FOCUS: BORREGO SPRINGS
Door springs open on annual art show
By Ruth Lepper
March 1, 2006
BORREGO SPRINGS – The door of an old Arizona jail
will play an important role in the Circle of Art
show March 25-26 in Borrego Springs.
A photograph titled “Presidio Jail
Door,” taken by Jo Ann Ginepra, is the featured art
on the poster commemorating this year's show.
Ginepra, of Scripps Ranch, has been a
professional photographer for more than three
DAN TREVAN /
Ann Ginepra held the poster featuring
her photo that is being used to promote
the Circle of Art Juried Art Show &
Sale, which will take place later this
At the show, artists will sell a
variety of works, including oil paintings,
watercolors, photography, sculpture, ceramics,
pottery, jewelry, fabric art and fashions.
“We have a lot of interesting new
people coming,” said Beth Hart, who is chairing
Circle of Art this year.
The event will be at Christmas
Circle, a park-like setting in the center of the
town's commercial area.
Errol HR Etienne, a world-renowned
artist from Canada, will exhibit his watercolors.
Robert Copple, an oil painter from
Seal Beach, includes Circle of Art in the 50 shows
in which he participates each year.
Russell Peters, of Valley Center,
will show his creations of blown glass and ceramics.
Several other artists are coming in from Washington,
Oregon and Idaho to be a part of Circle of Art, Hart
Circle of Art Juried
Art Show & Sale
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 25 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
767-0042 or (760) 767-5555 or
Local artist Leisel Paris will
exhibit her reversed painting on glass with subjects
that include religious icons, desert animals,
Southwest scenes and American Indians. This type of
work has been her specialty for more than 30 years.
Paris also will sell hand-crafted
jewelry she creates by combining Tibetan pendants
with beads. The jewelry has a Southwestern flair
with a European style.
Paris also paints glass ornaments,
delicately trimmed with 24-karat gold highlights.
The Circle of Art is sponsored by
Basic Assistance for Students in the Community, a
nonprofit organization that provides scholarships
for residents of Borrego Valley. Proceeds from the
show will be used for the scholarship fund.
Organizers select about 70
exhibitors for the show each year.
“It depends ultimately on quality
of the artists,” said Robby Hoffman, vice president
of the sponsoring agency. “Seventy works for us;
Ginepra described her finished poster images as
“plein-air photography,” because of the similarity
of the photos to plein-air paintings. The poster is
available at local businesses and will also be sold
at the show.
Posters from previous years will
be available as well, featuring works by artists
Marjorie Reed, Carol Duffy, Andre Blanche, Dillie
Thomas, Dusty Kinman, David Salk, Nancy Lynn, Lee
Jayred, Dorothy Cochran and Sunny Daniels.
Posters also can be ordered
Many of the poster artists return
to the show each year to display other examples of
their work at the outdoor fine art show.
Lepper is a freelance writer in Ramona.