A look at the arts scene in San Diego from the curator of the Martha Pace Swift Gallery at NTC Promenade. Wes Discusses current shows and artists, multimedia links, reflections on other shows and artists and musings on all things artistic.
Ellen Dieter Returns to the Swift
The Bay Park Paintings give a beautiful taste of home
With a little fanfare and a lot of sweat, we reloaded the many works of James Watts onto a U-Haul today, marking the end of an extraordinary show. James was in good spirits, and brought helpers for the task of wrapping and packing for storage. He leaves behind many good memories, including his artistic demonstrations at First Fridays in sculpture and still life, complete with audience participation...
The space has an anticipatory emptiness now, which we hope to fill with the next, very special show, our annual client artist show, featuring the works of persons served by students and Graduates of the Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego, a school that teaches expressive arts therapy fopr use with all ages and populations. Full Disclosure for those of you who don't know, I am a director of the Expressive Arts Institute, as well as the curator of the Swift. So expect the next show to be full of art, both naive and beautiful and full of moving meaning and hear-felt expression. That show will open on November 5th 2010 at 5 pm, and I hope to see you there.
James show will be missed, but the good news comes in the form of an agreement between James and Alan Zieter of the NTC Foundation to allow one of the central pieces of the show, the Kokeshi Dollsto remain on site. Weighing in at 450 pounds each, the two did not re-board the truck, but were instead moved to a location flanking the entrance to the Historic Command Center, building 200.
The new site is a one minute stroll from the Martha Pace Swift Gallery, so when you drop in on us, please take time to visit James' magnificent couple. We'd like to think they miss us as much as we miss them. I am sure of one thing: they will continue to please, engage and fascinate visitors to the NTC Promenade. See you in November!