East County Art Association captures the moment

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The whim and whimsy of artists all across San Diego County, as incarnated into brush strokes and color, channeled together into the front showroom of the Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center.

The East County Art Association’s Masters of the Moment art show has been judged, with winners sporting ribbons and unawarded participants joining them proudly on display until July 13, 2018.

Past president of the East County Art Association Georgina Clemens said the show is always a wonderful way to bring together artistic minds.

The whim and whimsy of artists all across San Diego County, as incarnated into brush strokes and color, channeled together into the front showroom of the Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center.

The East County Art Association’s Masters of the Moment art show has been judged, with winners sporting ribbons and unawarded participants joining them proudly on display until July 13, 2018.

Past president of the East County Art Association Georgina Clemens said the show is always a wonderful way to bring together artistic minds.

“This was open to all artists in San Diego County,” said Clemens. “Anyone could submit work.”

Clemens said the East County Art Association changed their name from the El Cajon Art Association several years ago to become more inclusive.

“It’s really stimulating for artists to see other artists’ work,” she said. “I think being an artist is a pretty solitary occupation so it’s nice to get together with other people and share. It’s inspirational.”

And this year’s show is quite an inspired collection. The colorful display ranges in styles and content from pastel animal sketches to shadowed mountainscapes.

A common thread strings these pieces together like pearls on a necklace: life.

Each frame canvases a uniquely captured, scintillating display of vivacious color, movement and heart.

Marty Armstrong’s specially awarded graphite portrayal of “Ida,” a young violinist in 19th century garb, conveys delicacy is soft grays. In equally soft tones, Sandra Seckington uses water color to paint a “Cub Classroom.”

The two works, hanging catty-corner to each other in the room, embody the show’s theme of moments, caught and captured, preserved and portrayed, beautiful, fleeting.

In the case that the slow, hot summer afternoons in East County make regular activities impossible, a step into the panoramic orchestra of San Diego’s finest local artists would be well worth the time.

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