La Vida at Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery


Twenty-five years ago, Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery opened in scenic La Jolla to showcase the amazing artistry of internationally acclaimed artist Orlando Agudelo-Botero. Orlando has been received and honored at the White House as well as at the Kennedy Center. Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with the opening of a one-man show for this amazing artist debuting his new body of original paintings entitled “La Vida”. The opening reception for the artist will be held this June 10th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

La Vida is a series of unique and imaginative paintings that reflect on many significant aspects of our shared human journey: science, human rights, gender equality, spirituality, intelligence and all the responsibilities that come with our intellect. The paintings speak of the necessity of enhancing our collective human condition through the discovery of new schools of thought in order to better comprehend and evolve our human species and its universal position.

In Orlando’s words: “Life is a Study, a search and a discovery. It is a creation in progress; the creation of the individual. Life is creativity. Remember, creativity is the freedom of life.”

The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery is located at 7946 Ivanhoe Avenue in La Jolla. For additional information, interested art lovers may contact Lisa Jacobsen at (858) 414-4375.

Click the link to see some of the images of Orlando’s debut in La Jolla,

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R. B. Stevenson Gallery Presents Italo Scanga: Treasures from the Estate

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 1.51.10 PMIf you’re an art aficionado or are simply looking for something refreshing and new to do in the lovely seaside community of La Jolla, by all means head over to the R. B. Stevenson Gallery to admire and have an opportunity to purchase some of the favorite pieces of art from the renowned and late artist Italo Scanga. The exhibit opened at the Gallery on February 18, 2017 and runs through March 31, 2017.

Scanga’s favorite works were stored away in his locked studio subsequent to his death in 2001, but his family estate released the works of art to the R. B. Stevenson Gallery so people who never had an opportunity to view his spectacular and innovative art can now have a look at his exquisite and remarkable works.

Scanga was known for collecting objects he found, bought at flea markets and other venues, and who subsequently created splendid works from what most people might be considered junk. Scanga was an inventive neo-Dadaist, neo-Expressionist, and neo-Cubist multimedia artist who created sculptures from the aforementioned objects and also created prints, glass, and ceramic works of art.

One of the pieces on display at the R. B. Stevenson Gallery is his Flame F-002, an exquisite work of blown orange glass. This is not your Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm souvenir stuff, but rather a carefully crafted work of art. Also on display and available for purchase from his estate are painted bronze busts and painted wood assemblages. In addition, two large scale painted assemblages are on display and offered for sale by his estate. These works are found in museums such as San Francisco’s De Young Museum and Washington D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Finally, paintings are also available including his “Untitled (mamma ritomiamo alle montagne).”

After immigrating to the United States in 1947 with his mother, Scanga went on to study at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, Michigan from 1951 to 1953. Politically aware, Scanga was known to research topics and then create works of art that were symbolic of important historical events.

His keen eye and ability to transform ordinary objects into eye-catching works of art is but one reason why stopping by the R. B. Stevenson Gallery would not only be a learning experience for upcoming artists, but additionally a lesson for anyone with respect to how an artist’s imagination and expert craftsmanship appeals to the human senses.

The R. B. Stevenson Gallery is conveniently located at 7661 Girard Avenue #201 in La Jolla in the Phenix Salon Suites building. There is plenty of free two hour parking in the area. Take the opportunity now to see Scanga’s work while it is still available. You’ll certainly be glad you did

Learn more about R.B. Stevenson Gallery HERE

Finding Art and Culture in La Jolla

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The greater San Diego area is celebrated for its miles upon miles of beaches. And while locals and visitors alike flock to the sands to get their tan on, there is considerably more to explore, see and do. Indeed, there is more to San Diego than soaking up the sun, sinking one’s toes in the sand, and partaking in water and outdoor happenings. In fact, the cultural climate is just as awesome as the San Diego climate.

San Diego has a flourishing and energetic arts, culture and theater community. There are a great number of museums in San Diego which offer a variety of exhibits that visitors should not miss out on. Additionally, San Diego theater is a blast and tourists and locals can enjoy numerous plays, musicals and other live theater events. Indeed, San Diego theater has something to offer for the entire family and those who get out and about will surely benefit from the cultural aspects of San Diego that will surely enrich their lives.

No matter what your preferences may be, San Diego’s art, culture and theaters provide even the most casual observer an exhilarating and memorable experience that will not be forgotten. The San Diego art and culture community is ever changing, and while there are not necessarily as many cultural spots in the community as there were in the past, there are nevertheless more individuals who support San Diego art, culture and theater than ever before. In a nutshell, San Diego art and culture is thriving and sound. What follows are three places where you, friends or family are able to enjoy San Diego’s rich and rewarding culture.

La Jolla Playhouse


La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California is located on the UCSD college campus at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. The venue was established as a summerstock theater by none other than Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer way back in 1947. In essence, the venue is a cultural San Diego landmark. Additionally, La Jolla Playhouse boasts of over 300 local and national awards, including 30 Tony Awards. These accolades make it one of the more outstanding and foremost theaters in the entire country because of the various assortment of quality productions of favorite classics, innovative plays, and musicals.
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La Jolla Music Society


La Jolla Music Society is known for producing world-class symphony orchestra San Diego events and classical music productions. They present many internationally-known artists throughout the year, and have quickly earned its place as one of San Diego’s major classical presenters of symphony orchestra music. They are also responsible for a wildly popular summer concert series and chamber music festival called SummerFest in La Jolla. Taking place throughout August, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest features over 70 world-class music artists and has been a huge hit as a San Diego concert series for more than 15 years.
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San Diego Symphony

San Diego Symphony is the oldest production organization in the city. Its talented members perform professional productions numerous times each year in Symphony Hall San Diego. The San Diego Symphony conducts performances in the charmingly lavish Copley Symphony Hall located at 750 B Street in downtown San Diego. The Symphony is comprised of 80 full-time members in the expansive orchestra, but dependent on the music being performed, additional professional musicians join in. Overall, the San Diego Symphony is a treat that should not be passed up.
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The Old Globe Theatre


If you are in the Balboa Park area, another fantastic venue is The Old Globe Theatre located at 1363 Old Globe Way. Most people are not aware of the fact that The Old Globe Theatre is the longest established professional theater in California, not to mention the oldest professional theater in the entire country. Long commended for its timeless classics, The Old Globe Theater has recently been praised for its world premieres as well. Each and every summer, The Old Globe Theatre sponsors its countrywide celebrated Shakespeare Festival, a series of events that are a must see. The Old Globe Theatre presents 15 plays and musicals year-round on three stages. Visitors would be remiss to miss out on the experience of The Old Globe Theater.

San Diego is more than fun and sun. Its rich cultural events are memorable and offer various events and opportunities to get out of the sun for a change and spend a day or evening with family, friends and loved ones.
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An Interview with Lisa Jacobsen and Jonathan Gall of Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery

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CFA Gallery – Orlando & Richen

Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery isn’t just any art gallery. It’s a highly acclaimed spot for the passerby and irresistible for the art guru. They feature Paintings, Sculpture and Limited Edition works from Internationally acclaimed artists. Located in Downtown La Jolla, their locations provide unparalleled services in Fine Art Acquisitions and Consulting, Custom Framing, Art Installation, Corporate Collections and Award Design.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Lisa Jacobsen and Jonathan Gall of The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery.

How long has Contemporary Fine Arts been in La Jolla?

This will be the 25th year for Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery in La Jolla.

For people who aren’t familiar with your gallery, what kind of artwork does CFASD showcase?

We feature contemporary art including abstract, figurative and landscapes. We showcase a wide variety of mediums including oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media paintings, wood, glass, bronze and resin sculpture and also ceramics. We represent both local and internationally known artists. We tend to have long term relationships with our artists. Several have been with us over 20 years. Our sons who are now 23 and 25 have grown up knowing our artists. In fact our eldest son just flew down to Colombia last year to spend a week with the artist we originally opened the gallery to represent: Orlando Agudelo-Botero. Our younger son attends NYU but when he is home in the summers he hangs all of our art exhibits for us. We have also developed long relationships with many of our collectors who have become friends as well.

What is the best part of having a gallery in La Jolla?

We have a loyal following who attend all of our artist receptions and are very supportive of the gallery and any new artists we decide to exhibit. We get to meet a lot of interesting people who share our love for art.

In addition to your gallery, you offer framing. Can you tell us a little about that?

We have two picture framing businesses in the area. Our little design showroom: Art in Framing just moved after 25 years on Wall Street to The La Jolla Village Square on Fay Avenue across the street from “The Village Corner”. We are very happy in our new location. We actually do the framing in our large facility on Morena Blvd: JAG Art, 4390 Morena Blvd just one block before Costco.

We also feature an art showroom at that location. It is very enjoyable to get an opportunity to see the wide range of art and photography we get to frame for our clients. We frame work for many artists and interior designers and also for other galleries.

One of the most enjoyable aspects has been framing children’s art projects for many local schools who then auction off the art for their yearly fund raisers with great success.

Is there anything coming up at your gallery that you would like to mention?

If you have not yet visited the gallery check out our website where we always post our upcoming events and artist receptions. Or follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We hope to see you soon!

For more information on Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, Click HERE

The Magical History of Old Globe Theatre


Long a tradition of San Diego’s finest in live theater, the Old Globe Theatre has a storied history replete with celebrated productions, actors and actresses, as well as various events that threatened its very existence. Originally constructed in 1935 and fashioned after Shakespeare’s Old Globe in London, its premise was to perform condensed accounts of Shakespeare’s plays as an aspect of the California Pacific International Exposition. The San Diego Community Theatre leased the theatre subsequent to the exposition in 1937 as a non-profit corporation. In addition, it attained some of the nearby buildings from the city, remodeled the theatre, and this long-lasting relationship with the city continues to this day, bringing the finest in merriment to San Diegans and visitors to San Diego alike.

The remodeled Old Globe Theatre opened with its first production of John Van Druten’s The Distaff Side on December 2, 1937. A notable cast member was Craig Noel, whose impressive presence as an actor, director, and artistic leader steered the theatre’s development for some fifty plus continuous years of productions and festivities.

San Diego residents recall that the old Falstaff Tavern next to the Old Globe was subsequently refurbished in 1969 and became the 225-seat Cassius Carter Centre Stage, a now cherished space dedicated to the production of new, exciting experimental theatre.

Disaster struck The Old Globe on March 8, 1978 when arson devastated the theatre. Only by good fortune and perhaps the watchful eye of Shakespeare himself, were the important administrative functions, rehearsal hall, dressing rooms, scenery and costume shops, as well as the Cassius Carter Centre Stage saved from the blaze that threatened the historic landmark. Undaunted, plans were soon underway to rebuild, and in the interim, that summer the San Diego National Shakespeare Festival was held at the award-winning outdoor theatre Festival Stage.

The years 1981 and 1982 witnessed significant changes for The Old Globe. In 1981, it became a year-round venue, and in 1982, a newly refurbished 580-seat capacity theatre opened with Shakespeare’s As You Like It. When arson reared its ugly head again in 1984, destroying the Festival Stage, undeterred, a new 620-seat Lowell Davies Festival Theatre was subsequently raised in 1985 to the delight of the San Diego arts community.

Now called The Old Globe, a publicly funded five-year, $75 million capital and endowment campaign to safeguard its long-term stability began. Consequently, the stage of the Old Globe Theatre was dubbed the Donald and Darlene Shiley stage to honor the family’s $20 million pledge. In 2009, the Globe made public its remodeled campus with the maiden Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, featuring the new Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, and Hattox Hall.

Historically, The Old Globe has been a veritable family of some of the more celebrated national artists, innovative designers, directors, and playwrights in the entire theatre business. Indeed, productions produced at The Old Globe have gone on to play on Broadway and Off Broadway, reaping an impressive 13 Tony Awards, as well as considerable nominations. Some of these include The Full Monty, Damn Yankees and Julius Caesar. These many awards and acknowledgments have brought world attention to San Diego as a result of its continuous artistic community and are a lasting testament to San Diego’s finest in the performing arts.

Today, The Old Globe produces 15 main stage productions each and every year ranging from all periods and styles, from Shakespearean masterpieces to an enduring emphasis with respect to the development and production of new and exciting works.

The current operating budget exceeds $20 million, thus making The Old Globe one of San Diego’s principal institutions regarding the performing arts, the leading employer of the arts, as well as one of the nation’s premiere theatres. As a testament to this fact, some 250,000 plus individuals of all ages attend Globe productions, as well as partake in the theatre’s arts engagement programs and outreach services. Truly, The Old Globe is San Diego’s finest of the performing arts.

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8th Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

la jolla art & wine festivalThe 8th annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to La Jolla on October 8th and 9th this year. As one of the most prestigious art and wine festivals in Southern California, the LJAWF will feature the works of more than 150 established artists from all over the world. Best of all, the Festival remains free, family-friendly, and open to the public! Continue reading

San Diego Weekend Events | Sept 16 – 18

We’re heading into another beautiful San Diego weekend, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. From Kaaboo Del Mar to extreme car racing and the largest powerboat race in the nation, you’ll want to check some of these out! Here are our top San Diego weekend events. Continue reading

San Diego Film Festival 2016: Opening Night, Honorees, & Film Lineup Announced

The 15th annual San Diego Film Festival runs from September 28th – October 2, 2016. Celebrate the year’s best independent cinema from emerging and internationally established filmmakers and enjoy more than 100 films/documentaries/shorts, industry panels, parties, and Thursday’s VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute honoring Annette Bening and Kate Beckinsale. Continue reading