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Now showing in local galleries and miscellaneous visual arts venues.

03/04/2020 - Art: In Good Company Exhibition
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) will present In Good Company, a collection of artworks by local and international artists. The show will run from March 4 - 30, with a public reception on March 21 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with live music by Spiritual Storm. Five regional art programs including Promising Futures, Inc., Sophie’s Gallery, TERI Inc, The Art of Autism, and Revision Creative Workspace and Artbrutkorea a project of five young artists from South Korea will feature artwork from artists who attend their centers. These extraordinary art programs are dedicated to the empowerment of artists by offering an environment where they can explore their talents, grow their craft, and find representation.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Poway Center for the Performing Arts
15498 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064

Ongoing from Wednesday, March 4 until Monday, March 30 - 2020
Tuesdays - 10:OO AM to 2:00 PM
Wednesdays - 10:OO AM to 2:00 PM
Thursdays - 10:OO AM to 2:00 PM
Fridays - 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturdays - 10:OO AM to 3:00 PM
03/11/2020 - Film and Talk: The Art of Siona Benjamjin
Blue Like Me is a documentary that profiles Indian-American artist Siona Benjamin. Raised in the small Bene Israel Jewish community in Mumbai, India, Benjamin's art fuses world religions with Eastern myths and Western pop culture to create vibrant new worlds. Blue Like Me travels with Siona to Mumbai, revisiting the Bene Israel Jews portrayed in her recent Fulbright project. A lecture with Siona Benjamin will follow the screening.

Admission/Cost: $15 - $18

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA 92037

Wednesday, March 11 - 7:00 PM
03/09/2020 - Art Talk: Njideka Akunyili (Postponed)
Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She was a participant in La Biennale di Venezia, 58th International Art Exhibition, May You Live In Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff, in 2019. , UC San Diego

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed.

Admission/Cost: FREE

VAF 306 Performance Space
Visual Arts Facility
U.C. San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
San Diego, CA 92093

Monday, March 9 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
03/14/2020 - Art: Nataliya Derevyanko
"Not Angry Birds" New works by Nataliya Derevyanko: The opening reception with Nataliya, live music, ArtHatch open studios, Lagunitas beer, and BK Cellars wine will be on Saturday, March 14. Nataliya exhibition will run from March 14 through April 4. Nataliya paints from her childhood always and everywhere. She is inspired by the surrounding world - children, people, animals, and nature. She likes to travel and take paint with her always. She likes oil and acrylic painting. She was born in Zaporozhe, Ukraine in 1976. She graduated from the Lviv National Academy of Arts in 2001 and is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. She teaches painting at the Academy of Arts. Students make her constantly improve. She has two children Nastya and Demid. She has painted children's illustrations for them, which later became books. She tries to paint every day, it can be a small fruit sketch or a big children illustration, but the main thing is to paint every day.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Distinction Gallery
317 E. Grand Avenue
Escondido, CA 92025

Saturday, March 14 - 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
03/06/2020 -  A Celebration of Persian Arts and Culture
Celebrate the Museum's collection of Persian art with this free community event highlighting the arts and culture of Iran.
• Arts and crafts by local Persian artists
• Live music by Kourosh Taghavi and Farhad Bahrami
• Dance performances by the Iranian School of San Diego
• Film Screening at 8:00 PM of Children of Heaven* in the Auditorium

Presented with the help and support of the Persian Cultural Center.

Admission/Cost: FREE * Separate admission required for film screening.

San Diego Museum Of Art (Front steps)
1450 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92102
MAP - [Park Map]

Friday, March 6 - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
02/11/2020 - Exhibition: Coded Messages From the Underground Railroad
Forced Exodus: Coded Messages From the Underground Railroad by Joe Lewis: In celebration of Black History Month, we present Forced Exodus by established artist Joe Lewis. He delves deep into the heroic history of the Underground Railroad, a crucial episode in the Black experience, to draw potent parallels between the plight of slaves in the 1850s and undocumented immigrants today. His work explores past and present migration to and from Mexico, the connection between runaway slaves and indigenous people in their struggle for freedom, and the continuing search for social justice and self-determination.

Lewis’ gorgeously printed and embroidered textile works layer and weave details of the storied routes of the Underground Railroad and juxtapose them with vignettes from the dangerous trips of refugees escaping hardship and violence in the Americas today. Some works incorporate visuals from the woodcut prints that depict the brutality of the slave trade (1800 Middle Passage ships and their human cargo) while others borrow from current X-ray views of smuggled people hidden in modern-day trucks. Lewis extracts images of the U.S.-Mexico border from news and the internet and he engineers them into diagrammatic assemblages-figurative elements become fractured, altered and reassembled digitally and are printed on fraying white linen with pointed details cross-stitched onto the fabric. Fences, tent cities, surveillance equipment and armed border patrol are coded images that allude to the militarization of the border and the violence that prevails in this contested landscape.

Working in a variety of media, Lewis’s art projects are richly intuitive but also grounded in deep research. In his work the past is always alive in the present, a resource for resistance and survival. People, places, and things circumscribe his marks, while objects, and sounds allow him to see around corners. He believes that â€"looking into the future is not difficult. The problem is acceptance. Accepting that lives can change due to actions done in the here and now. At times it’s just an errant word or aroma that lifts the curtain, because the present, as our future, is nothing more than multiple images; not just any images but an ordered relocation of our past.”

Admission/Cost: FREE

Mesa College Art Gallery
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111

Ongoing until Thursday, February 27, 2020
Mondays, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesdays, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesdays 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursdays, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
02/24/2020 - Art Talk: Daniel Guzmán
Daniel Guzmán’s drawings, paintings, and installations are informed by a slew of sources, including comic books, punk rock, heavy metal, Roberto Bolaño’s writing, Gabriel Orozco’s art, and Mexican mural painting. Exploring his Mexican roots, Guzmán focuses on rituals like Aztec bloodletting ceremonies to examine contemporary violence. For a 2009 exhibition, Guzmán made a horror film that featured two Mexican intellectuals on the run from a mob of zombies. For New York Dolls (2004), Guzmán drew from New York’s punk rock scene, depicting the early 1970s protopunk band of the same name.

Admission/Cost: FREE

VAF 306 Performance Space
Visual Arts Facility
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla CA

February 24 - 6:00 PM
02/14/2020 - Mingei Pop Up Workshop
Join Mingei International Museum at The New Children’s Museum to celebrate Valentine’s Day by creating a Mexican folk art-inspired and heart-shaped tin milagro pin. Traditionally â€"milagros” (meaning â€"miracle” in Spanish) are used as folk charms or decorative items. Create a pin for yourself or gift it to someone you love.

Admission/Cost: Free with Museum admission

The New Children's Museum
200 W Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, February 14 - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
02/01/2020 - Tijuana 1964: The Photography Of Harry Crosby
On a magazine assignment in 1964, Harry Crosby created a rich photographic record of Tijuana’s urban landscapes, community life, and daily events. This exhibition explores shops, arcades, street vendors, fashion, architecture, and entertainments in the neighborhoods of this bustling Mexican city more than a half century ago.

Admission/Cost: FREE

La Jolla Historical Society
7846 Eads Ave.
La Jolla, CA

Dates and times:
Ongoing from February 8 until May 17, 2020
Wednesdays - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Thursdays - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fridays - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturdays - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sundays - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

For more information, please visit: or call (858) 459-5335
02/15/2020 - Talk: Must There be Symbolism? Chinese Bird-and-Flower Painting
Many birds and flowers are auspicious symbols in Chinese culture due to legends or homophones; but what are they?

In this lecture, Lily Birmingham (San Diego Museum of Art Asian Arts Council Chair, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Board of Directors Treasurer) will explore iconic bird-and-flower paintings throughout centuries of Chinese art history and find out precisely why.

Admission/Cost: $5

Chuang Archive & Learning Center
541 B Second Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, February 15 - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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