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June 21, 2011 (San Diego)—Paul and Denise Strahm, a husband and wife team, set out on a mission to paint and photograph the 21 California Missions. Now Plein air painter Paul and photographer Denise share their art covering their unique journey at an exhibition hosted by Mission Trails Visitor Center Gallery from Saturday, June 18 through Friday, July 15. What better venue to showcase the California Mission artwork than in the Mission Trails Visitor Center Gallery, named after the historic start of the California Mission system?

There will be an artists reception open to the public on Sunday, June 26 from 1-4 p.m. (just before East County Magazine’s SummerFest event at 6 p.m. in the same venue, with a trail walk in between at 5 p.m.).  Savor both events--enjoy wonderful art plus an evening of feasting, winetasting, merrymaking and fabulous prizes!


“We are excited to showcase the treasures of our trips to the missions, our artwork,” said Denise Strahm. “We each have our own take on what inspired us and the exhibition will include a feature called ‘He Said, She Said’ which spotlights a side-by-side his and her showing of same subject, different inspiration artworks.”

Most of the missions are in need of continual restoration; so to help the cause the couple are donating 10% of each sale to the mission that was represented in the artwork purchased.

The exhibition consists of 41 pieces, 21 photographs (13 on canvas) and 20 oil paintings. Although not every mission is represented, each artwork in this exhibition is a part of the 21 historic California Missions. Everything from a painting of a pulpit inside a church, to the standard façade of a mission, to a beautiful fountain outside in the courtyard, to a gate that surrounds the grounds, to…as you can see the artwork is varied. In addition to the “He Said, She Said” feature there is special attention paid to the Jewel of the Missions — Mission San Juan Capistrano — as it is Denise’s personal favorite.

The Strahms are excited to share their paintings and photography with you.

You can see examples of their work at www.paulstrahmpaintings.com and www.denisestrahmimages.com.

Mission Trails Visitor Center Gallery is located at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119/ Parking and admission are free. For more information, on the art show, see http://www.mtrp.org/exhibits.asp.


For SummerFest tickets and details, visit http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/summerfest-2011.

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