Solana Beach photographer opens first mixed media show at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

Peggy Stokes: ‘I look at things differently now.’ Photo/Kristina Houck

By Kristina Houck

After working as a photographer for more than 40 years, Peggy Stokes is thinking outside the lens.

The Solana Beach resident’s new art show “Out Side The Box” showcases her mixed media pieces at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.

“I needed to expand,” said Stokes, who has lived in Solana Beach since 1988. “I look at things differently now.”

Stokes began experimenting with mixed media just two months ago. The entryway of the country club features 15 of her latest pieces, ranging from acrylic paintings to hanging tapestries.

“I’m really enjoying it,” said Stokes, 71, who is a member of the San Dieguito Art Guild. “It’s fun to share.”

A Michigan native, Stokes earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University and worked as a teacher for three years.

While working as a graphic designer at Diablo Valley College in the Bay Area, Stokes studied photography in the 1970s, learning the basics from professors John Weir and Michael Harris. She was 30 years old when she shifted careers.

“Art is a very personal thing,” Stokes said. “I just enjoyed expressing myself.”

A longtime member of the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Stokes has previously had four photography shows at the club. This is her first time sharing her mixed media work, which is available for sale.

“I hope my work makes others smile and feel good inside,” she said. “I enjoyed making it.”

Lomas Santa Fe Country Club is at 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach.