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June 14, 2010 - 4:50 pm

The new Bruno Levin Gallery in Escondido

Add two more art galleries to Escondido’s already impressive list of arts-and-culture institutions.

Last week, Gallery 262-B (262 East Grand Ave.) and Bruno Levin Gallery (115 W. Grand Ave.) opened their first shows in their new spaces.

“Call it a second career,”  says Bruce Tall, owner and operator of Bruno Levin. Tall, who runs an advertising agency by day, is married to artist Cheryl Tall, and the two have been collecting art for years. Levin said he opened the gallery because he wanted to support artists who “put their heart and soul into their work.” He also owns the building where the gallery is now housed, and it became vacant at the right time.

“It’s a beautiful building for art,” Tall says of the new space. “Over 400 people came to the opening, we had a five-piece jazz band and it was catered by a French-food place. It was a party.”

Guy Lombardo, the new owner and director of Gallery 262-B and a longtime San Diego artist and art scenester himself, said more than 200 people showed up to the opening of  Impending Anarchy, the first show in his new digs. Lombardo showed the work of more than a dozen emerging and established artists, including Dan Adams, Ellen Deiter and Chris Vannoy.

When asked about the new space and his intentions, Lombardo answered energetically:

“Fucking A, yeah. It’s very, very liberal in the sense of what I do. It’s experimental in that I’m taking on all newcomers. The funny thing is, I only had two weeks to get the show together.”

Lombardo says he’ll be doing salon-style shows from here on out, charging artists by square-footage of the space they’ll use and letting the artists keep the profits if they sell.

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Quint Contemporary Art, a contemporary art gallery in La Jolla, announced that its opening reception for Double Up Double Up was to be the last opening in their gallery at 7739 Drury Lane.

Don’t fret, though; the gallery isn’t closing. It’s moving to a larger location this fall. In a Facebook post, owner Mark Quint wrote, “I am excited about this move and am especially excited about our first exhibition, which will be a show of new paintings by artist Kim MacConnel.”

Jerry Sanders and members of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture squinted in the bright mid-morning sun at a June 14 press conference, during which they praised this city’s arts institutions, making sure to offer congratulations to La Jolla Playhouse for bringing home multiple Tony Awards for the musical Memphis. The conference marked the release of the 2009 Arts and Culture Economic and Community Impact Report, which, in short, says  the city’s arts and culture entities brought in $181 million in direct expenditures, in part, by attracting 1.46 million visitors to San Diego in 2009.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has named a new chief

Invader hits San Diego

curator. Kathryn Kanjo, who worked for MCASD as an assistant curator in the 1990s, accepted the new post and comes to the museum from her stint as director of the University Art Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Kanjo steps into the post at an exciting time. People have been spotting the work of French street-artist, Invader, as the museum prepares for its big Viva la Revolucion exhibition this summer, and the local scene can’t stop talking about the Here Not There: San Diego Art Now show, which will be coming to life during a performance evening Saturday, June 19.

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A few local galleries have some anniversaries to celebrate this month. The San Dieguito Art Guild celebrates its 45th anniversary with a show and party from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

Gallery aka celebrates its one-year anniversary with a showing of all the artists they’ve worked with during the first year from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 19, and the Thumbprint Gallery celebrates their one-year from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 26, with a show by Jesse Clark and Lukas Miller.

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