We LOVE Athenaeum Music & Arts Library!

Athenaeum Library - courtesy of ljathenaeum.org Shawn Michael and I feel privileged to have one of our pieces included in the 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition at the La Jolla Athenaeum Music and Arts Library! At the opening reception, we met many talented local artists, and enjoyed time with Erika, Maura, and Penny, a few of the Library's fantastic staff.

If you've never visited the Athenaeum, please do.  It is an incredible institution, one of only 16 private libraries in the United States.  And this one is devoted exclusively to music and art!  It is not only full of a million books I lament not having the time in my lifetime to read, but it is breathtakingly gorgeous.  And it is free, and open to the public.

I felt a bit like Murakami's Kafka discovering the Nomura Memorial Library in Kafka on the Shore.  After arriving at the private library near the sea, he meets the librarian, Oshima, who gives him the run-down of the library rules. As Oshima finishes, he looks quizzically at Kafka, wondering why a high-school kid has shown up at an out-of-the-way library that specializes in old books by Tanka and Haiku poets:

'Most of the people who ride the train all the way out here are doing research in those fields.  No one comes here to read the latest Stephen King Novel ... So, are you researching Haiku or Tanka then?'

'No,' I answer

'That's what I thought.'

'Is it still ok for me to use the library?' I asked timidly, trying to keep my voice from cracking.

'Of course.' He smiles and places both hands on the desk. 'This is a library, and anyone who wants to read is welcome.'

So back to our own gem of a library - The work for the 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition will be on display until August 31st.  Forty-Six San Diego artists were selected for the show by Ariel Plotek and Amy Galpin, Assistant and Associate Curators for the San Diego Museum of Art.  And for those of you who really like a good time, join us this Thursday, August 29th for the A-List Member's Choice Event, which includes art, food trucks, cocktails and dueling pianos! If you come to the event, you get to choose your favorite work of art out of the 51 on display, and vote for who will win the Member's Choice Award!

A-List Members Choice Event Thursday, August 29, 2013, 7:00 PM 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 A List members: Free Members: $10 Nonmembers: $12 21+

From the Athenaeum Website:

Choose a cocktail and a song as the Athenaeum A List presents Member’s Choice: Pick Your Poison. Forty-six San Diego artists will mingle in the 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Athenaeum Library as their 51 diverse pieces coalesce from a muddled collection to a smooth cocktail of art. Guests and members vote for their favorite piece. The competition will continue in the Music Room as dueling pianists battle on our pair of grand pianos. Rhythmic dissonance will melt into melodic harmony as they enliven their music with a battle of the keys. The choices carry on as we host a pair of gourmet food trucks and a create-your-own vodka cocktail bar. Come vote with other young art and music lovers and unify your distinct voice to a lover’s cry for art and music.