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Art beat: June gallery + exhibit openings

Art exhibits on display in June around San Diego include Celestial Awakenings, Double Trouble, and Songs That Never Die and Other Stories.

6.7-30: June in June

Celebrate summer with artist June Rubin and her eclectic, mixed media artwork, including pieces like Glitter Fox, a collage of a fox in a glittering tank top.

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

Glitter Fox by June Rubin
Glitter Fox by June Rubin
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6.7-9.1: Wonderspaces: in common

This popular interactive art show returns for its third iteration, this time focusing on pieces from 13 artists that explore how we are shaped by experiences, environments and relationships.

B Street Pier, 1140 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, sandiego.wonderspaces.com

Wonderspaces: in common
Wonderspaces: in common
(Courtesy photo)

6.8-9: San Diego Potters’ Guild Spring Sale

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Each member of the guild participating in this semiannual show brings in new works for display on the courtyard, with their works filling the entirety of the courtyard as they make themselves available to art fans for questions and discussion.

Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Pl., Balboa Park, 619.239.0507, sandiegopottersguild.org

San Diego Potters’ Guild Spring Sale
San Diego Potters’ Guild Spring Sale
(Courtesy photo)

6.8-7.6: Victor Roman: Celestial Awakenings

A look at the latest part of artist Victor Roman’s creative journey in this exhibition, with each piece painted on wood, and specific pieces exploring ideas around time and humanity.

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

TheGift, TheCurse by Victor Roman
TheGift, TheCurse by Victor Roman

6.8-7.6: Double Trouble

Artist Yahel Yan believes that there’s a tingle that springs up inside of a person when they fall in love with a work of art, and she wants to cause that same tingle in this exhibition, which features works with two elements, or two collaborative pieces between two artists.

Ashton Gallery, 4434 30th St., North Park, 619.894.9009, ashtonartgallery.com

Tony & Maria by Yahel Yan
Tony & Maria by Yahel Yan
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6.15-8.3: Carolyn Case

Carolyn Case is the current artist-in-residence at the Lux Art Institute, using her multilayered process to create a series of oil paintings based on the landscape surrounding the Encinitas institute itself.

Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760.436.6611, luxartinstitute.org

Homemade Tattoo by Carolyn Case
Homemade Tattoo by Carolyn Case

6.21-9.8: Legendary Drag Queens of San Diego

In conjunction with the exhibition, LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs, this exhibition celebrates drag as an art form and spotlights not only the fabulous costumes and performers, but also the personal stories of eight leading “queens.”
for performing arts

San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Ste. 3, Balboa Park, 619.232.6203, sandiegohistory.org

Legendary Drag Queens of San Diego
Legendary Drag Queens of San Diego
(Courtesy photo)

6.21-11.3: Marnie Weber: Songs That Never Die and Other Stories

Installation artist Marnie Weber created the fictitious — and dead — all-female rock band The Spirit Girls using music, performance, video and costumes. She first introduced them in 2005 in the installation Songs That Never Die. Get reacquainted with the Girls, and sculptures, photos and videos from other related work.

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MCASD Downtown, 1100 & 1001 Kettner Blvd., downtown, 858.454.3541, mcasd.org

Songs That Never Die by Marnie Weber
Songs That Never Die by Marnie Weber

6.21-11.3: More Like a Forest: Paintings and Sculptures by Richard Allen Morris

This reprisal of a sculptural installation first presented in 1988 features sculptures created from wood debris from a demolished building near artist Richard Allen Morris’s studio in downtown San Diego.

MCASD Downtown, 1100 & 1001 Kettner Blvd., downtown, 858.454.3541, mcasd.org

Quentin by Richard Allen Morris
Quentin by Richard Allen Morris

6.29: AnomaR: An Immersive Arts Festival

Based on the idea that “art is in everything we do,” this new arts festival invites the community to explore visual art, dance, theater, performance art, poetry and exhibits styled after Burning Man, along with a chance to participate in creating art alongside local artists.

18528 Highland Valley Rd., Ramona, anomarfestival.com

The Punkin Project by Wiley Weldy and Dawn Sardiñas
The Punkin Project by Wiley Weldy and Dawn Sardiñas

6.29-11.3: Forging Territories: Queer Afro and Latinx Contemporary Art

African-American and Latinx artists from the LGBTQ community tell the stories of themselves and their cultures in this exhibit highlighting a “queer cultural awakening.”

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

A Neo-Negro Spiritual (Detail) by Dana Washington
A Neo-Negro Spiritual (Detail) by Dana Washington

Through 6.22: Adam Belt: Almost There

In a need to return to and connect with the landscape of his youth in New Mexico, artist Adam Belt created paintings, sculpture and installations that reflect on and use that landscape as the source of these works.

Quint Gallery, 5171 Santa Fe St., La Jolla, 858.454.3409, quintgallery.com

Crevasse (Lamentation, after the Nansen Ice Shelf Crevasse in Antarctica) (Detail) by Adam Belt
Crevasse (Lamentation, after the Nansen Ice Shelf Crevasse in Antarctica) (Detail) by Adam Belt

Through 6.22: Xicana: Katie Ruiz

Inspired by the Otomi peoples of central Mexico, artist-in-residence Katie Ruiz creates a series of paintings that feature figurative forms interacting with colorful, geometric shapes, embracing elements of nature in her work.

1805 Gallery, 1805 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.888.8288, 1805gallery.com

Flyer by Katie Ruiz
Flyer by Katie Ruiz


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