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Bye Bye OMA 
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive

A collaborative effort of the Herbert B. Turner Galleries at Southfair, the Del Mar Historical Society, and the Oceanside Museum of Art has gone the way of “best-laid plans.” In the wake of the resignation of OMA executive director Daniel Foster, who had been the driving force for expanding the outreach of the museum, OMA has decided not to renew the lease which expires September 30, because maintaining the exhibitions would be too great a draw on available manpower and financial resources. It is an amicable separation, regretted by all parties. The working arrangement involved exhibitions, changing quarterly, in the show-windows of the Southfair Gallery. The current show (June 20 – Sept 20) is the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Centennial Members’ Exhibition, taken on by OMA because of space limitations of the San Diego Museum in Balboa Park. There is still time to check it out.

The Del Mar Historical Society, represented by Gene Schwartz and Jeff Barnouw, was the intermediary between Southfair (Rachel Turner Thomas) and OMA. Going forward, there are plans for DMHS to have a display window of its own at the Galleries, funded by Del Mar resident Dayna Carroll in the name of Helen Drysdale. DMHS and the Turner Galleries will soon mount an exhibition of works by Herb Turner and Helen Drysdale. They are eager to connect with local artists and artist groups for future collaboration.

NOTE: The Historical Society has recently received donations of documents and artifacts, some interesting, some beautiful, which it much appreciates. But it must ask donors to please leave, not foundlings, but some identification.


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