Nature Inspired

The Paintings of Sherry Loehr

featured in the Great Hall

February 6 through June 12, 2016



ABOVE: "Oriole Sunset" by Sherry Loehr, mixed media on board, 24 x 36 inches, Collection of the artist © Sherry Loehr. HOMEPAGE: "Pelican" by Sherry Loehr, acrylic on panel, 11 x 14 inches, Collection of the artist © Sherry Loehr.  


The Santa Paula Art Museum is pleased to present “Nature Inspired: The Paintings of Sherry Loehr." The exhibition features a stunning array of paintings by award-winning Ojai artist Sherry Loehr. Inspired by nature, Loehr’s work explores a world guided by imagination and intuition, and brought to life through her signature improvisation with color and texture.


Sherry Loehr defines her style as contemporary realism with an Asian flavor. Largely self-taught, Sherry portrays her subjects – notably birds, flowers, fruits, and plants – with an incredibly disciplined, Old Masters approach to still life. It is her use of bold color and imaginative backgrounds that lends her work a contemporary feel. The tranquility of Loehr’s compositions reflects her admiration for the simplicity of traditional Asian art and culture.


The experience of viewing Loehr’s work is perhaps best described as a meditation. In looking one gains a moment of peace, and a sense of awe. But the true magic of Sherry Loehr’s art is found in the contemplation of where reality ends and imagination begins. “Nature Inspired: The Paintings of Sherry Loehr" runs through June 12, 2016.





Building History:

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.







One Look at Nature: The Paintings of Gail Pidduck

June 18 through November 6, 2016


The Art of Aviation (JURIED)


July 16 through October 16, 2016


The 23rd De Colores Art Show (JURIED)


October 22 through January 29, 2017


The Ninth Annual Art About Agriculture (JURIED)


November 12 through February 26, 2017



Featured always are selections from the permanent collection.








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