Second Spring—Conserving Nature in Life and Art
Presented in partnership with San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and Plein-Air Painters of America
April 5, 2014 – April 27, 2014
Three nonprofits have united to present a plein-air art exhibition that highlights the beauty and history of the San Dieguito River Valley. Titled "Second Spring—Conserving Nature in Life and Art," the exhibition will take place April 6 – 27 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and feature historic works from public and private museum collections as well as freshly-painted pieces created by nationally known artists.
Under the banner of the Art in Nature Alliance, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC), the Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA) and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) are hosting 20 plein-air artists who will, the week prior to the exhibition, paint outdoors in the San Dieguito watershed in San Diego County, capturing the beautiful flora and fauna that inhabit the 55-mile-long river valley that stretches from the mountains to the coast.
The fresh-from-the-field art will then be hung in the museum galleries at the Center and the “wet-paint exhibition” will be unveiled to the public on Sunday, April 6. (But don’t worry, the works won’t actually be wet!)
The purpose of the project is to inspire interest and appreciation for nature through the tradition of plein-air painting. Taken from the French expression “en plein air,” which means “in the open air,” plein-air painting takes artists outside to create their works on location, fully immersed in their subject. “Second Spring” will allow Southern California residents to enjoy and bond with their local landscape through the eyes of three generations of artists. Concluding April 27, the exhibition will run through the official countywide celebration of Earth Day, resonating with and reinforcing April’s theme of preserving the natural world.
The show will also serve as a fundraiser for the conservancy, as 35 percent of the purchase price of the freshly-painted canvases will be a tax-deductible contribution to the SDRVC. These paintings will be first available for purchase during a pre-opening gala at the Center on April 5.
Exploring Art in Nature: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Three exhibitions in one, “Second Spring” explores the past, present and future of the San Diego landscape:
Contemporary Painters: Twenty PAPA members, hailing from all across the country, will spend several days painting on location in the San Dieguito River Valley watershed, documenting the area from an early 21st-century perspective. Subject matter will include the coast from La Jolla to Encinitas, as well as the lower portion of the lagoon to the upper portion of Volcan Mountain. Their plein-air paintings, as well as studio works derived from field studies, will comprise more than 100 paintings for sale in the contemporary exhibition.
Early Artists: A complementary exhibition of more than 50 artworks from private and public collections by early California impressionist painters will document the San Diego area in the early 20th century. Among the featured artists are Maurice Braun (1877-1941), Charles Reiffel (1862-1942), Charles A. Fries (1854-1940) and Alfred R. Mitchell (1888-1972).
Plein-Air Painters of Tomorrow: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido will coordinate with local schools and art education organizations to provide schoolchildren the opportunity to observe nature by making paintings of it in the outdoors and to exhibit their work.
Opening Weekend Events
The opening weekend of “Second Spring” will offer an opportunity to learn about the interaction of art and nature and to acquire paintings by the top artists in the field, as well as to contribute to SDRVC projects. Tickets are available through the SDRVC at (858) 755-6956.
Saturday, April 5
5 p.m. – The Art of Looking at Art, a visual presentation by Jean Stern, Director of the Irvine Museum
6 p.m. – Exhibition Opening Gala and Sale (Ticketed Event: $100 per person)
Sunday, April 6
1 to 4 p.m. – Exhibition opens to the public (Regular museum admission)
Learn more about the exhibition’s presenting organizations:
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy – www.sdrvc.org
The Museum is currently closed.
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Thu-Sat: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Center Members: FREE
12 and under: FREE
General Admission: $8.00
Seniors (60+), Military & Student discounts available.
340 North Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025