La Mesa health library’s art exhibit features ‘Back Row Group’

DrewBandish-ShelterIsandTrio-22x15(2)The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Winter Art Exhibit featuring 24 watercolor paintings by award-winning art instructor Drew Bandish and five of his students. The students include Susan Hewitt of Lakeside, Royce Hinson of El Cajon, Lorri Lynch of Lakeside, Mirjam Schippers of El Cajon and Joan Vandenberg of El Cajon. The show runs through March 12.

The exhibit features landscape scenes, animals and street scenes. The artists are members of the San Diego Watercolor Society. According to Kathy Quinn, library director, the library’s current exhibit is called “Back Row Group,” a reference to Bandish’s advanced students who tend to sit in a classroom’s back row.

Bandish, a member of the California Council for Adult Education, has been teaching since 1987. He teaches art classes at Grossmont Adult School, La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, Foothills Adult Center and Steele Canyon Adult Center. He is a recipient of the OASIS Award for outstanding instructor from Grossmont Adult School. Students nominate their instructors for the award. OASIS is an acronym for Outstanding Adult Student, Instructor, Staff. 

Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Winter 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