Culture Report: The North Park Building Where You Can Eat, Mingle, Create, and Vote
By Kinsee Morlan May 10, 2016
When Lynn Susholtz first bought the big building at University and Herman avenues in North Park, she knew exactly what she wanted the former grocery store to become – a place for the community and culture to come together.
It’s taken 15 years, but Susholtz can finally look around Art Produce and feel like she’s just about done it.
“It’s coming into a place I had always imagined,” she said.
Art Produce continues to grow
By Seth Combs May 10, 2016
Lynn Susholtz proudly looks around the garden and communal area of Art Produce, an art gallery and multi-use building in North Park. Five years ago, the garden area was an asphalt parking lot populated by homeless people. Nowadays, in addition to the communal picnic tables and potted herbs, there's a new sign, a new brewery tasting room and workers bustling to install new lights throughout the outside area.
It'd be easy to assume that Art Produce, after 15 years in business, is going through a second phase of growth and expansion, but Susholtz is quick to point out that the building's new additions and programs have been years in the making.
"This is phase 3.5 or something," says Susholtz, chuckling. She says there have been monumental changes over the years despite the consistent issue of funding. "I've always tried tot stay ahead of the neighborhood. To be flexible and responsive to the neighborhood while retaining an artist-centered cultural venue."
Viewing Reception: Saturday, April 23rd 6:30-8:30pm
On Exhibit: April 26-29
Purchase Artwork: Saturday, April 30th; Doors open at 10am
Artists who have exhibited with the Athenaeum in solo or small group shows have been asked to create an 8 x 10" piece of art. The SECRET is that the artists' names are not revealed until after the artwork has been purchased. All artwork sells for $200 on a first come, first served basis.
Recent Acquisitions at the Athenaeum
November 14th through December 29th, 2015
Opening Reception ~ Saturday, November 14th 6:30-8:30pm
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall St. La Jolla, CA 92037
Every few years the Athenaeum showcases selected acquisitions to their permanent collection of artwork and artists' books. This exhibition will feature selected works acquired since December 2011 including Lynn Susholtz' All the News You Need.
NEW ARTISTIC VENTURE - Community activist Lynn Susholtz to turn North Park’s Art Produce Gallery into a nonprofit
By James Chute Sept. 6, 2015
The way artist Lynn Susholtz sees it, she’s been “nonprofiting” for years. ■ Her North Park enterprise, Art Produce, has partnered with numerous community groups. She’s hosted art exhibits, performances, workshops, community forums, even fundraisers for other organizations in her quest to be a cultural force and an educational resource for the community.
She’s finally decided she might as well officially make Art Produce a nonprofit.
“You know when this really dawned on me? Last May (2014),” she said. “It was a busy month, and we were having our fourth fundraiser for other nonprofit organizations in the garden. And it kind of hit me like a ton of bricks: We should be doing a fundraiser for Art Produce.
“We’ll always support the community, other cultural institutions and individual artists, but at some point, we need to figure out a way to subsidize it that’s not out of our own pockets.”
While Susholtz’s art/design endeavor Stone Paper Scissors will continue as a for-profit business, she’s filed papers with the state for Art Produce to take over the nonprofit status of the inactive Green Scene Gallery, started by North Park architects Zagrodnik + Thomas. She’s assembling a board of directors, writing new bylaws, developing an organizational structure and creating what she hopes will be a model for private/public — or for-profit/nonprofit — cooperation.
“I’ve kind of taken this idea about as far as I can by myself,” she said. “I realize I don’t have the capacity to increase the programming here, and develop and sustain the partnerships by myself anymore. And the funding has to diversify. So I’m very excited about the possibilities.”
Lynn Susholtz in the Rotunda Gallery, Athenaeum
June 20 to July 25
Opening Reception ~ Friday, June 19th 6:30-8:30pm
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall St. La Jolla, CA 92037
Drawings in graphite and colored pencil on velum and rosin paper. Susholtz’ art practice ranges in scale from small drawings that explore the cultural context and social histories of everyday objects to large-scale interactive environments.
Community Development in the Context of Art: North Park and the Citizen Artist
Authors: Lynn Susholtz and Leslie Ryan
Last spring I was asked by Julie Voelker-Morris, co-editor of CultureWork, to write an article about my involvement as an artist in the redevelopment of North Park. After revisiting many conversations with Leslie Ryan, we co-authored, "Community Development in the Context of Art: North Park and the Citizen Artist". It is a beginning of our "non-manifesto for the arts". Maybe you will see a piece of your history...? - Lynn Susholtz
by City Heights Life | March 5, 2015
Some abandoned their homes when the men with guns showed up. Some never even had homes of their own; they grew up in tents scattered throughout barren refugee camps. Many left what little they had behind to seek an education and a better future in the United States.
All are now students at Crawford High School’s New Arrival Center, which gives new immigrants a one-year crash course in English language and lessons on American culture before they are placed in standard math, science and history classes with other students their age. And their stories were highlighted during a month-long, autobiographical art show, “Hello, My Name Is,” through March 2 at Bread & Cie, a popular bakery on University Avenue in Hillcrest.
An installation by Lynn Susholtz in collaboration with
The New Arrival Center students at Crawford High School
February 6 to March 1
Bread & Cie Bakery & Café
350 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Opening Reception ~ Friday, February 6th
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