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'Surrounded By Beauty'


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until May 15, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Gallery 23, 1770 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Surrounded by Beauty: Visions of the Sublime in the Ordinary, An art show featuring Award-winning artists: Domonique L. Kinney (oils) and Natasha Monahan Papousek (impressionistic collage)

The Southwestern Artists Association in Studio 23, Spanish Village Arts Center, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA is pleased to present the featured artists’ show: Surrounded by Beauty: visions of the sublime in the ordinary. Domonique L. Kinney and Natasha Monahan Papousek are very different as artists, but share a joy in the beauty that is all around us.

During difficult times of the COVID pandemic, Domonique was inspired by water lilies which in both Western & Eastern religion symbolize “rebirth and hope" and "enlightenment" respectively due to how they rise from a muddy muck into something so beautiful. “My wish,” said Domonique “is that everyone could arise stronger from this world experience with hope, beauty and grace as what I attempted to express in water lily paintings.”

Natasha chose paintings of subjects close to home for this show: flora and fauna from her back yard, scenes from Southern California and local cats and dogs. “The pandemic dashed all my travels plans and I had to look closely at what was always right in front of me,” commented Natasha, ”It was a profound experience to see and paint so much beauty that I had not noticed before. I hope to inspire people to really see what is all around them and reconnect with their authentic wonder and joy.”

Domonique’s palette reflects a modern interpretation of masters such as Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Alfred Mitchell, and Gustave Moreau. She draws inspiration from the local environment and her works show a strong influence from the California School. Natasha uses paper from old phonebooks, Thomas Guides, thrown away textbooks and shopping lists, layering color and pattern on each sheet. Those painted and decorated sheets are then torn and glued onto an underpainting to create a finished image. Natasha loves bright colors and seeks to express a sense of joie de vivre in all of her paintings. Her work has been shown in Gallery 21’s Small Image Show and the Reigning Cats and Dogs Show, winning Honorable Mention in 2020.

The show opens on May 1 and closes May 15th. Studio 23, the Southwestern Artists Association is located in Spanish Village Arts Center, 1700 Village Place, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. It is open daily from 10am – 4pm, and has artist demonstrations most days.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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