Art Beat

By Amy T. Granite


“James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)”
@ Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
1100 Kettner Blvd., Downtown

In 2012, James Drake, a 40-year art world vet, challenged himself to create a drawing every day. He kept it up and completed 1,242 images. From nature scenes to portraits and the human anatomy, some of Drake’s drawings are instant and simple; others are more elaborate, using ink, charcoal, pencil, stencils and collage effects.


“Why the Long Face”
@ Visual
3776 30th St., North Park

Eric Wixon is known for painting expressive faces. In his new series, lines atop loose, abstract spray-paint markings swirl into emotions stemming from excitement and adventure. A variety of works on paper and limited edition hats will be on display and for sale at the opening reception on Saturday, July 12, 6 to 10 p.m.


“Art in Bloom”
@ Spanish Village Art Center
1770 Village Place, Balboa Park

Spanish Village Art Center and the San Diego Floral Association present this annual event that displays works of art alongside their floral interpretations. Meet the artists and floral designers, take part in a silent auction and enjoy entertainment and refreshments during the three-day special engagement.


“Wonka Gallery and Paranoia Magazine Present: Paranoia, Mind Control and the Art of Suggestion”
@ Wonka Gallery
1150 Seventh Ave., Downtown

Known for spotlighting weird art, Wonka Gallery is teaming up with Paranoia Magazine to present a group show featuring artwork with subject matters including the illuminati, area 51, JFK’s assassination and 9/11. Local artists Bret Barrett and Sean Brannan are among the lineup. Opening receptions take place July 18 and 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. both nights.
7/19: “Meet the Masters”
@ The Centre
1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido

To kickoff its Summer Series - monthly events highlighting masters of art, fashion and wine making - The Centre presents the art of Stephen Fishwick, who will lead an art lesson on July 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. Each event spotlights a different local expert from whom guests can learn techniques of their trade.
7/26-11/23: “Quilt National”
@ Oceanside Museum of Art
740 Pier View Way, Oceanside

Nearly 30 artists from seven countries will demonstrate various quilting techniques, some of which employ painting and photography. Fiber artists have participated in this juried event since 1979. Opening reception: August 1, 6 to 9 p.m.


“A Dirty Filthy Show”
@ La Bodega Gallery and Studios
2196 Logan Ave., Logan Heights

Individually, each artist in this show is known for turning heads. Together, they’re sure to reveal an eye-popping exhibit. Wire sculptor Spenser Little will show a slew of lewd pieces, twisted by pliers and his imagination. Opening reception: July 30, 6 to 10 p.m.