May 31 2016 03:48 PM

New spaces to check out this summer: Lori L Fine Art, Galería 1881 and C.M. Curatorial

Lori L Fine Art
David Richardson

In addition to A Ship in the Woods unveiling its new North County space this weekend (check out this week's Short List for more info), a number of other new galleries have opened or are set to open in the coming weeks.

Lori L Fine Art (789 West Harbor Drive, Suite 154): At first, Lori Wylie-Richardson was just looking for a space to do a one-night, pop-up gallery show, but after seeing the 1,500-square-foot space in The Headquarters in Seaport Village, the local artist says she couldn't help but take it a step further. "I just fell in love with the space, the feel of history there," says Wylie-Richardson. Now that she's signed the lease, Wylie-Richardson plans on using her namesake gallery to showcase not only her illusionary paintings, but works from a variety of artists as well. The gallery's first show on June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. features Italian painter Dario Campanile, but Wylie-Richardson says she plans to show off local artists as well. "I want to emphasize the community of artists here," she says, pointing out the upcoming June 25 show with pop-surrealist Michael Summers. "To show that there's wonderful art and new ideas in San Diego."

Galería 1881 de Barrio Logan (2159 Logan Ave.): Barrio Logan native Carmen Velasco has always loved the Barrio's rich arts scene, but always felt photography was underrepresented. So when the full-time real estate agent came across a quaint space on Logan Avenue, she says she decided against opening a real estate office there and instead got back to her roots. "I'm not a professional artist or a professional photographer, but it's a vision and a dream I've had," says Velasco, who opened Galería 1881 in February. Named after the year in which Logan Avenue was first christened, the gallery will emphasize new and historical aspects of the neighborhood. This includes a June 11 "kickoff to summer" party, which will feature fashion shots of Hola Swimwear (a company with local designers), and a Father's Day-themed photo show on June 18. Says Velasco, "The goal is to provide something for the community that's not currently there."

Basile I.E. + CM Curatorial (2070 Logan Ave.): Initially scheduled to open in April, the dual gallery spaces from Chris Martino and Paul Basile will finally have their grand unveiling on June 11 during the monthly Barrio Art Crawl with a show titled Dictators Rule (Until They Don't). Why the delay? Martino blames El Niño. "We had crazy roof issues," Martino says. Now that the space itself is finally completed, Martino and Basile have almost the entire next year planned out, including shows in July from Matt Stallings and Matt Forderer, as well as curated group shows in August from local and Baja artists. There's still a neighboring, five-unit space that the duo hopes to rent out soon. "The plan is to still have it be all creatives and artists and have the units rented in the next six to eight months," Martino says.


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