The Finding Heaven in Hellhole Canyon exhibition opened Friday afternoon, January 10 with a reception at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE) museum.
The opening reception was filled to capacity with CCAE and Friends of Hellhole Canyon (FHC) members as well as the public. About 300 plus attendees enjoyed Rancho Guejito wine, a catered buffet and exquisite desserts. Ambient music was provided by solo guitarist, Jed Craddock and the Rincon Youth Storytellers opened for the speakers with songs in their native Luiseño.
The Friends of Hellhole Canyon (FHC) Board of Directors met with Jerry Van Leeuwen, executive director and Beth Marino, associate director of the Museum and Visual Arts of the Center, two years ago to discuss how their two organizations could partner. A year later, they found the right project, resulting in the Finding Heaven in Hellhole Canyon museum exhibition.
The art in the Hellhole portion of the show is for sale with a percentage of the proceeds going to FHC’s land acquisition fund. To learn prices and purchase artwork ask the staff in the museum store.
The Finding Heaven in Hellhole Canyon exhibition coincides with Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystems curated by Danielle Deery. A combined total of thirty-eight artists’ works are on display through March 8. In addition, the student wall of art from local area schools offers a fresh perspective in support of preservation and conservation.