Art beat: May gallery and exhibit openings


Gallery and exhibit openings in San Diego during the month of May include 3•UP: Special Edition, Ode to Frida and CONNECTIONS: Juried Art Show.

5.3-16: Spring 2018 Student Art Exhibition and Art Sale

Students in Mesa College’s studio art classes have created more than 100 works in various media, including original art and handmade jewelry, ceramics, glass and works on paper.

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery, 7250 Mesa College Dr., Ste. D-101, Clairemont Mesa, 619.388.2829,

5.4-27: 3•UP: Special Edition

The spring edition of this popular exhibition features the works of artists Eleanor Bell, Czarina Scolari-Ortiz and Benjamin Dehart.

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

5.4: Ode to Frida

Artist June Rubin celebrates Frida Kahlo through various watercolor paintings of the famed Mexican artist in her difficult marriage, and another in relation to Dia de los Muertos, with Kahlo in a colorful dress with a monkey and a paintbrush.

June Rubin Studio/Gallery, 2690 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 214, Barracks 19 (upstairs), Liberty Station, 858.229.4571,

5.4-7.1: The Big White Dress: Evolving Traditions of the American Wedding

See the evolving styles of American wedding dresses from the 1860s to the present, with a display of 12 dresses from varying decades.

Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 103, Liberty Station, 619.233.7963,

5.5-6: 25th Annual “Reflections of Nature” Exhibition and Sale

This annual showcase of wildlife art and landscapes features artwork in oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pastels, scratch board, photography and bronze in multiple styles.

Fallbrook Art Center, 103 S. Main Ave., Fallbrook, 760.728.1414,

5.12-13: Art Glass Guild Show & Patio Sale

More than 30 juried, local glass artists will display their work using various techniques, including blown, fused, torch, stained, cast, etched and mosaic art glass, as part of the Art Glass Guild’s nonprofit work to support local glass artists.

Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, 619.233.9050,

5.12-6.2: Michael Manares “Depth and Dimension”

Self-taught artist Michael Manares traded in his electrical and engineering work for the visual art talent that he’d unlocked when he was 5, building images with computer software, using stencils on canvas and using multiple layers of resin, ink, dye and pigment to complete his pieces.

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

5.19-8.19: Student Craft: Form and Function

This biennial, juried exhibition features work created by local high school students over the past school year, making beautiful art with a functional purpose.

Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0003,

5.20-6.17: Seventh Annual Fallbrook Art Center’s Artist Guild Show Exhibition

More than 90 works of art in a variety of media are on display, including paintings, printmaking, jewelry, ceramic sculptures, photography, mixed media and more.

Fallbrook Art Center, 103 S. Main Ave., Fallbrook, 760.728.1414,

5.26: Solana Beach Grand Opening

The opening of this second Madison Gallery location features its inaugural exhibition, New Generation, featuring the work of artists James Verbicky and Olivia Steele, focusing on the evolving methods of conversation and communication between artist and viewer.

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

5.31-6.30: CONNECTIONS: Juried Art Show

The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild will feature two-dimensional works in all media, juried by Ariel Plotek, curator of modern and contemporary art for the museum, with an expertise in 19th- and 20th-century painting and sculpture.

Poway Center for Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway, 858.668.4693,