Creating Unique Masterpieces: Gabrielle Benot

If painting is a language in and of itself, San Diego-based artist Gabrielle Benot is exceedingly fluent in her craft. Even the words she uses to talk about her passion seem to flow effortlessly, punctuated by a soft European accent and highlighted by the desire to create her own unique masterpieces while simultaneously coloring outside traditional lines of time and…

Ocean Art

A leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll in the Solana Beach Cedros Avenue Design District through the farmers market, specialty shops and bistros and olive oil and wine tastings leads to a blank canvas resting on an easel. It will be a mesmerizing hour or so before that canvas comes to life with the easygoing brush strokes of Wade Koniakowsky.

Del Mar Art Association: Interview with Bob Coletti

California to me was always like the song of the sirens who lured Ulysses to their island in the Illiad. With a thriving commercial photo business in Boston, it was difficult to make the break until later years in my life. I first came out here in 1994, but went back to Boston in 1998 for personal reasons. I returned…

Rae Armantrout, Interviewed

Poetry can be annoying, especially when it tells you what you already know in a solemn, pompous tone. There are poems like that, but there are other sorts as well. I look to poems for new observations, fresh perspectives, and unusual combinations of words, images, ideas. A good poem reshuffles things and shakes them up. It sticks in your mind…

Oceanic Art

Most of us know how good it feels to step into the ocean, but funneling that feeling into something beautiful is a different kind of challenge. Meet three North County artists whose great gift is an eye for the ocean.

A Photographer’s Passion 
& Visionary Escapes

The soul of Mike Orenich is behind every photo he’s captured. Through his eyes we are allowed a glimpse into the image he was compelled to document, a picture within a frame that time cannot fade. A man indigenous to remote western Mongolia huddled in fur with eagles at his side. A woman in Cuba in vivid contemplation. A 1956…