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

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Sweetwater Student Exhibitions

​April 5 – April 26, 2019


California Plein-Air
​May 10 - June 8, 2019

Nuestra Frontera:  Our South Bay Families at the Border
June 22 – August 24, 2019
Gala Event: Saturday, June 29


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Audi Lawson: South Bay Diaries

January 12 - 19, 2019 your paragraph here.

Virtual Exhibition:

Maestro Jajha Ling Exhibition.

Artist: Mark Fehlman

Artists  in the exhibition
Carolyn Hesse Low Shipyard and Kayaks
Carolyn Hesse Low Watery Route
Paul Strahm After Morning Mass at Mission de Alcala
Paul Strahm The Calm of Early Morning, San Diego on Tuna Harbor
Brian Belfield Bay Boats
Brian Belfield Salt Air
Scottie Brown Shadows at Sunset Cliffs
Scottie Brown Desert Shadows
Pamela Ingwers Dusk in the Desert
Pamela Ingwers Reflection Pond at Balboa Park
Lester Machado Junipero Serra Museum after the storm
Lester Machado Lake Elsinore Poppy Fields
Dr. Jenny K. Ferrone Birds of a Feather Lake Murray
Dr. Jenny K. Ferrone Shore Line
Grace Schlesier Torry Pines Trail
Grace Schlesier Lily Pond Balboa Park
Rose Irelan Poppy Sunrise
Rose Irelan California Spring Bounty
Bianca Romani The Prado
Bianca Romani Plein Aire Iris
Gloria Chadwick Lake Elsinore Palms and Poppies
Gloria Chadwick Hills of Dehesa
Pauline Roche Early Morning at Point Loma
Pauline Roche Coastal Wetland
Grace Schlesier Torrey Pines Trail
Grace Schlesier Lily Pond Balboa Park
Dirk Harman Refugio
Dirk Harman La Jolla Cove
S.C. Mummert North of the Cove
S.C. Mummert June Lake

Mark Fehlman

​Ben Meza


Maestro Jahja Ling exhibition, 2018

Artist Mark Fehlman

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.

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

Past Exhibitions:

April 5 - April 26, 2019

Sweetwater High School exhibitions

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

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

Main Gallery: High School student exhibition & Sweetwater Authority Photo Competition

California Plein Air

May 10th - June 8th, 2019

Reception: Friday, May 10th

5:30 - &:30 PM

Special performance:

May 10th, 5:00 PM
OPUS San Diego Youth Symphony 


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 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