In these first few weeks since we launched this blog, I’ve been gathering links for a blogroll of the destinations for learning about local arts and culture. What should I be sure not to miss? I’d love to know what you’re clicking on regularly.

In the meantime, I added some new bookmarks to my browser this weekend so I can keep track of some new arts bloggers over at the U-T. Thought you might be interested to add them, too:

Richard Gleaves: A local artist, Gleaves dedicated his first post to public art, a drum we’ve been beating here for a few weeks. He promised to review public artworks around the city in his future posts. This sentiment intrigued me:

Artists and audience alike need to learn: good art is hard, good public art harder. … Parisians hated the Eiffel Tower. Veterans hated the Vietnam Wall.

Drew Snyder: Gallery owner Snyder just started his Ph.D in visual arts at UCSD and launched his blog with this introduction and a review of a show by local artist Louis Schmidt. Here’s a snippet from his intro:

As I’ve said before, the art scene here does sometimes feel like a puzzle and, as a young person who has been here only two years, it would probably be presumptuous of me to claim that I knew how to put it together. … And yet, here we are! I’ll say that I am excited to be a part of what feels like a momentous time for the Arts in San Diego, with everyone from big institutions to independent artists trying to raise the stakes …

Alessandra Moctezuma: An associate professor of art and gallery director at San Diego Mesa College, Moctezuma is originally from Mexico City. Her first post focused on the Entijuanarte art festival in Tijuana last weekend.

I found this really interesting; I hope she’ll expand on this issue in the future:

The vibe was young, relaxed and celebratory with the blaring sound of rock bands playing on two stages. Unfortunately, absent from the fair were the many Tijuana contemporary artists celebrated here in San Diego. The reason: a boycott, not of the fair per se, but of CECUT. The Centro Cultural Tijuana has unfortunately excluded local talent, due in part to politics and in part to the new administration’s dislike and lack of understanding of contemporary art.

Have a blog I should be sure to add to my blogroll? Send your links my way:

Please contact Kelly Bennett directly at or 619.325.0531 and follow her on Twitter: @kellyrbennett.

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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