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Artists invite community to reception for ‘The Gift and the Box It Came In’

The Tuesday Nights art group invites the community to “The Gift and the Box It Came In,” an exhibition of works based on examining the traditions of giving and receiving.
The reception will be in the Art Center in Ramona, 1140 Main St., Suite 208, on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday Nights is an art workshop for creative types facilitated by Ramona artist Helen Wilson. Each workshop is built around a project idea. The projects end in an exhibition.
“Mostly this is a way to advance creative skills while socializing with others of your artistic ilk,” said Wilson. Participants began gifting three months ago by creating small art gifts and leaving them at undisclosed locations around the community to be taken or re-gifted.
For each exhibition piece, Wilson asked:
•What was the most important gift you were given?
•What did you always want but never receive?
•What gift do you think the world needs?
The artists were free to interpret the project however their muses directed, Wilson said. One rule was, “keep a sense of play.” 
The artists are Tracy Potter, Lark Burkhart, Deborah Behnke, Helen Petre, Susie Amundson, Ralph Jensen, Cindy Dodson, Antonia Cosentino, Kathe Rothe, Regina Wilson, Ann Marie Heaton, Marsha Cook, John Gardener, Kathleen Beck, Lauren Chiara, Nancy Fergusion, Sarah Gutz, Stephine Hass, Denise Kelly, Paula Riddle, Paula Beck, Rose Goehner, Sarah Spicher, Pamela Underwood, Nancy Winslow and Helen Wilson.
Within the group are book artists, quilters, collage artists, glass artists, mosaic artists, painters, mixed media artists, sculptors, educators, expressive art therapists, activists, environmentalists, jewelry makers, librarians and “just plain makers,” noted Wilson.
Reception Night dress is black and white, “so come in your funkiest formal wear,” said Wilson. Attendees can buy a scratch-off ticket to win a planet ornament. Ticket sales will start at 7 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Art Center in Ramona.
The exhibition is only three days and the reception is really a closing, noted Wilson.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. from Friday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, ending with the evening reception.
Wilson may be contacted at
The art group can be seen on the blog

What’s new at the movies?


New in Theaters — November 21

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt.1 PG13 Katnis Everdeen must discover who she can trust as the rebellion against the capitol escalates. Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

Ramona Art Guild to host plein air workshop

Ramona Art Guild will host a plein air workshop with Chuck McPherson on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
McPherson, described as the master of intuitive painting, will begin with a demonstration and then participants will be free to roam to find that perfect spot to paint. The afternoon will conclude with an instructional analysis by McPherson of all the paintings.
The workshop will be held on Ramona artist Carol Levin’s property. Attendees will bring their own lunch and refreshment and are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. While McPherson is a watercolorist, all media is welcome.
Registration is requested before Nov. 21 at Ramona Art Guild’s website,
Ramona Art Guild meets monthly, the third Wednesday evening of each month except July and August, and quarterly workshops are held.

Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery to host art reception on Saturday

A reception celebrating the works of Ramona artists Nora Read and Deanna Woodworth will be held in Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is welcome.
Works by the two artists will be in the gallery’s Discovery Room through December.
Read, an oil painter, has been painting most of her adult life. Her bold use of color can be seen in a variety of subjects, from plantains with a poison dart frog hiding to a Venetian gondolier and fantasy creatures.
“My artistic goal is accomplished when people are touched with delight, humor, pleasant surprise and self-motivation for the future,” she said. “Positive creativity is thereby shared and passed on. It is my belief that every person has at their core a fabulous gem to discover and reveal.”
Several of her Ramona landscapes can be seen in the gallery windows facing Main Street.
Woodworth, a photographer, specializes in creating artistic images of newborns, children and beauty. She found her artistic niche when she took a photography course in high school. She rediscovered her passion for photography when she had her own children.
“The beauty of motherhood inspires me, and I want everyone to have artistic pictures to remember those special moments, which is why I chose to specialize in maternity, newborn and beauty photography,” she said. “I love making people happy by sharing my fine art photographs, so please, stop by and enjoy.”
Also, other gallery artists are having a Christmas sale.
“I cannot think of a better way to support local artists than by purchasing their artwork for gifts,” said Aletha McKenzie, in charge of publicity for the gallery.
The gallery is at 845 Main St. More information is at 760-789-3682 and

What’s New at the Movies?

Interstellar PG13 A team of explorers travels beyond our galaxy to find answers to human survival as life on Earth is coming to an end.

Big Hero 6 PG Tech genius, Hiro Hamada, enlists the help of his companion robot and best friends to foil an evil plot. Disney animation

Art & Wine Festival nets about $19,500 for mural project


The rain stayed away Saturday for the second annual Ramona Art & Wine Festival, but the crowds and donations poured in to support the fundraiser for the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project.

“It was miraculous, especially as the rain stopped just as we were setting up,” said Elaine Lyttleton, chair of the festival.

Staged at the Amy Strong Castle at Mt. Woodson, the festival netted approximately $19,500 for the mural project, said Lyttleton. That represents about a $6,000 increase over last year’s proceeds.

What’s at the movies this Halloween weekend?

New in Theaters — October 31

Before I Go to Sleep R A middle age writer is incapable of forming new memories with her patient husband due to an accident in her mid-20s. Stars: Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth

Nightcrawler R A TV journalist seeks out crimes and accidents in progress with a group of rogue cameramen and a veteran news reporter. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Halloween activities, rummage sales, art and wine festival among upcoming events


MERCHANTS SAFE TRICK OR TREAT, 3 to 6 p.m., along Ramona’s Main Street. Participating merchants hand out treats to children. Presented by Ramona Chamber of Commerce. More: 760-789-1311.
RUMMAGE SALE, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Social Center, Sixth and E streets. Clothing, household items, books, toys, electronics and more. Open to the public. More: 760-787-0421.

‘John Wick’ and ‘Ouija’ open Oct. 24


New in Theaters — October 24

John Wick R A retired hitman resurfaces to avenge his life by tracking and eliminating the gangsters that took everything from him. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan

Ouija PG13 Friends gather around a Ouija board and bring forth their greatest fears as they awaken an ancient spirit bent on destruction. Stars: Olivia Cook, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith

Authors Day, Harvest Festival, Walk for Life, and community theater among upcoming events


RAMONA WALK FOR LIFE SUICIDE PREVENTION WALK, 4 to 7 p.m. Ramona High School track, 1401 Hanson Lane. A day of reflection, hope, resources, food, prizes and bands. Proceeds go to Ramona school programs focused on youth suicide prevention. More: