Art beat: May gallery + exhibit openings


Art exhibits on display in May around San Diego include Diamonds in the Veins, San Diego Art Prize at the Athenaeum and Talmadge Art Show.

5.3-6.7: One Hundred Years of One Hundred Handbags

Handbags have long been an essential part of women’s fashion and a part of how they maneuver through the modern world. See how this accessory has evolved over the last 100 years, from the handbag of choice for everyone from a pioneer woman to a 1920s flapper.

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

5.3: May You Always See Magic

Local artist Sarah Stieber has completed a mural on display on the hotel’s rooftop, inspired by her Glow with the Flow series, which focuses on women reflecting back things that do not serve them in life and soaking up the things that do.

Porto Vista Hotel (rooftop), 1835 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.544.0164,

5.3-31: Diamonds in the Veins

Inspired by a dream, artist June Rubin presents her latest whimsical series of mixed media art to include faux gems marking the place of veins in leaves and in glittering bananas floating in the sky.

June Rubin Studio/Gallery, 2690 Historic Decatur Rd., No. 214, Barracks 19, Liberty Station, 858.229.4571,

5.11: Flower Power: A Fundraiser for Alley Art 2019

This evening of art to support the Alley Art Festival features a silk painting demonstration, donated works of art for sale by local artists and works on display by the late artist Maureen Barrack, the original host and honoree who came up with the idea for the festival.

The Hill Street Country Club, 530 South Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 760.917.1337,

5.11-12: Art Glass Guild’s Spring Patio Show & Sale

Celebrate spring and find some special items to take home, with art glass from dozens of local artists on display. Plus, enjoy a day filled with live music, demonstrations on work that uses torches, glass cutting and a chance for kids and adults to create a mosaic art piece to take with them.

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

5.11-6.2: Kelly Vivanco | Thorn and Balm

Inspired by children’s books, old photographs and her own dreams, artist Kelly Vivanco uses various media to create her whimsical art, and this exhibition features her use of acrylic paint for her creations.

Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760.707.2770,

5.11-7.6: San Diego Art Prize at the Athenaeum

The two winners of the San Diego Art Prize each choose another artist to collaborate with, and this year those winners are sculptor and public artist Anne Mudge (working with designer and furniture maker Erin Dace Behling), and Robert Matheny, who works in multiple visual art forms (collaborating with visual and performance artist Max Daily).

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.5872,

5.18-9.2: Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain

An expansion on the idea of “the Golden Age” is on display in this exhibition of more than 100 works by renowned artists from Spain and its territories outside of Europe. It will include paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art from Mexico, Lima, the Philippines, Naples and other locales.

San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931,

5.18-9.8: Roland Reiss: Unrepentant & Unapologetic Flowers, Plus Small Stories

Artist Roland Reiss started this floral series in 2007, going beyond what is usually associated with flowers and instead delving into a use of contrasting colors and up-close surprises between the leaves and petals.

Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720,

5.19: Talmadge Art Show

Surround yourself with creativity at this biannual art show, featuring handmade fine art and where new and established artists learn to create and sell their work, and art lovers can take a class on how to create something of their own.

Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Rd., Liberty Station, 619.559.9082,

5.25-7.22: Donald Martiny: SINGULARFORMS

Artist Donald Martiny’s paintings have been called “visually exciting” and “intellectually invigorating” for the ways in which they challenge and question the traditional understandings of the art form.

Madison Gallery, 320 S. Cedros Ave., Ste. 200, Solana Beach, 858.523.9155,