Scary and fishy art happenings around townThe Arts Thursday, October 24th, 2013
There are a few things happening this weekend that are worth checking out. The first, on Saturday night, is a Halloween themed gala with costume contests, music, photo booths, gourmet food trucks, opportunity drawings and yours truly performing in the premiere storytelling performance, A Haunting in San Diego.
What could this be, you ask? Well, it is MORP (prom backwards if you are scratching your head) the annual fundraising event for Circle Circle dot dot, an innovative theater company that presented Deconstruction of a Drag Queen with the fabulous Grace Towers a couple of seasons ago.
The event is happening at the Centro Cultural de la Raza on Park Boulevard and it looks like it will be a raucous night. All proceeds will help provide funding for Circle Circle dot dot’s 2013/2014 season! Find out more at circle2dot2.com
Alas, the opening has come and gone but Art Mentis sounds like a very interesting exhibition of images on display at the Rich Life Gallery in Hillcrest, 506 University Ave. The set of paintings by local pediatrician, Dr Spencer Epps is informed by the remarkable (to me) fact that one out of five children suffers from mental illness, yet 70 percent go without treatment.
Epps’ work investigates the depth and lived reality of mental illness. Images in this series titled The Voice, Black Tower and City of Darkness depict “mind cancers” and “psychic pathology” as terrifying and disturbing demons and monsters. Art Mentis will be up until Thanksgiving.
Finally, I was so taken by the image promoting Subtext Gallery’s new exhibition that I feel compelled to share it with you. The show, Catch & Release marks the first solo exhibition by Southern California artist William Sager.
Sager’s fine art background, graphic design career and passion for the ocean is demonstrated via the combination of multiple mediums, including painting, illustration and vintage photography. There will be an opening reception with the artist present Friday from 6-10 p.m. subtextgallery.com
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