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Animal center, art guild to collaborate

A collaboration between the Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) and the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild will provide a world of new art to decorate the expanding animal facility.

A private donation is funding the facility expansion. The completed project will include four buildings, including an equine center and an animal hospital, on the 12-acre property

Photo exhibit honors local black history

In honor of Black History Month, UCSD’s Geisel Library is presenting “Remembering Black La Jolla: Hidden Faces and Forgotten History.”

The exhibit, sponsored by UCSD African & African-American Studies Research Project and UCSD Arts Library, features 26 black-and-white portraits of the city’s black residents (1989-1990) by photographer Molly Low and historical commentary by curator Cristin McVey.

Young singers take the spotlight

Calling all singers aged 7 to 14. Tony Gril is now auditioning boys and girls for his Tony’s TV/Radio Kid Singers group.

Peter Max celebrates President Obama with 44 portraits

To celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th U.S. President, pop artist Peter Max painted 44 portraits of our first African-American chief executive. Max brings his Obama installation to La Jolla’s Wentworth Gallery on Jan. 31.

La Jolla artist honors Marines with painting

Artist boosts spirits at Walter Reed

“Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima,” taken by photographer Joe Rosenthal on Feb. 23, 1945, is one of the most famous images in U.S. history. To commemorate Veteran’s Day, the Walter Reed Health Care System in Washington, D.C., installed La Jolla artist Dottie Stanley’s painting depicting that image immortalized on the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va.

Black & White: Historic celebrity photos come alive in new exhibition

For the first time ever, Leigh Wiener’s black and white photography will be exhibited in San Diego County.

During an illustrious career, Wiener, who died in 1993, captured the images of American presidents, movie stars, sports celebrities and musicians of the 1950s and 1960s. His iconic photographs of Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Willie Mays are among the 33 prints in “Icons of the 50′s and 60′s: The Historic Black & White Photography of Leigh Wiener,” which will be on display at Ordover Gallery from Jan. 13 to April 12. Another 20 digital images will be shown in the gallery’s Lightroom display.

Artist’s work brightens the season

Carol Beth Rodriguez’s colorful freeform style of painting brightens the walls of the Solana Beach City Hall Gallery this holiday season.

According to Rodriguez, her acrylic and mixed media paintings are influenced by such abstract expressionists as Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly and Wassily Kandinsky.

Spreading holiday spirit in their own way

Raku Santas might look tired, but they are no less festive

Santa is coming but he scarcely resembles the jolly fat man we all know. Ceramic artists Susan and Jim Kirchmer fashion raku Santas that are as long and lean as El Greco figures, with expressions that reflect the laborious firing process used to create them.

‘Holiday Reflections’ show shines brightly

Beauty comes in small packages at this year’s “Holiday Reflections” show at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery. The exhibit, designed to promote affordable art for holiday gifts, runs through Jan. 3. The show offers miniature works, including original paintings in a variety of media, including photography, jewelry and mosaics.

Gallery adds a touch of Paris

Liudmila Kondakova will be the first to say that her paintings are the “stuff” of dreams.

The self-taught Russian-born artist uses the phrase “romantic realism” to describe the style that she uses to depict iconic scenes of Europe and the U.S. Her current exhibit, “Parisian Autumn in La Jolla,” features original acrylics on canvas, gouache on paper, watercolors and collages, along with lithographs and serigraphs. The exhibit runs through Dec. 5 at La Jolla’s Martin Lawrence Gallery.