Weekend Art Events in San Diego: Sculpture, Paris, ‘116 Drawings’ and More

Art Produce: AiR Open House and ‘116 Drawings of Ketanji Brown Jackson’

visual art
Alexander Zimmerman, or Zim, recently received his MFA from SDSU with a series of live portraits, mostly of prominent social justice and current affairs figures. In an exhibition at Art Produce, he further explored this relationship between the internet, activism, and his style of art-making and performance by gradually live-streaming the works of “116 Drawings by Ketanji Brown Jackson.” The finished effect is striking, with all 116 works filling the walls of the gallery, and it can also be seen from the sidewalk along University Avenue in North Park, day or night. The exhibition closes on Saturday with a reception.

Details: The closing reception is from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022, coinciding with the Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program Open House, which runs from 6-8 p.m. Art Produce, 3139 University Ave. , North Park. Free.

“A weekend in Paris” at SummerFest

Classical music
This weekend’s La Jolla Music Society SummerFest features three days of Paris-themed concerts, each part of a historic adventure through what made Paris the cultural hub we know.

“Most of the pieces come from these two iconic periods in Paris, basically a 100-year period, from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. So the ‘Belle Époque’, which roughly translates to the beautiful period , then “Les Années Folles, the Roaring Twenties, which mainly focuses on 1920s Paris and the 1930s,” said Inon Barnatan, music director of SummerFest. “We were going back in time and basically living through the years that made Paris what it is, the center of culture, where all the writers, composers and thinkers, everyone was in the same pot.”

Friday’s performance tackles Parisian salons and masquerades, including works by Chopin, Debussy and Ravel, as well as André Caplet’s “Conte Fantastique” which pays homage to Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “Le Masque de la red death”.

Bain Collection/Library of Congress

The picture shows French composer Lili Boulanger (1893-1918), the first woman to win the Prix de Rome composition prize.

Saturday focuses on the conservatory, Le Conservatoire de Paris – including “Nocturne”, by young female prodigy Lili Boulanger. “She was one of the brightest stars to come out of the conservatory,” Barnatan said.

The Sunday afternoon concert explores how Parisian composers have borrowed styles from around the world, with works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Couperin and many more.

Bonus: there is a free, public rehearsal at 2 p.m. on Friday. Cellist Efe Baltacigil, pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Liza Ferschtman and violist Yura Lee will rehearse Fauré’s “Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor” – which will be performed at the concert on Saturday evening – followed by a question-and-answer session. Walk-in, no reservation required.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday August 5-7, 2022. Baker-Baum Concert Hall at the Conrad, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. $48 to $98.

New sculpture: Adam Belt, Christopher Puzio, Chris Thorson

visual art
Quint Gallery in La Jolla opens an exhibition of new sculptures by three artists: Adam Belt, Christopher Puzio and Chris Thorson. The work of the three sculptors is utterly wonderful, but don’t miss Thorson’s deceptively humble collection of everyday toiletries transformed into cast bronze sculptures – recognizable forms of protective objects like tubes of neosporin or sunscreen bottles that are actually only recognizable because of the container, not the actual substance.


Courtesy of Quint Gallery

The sculptural work by artist Chris Thorson will be on display at the Quint Gallery from August 6, 2022.

While you’re in the 7655 Girard de Quint gallery, check out Dana Van Horn’s “Caught” in the small space The Museum Of ___ tucked away in the back. Van Horn’s grid-like arrangement of 441 monochrome mugshot watercolors depicts the artist’s evening ritual: painting a mugshot every evening.

Details: On view August 6 through September 17, 2022. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Gallery Quint, 7655 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. Free.

“Blue Period”

Local playwright Charles Borkhuis’ new play, “Blue Period,” which chronicles the life of Picasso, wraps up this weekend at Chula Vista’s OnStage Playhouse. The story tells of a period in Pablo Picasso’s life when he and his close friend Carles Casagemas left Spain for Paris – leading to the tragic events of their friendship that launched Picasso’s famous “Blue Period”.

Details: Remaining performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, August 4-7, 2022. OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista. $22 to $25.

More theater: You can learn a bit more about The Old Globe’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, check out Beth Accomando’s interview with director Patricia McGregor here and our playlist listening session with actor Miki Vale – which has original Shakespearean rap in the production. Performances this weekend are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Until September 4.

“Pollinators and Jazz”

Music, Jazz. Food
Enjoy dinner and drinks in the charming outdoor garden of MAKE Projects in North Park and learn about the impact pollinators have on your food – plus a live jazz performance from the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, conducted by Rob Thorsen.

MAKE Projects is an urban farm and restaurant that provides employment and experience for low-income women and youth from refugee and immigrant communities. If you drove along 30th Street just south of the university, you might have noticed the thriving vegetable garden on the land adjacent to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Proceeds from tickets will directly support the work of the non-profit organization.

Details: 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2022. MAKE Projects, 3725 30th St., North Park. $15 for youth, $50 for adults.


Richard Ybarra’s photography is presented in a new exhibition at BFree Studio, until August 15, 2022.

Richard Ybarra: “Lights, nights: neon”

Visual Arts, Photography
Photographer Richard Ybarra has been capturing neon signs for four decades, and his new exhibition at BFree Studio in La Jolla is a love letter to the impact of this art form on the nocturnal landscape. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but this weekend you have two chances to experience it in the evening: the first Friday La Jolla ArtWalk and the opening reception of the Saturday.

BFree Studio opened its La Jolla gallery space almost a year ago, in August 2021.

Details: The La Jolla First Friday Art Walk is 4-7 p.m. Friday, August 5; the opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. On view through August 15, 2022. BFree Studio, 7857 Girard Ave., La Jolla). Free.

More visual art: ArtWalk returns to Liberty Station this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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