October art events, gallery + exhibit openings


Art events in October around San Diego include “Tiny Canvases: The Art of Nails,” Mexican Folk Art pop-up, “Size Matters,” Art in the Garden and more.

10.4-31: ‘Angels and Monsters’

Witness a bit of softness to the watercolor angels and monsters in this exhibition, with images that include a kindly Godzilla baring sharp teeth while holding a sweet baby in a pink sun hat.

June Rubin Studio/Gallery, 2690 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 214, Barracks 19, Liberty Station 858.229.4571,

10.5-12.1: ‘XXV: The Silver Anniversary Exhibition’

Celebrate the silver anniversary of California Center for the Arts, Escondido, with selections from the museum’s permanent collection, including paper items and photographs from the center’s history, along with the annual Dia de los Muertos altar.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 760.839.4138,

10.5-31: ‘Traditional Printmakers’

The lithography, intaglio, relief, monotype and monoprint methods of traditional printmaking will be on display all month, from noted Southern California artists.

The Studio Door, 3867 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.994.2263,

10.5-12.5: ‘Metamorphosis: Allied Craftsmen 2019’

Inspired by the renovation project currently taking place at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, this exhibit features the work of members of Allied Craftsmen, an arts collective active since 1946. The artists, architects and designers focus on themes of reinvention and transformation to create works made of fiber, glass, metal, ceramics, mixed media and more.

City Gallery at San Diego City College, 1508 C St., AH314, downtown,

10.5-2.9.2020: ‘Tiny Canvases: The Art of Nails’

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Creative Nail Design (created by Oceanside chemist, dentist, and inventor Stuart S. Nordstrom in 1979), submerge yourself in the work of CND artists and learn about how they create nail designs for leading fashion designers all over the world.

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

10.12-12.12: Mexican Folk Art pop-up

This collaborative exhibition between Mingei International Museum and the Athenaeum Arts Center serves as a complement to an exhibition by Tijuana artists Cesar Vazquez and Mike Jimenez. It features artwork symbolic of Mexican popular culture, including Day of the Dead pieces, papier-mâché dolls, devils, mermaids and more.

Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Barrio Logan,

10.11-13: Latin American Art Fair

The artwork of more than 100 artists from Mexico and Central and South America will be highlighted at this annual festival, raising awareness of different cultures, encouraging exchange between cultures, and also showcasing Latin food, music and entertainment.

Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Barrio Logan, 619.752.6118,

10.12-2.17.2020: ‘The Stories They Tell: A Hundred Years of Photography’

Drawing from nearly 9,000 photos from about 850 photographers, the Museum of Photographic Arts is telling the story of the medium of photography spanning the last 100 years through sharing the work and the stories behind the art.

Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559,

10.17.-1.26.2020: ‘Constructed Mythologies: Luis Gonzalez Palma’

Known for taking a deep look at the cultural identity of his native Guatemala, artist Luis Gonzalez Palma layers his work with religious symbols, poetry, strong colors and shapes, and magical realism. This selection of his work covers 20 years of his evolution from formal portraits to more recent work in abstract pieces.

SDSU Downtown Gallery, 725 W. Broadway, downtown, 619.501.6370,

10.18-4.19.2020: ‘The Path of the Mystic: Art & Theosophy at Lomaland’

This look at the utopian experiment started by Katherine Tingley in 1897 on a patch of land in Point Loma known as Lomaland, showcases a selection of artwork, objects, photos and documents that illustrate the cultural and social shift created by the community of artists who came to live there.

San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, Balboa Park, 619.232.6203,

10.19-11.19: ‘Size Matters’

The signature exhibition of the Medium Festival of Photography in San Diego, Size Matters features small photographic works by contemporary artists from all over the country.

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

10.20: Art in the Garden

As part of the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival, Art in the Garden offers a chance to meet and shop directly from the artists whose work is on display, with work in various media and surrounded by a day of live music, entertainment, food and shopping.

Heritage Garden, 121 W. Juniper Ave., Escondido,