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  • 20 Oct 2021 9:53 AM | Katerina Husar Lazarova (Administrator)


    Following is the September/October 2021 Artists Guild Newsletter.   Recent newsletters are on the Artists Guild website: www.sdmaag.org     Back issues (1971-2010) are available digitally. Contact Sue Gold (president@sdmaag.org)
    President's Message

    Dear Members,

    The Artists Guild is hosting a "LIVE" members-only show with a reception at The Center for the Performing Arts in Poway in November 2021.  We will also show this exhibition online on our website sdmaag.org  Please see the prospectus on our website for details and how to enter this exhibition.  PLEASE ENTER THIS MEMBERS-ONLY EXHIBITION.

    The San Diego Museum of Art will show a few members' works in the Museum sometime in 2024 in the admission-free gallery next to Panama 66.  The works shown will be of the Museum's choosing.


  • 17 Jun 2021 1:11 PM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)
    • Jeffrey R. Brosbe: In Memoriam October 30, 1945-April 24, 2021

      In memory of artist Jeffrey R. Brosbe the La Jolla Art Association will be hosting a reception honoring his life and work. 

      We also would like to thank Yung Chieng Wang (Arthur) for graciously allowing us to display Jeffrey’s work and for allowing the sale of his work. 

      Jeffrey’s work will be on exhibit in the Great Room through June 29 at the La Jolla Community Center.  The name of this installation is“Arboreal Impressions”.  There will also be an installation of many of his other colorful travel photographs in two other areas of the Center through the month of July.  These photographs reveal Jeffrey’s work spanning many years and destinations in which he artfully captured the profound beauty, light, and lives of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China. Tibet, Egypt, and Israel.  

      Reception date: Friday, June 18, 2021 

      Time: 1 PM to 4 PM.  

      Refreshments and light appetizers will be served.

      Place: La Jolla Community Center  6811 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

      Please RSVP: caulfieldn991@gmail.com

      We look forward to seeing you soon.  

      Please observe the Center protocols: Vaccine or current Covid Test.  Masks. 

      Note: the online exhibition of Jeffrey's work will continue through July.


      About Jeffrey:

      Other than his passion for photography Jeffrey was an avid student of archeology and history (UCLA) and was a literature instructor at San Dieguito High School in Encinitas where he taught for 33 years starting at the young age of 23.  

      For years he actively served on the board of the La Jolla Art Association, the Allied Artists Association of San Diego, and the Off Track Gallery.  His archival photographic prints have been selected in international juried exhibitions; national juried exhibitions in museums, colleges, and universities; and juried exhibitions throughout San Diego County, winning special recognition and awards in almost all of them.

      In 1997 he was chosen by the City of Carlsbad Arts Commission as one of the first to do a major installation.  His most recent honors include being selected by Black and White magazine for the 2017 Single Image Awards issue and given the special recognition award by the Photo Arts Group for work submitted to the International Exhibition of Photography in Del Mar (California) in 2016.

      He says:  “Visually, my work is built around shape, light, and shadow.  The essence of my images however are moments in time which, in their contemplation, communicate my personal response to the world which is sometimes a wry, ironic smile; at others awestruck; and sometimes in a realm between these poles. The creation of an image is the same as the creation of a Haiku:  It should be whole and meaningful in itself while providing greater insight when pondered further.”  See more at  jeffreyrbrosbe.com

      Since he began to offer his work to the public in 1994, Jeffrey R. Brosbe has had the following solo exhibitions:

      • "SCAPES: landscapes, urbanscapes, mindscapes" -- Jeffrey R. Brosbe-photographer & Julianne Ricksecker-print maker, Gallery 21, Spanish Village, Balboa Park, August 7 - 27, 2018
      • "NOUNS  --  The Photography of Jeffrey R. Brosbe & Nicole Caulfield" -- Allied Artist Association of San Diego, La Jolla , CA - May 28 - July 30, 2016
      • "Web Site Featured Artist"  San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild - June 2016
      • "Photography of Jeffrey R. Brosbe"  -- Redwood Bridge Club, San Diego, CA - June, 2016
      • "More of the Eclectic Eye" -- The Photography of Jeffrey R. Brosbe, Gallery 21, Spanish Village, Balboa Park, August 14 - 25, 2016
      • "Photography of Jeffrey R. Brosbe"  -- Redwood Bridge Club, San Diego, CA - May, 2015
      • "Eclectic Eyes" -- The Photography of Alo Munzzia & Jeffrey R. Brosbe, Gallery 21, Spanish Village, Balboa Park, April 11 - 23,2012
      • "Natural Fantasies" – Encinitas Civic Center Gallery, Encinitas, CA, May 1 – 31, 2007
      • "The Greatest Compliment" – San Diego Art Institute, Dec 7 ‘06 – Jan 7 ‘07
      • "Arboreal Impressions" – Metro Gallery, Reno, NV, Sept 26 – Nov 18, 2005
      • "Me, Me Mind, Me Town" – San Diego Art Institute, Sept 8 – Oct 9, 2005
      • "Jeffrey R. Brosbe – Photography" – Merced College Art Gallery, 2/ 23 – 3/18, 2004
      • "Arboreal Impressions" – San Diego Art Institute, July 3 – August 3, 2003
      • "Urbanscapes & Reflections" – The Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest (CA), 5/10 – 6/5, 2002
      • "Architectural Abstracts" – FireHouse Gallery, Grants Pass, OR, Aug 1 – Sept 1, 2001
      • "Urbanscapes" – College of the Sequoias Art Gallery, Nov 7 – Dec 9, 2000
      • "Faces, Faces, Faces" - Bard Hall Gallery, San Diego, CA, April, 1999
      • "Haiku Images" - Off Track Gallery, Encinitas, CA, June, 1998
      • "Patterns: Natural & Not" - Bard Hall Gallery, San Diego, CA, March, 1998
      •  City of Carlsbad (California) Installation - March 4 - August 25, 1997


      Jeffrey R. Brosbe has been exhibited more than 50 times both nationally and internationally.

      Here is a selection of juried exhibitions into which his images have been shown:

    • ·       Off Track Gallery, Encinitas, California, January 31 - Feburary 26, 2018, "Best of Show"
    • North County Photography Society, 22nd annual membership exhibition, September 2017, 1st place - Color-Nature
    • Single Image Contest Winner, Black & White, issue 119, February 2017
    • "Documents and Pictures", San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, Member's Juried Exhibition at Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway, CA - February 1 - 28, 2017
    • 2016 Doggone Art Show, Gallery 21, Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA - December 21, 2016 - January 2, 2017.  1st Place, Photography
    • "Part & Parcel: Selections from SDAI Member Artists, San Diego Art Institute, CA  - November 12 - December 3, 2016
    • San Diego County Fair Exhibition of Photography, Del Mar, CA - June 3 - July 5, 2016.  Honorable Mention & Special Award from Photo Arts Group
    • San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild "Member's Juried Exhibition at Gallery 21" - May 25 - June 5, 2016
    • La Jolla Art Association - "Petal Pushers" - May 15 - 29, 2016
    • Allied Artists Association of San Diego "Nooks and Crannies of La Jolla" - May 1 - 20, 2016
    • Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA - "Six Word Story" - March 20 - May 5, 2016
    • San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild "International Online Exhibition" - March 25 - May 24, 2016
    • Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA - "2nd Annual Juried Exhibition"  - May 20 – July  14, 2012
    • San Diego Art Institute - "51st International Exhibition"- April 16 – May 29, 2011
    • La Jolla Art Association - "1st Annual Southern California All Media Black & White Exhibition"- September 15 – October 10, 2010  
    • San Diego Museum of Art - Artists Guild Fine Art Festival, 2007 & 2008
    • Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA - "Seeing Through Light"- Jan 20 – March  11, 2007
    • La Jolla Art Association - "Dimensions, an all California juried  exhibition of art in all media"- Nov 13 – Nov 26, 2006  &  "Visions in Print, a Southern California  juried photography exhibition"- August 14 – August 27, 2006
    • San Diego Art Institute -"The Southern California Regional Juried Award Exhibition", May 3 – 27 ‘01, Oct 25 – Nov 24 ‘02, Oct 16 – Nov 23 ‘03, Oct 15 – Nov 20 ‘05
    • San Diego Art Institute - "Regional Artists Exhibition"- Sept 9 – Oct 10, 2004  (Juror's Choice Award)
    • Athenaeum Museum and Library of Art and Music, La Jolla, CA , Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition, 1997 & 2004.
    • San Diego Gaslamp Quarter - "City Arts"- October 12, 2003
    • Fine Art Institute of San Bernadino County Museum – "36th Annual Open National Exhibition - Sept 26 – Nov 3 ‘01  & "37th Annual …" - Sept 25 – Nov 2, 2002  
    • San Diego Art Institute - "45th International Exhibition"- Oct 26 – Nov 25, 2001
    • "14th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition", McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, March 29 - April 26, 2001.
    • All Media 2000 Juried Exhibition, Irvine Art Center, Dec 2, 2000-Jan 7, 2001 (Honorable Mention Award)
    •  Florida State Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL, "The Tallahassee Florida National Competition:  Combined Talents 2000", August 28 - October 1, 2000
    • Fringe Festival - Melbourne, Australia "New Horizons" Exhibition 1999
    • San Diego Museum of Art - Artists Guild All California Art Competition - 1998


    Last but not least let’s not forget Jeffrey’s cherished quotes which I had to include here as they were posted at the end of all his communications in blue:

    "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."  --  Coach John Wooden

    "Old age is like a plane flying through a storm.  Once you are aboard there is nothing you can do."  --  Golda Meir

    "Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife."  --  John Dewey

    " Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but it is man's inclination to injustice that makes democracy necessary."  --  Reinhold Niebuhr

    "If you do not want to grow old, die young."  --  Belle Barth

    "If it may seem I laugh too much/'Tis only that I may not cry"  --  Robert Burns

    “The inability to find and speak the truth is a failing that no talent for speaking the untruth can disguise.”  --  Boris Pasternak

    “To innovate you need more than rote knowledge.  You need a trained imagination.”  --  Martha Nussbaum

    “A jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a carpenter to build one.”  --  Sam Rayburn

    “What we wish, we readily believe/and what we ourselves think/we imagine others think also.”  --  William Shakespeare


    "Only God and I knew what I meant when I wrote it, now only God knows."  --  Robert Frost


    "The passion of Acceptance/causes the fool/to learn Calculus,/and the genius/to flunk Life."  --  Alexander Dunbar (Jeffrey R. Brosbe)


    "At the count of 25/Time stops/ And flies by"  --  Jeffrey R. Brosbe

  • 9 May 2021 9:31 AM | Katerina Husar Lazarova (Administrator)


    Following is the May/June 2021 Artists Guild Newsletter.   Recent newsletters are on the Artists Guild website: www.sdmaag.org     Back issues (1971-2010) are available digitally. Contact Sue Gold (president@sdmaag.org)
    President's Message

    Dear Members,

    Finally, we have vaccines available.  Let's hope we are soon able to get back to normal.  Hopefully, this will happen sooner rather than later.   

    The Artists Guild has decided to continue with online shows for now.  The prospectus for our Summer Exhibition is live on our website.  The Exhibition will be open to all and we will accept any and all media. See the prospectus for details. The juror for this exhibition is Anita Feldman, the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at The San Diego Museum of Art.


  • 8 May 2021 7:46 PM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)

    Paint Southern California in the open air in one of only 14 designated California Cultural Districts.

    Oceanside offers gorgeous coastlines, charming cityscapes, peaceful lagoons, rolling hills with lush flora and fauna, and the historic Mission San Luis Rey, among other visual splendor to capture on canvas or media of your choosing. All skill levels encouraged. Any artist may participate–they do not need to be members. However members of OMA’s Artist Alliance group receive a discount on registration rates. Please visit www.oma-online.org/pleinair for further information and to register. Click here to learn more about the 2021 Plein Air  Festival.

  • 2 Jan 2021 10:09 PM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)



    Following is the January/February 2021 Artists Guild Newsletter.   Recent newsletters are on the Artists Guild website: www.sdmaag.org     
    President's Message

    Dear Members,

    Happy New Year to you.  We all certainly hope that 2021 is a much better year!

    This time we live in is unprecedented.  We have been living with this pandemic for about ten months now and, for sure, we are getting tired of staying home, wearing a mask and social distancing when we go out.  A couple of vaccines have been approved, but it will be a while before everyone is vaccinated.  We have all learned how to order things and have them delivered.  We are having Zoom meetings and learning new ways to live with technology.  Some of this will stay with us even after the pandemic is over.  We are learning new ways to cope.  Right now, all we can do is hang in there, and do our best to stay busy at home and be very careful when going out. 


  • 12 Oct 2020 3:30 PM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)

    Bonnie Roth shared how she creates her amazing clay portraits with the many artist at the October 10 Virtual Artists Discussion. Each piece has such a strong personality which suggests a whole life lived and captured by their expression. Bonnie showed us some of her finished pieces and then demonstrated how she works. There were many questions from interested artist.

    See her slide show here.

    Thank you, Bonnie.

  • 15 Sep 2020 11:41 AM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)

    Marvin Song, one of our newest Artists Guild members, presented his work at the Virtual Artists Discussion on September 12th. He and his wife Ada have recently returned to China after enjoying their tenure in San Diego. She was invaluable narrating the philosophy and symbolism behind so many of his paintings.

    Plant, oil by Marvin Song
    See the presentation here:  The Story of My Art by Marvin Song

    Read more about Marvin Song on his Artist Profile.

    The Guild is open to artists around the world. It enriches our experience as artists in this global world to dialog about our work. Join our monthly Artists Discussion Group virtually through the next few months.  See our Events for details on upcoming meetings.

  • 1 Sep 2020 9:46 AM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)



    Following is the September/October 2020 Artists Guild Newsletter.   Recent newsletters are on the Artists Guild website: www.sdmaag.org     Back issues (1971-2010) are available digitally from Jody Abssy --  jodyabssy@gmail.com
    President's Message

    Dear Members,

    Well, here we are, we're all living in isolation and Zooming!  This may go on for a while, so we have to make the best of it. I hope you and your families are well, and doing the best you can to stay occupied.

    In view of everything that is going on, the Artists Guild board and exhibition committee will decide whether or not to hold our open exhibition at Gallery 21 in December. We could do an online only show.   Look for a future announcement. And check with the Artists Guild website.  We will NOT have a reception.  Too many of our members are at risk, and there is no safe way to handle a big party.

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  • 23 Jan 2020 9:32 PM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)

    Fear No Art: Civic Engagment, Histories, Currencies
    February 15, 2020 - May 17, 2020

    Reception: Saturday, February 15, 2020, noon - 2pm.

    Sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library
    Central Library | 330 Park Blvd. | San Diego, CA 92101 | 619-238-6690

    Fear No Art: Civic Engagement, Histories, Currencies, invites the public to consider artworks in the City of San Diego’s Civic Art Collection and the narratives that emerge when in dialogue with local contemporary artists. Together, these artworks represent a wide range of themes and approaches, which act as a provocation for the viewer to consider concepts such as institutional critique, the ability of art to effectively speak to and for the masses, the specificity of the Civic Art Collection, as well as the notion of a collection, itself.

    Fear No Art is curated by Lara Bullock and features work by Eric Blau, Donald Borthwick, Mildred Bryant Brooks, Celeste Byers, Collective Magpie, Jung Ho Grant, William Hogarth, Robert Kelly, Leslie William Lee, Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney, John Parot, Cat Chiu Phillips, Charles Reiffel, Zoya Sardashti, Jean Swiggett, Terry Turrell, Jerry O. Wilkerson, and Joe Yorty.

    Gallery Hours:
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Thursday, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Closed on Monday

    IMAGE DETAIL: Fear No Art, Unknown, circa 20th/21st century. City of San Diego Civic Art Collection

  • 15 Jan 2020 10:39 PM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)


    Thursday, Nov 21, 2019-Thursday, Mar 19, 2020


    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown, Jacobs Building

    Drawn from the Museum’s collection, Bound to the Earth: Art, Materiality, and the Natural Worldlooks at the ways in which artists have addressed and represented the landscape. Faiya Fredman, one of the 100 artists celebrated in our book, 100 Artists, 100 Years: A Century of Creativity in San Diego is featured in this important exhibition. Many works are made with earthen materials such clay and tar, sticks and soil; others focus on the natural resources that constitute our environment. 


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