Past Museum Exhibitions: 2014: Second Spring

Conserving Nature in Life and Art

April 6 – 27, 2014

A plein air painter paints a picture of a barn in a peaceful meadow in preparation for the Center's April 2014 Second Spring museum exhibitionThree non-profits — the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC), the Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA), and the Center for the Arts — have joined forces under the banner of the Art in Nature Alliance to present Second Spring — Conserving Nature in Life and Art.

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, spent several days painting on location in the San Dieguito River Valley watershed, documenting the area from an early 21st-century perspective. Subject matter includes the coast from La Jolla to Encinitas, as well as the lower portion of the lagoon to the upper portion of Volcan Mountain. More than 100 paintings are on sale in the contemporary exhibition, and 35 percent of the purchase price will go towards the SDRVC as a tax-deductible contribution.
  • Early Artists
    This complementary exhibition of more than 50 artworks from private and public collections by early California impressionist painters documents 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 exhibit also features plein-air paintings created by Escondido-area high school students.

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