On Location in the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore
July 13, 2019 through November 3, 2019
“We like to say we’re painting it forward,” says Timothy Kitz, a longtime member of the plein air painting club known as Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. For Tim and all of the group’s members, their objective is simple: “We’re painting to preserve the environment and we’re having a lot of fun doing it.” On Location in the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore is an exhibition comprised of the Allied Artists’ most recent works. All of the 72 artworks in the exhibition are for sale. A percentage of artwork sales will be donated towards conservation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore was founded in the early 1990s to support the hard-fought conservation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area established in 1978. The SMMNRA encompasses over 156,000 acres that stretch east to west from Griffith Park in Los Angeles County to Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County. With 46 miles of beaches, 500 miles of trails, and a vast array of native flora and fauna and culturally significant sites, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is one of the largest urban national parklands in the United States. It’s an oasis in the center of urban and suburban Los Angeles. “There’s no other place like this on Earth,” says Kitz. “There are beaches, mountains, and canyons. It’s perfect for painting.”
The group meets up to paint at a different site within the recreation area on the second Saturday of each month. The works that the artists produce during these paint outs are exhibited quarterly at various locations with a percentage of sales benefitting local and national conservation organizations. In addition to finding joy in painting outdoors, the artists love to paint alongside each other. “Art can be a lonely process,” according to Allied Artists president Robert Scopinich, “but this is a great way to paint with friends.”
The November 2018 Woolsey Fire was a stunning reminder of what can be lost within the SMMNRA. Like many local residents, several of the club’s artist members lost their homes to the wildfire. “There were places we’ve painted that just don’t exist anymore,” says artist Annie Hoffman. Many of the group’s usual painting spots were closed for months. But as the area gradually recovers from the devastation wrought by the fire, so too does the group’s dedication to their mission to preserve this precious parkland for future generations.
On Location in the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore will be on view at the Santa Paula Art Museum through November 3, 2019. The Allied Artists will host several talks and painting demonstrations during the run of the show. More information can be found on the events page. Featured artists include Jacquelyn Blue, Liz Blum, Maria Harmony Gratia Bruchmann, Pamela D’Ambrosio, Susan Flanigan, Marian Fortunati, Barbara Freund, Carole Garland, Emily Goldfield, Donna Jean Goldstein, Helen Groenekamp, Diane C. Hines, Annie Hoffman, Russell Hunziker, Kathy Jonokuchi, Virginia Kamhi, Katherine Kean, Timothy Kitz, Pamela LeGrand, Katherine MacQueen, Diane Manson, Linda Melber, Jean Myers, Patricia O'Hearn, Vickie Pellouchoud, Marnie Piuze, Elena Roche, Olive Schroder, Robert Scopinich, Julie Boyd Smith, Bonnie Taylor, Laura Wambsgans, Sharon Weaver, and Joan Horsfall Young.
Face of California
May 18, 2019 through September 15, 2019
Face of California features works of art by 33 artists that seek to capture the "face" of California, depicted in mediums as diverse as the state they endeavor to represent. In giving a face to California, the featured artists have created a vast array of images that evoke California’s character - its places, people, ideas, and stories. Exhibit viewers will see everything from San Buenaventura’s historic neon sign painted in oils, to a uniquely stylized view of LAX. There are pastel drawings of succulents, Santa Cruz Island, and the Sierra Nevada alongside photographic portraits of Thomas Fire survivors, suburban Santa Clarita, and surfers waiting to catch the next wave. It is a show equally and as wonderfully varied as the California landscape. All of the artworks in the exhibition are available for purchase.
Face of California features art by Jayne Behman, Betsy Bland, John Brown, Shannon Celia, Raymond Cuevas, Duane Dammeyer, Ted Dayton, Belinda Del Pesco, Michael Kenneth Depue, Mardilan Lee Georgio, Raymond Harris, Gail Hercher, Eul Hurley, Margaret Hyde, Kathy Ikerd, Pamela Ingwers, Joseph Jasik-Drdol, Wana Klasen, Judy Klement, Andrew Laenen, Didi Martin, Jose Galvan Martinez, Yolande McAlevey, Roxie Ray, John Robertson, Viktoria Romanova, Pam Strautman, Sparkle Taylor, Jane Thorpe, Sharon Weaver, Elizabeth White, Michael Wood, and Chris Zambon. The exhibition will be on view through September 15, 2019.