The Face Behind The Art: Celebrating National City Artists

National City’s rich artistic heritage will be on display this summer at the National City Library. From July 11 to August 18, the National City Library invites you to honor our city’s vibrant art scene by joining us for The Face Behind The Art: Celebrating National City Artists. This summer long festival will showcase artists who have lived in and have been influenced by our beautiful city. Join us every week at the National City Library where we will meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and enter for chance to win pieces from some of the artists.

Tuesday, July 12, at 6:00 pm – In between clips from his upcoming documentary, The Way of Healing as well as readings from his book Journey to the Mountain Within: Healing Today’s Youth, author and filmmaker Luis Ruan will talk about how his work in the California Correction System with afflicted youth has led to a greater understanding of alternative methods to helping marginalized young adults.

Thursday, July 21, at 6:00 pm – local author and teacher at Sweetwater High School Marlene Wagman-Geller will discuss her books – Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women Behind the World’s Famous and Infamous and Eureka!: The Surprising Stories Behind the Ideas That Shaped the World – and their unique spin on historical facts!

Monday, July 25, at 6:00 pm – Film director Mary Ann Beyster and cinematographer/editor David Romero, a National City native, will host a screening of their award winning documentary The Kitchenistas of National City. The Olivewood Kitchenistas will also be there to talk about their role in promoting a healthier lifestyle in our community and provide some healthy dishes to sample.

Tuesday, August 2, at 6:00 pm – Paranormal-mystery and chica-lit author Mary Castillo will share insight about the role that National City has played in her novels and read excerpts from her works, including the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Paranormal Mystery nominated book Lost in the Light.

Monday, August 8, at 6:00 pm – Poet, musician and teacher Francisco Bustos will grace the library with poetry readings. Using acoustic percussions from various parts of the world, mixing it with electronic beats and other instruments, he will perform live outdoors with his band Frontera Drum Fusion in the library amphitheater.

Monday, August 15, 6:00 pm – Award winning sculptor, photographer and activist David Avalos will display his artwork throughout July and August and talk about his connection with National City as well as the works he has created for this festival.

On display throughout the entirety of the festival:

  •   The works of sculptor/photographer David Avalos
  •   Select pieces on loan to the library from renowned contemporary artist JohnBaldessari, acclaimed worldwide for his conceptual works using appropriated imagery.

    During each program, attendees can sign up to win works from some of the artists in a raffle that will occur at the end of the program. All of the programs are free and refreshments will be provided.

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