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Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California

January 13 – March 4, 2018

On view at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum located at:
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025

Internationally known artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) created several larger than life works of art about the myths and legends of California. Through maquettes, models, sculptures, photographs, furniture, blueprints, and video we honor this vibrant 20th century artist.


Join in celebration of the fifteen-year anniversary of the construction of her sculptural garden Queen Califia’s Magical Circle and the series’ she developed while living in San Diego.

Center Museum Hours:
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm

Docent-led tours are available in English & French upon request. To book a tour contact Arts Education Program Supervisor, Kirsten Barrientes at 760-839-4176 or kbarrientes@artcenter.org .

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday: 9am-12pm, weather permitting.
The Garden will be closed on weekday holidays. The Garden will also be open to the public on the Second Saturday of each month, from 9am to 2pm, with docents available to answer questions. Upcoming Second Saturdays January 13 and February 10.

Exhibiting Concurrently:

Inspired: A Mosaic Invitational

Mosaic work by local artists Wick Alexander, Christie Beniston, Doris Bittar, Robin Brailsford, Kim Emerson, Katherine England, Cherrie La Porte, Leslie Perlis, Renée Richetts, Cheryl Tall, and Jean Wells, who often look to Niki de Saint Phalle for inspiration, will reveal the complexity and beauty of this obsessive art form.

The LithoMosaic® installation, Star Streams, by artists Wick Alexander, Doris Bittar, and Robin Brailsford, and installed with a sponsorship by Shaw & Sons Concrete Contractors, will be officially unveiled in conjunction with this exhibition.

Eva Struble: Cover Crop

With a combination of materials, Struble’s artwork treats distressed urban and natural landscapes, whose seemingly serene atmosphere belies the socio-political and environmental issues at their heart. Created on top of unfinished canvases from various periods, she adds imagery referencing small farms in the San Diego area, blending in previous scenes of her everyday life, television stills, textile patterns, and landscapes.

Special Events:

  • Mosaic Lecture | Sunday, March 4, 2018 | 3:00 PM | Members $5 // Non-members $10
Image Credit:
Niki de Saint Phalle, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, Escondido, California, 2003.
© Niki Charitable Art Foundation 2018. Photo Credit: © Philipp Scholz Rittermann
Niki de Saint Phalle at Beach in La Jolla, California, 1999. © Niki Charitable Art Foundation 2018. Photo Credit: © P. LeSegretain/Sygma


Campus Creatives: From the Classroom to the Museum

April 7 – May 13, 2018

Visual Art Department Faculty members teaching at the college level in San Diego County will showcase newer works of all media. This juried exhibition will underscore the talents of the educators and highlight our County’s strength in art education. Giving the public a chance to see how they practice what they teach and influence the art world beyond their institutions.

Image credit: Sasha Koozel Reibstein; With or Without You (for Jim & James); 14″ x 11″ x 4″, porcelain, gold and copper leaf, mixed media

The American Watercolor Society 151st Traveling Exibition

July 14 – August 26, 2018

The American Watercolor society (AWS) is a nonprofit membership organization that began in 1866 to promote the art of water media. Each year the AWS holds a juried exhibition that draws thousands of entries from artists throughout the world. The top selections are included in a traveling exhibition, touring museums and galleries nationwide.



Linda A. Doll, Aran Visit, 2016, Watercolor, 30 x 22 in.


Background Image Credit:
Niki de Saint Phalle, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, Escondido, California, 2003.
© Niki Charitable Art Foundation 2018. Photo Credit: © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

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