Artist and educator Lynn Susholtz, a mainstay of North Park for decades, sees the neighborhood as her canvas - by Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union Tribune November 16, 2018
Lynn Susholtz has a citizen artist logo with a raised fist holding a paint brush. But for Susholtz, who embodies the term citizen artist, a superhero would also be an apt symbol.
For decades, the artist, educator and activist has been a fixture in North Park, a place she calls home, where she has her studio and runs a non-profit community space, which includes a gallery and sustainable urban garden. She also consults at schools, mentors artists and college students and is on the North Park Main Street board of directors.
For Susholtz, it’s all part of being an artist.
"I think being an artist is probably the most encompassing part of my work,” she says. “I employ educational and learning opportunities in my art. I see that as an art form. Community engagement work can also be considered an art form."
The irresistibly curious art of Carrie Minikel
By Cynthia Zanone, San Diego Union Tribune May 25, 2018
"Thoroughly inspired by nature, Oceanside artist Carrie Minikel has an instinct for transforming common objects into quizzical pieces of art that are at once representative and abstract, familiar yet wholly new.
While she holds a bachelor of science degree in fine art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s in fine art from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, it is the “making” — foraging, building, assembling, creating — that she finds fulfilling.
Minikel’s most recent work, “Curious Objects,” on display at Art Produce gallery from May 26 through July 14, is a curious collection of creations from the mind and hands of a collector of … curious objects."
Project: Mapping Cultural Symbols: Land/Water/Place
In collaboration with the Karen Organization and other local refugee organizations we will provide a series of multicultural and intergenerational art workshops aimed at facilitating cultural preservation and transmission of refugee communities through the artistic, metaphoric and cultural explorations of land/water/place. The project will explore cultural symbologies and concepts of home, migration and place, to develop and contextualize new collaborative expressions of mapping, navigation and cultural symbols. Art workshops will be offered at two local refugee organizations and will bring refugee families from different parts of the world to Art Produce to work together. This project supports cultural preservation while integrating new collaborative aesthetic expressions into the larger cultural communities of San Diego. The project will culminate in a public exhibition and community celebration in the Art Produce Gallery and travel to other cultural venues and art galleries.
Between January 25-February 4, 2018, individuals and organizations across the U.S. will sign up to host story circles as part of The People’s State of the Union. Most years, the President delivers a State of the Union Address highlighting the past year and priorities for the coming year. In a year that’s seen more polarizing slogans and soundbites, more demonstrations and heated debates than ever, looking each other in the eye and sharing our stories matters even more than usual. In such moments, being able to cross political divides and remain in dialogue is a worthy challenge. Who are we? What touches our hearts and minds? What do our communities need, and what do they need to hear from us? We may know our own answers, but do we know each other?
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