July 28 2015 06:04 PM

San Diego newcomer is one of 41 San Diego artists picked for the prestigious show

Kristina Bell DiTullo
Photo courtesy of Michael DiTullo

Artist Kristina Bell DiTullo is one of 41 San Diego artists selected for the 24th Annual Juried Exhibition, opening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St.) in La Jolla. The artist will have three paintings from her series, "Solitary Night Reflections" in the prestigious show, which was juried this year by art critic Robert L. Pincus and San Diego State professor Tina Yapelli.

"Those came about in San Francisco," DiTullo says of the stark, minimalistic paintings. "I was very struck by living in a major city, living right in the heart of it off a really busy street, and it just brought up thoughts about how you can live in such a massively populated place but have feelings of being lonely."

DiTullo's a relative newcomer, having recently relocated to San Diego. An art therapist by day, the conceptual artist has slowly been tapping into the local art scene. She's shown her recognizable quilted Band-Aids-on-paper works at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery in the past and she's got work from a new series, "Beaming with Happiness," showing in Context: Rethinking Language in Art, a group exhibition at San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park through Aug. 23.

"For those works, I asked good friends to give me a story about a moment from their childhoods when they were completely beaming with happiness," she says. "I have a total of 16 stories and they're all transposed on to various mirrors... I covered them with chalk paint and wrote the stories on each mirror."

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