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Athenaeum Book Sale!

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10-AM -4PM
For over 20 years, the Athenaeum has enticed members, students, and passersby with quarterly book sales. Some real gems have been found nestled under otherwise steadfast and comfortable bricks of literature. Depending on your taste, we’re bound to have the book for you at the sale. Stop by and see for yourself. Visit the library while you’re at it and check out artisan goods on the portico. Expect some delights of spring, including music to peruse by.

The Athenaeum is actively seeking more books to sell in the following genres: novels, histories, biographies, and piano sheet music. They must be gently used; any soiled or damaged books will not be accepted. We are also searching for more volunteers to help sort and price books and work the sales. For more information, please contact Carol Buckley at cbuckley@ljathenaeum.org.

Write Out Loud

Monday, March 30, 2015, 7:30PM
$14 members, $19 nonmembers

Write Out Loud


Orpheus Speaks, the popular literary series by Write Out Loud, a theater company that specializes in reading literature aloud, will continue on November 10, January 26 and March 30, 2015 in the Music Room of the Athenaeum.
Each Orpheus is actually a “concert” of short stories in which actors elevate their stories off the page and into vivid life. An artist or an art is central to every Orpheus selection. In a recent issue of the San Diego Jewish Journal, arts writer Pat Launer wrote “[Write Out Loud] brings San Diego’s finest performers to the stage . . . and they read high quality literature to rapt listeners.” Executive Director Walter Ritter describes an Orpheus performance:  “This is theater at its most elemental: An actor, a story, and an audience. It is rich and powerful.”

Many Athenaeum members and their guests have become regular attendees at Orpheus concerts, which typically last 90 to100 minutes (in addition to an intermission during which wine is served in the Athenaeum entrance hall). Programs feature four or five actors, and often include a musical accompanist who performs between and beneath stories. 

Though only in their eighth season, Write Out Loud has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants and were recently selected by the California Council on the Arts to lead Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest for high school students (sponsored by The Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts), throughout San Diego County. In the 2015 Orpheus season look for outstanding selections, including stories by Scott Theroux, Isaac Babel, Doris Lessing, Bernard Malamud, Haruki Murakami, Elizabeth Bowen, Isabel Allende, W. Somerset Maugham, James Thurber, Mark Helprin, Guy de Maupassant, and Nadine Gordimer.

Write out Loud:
Love Notes: Stories of Love and Romance at the Athenaeum
Saturday, February 14, 7:30 PM, $25/30

Write Out Loud presents an evening of stories about love and romance in the Athenaeum’s intimate Music Room. Gifted actors will bring stories of love, passion and romance to life. Infuse your Valentine’s Day with the spirit of romance. Love Notes will feature both classic and contemporary stories that stir the heart and quicken the pulse. The program will last just two hours, including an intermission that features complimentary champagne with succulent chocolates and voluptuous fresh fruit.
Walter Ritter, who is the Executive Director of Write Out Loud, has a confidential suggestion for men who may have had some difficulty with Valentine’s Day in the past:
“Gentlemen, were your previous Valentine’s Day efforts incomplete successes? Did they lack a certain verve? Did you need just a touch more romantic sizzle (but with style, sophistication, and a touch of panache) to produce the desired response? If so, you must seize this opportunity to do it right at last.  Book your reservation immediately!”

It is not too early to make your reservation now for Love Notes. There will be only one performance of this unique Valentine’s Day event.

San Diego Book Arts Lectures

Helen Schafer Garcia
Friday, March 20, 2015; 7:30 PM, free

Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed-media, book arts, and assemblage artist and award-winning illustrator. Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the covers of brochures, garden articles, and advertisements of numerous international resorts and magazines for more than 24 years. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine. Her works and articles have been published in Southwest Art, Cloth, Paper, Scissors, and Studios magazines. Helen holds a BFA and currently teaches college-level watercolor and acrylic painting. She is a signature member of San Diego Watercolor Society and teaches watercolor and mixed-media workshops across the United States and internationally. Image: Book Arts Lecture

Dan Essig
Friday, April 10, 2015; 7:30 PM, free

Daniel Essig was born in St Louis, Missouri, and studied at Southern Illinois University, Penland School and the University of Iowa. He moved to Asheville, North Carolina, 14 years ago and has maintained a full-time studio there, at Grovewood Gallery. Daniel lectures and offers workshops at book centers, craft schools, colleges and artists’ retreats, as well as privately. He has created wooden and sculptured books for over 20 years. He is a recipient of the North Carolina Artist Fellowship Grant. Daniel exhibits his work nationally and is in numerous private and public collections. Recently his work has been collected by the Smithsonian Renwick Museum, Mandeville Special Collections Library at UCSD, and the Topeka library.

Murals of La Jolla Tour led by Lynda Forsha

February 25, 2015: 5:30PM
March 25, 2015: 5:30PM
April 29, 2015: 5:30PM
May 27, 2015: 5:30PM

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to host walking tours of the Murals of La Jolla. Tours start at the Athenaeum the last Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m, beginning on Janurary 28. Join fellow art enthusiasts and learn more about the artists and their artworks created specifically for Murals of La Jolla during a guided walking tour led by project curator Lynda Forsha. During the tour you will learn more about each artist and the type of work they make beyond the Murals of La Jolla Project. Each mural has its own story and by the end of the tour you will know more about the inspiration and concept behind each image.   

Thirteen murals are currently on view, and each tour features more than half of these. The route changes each time to accommodate new murals and is approximately 90 minutes. It is a gentle walk around the village but we ask participants to please wear comfortable shoes. We will end the tour with a wrap-up reception at the Athenaeum.

Murals of La Jolla, founded by the La Jolla Community Foundation, is a project of the Athenaeum. Murals of La Jolla demonstrates that commissioning artists to create works for public spaces brings energy and vitality to a community.

Over the past four years, large-scale artworks have appeared in a variety of locations throughout the village of La Jolla, some prominently displayed while others are tucked away in more discreet locations. 
To date, new works by John Baldessari, Gajin Fujita, Anya Gallaccio, Robert Ginder, Ann Hamilton, Robert Irwin/Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Nina Katchadourian, Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness, Roy McMakin, Richard Allen Morris, Catherine Opie, Julian Opie and Fred Tomaselli have been installed throughout La Jolla. 

This is a free event. Reservations are suggested: (858) 454-5872
For more information, visit: http://www.ljathenaeum.org/specialevents.html and

Art & Architecture Lectures

Murals of La Jolla
Lynda Forsha
Thursday, April 23, 7:30 PM, free

Murals of La Jolla, founded by the La Jolla Community Foundation, is a project of the Athenaeum.  Conceived in 2010 as a means to enhance the civic character of the community by commissioning public art projects on private property throughout La Jolla, the project continues to flourish, with 14 murals currently on view and another 3 to be installed before the end of the year.

Each mural has its own story, so join fellow art enthusiasts and learn more about the artists and their artworks created specifically for Murals of La Jolla. Forsha who serves as Project Curator will share the inspiration and concept behind each image in addition to describing how the artworks are commissioned, fabricated and installed. 

From 1979 to 1993, Forsha was a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. In 1993, she was appointed Director of inSITE94, a collaborative project of 38 nonprofit institutions that commissioned 78 temporary installations and site-specific works throughout the San Diego/Tijuana region. From 2002 through 2005, she served as the Public Art Program Administrator for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program. As Principal of Art Advisory Services, Forsha works with private collectors and corporate clients.

Karl Strauss
The Athenaeum thanks Karl Strauss for their support of our special events.