As I prepare snapshots of the San Luis Obispo County art scene for this column, I often look for themes as I scan the calendar of events and accompanying images. This week the words cars, color and travel came to mind. A couple of hours later I checked my email one last time for new submissions. I’ll be darned if there wasn’t an announcement for a Jami Jorgensen exhibit with a photo of one of her colorful mixed media pieces with a car. No kidding. It’s synchronicity.
“M.A.D” (Multiple Artistic Disorder), paintings by Jorgensen opens Friday and runs through Nov. 1 at the ARTery, 5890 Traffic Way, in Atascadero. The opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. will feature music by Angelica Tavella and Friends.
“I work fast and impulsively,” she says in her artist statement. “Acrylic paint works well for me because it dries quickly and is the most forgiving of my impatient nature. Molding paste, a sewing kit and a glue gun keep me well armed in executing most of the textures and collage effects that are consistent in my work.”
Nothing says cars, color and travel like Cuba. Dave Coronel, who has a special interest in street photography, will show his photos from Havana through Sept. 14 at the Photo Shop at 1027 Marsh St. in San Luis Obispo. His reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5 during Art After Dark. Get a sneak peek of “Calles de la Habana” at http://davecoronelphotography.com/Galleries/Havana/havana.html.
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The San Luis Obispo County Museum of Art is the other stop for Cuba enthusiasts for a screening of “Unfinished Spaces” a documentary about the country’s National Art Schools project. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara commissioned three architects in 1961 to create a space for dancers, musicians and artists. The project was abandoned and the 2011 film explores recent restoration efforts.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday at 1010 Broad St. in San Luis Obispo; Ed Saliklis, Cal Poly Architectural Engineering professor, will give a brief history of the significance of the buildings represented. Suggested donation is $5 for museum members and $7 for nonmembers.
The cars, color and travel theme continues through Aug. 31 at Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, with Cynthia Meyer’s paintings. “This show is a little bit of everything that makes me happy: bicycles, local buildings, flowers and other colorful things,” she says. See her old car paintings at http://www.cynthiameyerart.com.
And, finally, we have Lana Cochrun’s two colorful exhibits at area wineries. “California Grown,” a series of oil paintings celebrating California fruit, will be at Windward Winery, 1380 Live Oak Road in Paso Robles, through Oct. 31. “Bottles Beaucoup,” a mixed media and modern painting study of the wine bottle, is on display at Stolo Family Vineyard and Winery, 3776 Santa Rosa Creek Road in Cambria.