Art beat: August gallery and exhibit openings

Gallery and exhibit openings in San Diego during the month of August include Rockin’ BlueDog and Pony Show 2018Jane Booth ‘Narratives’ and Leela — Portrait of a Woman in a Green Dress

8.1-31: Nonie Cruzado

Artist Nonie Cruzado grew up humbly and took nothing for granted, including the scrap pieces of paper he graced with his doodles. His work still reflects the experiences of his life “like a diary where one put his/her reflections.”

Thumbprint Gallery, 920 Kline St., La Jolla, 858.354.6294, thumbprintgallerysd.com 

8.3: Rockin’ Blue

It’s all about the blue in this exhibit — from a blue San Diego sky with a fuchsia-colored flower to watercolor blue trees to a Jimi Hendrix-inspired Kiss the Sky photograph.

June Rubin Studio/Gallery, 2690 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 214, Liberty Station, 858.229.4571, junerubin.com 

8.3-26: Tarot: The Fool’s Journey Through Life

Take this visual art, tarot card journey through life, starting with the innocence of The Fool through the finality of complete knowledge with The Universe.

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

8.4-25: Dog and Pony Show 2018

An exhibit celebrating the animals — dogs, ponies, cats, birds and everything in between — that make for furry (or scaly) companions through life.

Brandon Gallery, 105 Main Ave., Fallbrook, 760.723.1330, fallbrookbrandongallery.org 

8.4-9.4: Jane Booth ‘Narratives’

Kansas City-based artist Jane Booth uses large pieces of canvas, pouring and pushing paint by hand, creating works for this series that “narrates” the experience of humanity.

Madison Galleries, 320 S. Cedros Ave., Ste. 200, Solana Beach, 858.459.0836, madisongalleries.com 

8.4-10.7: Exhibition: Richard Becker—Float / A Solo Show

A cochlear implant allowed artist Richard Becker to hear again, so Float is a shift away from the artist’s usual bronze sculptures and stainless steel monuments, reflecting a more recent fascination with lighter works and the beauty of water and clouds.

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

8.10-25: 8th Annual Immortalized: Flamin’ Bettys

Featured artists from California and Florida create works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media and photography, with the pieces available via auction to benefit the Palomar College scholarship fund in honor of Charles “Chuck” Leslie Walker.

Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760.781.5779, distinctionart.com 

8.17-19: Artist-in-residence: Flavia D’Urso

Artist Flavia D’Urso creates objects and images that focus on non-normative bodies — particularly the queer, female body — and will present works created on site.

San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.236.0011, sandiego-art.org

Through Sept. 16: Leela — Portrait of a Woman in a Green Dress

Meet “Leela,” a three-dimensional work in paper created by artist Bhavna Mehta, who was inspired by Bartolomeo Veneto’s sculptural work Portrait of a Lady.

Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.5548, timkenmuseum.org

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