An impressive display of artwork at the Mission Trails Regional Park’s ‘Seven Great Artist, One Great Show’

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For the love of art and even greater the love of great artists, the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation has done it again. This time, with its “Seven Great Artists, One Great Show,” the name says it all. Upon the walls of MTRP Visitor’s Center, this collection on display through the entire month of January, this show is as diverse as the local artists that are represented.

For the love of art and even greater the love of great artists, the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation has done it again. This time, with its “Seven Great Artists, One Great Show,” the name says it all. Upon the walls of MTRP Visitor’s Center, this collection on display through the entire month of January, this show is as diverse as the local artists that are represented.

From photography to graphite and everything in between, MTRP has magically combined the various mediums into one fantastic showing. With a wide selection from each artist, it gives the ability to see many sides of each artist, their various mediums, subjects and passions.

Barbara Ambler’s ability to capture the stunning colors of our local back country and the animals that inhabit it, and move right over to her graphite production that show stunning detail, both in the main subject and the background. There is little to no illusion in her work, which is a refreshing style.

At looking at the photography (and speaking with) Steve Gould, his exhibition at this show is a San Diego delight. Commissioned in 2013 to create a photography book on San Diego, 185 of his images were chosen for this book coming out this spring. In the collection he has showing at the gallery, there are many wonderful spots he chose that most people that live here know. But his ability to capture its beauty in the perfection of light, which he clearly has a keen eye for, these places in our own back yard can be seen like never before. He is a master at his work, from lighting to angle he captures more than a place, as each piece is a moment in San Diego’s history.

Elaine Harvey uses a multitude of media in her works in a combination of realistic and abstract ideas. What is impressive is although there is some abstract, the realism is always prominent and you are never guessing what you are looking at. It is no wonder that she is a multi-award winner and teacher as her work is stellar and beautiful.

Another phenomenal photographer on exhibit is Eileen Mandell who captures the spirit whether with the movement of great action and in the stillness of a landscape. Day or night, she has the ability to capture a moment, a glimpse in the blink of an eye (or shutter in this case.)

A nature photographer like I have never seen before is in the work of Mark Wade. His ability of using multi-exposures and creating photographs and composites are stunningly beautiful and hard to describe. It is difficult, at first glance to see that his major tool is a camera with all of the swirls of color and realistic subjects combined. Not only does his manipulative photography stand out, his ability to print on different canvasses bring an extra light to the extraordinary work that he does.

The landscapes of Cathryn Ward, who uses a mixed media of watercolor, pastels and acrylic being her favored allow her the ability to create mind-blowing landscapes with a mix of realism and the abstract brushed together seamlessly. You will see her love of our local natural surroundings in this collection.

Jennifer Wolf is another photographer showing here that is a must see. Her work is diverse and the nature she photographs. Her macro photographs are amazingly beautiful, yet with a simple subject. Her love of nature is visible in her work and her unique perspective is captured with every shot.

This show is free and open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center is located at One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego.

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