2018 Exhibition Schedule (pdf)Type your paragraph here.


Thank You to our Exhibition Sponsors

Bach Level 

  • Sam & Lyndie Ersan


  • Roy and Nimpa Akana
  • John and Stephanie Garcia
  • Jon and Suzanne Miller
  • Dave and Phyllis Snyder
  • Meredith, John, and Barbara Brown
  • Bill Burns


  • Dante and Edna Concepcion


  • Bruce and Leslie Branman-Smith
  • Mr. and Mrs. Subarich  "In Memory of Subarich and Carambas Family"


Artists in the exhibition:

Coko Brown,Val Carson, Terry d. Chacon, Gloria Chadwick, Steve Dern, Chona Doering, Joy Floro, Patricia Rose Ford,  Fred Gregory, Dirk Harman,
Nita Harper, Dawn Harrison, Betty Holmes, Rose Irelan, Leslie Jakes, Jeff Jenney, Lee Katz, George Kreutz, Mehl Lawson, Kay Rideout,  Tim Russell, Dawn Secord, and Grace Schlesier

September 1, 2018, the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center (BMCC) will introduce an exhibit showcasing the life and career of Maestro Jahja Ling, San Diego’s preeminent orchestra conductor laureate and Bonita, CA resident.  From Jarkarta Indonesia to San Diego, the exhibition will chart Maestro Ling's brilliant career in the United States and around the world. The exhibition will also include interactive elements that introduce visitors to the world of "conducting" as well as the elements of a symphony.

Ling was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and began to play the piano at age 4. At age 17 he received a Rockefeller award scholarship which brought him to the United States. He went on to study at The Juilliard School in New York City. At Juilliard he earned a master's degree and continued on to study orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. For thirteen years, Jahja Ling was the music director and conductor for the San Diego Symphony. He is the first and only conductor of Chinese descent to serve as music director of a major U.S. orchestra

The world premiere exhibition includes personal item, music notations, video, and photography from Maestro's time with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood, New York, and with symphonies in Cleveland, Ohio, Saint Petersburg, Florida, and San Francisco, California.  During his celebrated career, he performed for England’s Queen Elizabeth II and collaborated with Whitney Houston, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman, and others, these stories will all be told through the exhibition.

Visitors to the exhibition will  why Jahja Ling fell in love with the peaceful community of Bonita, CA.  

Events: Family Day in the Museum with Maestro Ling

             Saturday September 8th at 11am

             Maestro Ling will be in the museum to walk visitors through the exhibition and to tell some of his life stories.

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MAY 11 - JUNE 15, 2018


Artist Statement
I started drawing and painting at a very early age, and I am a self-taught artist. My strongest artistic influence has come from the late Joan Mitchell. When I first saw her work over 25 years ago, I was literally staggered by the power and emotion in her paintings. I remember standing there in front of a huge canvas, feeling that her imagery could transport a person to a place of such deep involvement that they would be completely swept away by the sheer emotion of it. It’s difficult to put accurately in words, but I felt that in her work I was being allowed to see the truest expression of her heart and soul. That visual experience has tremendously affected my approach to making art. In each artwork that I create, whether it is a painting, mixed media, or sculpture, I am putting it all out there, opening my heart. I am determined to let my intuition lead, willing to cede all control, to just let what is inside me flow out.

My style is always in a process of incremental evolution. I’m a very tactile, visual learner, and I enjoy the experience of seeing and doing. I observe other artists, studying how they have reached successful resolutions. Over the years, I have explored Willem DeKooning’s color palette, Robert Motherwell’s spatial sense, and Cy Twombly’s use of calligraphic line and marking. These observations continue to help make me a better painter.

My paintings are fueled by the expression of things that come to me through life’s unseen experiences. Every placement of color, or covering of another color, affects and shapes the painting. I love the process of squeezing paint from the tubes, mixing them together and watching the colors evolve and complement each other. The mixing of color while the oil is still wet on the canvas, the unfolding of the imagery, represents a singular journey for me. What is in the process, what has gone into the mixing, is the very essence of how life and choices create the person.

My paintings speak not only with color, but with the passion and substance of living with purpose.

If Walter's name sounds familiar it might be because of his long history of award winning Tennis awards in San Diego.  Walter is a Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour player.  At the reception we look forward to hearing his talk about the "Similarities of Tennis and Art."

Sweetwater Water Authority High School Photography Exhibit 

The public is invited to a reception celebrating the award winning photography by local students of the Sweetwater Valley watershed. Exhibition May 11 - August, 2018

Tanglewood with Leonard Berstein and Jahja Ling (standing to Berstein's right).

Upcoming Exhibitions:

South Bay Plein Air

& Urban Geometry, Audi Lawson
​June 23 - August 18, 2018

Maestro Jahja Ling

Sept. 1 - 30th, 2018o

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Next Reception: Friday, June 29th -  5:30pm - 7:30pm

Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

Concurrent Exhibitions: here.

Past Exhibitions:

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The Museum is Open Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm, or by appointment.

The light and landscapes of San Diego will be featured in the exhibition Friends That Paint En Plein Air at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center.  Artworks in oil, pastel, and watercolor, are by the Plein air collective Friends that Paint as well as artists active in the Plein air community in San Diego. The exhibition will also include a "wet" gallery of artworks created in Bonita, California and the Sweetwater Valley by the artists during the exhibition. "Wet" paintings will go on sale June 28th, 2018.

Opening receptions for all exhibitions will take place on Friday, June 29th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Live painting demonstrations by Pat Ford and Terry Chacon during the evening.

Concurrent with this exhibition is Urban Geometry, a photo essay by the late Audi Lawson of the South Bay's rural and urban mix of environments.