Santa Barbara, CA
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Santa Barbara, CA, lies between the Pacific Ocean and the steep Santa Ynez Mountains. Because of the city’s warm climate and gorgeous beaches, it’s sometimes referred to as the American Riviera. This month art collectors can enjoy the spectacular scenery as well as view Artists of Distinction, a top-notch show of landscape paintings presented by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and its Museum League.
The show, which is part of the annual Santa Barbara Artwalk festivities, takes place in the museum’s Fleischmann Auditorium perched above Mission Santa Barbara. It opens with an artists’ and patrons’ reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 27. Tickets cost $50 and include a weekend pass to the show. The exhibit is also open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 28-29. General admission is $10 and includes entry to an outdoor art show on the grounds.
Artists of Distinction is curated by Santa Barbara gallery owner Diane Waterhouse, who has assembled an impressive cadre of nationally known landscape painters based in the West. Participating artists include Brian Blood, Dennis Doheny, Matt Smith, Ray Roberts, Calvin Liang, John Budicin, Jesse Powell, and Ruo Li.
In RED BARN, Brent Jensen captures the wine country not far from his home in San Francisco. “Fortunately I live 30 minutes from Sonoma,” he says. “Rustic red barns and grazing livestock with distant mountain views are plentiful. The sounds of the sheep bleating enhanced my plein-air painting experience on an especially beautiful springtime morning.”
Charles Muench’s OJAI VALLEY, another work on view in the show, captures a scenic slice of Southern California about 30 miles southeast of Santa Barbara. “In this painting I wanted to express the qualities of morning light in Ojai Valley—the deep cast shadows of the surrounding mountains creating diagonal lines in contrast to the flat planes of orange groves,” Muench says. “And I wanted to express the quality of the air, hinting at the coast. It’s a truly wonderful place to paint.” —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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