Thursday, April 22, 2010

Alley Art Wall Union Tribune Article


Artist’s spring cleaning yields giveaway gallery

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010 AT 12:02 A.M.

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On a wooden fence along a one-block alley in Mission Hills hang paintings one would expect to see in someone’s living room. A sign beside them invites: “Free artwork. OK to take it if you like it.”

Behind the green fence on Goldfinch Place is a home and art studio. Inside, Josie Rodriguez often can be found sketching, creating abstract acrylic paintings or collages and preparing art for shows. Her artwork is on exhibit at the Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad, The Gathering restaurant in Mission Hills and the Lyceum Theatre, and she teaches encaustic art at a San Diego Art Institute studio.

Like many artists, she suffers from an overload of ideas and a lack of space. Spring cleaning for Rodriguez means making room for new art creations. So a few months ago, she put some older paintings outside by her trash collection area. A few hours later they were gone. She put more art out, and again it disappeared.

Selling her artwork through galleries and exhibitions and doing commissioned work is great, Rodriguez said, but she was jazzed that a gentleman told her husband one day that he loved a painting he picked up so much that he gave it as a gift. After that, Rodriguez officially gave birth to her Alley Art Wall.

A recycler at heart, she decided that whenever she had extra art she would hang it on the fence for passers-by to take.

I drove by on a Wednesday when four small paintings decorated her giveaway gallery. On Thursday two remained.

“I won’t have art there all the time,” said Rodriguez, noting that her art wall will come and go as space dictates.

Clearly, she has perfected a second art — the art of giving.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Alley Art Wall

An article about my Alley Art Wall idea will be in the Union Tribune tomorrow April 20th! I will include the link later on Tuesday. And....hopefully a link to a blog about my experience. I can hardly wait to see the article by Diane Bell. More later....

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

SDAD Current Exhibition
March 20th thru April 11

SDAD is proud to present the
"TEACHING ART" featuring artwork by our amazing team of Instructors.

The exhibition will also be featuring the artwork of Irene Corey (SDAD Community Artist Member) on the "featured artist wall," as well as, student and member artwork throughout the studio!

The exhibition runs March 20 - April 11, 2010.

GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT: The Art of Encaustic Painting
Josie Rodriguez
Friday, Mar 26, 11:00pm - 3:00pm ............$150 (Supplies Included)
Friday, Apr 23, 11:00pm - 3:00pm ............$150 (Supplies Included)
Explore the magical world of encaustic painting and discover a lost art that has intrigued painters for over 2000 years. Encaustic means "to heat or to burn" so heat is used at every level. During this four hour workshop you will learn the history of encaustic, safety practices, use of equipment and basic techniques including photo transfer, collage, and incising. You will have many opportunities to work and leave at the end of the day with examples of your own encaustic art. (All supplies included)

AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION A $25 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR WORKSHOPS & CLASSES. For detailed descriptions of each class and workshop see our website click here To register contact us at 619-299-4278 or

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Our Allied Artists Association Art Exhibit and the play "Breakfast with Picasso" has been extended to April 18th. Hope you all get a chance to see it. Thanks.
Earthquake 7.2 today in San Diego centered in Mexicali. Wow, what a jolt that was just before 4 pm today Easter Sunday. It lasted between 30 and 60 seconds. I thought the shaking would never stop. No one hurt, all is well but certainly was a wake up call. Three pretty strong after quakes. I have taken many preparedness classes through the Red Cross for such an event but mostly to assist others. I wonder how prepared Al and I are. Where is that water we bought so long ago, do I know where the turn off valve is, are our book cases secure? I do carry a backpack with tennis shoes, water, snacks, toilet paper, pen and paper in my car in case I am out in the car when an earthquake hits.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Holy Saturday 2010

Some quotations I really like:
The true anti-aging medicine is the creation of new ideas.
By Meinrad Craighead, artist and author from New Mexico.
"quietude is important for any creative work."
"feed the hungry by being an artist"
"as I enter a museum I pray to beauty."
Blessings to all on this most glorious spring day. Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring.

Holy Saturday 2010

Last night's art opening at the Lyceum Theatre was well attended and fun. The artwork from Allied Arts Association can be seen upstairs and downstairs at the theatre. My three encaustic pieces, one titled "Picasso was Here" are downstairs. The play about Picasso is good and well worth seeing. They have extended the dates until April 12th. Get your tickets now.
After theatre dinner at a new restaurant in Hillcrest on University. "Buonissimo." Very good, wonderful ambiance and service. Al and I shared a lasagna with bolognese sauce. Food is from the Torino area of Italy. Wondered whether I could do all of this three days after arthroscopic surgery of my knee but did ok. Glad to have that over with.