By Emily Sorensen
The Ramona Art Guild is seeking to bring culture and an outlet to enjoy the arts to Poway with its 2011 Open Juried Art Show, displaying at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts through Friday, Dec. 23.
On display are 75 works from over 40 artists, painstakingly chosen from over 150 submissions by well-known Ramona artist and juror, Pat Kelly, who teaches plein air and still life painting at the La Jolla Athenaeum Music and Arts Library.
The show features three categories:
•Watercolors, acrylic or pastel works on paper, under glass or plexiglass;
•Oils or acrylics on canvas or board; and
•Mixed media, photography, digital art, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.
“Our Ramona Art Guild was thrilled to have been accepted to curate a second show at the Poway Center of Performing Arts,” said Susan Bainbridge, exhibit chairperson and one of the artists featured in the show. “It is one of the most beautiful venues for artists in San Diego to display their art.”
Bainbridge’s painting “Hope,” a mixed media piece on canvas, won third place in the mixed media category.
Brought together by more than just a love of art, the Ramona Art Guild seeks to educate and expose the community to art they might otherwise never see.
“Palomar College used to run art classes through the high school, but those ended due to budget cuts,” said Bainbridge. “We’re trying to fill the void.”
Offering monthly meetings featuring an artist who gives a demonstration as well as workshops, the Ramona Art Guild’s efforts seem to be paying off. Its membership has recently seen a big increase, swelling to about 100 people, including a number of younger artists.
Though the guild has made strides in offering exposure to the arts in the community, the lack of local art galleries holds them back, said Bainbridge.
“Due to high demand for use of the space, the Poway Center for the Performing Arts only lets in groups every other year,” she said. “We hope to have shows locally, but for now we’re going to focus on workshops and educational programs, hopefully some figure drawing classes.”
Poway Center for the Performing Arts is at 15498 Espola Road in Poway. Gallery hours are frp, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, visit www.RamonaArtGuild.org.