Art beat: December gallery and exhibit openings


Art shows opening this month around San Diego County include “Sandow Birk: Depravities & Monuments” at the SDSU Downtown Gallery, “2016 Doggone Art Show” at the Spanish Village Art Center and “Aglow with Color” from the San Diego Watercolor Society?.

12.1-13 “Fall 2016 Student Exhibition”

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery
7250 Mesa College Drive, D101, Clairemont Mesa

More than 100 original pieces of student artwork - jewelry, ceramics, glass and works on paper - will be on display and available for purchase.

12.2 “Sandow Birk: Depravities & Monuments”

SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway, downtown

An exhibition of Los Angeles visual artist Sandow Birk’s work will feature woodcut prints that critique the war in Iraq and its effects.

12.2-30 “Aglow with Color”

San Diego Watercolor Society
2825 Dewey Road, Bldg. 202, Liberty Station

The Watercolor Society’s members celebrate the craft of water-based painting with this showcase of nearly 100 original paintings.

12.2-1.29 “Women on the Water”

Women’s Museum of California
2730 Historic Decatur Road, St. 103, Liberty Station

Learn about the history of women who’ve sailed, rowed and become competitors in the nation’s waterways - from local women who loved the water as girls to the founding of one of the oldest women’s rowing clubs in the United States.

12.10-2.5 “The Principles of Nature”

Madison Gallery
1055 Wall St., St. 100, La Jolla
South Korean artist Jaehyo Lee’s second solo exhibition will showcase his nature-inspired work, which explores the boundaries between contemporary art and design.

12.17-3.5 “Trinh Mai: Lifeline”

Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way, Oceanside

The Orange County-based artist’s personal memories propel the narrative for her work, done in charcoal, gouache, mixed media and stitching.

12.17-4.9 “Dan Mccleary, Etchings and Studies: Taller De Grabado Oaxaca 2000-2016”

Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way, Oceanside

For the past 16 years, Dan McCleary’s annual trips to Oaxaca, Mexico, have resulted in etchings of sugar skulls and portraits of men, women and flowers - all of which are included in this exhibit along with first-draft drawings of the final works.

12.17-4.30 “Alexia Markarian: Desire Is Never Enough”

Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way, Oceanside

Born and raised in New York, artist Alexia Markarian is known for “challenging and often confrontational” artwork - painting, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media - that uses everyday materials in unconventional ways.

12.21-1.2 “2016 Doggone Art Show”

Spanish Village Art Center, Gallery 21
1770 Village Place, Balboa Park

Dogs of all kinds, domestic and wild, come to life in two- and three-dimensional art in various media.