Tuesday, March 07, 2006

New Shows and New Paintings

There are a couple of shows I would like to mention that are going on right now!

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Running from February 11th through May 28th, "Renaissance to Rococo: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art" will astound you with works by Tiepolo, Canaletto, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Frans Hals, and many others! With examples of portraiture, landscapes, and still lifes from Holland, Italy, Spain, France, and England, the collection is concluding a two year tour with this Santa Barbara exhibit and will then return home to Hartford, Connecticut. The piece at left is by Brittish artist Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88). I got there after noon and wanted to stay after closing hours! The museum is located at 1130 State St., Santa Barbara. Their website is http://www.sbmuseart.org/ .

While I was there I stopped by the Waterhouse Gallery that's on the same block (1114 State St Santa Barbara). There are always some top-notch contemporary pieces at this gallery, including a number by the gallery owner Ralph Waterhouse. Find them online at http://www.waterhousegallery.com/ .

Gene Autry Museum of the American West

Located at 4700 Western Heritage Way (where the 5 and 134 meet in Griffith Park), Los Angeles, this is a great museum! Although this particular show is over (Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale - it ran from February 4th through March 5th), there was some stunning work that fortunately, can partially still be seen online! If you turn your Web browser to http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/masters2006/ and look at the left column menu, click on "Artists (flash required)" to see wonderful examples of some of the pieces. The museum has other fine exhibits if you want to drive down in person too. The beautiful piece above is by Mian Situ and is called The Overseer, San Francisco, 1905.

Below is Summer Sundown, Arivaca Cienega by Michael Stack:
Sea Breeze Art Gallery

Right here in Ventura you will find the Sea Breeze Art Gallery which is opening a new show on March 11. This show, "Essence Artworks," will showcase Lynn Le Tourneau. Lynn is an established sculptress (San Francisco) and is presently emerging as a painter and printmaker. I know Lynn and her work and it's truly worth making time to come see her show! The gallery is located at 255 So. Laurel St (between Thompson & Front Street), Ventura. The online poster for this event can be viewed at http://www.seabreezeartgallery.com/posters/LynnLeTourneau.htm . The artists reception on March 11 will run from 6 to 9 PM.

My Own New Work

I have completed a couple more pieces and have updated my Web site gallery accordingly, including the "Work in Process" section under "Studio." My last piece is titled "Watching The Raising of Father's Flag 1931" and will make its first showing on March 11 at the Sea Breeze Art Gallery when Lynn's show opens. You can also get a sneak peek at how one of my works-in-process is progressing as I'll be working on it in my studio space there that same evening! Come on by, meet Lynn, see her work, see my painting, and have some refreshments! That's March 11 at 6PM.