Perspectives: The Berlin Wall Traveling Exhibit

San Diego artist, Jan Wier, was given a number of pieces of the Berlin wall collected by Wolfgang Duerr, a native Berliner, who commissioned artwork in remembrance of the fall of the Wall. In early 2014, Jan donated the pieces to mosaic artist Amber Irwin, one of fifteen international artists all residing in San Diego and Los Angeles. Each was asked to pick pieces of the Wall and do what speaks to them. What emerged are wildly different works of art representing freedom, unity and beauty.



This traveling exhibit was shown at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego Balboa Park from July 20 to August 15, 2014.

The Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad, CA hosted it from November 9, 2014 to January 5, 2015.

It is ready for a new home, to be announced.

Featured artists are Ed Eginton, Janine Free, Brennan Hubbell, Amber Irwin, Dave Johnson, Jessi Matthes, Michelle Moraga, John Moseley, Victor Ochoa, Katrin Queck, Andrew Robinson, Carol Beth Rodriguez, Lia Strell, Irene de Watteville and Julie Weaverling.


This is a picture of the actual wall (part of the Berlin Wall Memorial) taken during my stay in Berlin in 2011. There was a hole in the wall, and as I was shooting it from the East side, a couple walked on the West side, perfectly framed by the hole. A Street Photographer’s dream!

For the show, I poked a wire through the bottom of the hole in the wall on my picture. I tied to the wire the pieces of the wall I was given to incorporate in my art.  The piece is 5ft tall.

I titled it “Endless Tears” because we should never forget that attacks on our freedom is one of the worst torture imposed on man. If we forget that, it could happen again.


Joe Nalven wrote this article in the San Diego Visual Art Network (SDVAN) Picked Raw Peeled blog

Read the Union Tribune December 2014 article.


Invitation to the Front Porch Gallery show in November 2014:

Berlin show



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Driven to Abstraction at Inner Space

“Driven to Abstraction” was the June 2014 show of abstract photography by some members of the PhotoArts Group (PAG) at Innerspace in Escondido. I photographed “Messages of Hope”  in 2011 at the London Southbank Centre. It was part of an installation “The Lion & Unicorn”, a public art installation by artist Gitta Gschwendtner working with 50 young refugees. The pieces of paper are messages and poems written by the youth hoping to gain permanent status in England.

At the end of June, the entire show, previously juried in by the city of Encinitas, moved to the walls of the Encinitas Community Center until the end of July.

View here to see more pictures from the show.



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SDPUG Lyceum Theater Exhibit

Stephen Burns and Joe Nalven curated a show at the Lyceum Theater downtown San Diego for members of the San Diego Photoshop User Group (SDPUG).

The show spanned both floors of the Lyceum Gallery featuring nearly 80 images. All the artworks featured had been selected for their professionalism, creativity and beauty from a field of submissions. They included digital paintings, multi-media art, and artistic photography in sizes up to nearly five feet across.


It ran from May to August 2014 and was a great success.


janine_free_golden wings

View here the KPBS announcement for the show.



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PhotoArts Group People Show

In April 2014, “Desillusion Totale” was juried in a group show organized by the PhotoArts Group (PAG) in Escondido, CA.

View here more images from the show.



PhotoArts Group (PAG) has made a name for itself in San Diego County’s art scene since 2003 when it was created by a handful of professional and amateur photographers. Formed under the umbrella of the Escondido Arts Partnership, the artists focus is to promote, display, and refine their work.

In September 2008, PAG inaugurated its first permanent gallery space aptly named “InnerSpace Gallery.” It is located in a section of the Escondido Arts Partnership’s Escondido Municipal Gallery in the fast growing arts center of downtown Escondido. 
Every month, PAG hangs a different show featuring the work of our photographer and artist members.

Solo Exhibit at Gallery 21

I’m excited about my first solo photography show!  It’s a retrospective of my work as a street photographer since 2006.  My mannequin series continues to evolve with new material taken recently on the West Coast.  As you know, these shots are actual reflections on store windows taken at a moment in time. The show also includes abstract and other street art.  I hope everyone enjoys the images as much as I enjoy creating them!

The show opens Wednesday March 5 at Gallery 21, Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, San Diego and continues to Monday March 17th.  I’ll be there every day from 11 am to 4 pm, so stop by.  The opening reception will be Saturday March 8 from noon to 4pm. Please come and bring a friend!


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Co-merge building on 4th and A in San Diego

I have 5 pieces in this exhibit. Two of them quite large. The building is a remodeled old bank with a rooftop garden and cutting edge spaces. The exhibit will last 6 months.

The first reception will be on Thursday September 12 from 5:00PM to 7:30PM. Hope to see you there!


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Janine Free and Ron Tatro at Gallery 21

ImageThis is the fourth annual show for me at Gallery 21.  My new photographs will have a more abstract view of the “mannequin reflections” body of work I have worked on for the past 6 years.

Opening reception: Saturday May 11 from Noon to 4:00

ImageJanine Free – Paris 2012

Ron Tatro will show digital drawings, mostly self-portraits:

“The human head shape is universally recognizable. Artists abstract it, reduce it to its most basic shape, and depict it with exacting detail. The twelve drawings in this show represent my interest in the head as a point of departure to explore compositional variety and various way to make a drawing. I used my computer to create the digital drawings. Some of the images incorporate one or more photographs. I am interested in exploring as many possibilities as I can to make my drawings. ”

ImageRon Tatro

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