July 15, 2005

Calendar of Events:

Idiosyncratic World of Artist Richard Reyes Revealed in Library Exhibition

The City of San Diego Public Library will present more than 30 graphite-on-paper drawings by San Diego artist Richard Reyes in “In Search of Neverland,” from July 18 to Aug. 28 at the Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library. To date this is the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized of the artist’s work. The public is invited to a reception for the artist on Sunday, July 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Primarily self-taught, Reyes began drawing at age five to compensate for a severe stutter. Over the years his style, largely influenced by mainstays of popular culture such as graphic novels, comic books, and black and white movies, has evolved into a unique and effective means of expression which fuses technical, almost slick, virtuosity with a provocative undercurrent of phycho-logical unrest.

The majority of the works showcased in “In Search of Neverland” were inspired by “Peter Pan,” J.M. Barrie’s dark and classic fantasy published as a children’s book in 1911. The tale’s cast of bizarre characters and references to death and lost youth are ideally suited to Reyes’ imagination and resonate with aspects of his phychological makeup, Hispanic heritage, and tragedy in his own life. However, as the humor permeating this exhibition reveals, Reyes is not above skewering cultural icons such as Santa Claus, or subverting major institutions.

The multi-layered meanings and narrative content found in Reyes’ intimately scaled drawings, coupled with their graphically powerful imagery and impeccable technique, make “In Search of Never-land” a delightful and thought-provoking exhibition.

Reyes will be the subject of a half-hour interview, hosted by Library Curator Mark-Elliott Lugo as part of the ongoing “Profiles” series on City TV 24. The interview will air on a regular basis beginning in August.

“Tower After Hours” Event to Highlight Panama’s Rich Culture

The Museum of Man resumes its popular “Tower After Hours” series with “Pan-ama!,” a lively tribute to San Diego’s Panamanian community,  6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Guests can enjoy the food, drink, music and dance of Panama - including a live salsa band and traditional Panamanian dances by the House of Panama - and  tour the Museum’s intriguing exhibits at no additional cost.

Presented in collaboration with the House of Panama and San Diego’s Panamanian community, this month’s event is being held in honor of the Museum’s 90th anniversary and its historic connection to the cultures of Panama. It is a prelude to two upcoming exhibits, “The Art of Being Kuna: Layers of Meaning Among the Kuna of Panama”  and “Passage to Panama: Past to Present” —both opening on Aug.  20, 2005.

Held the last Thursday of each month, the “Tower after Hours” series spotlights world cultures and traditions here in San Diego — highlighting a distinct country with music and dance performances, informative presentations, and samples of each country’s particular food and drink.

The cost of each event is $20 for general admission, $15 for members and students, with proceeds benefiting Museum programs. Admission for ages 21 and over only, includes food, drink and live entertainment. Tickets may be obtained in advance by calling the Museum at (619) 239-2001.

New Works By Elizabeth King Depicting Griffith Park at UCSD Price Center

LA JOLLA — A series of fifteen oil paintings by Elizabeth King entitled, “Mythical Griffith,” will be on display at the University of Southern California Price Center at Gallery B on July 23, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. A catered reception for the artist will be held in the reception area in front of Gallery B at the same time. This gallery exhibition and reception is free and open to the public.

Kings abstract paintings depict a series of Griffith Park paths, painted plein air, within Griffith Park. Griffith Park’s proximity, to Hollywood and Los Angeles has made it a haven of rest and solitude for local urban dwellers. Many come here to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the hectic urban pace and its demands. It becomes a place of meditation and introspection for the traveler, and a place to refocus and re-center one’s priorities, while trading enlightenment on the paths traveled. Myth in memory is drawn to the surface using a visual painted trail and of the viewer’s own significance to the landscape viewed. King captures the atmospheric quality of recognizable landscapes such as Griffith Park Observatory and the LA Skyline, through strong expressive brushstrokes, and her own interpretation of the California landscape pallet.

King’s studio is in Glendale California. She has exhibited in museums and university galleries, and non-profit galleries in California, Florida, New York, Wyoming, Pittsburgh, Japan, China, Brazil, France, and Scotland. Several of the individual paintings in this series have been shown in San Francisco, Wyoming and Pennsylvania, but UCSD Gallery B, located in La Jolla is the first time her entire series of her fifteen oil paintings, will be presented intact.

Create Summer Memories at The Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company Fire Expo

If you’re looking for a fun family outing this summer then don’t miss Southern Califor-nia’s Largest Firefighting Event – The Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company FIRE EXPO 2005 Presented by Sycuan. Admission is FREE for this one-day event on Saturday, July 16, in parking area “J” of Qual-comm Stadium and on the grass field.

FIRE EXPO will begin at 11 a.m. and activities will continue until 5:00 p.m. There will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy including live firefighting demonstrations, emergency vehicle tours, fire engine rides for the kids, helicopter flyovers, a kiddie karnival, puppet shows, firefighting clowns, a fire and burn prevention education pavilion, emergency service vendor booths, food, beverages, live music from the Fabulous Ultratones, The Corvettes and Hill Country. Special commemorative 15th Annual FIRE EXPO t-shirts, designed by Roger Rabbit Creator Scotty Ziegler, will also be available for purchase.

FIRE EXPO proceeds benefit the Burn Institute. The Burn Institute is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties through fire and burn prevention education, burn care research and treatment, and burn survivor support services. For more information call (858) 541-2277 or visit us online at www.burninstitute.org.

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