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The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring seven award winning artists who work in various mediums. This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego.  

July 2, 2014 (San Diego) - July 19 – August 15, 2014.  The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

About the Artists:

Susan Binford ~ Watercolor and Acrylic

Susan’s love of the natural world and its inhabitants is evident in her art work. Her narrative style of painting captures the relationships between the subjects and their environment. Through the use of a variety of techniques and mediums, Susan expresses her unique artistic style.

Steve Gould ~ Photography –

Over the past fifty years, Steve has photographed awe-inspiring images on six of the seven continents (lacking only Australia). He finds the beauty and complexity of nature unsurpassed. His above-water and underwater photography focuses on landscape, “underwaterscape”, and abstract compositions. These photographs capture stirring vistas and ephemeral moments, presenting the viewer with a compelling set of images that explores the shapes, textures, and colors of our magnificent world. Some of these images are combined in photomontages that create the sense of a rich, complex, and yet primordial world.

Justine Javes ~ Watercolor –

Justine is mostly self taught. Her only "formal" training was several years of night classes at the locally famous Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she grew up. Absorbing as much as possible during those classes, she learned some key elements about color, shape and perspective. The rest of Justine’s art techniques were learned by trial and error. Painting in acrylic on canvas, she has won multiple awards from entering local shows in San Diego. She is a member of the San Diego Artist's Guild.

Kris Moore ~ Photography –

In 1972, Kris made her first collection of photographs in a Madison, Wisconsin homebuilt darkroom. Her first exhibition of backyards and alleyways took place in Bloomington, Illinois where she completed her bachelor’s degree in studio arts. Kris has worked and exhibited in New York, New Mexico and California. Describing the science of plants, while a fascinating task, is not Moore’s goal. Plant portraits describe an altered state rather than a natural reality. The images from this series are her attempt to distill emotions from the time and place of capture into a sublime visual expression.

James Otto ~ Photography –

Jim is a nature and landscape photographer working in the Four Corners and Southern California – “the Five Corners”. He is currently involved in documenting the natural beauty of San Diego County’s oak tree populations. His California Oaks project can be viewed online at www.oaksofcalifornia.org

Denise Strahm ~ Photography –

Capturing the essence of a scene in simple graphic contemporary compositions is photographer Denise’s passion. While most might see a door, a bench and a window, she sees shapes, lines, colors and textures. She zeros in on those elements and frames the composition into photographic designs with qualities that are often mistaken for paintings. Denise’s individual show on display at Mission trails titled "Getting Up There" is in observance of her turning 50 years old later this summer. As such, the images in her show all contain stairs in some shape or form symbolizing her climb up there in years.

Jerry Vande Berg ~ Acrylic and Oil

Jerry is a retired medical research scientist and has studied with Lucy Wang, Spanish Village, Reed Cardwell and Anna Stump both at UCSD. He attended an art wildlife workshop in Glacier National Park with wildlife artists, Gary Johnson and Lee Kromshroeder. Most recently, Jerry studied with a wildlife workshop with master wildlife artist, John Seery-Lester at the Triple D Wildlife Ranch in Glacier National Park. In the past Jerry has exhibited and sold his paintings in numerous juried shows, wildlife fundraisers and exhibitions. Jerry is currently a member of Allied Artists Association of San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild and the La Jolla Art Association. In the Allied Artists Association of San Diego, Jerry is a board member serving the organization for Exhibition Development. Jerry's work focuses the image as well as the mood of the setting. His work now appears in private as well as corporate collections.

The MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center is located at One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119, and it is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

The MTRP Foundation was formed in 1988 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit public benefit corporation.  For more information about the MTRP Art Program, please contact Vicky DeLong, Art Coordinator, at 619-286-1361 or Roland Roberge, MTRP Foundation, at 619-668-3280.


“Reef Life” by Susan Binford

“Sunset Moonrise Torrey Pines” by Steve Gould

“Dining as Sun Sets” by Justine Javes

“Sticks at Mission Trails” by Kris Moore

“Spanish Peaks” by James Otto

“Sogni Di Lana” by Denise Strahm

“Afternoon at Lake Hodges” by Jerry Vande Berg

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