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'Straight Tank Swallow': CA Farm Workers: Solo Art Exhibition


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until December 1, 2019[days & times]
  • WHERE Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

What: Art exhibition at the Poway Center for Performing Arts for the month of November

Artist: Weston Riffle

“Straight Tank Swallow”
Two decades of triumphs and yields in the desert. A retrospective of paintings of people that work to live in California.

Poway Center for the Performing Arts
15498 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064

When: Nov. 2-Dec. 1, 2019

Contact: or call 619-508-4075

More information about the artist at:

Weston Riffle is a native Californian born in La Mesa in 1970. He received his Bachelors degree from San Diego State in 1993 and Masters from San Jose State in 1996. He is a mostly self-taught painter who describes himself as an anti-artist. His painting portrays the beauty and culture of California, specifically the southern and agricultural regions. “I wish to express simple purity in desire, action, and hope, of the people and places I have known. The general theme is the struggle of the individual against forces not clearly understood. Form, composition, and color develop around the individual or situation I attempt to resolve, or portray with each painting. Usually complex beginnings end in simple composition. A fatalistic view seems to be the result.”

Riffle’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout California including, the National Steinbeck Museum in Salinas, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery, the Oceanside Museum of Art, Gotthelf Gallery in La Jolla and is currently represented by Fresh Paint Gallery-1020 Prospect Street in La Jolla.

"In style and subject matter Weston Riffle's work brings to mind the social realism movement that had its heyday in America and Mexico between the two world wars-a realism that both celebrated working people and critiqued the socio-economic and political forces that create inequality. Weston says of his work, "the general theme is the struggle of the individual against forces not clearly understood." At first glance, the brilliantly colored paintings of farm workers and fisherman seem to be simply celebrations of California rural life- and they certainly are that -until we notice the hidden faces and the repetition of identical figures. It is as if the farm workers in their anonymity are just so many interchangeable parts in a larger machine. Or perhaps the repetitive nature of their back-breaking work has rubbed the individuality out of them. The political makes itself known through the personal." - Deborah M. Williams-Fresh Paint Gallery-La Jolla CA

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