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Joseph Clayes III Gallery


Jim Machacek: Music In The Key Of Blue

March 16–May 4, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

Longtime San Diego artist Jim Machacek will present his new series of works on paper in his third solo exhibition at the Athenaeum. The title of the exhibition, Music in the Key of Blue, reflects Jim’s recurring interest in the concept of making music visual. Using his favorite media of printmaking, drawing, collage, and watercolor, he hopes to make YOU see what HE sees when listening to music. He chose favorite musical selections that have the word blue in the titles from a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, blues, country, rock, folk, and standards.

 

A major feature in the exhibition will be a series of 70 mixed-media painterly prints representing Jim’s visualization of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a term he appropriated to describe his newest approach to printmaking. He said, “After 42 years of creating pristine editioned prints, I wanted to ignore the print rules and ‘dance’ a little.” Jim will also exhibit several artist’s books, continuing his Music Box Series, which premiered at the Athenaeum in 2007. “Koto Blue,” a traditional Japanese composition, “Dallas Blues,” one of the first published blues songs in 1912, and “Lavender Blue/Lavender Green,” a 17th century English folk tune, will rise up out of their unique containers and float in the gallery air.

 

Listening to music and seeing the music: during the opening reception Jim’s friend and noted San Francisco pianist, Alex Davis, will play selections from Rhapsody in Blue and other “blue” songs on a grand piano in the gallery.

 

Machacek has shown in over 100 museums and galleries nationwide and four internationally. His artist’s books are represented in 50 university and library special collections, including the Library of Congress, and multiples here at the Athenaeum and UCSD. He recently retired from SD Mesa College, where he educated a generation of printmakers. He cofounded and was master printer at Bay Park Press, now closed, and looks forward to devoting even more of his time to his artwork.

 
 

Rotunda Gallery


Sibyl Rubottom: Mending

March 16–May 4, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

Artist Sibyl Rubottom presents a new series of 2- and 3D textile work in the Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery. Using the technique of printmaking on linen with sashiko, Rubottom collages abstract and text-based imagery. Sashiko, literally meaning “little stabs,” is a traditional Japanese method of stitching fabric to make it stronger, warmer, and more hard-wearing.

 

This series combines my lifelong practices of working with fabric and printmaking. I have spent many hours over the past year stitching each piece and the practice has been a peaceful mending of my spirit.  In many ways, creating this work has made me “stronger, warmer, and more hard-wearing.”

Sibyl Rubottom

 

Sibyl Rubottom holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. For over 25 years Sibyl made fabric art for the interior design trade. She is former proprietor of Bay Park Press, which was a small fine arts press specializing in limited edition artists’ books and fine intaglio prints. Sibyl is currently manager of the Print Studio at the Athenaeum Art Center. Sibyl’s books are held in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, John Hay Library at Brown University, Sterling Library at Yale University, Geisel Library (Mandeville Special Collections) at UCSD, the Malcolm A. Love Library at SDSU, and various public and private collections. 

 

 

Joseph Clayes III Gallery


Exhibition TBA

May 11–June 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

Please check back soon for information on the Clayes Gallery exhibition!

 

 

Rotunda Gallery


Exhibition TBA

May 11–June 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

Please check back soon for information on the Rotunda Gallery exhibition!

 

 

28th Annual Juried Exhibition

August 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, August, 6:30-8:30 PM

 

Deadline to submit: June 2019

 

Join us for the Athenaeum's 28th Annual Juried Exhibition. One of the most prestigious juried shows in San Diego, selected artists will exhibit their work in our galleries, receive excellent exposure, and mingle with both artists and art-lovers at a jam-packed opening reception. The call for entries will begin in April 2019. Deadline to submit is June 2019.

 

Click here to download the Call for Entries Form.

 

Jurors:


The jurors are TBA.