Top 5 Moments of the Week Ending March 3, 2019

Here are the Museum’s top 5 moments for the week ending March 3, 2019:

santa paula art museum installation

This week, staff spent time installing a new exhibit, Common Ground, which features 60 works of art by Ventura County artists Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty, and Gail Pidduck.

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Santa Paula High School art teachers Ryan Lamb, Sara Lozano, Mariann Romero, and Michael Torres helped us to install a new exhibit of portraits by their art students.

santa paula art museum pop up shop

The Museum hung more new shows this week than it ever has in a single week before! That includes the Museum’s "Pop-Up Art Shop," which currently features art for purchase by Gina Niebergall and George Lockwood.

santa paula art museum digital class

Former Disney and Pixar video game artist Anita McLaughlin taught our very first digital art class at the Museum. Students learned how to draw and paint using iPads and iPhones.

santa paula art museum art trek

We were thrilled when our new friends at Art Trek, Inc. in Newbury Park agreed to to partner with us for our March Free Family Day. Art Trek is a nonprofit organization that specializes in community art programs.

Top 5 Moments of the Week Ending February 24, 2019

Here are the Museum’s top 5 moments for the week ending February 24, 2019:

santa paula art museum kids portraits

Our ArtSPARK school tour participants receive a tour of the Museum's exhibits and a hands-on art lesson. Students are loving our current self-portrait exhibit and learning to create their own self-portraits.

santa paula art museum one step a la vez

Our Curator of Creativity, Meg Phelps, hosted a fun group of teens from Fillmore's One Step a la Vez program. They each had a blast making their mark on our painted handprint wall.

santa paula art museum mr botke

We are excited to have the opportunity to curate a small exhibit of paintings and etchings by Cornelis Botke (1887-1954) from the Museum’s permanent collection. Mr. Botke's Barns and Blooms will open alongside Common Ground on March 2, 2019.

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Our upcoming exhibit Common Ground got the front page treatment in Friday's edition of the Santa Paula Times. The show was major news!

santa paula art museum thank you letter

Museum staff members absolutely love receiving letters sent by classrooms who have recently visited the Museum. Looks like ArtSPARK teaching artist Ms. Lisa made some students happy!

Top 5 Moments of the Week Ending February 10, 2019

Here are the Museum’s top 5 moments for the week ending February 10, 2019:

santa paula art museum february family day

We started the week on cloud 9 following our Valentine-themed Free Family Day. We were so happy to provide a space for families to create and collage together.

“Reflection” by Ramona Andrews, photograph

“Reflection” by Ramona Andrews, photograph

The Ag Art Alliance selected winners in five categories from the Museum’s current Art About Agriculture exhibition. Artists Ramona Andrews, Pausha Foley, Pete Ruiz, KC Spink, and Adon Valenziano won cash prizes.

Painting by Anette Power

Painting by Anette Power

We met with our friend and artist Anette Power to discuss her solo show which will open at the Museum in September 2020. You're definitely going to want to mark this one down in your calendar!

Artist Gail Pidduck in her studio

Artist Gail Pidduck in her studio

At the end of the week, we visited artists Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty, and Gail Pidduck in each of their studios to interview them ahead of their Common Ground exhibit opening March 2, 2019.

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On Saturday, we had our first, sold-out "Magic of Mandalas" class at the Cole Creativity Center. The class sold out so quickly that we added a second class!

Top 5 Moments of the Week Ending February 3, 2019

Here are the Museum’s top 5 moments for the week ending February 3, 2019:

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM ISPY ACTIVITY

During school tours, we supply young visitors with iPads and close-up images from our exhibits, and they search for the matching artwork. Their joy in finding the matching artwork is incredibly contagious.

Santa Paula Art Museum selfportrait station

Inside our new self-portrait exhibition, we installed an art-making station so that visitors can create their own self-portrait to add to the exhibit. Tips and tools are provided.

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM VILLANOVA OPENING

Students from Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai and their parents enjoyed the opening reception of the students’ new exhibit Expressions Through Contours and Color, which hangs in our student gallery.

santa paula art museum self portrait premiere

The rain cleared just long enough for us to celebrate the premiere of our new exhibit, I Am Me: Artists' Self-Portraits on Saturday, February 2. It was a great turnout. The show is on view now through May 12, 2019.

santa paula art museum valentines

On Sunday, February 3, local artist Karen Browdy shared her passion for collage with Valentine art activities during Free Family Day. Families could drop in between 12:00pm and 3:00pm and make art together. 

Top 5 Moments of the Week Ending January 27, 2019

Here are the Museum’s top 5 moments for the week ending January 27, 2019:

One of the artworks by students from Villanova Preparatory School.

This week we installed a new student exhibition in our student gallery entitled Expressions Through Contours and Color featuring students from Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai.

Our new assistant museum educator, Jessica.

We were thrilled to welcome Jessica Diaz to our staff as Assistant Museum Educator. Jessica started with us as an intern in early 2017 and loves working with young artists.

A member of Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore painting en plein air.

A member of Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore painting en plein air.

We met with representatives from the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore who have partnered with us for a plein air exhibit opening in July 2019.

Teen Fest

We joined the City of Santa Paula Parks and Recreation Department at their "Teen Fest" to celebrate the grand opening of the new Santa Paula Teen Center at Las Piedras Park. We made and shared art with some fantastic kids and teens.

Bookmaking class with Gail Hercher

Ojai artist Gail Hercher taught another sold out bookmaking class inside the Cole Creativity Center. This particular class focused on the Japanese Binding technique.

Top 5 Moments of the Week Ending January 20, 2019

Here are the Museum’s top 5 moments for the week ending January 20, 2019:

Artist Sam Grasso’s mobile entitled Stress Blossoms.

Local artist Sam Grasso donated a gorgeous mobile to hang from the ceiling of the Cole Creativity Center. Entitled Stress Blossoms, and inspired by the aftermath of the 2018 Thomas wildfire, the kinetic sculpture includes elements of copper and gold leaf.

The facade of the Museum’s Cole Creativity Center.

The facade of the Museum’s Cole Creativity Center.

We learned that the Museum's new Cole Creativity Center has received the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce's 2019 "Business Beautification Award!"

#MuseumSelfieDay

#MuseumSelfieDay, an international social media event that happens once a year, happened this week. Staff members Jennifer, Jamie and Julie happily represented the Santa Paula Art Museum on Facebook and Instagram..

Self-Portrait with Monkeys by Pausha Foley, 2019, pen and ink on paper, Collection of the artist.

Self-portraits began arriving for our I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits exhibition, opening February 2, 2019.

Painting by Gail Pidduck

This week we got our first glimpse of the works that will be featured in Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty, and Gail Pidduck's exhibition, Common Ground, opening March 2, 2019.