Celebrating One Of San Diego's Masters

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.

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Comment by hazel ross on October 25, 2014 at 6:45pm

Act 3 scene2 

Comment by La Mesa Today on October 25, 2014 at 6:00pm
Hazel,
You are a bard!
The editor
Comment by David Stanley on October 25, 2014 at 11:59am

Cline is one the artists that, each time I stand before one of his pieces, I swear to go home and put away my brushes. I struggle with my paintings and painfully reach for inner dreams and atmosphere. Then, along comes a guy like Cline who smiles and asks, "How ya doin' kid"? One of todays finest!!!

Comment by hazel ross on October 24, 2014 at 4:58pm

Macbeth when he's getting ready to do Banquo in... Act 3 I think

Comment by La Mesa Today on October 23, 2014 at 10:38am

P.S. Extra credit for anyone who can give the play, scene and act from that Shakespeare quote.

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