Olympic dressage competitor paints and draws horses

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The annual spring art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art majors at California Lutheran University will run from April 21 through May 14 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art.

An opening reception for “Senior Art Exhibition 2016” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The four students featured in the exhibition will hold an artists’ talk at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29. They are Yasmine Abdallat, Erin Bradley, Josette McDaniel and Christina Pitman.

The exhibit will run concurrently with “Collective Voices: A Juried Student Art Exhibition,” which will feature the work of 29 students from a range of majors.

Abdallat, a Thousand Oaks resident who is a dual citizen of the United States and Jordan, draws and paints in a variety of media. She will display work reflecting her passion for horses. A competitive athlete in dressage, Abdallat is preparing to represent Jordan at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Erin Bradley, a Sacramento native, will exhibit mixed media work of wood, string, and acrylic inspired by her 2014 study abroad experiences in Granada, Spain, and visits to Norway, the land of her ancestors.

Inspired by the depiction of the early to mid-20th century in old films, classic literature and photographs, Josette McDaniel of San Diego created portraits using chalk pastel for the exhibit. She tried to capture intense emotions and history in the works.

Christina Pitman of Moorpark paints people and animals in watercolor and oil. For this show, she chose to focus exclusively on animals, inspired by her deep love for the pets she has owned and for animals in general.

Call Lutheran’s Art Department and Rolland Gallery are sponsoring the free exhibit and events.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium, which is north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel Schmid at [email protected] or 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

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William "Bill" Hicks

Horse Artists should see if they could be invited to El Campeon Ranch in Hidden Valley. They have housed some of the finest jumpers and occasionally have the Budweiser Clydesdales.