Monday, December 2, 2019

Wit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford








































Wit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford

Opening Reception
Thursday, November 7, 2019
5-8 p.m.
Channing Peake Gallery


The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce Wit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford, a new multimedia exhibition showcasing works by local artists. The exhibition is on view until spring 2020.(Note: Nancy Gifford’s large-scale piece, LAMENT, is now on permanent view at the Santa Barbara Public Library Central Branch.)

The public is invited to an opening reception during the November 1st Thursday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m.Thursday,November7at the Channing Peake Gallery located in the County Administration Buildingat 105 E. Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara.

In 2018, Michael and Nancy Gifford donated almost 300 pieces by local artists to the County. Wit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford an inaugural exploration of the recently acquired collection, acting as a springboard for future projects and exhibitions countywide. This public debut highlights the talent and diversity of artists living and practicing in Santa Barbara County.

Artist and long-time County Art in Public Places Committee member Cynthia Martin and County Office of Arts and Culture Curator Julia Rutherford Daly served as co-curators of the exhibition that was produced by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission

ABOUT THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE 
The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture serves under the County’s Community Services Department as the local governmental umbrella for all arts and culture projects and programs within Santa Barbara County. The agency represents a longstanding partnership between the Santa Barbara County and the City of Santa Barbara. For more than 30 years, both governments have shared resources and staff to maximize support for arts and culture institutions, programs, initiatives and projects.For more information, go to https://www.sbac.ca.gov/.

ABOUT THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION 
The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is a 15-member County Commission appointed by the County Board of Supervisors, with three members from each of the five supervisorial districts who make recommendations to the Board on cultural arts policy. The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission was founded in 1977 by the County Board of Supervisors to act as coordinator and catalyst, bringing government, artist and public together for the cultural benefit of all

News Media Contact: 
October 31, 2019 ARTS AND CULTURE No. 19-024
Sarah York Rubin, Executive Director 
(805) 568-3992, Sarah@sbac.ca.gov

re•col•lec•tion


 

 

 

  

Vita Art Center

re•col•lec•tion 

Preview Celebration, Saturday, November 23, 4-7pm 
Enjoy complimentary cocktails by locally owned Ventura Spirits  
$10., (Members Free)

First Fridays, Free Community Opening: Friday, December 6 from 6-9pm
Exhibit Dates: November 23 thru December 20, 2019

Join us for our small works holiday show, an exhibition featuring 29 artists selected from the many outstanding artists that have shown at Vita Art Center over the past 11 years

Richard Amend • Mike Blaha • Hilary Brace•Ralph Corners • Russell Crotty• Linda Ekstrom• Colin Fraser Gray • Dane Goodman • Scott Gordon • MB Hanrahan • Lynn Hanson • Joanne Julian • Dan Levin • Hugh Margerum • John Nava• Mary Neville • Rafael Perea De La Cabada • Susan Petty • Peggy Pownall• Astrid Preston • Bob Privitt • John Robertson • Rick Stich • Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend • John White • Jennifer Wolf • Hiroko Yoshimoto

100 GRAND, 2019





















100 GRAND, 2019
Sullivan Goss Gallery
DECEMBER 2, 2019 - FEBRUARY 3, 2020
Opening: Thursday, December 5th, 5-8 pm.
https://www.sullivangoss.com/exhibitions/100-grand-2019

 

Press Release

OPENING RECEPTION: 1st THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5th | FROM 5-8pm
It’s that time of year again! Sullivan Goss is pleased to announce the ELEVENTH annual 100 GRAND exhibition. Featuring 102 quality works of art for $1,000 or less, the exhibition has become an incubator of emerging talent, an entryway for beginning collectors, a holiday celebration in the art community, and an ever timely reminder that everyone’s life is improved by the addition of original works of art.

The exhibition opens on 1st Thursday in December (12/5). Last year, over a thousand people attended over the course of the evening. December’s 1st Thursday at Sullivan Goss has become one of the area’s must-attend events of the year– a chance for artists and collectors to get together, network, and celebrate the accomplishments of another year in art.
100 GRAND will feature paintings, drawings, photographs, assemblage and sculpture by emerging and established artists that are priced to sell and sized (for the most part) to fit into smaller spaces. For this year’s exhibition, Contemporary Curator Susan Bush was able to secure work from many of last year’s best-selling artists, but there are more than a dozen new artists who have never before shown with Sullivan Goss.

Often, the gallery will use the 100 GRAND exhibition as a proving ground to see what new ideas, aesthetics, materials, or artists will find an audience. With 100 GRAND, new and younger collectors can begin to acquire and learn about original art from a serious gallery at an affordable price. With emerging artists, collectors get an opportunity to “get in on the ground floor.” For the gallery’s regular roster of successful, mid-career artists, collectors get an opportunity to buy works below market rate. For these reasons, sales are usually brisk. Since its first come first serve, buyers are encouraged to arrive early and to act fast.
Works will be for sale in advance of the reception, starting on Monday, December 2nd at 9am.

ARTISTS INCLUDED:
Meredith Brooks Abbott, Whitney Brooks Abbott, Christina Atlfeld, Scott Anderson, Doug Andrews, Tony Askew, Sophia Beccue, Susan Belloni, Pamela Benham, Kit Boise-Cossart, Claudia Borfiga, Ken Bortolazzo, Liz Brady, Lisabette Brinkman, Phoebe Brunner, Erika Carter, Chris Chapman, Patricia Chidlaw, Cathy Clemens, Connie Connally, Tom DeWalt, David Diamant, Carol Dixon, Kris Doe, Lee Anne Dollison, Cass Ensberg, Jon Francis, Rosemarie Gebhart, Steven Gilbar, Kevin Gleason, Robin Gowen, Ruthy Green, Inga Guzyte, Skye Gwilliam, Bay Hallowell, Jean-Marie Hamel, Holli Harmon, James Hodgson, Nathan Huff, Deanna Hunt, John Iwerks, Kathleen Klein-Wakefield, Mary-Austin Klein, Onno Kok, Marilee Krause, Julika Lackner, Veronica Lambert, Pamela Larson Toscher, Dan Levin, Leslie Lewis-Sigler, Michael Long, Mark Lozano, Laurie MacMillan, Hugh Margerum, Cynthia Martin, Larry McAdams, Virginia McCracken, Susan McDonnell, Kerry Methner, Jon Ng, Amber O’Neill, Barbara Parmet, Tom Pazderka, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Angela Perko, Hank Pitcher, Sam Rankin, Joan Rosenberg-Dent, Bradford Salamon, Susan Savage, Paul Schurch, Susan Shapiro, Lanny Sherwin, Kerrie Smith, Libby Smith, Megan Stirling, Nicole Strasburg, Patricia Sueme, Tracey Sylvester-Harris, Bart Tarman, Andrew Thill, James David Thomas, Susan Tibbles, Dug Uyesaka, Karen Valle, Sue Van Horsen, Sarah Vedder, Deborah Veldkamp, Nina Warner, Frank Whipple, Roe Ann White, Monica Wiesblott, Sarah Woodburn, Karen Zazon, Abigail Zimmerman, Michelle Zuzalek.


Image credit:
Rafael Perea de la Cabada
Caracol, 2019
10 x 13 inches
(16 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches, framed)
Conte crayon, charcoal/paper
Signed

Friday, October 4, 2019

La UAM abre la muestra AGUIPIENTE Y SERGUILA y los festejos por su 45 aniversario

 
 
La UAM abre la muestra Aguipiente y Serguila y los festejos por su 45 aniversario

 

 

La exposición itinerante recorrerá las cinco unidades académicas de esta casa de estudios

La muestra itinerante Aguipiente y Serguila, un México para armar –inaugurada hoy– abrió un diálogo estético entre el arte, la historia y el presente a través del color y el trazo, y marcó el inicio de los festejos conmemorativos por los 45 años de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM).
La exposición, con obra del maestro Rafael Perea de la Cabada (Ciudad de México, 1961), propone desde su título un juego de palabras “que hace referencia al mito fundacional de nuestro país y nos invita a reflexionar a partir de entregarnos al arte, que es tan importante en nuestras vidas”, sostuvo el doctor Eduardo Peñalosa Castro, rector general de la Institución.
Además de que fue abierta en una fecha significativa: la conmemoración del quinto aniversario de la desaparición de los 43 normalistas de Ayotzinapa, añadió.
Acompañado por el maestro Federico Bañuelos, coordinador de Extensión Universitaria, el doctor Rodrigo Díaz Cruz, rector de la Unidad Iztapalapa, aseguró que se trata de “una exhibición que nos invita a pensar en nuestro pasado, presente y futuro, a partir de la imagen simbólica del águila y la serpiente”.
El maestro Eduardo Isaac Egurrola, curador de la exposición, destacó que el objetivo es ofrecer a la comunidad de la UAM un motivo para reflexionar y, al mismo tiempo, para gozar a partir de un vínculo con el arte.
“A 45 años de contar con la UAM tenemos que celebrar que estamos en un país donde podemos ver con optimismo la posibilidad de armar y rearmarlo porque somos educadores y la mejor forma es que los jóvenes tengan un futuro”.
Las instituciones de educación superior son el pilar de este país, de ahí que se tiene que pensar en proyectos de colaboración en torno a los grandes problemas que enfrenta México para que todo el potencial y el valor científico y cultural de instituciones como la UAM se expresen con fuerza.
El artista Rafael Perea de la Cabada, quien lleva más de dos décadas en Estados Unidos, dijo sentirse contento y agradecido de regresar a exponer en su país “para plasmar artística y visualmente nuestra identidad y una nueva mexicanidad caracterizada por unamezcla de razas, puntos de vista, polaridades, diferencias internas y aceptación”.
Avecindado en Santa Bárbara, California, cuenta con una fructífera trayectoria como artista plástico en la que destacan numerosas expresiones artísticas como la pintura, el grabado, la escultura, la instalación, la escenografía teatral, el arte público y la curaduría.
La exposición inicia con la obra plástica Nueva Mexicanidad, en la que combina diferentes técnicas para continuar con la serie de dibujos Aguipiente y la Serguila, en los que plasma avances, retrocesos y fuerza espiritual de los mexicanos.
Prosigue con la instalación Los que nos faltan, que aborda el respeto a la vida, a la existencia y el requisito indispensable de la inclusión de todos los mexicanos; la pintura Un México para armar, representado por una mujer fecunda y bella dispuesta a darle vida a la nación reconstruida, y cierra nuevamente con el punto de partida, la Nueva mexicanidad, como materialización de una obra colectiva.
Con la colaboración del Taller Vida y Arte, la exposición visitará de manera alterna las cinco unidades de la UAM –Azcapotzalco, Cuajimalpa, Iztapalapa, Xochimilco y Lerma–, con el objetivo de ponerla al alcance de toda la comunidad.
Aguipiente y Serguila, un México para armar se exhibirá hasta el viernes 22 de noviembre en la Galería de Arte Iztapalapa, ubicada en Avenida San Rafael Atlixco 186, colonia Vicentina.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Drawing Room @ Vita Art Center




First Fridays Ventura @ Vita Art Center. The Drawing Room featuring drawings by 15 artists,
Gail Pine in the CabadaGray gallery, artisan market, tacos, see you there!


THE DRAWING ROOM
Vita Art Center is pleased to present The Drawing Room, A group exhibit featuring 15 contemporary artists for whom drawing is the major focus of their work.

Preview Champagne Reception: Saturday, July 27 from 4-7pm 
(Free to Vita Art Center Members or $10 for non-members)

Community Opening: Friday August 2 from 6-9pm.

Gallery Hours: Wed-Saturday from 10am-4 p.m.
or by appointment.


Scott Anderson

Eric Beltz

Hilary Brace

Russell Crotty

Ann Diener 

Colin Fraser Gray 

Dane Goodman

Lynn Hanson

Nathan Huff



Rafael Perea de la Cabada



Karl Swanson












Saturday, February 23, 2019

Rafael Perea de la Cabada @ CabadaGray Gallery


Focus on the Masters' February 2019 documented artist, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, has mounted a exhibition featuring a sample of his work at the CabadaGray Gallery located within the Vita Art Center. 

• Preview Champagne Reception: Feb 23, 4-7pm
• $10. (members free)
• First Friday Opening: March 1 from 6-9pm
• Exhibit Dates: March 1 thru March 22, 2019

Click the links below to learn more:



Sunday, February 17, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street, Ventura

Sponsored by Jim & Mary Galbraith


FOTM is proud to kick off its 25th Anniversary in a new venue in partnership with the Museum of Ventura County. The first Artist Spotlight interview will feature Rafael Perea de la Cabada, a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is steeped in the artist’s rich cultural heritage. The artist describes himself as a visual poet, offering a powerful dialog that resonates with the plight of humanity. His intuitive approach draws from his personal experience, incorporating deep narratives layered in symbolism. Concepts range the gamut of human experience, from humorous and playful to social and political discourse. Perea states, “Art for me has a transformative power, a delicate volatility that triggers our craving for a deeper perceptual level. I find art making an endless mystery, a choice and a calling.” Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in his native Mexico City before earning his M.F.A. from UCSB. His broad range of expression includes painting, printmaking, mixed media, installation, public art and sculpture. With a foundation in Mexican modernism, he pursues his work as “a seamless merging of the mental/emotional intent, [where] the physical process and craft converge.” He shares his vast knowledge as a professor of drawing and painting at Santa Barbara City College. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in numerous prestigious public and private collections.

Special Invitation to Educators
The Artist Spotlight is open to students attending as a class assignment free of charge. FOTM is happy to assist with tracking attendance and sign-in sheets. Reservations required.

AfterGLOW Fundraising Event
The public is welcome to join the artist for a celebratory fundraising dinner at VITA Art Center, located just steps from the museum, immediately following the program. Paid reservations required prior to February 12.

RSVP www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501
 

Monday, February 11, 2019

FOTM The Artist Spotlight Series 2019


   




Sunday, February 17, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street, Ventura

Sponsored by Jim & Mary Galbraith



FOTM is proud to kick off its 25th Anniversary in a new venue in partnership with the Museum of Ventura County. The first Artist Spotlight interview will feature Rafael Perea de la Cabada, a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is steeped in the artist’s rich cultural heritage. The artist describes himself as a visual poet, offering a powerful dialog that resonates with the plight of humanity. His intuitive approach draws from his personal experience, incorporating deep narratives layered in symbolism. Concepts range the gamut of human experience, from humorous and playful to social and political discourse. Perea states, “Art for me has a transformative power, a delicate volatility that triggers our craving for a deeper perceptual level. I find art making an endless mystery, a choice and a calling.” Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in his native Mexico City before earning his M.F.A. from UCSB. His broad range of expression includes painting, printmaking, mixed media, installation, public art and sculpture. With a foundation in Mexican modernism, he pursues his work as “a seamless merging of the mental/emotional intent, [where] the physical process and craft converge.” He shares his vast knowledge as a professor of drawing and painting at Santa Barbara City College. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in numerous prestigious public and private collections.

Special Invitation to Educators
The Artist Spotlight is open to students attending as a class assignment free of charge. FOTM is happy to assist with tracking attendance and sign-in sheets. Reservations required.

AfterGLOW Fundraising Event
The public is welcome to join the artist for a celebratory fundraising dinner at VITA Art Center, located just steps from the museum, immediately following the program. Paid reservations required prior to February 12.

RSVP www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501