Art Beat

By Michael Benninger

4/24-26 Art Alive 2015
San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
619.232.7931, sdmart.org
This 34th annual event challenges 100 floral designers to create arrangements that breathe new life into SDMA's permanent collection during a three-day celebration that also commemorates Balboa Park's centennial.

4/3-24: "Scratch That " by Lauren LeVieux
NTC Promenade
2750 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 15, Studio 203, Liberty Station
619.573.9300, ntcfoundation.org
Through a series of recent oil paintings and mixed-media works, this Carlsbad-based artist explores the visual possibility of starting over as she opens her studio.

4/3-24: "Faces of the Forgotten" by Derek Slevin
Outside the Lens Media Lab
2750 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 15, Studio 103, Liberty Station
858.349.7578, outsidethelens.org
This local artist spent four years traveling around the country, photographing homeless people to create the gritty, graphic portraits featured in this show.

4/4-5/30: Ebony G. Patterson
Lux Art Institute
1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas
760.436.6611, luxartinstitute.org
This Jamaican artist uses a variety of materials to express how dancehall music in her native country influenced the nation's perception of masculinity.

4/5-5/15: "50 To Watch"
The Studio Door
3750 30th St., North Park
619.255.4920, thestudiodoor.com
Celebrating and helping to create America's Finest contemporary art scene, a group of local artists plan to take their show on the road - to galleries nationwide - after this debut of their collaborative exhibition.

4/11-5/2: "The Nightmare in Wonderland Project Part II"
ArtHatch
317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido
760.781.5779, arthatch.org
Italian artist Ixie Darkonn presents a group exhibition by many of the world's celebrated pop-surrealist artists, whose work in this show pays tribute to filmmaker Tim Burton and the beautiful nightmares he created for the big screen.

4/11-5/3: "Sideshow Creatures" by Tyra Leffert and Zynada Aurelio
Thumbprint Gallery
920 Kline St., La Jolla
858.354.6294, thumbprintgallerysd.com
An emerging painter teams with a sculptor to present subjects that range from dark and whimsical to colorful and fantastical.

4/11-5/5: Kelly Vivanco
obrArchitecture
3817 Ray St., North Park
619.564.7586, obrarchitecture.com
A native of Southern California, surrealistic painter Kelly Vivanco derives inspiration from her natural and imagined surroundings, vintage photographs and literature she was exposed to as a child.

4/18-7/5: Four New Exhibitions
Visions Art Museum
2825 Dewey Rd., Ste. 100, Liberty Station
619.546.4872, visionsartmuseum.org
Experience a quartet of new exhibitions by abstract artists, a wife-and- husband duo and other stitch-savvy seam-fiends at San Diego's museum of contemporary quilts and textiles.

4/18-7/26: "100 Artists: 100 Years"
Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way, Oceanside
760.435.3720, oma-online.org
Featuring works by 100 artists who spent time living and working in San Diego during the last century, this show spotlights Plein Air painters, contemporary masters and other sculptors, architects, photographers and furniture makers.

4/18-8/16: "Self-Taught Genius"
Mingei International Museum
1439 El Prado, Balboa Park
619.239.0003, mingei.org
See 100 pieces from the American Folk Art Museum's collection of needlework, ceramics, carved figures and other art forms ranging from the 1700s to today.

4/11-5/26: "Young Art 2015"
San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
619.232.7931, sdmart.org
This 80th annual exhibition of works by San Diego County students investigates the intertwining worlds of art and music.

4/28-7/28: "Artistic Melodies"
Inspirations Gallery
2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 202, Liberty Station
619.255.9483, inspirationsgallerysd.com
Local artists show works inspired by their favorite musicians, songs and ditties.

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