Museum Opens New Western Exhibit

LA MESA -- The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present “Moments in Time,” an exhibit featuring 24 pieces created by six artists from June 15 to Aug. 22.

 Four of the six artists reside in the East County, including Gloria Chadwick, Grace Schlesier, Dennis “Ski” Torzeski and Denise Rich. The paintings by Chadwick, Schlesier and Torzeski feature wildlife and landscape settings, while Rich specializes in bovine art, including paintings of cows, bulls, oxen, heifers, steers, bullocks and calves. The two other artists, Millie Shaw of Mountain Center, Calif., and Debbie Hughbanks of Loon Lake, Wash., specialize in wildlife and scratchboard artwork, respectively. Scratchboard refers to an art medium where an artist uses a variety of abrasive tools to create an image by scratching dark ink from a hard clay coated panel called a scratchboard. Later, the white clay can be enhanced using colored pencils, paints or ink.

 Admission to the museum is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 590-3431, or visit An opening reception will be held at the museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14. 

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