••• Current Show •••
Our Gallery is open Tue from 11 to 3pm, Wed – Fri 11 – 5pm and Sat 10 – 3pm
Heather Scholl “Then & Now”
Aragna Ker “Spirited Away”
KJ Cooksey “EveDesign”
Exhibit Dates: July 3 – 26, 2014
Reception: July 19, 4 – 6 pm
Aragna Ker, Heather Scholl and KJ Cooksey all create portraits, but each approaches the nature of identity from a different viewpoint. Their three exhibitions are now open at the Blackboard Gallery of Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo through July 26. The free artists’ reception is on Saturday, July 19 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The exhibition “Then and Now” features narrative, often ethereal, portraits by Los Angeles artist Heather Scholl, who paints to capture the essence of people “as timeless reminders of our interconnectedness.” The influence of extensive Asian travels is often reflected in her work. Scholl began her career in Seattle, where she worked as an illustrator and fine artist while teaching at Cornish College of the Arts. Her work has been shown in galleries and publications nationally and internationally since 1994, and her paintings are in private and public collections throughout the western United States.
Aragna Ker’s goal with his playful portraits in “Spirited Away” is to combine intangible similarities to blur individual identity. He fuses cultural symbols and myth to explore a range of hybrid identities, often using unrelated materials such as toothpicks, straws, and newspaper to execute the ambiguity. A native of Cambodia who immigrated to Southern California as a child, Ker holds a master’s in sculpture from Claremont Graduate University. His work has been exhibited throughout Southern California in venues including the Hammer Museum, and has been displayed in the United States Embassy in Cambodia. He currently specializes in artistic instruction to adults with disabilities at First Street Gallery Art Center in Claremont, California.
The “Eve Design” exhibition deals with a very specific element of identity: marketing and the influence celebrities have on the interpretation of women’s roles and expectations. The creation story of Adam and Eve inspired the title of artist KJ Cooksey’s exhibit of paintings which humorously draw upon current women’s magazine covers and other forms of marketing. Cooksey is the gallery manager for the Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands and will be leaving this fall to pursue her Master of Fine Art degree at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. A four year Fine Arts Merit Scholar at California State University at Bakersfield, she has exhibited throughout Southern California, and received the 2012 Star Award as Best Young Artist from the Ventura County Arts Counsel.
Exhibit Dates August 2- 30 Opening Reception August 2, 4-6 pm
Marion Wood ”Mind the Gap”
Pamela Price Klebaum ”Greenland Diary”
Director’s Gallery: Robin Tripaidi ”MELTING POINT: Contemporary Encaustic”
The exuberantly red buses of London and Greenland’s translucent icebergs are the contrasting starting points for painter Marion Wood and glass artist Pamela Price Klebaum, whose joined solo exhibitions open Saturday, August 2 at Studio Channel Islands’ Blackboard Gallery in Old Town Camarillo, California. Also on exhibit August 2-31 is Robin Tripaldi’s ” “Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic”. The free artists’ reception is on Saturday, August 2 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and the exhibitions run through August 29.
Marion Wood’s “Mind the Gap” paintings feature cropped perspectives of London buses, reflecting light and movement in exuberant color and bold brushstrokes. The series was inspired by an experience two years ago when Wood stepped out onto a busy London street to find herself surrounded by noise, color and reflections as red transit buses flashed by every few seconds. The exhibit also features pieces from her other recent series, “Veiled,” reflecting Wood’s interest in what she calls the unexpected beauty of mundane objects. Her paintings have been exhibited extensively in Ventura County and are in private collections here and in the United Kingdom. She attended The Oxted School in the United Kingdom, California Art Institute, and Moorpark College.
Pamela Price Klebaum’s exhibition “Greenland Diary” includes kiln-formed glass and textile work. The series is the culmination of a year’s focus on work inspired by a diary kept by her father, who participated in a then-top secret mission to build an airbase in Thule, Greenland in 1951, during the Cold War. Klebaum’s translucent and opalescent pieces are intended to evoke the beauty and hazard of the icebergs and Thule fog described in the diary. Klebaum is a 35-year Ventura resident who began art school after retiring as a college professor. She eventually settled on kiln-formed glass as her medium, after working in fiber for many years. Today she often merges several artistic disciplines in her pieces. Klebaum has had two solo shows with the Buenaventura Art Association, and her work been featured in exhibits nationally and internationally, as well as in books and magazines.
The ancient painting technique of encaustic wax intrigues modern abstract artist Robin Tripaldi, who fuses its unique luminosity and tactile surfaces with the geometry and structures of the contemporary world. Tripaldi is currently working in encaustic as her primary medium. The paintings are made up of multiple layers, and she often incorporates collage elements in the wax, sometimes revealed, sometimes not. She also makes her own paints – a mixture of raw pigments and beeswax, together with proportions of dammar resin, carnauba, and microcrystalline waxes. Once the wax is heated to a molten state, it is brushed onto a panel and she alternates between building up layers, fusing with a blowtorch, heat gun and an iron.
With a background in three-dimensional art, Tripaldi has worked in interior design and the museum field. Her involvement in exhibitions by artists such as Judy Chicago reignited her passion for creating contemporary paintings. Her work is in private collections nationwide and has appeared in print publications. She has been an exhibitor and curator in Austin, Texas and is a co-Founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of International Encaustic Artists.
Annual Juried Membership Exhibit (Call for Entries)
Juror: Richard Amend
Exhibit Dates September 4 – 26
Opening Reception September 6, 4 – 6 pm
Michael Rohde, Richard Bruland
Exhibit Dates October 1 – 24
Opening Reception October 4, 4 – 6 pm
Clothing Optional (Call for Entries)
Juror: David Elder
Exhibit Dates: October 30 – November 28
Opening Reception November 1, 4 – 6 pm
Candace Biggerstaff, Lucia Grossberger Morals, Eileen Hyman
Exhibit Dates December 4 – 26
Opening Reception December 6, 1 – 5 pm
Tuesday 11 am – 3 pm
Wednesday through Friday 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 3 pm