Between Heaven and Earth: The PAC6 Paints the Sierras
March 4, 2017 through July 9, 2017
In August 2015, artists Linda Brown, Marian Fortunati, Nita Harper, Debra Holladay, Laura Wambsgans, and Sharon Weaver embarked on a week-long expedition to paint the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The six women call themselves the PAC6 - six artists painting across the country. The product of their pilgrimage to the Sierras is an exhibition nearly two years in the making, featuring over 60 paintings that take the viewer on a journey of discovery to experience the seasons, wildness, and fierce beauty of the High Sierra.
The first images of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with their dramatic peaks and pristine lakes, caught the imagination of a young America and helped to open the West. Following in the historic footsteps of the early California Impressionists, the PAC6 have created a body of work that provides an opportunity to see these iconic vistas from a new and contemporary perspective. While each of the six artists paints in a personally distinctive style, the pack’s purpose in creating the show was identical. It is the hope of PAC6 that in seeing the exhibition, viewers will be inspired toward their own great adventure - one filled with awe at the beauty and grandeur of the American landscape. The exhibit also includes a short video documentary with film footage and commentary describing the group’s pack trip from Mammoth Lakes to Lake Ediza.
The 1936 Mexican Snapshot Mystery
February 4, 2017 through June 11, 2017
The 1936 Mexican Snapshot Mystery is an exciting whodunit detective story-turned-exhibition. Over 900 vintage photographs - captured by three different photographers while on a 1936 trip through central Mexico - were recently discovered at an estate sale in Santa Paula, California. The journey to discover the truth behind these historic snapshots forms the basis for the exhibit, and museum visitors are invited to play the role of detective alongside the show’s curators.
The snapshots - most of which have never been seen before - also provide an extraordinary glimpse of daily life in 1930s Mexico. Images of ordinary life in Mexico from that period are seldom found. Most contemporaneous photographs are professionally posed portraits of wealthy individuals. The snapshots in this exhibition, however, are incredibly candid and show honest portrayals of everyday people and customs. The artistic black-and-white images are accompanied by additional maps, illustrations, and decorative objects to help complete the collection’s story.
Starting Point: Santa Paula High School Beginning Art Students
February 4, 2017 through March 6, 2017
The Museum's student gallery features rotating exhibitions of art by young artists from local elementary and high schools, colleges, and youth organizations. Starting Point is an exhibit of works created by beginning art students from Santa Paula High School.
The Photography of Bill Dewey
June 17, 2017 through October 15, 2017
California Art Club: Golden State Splendor
July 15, 2017 through November 5, 2017
The 24th De Colores Art Show
October 21, 2017 through January 28, 2018
The 10th Annual Art About Agriculture
November 11, 2017 through February 25, 2018