April 27, 2017
Spiritivity Paint & Sip Classes
Discover your inner artist at San Diego's premier painting studio!
Invite friends, family, co-workers... reserve your spot and come ready for a fun, creative experience all while sipping on a refreshing beverage. Beer, wine and non-alcohol beverages available.
Call 760-294-755 or go online for info, more calendar dates and registration: spiritivity.com
Spiritivity's paint + sip studio was born out of the belief that every person has innate creative gifts and talents but they often don’t have experiences to express their “you-nique” creativity. Through our painting events, groups will explore their creativity through a directed art lesson led by our artists while enjoying a glass of wine or beer. Painters will experience true creativity in a fun, safe and supportive community environment! So grab your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers and sign up for a Spiritivity studio event.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is now open to the public weekly, with free entrance, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to Noon AND on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00am to 2:00pm, weather permitting*.
Docents will be on hand for questions on 2nd Saturday dates. Kids of ALL ages love this park... bring your family, friends, imaginations and cameras!
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work.
Open Hours and Other Info:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am to Noon
2nd Saturdays, 9:00am to 2:00pm
Docents are on-site on 2nd Saturdays only.
Free entrance. Weather permitting*.
For more info, please call 760-839-4000.
(Hours subject to change and the site will be closed on major holidays.)
*While we are experiencing frequent rains, there is chance that the sculpture garden will be closed, due to safety issues, usually 24-48 hours after a rain event, while it dries.
For more info about Escondido's 2nd Saturday Arts & Cultural Events, please click HERE.
About Queen Califia’s Magical Circle:
The City of Escondido has completed Phase I of its repairs of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park and has reopened the internationally famous sculpture garden to the public on a limited basis.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculptural integrated bench seating, and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of Saint Phalle's later work.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is situated within a 12-acre natural habitat in the Iris Sankey Arboretum in Kit Carson Park on a parcel of land donated by the City of Escondido. The park's entrance is located five minutes from I-15 (Via Rancho Parkway Exit) at the corner of Bear Valley Parkway and Mary Lane.
The sculpture garden's key architectural features are an undulating circular wall measuring 400 feet in length (with varying heights from 4 to 9 feet) that surrounds the garden. Monumental playful serpents, decorated in colorfully patterned mosaics, slither along the top of the wall, their curved bodies forming a pattern of solids and voids that allows visitors to see landscape vistas beyond the garden. The "snake wall" opens into a maze whose walls and floors are covered with black, white, and mirrored tiles. Once through the maze, visitors enter into the central courtyard.
There are nine freestanding sculptures in the garden. The imposing mosaic sculpture of Queen Califia standing on the back of a five-legged eagle commands the center of the garden. Eight large totemic sculptures surround Queen Califia. They are covered with symbols and forms freely drawn from Native American, Pre-Columbian, and Mexican art as well as the artist's own fantastic imagery.
*The exhibit will not open during rain and inclement weather. The Garden will be open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and on the Second Saturday of each month, from 9am to 12-noon, weather permitting*. Docents will be available to answer questions on Second Saturdays. The exhibit will be closed on holidays. The exhibit will be closed for bad weather (rain, or imminent threat of rain) until the sculpture is thoroughly dry (this may take a day or so). After a rain event, the sculpture garden may be closed for 24-48 hours to allow the area to dry. The tiles can be very slippery when wet.
The sculpture garden is located in Kit Carson Park
in the Iris Sankey Arboretum
Kit Carson Park
3333 Bear Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
More information, PDFs:
Press Release (original opening): Niki de Saint Phalle's Queen Califia's Magical Circle Opens in Escondido, California, October 26, 2003
Queen Califia's Magical Circle Fact Sheet
Niki de Saint Phalle's International Workshop Team
Niki de Saint Phalle's Collection in San Diego
Niki de Saint Phalle Chronology (1930-2002)
Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art at the Center Museum
With a powerful message of environmental awareness, this exhibition highlights a creative alternative to mindless consumption and focuses on the importance of repurposing. Artists from around the world transform discarded hubcaps into fine art in a unique collaboration with Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit.
The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Reuse Recreate Reimagine will be on view in conjunction with Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art thus devoting the entire museum to art made of recycled materials. The exhibition celebrates the trans-formative nature of art in the most physical sense. With a nod to environmentalism, the exhibition also hopes to catalyze guests to think about the trash cycle and their role in that cycle. With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate the visual arts, the Center has collaborated with local California artists and their work to showcase in this exhibition.
The artwork in the exhibition has been made of materials that were used and would have ended up in the landfill except for artist intervention affording those materials new life through art. Image credit: Larry and Debby Kline, The Alchemist and His Junks, mixed media.
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
General Admission: $8
Student and Senior: $5
Center Members, Military and children 12 years and under FREE
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N Escondido Blvd
Escondido, CA 92025
General: (760) 839-4138
Ticket Office: (800) 988-4253
About The California Center for the Arts, Escondido:
With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, The Center is the cultural center of North San Diego County. The Center's unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, Holiday Tree Lighting, Día de los Muertos, Independence Day, and First Wednesdays performances.
Escondido may mean hidden, but it’s no secret there’s a lot going on here!