The La Jolla Art Association (LJAA) has a long and rich history in supporting the San Diego community of local artists. Celebrating its 100th anniversary last year, the organization was the vision of Ellen Browning Scripps and was housed for more than 50 years in the Athenaeum and more recently at the La Jolla Shores Gallery, where it closed its doors due to funding issues.
Last week, the organization announced a new agreement with the Allied Artists Association of San Diego (AAASD). Members of the AAASD will now join the La Jolla Art Association and adopt its name. With that union, both artists’ groups will be represented as the La Jolla Art Association and their work exhibited at the La Jolla Community Center. AAASD will no longer be in existence, following this alliance.
“Our desire was to both preserve the rich history this landmark art association has provided to the community and join artists from both organizations,” said Nicole Caulfield, the new president of the La Jolla Art Association. The combined group will have approximately 50 members.
Dottie Stanley, former president and founder of the AAASD and cultural advisor for the exhibits at the La Jolla Community Center says that “members of the AASD were excited for the new alliance and connection with other artists,” adding that new artists joining the group bring unique and varied art forms, such as sculptured glass for exhibit.
New board members of the La Jolla Art Association include Nicole Caulfield, president; Dottie Stanley, vice president; Jeff Brosbe, treasurer; Leah Higgins, secretary and Honorary Member Ingrid Wolters.