One Look at Nature
The Paintings of Gail Pidduck
featured in the Great Hall
June 18 through November 6, 2016
ABOVE: "View from Ferndale" by Gail Pidduck, oil on canvas, 18 x 36 inches, Collection of the artist © Gail Pidduck. HOMEPAGE: "Oak" by Gail Pidduck, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, Collection of the artist © Gail Pidduck.
The Santa Paula Art Museum is pleased to present “One Look at Nature: The Paintings of Gail Pidduck,” opening June 18 and on view through November 6, 2016. Gail Pidduck is one of Santa Paula’s most esteemed resident artists, and her much-anticipated solo show features over 50 breathtaking new works, all of which explore the beauty of nature and the local landscape.
Gail Pidduck describes herself as a ruralist painter. Born and raised on a ranch in Santa Paula, Gail spent much of her youth exploring nearby fields and orchards. Pidduck’s early experiences have greatly influenced her perspective as an artist. In creating this exhibition, Gail was inspired by both the large and small parts of nature in her home area. The resulting group of works features sweeping views of mountains and valleys, and smaller studies of birds, cacti, flowers, and fruit.
One Look at Nature also features works by artists that Pidduck greatly admires including Marla Frazee, Henry Graumlich, Lettre Sauvage, John Nichols, Michelle Onstot, Nate Pidduck, Chris Provenzano, Michael Rohde, Chuck Spink, Sylvia Torres, Regina Vorgang, Judith Wilson Weldon, Jackson Wheeler, and George Wilson. With their inclusion, Gail hopes to convey that there is more than one way to create, and more than one way to look at the beauty of the world.
The Story of the Museum's Home
featured in the Douglas Shively Memorial Gallery
March 5 through July 10, 2016
HOMEPAGE: "10th and Main Street" by Lawrence Hinckley, oil on board, c. 1937, Collection of Leslie and John Nichols, Promised gift to the Santa Paula Art Museum. ABOVE: Archival digital photograph of the Limoneira Building, c. 1924, Courtesy of the John Nichols Gallery.
“Building History: The Story of the Museum’s Home,” explores the fascinating history of the Limoneira Building, from its beginnings as the prestigious headquarters of the Limoneira Company to its current role as the elegant home of the Santa Paula Art Museum.
Designed and constructed in 1924 by famed local architect Roy Wilson, Sr., the Limoneira Building has long held an important place in this community. The exhibition tells the building’s story through art, artifacts, historical photographs, original architectural plans and drawings, and a look at Wilson’s career as the first licensed architect in Ventura County. The show reveals how the classical two-story structure was transformed from office place to museum in 2010. "Building History" runs through July 10, 2016.