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August 27, 2010 - 3:56 pm

Architectural achievements and flops are currently being nominated for the 2010 Orchids & Onions awards. The annual event, put on by the San Diego Architectural Foundation, keeps this city’s architects and developers on their toes, challenging them to do thoughtful, sustainable and creative projects rather than unsustainable, ugly crap like this. Recent nominations for orchids include the Viva la Revolucion art exhibition and the Elfin Forrest Interpretive Center and one of the nominated onions this year is the destruction of the cool Ford Dealership building. You have until Aug. 31 to nominate the architecture and art in this city that either moves you or makes you mad.


CityBeat theater editor Martin Jones Westlin is trying out his hand at a San Diego theater web start-up called Words Are Not Enough. If you’re a theater junkie, check out his new digs and let him know what you think:


San Diego galleries are growin’. Symbolic Collections has expanded and opened a new gallery space in La Jolla at 7412 La Jolla Blvd. And newbies including the Machine Shop Gallery is officially up and running (open by appointment only); Ice Gallery is celebrating a closing this weekend; and The Periscope Project is opening their doors next weekend.


The Ocean Beach Mural Project continues with a new piece gracing the east-facing wall of the Ocean Beach US Bank. Since 1999, artists and community members have painted mosaic squares for the mural during the annual Ocean Beach Street Fair. Find out more about the history of the mural project, and click here to learn more about his year’s 40-foot mural.


With the help of local youth, artists Irene Castruita and Isaias Crow or “Crol” have finished a mural project. To see the mural, cruise over to 4275 37th St. or, to check out photos of the finished mural, click here. The mural is part of Crol and Castruita’s Prizm Process, an arts and civic organization, which is raising funds this weekend by selling comics, actions figures and more from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Prizm Process’ Summer Art Youth Program. For the location of the benefit event, call Castruita at 619-851-4074.


Curious about Second Life and how artists are using the virtual space? Take a few minutes to watch this video about San Diego State University’s Aztlan Island. Local artists Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cárdenas are the Visiting Artists in Residence during the 2010/11 academic year.


The first-ever San Diego Fine Art Society Art Awards are underway. Visit to cast your vote for things like best artist and best exhibition and check out the Art Awards event that’s happening from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.


According to our blog stats, a lot of people looking for “Etch A Sketch Art” end up on this blog.  I did a post year’s ago about it, but as it turns out, there’s some more up-to-date info about the Etch A Sketch phenomenon. An Etch A Sketch mural titled “Battle of Kurukshetra” is showing at Papaha’s Gallery & Studio, 4683 33rd St. in Normal Heights through October. Here’s a bit more on the mural:

“This mural is made up of 36 Etch A Sketches and is entitled ‘Battle of Kurukshetra,’ writes Papaha. It has 6 portraits of a musician, Sri Chinmoy, playing an original composition ‘The Last Day of the Battle of Kurukshetra,’ with other imagery including piano keys, grand piano legs and grand piano lid. The entire mural took over 40 hours of drawing (and some erasing & drawing again).

The gallery is open by appointment only, but you can see the mural pretty well from the street. Papaha is a longtime San Diego artist who is currently acting as the art director for a project that is attempting to put together the world’s biggest seesaw. Yes, seesaw.

“It will be over 70 feet long and the riders will go up 15 feet,” writes Papaha.


Click This | Artsy Bits:

Watch a few webisodes on the new Arts Pulse TV site. What do you think?

San Diego Art Link (a new arts blog). Keep up-to-date on some of the more underground art shows in this town.

Help this UCSD student put on an art show (and get some art in return!).

PBS Arts. This new multimedia site is sweet. Click this link. Do it. Do it now.
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