On View: Art and Culture Exhibitions at the Library

Allied Gardens/Benjamin

Photograph of cactus plants

Credit: B. Miller

Brian Miller/Tim Mountain

Until August 31, 2017


Contemporary landscape photography in color and black and white, including images from San Diego’s east county.

Carmel Valley

Painting by John Makinster

Credit: J. Makinster

Coastal Artists

Until June 30, 2017


Paintings, 3-dimensional works and jewelry by the Coastal Artist.

COMING SOON: John Makinster
July 1 - 31, 2017
Small-sized acrylic paintings. Reception July 15, from 2 – 5 p.m.

Central Library, Art Gallery

Weather on Steroids:  The Art of Climate Change Science

Credit: L. Rosse

Weather on Steroids:  The Art of Climate Change Science

June 10 - Sept. 3, 2017

Artists’ ideas about our planet’s upset balance and the impact of climate change, inspired by the work of scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Organized by the La Jolla Historical Society.

Central Library, Popular Library 

Kids with star masks.

Climate Science Alliance, The Art of Change
Opens June 30, 2017
Climate-inspired artwork by local children, artists, and community members, this exhibition includes an interactive scavenger hunt that children can participate in to earn a free coloring book.

La Jolla/Riford

Secret Garden Tour - Kids on Tree

Credit: S. Bucko

One Subject: Families

June 24 - Sept. 22, 2017


Photographers interpret the concept of "family."

Mission Valley

Sister Parks

Credit: P. Roullard

Sister Parks

Through July, 2017


Photographs exploring a little-known relationship between Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park and a nature reserve in Mongolia.


COMING SOON:  San Diego Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

July 5 - September 2017
Memorabilia collected since the first San Diego troop was established 100 years ago.  Includes old photos, uniforms, badges, cookies and other artifacts.  In partnership with the Girls Scouts of San Diego County.

North Park

Seussical the Musical

Credit: B. Smith

Seussical the Musical

Through June, 2017


Scenes from the play, as performed at McKinley Elementary School.

July 15 - December 31, 2017
SUPER is a collaborative photo project with local North Park photographer and artist Barbara Smith, featuring some SUPER kids from the community. For this project, she asked the kids some questions about what they would could do if they could have any super power, and used that information as the bouncing off point for a fun photoshoot in various places in North Park and downtown San Diego.

Point Loma/Hervey

Turquoise Pottery

Credit: L. Render

Point Loma Artists Association

June 3 - August 31, 2017


Creations in varied media by members of a juried arts organization.

Rancho Bernardo

Reclining woman

Credit: M. North

Karen Vincent

Through June, 2017



COMING SOON: Margaret North
July - September, 2017
Transparent watercolors and drawings.

Rancho Peñasquitos

See life logo

See Life

Until August 15, 2017


Photos of sea life from the Cabrillo National Monument.


Picture of various calculators

Credit: L Olson

70 Years of Handheld Calculators

Until July 31, 2017


A personal collection ranging from an abacus and slide-rules, to HP, TI and Casio instruments to mobile phones and a laptop.

San Carlos

Colorful abstract painting

Credit: M. Peterson

COMING SOON: Melanie Peterson

July 5 - August 3, 2017


Vibrant abstracts using alcohol ink on yupo paper, reception Saturday July 15, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Serra Mesa

Nest bird constructed out of paper.

Credit: B. Bradford

Linmou Eng

Until June 30, 2017


Watercolors, Chinese brush paintings and oils by an amateur artist who advanced from basic sketching to painting replicas of old masterworks.

COMING SOON: The Karen Rhiner Project 2 
July 8 - August 31, 2017
When a member of the Colored Pencil Association bequeathed the local chapter items from her studio, others took her “ready-to-use” elements and incorporated them into new works.  Reception Sunday July 9, 2017 from 4-6 p.m.

Skyline Hills

Two kids on a bike

Credit: M. Morris

Paradise Skills

Until June 30, 2017


An artists’ collaborative celebrates the heritage of Asian/Pacific Americans.

July 15 - September 15, 2017
Black and white photographs by the late Major Morris, taken in the 1960s and ‘70s.  These images depict the simple beauty of everyday life, no matter how poor or disenfranchised a person may be.  Reception Saturday July 15, 2017 from 3-5 p.m.


Samuel Young

Credit: S. Young

COMING SOON: Samuel Young
July 6 - August 1, 2017
Collages using mod podge and comic book images.