Posted by admin on Apr 12, 2013 in General | 0 comments
The opening reception for Studio Channel Islands Art Center April 2013 exhibition, Imaginary Minds, invited the students and faculty of Oxnard College to create something in a style that is uniquely their own. The reception was an exciting experience for everyone who attended, as for many students this was their first show in a professional gallery. We were especially excited about this month’s exhibition because the gallery had the special privilege to award our annual $1,000 Award for Excellence Scholarship to Donna Espinoza, who entered three pieces into the show. The scholarship was presented based on the artists’ technical abilities, creativity, and style. We love to give artists of every age and style an opportunity to show their work, and this exhibition especially highlights all of the truly unique talent we have here in the Ventura County area.
Imaginary Minds is open until April 27th, so come see this exhibition before it’s too late!
Back at the Studios, I visited with sculptor Maggie Kildee
in studio A2 where she creates her wonderful terra cotta “Uppity Women”. These are women who celebrate who they are, no matter their size or shape, who do what they want to do and are not worried about how they look doing it. Ah, what a great concept and so hard to achieve. These sculptures never fail to bring a smile to the viewer’s face and are an inspiration to all women, as is the artist herself.
Maggie turned to art full time after a long career teaching and serving on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. She was one of the founders of Studio Channel Islands Art Center about 14 years ago, still serves on its Board of Directors and is viewed by many as our “matriarch”. Her “The Lady at 80″ birthday celebration last year was attended by hundreds of people and speaks volumes about the admiration and respect Maggie has earned in the community, and the love we have for her.
Her trip to India last month is sure to inspire a new batch of inspiring women she will lovingly shape out of clay. Can’t wait to see what comes out of her studio next!
To learn more about Maggie, please visit these sites:
Rich is working on his new kelp painting.
Today’s featured artist in Rich Brimer in Studio A1, our past President of Studio Channel Islands, and an accomplished oil painter working on a new piece for an upcoming show with Carol Henry in Monterey, CA. This piece shows the kelp found around Santa Barbara Island, one of the Channel Islands nearby, photographed on one of Rich’s regular boat trip to the islands. It will be featured in the “Acqua Calda” event on Feb. 13, a salon of culinary and visual art during which the artist prepare a gourmet feast for the patrons and presenting their work during the dessert course. What could be better than that for a Valentine’s Treat? To find out more, check out Rich’s website where you can also see the classes he offers at his studio: http://richbrimer.com/
Posted by admin on Jun 29, 2012 in Exhibit, General | 0 comments
Our Beer Garden at the Summer Market was a success, due to the tasty “Big Ass Red” served by The LAB Brewery. Join us for an encore during Fiesta Camarillo on Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, at the artists’ studios. Bring your own food and enjoy good beer (or wine) & company. We’ll tap the barrel at 3pm.