La Mesa health library presents art exhibit featuring impressionistic paintings

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Fall Art Exhibit titled “Personal Impressions.” The collaborative exhibit showcases 20 paintings, including eight paintings by La Mesa resident Maureen Parker and 12 paintings by Parker’s art teacher, Kay Norris Carlin of San Diego. The exhibit runs through the end of December.

Parker’s acrylic and watercolor paintings of animals and nature highlight a colorful impressionistic style, inspired by French master Claude Monet. Parker said she gives color and texture of the subject matter by an impressionistic dabbling technique of color. She worked for 23 years as a physical therapist before retiring.

Carlin, a native of the island of Aruba, part of the Netherlands Antilles, taught art in the San Diego Unified School District, ending a 30-year career as department chair at Morse High School. Her acrylic and watercolor paintings on display feature iconic scenes of Aruba.

Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “This collection of paintings reminds us of the therapeutic value of painting as we experience physical challenges in life. Maureen began painting while working as a physical therapist. Kay has been living with Parkinson’s disease since 2008 and says that painting offsets some of her symptoms. I cordially invite everyone to visit us and enjoy the colorful and inspiring artwork created by these talented artists.”

Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Fall Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit