Show Preview | Anniversary Exhibition

Santa Barbara, CA
Waterhouse Gallery, November 18-December 11

Kyle Ma, Ready to Serve, oil, 12 x 16.

Kyle Ma, Ready to Serve, oil, 12 x 16.

This story was featured in the November 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art November 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

In the ever-transient art world, galleries across the country come and go with some degree of regularity. But others are able to stand strong through decades. Bolstered by a stable of thriving and prolific artists, Waterhouse Gallery celebrates its 33rd year of service and its 26th year at its current location in Santa Barbara, CA, this year. To honor the milestone, the gallery hosts its annual Anniversary Exhibition by returning to its roots in figurative art. The show opens on Saturday, November 18, with artists’ demonstrations beginning at 1:30 p.m. An artists’ reception follows that evening from 4 to 7 p.m.

The show provides a taste of the gallery’s collection through 50 pieces from 45 participating artists, including Hsin-Yao Tseng, Kyle Ma, and Brent Jensen. “Our gallery shows both contemporary and traditional artists that work in everything from realism to impressionism,” says gallery co-owner Diane Waterhouse. “We wanted an emphasis on figurative work because we have so many beautiful artists that specialize in that subject.”

Pamela Wilson returns to the show for the second time this year. A figurative artist, Wilson is always experimenting with something new. These days it’s gold leaf. “I started using it about a year and a half ago, and I’m just loving it,” she says. The artist brings a few of her newer pieces that echo Steampunk culture and are a bit edgier than her past work.

One of this year’s guest artists is renowned figurative painter Kim English. “It’s nice to be part of this show with its specific focus,” he says. “It’s always exciting to see how differently people interpret the figure.” English brings his work MORNING PAPER to the show, which features a woman reading the morning newspaper in a sunlit kitchen. “This just felt right with all the news that’s going on in the world,” he says. “It might seem negative to some people, but it is timely in our society today, which is what I like about it.”

“To me it’s remarkable that we are celebrating so many years open and in the same location,” Waterhouse says. “So this is a celebration of that and of the artists’ work and their partnership with us as well.” —Mackenzie McCreary

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This story was featured in the November 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art November 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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