a continuous thread made of cut-up t-shirts sourced from thrift shops and friends, this artist’s interactive sewing station invites visitors to sit and knit at an enormous tabletop loom.

3/10-4/25: “Gone but Not Forgotten” by Clay Walker
Meyer Fine Art 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy
A pal of Picasso and a contemporary of Warhol, Rothko and Pollock, this abstract expressionist spent the last four decades of his life in North County San Diego, although his work has rarely been displayed since the ‘60s.

3/5-6/28: “Gravity and Grace” by El Anat Sui
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
1100 Kettner Blvd., Downtown
Drawing inspiration from the staggering mountains of trash he witnessed in West Africa, world-renowned artist El Anatsui created his most recent exhibition, 11 enormous sculptures composed of discarded objects, which challenge the viewer to question the art’s origin

3/22-5/3: “Art in Nature: Legacy of the Land”
California Center for the Arts
340 N Escondido Blvd., Escondido
This exhibition and sale - sponsored by the Plein-air Painters of America (PAPA), an organization of artists committed to painting from first-hand observation - showcases 120-plus paintings created by 20 PAPA members.

3/27-5/3: San Diego Art Prize Show
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall St., La Jolla
Committed to the concept that visual arts are an essential aspect of any modern metropolis, the San Diego Visual Arts Network presents this show that pairs established artists with emerging ones, the latter of whom receive cash prizes and the opportunity to exhibit elsewhere.

3/28-6/30: “Divine Desire: Printmaking, Mythology and the Birth of the Baroque”
The San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
Gods and goddesses of Greek and Roman mythology served as muses for this show’s more than 70 exquisite engravings, all of which were produced in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries.

3/28-8/4: “Photographs” by Lalla Essaydi
The San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Neighborhood
Ten meticulously composed large-scale photos serve as this Moroccan artist’s commentary on the role of women in Arab culture and western European art.