An exciting art exhibit of art by eight northern Santa Barbara County artists will be on display at the Ann Foxworthy Gallery on the Santa Maria campus. Views from the North features a diverse range of media by regional artists Jonas Tucker, Felicia Kincaid, Angelina LaPointe, Bob Perry, Mark Velazquez, Luis Ramirez, Larry Delinger, and Connie Rohde. The free exhibit runs October 31 through December 6. The public is invited to meet the artists at a gallery reception on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 4-6 p.m.
Views from the North was curated by John Hood, professor of art and design at the college. He and the Santa Barbara County Arts Fund approached the artists about the group show. Hood selected pieces from each artist that would resonate with a unique voice.
Hood selected four evocative and contrasting charcoal drawings by Tucker, and placed them with the calligraphic gestural one-off brush poems by Rohde. The movement-filled color photography of Velasquez is edgy against Perry’s finely detailed watercolors and beautiful turned wood lidded vessels. LaPointe’s woodblock prints and small edition handmade books add a graphic note to the show, as do Ramirez’ 10-inch-square paintings on scratched plywood that depict the faces of his Mexican farming heritage. Painter and mixed media artist Kincaid invests weeks on each of her large, subtly layered oil on panel shape meditations, while retired Hancock professor and composer Delinger’s small abstract paintings and collaged books are spontaneous, expressive and direct.
Gallery director Marti Fast noted that each individual artist has a connection with Hancock—many as former students—and all are working artists. “This show is really exciting visually, a little edgy, with strong interplay throughout the gallery,” said Fast. “John Hood called together high-caliber artists who challenge themselves artistically. This is one of the most intriguing shows we’ve enjoyed in the gallery.”
An unveiling of a student-produced mural is also scheduled to take place in the coming weeks on building M 100-200 near the football field. Hood was director of the mural project as well, and encourages visitors to see both the show and the new mural.
The Ann Foxworthy Gallery is located in the Academic Resource Center, bldg. L-South. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m.3 p.m., and is closed weekends and school holidays. Parking passes are $2/vehicle.
Questions? Contact: Fine Arts ext. 3252, or Marti Fast, Gallery Director, ext. 3465.