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pQarently, KISS frontman Paul Staniey paints more than just his gnarly makeup and does

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on in the sales of his acrylic paintings. San Diego residents

will get a chance to witness this moment in hard rock history, as a heavy metal poster child puts down the guitar and picks up the palette at the Wentworth Gallery in La Jolla this month. Stanley has combated both the world of Woodstock and watercolor and has come out as an iconic figure through both modes of expression, With contagious conviction, his self-proclaimed

secret to success

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to "stay true to whatever art form and you'll always find people to connect

with," and damn, does he do it well. Staniey's journey from stage to studio is chocked with admirable innovation and downright honesty.

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fine art launched only last year, Stanley's

vjbrant works are anything but amateur

and have boldly found their way into reputable col ections. His themes run

the gamut from patrotic to personal, yet he highlights his use of vivid colors

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While he was aways a visionary in tne band, designing album covers - input, and giving concert now he's finally able to develop his passion for paint

everyday experiences. Utilizing texture

" alang with ,'of his exhibit, al ov to connect with a dil introspective side of

and scale along with bright color combos, Stanley has a rninimalist approach that brilliantly conveys emotional clarity to his fans. He is heralded as having an ability to tap rnto human

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sensations, ensuring his smooth rite of passage into the critical art world, What s arguably just as fasc nating as the artwork ttself

is his journey in creating the art. Each work is a byproduct of an experience, rather than a means of supplemental income, and his art fans can feel this verity 6 Ia canvas, Though Stanley's been a mainstay in rock stardom since the '70s, as a youth he attended the prestigious New york

High School of Music and Ar1. Later, his antr-establishment attitude naturally d rected him

more toward the life of a rebellious rockstar than the trained artist, and off he went.

Staniey's return to the drawing room was during a period of intense self refiection. While he was always a visionary in the band, designing album covers and giving concert input, now he's finaily able to develop his passion for paint. He explains that what's truly unique about his debut into the art wor d is that he's "literally growing as an artist while in the public eye." Each new work is a souvenir

of progression and every expectation goes out the window. l\,4any collectors have purchased Stanley's works without knowing he was behind it, justifying the integrlty of the work itself and knocking any suspicions of

just another Hollywood sellout resting on narne recognition. Yet in true visionary form, Stanley can see the benefits of his name on the art, bringing fans that haven't normally ventured into the art world, smack dab ln the mlddle of it. Even wrth 19 exhibit openings under his belt, Stanley will still appear in San Diego

December 5 and 6, when his traveling exhibit will be showcased at Wentworth Gallery's V.l.P, Reception. As for whether or not he will don the trademark KISS

spandex, don't count on it. One thing is certain though, and that's his surefjre success regardless of art medturn. "My approach is to travel without a map, to paint with no rdea of where I'm going," he says. 1025 Prospect Street, La Jolla | 858.551.7071 lwww.wentworthgallery.com

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avant-garde Little Known Dance Theatre, a cross between dance

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Not-to-be-Missed Exhibits this Month

light on their feet with this mystical show. Director Leslie Seiters is known for her contagious spontaneity, and with a set of nine tables and various "stuffed shirts," the audience can only prepare itself for utter surprise. The show runs January r5-r8, but hit up this venue's exhibiting space anytime for some raw finds in contemporary art 3go Eleventh Avenue, East ViIIage | 619.235.8466 www.sushiart.org

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Moving into its brand-spankin' new crib January l, the gallery owners figure it's high time for larger exhibits, more elaborate installations and a killer lineup for its 2o09 season. Come bear witness to its initiating exhibit, B66 oq which displays the works of photographer Frank Rogozienski. During the entire zooB leap year, he captured

anything from insect cadavers to snaggletoothed

children with the only consistent theme being imaginative composition. Originally existing as a blog project, the exhibit translates art from the blogosphere into

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Gandhi's timeless mantra fueled a group of artists to be the change they wanted to see in the planet, and in conjunction with

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MCASD and UC Berkeley, they've created downright inspiring works. These eight artists were sent smack dab in the center of

various UNESCO World Heritage sites and commissioned to create pieces on the intersection of art and their surroundings. One artist coordinated a class of grade school students to create and sell art to fund a replanting of their destitute Kenyan forests.

Another artist addressed overwhelming globalization through a replica of a Tibetan world in the museum itself. The exhibit runs through February t, so first go green, then go to MCASD for a frx of eco-friendly art. Ttoo Kettner Blvd, Downtown

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How to Swt"uiue the f{ali&4ts Withsut Winding {& Vritten. hy

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'{';l3lJ'l* llust don't do domestic. l'm sure fellow young whlp up a bitchin' lobster bisque in between mult ple jobs and a social life is noth ng short of miraculous. So the prospect

| 'm no Martha Stewart. Aside from a few instances of rampant redecoration and a strange affinity to Tupperware, I

I professionals would agree that trying to

of the holidays, with its plethora of potlucks and ovedy ornate beef stews, is certainly enough to have me break lnto a cold kitchen-phobic sweat, begging boss lady for overtime. Whicn got me thinking: How do we, as a prominent demographic

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I mean, aslde from the culinary crackdown, we've got overly inquisitive aunts and one-cup-too-many eggnog-drinktng uncles to watch out for. lt seems like each

year the sweaters gets tackier and L swear l'll pop a nerve if Aunt Bernie gets me one more curiously discolored fruitcake. I Love my family and all, but not necessar

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all of my family at one table (think of an extended version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding).

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What fructose-filled cousins and menopausal aunts don't realize is that famiy fiascos are at an alllime awkward high for the twentysomething generatlon. To

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ease this transition, here are a few firsthand dos and don'ts to help you dodge utter holiday dysfunction.

When it comes to holiday food, DON'T be ambitious; reverting to full

they won't be confrontational, but

your family is as shamelessly obnoxious as

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reliance on the parental unit in this department often works best.

mine, be prepared to bribe big. Gifts in general are a bad idea, because they

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grandma was bowing down to the linoleurn gods for a good haLf-hour, and my

parcels and opt for cash.

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them only expecting more for next year. Steer clear of packaged

local sushi deli and picked up a tray of mixed sashimi, Needless to say, my poor

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cousins had an epic raw food fight that will forever be remembered, including sta!ns on the stucco. Apparently, not everyone does sushi

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Boyfriends are OK, but DO warn the family of boyfriends with mohawks and multiple visible piercings well in advance.

When it comes to gift-giving, DO remember that the fail-safe gift card

As cool as he ls with your ma and pa, when the general familial consensus

is your best friend.

is involved, jewe ry on the face and ha r that defies gravity are apparently red

It's easily transportabLe, can fit in pretty much any stylish stationery and is very well

flags for unendrng critique. The year I brought my high school boyfriend with a

received. Most importantly, using one avoids the embarrassment of accidentalLy

s ngle ear piercing, my grandpa temporarily believed he was a priest who tried

re giving a gift you got last year, lt happens a lot more than one wou d think and can be quite traumatic for all said parties. Generally, if the person has tact

to exorcise my demonic sins. These days,

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the guy so much as has a thing for

black cloth ng I don't allow him within a IO-mile radius of my family's house.

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