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    Santa Paula Art Museum Announces 2020 Exhibition Schedule

    SANTA PAULA, CA – The Santa Paula Art Museum is excited to announce its exhibition schedule for 2020. The Museum will turn 10 this year, and to mark the milestone the Museum will exhibit “The First Decade: Celebrating Ten Years of Acquisitions” from January 18, 2020 through May 10, 2020. Since its genesis in 2010, the Santa Paula Art Museum’s permanent collection has grown to include over 330 significant works of art. “The First Decade” will feature selections by historic and contemporary California artists like Cornelis Botke, Jessie Arms Botke, Horace Bristol, Robert Clunie, Carlisle Cooper, Maynard Dixon, Otto Heino, Ralph Holmes, Norman Kirk, Susan Petty, Gail Pidduck, Douglas Shively, Hiroko Yoshimoto and more.

    “Inspiration and Influence” featuring Ventura sculptor Duane Dammeyer and Ventura painter Rima Muna will be on view March 14, 2020, through July 12, 2020. In this show, Dammeyer and Muna will explore the nature of inspiration and influence, and will challenge viewers to uncover the inspiration behind each of their works of art. The dual exhibit will also demonstrate how an artist working in one medium can be influenced by another artist’s work in a different medium.

    “Santa Paula Sojourn,” a solo exhibit by painter Shannon Celia, will be shown May 16, 2020, through September 13, 2020. The show will celebrate the Santa Clara River Valley’s special places amid wide open spaces. Celia revels in painting the “gritty with the pretty,” exploring where man and nature intersect and capturing moments on canvas when the light hits things just right.

    Beginning July 18, 2020, the Santa Paula Art Museum will exhibit the largest-ever showing of Santa Barbara artist Patricia Chidlaw’s work. Much of Chidlaw’s art is set in that particular non-space that now covers so much of the landscape – the limbo of freeway exits and on-ramps and their attendant fast-food franchises. For Chidlaw, these places have a kind of potency, an emotional charge that enables them to function as settings for a subjective fictional narrative – a narrative that each viewer is invited to imagine for themselves. Chidlaw’s show will run through November 18, 2020.

    In “Silver Linings: Journey of Light,” painter Anette Power will focus on her recent journey toward embracing the tangible and intangible values of light. For Power, there’s the kind of light that can be seen and painted, and then there’s the lightness of feeling that she observes in the many subjects that she paints. “Silver Linings: Journey of Light” will be exhibited September 19, 2020, through January 10, 2021

    Rounding out the year will be the ever popular “Art About Agriculture” exhibition on view November 14, 2020, through March 7, 2021. “Art About Agriculture” is a juried, group show presented annually by the Ag Art Alliance, a collective formed in 2007 by photographer John Nichols and painter Gail Pidduck. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote awareness of agriculture by exploring its many facets through art – from workers to water, from machinery to fields, to the food that goes on our plates.

    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, monthly Free Family Days, creative community events, a well-curated gift shop and more. Regular museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Regular admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and free for students and museum members. Contact the Museum by calling (805) 525-5554, or by e-mailing [email protected].

    Santa Paula Art Museum


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