Current Exhibitions

The Tenth Annual Art About Agriculture

November 11, 2017 through February 25, 2018

Art About Agriculture, the popular pastoral art show presented annually by the Ag Art Alliance, marks its tenth anniversary this year with a fresh crop of 82 artworks by 70 artists from across the country. The art portrays the beauty and bounty of agriculture in scenes ranging from fields, farmworkers and farmers markets to animals, barns and backroad vistas. All of the artworks on display are for sale. The exhibit will be on view through February 25, 2018.

The group exhibition features work by artists Debbie Abshear, Karen Anable-Nichols, Virginia Beale, Kit Boise-Cossart, Linda Brown, Valerie Carson, Shannon Celia, Chris Chapman, Jerry Cowart, Duane Dammeyer, Ted Dayton, Karl Dempwolf, Robert Diehl, Phyllis Doyon, Lee Edwards, Celeste Evans, Bruce Everett, Katie Fagan, Gail Faulkner, Lynne Fearman, Neva Felino, John Fielder, Ashley Funicello, David Gates, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Susan Guy, Michael Hardison, Ray Harris, Debra Holladay, Eul Hurley, Kathy Ikerd, John Iwerks, Carolyn Jorgensen, Virginia Kamhi, Wana Klasen, Doris Kleemann-Fischer, Mary-Austin Klein, Chuck Kovacic, Ria Krishnan, John Krist, Beverly Lazor, Karen Lewis, Deb Llanos, Leslie Lloyd, George Lockwood, Rhonda Magnus, Eileen Maloney, Didi Martin, Joe Milazzo, Jean Myers, Gina Niebergall, Dorothy Orr, Macario Pascual, Dave Reiter, Karen Scott Browdy, Douglas Singletary, KC Spink, Sally Sutton, Todd Swart, Jane Thorpe, Michael Torres, Dolas Tubbs, Nina Warner, Sharon Weaver, Mark Wood, Michael Wood, Andrea Yomtob, Patrick Yonally, Chris Zambon and Kay Zetlmaier.

A full catalog and price list or artworks is available by clicking on the image below:


Setting the Scene: Hollywood Animators and Background Painters in the Santa Paula Civic Collection

February 3, 2018 through June 11, 2018

The Santa Paula Art Museum has gone Hollywood with its current exhibition Setting the Scene: Hollywood Animators and Background Painters in the Santa Paula Civic Collection. The exhibit features fine art paintings from the famous Santa Paula Civic Collection by artists who worked behind-the-scenes at Disney, MGM, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox during the Golden Age of Hollywood. 

Since the 1930s, film and animation studios have played a leading role in the lives of many California artists and have been influential in the development of what is recognized as the “California Style.” Nowhere is this more evident than within the Santa Paula Civic Collection, a historic collection of artworks established in 1937 and owned by the City of Santa Paula. Setting the Scene displays some of the best works from Santa Paula’s collection. While the art on exhibit was not created for the movies, it includes personal works by Disney background painters like Al Dempster, Basil Davidovich and Charles Payzant, who lent their talents to animated features such as FantasiaPinocchio, Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty. The exhibit also stars artists like George Gibson, once head of MGM’s scenic design department and lead scenic artist for The Wizard of Oz, and Emil Kosa, Jr., who designed the original 20th Century Fox logo and won an Academy Award in 1964 for his work on Cleopatra.

The colorful exhibition explores the relationship between the artists’ fine art paintings and their commercial work for film. Viewers can learn more about the history of painting in motion pictures, the process of creating an animated feature, special effects, and the people behind some of the most iconic movie scenes ever filmed. Visitors to the exhibit are also invited to write or illustrate a scene from their own story to add to a community-made storyboard. Setting the Scene is on view through June 17, 2018.