The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild

The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Founded in 1915, the Artists Guild is the oldest continuously running art organization in our region. Join us today! http://SDMAAG.ORG Our Mission Founded in 1915, with a mission to enhance the cultural profile of San Diego County, the Artists Guild is the oldest, continuously running art organization in our region.
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Guild members were among the original founders of The San Diego Museum of Art in 1926 and later as a support organization became known as The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild. Today The Guild continues to support The Museum with Exhibitions, and sales of member’s art on an online sales gallery. Proceeds from these activities provide critical support to The Museum’s exhibitions, programs and acquisitions. Membership Benefits Membership in the Guild is open to all artists and in all media. An artist wishing to join the Guild may apply here. Membership includes free inclusion in the Guild’s website to exhibit images of member’s artwork for sale and participation in all Guild activities. Future plans include initiating online art workshops. Topics will include painting, sculpting, art principles, elements of art photography, bringing artists into the digital age, etc. and be taught by our guild artists. We are proud to present a yearly All Member exhibit in different venues of San Diego County. We also schedule ARTouts throughout the year in members’ homes where artists meet, mingle and share their current art projects. Membership Meetings Board Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in The Museum’s Mr. & Mrs. Frank Cockritz Boardroom and members are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Jane Darin at (619) 684-5196 or email [email protected]. http://www.sdmart.org/artists-guild

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Ruth Hayward and Manuelita Brown are the remarkable women whose life and art was discussed at the February 13 Artists Di...
02/16/2021

Ruth Hayward and Manuelita Brown are the remarkable women whose life and art was discussed at the February 13 Artists Discussion. Ruth shared her own copy of a bust of Ellen Browning Scripps which can be found at the Scripps Green Hospital.
Manuelita shared some of her recent work with the many artists in the audience. "Uphill Struggle" was inspired by movements in America and around the globe to overcome inequities. The work is in bronze and wood 16.6" x 9" x 14.5" created in 2020. They are now being exhibited at OMA.

Catherine Newhart shared "Shore Lines" with the many interested artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion.  It is in...
02/15/2021

Catherine Newhart shared "Shore Lines" with the many interested artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion. It is in Mixed media: metal, canvas, gold leaf, acrylic and special metallic paint on an embossed paper mat approximately 13 1/2" x 11".

You never know what you will learn at the Artists Discussions on the second Tuesday of each month. Rich Sheaffer introdu...
02/15/2021

You never know what you will learn at the Artists Discussions on the second Tuesday of each month. Rich Sheaffer introduced us to acrylic paint that appears blue OR red depending on the angle of view. "What a Difference a State Makes" depicts the state of Georgia "flipping" from red to blue or back to red again, depending on your view point. "Some viewers may see the sun and the flowers coming out when it flips from red to blue, while others may see them when the state flips back to red." For more details, see the "Portfolio" tab of www.richsheaffer.com

Scott Bruckner shared his sculpture "The Catch" with the many appreciative artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion...
02/15/2021

Scott Bruckner shared his sculpture "The Catch" with the many appreciative artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion. It is 9 1/2"Wx18"Hx10"D and made of Oak.

Darrell Windjack shared his colored pencil work with the many appreciative artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion...
02/15/2021

Darrell Windjack shared his colored pencil work with the many appreciative artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion. "Resilience" is 14"x17" on paper. Darrell lives in Canada and this work is inspired by a hothouse encounter.

Mitchell Wachtel, our Texan Guild Member, shared "Glory to the Shining Remover of Darkness (Across the Universe)." It is...
02/15/2021

Mitchell Wachtel, our Texan Guild Member, shared "Glory to the Shining Remover of Darkness (Across the Universe)." It is digitally produced. Mitchell encourages us to listen to John Lennon's Across the University on Youtube to get a fuller appreciation of his art.

Alan Cohen shared his work "Moonrise Study #3" with the many artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion. "This is a t...
02/15/2021

Alan Cohen shared his work "Moonrise Study #3" with the many artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion. "This is a transition image photographed from a keyhole slide show of 60 of my digitally enhanced photographs of 2 San Diego moonrises.

Dan Kilgore, our newest Board member, shared his soapstone sculpture with the many artists at the February 13 Artists Di...
02/15/2021

Dan Kilgore, our newest Board member, shared his soapstone sculpture with the many artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion. "Duality" is 14"x12"x12". "This is an abstract piece inspired by my thoughts around the concept of yin and yang and the challenge of finding the balance in life."

Marie-Ange Hoda Ackad from Canada shared her work with the many artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion. Welcome, ...
02/15/2021

Marie-Ange Hoda Ackad from Canada shared her work with the many artists at the February 13 Artists Discussion. Welcome, Marie-Ange. "A Portrait of My Son" 2019 Mixed Media:pigment, oil, gel, inkjet on canvas and birch wood panel 48"W x 60"H. "I use a concept called augmented reality, generally defined as an enhanced version of reality by using technology to add perceptual information to an image. I begin each piece with things that are tangible: items found in my studio including open paint jars, a dried rose, books and magazines. Some of these elements are painted in pigment, oil and gel while others are photo impressions adhered to the surface. Instead of using digital imagery to alter the "real world" environment that is represented on the painting's surface, I draw on my imagination adding in lushly painted red lips, exotic butterflies, and sometimes people. This merging of real and imagined which I see as belonging together, creates a third world, yet another reality."

Did you know Guild members always have work for sale on our website?  www.sdmaag.org   Here is an example of work by Ala...
01/28/2021

Did you know Guild members always have work for sale on our website? www.sdmaag.org Here is an example of work by Alan Cohen. Click on the Artists List to see a wide range of excellent art available to you. Contact the artist.

Arlene Solomon shared her photo collage "A Wild Ride" with the many artist at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion. ...
01/28/2021

Arlene Solomon shared her photo collage "A Wild Ride" with the many artist at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion. The complexity of the image is intriguing.

Elaine Davis shared  her painting "Cherries Jubilee" with the many artists at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion. ...
01/15/2021

Elaine Davis shared her painting "Cherries Jubilee" with the many artists at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion. In the artist's words, "Flathead Lake in Montana is the biggest lake west of the Mississippi. Every June and July the most delicious cherries are grow on the east side of the lake. Cherry picking is intensive in order to get the cherries to market. I was lucky to get an invitation to visit this orchard at the peak of the season. The painting is 20 x 24" oil on canvas."

Bonnie Roth's sunny disposition comes through in all her work. Here is "Overlooking Vernazza" a watercolor on paper. Bon...
01/14/2021

Bonnie Roth's sunny disposition comes through in all her work. Here is "Overlooking Vernazza" a watercolor on paper. Bonnie is a Guild member who shares her work with the many artists at the Virtual Artists Discussions on the second Saturday of each month.
All artists are welcome to share their work. RSVP to [email protected] or call 222-1034 before 7pm on the Friday before the zoom meeting.

Thank you to all who participated in and viewed our 2020 Virtual International Winter Exhibition. A 2021 Exhibition is i...
01/13/2021

Thank you to all who participated in and viewed our 2020 Virtual International Winter Exhibition. A 2021 Exhibition is in the planning for Spring. Stay tuned. Don't miss it. "Seeking Protection" by Bryon Draper is pictured here. See: https://www.sdmaag.org/2020-Winter-Exhibition

Our 2020 Virtual International Exhibition has drawn artists from 8 countries who were juried into the exhibition and now...
01/13/2021

Our 2020 Virtual International Exhibition has drawn artists from 8 countries who were juried into the exhibition and now are friends of the Guild and the Museum. Christelle Garrigue and Isabelle, living in France, create collaborative art under the name Chrisalide
"Floral Spirit" is an intuitive work created by the two women. In the artist's own words, "It is a mixed media work with collage, inks, paints, pens, different papers and an inner tube. Circles illustrate femininity through the womb from which explode floral fireworks. The colorful aspect of the painting defines energy as well as joy and happiness supported by the robustness of the inner tubes shaped in feathers and strands. The outline of the circle represents the planet hence humanity from which the flowers rise up like a chrysalis (just like our name) that grows up to be a colorful butterfly. It is like a birth."

"One O'Clock Jump" by Count Basie inspired Mitchell Wachtel's work below.  Listen to the music to see and hear the conne...
01/12/2021

"One O'Clock Jump" by Count Basie inspired Mitchell Wachtel's work below. Listen to the music to see and hear the connections.
Go to YouTube Music and search for the title to get the full experience of Mitchell's inspiration. Enjoy.

"Vibrations" by Albert Ayler and Don Cherry inspired Mitchell Wachtel to produce this photo based work of art. Listen to...
01/12/2021

"Vibrations" by Albert Ayler and Don Cherry inspired Mitchell Wachtel to produce this photo based work of art. Listen to the musical inspiration by searching for the title on YouTube Music.

Mitchell Wachtel has visualized "Hard Blues" by Julius Hemphill. Treat yourself to hearing the music on YouTube Music by...
01/12/2021

Mitchell Wachtel has visualized "Hard Blues" by Julius Hemphill. Treat yourself to hearing the music on YouTube Music by searching for the title there. Take a musical break.

Mitchell Wachtel's visual interpretation of "Get In Line" by Art Ensemble of Chicago is as striking as the music.  Hear ...
01/12/2021

Mitchell Wachtel's visual interpretation of "Get In Line" by Art Ensemble of Chicago is as striking as the music. Hear it on YouTube Music by searching for the title. Enjoy.

Mitchell Wachtel has created an extraordinary image for an extraordinary singer, Billie Holiday. Here is Mitchell's "On ...
01/12/2021

Mitchell Wachtel has created an extraordinary image for an extraordinary singer, Billie Holiday. Here is Mitchell's "On the Sunny Side of the Street". Here Billie Holiday sing it on You Tube Music by searching the title.

Enjoy Mitchell Wachtel's interpretation of "Reincarnation of Lovebird" by Charles Mingus.  Then treat yourself to the mu...
01/12/2021

Enjoy Mitchell Wachtel's interpretation of "Reincarnation of Lovebird" by Charles Mingus. Then treat yourself to the music.
Go to YouTube Music and search for "Reincarnation of Lovebird"
by Charles Mingus. Can you see and hear the connection?

Here is Mitchell Wachtel's interpretation of "My Favorite Things" by John Coltrane.  Treat yourself to a musical break a...
01/12/2021

Here is Mitchell Wachtel's interpretation of "My Favorite Things" by John Coltrane. Treat yourself to a musical break and listen to "My Favorite Things" by John Coltrane on YouTube Music.

Do you know Gunter Hampel the German jazz artist?  He is one of Mitchell Wachtel's favorites.  Here is Mitchell's interp...
01/12/2021

Do you know Gunter Hampel the German jazz artist? He is one of Mitchell Wachtel's favorites. Here is Mitchell's interpretation of "We Move" by Gunter Hampel. Go to YouTube Music and search for the album 'The 8th of July, 1969' by Guntr Hampel. The first song on the album is "We Move". Enjoy hearing something new to your ears.

Here is Mitchell Wachtel's interpretation of music by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges "Passion Flower".  Go to YouTube ...
01/12/2021

Here is Mitchell Wachtel's interpretation of music by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges "Passion Flower". Go to YouTube Music, search for "Passion Flower" by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges. Enjoy the sight and sound connection.

This is Mitchell Wachtel's visual interpretation of Miles Davis playing "Bitches Brew".  See if you can hear and see the...
01/12/2021

This is Mitchell Wachtel's visual interpretation of Miles Davis playing "Bitches Brew". See if you can hear and see the connection. Go to YouTube Music and search for "Bitches Brew" by Miles Davis. Treat yourself to some interesting time out.

Mitchell Wachtel, our Guild Member in Lubbock, Texas, presented a fascinating series of photo images that he associates ...
01/12/2021

Mitchell Wachtel, our Guild Member in Lubbock, Texas, presented a fascinating series of photo images that he associates with music.
Below you see "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans" as interpreted by him. Treat yourself to a musical moment. Go to YouTube Music and search for "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" performed by Louis Armstrong.

Kym Balthazar shared two of her paintings with the many artists at the Virtual Artists Discussion in December.  They are...
01/12/2021

Kym Balthazar shared two of her paintings with the many artists at the Virtual Artists Discussion in December. They are "Blue Skies and Brighter Days" and "Turning Point".

Jenny Ferrone shared her painting "Last Days of Summer" with the many artists at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussio...
01/12/2021

Jenny Ferrone shared her painting "Last Days of Summer" with the many artists at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion. It is an oil painting 11x14". The scene created a lot of memories for the artists viewing it.

Catherine Newhart, Guild Member at Large, shared her work 'Shorelines 1" with the many artists at the January 9 Virtual ...
01/11/2021

Catherine Newhart, Guild Member at Large, shared her work 'Shorelines 1" with the many artists at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion. A new year has taken Catherine in a new direction.

Carol Mansfield shared her work "ThoughtProcess" with the many artists at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion. It i...
01/11/2021

Carol Mansfield shared her work "ThoughtProcess" with the many artists at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion. It is acrylic on watercolor paper 22 x 28".

Congratulations to Vita Sorrentino whose watercolor "Forest Remains" is included in the California Watercolor Associatio...
01/11/2021

Congratulations to Vita Sorrentino whose watercolor "Forest Remains" is included in the California Watercolor Association's 51 National Exhibition.

Angelika Villagrana, Exhibitions Chair and Membership Chair of the Artists Guild, shared her 8x6" woodcut "Mlle Veroniqu...
01/11/2021

Angelika Villagrana, Exhibitions Chair and Membership Chair of the Artists Guild, shared her 8x6" woodcut "Mlle Veronique" with the many artists at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion.

Heidi Rufel shared her encaustic work "Vortex" with the many artists at the Virtual Artists Discussion on January 9. In ...
01/11/2021

Heidi Rufel shared her encaustic work "Vortex" with the many artists at the Virtual Artists Discussion on January 9. In the artist's words, "This painting attempts to show the violence as well as the beauty of a vortex as it initiates and reaches its maximum size."

Daniel Kilgore, one of the newest Guild Members, shared his painting "Jazz Sax" with the many artists at the January 9 V...
01/10/2021

Daniel Kilgore, one of the newest Guild Members, shared his painting "Jazz Sax" with the many artists at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion. Welcome, Daniel. To see more of his work go to: https://1-daniel-kilgore.pixels.com/

Laura Dirk, one of the Guild's Canadian friends, is thinking about Myrtle Beach where she would normally be if times wer...
01/10/2021

Laura Dirk, one of the Guild's Canadian friends, is thinking about Myrtle Beach where she would normally be if times were normal.
"Sea Foam" is 12 x 12" acrylic on canvas inspired by memories of Myrtle Beach. The many artists at the January 9 Virtual Artists Discussion enjoyed a trip to the beach through her art.

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"BOLD PERSPECTIVES". This will be my largest show of work in one place. A combination of at least 22 etchings, paintings, and photographs (two room solo show) in conjunction with the 'Galaxy of Glass' exhibition. Reception: Sept 7th, 5-7pm FALLBROOK ARTS CENTER, Main St, Fallbrook. Hope to see you there. 'Bold Perspectives' Janet Lee Sep. 7, 2019 - Oct. 20, 2019 The Rosalie & Spencer Lehmann and The Salon Galleries @ The Fallbrook Art Center Classically trained in England and at San Diego State University, Janet Lee’s show proposes a balance of dualities, delicate yet bold, which together form her personal perspective and aesthetic direction using ancient and modern techniques. Her imagery has a clear statement in any medium including printmaking, painting, and photography.
San Digo Artist Inducted into Library of Congress Collection. Contact [email protected] for an invite to the reception.
POETS WITHOUT BORDERS Featuring Beat Poet Laureate Chris Vannoy, National Slam Poetry Champion Viet Mai, Taco Shop Poetess Jackie Lopez, Izzy Blaze, Yvonne King & Igor Goldkind Will Perform at the Mesa College Gallery Reception for Mario Torero: "Artivismo Loko" Mario Torero is an internationally renowned muralist and a legend of the Chicano community. The title of the exhibition includes a term that Torero coined: “artivism” as the marriage of art and activism. POETS WITHOUT BORDERS is Chris Vannoy, Viet Mai, Yvonne King, Izzy Blaze, Jackie Lopez, Igor Goldkind, a gipsy band of poets inspired by and dedicated to the Artivist vision inspired by artist/muralist Mario Torero. By using both visual and literary arts to promote progressive social change and voice resistance to injustice. POETS WITHOUT BORDERS promotes the higher values of Freedom, Justice, Liberty, Planetary Sustainability and Human Rights. Mainly by actively bringing art back to the public sphere: where we live, where we eat and where we recreate. We also think Poetry is better than prayer because you don’t have to pretend that someone is listening. Mesa College Art Gallery: 619 388-2829 Poets Without Borders: Igor Goldkind 858 349 6429
During our April 14 Liberty Station meeting, Alessandra Moctezuma, Gallery Director and Museum Studies Director Professor at San Diego Mesa College, provided us with a fantastic presentation on “How to Present Your Artwork and Get Connected.” She graciously permitted us to publish a copy of her slides on our Guild website: www.sdmaag.org. Everyone had a lot of questions and appreciated her spending the morning with us. As during each meeting, attendees presented their artwork during the first hour. The next meeting will take place on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Dick Laub NTC Command Center – 2640 Historic Decatur Road. Our speaker will be mixed media and encaustic painter Michelle Haglund presenting “The Art of Encaustic Painting.” We thank ART DISTRICT Liberty Station for their continued sponsorship of these meetings.
Upcoming show this Saturday down the street!
I was involved in Life arts classes in Phoenix and Miami but it's been 40 years ago. I need to sign up with a group like yours to get work as a life arts model. I am 67, have an interesting face and body, (very hairy), not a pro but can hold short poses well and longer poses with a prop, self supplied.