Love where you live!
LA MESA -- When you walk through an art gallery, you know when your eye hits a painting that conveys more than the sum of its parts.
The work of San Diego artist Wade Cline is exactly that. Like a Monet or a Seurat, when you see Cline's painting, you know it is his. Immediately. Cline's examination of urban life through the fading light of day is both disquieting and comforting. You find yourself wanting to refocus your eyes, to see through the haze and murk, and then you realize that is exactly what the artist wants you to do. That is what much of our day's include.
In a show that is a virtual metaphor for where his life is at right now, a collection of Cline's work will be shown at O'Dunn's Fine Art on La Mesa Boulevard starting Friday night, with music, food and, perhaps, a visit with the painter himself.
Cline is older now, perhaps past the time when new paintings will come, but the collection of scenes from throughout San Diego's Hillcrest area that Shannon O'Dunn has gathered for this show is truly a celebration of a local talent whose fame will probably one day reach far beyond San Diego.
O'Dunn is calling this show "Light Thickens" from Shakespeare's quote:
Light thickens; and the crow
Makes wing to the rooky wood.
Good things of day begin to droop and drowse,
While night's black agents to their preys do rouse.
O'Dunn's openings are always fun, eclectic events with good food and music. Friday's event at 8325 La Mesa Boulevard runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Paintings are reasonably priced.
Click on the photos in this story to see larger, more enjoyable presentations of the work.