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La Jolla Art Association


About the La Jolla Art Association

La Jolla Art Association was established in 1918.  It is a group comprised of more than 50 local artists who exhibit their work at the La Jolla Community Center through a cooperative agreement.

LJAA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit visual arts organization.  The mission of the group is to advance the appreciation of fine art in southern California by providing exhibitions and educational opportunities to artists and the public through classes, workshops, and presentations. To learn more click here

Artwork created by LJAA artists is displayed on the walls and rooms of the 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.  Exhibitions run for 2 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 LJAA, please contact Dottie Stanley, LJAA VP, at  Please call the La Jolla Community Center at 858-459-0831 to schedule a visit to view the Featured Artists in the La Patronas Room; regular classes are held daily, limiting drop-in viewing in that room.

La Jolla Art Association presents...

The La Jolla Art Association will present "Celebrate the Old Year, Welcome to the New Year," as an exhibit that will run from December 3 through February 3. The type of art represented includes: oil, acrylic, pen and ink, drawings,  pastels, and 2-D artwork, including photography and collage. There will be a festive art reception on Thursday, December 15,  from 4-6PM. 

The featured artists who will be exhibiting are represented in the collage below. Top, from left to right: Ernest Alvarez, Ann Chaitin and Caroline Morse. Center, Dana Levine. Bottom, from left to right: Valerie Saiag, Ralph Lazar and Mary Duarte.  

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La Jolla Art Association presents monthly art demonstrations in the LJCC Courtyard

A New artist will present every fourth Thursday of the month.

Next Demonstration: Valerie Saiag 

"How Artists Brand Themselves" 


Demonstration will be from 4-6 PM.

These demonstrations are free and open to the public.

Next month, the La Jolla Art Association will feature artist Valerie Saiag. Valerie earned a dual degree in Art History and Studio Art from UC San Diego.  Painting and sculpture are central to her art practice. She has presented her research by invitation at UCSD, Berkeley,  Stanford and Harvard and has taught sections on writing, translation and history through her alma mater.


According to Valerie, "It is a pleasure to share art. Culture in all its forms, from linguistic to artistic is the creativity which makes us fully human.  Since childhood, most of us innately know that we must create.  We draw, we paint, we build sandcastles, we gather sticks and pebbles. we have been creating art across the globe since our caveman days.  Today,  scientific research has shown that this creativity is mandatory for humankind's mental and physical well being.  If any among us doubted the research, our days of COVID-era isolations should have proved it to us when, worldwide, people started gathering artwork and plants to make their homes comfortable--a creative endeavor in  itself. This is not a capricious whim, rather our creativity is our greatest need and greatest capacity. It comes shining though even for the greatest scientists, as it is their creative intellect which allows them to innovate.  I wish to bring hope and joy to those who are drawn to my art. May it bring them a sense of peace in these days and always."


This month's demonstration will focus on how local, national and international artists brand themselves through their artist statements, biographies and resumes or CVs. Participants will compare and contrast real-life examples. Artists are welcome to share their own information for group feedback. 

Registration is required. For further information and to register, please contact the Center at 858-459-0831 or click here to register via email.

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Artist Valerie Saiag and an example of her art, focused on assemblage and collage and titled "Ombre Et Lumiere1"

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