Deb’s Pick

Moon Fruit by Moollz

This was the cover art for my first EP! I put this one in here because I have always felt a very strong connection to the moon, and I think it represents a very strong energy for a lot of my friends, as well. I also have always loved children’s book illustrations, which inspired this cover. Making this was definitely one of those “what if” pieces for me, where I just kind of let my imagination do its thing. What if you peeled open the moon and there was a 14.6 million square mile kiwi inside? READ MORE

Zion Vista by Erin Hanson

The bridge over the Virgin River, in Zion National Park, is a popular spot to catch the beautiful red cliffs and winding river. This painting captures all the drama and magnificence of this amazing vista. The oil paint was thickly applied with a brush, the impressionsitic colors melding together to capture the fleeting light of dawn. READ MORE

Hagop Belian

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1977, Hagop immigrated to the United States with his sister when he was just twelve years old. As a Syrian-Armenian, he is motivated to preserve his culture and share it in a way that challenges stereotypes. While Hagop’s works are eye-catching – even startling – in their surrealism upon first glance, they are very much grounded in reality. READ MORE

Buoy on blue pillow

After Natalie read Miss Annie’s book excerpts, Buoy decided to contemplate his interview questions in the photo above. “THE ISLAND” is Davis’s second book that carries on the saga of the Judge and Katy, his new squeeze, including Miss Annie on the Island of Catalina. In addition to interviewing his fellow canines, Buoy enjoys swimming at his family’s lake house, being told how handsome he is, and playing with his friends (a white Labrador named Dewey and a Shih-Tzu named Nellie, to name a few). READ MORE

Amanda Gorman, U.S. Poet Laureate

“We the People” by Amanda Gorman, The U.S. Youth Poet Laureate We the people live in a less than perfect union That accuses the vulnerable and never the top class and race When children are ‘illegal’ and intolerance bans humans I wonder who ‘we the people’ are in the first place ‘We the people’ meant All Lives Matter, but are white lives living a coincidence When if you’re not male or pale you get destroyed for demonstrating dissidence? When the color of his skin gives a killer assumed innocence? But still we will rise up, advocate and activate, with the peoples’ diligence Let’s speak names READ MORE

All ART, All the Time

Each week, we feature a different visual artist, highlighting their work along with a get-to-know-the artist overview. If you are a collector, you will find ART TODAY a portal to discovering emerging artists and new artwork. If you are a novice, you will soon be able to recognize particular styles, strokes, and presentations of art and artists. READ MORE

Artist Erin Hanson

From La Jolla to Monterey, Erin Hanson has for many years traveled the diverse and spectacular California coast for inspiration for new paintings. You are invited to:

Erin Hanson: Coastal California
Saturday, June 24th | 5pm – 9pm
The Erin Hanson Gallery | 9705 Carroll Centre Road, San Diego, Ca 92126

The coast offers Hanson a sense of calm tranquility and neverending possibility. In this new collection you can expect, as ever, for Hanson to pull from her unique view of nature and her early dawn explorations to tell a story not yet seen on canvas of our beautiful Coastal California. READ MORE

Mystery novelist Davis MacDonald aka Don Davis

The second book, “The Island,” deals with a dysfunctional town, which Avalon (Catalina Island) is with the various competing interest in it. Disfunction in an economic sense and a cultural sense are the difficulties and conflicts under the surface in this town. Its really a stressed environment because the merchants there make money during the Summer and they starve in the Winter. Its a resort town. So I really get into that in “The Island.”  by Deborah Granger Can life get any better? That’s what I asked myself as I sat aboard the yacht (called The Lady Katherine) of author Davis MacDonald. It’s no wonder READ MORE

Davis MacDonald video

The Bay, released this year, touches on another social issue currently predominate in our world; extremist Muslims who are out to destroy this country, its institutions and people, by active violence, or by stealth. “It’s unfortunate, but those of the Muslim faith who are not extremists are often negatively profiled by the police, the press, their neighbors, and the public, all because of the activities of a handful of Muslims on a destructive path,” says Davis. The Judge presides over this tale of murder which takes place in Newport Beach and California’s famed Orange Coast, tracking a plot aimed at destroying Orange County forever. READ MORE