Interested in art-related activities around town?
Check out:

A Tribute to Richard T. Liddicoat exhibit at Carlsbad’s Gemological Institute (gia.edu) on view through mid-March. Yes, beautifully cut and arranged diamonds and gemstones are a work of art too.

Sites Unseen exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (mcasd.org), February 22 – June 2, MacArthur award-winning artist Trevor Paglen explores the many ways we are under surveillance in the 21st century.

– Secure your tickets to the April 11-14 Art Alive show to see 100-plus floral interpretations of artwork from the Museum of Art’s permanent collection. An annual must-see.


Kate, a second-grader, is our featured artist this month. When asked about her work, she says: “I simply love nature and all the colors in nature”. She acknowledges that creating landscapes and seascapes with markers and pencils is very time-consuming and adds: “but I love it”.

Visit the Pines Gallery for a glimpse at nature through Kate’s eyes.


The Three Musicians, 1921

This painting is by a well known Spanish artist, famous for exploring a variety of art techniques and styles, but notorious for his Cubist work. He is also known for his blue and rose periods. I can’t give more information without giving it away. He is that well known.
Print the game’s form available on the FORMS page. Return the completed form, before the end of the month, to the art room.


Harmony in Blue and Gold, better known as The Peacock Room was created in 1876-77. Imagine a room so special that it was dismantled, packed into 27 crates, and floated across the ocean. In 1904, that’s just what happened to The Peacock Room—a decorative masterpiece by an American artist.

You might be wondering What makes this room so intriguing that it was floated across the Atlantic from England to America? Well, the Peacock Room was originally designed as a dining room for British shipping magnate Frederick Richards Leyland and is considered an excellent example of the Japonism that pervaded late-19th century Europe.

Originally entrusted to British architect Thomas Jekyll, the room was designed to show off Leyland’s impressive collection of blue and white Chinese porcelain. Unfortunately, Jekyll became ill and was unable to complete the room. Leyland commissioned this American artist to finish the work. Leyland had agreed to some of the changes before departing, but the American artist continued to go bolder with his revisions. Upon his return, and seeing the extent of the changes made to the room, Leyland refused to pay the artist for the work done to complete the room. At some point in the midst of their issues, the artist was able to gain access to the room and while there, he painted two fighting peacocks. Meant to represent the artist and Leyland, they were his final word on the project and fittingly titled Art and Money: or, The Story of the Room.

Do you know who this artist is? Download the Mystery Artist form, fill and return it to the art room before the end of the month.


We are fortunate to have two artists sharing their creations with our community this month.

Athene’s watercolor paintings are a testament to how mastery of a medium can be obtained at any age. It takes a lot of practice and patience. If Athene can create such beautiful work in fourth grade, imagine what she can do with watercolors by the time she is in high school.

Andrew, a kindergarten student, is also exhibiting at the gallery. Andrew’s explanation of his work goes to the root of why artists create. They create for their own delight and amusement. Andrew’s vibrant colored ice cream cone, water melon slice with shiny black seeds popping off the page and other works have all been created for the sheer joy of it.

Please stop by the art room to view these artists’ works.


The Life Line, 1884.

In our current “War on Terror,” it’s sometimes hard to imagine or appreciate the terrors of times gone by. For Americans of the 19th century, stories of shipwrecks struck deep into their souls. Many harbored fresh memories of a harrowing crossing to the New World from Europe. Tales of rescue efforts that were too little, too late, or both filled newspapers and raised public ire. In the response to this uproar, the U.S. Government legislated in 1878 the development of a network of coastal life-saving stations called the Live-Saving Service. Six years later, an American artist painted The Life Line, a celebration of these rescuing heroes that made him famous almost overnight and that still captures viewers’ imaginations today. Notice how the hero’s face is hidden by the red scarf.

Download and print the game’s form from DMP’s art-forms page. Completed forms are due at the end of the month, in the art room.


Cute Things is the title given to Ronik Gupta’s creations by the artist himself. It is indeed an enormous collection of drawn and cut out objects. Ronik has used a Sharpie and a pair of scissors and patiently transformed everyday objects (such as a ruler, a notebook, a soft drink and a slice of pizza) into adorable creatures. Stop by the art room and see what talent and patience can produce out of ordinary material and subject matter.


We have a kindergarten artist featured at Pines Gallery this month. When asked about his beautifully colored and detailed drawings, Ryan explained that he has been interested in art about seasons, trees and deep sea creatures for a long time. Ryan’s drawings are quite remarkable for someone so young. Ryan’s realistic representational art will be on display through November.


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The Scream, created by a Norwegian Expressionist, is considered by many as a modern day Mona Lisa. The literal translation of the title is The Scream of Nature and expresses the artist’s feelings seeing the colors in the sky at sunset and over the water, during a walk. The artist’s poor health and tragic early childhood experiences are reflected in this emotionally charged work of art. Who is the artist? Fill the form and submit your answers before the last week in November.


This month, fifth-grade artist Jean-Felix Gagne shares his passion for cars with our community. Ten delicately sketched and artfully framed cars speak volumes about Jean-Felix’s talents and interests. Please visit the Pines Gallery, in the art room, for a glimpse of this fabulous sketches.