Current Exhibitions

Common Ground: Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty, and Gail Pidduck

March 2, 2019 through July 7, 2019

Three of the most popular female artists living and working in Ventura County today have joined forces for Common Ground, an extraordinary exhibition currently on view at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Artists Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty, and Gail Pidduck have a lot in common, most especially the love they have for their ranches and gardens - scenes that they have put to paint and graphite for this show. All of the works in the exhibition are for sale.

Abbott, Petty, and Pidduck are all award-winning artists with long-established careers whose works belong to public and private collections nationwide. Each of the three women has built her present home and studio on a ranch not far from where she grew up – Meredith in Carpinteria, Susan in Ventura, and Gail in Santa Paula. And while each woman looks to her own garden and immediate landscape for inspiration, differences in soil and preference mean a great deal of variety in their shared exhibition. Abbott’s impressionistic paintings are overgrown with persimmons, eucalyptus blossoms, and copa de oro. Petty’s detailed compositions blossom in her painted and drawn lemon branches, hollyhocks, and birds’ nests. Pidduck’s recent experiments with light and dark come to life in her painted sunflowers, roses and freesias. In this show, three artists’ common love for nature has resulted in an uncommonly beautiful collection of artworks. Common Ground will be on view March 2, 2019 through July 7, 2019. 

I Am Me: Artists' Self-Portraits

February 2, 2019 through May 12, 2019

Who are you? That’s the question that artists were asked to consider for the Santa Paula Art Museum’s current exhibition entitled I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits. It’s the same question that is asked of museum visitors as they view the 39 self-portraits on display, which come to life in a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, digital illustration, collage, photography, mixed media, and more. The genre of self-portraiture is incredibly personal to each artist and, the Museum hopes, will allow museum visitors to connect with the art on a personal level as well. The Santa Paula Art Museum isn’t just a place to learn about art made by others. It’s also a place to feel empowered to create something of your own. That is why I Am Me includes several opportunities for visitors to self-reflect and to make their own self-portrait to be added to the exhibition. Tips and tools are provided. 

I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits features art by Nathan Asplund, Jenna Bao, Brandin Baron, Pamela Benham, Janet Black, L.T. Bunning, Laurie Cook, Taylor Crisp, Duane Dammeyer, Pamela Hill Enticknap, Pausha Foley, Russell Foltz-Smith, Theodore Gall, Jose Galvan, Stacey Geldin, Lynn Hanson, Gail Hercher, Eul Hurley, Tess Israelson, E.E. Jacks, Dottie Korn-Davis, Pamela Larsson-Toscher, Lisa Skyheart Marshall, Vivian Patton, Mariana Peirano, Gail Pidduck, Nathan Plaisted, Roxie Ray, John Robertson, Carolyn Schlam, Priscila Claure Soruco, Sandy Treadwell, Colin Trewhitt, Michael Wood, and Kay Zetlmaier. I Am Me will be on view February 2, 2019 through May 12, 2019.

Mr. Botke's Barns and Blooms

March 2, 2019 through April 28, 2019

Ventura County, California is home to many incredible artists and has been for many years. That is due in no small part to this area’s scenic beauty. Santa Paula alone can boast of a number of leading 20th century California artists who not only inhabited ranches and homes here, but also depicted the local area in their artworks. Cornelis Botke is one of those artists.

Cornelis Botke (1887-1954) was born in Leewarden, Holland in 1887 and studied there at the School of Applied Design in Haarlem. In 1906 he moved to the United States and settled in Chicago, where he became an architectural draftsman at the Art Institute of Chicago. While in Chicago, Botke met and married Jessie Arms, a painter and muralist. In 1919, the Botkes moved to Carmel, California and Cornelis taught at Carmel Arts and Crafts. Following a tour through Europe, the couple ultimately settled on a ranch here in Santa Paula, California, where they build a studio they could share. Cornelis was a landscape painter, a skilled etcher, and a block-printer. He exhibited throughout his career at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, and 1939, and also at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1916, 1918, 1921, and 1930. Cornelis Botke died in Santa Paula in 1954. This small exhibition features a number of Botke’s oil and watercolor paintings and etchings from the Santa Paula Art Museum’s permanent collection. Mr. Botke’s Barns and Blooms will be on view March 2, 2019 through April 28, 2019.