By now most of you will probably have heard this news, but for those of you who have not, I have made the hard decision to close the doors of Spa Velia Art Gallery.

There are several factors that have persuaded me to take this action - art sales have been very slow since the financial turndown and the number of local San Diego artists submitting their work to the art space was not enough to keep the gallery running.

It's never easy to walk away from a project that has been so all consuming, however I feel that now is the right time for me to take this step.

I have had wonderful support from the San Diego arts community, sponsors, my friends and from the owners at Spa Velia and it has been a delight to show off artworks from our local talented artists.

Thank you for supporting the Spa Velia Art Gallery and me this past year.

Kelly Fitzgerald
Gallery Manager



© Marion Mettler. Ancestral Palimpsest No. 11. Mixed Water Media. 32"H x 26"W

Spa Velia Art Gallery is pleased to present Marion Mettler: Ancestral Palimpsests. The solo exhibit will feature a series of nonobjective works from La Jolla artist Marion Mettler.

"Ancestral Palimpsests" reflects a convergence of several ideas about past and present, history, ancestors, and the genetic code that links all human beings. The series makes use of the DNA letters "A", "C", "G" and "T" to represent language and inheritance. The distressed linear markings and collage layers on the pieces are part of their reflection of the ancient palimpsests of time and history that precede all of us.

Marion has been drawing and painting most of her life and has taken numerous art classes and workshops from various teachers in the last two decades. She received a B.A. degree in English (Writing, Art Minor) and a M.A. degree in English Literature. She is a member of several art associations in San Diego.

Exhibition Dates: September 28 - January 7, 2011


Artist Spotlight: Kelly Fitzgerald

© Kelly Fitzgerald. Bank and Saloon. Gelatin Silver Print.

Kelly Fitzgerald is one of six talented artists featured in the current exhibit. Her black and white infrared landscapes of Bodie, California will be on display through September 25, 2010.

Kelly Fitzgerald discovered her love for art and photography at an early age. In 1985, Kelly moved to San Diego, California to pursue her passion of the arts. She enrolled in the photography/art program at San Diego City College. She also studied oil painting and charcoal drawing at the San Diego Art Plex.

Fitzgerald specializes in black and white landscapes. The tools she uses to create her limited edition works are ... manual film cameras and black-and-white film.

Her photographs have been in numerous exhibits throughout the United States and Europe. Fitzgerald's work has also won several awards including The Golden Light Award and the IPA Lucie Award. She was honored at The Hubbard Museum in Association with The Smithsonian Institution in 2003, and was the first photographer to receive the Gene Harrison Memorial Award in November of 2003.

July of 2009, she wrapped up a 5 year project called "A New Discovery" ~ Black & White Infrared Film Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands. This past year, she was chosen to be a part of the Calumet Ansel Adams Tribute Video. Her image "Shipwreck Beach - III, Lanai" was featured in the video.

Her work can be found in many corporate and private collections across the United States.


Artist Spotlight: Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson is one of six talented artists featured in the current exhibit. Her charcoal & pencil drawings from the Cityscape body of work will be on display through September 25, 2010.

Michelle Robinson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia who came to the west coast after falling in live with California. She loves to travel and learn about new places. As most artists would agree, she has been studying art all her life, but most formally at the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a B.S. in Education.

Her medium of choice is drawing with the familiar Bic pen, charcoal, markers and pencils. She sometimes paints and works with ink. Much of her work has depended upon the influences of a nomadic lifestyle.

The materials and methods she uses to create her works vary as she feels that the "pieces and parts" make for the most interesting aspect of her art. She reckons that makes her a folk artist of sorts, and not surprisingly ... she likes that idea.


Artist Spotlight: Mia DelCasino

© Mia DelCasino. Untitled Two. Photography

Mia DelCasino is one of six talented artists featured in the current exhibit. Her fine art photography will be on display through September 25, 2010.

Mia DelCasino a San Diego based artist was born in New York and raised in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Upon finishing her degree in Media Communications, she moved to Southern California to pursue a career as a professional artist.

Photography is DelCasino's chosen medium for creative expression allowing her to portray reality as she sees it and to pass the experience of her vision to others. Each piece is its own gateway to inner peace, self-awareness and introspection. DelCasino finds herself searching for the peace and calm aspect of every life experience no matter how large or small. Her belief is that it exists in a mindset rather than just a physical place. Her work illustrates the mindset, and portrays the calm and beauty that she believes can exist anywhere.

Her work can be found in many corporate and private collections across the United States.


Artist Spotlight: Rich Walker

© Rich Walker. The Hill Side. Mixed Medium

Rich Walker is one of six talented artists featured in the current exhibit. His mixed media paintings will be on display through September 25, 2010.

Rich's artistic focus is in the use of recycled, reclaimed and natural materials balanced with colors, depths, texture and movement to create a peaceful and harmonious work of art. He often uses a combination of mediums within one project.

Rich is curently working on Project 2010, which is a 20" x 10" painting done daily and joined in a row of 7 paintings which represents a week to create a 20" x 70" painting. He will have 52 panels at the end of the year.

His work can be found in many corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.


Call for Artists - 1st Juried Solo Exhibition

Spa Velia Art Gallery is proud to announce the 1st Juried Solo Art Exhibition open to all artists living in San Diego, CA. Open subject matter. 2-dimensional artwork only. Artist must have a cohesive body of work, along with a resume and artist's statement.

* Exhibit runs October 4, 2010 - January 7, 2011
* Entry submission deadline is Friday, September 3, 2010 by 11:59 p.m.

For more information and to download an Entry Form click here.
You may also request an Entry Form via email by contacting the Gallery Manager at spaveliaartgallery@gmail.com


Artist Spotlight: Susan E. Roden

© Susan E. Roden. Night Lights. Pastel

Meet artist Susan E. Roden during the San Diego Artists: A Cause for P.A.W.S. opening reception on August 21, 2010 from 4pm to 6pm. Susan is one of six talented artists featured in the current exhibit. Her pastel paintings will be on display through September 25, 2010.

Artist and Instructor, Susan E. Roden resides and maintains an art studio in San Diego, California. Noted for her pastels, she has exhibited nationally and is the recipient of many awards, including the Medal of Honor for pastels from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, NY and the Artist-In-Residence to the Petrified Forest National Park in 2009.

Roden's paintings have been featured in Decor & Style, The Pastel Journal, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, Pastel Artist International Magazine and cited by Southwest Art Magazine as "Collectors Choice for Pastels" (2005).

Roden is a juried member with the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Distinguished Pastelist/Signature Member with the Pastel Society of New Mexico and Associate Member with the California Art Club.

Her art is widely collected and represented by national galleries.


Artist Spotlight: H. Montgomery-Drysdale

© H. Montgomery-Drysdale. Zsa Zsa Gabor - Into Longevity. Gelatin Silver Print.

Meet artist H. Montgomery-Drysdale during the San Diego Artists: A Cause for P.A.W.S. opening reception on August 21, 2010 from 4pm to 6pm. Helen is one of six talented artists featured in the current exhibit. Her photographic works will be on display through September 25, 2010.

Born on the East Coast, H. Montgomery-Drysdale received her education bi-coastally. In her late teens she apprenticed at the famous Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following college, she was employed at IMPACT PHOTOS as a 'Captionist' and Press Release Writer. There she mastered the use of cameras and the art of printing Black and White negatives.

Her photographic career began on the Bowery streets of New York City. Documentary photographs cover multitude subjects: AIDS; Alcoholism; Battered Women; the Homeless and Severely Handicapped Children.

Arriving in San Diego, she became Director of Public Relations, as well as Photographer for the renowned La Jolla Playhouse from 1961-1966. She became close friends and photographer for numerous celebrities, including the legendary Ginger Rogers, Dorothy McGuire, Burt Lancaster, Marge & Gower Champion and famed Jazz Legend Louis Armstrong. Other portraits include a poignant study of young John-John Kennedy.

Before the turn of the Century, she found herself on assignment in China and Inner Mongolia, covering aspects of a 30-hour series for CCTV, on the life of Genghis Khan.

Exhibitions of her myriad portfolio have been featured in Europe, China, Inner Mongolia, The National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.), Huntington Hartford Gallery of Modern Art (New York City) and numerous College and University Galleries on both coasts.

Her photographs are in public and private collections and various publications. Her latest book was published in 2009 entitled Backside. It is an intimate look at life behind the scenes at the famous Del Mar Race Track.



Spa Velia Art Gallery is proud to present San Diego Artists: A Cause for P.A.W.S. - A Group Exhibition Benefiting the Pets Are Wonderful Support Organization. The exhibit will feature original artwork by San Diego artists Mia DelCasino, H. Montgomery-Drysdale, Kelly Fitzgerald, Michelle Robinson, Susan E. Roden and Rich Walker.

A percentage of sales from this exhibition will be donated to the Pets Are Wonderful Support Organization. For more information, please call the gallery at (760) 670-6616.

Artist Reception: Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Featuring a live performance from singer/songwriter George Wit.

Exhibition Dates: July 27 - September 25, 2010



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LECTURE 07.07.10

This coming Wednesday, I will be giving a lecture at The Darkroomers Photographic Club in Balboa Park - San Diego CA. For a full description, please click on newsletter to enlarge.

Photo Arts Building in Balboa Park
1780 Village Place
San Diego CA
Located next door to the Spanish Village Art Center

Presentation starts at 7:30pm.
Seating is limited. Admission is free.

Hope to see you there!