La Jolla Art Association

Announcing La Jolla Art Association 

An Alliance of the former AAASD and the La Jolla Art Association 
 

AAASD (Allied Artists Association of San Diego) is now the La Jolla Art Association following a union between the two organizations. Members of AAASD will now join the La Jolla Art Association and adopt its name.  This union combines the artistic talent of two organizations into one group of 50 artists who will now exhibit their work at the La Jolla Community Center. Read the complete article here!

Art is displayed on the walls and rooms of La Jolla Community Center for all to enjoy. All art is for sale, with a portion of each sale benefiting programs and events at the Center. New art is rotated every two months and contact information for each artist is posted on wall tags. The Center also features art receptions throughout the year. To learn more about the LJAA, please contact Dottie Stanley, LJAA VP, at dottieaartist@gmail.com.  Please call the La Jolla Community Center at 858-459-0831 to schedule a visit  to view ​the Featured Artist in the La Patronas Room. Regular classes are held daily, limiting drop-in viewing.

La Jolla Art Association Exhibition  

The Patronas Room showcases the work of Renatta Spiazzi and Dan Pressman from December 1- February 2. 

The works of Renata Spiazzi focuses on digital art. Her recent work concentrates on fractals and she utilizes several computer programs to create images. Then she overlaps the images using transparencies to see what the results will be.  

 

 The second artist exhibiting is digital artist Dan Pressman, who is a digital artist concentrating on Op Art, geometric designs and artistic manipulation of colorful subjects. 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE! La Jolla Art Association Reception

Presenting Two Faces of Digital Art, the work of Renata Spiazzi and Dan Pressman on display in the Las Patronas Room. Also on display in the Great Room will be the work of Dottie Stanley, A Display of Characters Encountered.   

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 5-7pm

All are welcome. Wine, light bites, music, silent auction, art demos, and more.

Two featured artists and more than 20 additional artist's work on exhibit throughout the Center.

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Featured Artists: December 2019 - February 2020

Renata Spiazzi

Renata Spiazzi

Renata Spiazzi was born in Italy and has been involved in the arts all her life. After her introduction to computers 20 years ago, she decided to try to create a digital oil painting, watercolor and wood cut designs. "The colors, shapes and possibilities the computer offered were exciting," she said. Spiazzi examined what computer programmers could provide to her--starting from a gradient, photograph, doodles, or as a fractal. From there, she transforms them using filters to create her abstract compositions. Her recent work concentrates on fractals and she utilizes two programs--Ultrafractal and Apophysis--and creates several images. Then, she overlaps the images and uses transparencies to see what the results will be. To Spiazzi, it is a slow process but the results can be breathtaking. By following this way of working, she discovers new lines, shapes and colors that enrich her compositions.  

Her work can be viewed here.

Featured Artists: October - November 2019

Dan Pressman

Dan Pressman is a digital artist concentrating on Op Art, geometric designs and artistic manipulation of colorful subjects to yield unique eye pleasing results. He has a professional background in electronic engineering and worked both as a designer and technology manager. Of note is the fact that none of his professional work involved any artistic components. Pressman is a lifelong and avid photographer who mastered the Photoshop program as part of his transition from film photography to digital photography. He is passionate about using basic geometric shapes such as lines and ovals to yield colorfully beautiful art. The art work is then printed on canvas or metal using Dye Sublimation techniques. 

Featured Artists: October - November 2019

Ernesto Corte 

Ernesto Corte started photographing at an early age in his native country of Italy where he pursued black and white film photography, developing and printing in his own darkroom.  He currently enjoys photographing a variety of subjects combining photography with his passion for travel. (He has traveled to all seven continents). His inspiration comes from discovering a moment in time that offers the opportunity to create images where shapes of light and shadows convey and capture  the emotion of the moment. He is attracted by the simple things of everyday life, where even the unremarkable can be elevated when artistically crafted through the camera. Corte has received awards, been published and has been accepted in various galleries and juried exhibitions.   

His work can be viewed here

Beverly Brock

Beverly enjoys all photography but her favorites are night, nature and creative. Whether it’s a hummingbird in search of dinner, star trails tracing lace patterns across the night sky, or the luminous detail of a flowering cactus, Beverly’s artistry brings her special vision of nature to vivid life for your pleasure. Of her work, Beverly says, “Most of all it gives me a chance to use my senses to create something that makes me feel like I’m seeing deep into my creative eyes.  Than I’m able to share my vision with others and hope they enjoy what I see. ”Because of her love of photography, she is always teaching and learning. She is active in different photography clubs where all work together to help each other become better photographers.  Sharing creative ideas with others and taking input she has received from judges has helped her to grow in her art and to win many awards. Beverly received a Certificate of Photography from New York Institute of Photography in January of 2000. She started out as a business called “Kidnapper of Images,” photographing weddings & parties. She is an active member of the Allied Artists Association of San Diego, serving on the Board and as webmaster.  

Her work can be viewed here

Featured Artists: August - October 2019

Leah Higgins ia a La Jolla native who grew up in Pacific Beach and is a graduate of San Diego State University. Leah's talent is in arylic, oils, watercolor and oils on any surface. She specializes in painting people, places and things, especially subjects such as pets, portraits of homes or second homes and enjoys painting commissions. 

She is a member of the San Diego Watercolor Society, the La Jolla Art Association, the Southwest Artists Association and the California Artist Society. She is currently the winner as a juried painter for the 2020 La Jolla Historical Society Secret Garden Tour poster. Leah teaches are in her historical home in Pacific Beach. 

Leah's work can be viewed here

 


 

Leah Higgins

Peggy Hinaekian

Peggy Hinaekian is an internationally recognized artist whose work consists of oils and acrylics on canvas and on paper, collages, monotypes and etchings. Her signed limited edition etchings of a mythical character were distributed worldwide by English, French and Italian editors. She then embraced abstract art and produced a great number of paintings on canvas and on paper. A former fashion designer in Boston and Manhattan, Hinaekian has exhibited internationally and was the only American artist invited to participate in the Milan International Exhibition in 2015. Hinaekian is multi-faceted artist and her worldwide travels have influenced her work especially the orange/red hues of the Sahara and New Mexican deserts and the turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the oceans. She has a fascination with creative imagery and is mostly a color field artist; the nostalgic character of her work is best described as atmospheric, poetic and quiet. She considers herself a color field painter—a colorist--and puts herself in a color mood then applies the paint on canvas or paper to create a layered atmospheric composition. She is fascinated by creative imagery in the area of space occupied by floating forms. Hinaekian is a graduate of the Italian Academy of Art “Leonardo da Vinci,” in Rome and received a History of Art degree from McGill University in Montreal. She received the “Best in Painting” award at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival in 2013 and has participated in numerous solo exhibitions, and shows in Europe and the US. Her work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections.

 

Peggy's work can be viewed here

Dottie Stanley

Dottie Stanley always loved to paint dramatic lights and shadows to achieve an atmospheric quality in my work portraying the time of day, temperature and mood.  Her paintings have been exhibited not only in museums in San Diego and Palm Desert, California, but in collections in Mexico, Europe and throughout the United States.  She is a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League and a member of other national organizations including The Allied Artists of America and the Oil Painters of America.  Dottie is a past board member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild; past president of the La Jolla Art Association; president emeritus and founder of the Allied Artists Association of San Diego and a past member of other art organizations including the Art Students League of New York, The Market Street Society of San Diego, and the San Diego Art Institute. 

 

She was selected one of the four best artists in the Artists Guild of the San Diego Museum of Art and featured in an exhibit at the museum.  My art has won awards in regional, national and international juried shows.  They have also been juried into New York exhibitions and into the of Artists Council exhibition of Palm Springs Museum of Art.  Dottie is one of the artists featured in the book Best of American Oil Artists (Vol.II) and one of ten leading San Diego art stars for 2018, selected by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine in its January 2018 edition. She has studios in La Jolla and Palm Desert, California. 

Dottie's work can be viewed here:

Featured Artists: January-March 2019

Ralph Kingery

 

 

Kingery was born in Chicago, Illinois, and received the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois.  Later, he received a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona, and practiced that field, and that of Environmental Planning, for the next 37 years, in Arizona and California. After his retirement, Kingery started watercolor painting in March of 2013, enrolling in watercolor classes taught by Kate Fitzsimmons at the JCC in La Jolla. At about that time he also joined the San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) and learned much from its many experienced members. Kingery is a member of the Allied Artists Association of San Diego, showing his art at La Jolla Community Center, at Liberty Public Market, and at the San Diego Watercolor Society gallery.  He served as SDWS’ 1st Vice-President for a year, then a year as President, and is now Past-President. As of Oct. 2018, 57 of his paintings have been juried into the monthly SDWS member shows, and the SDWS International Show (twice).  His work has also been accepted into the Western Federation Watercolor Show in Eugene, OR, and is on temporary loan to the Office of the Mayor of San Diego. His paintings also have been exhibited at the Southwest Yacht Club and the San Diego County Fair. He has won awards for his art at the latter two venues, as well as at SDWS. His work has also been exhibited in Salamanca, Spain and Avignon, France under the auspices of the European Confederation of Watercolor Societies (ECWS).

 

Ralph's work can be viewed here

Virginia Howlett

Canadian-born artist Virginia Howlett received a BFA from Ohio State University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Formerly an Assistant Professor of Painting at Hampton University and at New Mexico Highlands University, she won a Mellon Foundation grant to create artwork in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Virginia’s work combines lyrical images of nature to challenge our perceptions of place, time, and space. She uses watercolors, photographs, and digital imagery to spark curiosity in the viewer, while evoking the intriguing meditative quality of the natural world.

Virginia's work can be viewed here

 


 

Beverly Brock

Beverly enjoys all photography but her favorites are night, nature and creative. Whether it’s a hummingbird in search of dinner, star trails tracing lace patterns across the night sky, or the luminous detail of a flowering cactus, Beverly’s artistry brings her special vision of nature to vivid life for your pleasure. Of her work, Beverly says, “Most of all it gives me a chance to use my senses to create something that makes me feel like I’m seeing deep into my creative eyes.  Than I’m able to share my vision with others and hope they enjoy what I see. ”Because of her love of photography, she is always teaching and learning. She is active in different photography clubs where all work together to help each other become better photographers.  Sharing creative ideas with others and taking input she has received from judges has helped her to grow in her art and to win many awards. Beverly received a Certificate of Photography from New York Institute of Photography in January of 2000. She started out as a business called “Kidnapper of Images,” photographing weddings & parties. She is an active member of the Allied Artists Association of San Diego, serving on the Board and as webmaster.  

Her work can be viewed here

Gladys Jimenez

Gladys was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1963 and has traveled to more than 20 countries. She lived in Mexico for several years and currently lives in San Diego. While she has always been a creative person, in high school she created the posters for art production department, the flyers and programs for the high school theater, and in her senior year she created the school mural, it was her summer trip to Europe in 1985 that inspired her to use oil as her preferred painting medium.

Gladys’ first juried art exhibit was in 1985 at the Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery in Hollywood, CA. She had a buyer for her painting the first day of exhibit. Although she has taken the equivalent of two full-time years of fundamental college art classes where she studied under Michael Steirnagle, Ken Joudrey and Steven Curry to name a few, she considers herself a self-taught artist.


Gladys has exhibited her artwork in numerous juried art exhibitions and group shows. She has received numerous awards, including first place in visual arts by the national award winning Bravura Literacy Magazine. Her artwork has been published in several publications and is collected by national and international collectors. She taught art in public schools for 18 years and is the founder of Boldly Creating Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to provide school supplies to elementary schools that do not have an art program. She is also the founder of Happy Scribbles, an art website for children.  Gladys is a member of her local art associations.

 

Her work can be viewed here
 

Featured Artists: April / May 2019

Minnie Valero

Minnie Valero is an artist who enjoys working with watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oils and does portraits, landscapes, and figures. Minnie says she lets the painting choose the medium and says she “paints with pleasure and passion.” She enjoys the interplay of light, shadow, mood and drama and tries to convey harmony in her compositions. She was born in Argentina and immigrated to the US with her family. Minnie pursued a career in public high school education and obtained Master’s degrees in English and Linguistics, Counseling and Educational Policy from UCLA.  Today, she divides her time between her California home and traveling, painting and teaching French, Spanish and English. 

Her work can be viewed here

Nicole Caulfield

Nicole has been studying art since college, where she formally began using charcoal/pencil, oils, acrylics, watercolors, and photographic equipment under the tutelage of John Nagy and Marge Hyde.  She also studied with Southwest artist John Stoner.  She received her degree in Language Arts from San Diego State University after completing her studies in Radiologic Technology.  Her early years living, traveling and schooling in France, Germany, Spain, and Africa also influenced her love and enjoyment of art, architecture, antiquities and cultures.  Later extended travel in Fiji inspired her pursuit of photography which led her to document environmental effects of climate change around coral reefs and to also capture the natural beauty of its natural resources and its island culture.

Her photographic work and paintings have been exhibited at the La Jolla Art Association, the Ryford Library, the Ashton Gallery, the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, the San Diego County Fair, and is currently on exhibit at the La Jolla Community Center.

Her work can be viewed here

Rodger Heglar

Rodger Heglar is a plein air painter who uses oil to paint landscapes and seascapes. Heglar is a professional anthropologist and turned a lifelong but casual interest in art into a full-time career after retiring to La Jolla from San Francisco.

Sally Irwin

Sally Irwin is an Alla Prima artist, which means her art is focused on an “all at once” approach to painting. She enjoys the spontaneity of “paint at once” brush strokes to capture the subject.  Sally uses oils, watercolor, spray paint and mixed media with a boldness of color and texture. She is fascinated with objects, shapes, shadows, light and exuberant colors and considers her work both challenging and fun.  Sally received her art degree from Cal Western University and has studied under several local artists. Her art has appeared in numerous shows including “The Secret Garden Tour,” “Hidden La Jolla,” at the Riford Center and “Art of the Heart,” at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church.  Sally donates her time to teach art at organizations such as the San Diego Rescue Mission. She currently resides in La Jolla.

Her work can be viewed here

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