Library hosts juried art show for local artists

CARLSBAD — Local artwork of all mediums is currently on display at the 2011 Juried Biennial — the city of Carlsbad’s popular art show that highlights both emerging and established San Diego County artists.
This year’s juried exhibit recently opened and features 61 pieces of artwork — from photographs to paintings, sculptures to ceramics — by 61 artists. It is on display at the Dove Library’s William D. Cannon Art Gallery, 1775 Dove Lane, through March 18.
“We have a very eclectic group of artwork and artists here,” curator Karen McGuire said. “Jurors usually want to see several pieces from one artist, but this year’s jurors decided to feature just one piece from each artist. Fifty to 60 pieces is about what we can handle.”
Jurors Peter Frank, an art critic with the Huffington Post, and Larry Baza, co-director of Noel-Baza Fine Art, narrowed down more than 1,100 submitted pieces to just 61 for this year’s exhibit. Seven artists were selected as “Juror’s Choice” and awarded a monetary prize.
“We’re also doing a People’s Choice award this year,” McGuire said. “It’s an interactive and fun thing to do because it causes people to take a closer look at the artwork.”
The People’s Choice contest has already yielded an impressive amount of entries in just a few days and the winner will be announced once the exhibit’s run ends, McGuire said.
As the juried collection is a strong representation of San Diego’s art scene — including work by local art professors — McGuire also noted that the gallery has been a popular field trip destination for schools.
More than 50 classes have confirmed trips to the gallery and at least 1,500 students are expected to visit in the next seven weeks, McGuire said.
“There’s a lot of really cool stuff to see here,” MiraCosta College student Sean McClure, 23, said. He visited the gallery with a drawing class to sketch various pieces of artwork.
Coming up, the Cannon Art Gallery will be hosting its Family Open Studios event in conjunction with the juried show on Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During the event, families with kids of all ages will tour the 2011 Juried Biennial gallery for inspiration before crafting a hands-on art project related to the showcase, provided free of charge.
“That’s always a lot of fun — we get everyone from 2-year-olds to 80-year-olds,” McGuire said. “We provide all of the supplies and the craft projects are really great.”
The 2011 Juried Biennial is open to the public through March 18 and admission is free. William D. Cannon Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
For more information about the 2011 Juried Biennial, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/arts or call (760) 602-2021.

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