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Door springs open on annual art show

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.

DAN TREVAN / Union-Tribune
Jo 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 month.
Ginepra, of Scripps Ranch, has been a professional photographer for more than three decades.

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.

What: Circle of Art Juried Art Show & Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 26

Where: Christmas Circle, Borrego Springs

Admission: Free

Information: (760) 767-0042 or (760) 767-5555 or www.circle-of-art.org  

Several other artists are coming in from Washington, Oregon and Idaho to be a part of Circle of Art, Hart said.

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; it's comfortable.”

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 through www.circle-of-art.org.

Many of the poster artists return to the show each year to display other examples of their work at the outdoor fine art show.

Ruth Lepper is a freelance writer in Ramona.
source: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060318/news_m1m18borrego.html
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