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 23rd De Colores Art Show: New Horizons

featured in the Douglas Shively Memorial Gallery

October 22 through January 29, 2016



HOMEPAGE: "Alegria" by L.T. Bunning, charcoal on paper, 24 x 20 inches, Collection of the artist © L.T. Bunning. ABOVE: "Chingona" by Christina Ramos, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, Collection of the artist © Christina Ramos.


­­The 23rd De Colores Art Show is a group exhibition featuring art by 30 contemporary artists whose vibrant works are inspired by Latino culture and tradition. With the show now in its 23rd year, longtime curator and featured artist Xavier Montes is excited to showcase new perspectives. “This year’s show is about envisioning and working together toward a better future,” says Montes. “It’s about acknowledging the struggles and achievements of the previous generation and empowering young people to embrace their diversity and pursue their passions.” The artworks on display come in a variety of styles and media, and tell meaningful stories of hope, heritage, strength, and peace.

The exhibition features art by Richard Arenas, Jackie Bermudez, Joe Bravo, L.T. Bunning, Ray Cirerol, Lynn Coleman, Pedro de la Cruz, Beverly Cunningham, Roy Grillo, Dolores Gonzalez Haro, Sergio Hernandez, Gina Herrera, Silvia Huerta, Carolyn Jorgensen Potter, Beverly Lazor, Renate Lichter, Maria Lopez, Rhonda Magnus, Mike Molina, Xavier Montes, Rick Ortega, Christina Ramos, Sylvia Raz, John Robertson, Mark Tovar, Veronica Valadez, and Doreen Villanueva. The show is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors which include Calavo, Clinicas del Camino Real, La Cabana, and Santa Paula Latino Town Hall. 





A Portrait of America

featured in the Orcutt Logan Family Gallery

September 30 through November 29, 2016


ABOVE: "Ely Park Project Portrait #1" by Eliane Lima, 2010, black and white photograph, Collection of the artist. 


The Santa Paula Art Museum is pleased to host an emerging art exhibition featuring work by CalArts students and alumni. The contemporary black and white photographic works convey the theme of an American community.

The LOCALS is an inaugural exhibition, produced in partnership with the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. CalArt’s mission is to teach artists to develop the skills and personal drives to reach their creative potential, question received ideas, and expand forms of knowledge and experience in the world. CalArts challenges artists to create work that matters globally to the state of culture today and in the future.

Brazilian native and co-curator Eliane Lima is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Film and Video at CalArts. As an immigrant, she understands firsthand the experience of exploring, and becoming a part of a new country, a place of new languages and of new culture. Many immigrants come to America in search of freedom and opportunity. In this quest, one must leave one home or community behind in the search for another.

Our country - historically and in modern day - emerged from an influx of people from all around the world. These individual works come together to share our collective story as represented in vast and diverse communities. Through photographs, CalArts alumni Cody Edision captures a local charro and vaquero community, Heisue Chung-Matheu portrays Korean and American military culture, Masha Tartarintsev explores her Russian ancestry through projections of family portraits, and Eliane Lima portrays residents of the Ely Park housing complex in New York. All of the people portrayed in these distinct communities are “The Locals” and together they make up the American portrait.






The Ninth Annual Art About Agriculture

November 12 through February 26, 2017



Featured always are selections from the permanent collection.








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