All-America City Committee Member to Give Presentation on Recent Trip to China

A multimedia presentation titled “Attempting to Understand Chinese culture; My trip to China” will be presented on Tuesday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall at the Santa Maria Public Library.

Samuel Marin, a native of Santa Maria, visited China in early November to focus on learning about the Chinese culture, the education system, societial norms/teachings, and life in general as a Chinese.  Mr. Marin will pass on the information and lessons he learned while abroad with edited video and pictures.  Prior to his trip, his family hosted a Chinese exchange student.  One of the main things he came away with from the experience was that we should “appreciate what we have at home and to continue learning from others.”

Mr. Marin has been part of the All-America City Committee for the last two years and is part of the Big Brother Big Sister Program.  He attended a local school in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District and is currently completing his bachelor’s degree from Chapman University with a major in Legal Studies/Political Science, with graduate school to follow.

The Library’s hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.  The Library is closed on Sundays.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Events Coordinator Deborah Hildinger at the Santa Maria Public Library, 925-0951 ext 117.

“The Pull of the Past” Photography Exhibit at the Library during December

The Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to host a photography exhibit by Karen Carson entitled “The Pull of the Past” in Shepard Hall, located immediately off the lobby.  The paintings will be on view December 1st through December 30th. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, December 18th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Carson’s project is unique in that the subjects within each image are artifacts not common or ordinary in the times in which we live.  They are objects typifying hobbies, pastimes, collections, and a way of life that were much more common in the early to mid-1900s than they are today.  Most of the images were shot close-up giving the illusion that one could just reach out and touch the objects.  In keeping with what Karen tends to photograph, each image might be the result of human action but there is not a human present to date or offer context.

This exhibit was photographed with a Holga 120N camera that is made entirely of plastic, including the lens.  There are very few settings or controls so “trial and error” becomes the by-word for plastic camera photography.  The blur, vignetting, and streaking caused by light leaks all become part of the art.

Ms. Carson has taken photographs her entire life, graduating from Allan Hancock College with an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts and from Cal Poly with a B.A. degree in Communication Studies.  She has participated in numerous exhibitions such as Photography Re-Imagined, a juried alternative & historic process show in October of 2009 at the Tilt Gallery in Phoenix; It’s a Still Life, in August of 2009 at the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco; The 5th Annual Alternative Process Show in July of 2008 at the Julia Dean Gallery in Venice, CA; and the Alternative Process Competition in November of 2007 at the SoHo Photo Gallery in New York, to name a few.

The Library’s hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.  The Library is closed on Sundays.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Events Coordinator Deborah Hildinger at the Santa Maria Public Library, 925-0951 ext 117.