Friday, June 29, 2007

Art Training Ground

Third grader Jake McConlogue understands Leucadia. That is his work above. Check out the kid in the illustration. He has a huge smile and is knee deep in the Pacific. He knows where to be. Jake, who is a generation away from driving, already understands the central impacting geographic features of Leucadia are the transportation corridors. The 101, the railroad and Interstate 5, parallel the Pacific.

Here is one from Jim McConlogue. He gets it too.

Western Encinitas, and especially Leucadia, is flooded with artists. Why is that?


  1. Is there a reason Leucadia has always been a artist’s colony?

    When I first ventured to this area in the early 70's there was the Leucadia Flee Market. Patchouli oil wafted between tight rows of macrame, candles, wood carvings, jewelry, antiques and other hand crafted treasures displayed in a mediaeval camp-like surroundings. It seemed it was always busy with visitors finding original offerings crafted by our local talent. It probably was not only Patchouli I smelled wafting. It was the laid back vibes, earthy environment and cheap rent that allowed artisans to live and work in the rural coastal beach town that once was. Condos now sit on that site.

    We still have more than a memory of that age. Rents have gone up. Some artists moved to Oregon or Hawaii to create art and live. But we still have a large colony of unique left brain thinking residents. A lot have web sites now, but the art scene is alive and well in our less rural coastal beach town. That is a good thing.

    In the late 80's there were a handful of antique shops and around ten art galleries in Leucadia. The San Dieguito Art Gallery, that had moved from it’s original home in Del Mar, anchored this group. These galleries formed an alliance called the Leucadia Art Association. Their goal was to create a destination for art appreciators to view art in many medians and to maintain an environment for art to further flourish. Over the years they sponsored the first LeucadiART art walk in 1987. It was a two day event and became very popular and continued for five years. The association hosted gallery nights, children art festivals, art in the park and more.
    The membership changed with new galleries opening like Gallery Chemin Cotier, a very upscale gallery at Leucadia Plaza and The Fig Leaf gallery, less upscale with some ‘naughty’ offerings. Time passed. John Stanhope closed his gallery that had wonderful art and his pet pig. I can’t remember his name, but a fine well behaved pig. The San Dieguito Art Gallery splintered and some moved to the Pannikin and became The Offtrack Gallery and, for now, lives downtown with The San Dieguito Art Guild which moved from it's location by the park. Other galleries of that time, Gorman-Coring gallery, Windstep Gallery, The Glass Orchid moved or closed. Mike Seawald moved his gallery to Vulcan. The Corner Frame Shop/Leucadia Art Gallery is still in the same location.
    But there are always new galleries opening.
    The Richman Gallery, that closed because of other business opportunities, offered surf, car and guitar art with a nostalgic feel and style.
    L101 has been called home to The Artist Colony, depending on which map you use. With Danny Sandhandler at their lead, they have been the most visable contributor to our arts community with their Arts Alive banners and many other community efforts. They deserve to find a great home. The Sterling Gallery, Joel Bloomberg’s Glass studio and the two year old Berringer Gallery are a wonderful asset to our art community and Berringer's gallery esthetically enhanced the Vulcan commercial strip. The new Sheverdnese Gallery is a welcome addition with a tasteful collection of the gallery owners works and our newest offering, Wade Konaikowski’s gallery displaying the owners significant talents.
    Tucked in the hills and trees in our neighborhoods are an untold wealth of artistic spirits creating art because it is in their souls, as well as our uniquely Leucadia shops that offer thier art as well.

    I don’t know why Leucadia nurtures such delightful creativity, but I hope it will continue.

    On August 26th, the third year revival on LeucadiART will take place, sponsored by Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association. The artists want to share their work with you.
    Please come join them.
    Support your local artists and galleries.

    Thank You.
    morgan mallory

  2. Jim McConlogues art is available for viewing at Leucadia Art Gallery.

  3. In the light of day:
    My apologies to Danny Salzhandler and the Savarese Gallery for the incorrect spelling of their names.
    Thank you,

  4. Leucadia an artist gallery? I have been here since 1973 and all Leucadia has been is a hangout for dopers and surfers. Until recently no one has cared about Leucadia. An Artist Colony? Get Real!!!

  5. Anon 851,

    You have missed out for a long time.

    With all the recent Leucadia events such as Leucadiart Walk it is getting harder to not be aware of Leucadia's art subculture, even for dopers and surfers. PB.

  6. the other P.B.June 30, 2007 2:49 PM

    Each LeucadiArt walk event gets better and continue to brings the focus on art in Leucadia. My business is located right next to 454 Tattoo. Recently one of the tattoo artists, Billy Barnett painted a mural on the back building of the business. Many times these artistic expressions are missed. 454 Tattoo will also be sponsoring a interactive fusion art project at LeucadiArt. In addition many local musicians will be sharing their art of music that day.

  7. Anon 851 is probably RSPB. Notice the three exclamation marks!!!

    I like Art. Leucadia has been a swell place for artists, because, before, the rents were more reasonable.

    Now our city is wasting money on subsidizing an "Art Director," and not giving out more community art grants, directly, to artists, instead of bogus administrators.

    Yeah, some people do get fed up with the dishonesty and bureaucracy, and leave. But, power corrupts in any location. I will stand and work towards a better community, which includes balance, artistic expression, and never forget, FREEDOM.

  8. Leucadia has soulJune 30, 2007 8:33 PM

    Leucadia- The Art and Soul of Encinitas!

  9. And before LeucadiART Walk, there was world famous Streeter Blair, who's art studio / antique shop was next to Leucadia Roadside Park. Blair's oil paintings were primitive American style, and when Grandma Moses died, her agent deemed him Grandpa Moses. His studio burned to the ground in 1953 and he moved to LA. In the 1960's years after Blair passed, a container with nearly 100 of his paintings was discovered and auctioned off at Sotheby's. Vincent Price and Jonathan Winters were among the collectors bidding high on his work. In the 40's, Blair also built a large, early American style log cabin on Sanford Steet out of mortared pier pilings. I was lucky enough to be given a tour of it by a friend of Blairs who had purchased it from him and preserve it from the 40's. A huge fireplace, chandelier and the original furniture Blair built for it was also in tact. Sadly, a year later, Greystone made her an offer she couldn't refuse. It's all gone now.

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