By Kristina Houck
A regional museum is once again bringing art to the community. Oceanside Museum of Art is kicking off its second exhibition Feb. 7 at its new satellite location in Del Mar.
The Artist Alliance II exhibition will feature 66 pieces from 64 artists. All artists are members of the museum’s nearly 200-member Artist Alliance. The group regularly meets at OMA for critiquing sessions, panel discussions and other artist-oriented events.
“This is going to be an exciting group show,” said OMA Executive Director Daniel Foster. “The show will highlight many of the best artists in our region. It also supports an important artist membership group of our museum and gives them an opportunity to be more visible.”
More than 80 artists submitted a total of 184 entries to the show, which is juried by Wendy Wilson, director of the Escondido Arts Partnership. EAP operates the Escondido Municipal Gallery, a 6,000-square-foot community art space highlighting Southern California artists.
“The Artist Alliance group and committee, in partnership with Wendy Wilson, have produced what I think will be a really outstanding quality show of diversity from our talent in this region,” Foster said.
The Artist Alliance II exhibition is OMA’s second exhibition in Del Mar.
Located at 704 Pier View Way in Oceanside, OMA has offered art exhibitions and programs since 1995. Originally housed in a 1934 historic Irving Gill building, OMA expanded in 2008 to a 26,000-square-foot, three-story space with five museum galleries.
OMA’s Del Mar satellite site launched Oct. 5 at the Herbert B. Turner Gallery at Southfair with a show featuring paintings by the late Turner and photographs by the late H. Montgomery-Drysdale. Both artists lived in Del Mar.
About 300 people — including San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts and then-Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott — attended the opening, Foster said.
“The opportunity to go into Del Mar and serve the audiences there was extremely attractive to us,” Foster said. “We know there is a need and a very strong, educated, sophisticated, cultural population that is underserved by quality venues bringing forward the best artists of the area, so that’s our driving mission. We’ve received outstanding support from local citizens and leaders.”
The OMA/Herb B. Turner Galleries in Del Mar will present quarterly art exhibitions, receptions, educational programs and events, which will often highlight local and regional artists. The third exhibition is being planned for June, Foster said.
“We strongly believe in collaboration as a way of sharing and finding new audiences, and so we’ve been pretty aggressive about collaborative exhibitions and education programming,” said Foster, who joined the museum about a year and a half ago. “We want to reach out into targeted communities that are in our primary area — like Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Carmel Valley — to bring programming into their local settings and create opportunities to connect for the first time with many art patrons.”
The Artist Alliance II exhibition will be on display Feb. 7-May 11.
The free opening reception will take place 6-8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the OMA/Herb B. Turner Galleries located at 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar.
OMA is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $8. Admission is $5 for seniors and free for students and military. OMA offers free admission on the first Sunday of every month.
For more information about OMA, call 760-435-3720 or visit www.oma-online.org.