San Diego artists interpret the ‘California Dream’

San Diego artists interpret the ‘California Dream’
“The California Kid” (48” x 48” Oil on canvas) by Escondido artist Harry Bliss is one of 40 works of art featured in the San Diego Dreaming exhibition at OMA through June 21. Photo courtesy Harry Bliss

The San Diego Dreaming exhibition at Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) opens March 6, featuring artworks depicting the “California Dream” as interpreted by outstanding San Diego-based artists.

An extension of “California Dreaming” — the international juried exhibition that recently traveled to Italy and returned for exhibit in OMA’s Gleason Gallery until the end of March — San Diego Dreaming spotlights creative interpretations specific to artists of San Diego County.

There was enthusiastic worldwide response to OMA’s invitation for submissions of artwork exploring the celebrated lifestyle, influences, and environs of Southern California. Corresponding to its international forerunner, the San Diego Dreaming exhibition is composed of original contemporary works that creatively interpret Southern California’s iconic culture through the eyes of San Diego artists.

According to OMA Executive Director Daniel Foster, “Although initially unanticipated, it became glaringly obvious in the process of jurying the California Dreaming exhibition that a complimentary exhibition exclusively focused on talented San Diego artists would be an enriching extension of this popular theme. These two shows reflect OMA’s mission to produce outstanding and relevant exhibitions focused primarily on San Diego and Southern California artists and audiences.”

Partnering exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art and L Street Fine Art Gallery (located in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter) celebrate the work of artists living and working within San Diego County.

Malcolm Warner, executive director of the Laguna Art Museum, serves as Juror of the OMA portion of the dual exhibition.

Among the 40 artists featured in OMA’s San Diego Dreaming exhibition, those hailing from North County communities include: Micaiah Hardison, Abe Ordover, and Donna Sasso of Cardiff; Francine Filsinger of Encinitas; Harry Bliss of Escondido; Diana Carey of Fallbrook; Basia Aroyo, Geoffrey Cunningham, Ernie Pick, Cici Porter-Groupé, Lyndelle Stonick and Larry Vogel of Oceanside; Heidi Rufeh of Rancho Santa Fe; Renee Miller of Solana Beach; Mary Beck and David Lozeau of Vista.

A total of 70 San Diego-based artists portray their highly individualized interpretations of the “California Dream” in the dual exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art and L Street Fine Art Gallery. The partnering exhibition of thirty San Diego artists will open at L Street Fine Art in early April 2015.

An opening reception for San Diego Dreaming will be held at OMA March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendance is complimentary for OMA members and $10 for nonmembers. Oceanside Museum of Art is located at 704 Pier View Way in Oceanside. For more information visit oma-online.org.

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