Bold urban art in a Logan Heights alley.

The Mad Hatter in street art at one end of a Logan Heights alley.
The Mad Hatter in street art at one end of a Logan Heights alley.

That alley in Logan Heights where I discovered Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles street art is home to even more spray paint characters and graffiti. Bold images reflect life in a sometimes tough urban setting.

I read that a public art project in Logan Heights targeted several neighborhood alleys, so I assume these images were part of that effort. As I walked along, I spotted many different artist names.

(On a later visit to the neighborhood I learned the community group that created all this cool art is called the San Diego Art Team!)

Lewis Carroll characters have been spray painted alongside graffiti in Logan Heights.
Lewis Carroll characters have been spray painted alongside graffiti in Logan Heights.
The blue Caterpillar on a mushroom smoking a hookah is from Alice in Wonderland.
The blue Caterpillar on a mushroom smoking a hookah is from Alice in Wonderland.
A section of bold urban art on a long wall.
A section of bold urban art on a long wall.
A wicked-looking character seems to be spray painting the graffiti next to him.
A wicked-looking character seems to be spray painting the graffiti next to him.
Another section of colorful graffiti.
Another section of colorful graffiti.
Somos Todos Pistoleros above a pyramid in the Alley Gallery.
Somos Todos Pistoleros above a pyramid in The Alley Gallery.
A bird-like character drinking from a green bottle.
A bird-like character drinking from a green bottle.
A character with sunglasses and headphones holds a boombox with his fang-like teeth.
A character with sunglasses and headphones holds a boombox with fang-like teeth.
Elaborate urban artwork completely covers a long alley wall in Logan Heights.
Elaborate urban artwork completely covers a long alley wall in Logan Heights.
That looks like one mean cockroach!
That looks like one mean cockroach!

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Alice pops out of rabbit hole at San Diego County Fair!

Just inside the O'Brien Gate at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. This year's theme is Alice in Wonderland.
Just inside the O’Brien Gate at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. This year’s theme is Alice in Wonderland.

I have photographic proof that Alice has popped back out of the rabbit hole. In fact, she has emerged from Wonderland only to find herself smack dab in the middle of the San Diego County Fair!

Yes, the slogan this year is “Mad About the Fair.” And should you head up to Del Mar and purchase a ticket, you’ll find yourself among thousands of San Diegans enjoying scenes and characters from the classic children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by the immortal author Lewis Carroll.

The San Diego County Fair is a wonderful place to enjoy a lazy summer’s day no matter what the theme. You can eat deep fried Twinkies, take a ride in the Fun Zone, toss a ring at a bottle, and see all sorts of cool performances, craft exhibits and livestock. But this year it might be better than ever. Alice in Wonderland is just too much fun.

Walking down the good old midway. Once known as the Del Mar Fair, the county fair is a wildly popular summer attraction in Southern California.
Walking down the good old midway. Once known as the Del Mar Fair, the county fair is a wildly popular summer attraction in Southern California.
There's a White Rabbit walking along! Don't follow him! You don't know where he might lead!
There’s a White Rabbit walking along! Don’t follow him! You don’t know where he might lead!
Alice falls down the rabbit hole. One of many outstanding works of art by high school students displayed at the San Diego County Fair.
Alice falls down the rabbit hole. One of many outstanding works of art by high school students displayed at the San Diego County Fair.
A high school pencil drawing of an imaginative Wonderland.
A high school pencil drawing of an imaginative Wonderland.
A first place winner at the San Diego County Fair. This student created a very nice visual composition.
A first place winner at the San Diego County Fair. This student created a very nice visual composition.
More great art. Alice tries to make her way through endless weirdness and absurdity.
More fantastic art. Alice tries to make her way through endless weirdness and absurdity.
One of many fun displays outside at the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show. I see the grinning Cheshire Cat and all sorts of other Alice and Wonderland stuff.
One of many fun displays outside at the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show. I see the grinning Cheshire Cat and all sorts of other Alice in Wonderland stuff.
Some steampunk contraptions at the outdoor garden show. I see a cool steampunk washing machine and a weird metal Mad Hatter taking a shower.
Some steampunk contraptions at the outdoor garden show. I see a cool steampunk washing machine and a weird metal Mad Hatter taking a shower.
Another fun entry at the garden show. These gardens seem to contain many teacups and mushrooms.
Another fun entry at the garden show. These gardens seem to contain many teacups and mushrooms.
Flowers, butterflies and trees shaped like hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs.
Flowers, butterflies and trees shaped like hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs.
The Queen of Hearts wants people to have their photo taken here. Or it's off with their heads, I suppose.
The Queen of Hearts wants people to have their photo taken here. Or it’s off with their heads, I suppose.
It's Tweedledum and Tweedledee. They're from the sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the equally classic Through the Looking-Glass.
It’s Tweedledum and Tweedledee. They’re from the sequel to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the equally classic Through the Looking-Glass.
Some more fun Alice in Wonderland pottery characters created by The Madd Potter.
Some more fun Alice in Wonderland pottery characters created by The Madd Potter.
A long colorful mural above some fair vendors depicts beloved characters created by Lewis Carroll. Their appearance has evolved due to popular culture and now incorporate steampunk elements like goggles.
A long colorful mural above some fair vendors depicts beloved characters created by Lewis Carroll. Their appearance has evolved due to popular culture and now incorporate steampunk elements like goggles.
Alice plays flamingo croquet in a fantasy world full of rampant irrationality and nonsense.
Alice plays flamingo croquet in a fantasy world full of rampant irrationality and nonsense.
Even the Cheshire Cat has gone steampunk!
Even the Cheshire Cat has gone steampunk!
Get ready to enter the Mad About the Fair exhibit. It's dark inside, so many photos didn't turn out so good.
Get ready to enter the Mad About the Fair exhibit. It’s dark inside, so many photos didn’t turn out so good.
I've spotted Alice! She's passing a huge hat possibly worn by The Hatter.
I’ve spotted Alice! She’s passing a huge hat possibly worn by The Hatter. He must have one huge head.
One display highlights differently illustrated Alice's Adventures in Wonderland books over the years. Some are imaginative adaptions or interpretations.
One display highlights differently illustrated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland books over the years. Some are imaginative adaptations or interpretations.
A super long table in the exhibit was set for an epic tea party!
A super long table in the exhibit was set for an epic tea party!
A whole variety of displays paid homage to the Steampunk genre. Here are some Victorian ladies in cool steampunk top hats.
A whole variety of displays paid homage to the Steampunk genre. Here are some Victorian ladies in cool steampunk top hats.
A very cool steampunk mechanical man made of brass gears, with a glass globe for its head.
A very cool steampunk mechanical man made of brass gears, with a glass globe for its head.
Clocks seem to be a common Wonderland motif. All sorts of fun old clocks were displayed on this wall. I didn't see the White Rabbit's pocket watch.
Clocks seem to be a common Wonderland motif. All sorts of fun old clocks were displayed on this wall. I didn’t see the White Rabbit’s pocket watch.
The cool artwork of singing legend Grace Slick was on display! You might remember the Jefferson Airplane smash hit White Rabbit.
The cool artwork of singing legend Grace Slick was on display! You might remember the Jefferson Airplane smash hit White Rabbit.
The White Rabbit represents curiosity--always in a hurry and just out of reach. He is a moving mystery.
The White Rabbit represents curiosity–always in a hurry and just out of reach. He is a moving mystery.
Alice awaits at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Follow her back down into the rabbit hole, if you dare!
Alice awaits at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Follow her back down into the rabbit hole, if you dare!

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Amazing photos: Fantastic, incredible wood art!

Amazing wood art. A hooded figure takes a break at an inn. Just Off The Road, Basswood, Randy Stoner.
Amazing wood art. A hooded figure takes a break at an inn. Just Off The Road, Basswood, Randy Stoner.

Today I moseyed around Del Mar and Solana Beach. My walk included a couple of stimulating hours at the San Diego County Fair. I just wandered about, soaking it all in, and found my feet heading toward my favorite part of the fair, the Design in Wood Exhibition.

Some of the best wood artists in Southern California–the world, for that matter–submitted their incredible pieces this year to be judged. The exhibition, a collaboration with the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association, is celebrating its 35th year.

Here is some of the wildly creative woodwork that really caught my eye. You’ll notice many pieces have an Alice in Wonderland theme. That’s because this year’s San Diego County Fair is all about that timeless children’s book penned by Lewis Carroll. White Rabbits, March Hares and Mad Hatters abound! Everywhere you turn there’s a tea party or a grinning Cheshire Cat!

The Alice in Wonderland theme intersects with Steampunk, of course, so many fantastic contraptions and quirky bits of wood art are included in the exhibition. Take a look!

Glass table supported by fantastic underwater character carved from wood. Califa's Realm, Avocado, Lorenzo Foncerrada.
Glass table supported by fantastic underwater character carved from wood. Califa’s Realm, Avocado, Lorenzo Foncerrada.
A steampunk writer might enjoy creating new worlds while sitting here! Time Machine Desk, Recycled Pine and Plywood, Jeffrey Comulada.
A steampunk writer might enjoy creating new worlds while sitting here! Time Machine Desk, Recycled Pine and Plywood, Jeffrey Comulada.
Yikes! Get out of the way! This eye-catching contraption is just too cool. Scorpion Wheelchair, Pine, Roger Aceve.
Yikes! Get out of the way! This eye-catching contraption is just too cool. Scorpion Wheelchair, Pine, Roger Aceve.
A truly amazing fantasy woodcarving. Julia the Dragon Killer, Bass, Antonio Barrios.
A truly amazing fantasy woodcarving. Julia the Dragon Killer, Bass, Antonio Barrios.
Ancient warrior and an incredibly elaborate helmet made of wood. Dracon Soldier, Bass, Antonio Barrios.
Ancient warrior and an incredibly elaborate helmet made of wood. Dracon Soldier, Bass, Antonio Barrios.
More outstanding artistry. Heron in a scene from a San Diego lagoon. Spirit of San Elijo, Torrey Pine, Lorenzo Foncerrada.
More outstanding artistry. Heron in a scene from a San Diego lagoon. Spirit of San Elijo, Torrey Pine, Lorenzo Foncerrada.
Wood grains flow in this crazy organic bench. Ongoing Conversation, Baltic Birch, Alan Johnson.
Wood grains flow in this crazy organic bench. Ongoing Conversation, Baltic Birch, Alan Johnson.
A very cool tangle-tentacled wooden octopus. Denizen of the Deep, Maple, Tom Edwards.
A very cool tangle-tentacled wooden octopus. Denizen of the Deep, Maple, Tom Edwards.
Perhaps this is a wood version of Strider from Lord of the Rings. Ranger, Basswood, Randy Stoner.
Perhaps this is a wood version of Strider from Lord of the Rings. Ranger, Basswood, Randy Stoner.
A mountain lion carved from wood keeps guard among other spectacular works of art. Kitty Kitty, Mahogany, Bill Churchill.
A mountain lion carved from wood keeps guard among other spectacular works of art. Kitty Kitty, Mahogany, Bill Churchill.
This skeleton pirate with a brass steampunk telescope is beyond awesome. Mutiny, Bloodwood Fir, Mike Anderson.
This skeleton pirate with a brass steampunk telescope is beyond awesome. Mutiny, Bloodwood Fir, Mike Anderson.
Two very cool handmade guitars with an Alice in Wonderland theme. I see clocks, the White Rabbit, a mad tea party, even a mustache!
Two very cool handmade guitars with an Alice in Wonderland theme. I see clocks, the White Rabbit, a mad tea party, even a mustache!
I love this example of imaginative wood design. Jack Rabbit, Alder, Ray Camien.
I love this example of imaginative wood design. Jack Rabbit, Alder, Ray Camien.
Members of the San Diego Scrollsaw Clubs demonstrate their craft to people visiting the Design in Wood Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair.
Members of the San Diego Scrollsaw Clubs demonstrate their craft to people visiting the Design in Wood Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair.
A wonderfully inventive piece of furniture. Birdcage Chair, White Oak, Patrick Atangan.
A wonderfully inventive piece of furniture. Birdcage Chair, White Oak, Patrick Atangan.
Looks like an animal skull in the desert Southwest. Early, Early American Chair, Poplar, Del Cover.
Looks like an animal skull in the desert Southwest. Early, Early American Chair, Poplar, Del Cover.
This might be the most intricate model tall ship I ever saw. Sovereign of the Seas, Boxwood, Mahogany, Ebony, Sycamore, William Norris.
This might be the most intricate model tall ship I ever saw. Sovereign of the Seas, Boxwood, Mahogany, Ebony, Sycamore, William Norris.
When a person becomes old, there's no need to become dull. Two Canes, Various, Tracy Talbott.
When a person becomes old, there’s no need to become dull. Two Canes, Various, Tracy Talbott.
A fun chest of drawers perfect for a kid's room. Buddy Bear, Walnut, Ralph Crowther.
A fun chest of drawers perfect for a kid’s room. Buddy Bear, Walnut, Ralph Crowther.
I wonder if Lewis Carroll imagined there would be steampunk powerboats one day. Looking For Alice, Various, Michael Rumsey.
I wonder if Lewis Carroll imagined there would be steampunk powerboats one day. Looking For Alice, Various, Michael Rumsey.
I love the cosmic layered wood sky with Saturn behind buildings. Night Surfing, Hardwood Plywood, Robert Stafford.
I love the cosmic layered wood sky with Saturn behind buildings. Night Surfing, Hardwood Plywood, Robert Stafford.
Gears aplenty. Steampunk Cat, Various, Stephen Knight.
Gears aplenty. Steampunk Cat, Various, Stephen Knight.
Now this work of wood art totally blew my mind. Absolutely beautiful. Stormy, Various, Chuck Collins.
Now this work of wood art totally blew my mind. Absolutely beautiful. Stormy, Various, Chuck Collins.
Yeah, some days this pensive chimp could easily outwit me. Thinking, Various, Daryoush Ababaf.
Yeah, some days this pensive chimp could easily outwit me. Thinking, Various, Daryoush Ababaf.

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