Sowing Seeds Flyer

Theme: In times of isolation, division and hopelessness, art has played a significant role as a catalyst for change—a powerful tool for social progress that has shaped history. We seek art that speaks to the power of What Can Be: Plant the seeds for a future that is more sustainable and harmonious. Shift the narrative and bring forth new visions.

We are soliciting works that inspire healing and growth for ourselves and our planet. Works that metaphorically or literally reflect on this “Sowing Seeds” theme and use imagery or materials that connect to environmental and human renewal are highly encouraged. We envision a space teeming with life.

Place: San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery, FA 103

Exhibition Dates: November 11 – December 9, 2021

Open House Reception: Thursday, November 11, 2021

Deadlines: Submission deadline – Please submit files and information by midnight, Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
Notification – Selected artist will be notified by Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
Delivery of artwork – Wednesday October 20, 2021 or Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Eligibility: Open to all emerging and established artists residing in the region. All media are accepted including sculpture, video, soundscapes, two-dimensional work, performance, installation. Original artwork only, please. And we request that your artwork be ready to hang and install.

Fees: No fees to apply. We do not have a budget for any material costs for this exhibition, therefore work must be funded, produced, delivered by the artist.

Submission Guidelines:
Please submit material listed below to this google form
1. A maximum of 3 .PDF or .JPEG images. Label and number files with your name. Example: GarciaAlex01, GarciaAlex02. Please keep files between 72 - 150 dpi.
2. A statement about your work and how it responds to the theme.
3.A link to your website and/or social media.

About us: This exhibition is curated by the Museum Studies class at San Diego Mesa College under the direction of Professor Alessandra Moctezuma. We are excited to work with local artists to showcase the amazing talent of our region. Find us on Facebook: San Diego Mesa College Museum Studies or Instagram: @sdmesacollege_gallery for updates. Go to FB to view past exhibit examples under the “Events” section.

Questions? Email:
Because of the unusual times we are living in, this is not a typical art exhibition. Feel free to contact us with questions, clarifications or concerns. Also, because of the current situation if our district policies change this exhibition could be cancelled at any time. If it’s cancelled, we will work with class to create a virtual gallery website.

Image design credit: Juan Carlos Araiza




Ludicrous Tales invitation
Ludicrous Tales: A Topsy Turvy Quartet

Paintings by Gloria Muriel, sculptures by Aida Valencia
and a collaborative ceramic installation by

Beliz Iristay and Irene de Watteville 

Reception OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, August 26, 11 am – 7 pm
(refreshments outdoors, limited guests will be allowed at a time. MASKS are required.)

Exhibition on view August 23 through September 23.
Visit the gallery on T, W, Th from 11 am – 4 pm
(Please email or call 619-388-2829 if you have any questions.)

Gallery address and directions:
San Diego Mesa College, Fine Arts Building first floor
7250 Mesa College Dr. SD 92111
Enter through Marlesta/Gennessee campus. FREE parking in STUDENT spots in Lot 1.

Our Sleeping Beauty awakens! We are finally able to open the exhibition that was set up for March 2020. The work remained undisturbed for the pandemic year and is finally ready for visitors.

Enter a magical environment of nymphs painted in Talavera colors; wander among graceful trees with dazzling mosaic flowers; feast on a sensuous banquet of surreal delights in porcelain and clay. 

Visit the artists websites:,,

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Image credit: Beliz Iristay and Irene de Watteville, Mavi, Ma Vie, 2019, dimensions vary, Gloria Muriel, In Tears I let Go, 2020, Acrylic
on canvas,  Aida Valencia, Nature Response 1 & 2,2016, 84” x 24” x 24”, mixed media sculpture

In the exhibition Ludicrous Tales: A Topsy-Turvy Quartet four international artists residing in our region create an enchanted environment. The luscious paintings of Gloria Muriel pair beautifully with a succulent ceramic banquet by Beliz Iristay and Irene de Watteville and wondrous mosaic trees by Aida Valencia. Visitors are invited into a space dripping in decadence and more than a dash of whimsy as magical creatures and fantastic beasts break bread.

Beliz Iristay and Irene de Watteville are both ceramic artists, from Turkey and France respectively. In 2019, the pair collaborated in a provocative and ludicrous sculptural feast. In this joint installation, each artist showcases their strengths; Iristay has extraordinary mold-making expertise and de Watteville a keen interest in detailed brushwork and intricately sculpted clay. Both share a joy for cooking and the use of blue in their work; the traditional blue in Iznik tiles from the Ottoman Empire and the classic French blue glaze. Their piece-de-resistance is a tall ceramic centerpiece; a stacked concoction of playful polychrome tiers created by both artists. Humor, sensuality, and passion permeate the surreal installation transforming the gallery into a place for communion and exchange.

Gloria Mulriel’s vibrant murals of fairy-tale characters can be seen on urban walls around San Diego. Her canvases and drawings pulsate with dazzling colors, fluid sinewy lines, and mysterious iconography; inquisitive faces with wide-set eyes emerge and peek out from lush backgrounds woven from leaves and flowers. Muriel’s subjects emerge from her imagination and are based on the artist’s experiences and emotional states of mind. These young girls, mermaids, and nymphs honor the power of the Feminine and women’s spiritual connection to Nature. For this exhibition, Muriel utilized the brilliant cobalt, ultramarine, and turquoise blues of traditional Talavera ceramics in florid symmetrical compositions to respond to Iristay and de Watteville’s porcelain pieces.

Standing in the midst of the gallery, metal tree sculptures by Aida Valencia are adorned with flowers and birds in multi-hued mosaics. The colorful forest of shiny cutouts titled Nature Response is part of a larger series called Fragmentada.

Beliz Iristay is a self-described border artist born in Izmir, Turkey who has made her home in the Guadalupe Valley of Ensenada Mexico. She studied traditional Turkish ceramics at Dokuz Eylul University and worked at the International Glass Furnace School in Istanbul before moving to the United States in 2005. She combines the venerable traditions of her home country and contemporary techniques to explore new forms.

Irene de Watteville comes from the Alsace region of France but has called San Diego home for more than four decades. She has spent nearly 20 years painting tile murals using 17th-century majolica techniques and now focuses on porcelain with a certain je ne sais quoi.During her 10 years on the Solana Beach Public Art Commission, she was accused of wanting to tile the whole town; she pleads guilty.

Gloria Muriel is a native of Mexico, lives in San Diego and is a graphic designer by trade. She has painted murals in different cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and many throughout Mexico. Muriel draws inspiration from surrealist artists such as Salvador Dali, the magical paintings of Mexican Artist Remedios Varo, and the fantastic pop culture of Tim Burton.

Aida Valencia graduated from the Universidad Autónoma of Guadalajara, Jalisco; she studied the art of mosaic in Italy. She has participated in various exhibitions including The Folk Tree Collection in Pasadena, California; Mosaic Group Exhibition in Miami, Florida; the Mingei International Museum San Diego, California; Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Gallery 256 in Tijuana B.C. and GM Gallery of Puerto Vallarta, to name a few.

               For Gallery info call: (619) 388-2829                     
Gallery Director: Alessandra Moctezuma,
Gallery Coordinator: Jenny Armer,
San Diego Mesa College, 7250 Mesa College Dr., San Diego, CA 9211


Gallery hours: T, W, TH: 11 am - 4 pm.
Closed Mondays, Fridays, weekends and school holidays.

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