San Diego

On View: Art and Culture Exhibitions

Carmel Valley

Painting by John Makinster

Credit: J. Makinster

John Makinster
Until Aug. 28, 2017
Small-sized acrylic paintings. Reception July 15, from 2 – 5 p.m.

"Tree of Life" by students at Innovations Academy

Credit: Innovations Academy

COMING SOON: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2017
Inspired by Gustaf Klimt’s “Tree of Life,” students at Innovations Academy in Scripps Ranch created this backdrop for their production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

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
June 30 - Sept. 10, 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

Girl Scouts Display

San Diego Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years
July 5 - Sept. 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.

Young Lee's traditional Korean folk art work.

Credit: Y. Lee

COMING SOON:  Garden in My Mind
Aug. 28 - Nov. 27, 2017
Young Lee’s creations are inspired by traditional Korean folk art, with colors and symbols that represent wishes for harmony and well-being. Opening reception Saturday Sept. 2, from 2 - 5 p.m.

North Park

Seussical the Musical

Credit: B. Smith

July 15 - Dec. 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.

Pacific Beach

"Rhapsody", by Brenda 'Blade' Villegas.

"Rhapsody", by Brenda 'Blade' Villegas.

Mastering the Fine Art of Colored Pencil
Aug. 3 - Sept. 27, 2017
New work from the San Diego Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Opening reception Sunday Aug. 13, from 4 - 6 p.m.  Demonstrations Saturdays Aug. 19 and 26, and Sept. 16 and 23, from 1 - 4 p.m.

Point Loma/Hervey

Turquoise Pottery

Credit: L. Render

Point Loma Artists Association

June 3 - Aug. 31, 2017


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

Rancho Bernardo

Reclining woman

Credit: M. North

Margaret North
July - Sept. 31, 2017
Transparent watercolors and drawings.

Rancho Peñasquitos

See life logo

See Life

Until Aug. 15, 2017


Photos of sea life from the Cabrillo National Monument.


Rachielle Sheffler’s art work “Hanging by a Thread”

Credit: R. Sheffler

A Good Yarn
Until Oct. 31, 2017
Rachielle Sheffler’s “Hanging by a Thread” (First Place, 2017 San Diego County Fair) and other yarnbombed works. Sheffler first discovered yarnbombing through a program at the Carmel Mountain Branch Library.

San Carlos

Painting of a hummingbird.

Credit: L. Shepard

Christina Matchett & Luz Shepard
Aug. 8 – 31, 2017
Oil paintings, pastels and sumi-e Japanese brush painting. Reception Sunday Aug. 19 from noon - 2 p.m.

Serra Mesa

Nest bird constructed out of paper.

Credit: B. Bradford

The Karen Rhiner Project 2 
July 8 - Aug. 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.

Skyline Hills

Two kids on a bike

Credit: M. Morris

Urbana 2
July 15 - Sept.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.


Drawing of a tiger.

Credit: B. Marker

Barbara Marker
Aug. 10 - Oct. 28, 2017
Animals depicted in paint and pencil. The artist’s comic book covers will also be on display in the lobby. Opening reception Saturday Aug. 12 from 2 - 5 p.m.