Exhibit Probes The Placement Of ThingsLA MESA -- Adding to the pulse of the growing La Mesa art scene are the smart, quarterly shows being curated by Midge Hyde at the Biz Center Art Gallery. An outpost of progress on an unassuming stretch of La Mesa's El Cajon Boulevard, Hyde's gallery will host a reception this Saturday evening to celebrate the opening of "Configuration."
The show, which is presented in the public spaces of a shared business center, will include the work of local professional artists mixed in with the surprising work of students.
The work of science and art Students from the Julian Charter School will be part of "Configuration," featuring the work they produced in response to "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio.
"Students were prompted to write down their current values and then also write goals for their future; next they translated this introspection into metaphors and used the metaphors in their art work,'' said JCS teacher Richard Rogalski. "They were allowed to use any media they liked and the results are fantastic!''
Among the local artists whose work won a place in the show are:
Midge Hyde Midge Hyde, curator/director of Biz Center Art is a graduate of SDSU in Liberal Arts/ Fine Arts and is also a National Honor Society member. She is currently exhibiting her art in Chula Vista, Pacific Beach and La Mesa.
Clifford L Smith A true realist from detailed illustrations to fanciful underwater scenes, Smith has been doing art for a long time. He has a keen eye for infinite details.
Wendy Kwasney Think Lucian Freud and you see her perceptive art work. Kwasney got her BA in Art from SDSU exhibits at the Museum of Living Artist as well as Biz Center Art.
Brita Hyde Brita Hyde is from Hamburg, Germany originally and has a degree in Architecture from the University of Hamburg. Her vibrate colors and playful style always make her art work stand out.
Patty Palenschat Patty Palenschat graduated with a BA in Fine Art from UCLA. She creates a wide range of realistic sculptures. She has sensitivity to the appearance and personality of her subjects. Exhibited in Art Walk, Liberty Station, and has numerous commissions.
Candace Knowlan Candace Knowlan has a degree in cultural anthropology. After experimenting in other media she has found her joy in photography.
Michael Nixon Michael Nixon local self taught artist, multi faceted from abstract to his present project: Children's art connected to his own stories.
Joel Ortiz Joel Ortiz is a local photographer and video expert, commercial and fine art photography. Teaching video at SDSU, American Language Institute.
The opening reception for "Configuration: The Relative Arrangement Of Elements Within A Space" is Saturday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Biz Center Art is located at 7317 El Cajon Boulevard, in La Mesa.