17 Exhibits to See in September in San Diego

17 Exhibits in September in San Diego. #sandiego

Now that Summer is dwindling and the seasons are changing (maybe not for us…), museums and their exhibits will change too. September is the month to see great art, toys, harps and more before they leave us for good, and maybe see a couple new exhibits opening too! Here are 17 exhibits to see in September in San Diego:

  1. Viva el Mariachi Femenil!, Women’s Museum of California. Learn about the history of women mariachis and women groups with this exhibit. Opens September 6th.
  2. A VALYA Retrospective, Visions Art Museum. See the career work of the fiber artist, VALYA. Felting opens at the same time! Opens September 6th.
  3. MENAGERIE, Mingei International Museum. This exhibit includes great art incorporating animals from many different periods and cultures. Closes September 8th.
  4. Matthew Cusick, Lux Art Institute. So excited about this exhibit: Cusick creates pictures by using thread from interesting sources like textbooks and maps. Opens September 8th.
  5. Arnold Newman: Masterclass, San Diego Museum of Art. If you love black and white photography, you must go before it closes this weekend.
  6. TRASH, The New Children’s Museum. If you want to see different artists using trash in new ways, visit this exhibit before it closes on the 9th.
  7. 16th Annual Galaxy of Glass, Fallbrook Art Center. See glass sculptures, vessels, jewelry and more. And buy some of the pieces too! Opens September 8th.
  8. Landscapes Rediscovered, San Diego History Center. You know you love San Dieo’s beautiful landscape. Admire it in art by famous San Diego artists of the Depression era. Closes September 10th.
  9. Beyond the Book II and First Impressions, University of San Diego. USD’s art galleries are pretty amazing. Come see why with two exhibits that showcase their print collection in different ways. Opens September 12th.
  10. Looking for Things: Jay Johnson, Oceanside Museum of Art. Johnson is an eclectic artist who works with reclaimed pieces in interesting ways. Closes September 15th. While you’re there, Volcanos and Full Moons closes this month too.
  11. A Sweet Life, San Diego History Center. Learn about San Diego’s history in the candy business…sweet! Opens September 6th.
  12. Concert of Color, Mission Trails Regional Park. Features different styles of art by award winning artists. Closes September 20th.
  13. Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: La Jolla. See biology, oceanography, taxonomy, literature and more as it’s combined by photographer Montlack in this exhibit. Opens September 21st.
  14. ROOTS, La Jolla Athenaeum. Artist Mary Ellen Long is a collage and multimedia artist extraordinaire. See her newest installation when it opens on September 21st.
  15. Pictures of the Year International, Museum of Photographic Arts. See the best documentary photography in the world before it closes September 22nd.
  16. Car Toys, San Diego Automotive Museum. This exhibit showcases some cool car toys from the past to today. Need we say more? Closes September 29th.
  17. The Harp, Museum of Making Music. Become an expert on the harp this month and learn its place in the history of the human race. Closes September 30th.
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17 Exhibits to See in San Diego in August

17 Exhibits to see in San Diego in August from The Wanderer Guides Blog. #scify #sandiego #art #plants

The Dog Days of Summer have begun! Spend the last precious month of Summer exploring all San Diego has to offer. In terms of exhibits, there are many cool activities for the picking. Here are the 17 exhibits to see in San Diego in August:

  1. On the Fly: Technology Takes Off, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. See unmanned aerial vehicles fly and create your own aircraft at this interactive exhibit on flight technology. This exhibit just opened.
  2. Faces of Japan, Japanese Friendship Garden. We are so excited to see this exhibit with photos of everyday scenes in Japan. Just opened on August 1st.
  3. 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition, La Jolla Athenaeum. See the winners of one of the most prestigious juried shows in San Diego. Opens August 3rd and closes August 31st.
  4. Ecclectic Eyes, Spanish Village Art Center. See fine art photography at this free show in the Village’s Gallery 21. Opens August 14th and closes August 26th.
  5. 125 Years of the Hotel Del, Coronado Library. Maybe it’s because we love libraries and we love Coronado’s specifically, but there’s something so great about a public space that appreciates art and history. This is one cool show of San Diego history.
  6. Struck By Modernism, Mingei International Museum. Cool sculptures and other pieces by a blacksmith artist await you at this exhibit. It includes gates, chandeliers and free-standing sculpture. Opens August 24th.
  7. Intersections: Charles Arnoldi, Oceanside Museum of Art. See one of the most significant abstract artists of the last century before the exhibit closes on August 25th.
  8. Earthly Elements, Fallbrook Art Center. This exhibit features pieces made with earth/natural materials. See fiber arts, ceramics, wood art, gourds and more. Closes August 25th.
  9. Hito Steyerl: Guards, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown. Learn about the multiple lives of museum guards with this cool exhibition.
  10. Second Time Around: Fashion Recycled, Visions Art Museum. Explore designer pieces created from recycled materials with this exhibit. Two other exhibits close at the end of the month as well: Supporting Roles and Fashion Tops and Bottoms.
  11. ‘Dare to Reuse’ Student Art Exhibition, The New Children’s Museum. See the student winners of the ‘Dare to Reuse’ art contest. Closes August 26th.
  12. Landscapes Rediscovered, San Diego History Center. This exhibit displays beautiful landscapes by San Diego artists. Closes September 10th.
  13. Approximately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: La Jolla. Explore art by various artists inspired by the science fiction realm. Closes September 1st.
  14. Wonder Woman: On Paper and Off, Women’s Museum of California. Visit this exhibit to learn about the history of women in comics. Do it before September 1st when it closes!
  15. The Magic of Windansea, California Surf Museum. Learn about the famous Windansea Surf Club and see artifacts from their history. Closes September 1st.
  16. Deadly Waters 2013, Living Coast Discovery Center. See dangerous water animals up-close and personal! Closes September 2nd.
  17. Bold, San Diego Natural History Museum. Learn about the art of DNA barcoding with this interactive sculpture series. Closes September 8th.

17 Exhibits to See in San Diego in July

17 Exhibits to See in July in San Diego from The Wanderer Guides. This is TRASH at The New Children's Museum.

Summer is in full swing and so are the exhibits in San Diego. With some exhibits opening, some exhibits closing and some major exhibits you just gotta see, you will have your work cut out for you this month! Here are 17 exhibits to see in San Diego in July:

  1. Tony Delap: Selections from 50 Years, Oceanside Museum of Art. See an exhibit highlighting many different medias from the minimalist’s great career. Opened at the end of June.
  2. Arnold Newman: Masterclass, The San Diego Museum of Art. See over 200 works by one of the best portrait photographers of the 20th century. Opened at the end of June.
  3. Proyecto 5, Centro Cultural de la Raza. See Mexican artists with an eye toward the global vision of contemporary Mexican art. Opened at the end of June.
  4. PhotoArts Group Presents “America”, Spanish Village Art Center. Photos highlighting American landscape, culture and more await you here. Opens July 3rd and only goes until July 15th.
  5. Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, San Diego Natural History Museum. See fossils, mummified mammals and more in this great new exhibit. Opens July 4th.
  6. ElasmoBeach, Birch Aquarium. See sharks, rays and other close to shore creatures at this new exhibit. Opens July 4th.
  7. Liza Lou: Color Field, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown. Great exhibit that we helped to install! Opens July 12th.
  8. Celebrate the Horse, Fallbrook Art Center. Celebrate the horse in popular culture but do it soon! Closes July 14th.
  9. Kingston Trio, Coronado Museum of History and Art. Learn about the great band (Kingston Trio) and their ties to San Diego. Closes July 15th.
  10. Pictures of the Year International, Museum of Photographic Arts. See some of the best documentary photography in the world!
  11. Ripley’s Believe It or Not, San Diego Air and Space Museum. Huge exhibit with strange animals, people and things. This exhibit hasn’t been to San Diego since 1935!
  12. In and Around Mission Trails, Mission Trails Visitor Center. Featuring two artists with paintings of scenes around the Park! Started at the end of June and closes on July 26th.
  13. Melissa Miller, Lux Art Institute. Miller explores the relationships between humans and animals in her beautiful work. Closes July 27th.
  14. Make Your Own Kind of Music, Mingei International Museum. Learn about the art of making musical instruments (and hear some of them while you’re there!). Closes July 28th.
  15. Handcrafted Journeys: Japanese American Woodworkers in San Diego, Japanese Friendship Garden. Visit to see how Japanese American woodworking has evolved over the years. Closes July 28th.
  16. TRASH, The New Children’s Museum. If you have kids, and especially if you’re eco-friendly, visit this exhibit. TRASH involves 12 different artists showcasing art made from trash to give visitors a new perspective on everything trash involves.
  17. Marston House. Go for a house and garden tour. Open Thursday-Monday. Summer is the best time to go to this amazing example of old San Diego!

17 Exhibits to See in June in San Diego

17 Exhibits to See in June in San Diego from The Wanderer Guides Blog. #sandiego #art

Summer is just about here (wasn’t it just January?). Starting now, the City’s alive with great weather, kids out of school and inspiring art exhibits. Some exhibits are opening, some exhibits are closing this month. One thing is for sure: You better start taking advantage of them in June! Here’s 17 great exhibits to see in June in San Diego:

  1. Car Toys, San Diego Automotive Museum. Starting June 7th, this fun exhibit opens to the delight of car toy fans everywhere!
  2. Great Balls of Fire, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. If you want to learn more about comets, meteors and asteroids, including how likely it is for one of them to hit the earth and cause massive damage, go see this exhibit. Be sure to go before it closes on the 11th.
  3. Approximately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: La Jolla. Science fiction and art collide with this exhibit. See art inspired by such topics as space travel, utopian futures, other worlds and other beings. Opens June 8th.
  4. Duncan Gleason: California’s Maritime Art Master, Maritime Museum of San Diego. This exhibit features 40 paintings by Joe Duncan Gleason who was a renaissance man best know for his maritime and harbor scenes. Opened at the end of May.
  5. Second Time Around: Fashion Recycled, Visions Art Museum. June 7th brings two new exhibits to the Museum: Second Time Around along with Supporting Roles: Photographs and Fiber from Ann Scott.
  6. Wonder Women: On Paper and Off, Women’s Museum of California. Great exhibit showing the history of women in comics. Sure to be a hoot! Starting June 7th.
  7. Intersections: Charles Arnoldi, Oceanside Museum of Art. Come to this exhibit to see some of Arnoldi’s constructions and sculptures, the very pieces that started him on the road to become one of the most significant contemporary abstract artists of our time. Opens June 8th.
  8. San Diego County Fair! The Fair opens June 8th and runs through July 4th. Be sure to check out the great art exhibits the Fair features while you’re there. See fine art, photography, youth art, gems and minerals, the featured Game On! exhibit  (this year’s Fair theme is games) and way more.
  9. The Magic of Windansea, California Surf Museum. Learn about the history of the famous Windansea Surf Club from our very own town of La Jolla. Opens June 8th.
  10. Allied Craftsmen Today, Mingei International Museum. See the current work of the amazing San Diego craftsmen group, Allied Craftsmen, with this exhibit. Opens June 15th.
  11. Life Force Without Limit, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. This exhibit features the calligraphy of Tom Chow, a master calligrapher who’s work is influenced by his Chinese heritage along with his Californian life of the present. Opens June 15th.
  12. Hamilton Press Lithographs, La Jolla Athenaeum. See the lithographs from many artists of the famous Hamilton Press. Closes June 15th along with the 11th Annual SDSU Art Council Recipients exhibit.
  13. Lilia Gracia Castro, Centro Cultural de la Raza. See this Mexican-American’s solo exhibition giving a contemporary view of pre-Hispanic art. Closes June 16th.
  14. Celebrating the Horse: In Art, Culture, Sport, and Everyday Life, Fallbrook Art Center. Go to the Center on June 16th to learn about the horse in all aspects of society.
  15. Origins of Life, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. This exhibit replicates famous experiments that simulated early Earth’s atmosphere in order to try to create life. Closes June 23rd.
  16. Scoli Acosta: ELEMENTALISTHMUS, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown. This exhibit features found objects made into “tambourines ” by Acosta. Closes June 23rd.
  17. access/ABILITY, San Diego Museum of Man. Visit this exhibit to gain understanding for people living with disabilities. Full of hands-on activities and real life examples. Make sure to see it before it closes on June 30th.

Have a great June!

17 Exhibits to See in May in San Diego

17 Great Exhibits to See in May in San Diego from The Wanderer Guides Blog. #sandiego #sandiegomuseums

May is an awesome month for exhibits in San Diego. With Summer almost upon us, museums around San Diego County are preparing their galleries for fun and interesting exhibits to attract crowds of people all Summer long. That means some great exhibits are closing and we must run to see them before they’re gone! Great for us! Some good ones are opening too. Here are 17 great exhibits to see this month in SD:

  1. Lifelike, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: La Jolla. This exhibit ends at the end of May and gives viewers a chance to see ordinary objects in unusual ways. Go see it before it leaves!
  2. Lilia Gracia Castro, Centro Cultural de la Raza. See this Mexican-American’s solo exhibition giving a contemporary view of pre-Hispanic art. Starts May 10th.
  3. Bill Traylor, Mingei International Museum. A great exhibit showcasing one of the best artists from the American South. Ends May 12th.
  4. Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders, San Diego Natural History Museum. See creepy, crawly and unusual bugs at this exhibit designed to look like a circus sideshow. Ends June 2nd.
  5. Hamilton Press Lithographs, La Jolla Athenaeum. See some amazing lithographs from the 23-year old company. Starts May 11th.
  6. Alternative Accounts, The San Diego Museum of Art. This exhibit was organized by UCSD students and highlights Plains Indian Ledger Art. Ends May 28th.
  7. James Chronister, Lux Art Institute. Chronister does amazing work by using black dots on white to create detailed landscapes, interiors and more. Ends May 18th.
  8. Handcrafted Journeys: Japanese American Woodworkers in San DiegoJapanese Friendship Garden. See the evolution of woodworking techniques and products by Japanese-Americans. Started May 3rd.
  9. HERB TURNER: REALIST/IDEALIST, Oceanside Museum of Art. This exhibit gives viewers a chance to explore works delving into social commentary by a local artist. Ends May 19th.
  10. Slice of Truth, the Reality of the Renaissance, Timken Museum. See one of Giovanni Battista Moroni’s masterpieces (the first time this masterpiece has been seen in the western US in fact!). Started May 2nd.
  11. 52nd International Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute. See the winners of this international art contest. Ends May 26th.
  12. Jessica Lange: unseen, Museum of Photographic Arts. This photographer’s solo exhibit documents cultures seen in her travels throughout the world. Ends May 19th.
  13. Deadly Waters, The Living Coast Discovery Center. Visit the Center to see deadly fish and other water animals. Just opened at the end of April.
  14. 11th Annual SDSU Art Council Recipients, La Jolla Athenaeum. See some artwork by scholarship winners at State. Starts May 11th.
  15. Young Art 2013: The Story of Me, The San Diego Museum of Art. See the biyearly art show of kids K-12. Ends May 26th.
  16. Prospect 2013, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: La Jolla. This exhibition gives viewers a view on the art scene of today.  Ends May 27th.
  17. Rites of Passage, San Diego Museum of Man. Great exhibit giving visitors a chance to explore the different major life events throughout cultures, countries and religions of the world. Started in April.

Top Things To Do For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in San Diego

Top Things To Do For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in San Diego from The Wanderer Guides Blog.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which means it’s a good time to celebrate the cultures of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. Whether it’s your background or not, participate in some of the following events to have a great month (If you know of any events not listed here, let us know!):

Go to the Reception for the opening of the Japanese Friendship Garden’s Handcrafted Journeys: Japanese American Woodworkers in San Diego.

See the great exhibition starting at the Japanese Friendship Garden on May 3rd: Handcrafted Journeys: Japanese American Woodworkers in San Diego.

Go to the 9th Annual Dragon Boat Festival at Mission Bay Park on May 4th.

Celebrate Children’s Day with the Japanese Friendship Garden on May 4th.

Join the San Diego North County Hawaiian Club (Hui Lima Hana Elua) for their Hawaiian Festival and Youth Canoe Regatta (Ho’olaule’a/Keiki Heihei Wa’a) on May 4th and 5th.

See the Sherry Chen: Self, Nature & Choices exhibition at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum starting May 5th.

Go on a Museum and Garden Tour of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum on May 6th.

See the free showing of “Farewell to Manzanar” presented by the Friends of the Chula Vista Library on May 8th.

Get cultured at the Asian Cultural Festival San Diego at NTC Park at Liberty Station on May 11th.

Take a Kapa workshop through the San Diego North County Hawaiian Club (Hui Lima Hana Elua) on May 11th.

Go on an Asian Pacific Historic District Walking Tour with the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum on May 11th.

See the Koto and Shakuhachi Performance at the Japanese Friendship Garden on May 11th.

Join the bus trip to the Japanese American National Museum on May 15th with the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego.

Go to the Golden Treasures Banquet benefiting Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society on May 17th.

Eat at the 3rd Annual Luau organized by U.T.O.P.I.A. San Diego at the San Diego LGBT Community Center on May 18th.

Go to the 33rd Annual Ethic Food Fair in Balboa Park on May 26th.

See Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo at the San Diego Natural History Museum on May 30th.

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Museum Profile: Coronado Public Library

Museum Profile: Coronado Public Library from The Wanderer Guides Blog.

Today’s Museum Profile is a little different–it’s on a library! The Coronado Public Library is a great place to go for art and general enrichment. Everyone should know about it!

History of the Library
The Library was founded in 1890 and has been in many different locations. In 1895, the Library approached the Hotel del Coronado to provide a rent-free building for library use. The Hotel provided. John D. Spreckels (the famous San Diegan, who among other things, owned the Hotel del Coronado) was approached by the Library later on to build a permanent building for the small but dedicated Library. He said yes. In 1909, the Library was completed. Visitors can see the original building in the Coronado Library of today: it’s the Spreckel’s Reading Room.

About the Library
The Library is impressive without mentioning its art: it has over 14,000 DVDs, over 110,000 books in its adult collection alone and many great community activities.

The Library, however, is not just a library; it’s an art hub. It has a commitment to art and there’s a reason behind it. As the director of the Library, Christian Esquevin, so elegantly puts it,

“This library is for local children and adults and for visitors. They may be reading a book or just hanging out. They may or may not realize it until later, but they were exposed to art.”

We love this commitment to art and exposing people to art in ways they may not even realize. The Library shows pieces by many noted artists, such as the giant painting by Alfredo Ramos Martinez (The San Diego Museum of Art has pieces by him in its permanent collection) and a sculpture by Donal Hord (has a well known sculpture in the courtyard by the entrance of The Prado Restaurant).

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Art Through the Generations Info
Art Through the Generations is a wonderful show on display in the main area of the Library. The show features watercolors by Esther Painter Hagstrom and works by her students. Hagstrom taught art at Coronado High School for over 10 years, mainly in the 1940s. What stopped her from an even longer career at Coronado High is she died in 1951 of cerebral hemorrhaging. The exhibit aims to show the importance of art in schools, which Hagstrom certainly believed.

Visitors will see watercolors, oils, prints, carvings and more by Hagstrom and 9 of her students. Many of the students she taught went on to sell their art commercially.

On Display Until May 31, 2013.

5 Cool Things About the Library

  • It has a commitment to art.  There’s always great art to be seen!
  • Anyone who lives in California can get a library card.
  • It has a massive collection of DVDs.
  • Art Through the Generations is beautiful and interesting even to those who don’t know a lot about art because there are a lot of San Diego scenes.
  • It’s free!

Library Info

Location
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, California 92118

Phone
619-522-7390

Website
www.coronado.ca.us/library/

Hours
Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm

Price:
Free!
Free to get a library card as well: All California residents can get a library card (which is completely separate from any San Diego City or County card). All you need is an official photo license, such as a drivers license, and a letter sent to your address to prove residency.