May Art Shows

As part of the San Diego Zoo’s centennial celebration, MOPA presents this showcase of animal portraitures and other creature/critter photography.

5.28-10.9: “Beauty and the Beast: The Animal in Photography”
Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)
1649 El Prado, Balboa Park

Award-winning San Diego watermedia artist Ken Goldman juries this procession of watercolor works in sweeping hues.

5.4-29: “Parade of Colors”
San Diego Watercolor Society
2825 Dewey Rd., Ste. 105, Liberty Station

Established artists Wendy Maruyama and Roy McMakin display their award- winning works alongside those of Peter Scheidt and Kevin Inman, winners in the 2015 San Diego Art Prize’s “Emerging Artists” category.

5.7-6.11: 2015 San Diego Art Prize
Athanaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall St., La Jolla

Enter the freewheeling world of Hunt Slonem, a New York-based artist who’s had more than 300 solo shows internationally and is most renowned for his neo-expressionist paintings of butterflies, rabbits and tropical birds.

5.7-6.11: “When Art Meets Design,” by Hunt Slonem
Madison Art Gallery
1055 Wall St., Ste. 100, La Jolla

Local artists Andrew McNamara and Ricardo Ales return to Thumbprint to present their latest drawings in a beautifully bizarre tag-teamed show.

5.14-6.5: “Extant,” by Andrew McNamara and Ricardo Ales
Thumbprint Gallery
920 Kline St., La Jolla

Fine artist Amandalynn, whose newest series captures the beauty of cyclical changes within nature and human nature, will paint a mural on the ArtHatch building May 4 to 14.

5.14-6.4: “Season of Change,” by Amandalynn
Distinction Gallery
317 E Grand Ave., Escondido

Rooted in retrospect, this rotating exhibit celebrates the past 15 years and what’s to come at Art Produce, inviting back 25 local artists who’ve exhibited at the gallery previously.

5.14-7.3: “Looking Back/Forward”
Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Ave., North Park

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s all your favorite superheroes in one exhibit, wherein more than 40 artists reinterpret universal superheroes and other idols in humorous, dark and familiar ways.

5.21-8.14: “My Hero”
California Center for the Arts
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

Tumble down the rabbit hole into this homage to the fantastical, century-old tale of Alice in Wonderland, brought to life by local talent and Hollywood creature/stage designers.

5.21-8.14: “Unlocking Wonderland”
California Center for the Arts
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

Get wrapped up in a display of nearly 50 quilts whose designs echo 19th- and early 20th-century color theories and optical illusions in this exhibit on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

5.28-9.4: “Quilts and Color”
The San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park

This show bares all that’s known of America’s only public nudist colony, which, from 1935 to 1936, allegedly convened in the Zoro Garden, used today as Balboa Park’s butterfly sanctuary.

5.22: “The Naked Truth”
San Diego Art Institute
1439 El Prado, Balboa Park