Thirteen 92078 residents were accepted into the 4th Annual Juried Art Show at the San Marcos Community Center. “Jurors are volunteers and come to us recommended by or selected from the local artist/photography community,” said Holly Malan, Assistant Director for San Marcos Community Services.
A notable chosen photograph was taken by Scott Perry, a retired U.S. Marine and 92078 resident for the past six years. Scott took up photography professionally in 2002 and has found a niche as an exotic animal photographer, traveling to zoos and wild animal parks across North America. “Africa and India are yet to come,” said Scott. He joked that his photograph of a Silverback Gorilla waking up looks like himself before coffee. Most of Scott’s work is for sale and he donates a percentage to the World Wildlife Fund.
Claudia Hoy, 92078 resident since 2008, is another photographer featured in the gallery. Claudia has practiced photography as a casual hobby since she was very young. She also took more than a few photos as she raised her family. “I kind of drove my daughters nuts,” she laughed. She loves capturing images of sunsets and animals – her photo in the exhibit is of an egret near her home. Claudia is currently collaborating on a book with her daughter, a graphic designer.
One of the paintings on display belongs to Lauren Tafla, a senior at San Marcos High School who has lived in the area for thirteen years. Her painting of a French chateau caught between summer and fall represents the different aspects of beauty. “I have been painting for eleven years now, starting when I was only 6 years old,” shared Lauren. “I took some art classes in school, but I mostly learned various painting techniques and styles on my own.” When not painting, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends and family and working hard to maintain her 4.20 GPA.
The pieces are on display at the community center through Oct. 31.