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  • 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     Back issues (1971-2010) are available digitally from Jody Abssy --  jodyabssy@gmail.com
    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. 


  • 13 Jan 2020 12:20 AM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)

    Roxanna Maria at a Guild ArtOut event

    The Artists Guild is sad to announce the passing of member Roxanna Maria on December 4.

    Roxanna Maria was a figurative artist who created full body sculptures in clay, polymer and paper clay. She embellished her work with antiques fabrics as well as modern pieces of metal jewelry and other textiles to bring her pieces to life. For the past 20 years, Roxanna Maria embraced her craft and became well known in the industry for the realism that her art conveys. A self taught sculptor, Roxanna began sculpting in the early nineties. Her works have been published worldwide receiving high accolades and numerous prestigious awards. Roxanna was welcomed into the Guild as a prize winner from the San Diego County Fair and quickly became an active member, serving on the Board for a time. She will be missed.

    Read more about her and see her work at: http://www.roxannamaria.com

  • 24 Sep 2019 4:06 PM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)

    Congratulations to member Ann Walker for her inclusion in the San Diego Watercolor Society 2019 International Exhibition!  Her selection also wins her a Signature membership in the organization!  

    Exhibition runs September 29 - October 30, 2019.  

  • 11 Sep 2019 9:31 PM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)


    Exhibit opens Saturday Sept. 28, 2019
    Art Gallery at San Diego Central Public Library
    330 Park Boulevard, 9th floor

    Reception, Noon to 2 pm
    Free and open to the public

    Photographer Julius Shulman is recognized for his work in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.  It is not widely known that between 1934 and 2007, Shulman (1910 – 2009) shot over 200 projects in San Diego. His clients were architects, publishers, construction companies, and developers.  The list includes notable San Diego architects Lloyd Ruocco, Richard Wheeler, Henry Hester, Robert Mosher and Frederick Liebhardt.

    Shulman’s work, spanning several decades, documents the region’s evolving 20th century architectural landscape and his instrumental role in sharing California’s unique post-War modernism with a wide audience. However, his images of San Diego have not been widely shared or published. This exhibition will present selected photographs from Julius Shulman’s projects in San Diego, represented in both vintage and contemporary prints, and ephemera that contextualize this historically significant work.  This exhibit is curated by Keith York.

    Julius Shulman: Modern San Diego runs until Jan. 19, 2020.
    Showing concurrently, at the La Jolla Historical Society: Julius Shulman: Modern La Jolla. 

    IMAGE DETAIL: Hillcrest Medical Center, Deems, Lewis, Martin and Associates 1964. Photograph by Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

    Exhibitions at the Central Library are made possible by a collaboration between the San Diego Public Library and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

    Gallery Hours:
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12 - 5 pm
    Thursday 2 - 7 pm
    Saturday and Sunday 12 - 4 pm
    Closed on Mondays
  • 8 Sep 2019 2:56 PM | Julianne B. Ricksecker (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the following 4 artists who have sold work at "Au Naturel", the San Diego Museum of Art exhibit at Mission Trails!  Let your patrons know there are still 5 more days to visit the show!

    Poppies and Eucalyptus, Gloria Chadwick

    California Dreaming, Bonnie Roth

    Desert, Jackie Farkas

    Tough Love, Elaine Harvey

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