“From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach”

Reception to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Thomas Fire

Reception and Lecture: Friday, November 30, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. The cost of admission to the reception will be $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

SANTA PAULA, CA – In concert with his current exhibition “From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach” at the Santa Paula Art Museum, artist Luther Gerlach will host a reception and lecture at the Museum on Friday, November 30, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. The event will mark nearly one-year since the start of the devastating Thomas Fire, which ignited on December 4, 2017, near Thomas Aquinas College, just six miles north of the Santa Paula Art Museum. The cost of admission to the reception will be $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members.

Inspired by the abstracted landscapes left in the wake of the Thomas Fire, Ventura photographer Luther Gerlach has produced an extraordinary collection of photographs that both document the destruction and explore the mysterious beauty it rendered. Using an 8×10 wooden view camera, Gerlach’s enlarged prints create a unique, immersive experience of the spectacular aftermath. Gerlach incorporated the origins of the fire into the very production of the prints: “I collected ashes and sulfur-laden water from hot springs at the origin point, Thomas Aquinas College. It is almost as if these chemical catalysts carry a memory of the fire, acting on the print to produce ghostly effects such as swirling, apocalyptic skies and suggestions of the trees that once stood. Applied to the developed prints, the ash and sulfur attack the silver, transforming the monochrome image into fiery color.” As a body of work, “From the Ashes” represents a microcosm of the timeless cycles of destruction and creation.

Guests of the reception will have the opportunity to hear directly from Gerlach, an expert in historical photographic processes who once apprenticed with Brett Weston, who, along with his father Edward Weston, was one of the most respected American photographers of the twentieth century. Gerlach’s work is included in such preeminent collections as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The J. Paul Getty Museum. “From the Ashes” is currently on view at the Santa Paula Art Museum through December 30, 2018.

The Santa Paula Art Museum occupies two historic buildings located at 117 N 10th Street and 123 N 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. The Museum features rotating exhibitions of vintage and contemporary art, art classes for children and adults, artist talks and demonstrations, musical performances, a gift shop, and more. Regular museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and free for students and museum members. A full schedule of upcoming events and classes can be found online by visiting www.santapaulaartmuseum.org. For more information, please contact the Museum by calling (805) 525-5554, or e-mail [email protected].

Other Upcoming Events at the Santa Paula Art Museum:

*Remember, the first Sunday of every month is free at the Santa Paula Art Museum!

Champagne and Shopping
Date & Time: Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Address: Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 / (805) 525-5554

Description of event: Gather around the Santa Paula Art Museum’s Christmas tree and indulge in a glass of bubbly as you shop for gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Browse one-of-a-kind items from over a dozen local artist vendors including handcrafted jewelry, bags, pottery, paintings, women’s fashion and accessories, and much more. Plus, be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a special gift of your own! Proceeds from the event directly support the work of the Museum. Admission to the event is free for everyone.
Website for event: https://www.santapaulaartmuseum.org

Event cost: Admission is free for everyone

Class: Women Create (Ages 16+)

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Address: Santa Paula Art Museum’s Cole Creativity Center, 123 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 / (805) 525-5554

Description of event: Have fun, make art, bring friends! Nourish yourself with creativity in the safety and support of our monthly women’s group, “Women Create.” Join artist and creativity coach Mary-Gail King for an ongoing series with art projects, discussions, and friendship designed to help you find your muse and express yourself. This course is for everyone age 16 and over. It can be taken once or recurrently as each class will differ. All skill levels are welcome, and all supplies are provided.

Pre-registration is required.

Website for event: https://www.santapaulaartmuseum.org/creativity

Event cost: $35.00 per person

Gallery Talk: Meet the Artists of “Art About Agriculture”

Date & Time: Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 2:00pm

Address: Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 / (805) 525-5554

Description of event: Take a tour of the Museum’s current “Art About Agriculture” exhibit with the featured artists as your guides! The annual, agricultural-themed art show portrays the beauty and bounty of agriculture in scenes ranging from fields, farmworkers, and farmers markets to animals, barns, and backroad vistas. Each of the artists will reveal the story behind their work of art. 

Website for event: https://www.santapaulaartmuseum.org

Event cost: $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, free for students and museum members

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