Grants available for California artists


Governor Brown and State Legislature boost investment in local community-building through the arts

About California Arts Council Grant Programs
As announced earlier this month, the Arts Council invested $16.3 million in arts programming statewide for the 2017-18 fiscal year. In 2017-18, a total of 1,080 grants were awarded for projects spanning the Arts Council’s 14 unique program categories, benefiting California’s students, artists, veterans, system-engaged youth, formerly incarcerated individuals, historically marginalized populations, and communities at large. Arts Council grant programs are administered through a multi-step, public process. Following an open call for applications, all submissions are adjudicated by peer review panels made up of experts from the arts field.

Interested members of the public, artists, arts organizations, and community leaders are encouraged to subscribe to the California Arts Council’s newsletter to learn about future grant opportunities as details become available.

About the California Arts Council’s Arts in Corrections Program
The state budget supports California’s Arts in Corrections program, as a part of the state’s multi-tiered investment in public safety, with an $8 million investment for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The California Arts Council’s Arts in Corrections program provides critical rehabilitative arts services to California’s incarcerated population and is made possible by an interagency partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Currently in its fifth year, the program now reaches every CDCR adult institution in California and addresses the state’s critical public safety needs and priorities through the arts.

An official press release on the state budget from the Office of Governor Brown can be found here.

For more information on the California Arts Council, visit


Weds. Painters

Drop Off – June 30

FirstFrday – July 6

BlogChallenge– cars, I never put them in my paintings, but let’s practice these!


July   4    International Houses in Balboa across from the Organ Pavilion.  Happy 4th.

July 11   Swami Beach

July 18 Winery in Rancho Bernardo. Old California style with farm equipment etc. On Paseo Verano which is off Pomerado. Exit Rte 15 at Poway Rd. East Pomerado and left  to Paseo Verano

July 25   Old Poway Park on Midland St. Fun area with old railroad equipment and a running train

FYI’s for your viewing pleasure!

The 18th Annual
Water Conservation Poster Show
Every year, the San Diego Watercolor Society joins with the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department Water Conservation Program in acknowledging the children (K-6) who use art to communicate the importance of water conservation every day.

The artwork of the winners of the 2018 Kid’s Poster Contest, “How Am I a Water Conservation Hero,” was on display in the SDWS gallery.

An award ceremony was  held June 1 during the First Friday Reception for the June member’s show, “Bluesy Mash-Up.” Watch for it next year if you missed it this month!

Congrats to Dan Goldman and Shuang Li for their masterpieces at the Natural History Museum California Arts show. 


FYI: I ran across this on the internet and thought it would benefit our members who are serious artists looking to gain recognition in the land of art. Try this site and read what Jason Horejs, (owns Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona)  has to say about the reasons why artists do not do well showing their work to galleries.


Weds. Painters

June 20            Pacific Beach  End of Garnet St Get awayt from Crystal pier for variety.  Maybe pick 1 block south near the lifeguard Station

June 27            la Jolla Cove.

Drop Off June 20

First Friday July 6


Calling San Diego Artists

San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild

The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild (SDMAAG)
2018 Exhibition Connections

Open to all Artists Worldwide

May 31 – June 30, 2018

Poway Center for the Performing Arts

15498 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064



MONDAY, April 2, 2018, at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.


Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The San Diego Museum of Art
Dr. Plotek oversees Modern and Contemporary art at The San Diego Museum of Art. His main area of expertise is 19th- and 20th-century painting and sculpture. Dr. Plotek has collaborated with contemporary artists such as Ron Nagle and Richard Deacon; taught the History of Modern Art at the University of San Diego; and served as the editor of Tabula Quarterly—an online review of exhibitions and books on art. Prior to San Diego, Dr. Plotek worked at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He specialized in Modern art at the University of London, and received his Ph.D. from NYU’s Institute of Fine Art, completing his dissertation in Paris under the aegis of the Sorbonne.

Exhibition Title:  CONNECTIONS

Words affiliated with Connections include: Affinity, alliance, associationbearing, combination, consolidation, contact, junction, kinship, liaison, linkage, merger, mingling, network, relation, relationship, reunion, unification.


The competition is open to SDMAAG members as well as non-members worldwide.

All 2D media works are eligible.  Unfortunately, the Poway Center for the Performing Arts cannot display freestanding sculptures.  Wall-mounted sculptures weighing less than 60 lbs are acceptable. All work has to be original and not previously exhibited in an Artists Guild exhibition. NO REPRODUCTIONS. No copies of other artists’ works will be accepted.  NO EXCEPTIONS.


Weds. Painters

Mar 14 Heritage Village Victorian Houses Juan St near Old Town

Mar 21 Prado Children’s Theater in Balboa near The Ancient Ficus tree. Near Old Town

Mar 28 Pt Loma Light Fee to enter. Follow signs  near the end of Rosecranz

Saturday Demo with Craig Anderson, March 10 Heritage Park 9:00

Drop Off: March  31

FirstFriday: April 6


Go uphill North to go down to the Hilbert Museum

We went to the City of Orange to see fabulously colorful super duper compositions of the paintings by California artists. And what‘s really special is admission is free Tuesdays through Sat. open at 11 til 5 (They are closed Sundays and Mondays,). Just take the 5 to the 55 to Chapman and turn left. The charming city of Orange is a great place to paint with its picturesque old town feeling.

For lunch,  walk across the parking lot to Ruby’s, right there to the museum. How easy is that? Lunch there is pretty good also. 

It is 72 miles away from San Diego to see some of the famous California Landscape painters from the Hilbert Collection. They recently opened in 2016,  and also have exhibits of other California artists.

The current exhibit lasts until March 31, 2018, in one area they show two surfer artists works and another gallery, with illustrations entitled “Children At Play.”. We especially enjoyed the exhibit on California Disney cell artists, their works from Pinocchio, Snow White, to Lady and the Tramp are exciting and fun seeing the background art with the cell on top for these iconic characters. Please mention my name when they ask you how you heard about it, if you do get to go to the Hilbert!

FYI- CORRECTION—- The Orange, CA train station is next door, but trains do not always run to Orange. From San Diego, take Amtrak to a station to catch a Metrolink but, it only has a few per day so check their sites,   (Minnie Valero wants to go so contact her or wait until the SDWS group plans to go on a field trip.)

And if you have never visited the Irvine Museum  of Art right near to the John Wayne Airport, then you have not seen plein air work at it’s best. Admission is free there also, and parking is validated. Having worked in museums, my philosophy is, when museums are free, a purchase in the bookstore is a must to help keep museums going!


Wednesday Painters

Jan 3  Alcazar garden  Across from the Globe

Jan 10 Presideo near Old Town 2811 Jackson

Jan 17 Kate Sessions Park 5115 Soledad Rd.  V

Jan 24 Spanish Village In Balboa Park

Jan 31 Chicano Park in Bario Logan, 1986 Logan Ave.

FirstFriday Jan 5

paint or draw kids in actionHilbert Museum phone:  714-516-5880

Address: 167 N. Atchison St Orange, CA 92866

Have some fries with your trip, FYI- Ruby’s Diner (and the Orange Train Station is just across the parking lot!) free parking at the museum just go inside and get a dashboard pass.

Entry to the Luxembourg prize is up in a few more days


Only 10 days left to complete your entry!

The call for submissions is about to end! Now is the time to complete your entry to the Luxembourg Art Prize without delay.In your candidate area, the system will tell you whether or not your entry is complete.

Closing date for entries: 18 June at midnight (Luxembourg time).

Don’t leave it any longer! This is your last chance to enter the Luxembourg Art Prize this year!

If you already completed your entry, there’s nothing left to do now.

Your candidate space
  • An award of 25,000 euros to be won