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Spring colors in full bloom at Art Guild

RANCHO SANTA FE — An Artists’ Reception was held at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild on March 12 to honor those showing their artwork for the new spring show, “Spring Colors.”
Art lovers gathered to admire the work, enjoy a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres, and chat with friends.
The artwork on display featured a variety of spring themes, including flowers, landscapes and outdoor activities associated with spring.
American Impressionist Robert Ferguson is the featured artist of this show and his work dominates the art gallery’s biggest walls. Ferguson is considered the Artist in Residence at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.
A native of San Diego, he was trained in New York and opened his own design studio in Manhattan, but after nine years there, returned to San Diego where he could paint outdoors year-round.
Across the street, at the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Darlene Katz was the featured artist.
“I was at a party and this couple was dancing. I wanted to capture the romantic feeling, the smoky atmosphere, the people moving,” Katz said of her painting titled “Spanish Dancers.”
Over the years, Katz said her painting is becoming less realistic.
“I’m using more muted tones,” she said. “I have more going on in each painting. I’m progressing.” The artist, hailing from nearby Carlsbad, will have her work on display until May 2.
The next featured artist at the Art Guild’s upcoming show in May will be board member Cherry Sweig, who won’t be in attendance for she has planned a trip to Peru.
“I’ll be doing ‘plein air’ painting in Machu Pishu,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it, but I am a little concerned about the high altitude.” Chalk it up to suffering for your art, Cherry!