San Carlos Branch Library
Friends of the Library

San Carlos Branch Library
7265 Jackson Dr
San Diego, CA 92119

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JUNE Art Show: Roberta Labastida

Native San Diego artist Roberta Labastida, will be displaying her beautiful paintings from June 1-July 1, in the SCBL Winer Family Community Room & Art Gallery. Roberta’s goals are to bring movement, freshness and rich color excitement to the figure, floras, and fauna she creates. Meet Labastida at her Artist Reception, Saturday, June 18, noon – 2 p.m.

As a student at Mission Bay High, Roberta aspired to become a commercial artist.  She continued her education at SDSU earning a BA in Liberal Studies, a second major in Visual Arts, and a teaching credential. As a teacher, Roberta brought to her students many new art experiences and established venues for them to display their art work.






Upon retirement, Roberta has focused on refining her art skills and establishing art programs in the Mountain Empire School District. She wrote and illustrated children’s books to share with her students.  My Ancestor’s Village, published by Sunbelt Publication, is used in the San Diego City and county schools to teach children about the Kumeyaay culture. It is also used and sold at Mission Trails, Cabrillo Museum, and other local museums. 

Roberta enjoys oil painting, and finds great freedom and sprit in experimenting with different watercolor techniques. She has taken art classes with Drew Bandish, Elsimae Cleeton, and Ken Goldman.  Labastida is an active member of the local art community serving as a past-Vice President of the East San Diego Art Association; she is the current Vice President of the Foothills Art Association and a member of the San Diego Watercolor Society.