Upcoming Exhibitions:

Woodworkers of Bonita
and San Diego County

​March 13 - TBD

High School Student Exhibition

On-line.  Students please submit jpg's of your photos by email to bonitahistoricalsociety at gmail.com

They will appear on our instagram feed at #visit_bmcc, website and facebook during the month of April.


Cancelled Lumiere de California: Cal. Art Club
June 27 – July 18, 2020
Reception: Sat. June 27, 5:00-7:00pm
            Bonita Paint-Out Friday June 26

Permission to Come Aboard
August 8 – September 26, 2020
Curator:  Joe Frangiosa, Jr.
 Cancelled:Gala: Aug. 8 at the Admiral Kidd Club
            Scratch built model making with curator                 Joe on Saturdays 12noon – 3pm

Cal Humanities Press Release

Sine Kuwento
Nov. 7 - 30, 2020

curators: Benito Bautista and
​Emma Francisco


Artists in the Exhibition:
Robert G. Stevenson, Jr.
Douglas Parker
Gabriel Dice
Robert Dice
Jeff Romek
Jim Strawn
Junko Glawe
Kim Blackford
Richard Howell
Steve Stonehouse
Trevor Amery
Vincent Robles
​David Krimmel

Audi Lawson: South Bay Diaries

January 12 - 19, 2019 your paragraph here.

Chula Vista Art Guild Presents
19th Community Art Show 2019

October 12 through Nov 2, 2019
Art Receiving: Sat. Oct. 12th AM
See the prospectus for details,
 Show Prospectus (pdf file)

Past Exhibitions:

Artwork by: Garey McKinney and Karina Velasco

Artists in the exhibition:
​Amy Lyn Beltran, Liz Usborne, Desiree Lawence, Amanda Kachadoorian, ncecbal@aol.com, Anja Hovland, Minnie Valero, Walfredo Don, Carol Brown, Karina Velasco, Gloria Galbraith, Gloria Chadwick, Susan Ashley, Anna Siqueiros, Andrea Arroyo

Michael Field

Main Gallery:  closed

This is the spot to find your next favorite woodworker!  Traditional handmade reproduction furniture from the 18th and 19th Century as well as contemporary sculpture in wood will be on display during the spring at the museum. 

Do you know what Santa Fe Acacia wood looks like?  Well, ask a local woodworker like Jim Strawn and he will tell you about the different woods that he uses to create his banjos and ukuleles.

The exhibition includes antique planes, tools and hand drills from the museum collection.  A special project will also be on display from the art department at Mesa College.  Thank you to professor Wendell M. Kling.

Dr. Teller's Magi Collection

Nov. 30 - January 5, 2019

Dr. Harris Teller, a former teacher started his Magi collection in 1952.  The collection includes hundred of the Three Wise Men collectibles. A Navy corpsman in Pusan Bay during the Korean War, Dr. Teller acquired his first set of wise men while he was working in the ships sick bay.  He wanted to do something to lift the spirits of the injured and ill sailors stuck on board the ship.

Artist Mark Fehlman

Anthropocene: Humans & Nature

Reception: Friday, Sept. 6   5:30 - 8:30 PM

Anthropocene: Humans and Nature exhibition explores the era of dominant human effect on the Southern California and Tijuana landscape.  Art installations at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center (BMCC) will be on view from Sept. 6 - 28th, 2019.  The public reception is on Friday, Sept. 6th, 5:30 - 8:30 PM.  The reception will host exhibiting artists as well as anthropogenic soundings by regional composers including Jeremy Field and Isaac Crow.  Poet Gerda Govine will perform at 6:30 PM.

Voice of San Diego article

Artists in the exhibition: 

Stephanie Bedwell, Diana Benavidez, Annette Cyr, May Y. Cheung Hoffman, Michael Field,

Brian A. Gibson, Matthew Hebert, Nancie Holliday, Janet Hubka, Luis Ituarte,
Amanda Kachadoorian,
Seffa Klein, Jim Melli, Paula Poole, Sasha Koozel Reibstein,
Anna Siqueiros,
Julie Sperling, Eva Struble, and Luke Woodaman.

 Anthropocene press release

Bonita's own Jim Strawn with one of his handcrafted instruments.  Type your paragraph here.

July 1980, Jahja Ling with André Previn at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Listen to: Jazz 88.3 "Inside Art" interview with Jahja Ling and Dave Drexler.

​Event Photos: Evening with Maestro Ling, Giving Back Magazine


​Every January enjoy the artwork of Bonita artist Audi Lawson in the museum

Artist: Mark Fehlman

Maestro Jahja Ling exhibition, 2018

Virtual Exhibition:

Maestro Jajha Ling Exhibition.

The Art of Animal Sculpture.

The exhibition features over 40 sculptures that showcase animals as the artistic inspiration.  The show will exhibit large and small scale works of sculptors Mark Edward Adams, D.L. Engle, Mehl Lawson, and Adam Matano.  These award-winning artists represent some of the top sculptors of animals in the country and their sculpture has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries across the country. 

Click here for the  press release
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine 

Artist Mehl Lawson will be in the museum on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 12noon - 2:00 PM

​Artist/Curator Mark Edward Adams will be in the museum on Sat. Feb. 23rd from 12noon - 2:00 PM

​​TOUT OF THE BLUE: A San Diego Survey Art Show
Curated by Christopher Padilla
Nov. 9 - Nov. 30, 2019
​Reception: Sat. Oct. 9th 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Artists in the exhibition:
​Amanda Kachadoorian
Chantal Wnuk
Amel Nelson
Vincent Schafer
A. Bachour
Desiree Lawrence
Akiko Surai
Nick Mcinvale
Kimberly R. Heard
Jeszica Jean
Daniel Hathaway
Janel de la Torre
Daylan Wilde
Alan Luna
Helen Hejl
Leah Sarrah Bassett
Elizabeth Stringer

The Bonita Museum and Cultural Center is excited to announce a solo exhibition by South Bay sculptor Michael Leaf  February 7 thru Feb. 29, 2020.  A public reception for the artist will be held Friday, February 7th from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  The reception is free and open to all ages.

Michael Leaf is a third-generation South Bay artist who makes his living as a fine artist working in the medium of metal.  He is completely and diligently a self-taught artist who focuses on metal in multi-scale 2D and 3D installations.  Michael’s artwork can be seen in both commercial and public spaces around California, including at the Port of San Diego.

Michael views the world itself as a piece of art and gets his inspiration and ideas from exactly that. He strives to create unique and never seen before pieces that are based on freethinking with the hopes to excite and connect with his clients and their imagination. 
Press Release Michael Leaf.pdf

Nuestra Frontera: Our South Bay Families at the Border

   An exhibition exploring 250 years of history in the south bay through the oral histories and photographs of     eight generations of families.e your paragraph here.

April 5 - April 26, 2019

Sweetwater High School exhibitions

Reception: Friday, April 5   5:30 - 7:30 PM

Members of the Estudillo family with curator

Barbara Zaragoza.

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

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

Also on display:

Artist Ernesto Bogarin with his multi-cultural ceramics made at Southwestern College

Pictured: "After the Selfie"

Curator Christopher Padilla with Amanda Kachadoorian's cultural ethnobotany "South Bay", oil on canvas 


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."

The museum will extend the run of the Wood exhibition until after the National Emergency ends.

March 14 - TBD 

See the exhibition virtually through our facebook and instagram links: Facebook  #visit_bmcc  YouTube channel