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Everyday Objects Turned Into Art

Two art exhibitions, both using unusual items to create artwork and all under one roof at the Athenaeum in La Jolla.

Items in your refrigerator, can be found in a La Jolla art gallery. For the next couple of weeks, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library will showcase the artwork of husband and wife duo Larry and Debby Kline and San Diego veteran artist Peter Geise.

For Larry and Debby Kline, where there is food, there is art. The Klines met in college where they started using napkins, utensils, and food to create artwork. Their pieces are created on the spot with no plan or idea beforehand.  

The Athenaeum's Joseph Clayes III Gallery and North Reading Room will host books, pictures, and videos of the project My Dinner with the Klines. Their artwork focuses on social issues such as Mexico and California relations and marketing tobacco.

In addition, Peter J. Geise has made his way through the art community for 30 years. He’s been exhibited at the Athenaeum 15 times and will be honored with a one-man show inside the Rotunda Gallery. Geise’s exhibition called the Loaded Vision is artwork using colored pencils, acrylic paint and collaged material. As a self taught artist, he finds inspiration from abstract art, classic films, comic books, science fiction and graffiti.

Both My Dinner with the Klines and Loaded Vision is on display from Sept. 22 through Nov. 3. An opening reception will take place on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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