Walter Mencken 11:22 a.m., April 26
San Diego Is Turning into Its Own Little Montmartre
On Friday evening, July 1, people paid three dollars each to view art by local artists at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park.
As soon as I entered the exhibit, an artist by the name of Larry Knight (above) caught my attention; his big glasses and walking cane made me think I was in New York City.
I had the opportunity to speak with artist Barbara Schmidt (above), who painted Lemon Fields in the South of France. She used vibrant purples with complementing blues and dark greens. When you look at the painting there is a sense of calming. Schmidt said she loves the smell of lemons.
Another painting that caught my eye was Julie’s Garden (above), by Chicago-born Jerome Walker, who has battled eyesight problems most of his life. Julie’s Garden is named after his wife. I asked him what his thought process is when sitting in front of a blank canvas. He said he sits down and lets his paintbrush take the lead.
Young artists from Carver and Garfield elementary schools also had the opportunity to display their art. I spoke with one of the artists, Perla Cardenas Gonzalez, who painted Self Portrait (above), of her, her parents, and her sister.
For more, go to sandiego-art.org/.
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