Escondido, CA

300 turn out for opening of Hellhole exhibit at CCAE

Bahram Shadzi, PJ Campbell (Friends of Hellhole Canyon PR & Marketing, Events Director), Judith Shadzi, Roshanak Clines, Joaquin Aganza ( President of Friends of Hellhole Canyon.) The Shadzis own Cosmic Solar, which is sponsor of the exhibit.

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.

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3 responses to “300 turn out for opening of Hellhole exhibit at CCAE”

  1. The preview for “Finding Heaven in Hellhole Canyon” exhibit at California Center for Arts, Escondido Museum on January 10, 2020 was nothing short of a home run !
    Compliments to the 38 professional artists for the exquisite artwork, and students who contributed their own fresh perspectives about habitat loss and ecological threats from climate change.
    The program, the artwork, and reception with local environmental organizations went a long way to expand public awareness about the value of our endangered habitat, wildlife corridors and open space.
    Many thanks to Joaquin Aganza, Friends of Hellhole Canyon and Cosmic Solar for organizing this popular event, and California Center for the Arts for hosting the impressive exhibit on display from January 11 to March 8, 2020.

  2. Jerry Harmon says:

    Well done by a very fine conservancy.

  3. Marian L Sedio says:

    Nice article about a wonderful organization. Thank you Friends of Hellhole Canyon for all your hard work! The article mentioned “preservation and conservation” but not the climate change impacts to our local environment which was also included in the exhibition.

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