Wisteria Cottage

Wisteria Cottage Gallery

Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00pm   

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Rare Trees & Sacred Canyons: Torrey Pines - San Diego's Symbol of Preservation

February 11 - May 28, 2023

Color photograph of Torrey Pines and rugged hills.

The La Jolla Historical Society is proud to present Rare Trees & Sacred Canyons: Torrey Pines - San Diego's Symbol of Preservation, which chronicles important events in the history of what is known today as Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and brings to light lesser-known efforts to save North America's rarest tree from extinction on the San Diego coast - one of only two places in the world where it grows in its natural habitat.

In addition, the exhibition supports the premise that the preservation and conservation of this habitat by different individuals and cultures played - and continues to play - a vital role in creating a "preservation ethic" in the San Diego area and beyond. This ethic will play an important role in the quality of life for San Diegans for many generations to come by inspiring future conservation efforts in the region, just as Ellen Browning Scripps's own example led the way in the early 1900s.

Coinciding with the 100th birthday of the completion of Torrey Pines Lodge - a gift to the park from Ellen Browning Scripps in 1923 - this extensive overview of the Reserve traces its history from the role it played in the lives of its earliest, indigenous inhabitants, through a European discovery era and the Ranchos, to scientific discovery by Charles Parry, to the actions of visionary San Diegans - in particular Ellen Browning Scripps and members of the Society of Natural History - who saved and protected lands that “delight the eye and soothe the soul.”

Exhibit Curated by Peter Jensen and John Durant

Exhibit Design by Laurie Dietter

Funding for this project generously provided by Ray and Abby Weiss, Sheryl and Bob Scarano, John and Margie Warner, the Torrey Pines Conservancy, the Florence Riford La Jolla Community Fund at the San Diego Foundation, the Szekely Family Foundation, Judy Haxo, Lawrence and Mary-Austin Bame, and John Johns. Institutional support provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and by the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society.

Upcoming events in connection with this exhibition:

Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - My Father Mat, Artist in the Pines

Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. - "Discover The Reserve's Rare Wonders" At the Torrey Pines Reserve.

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - A Walk Through Torrey Pines History At the Torrey Pines Reserve.

Tuesday, May 2, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. - "Torrey Pines —The Birth of San Diego's Environmental Movement" with Bill Evarts Hosted in partnership with the San Diego Natural History Museum in the NAT's Subaru Giant Screen Theatre.

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The Artist at Home

June 16 - September 3, 2023

For centuries, the private spaces of artists have sparked fascination, promising a portal into the genesis of creativity itself. Frequently, the lines between life and art blur in an artist’s home. The kitchen table is a site for food preparation, but also hosts scattered materials of the artist’s craft. The artist’s garden might host vegetables alongside sculpture sprouting from the earth. The architecture of the artist’s home is engineered to support the creative process, and results in unexpected and highly original interior and landscape design.

The exhibition The Artist at Home invites viewers into the studio and domestic spaces of artists from throughout San Diego and Baja California through partial reconstructions and reimagining of their studios, original photography, and interviews. The exhibition will explore how these spaces influence artistic production and collaboration, and what they reveal about the modes of living and being as an artist. Original artist projects will also playfully explore the history of Wisteria Cottage as a residence. Additionally on view will be historic images and stories of La Jolla’s crucibles of creativity including the Green Dragon Colony, and key historic figures from La Jolla’s artistic community. Finally, the exhibition will consider the value of preserving and interpreting artist’s homes and studios, and share examples of these efforts in San Diego and beyond.

Funding for this project generously provided by Suzanne Conlon, Hugh Davies and Faye Hunter, Dr. Lisa Braun Glazer and Jeff Glazer, and Carole and Nicholas Preece.